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knew that somewhere in my tea bin was a sample of Carrot Cake Rooibos from Fusion Teas that would knock the edge off my cravings for something sweet. I love carrot cake, but I have yet to find a tea that tastes like a liquid version of my favorite treat. I know that is a high bar, but I keep hoping something will live up to my expectations. Unfortunately this tea wasn’t quite what I was looking for. It has some of the right flavors, but it uses the same cake flavoring that many other carrot cake blends use. I find that it tastes more like maple than cake and the overwhelming sweetness masks the flavors of the spices. Since carrot cake is generally heavily spiced I would have expected the cinnamon to play a heavier roll in this blend. Overall, I found this a bit of a letdown in the flavor department, but it did fill my need for something sweet.

You can read the full review on my blog:
http://www.notstarvingyet.com/index/2015/3/24/tuesday-tea-carrot-cake-rooibos-fusion-teas

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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Very beautiful tea that lacks in flavor. I was very excited for this blend because the green Chinese oolong looks great and I wanted to enjoy the acai taste but it’s too subtle of a tea overall.

Preparation
1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Green oolong and blue corn flower petals … I had to try this because it looked so beautiful, plus the word velvet sounds lovely. This is what I would call a mid level oolong tea that is on it’s way to being viewed as high grade. While it taste good, I believe that pomegranate flavoring would accent this tea better than the strawberry. The tea can be mildly described as velvet tasting which is somewhat of a let down, but the fact that there is a velvet taste with this oolong is quite enjoyable.

Preparation
1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank 50-50 Delight by Fusion Teas
30 tasting notes

It’s that time of year! Sip-down time. All those teas are piling up, and piling up, and piling up and I need to drink them. I was saving my fusion teas to make ice-tea with in the summer but this guy was lurking at the bottom of my tea-basket, untried! How dare it avoid my taste-buds for this long.

The loose leaf is a mixture of black tea and bits of dried plant material. There are rose-hips and a bunch of other stuff that are in the description for anyone that is interested. The smell is creamy oranges, and some coconut? It’s pleasant, not offensive. Good signs.

I brewed this tea following the instructions provided. I also added a touch of sugar. I have found the Fusion teas that I acquired do like a little sugar. Like salt when cooking used to heighten the flavour, but not make the food salty I believe that sugar with certain teas can be used to accentuate the flavours hidden within. I’m sure some purists will disagree with me, that’s fine, flavoured teas are at times a whole different animal and must be treated as such otherwise you might be left with a lack-lustre experience. Also it is worth trying just to see what you can tease from the tea.

But I digress, something that I am fond of doing and at times find myself inexplicably and ineffably incapable of illustrating why. So this tea is pretty good. Orange creaminess, and a sour tang that I think is from the rose-hips. If you have ever eaten rose-hips you will understand. The sourness is not nice in this tea, even though I do enjoy sour flavours. It doesn’t work with the orange cream flavours. Whilst this is a nice cup, and I think that it will make a wonderful ice-tea, I do think that the flavouring is a tad confused and there is too much going on. It all becomes muddled. Would I drink it hot again? No. Would I drink it iced? Yes. Just like Fusion tea’s key lime tea, I think iced is the way to go with this one.

All in all, good tea, confused a little, thinking about it more, the sourness is actually kind of like wood sorrel. Anyone who forages will know the tangy taste of Oxalis acetosella. There is a sorrel tea that is common in Jamaica, this tea has a similar colour and flavour, other than the orange flavours. Look up sorrel-ginger tea if you are interested in finding this particular stuff.

Flavors: Cream, Orange, Tart

Fjellrev

I had no idea sorrel was an alternate term for it!

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Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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There is a lot going on in this blend and it took a few cups for me to decide how I felt about it because the dominant flavors shift from cup-to-cup. On my first cup I was overwhelmed by how tart it was, yet the next cup I fixed was somewhat spicy, and the cup after that was overly sweet. My tea never tasted the same way twice, which depending on how you look at it, could be either good or bad. If you want variety, then this is a great blend for that, because you’ll never scoop up the same mixture of fruit twice. To get around this I made three cups of tea, then mixed them together in a large pitcher so I had a good blend of tart, spicy, and sweet. The resulting cup of tea was juicy with a hint of spice. It’s not the first thing that necessarily comes to mind when I think of the winter solstice (the longest night of the year,) but it was a pleasant enough cup of tea.

You can read the full review on my blog:
http://www.notstarvingyet.com/index/2014/12/2/tuesday-tea-winter-solstice-fusion-teas.html

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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While I was organizing my teas last week I stumbled across some samples that I had ordered during Fusion Teas Black Friday sale last year. My goal for the week is to finish any teas I still have remaining from last years orders (there aren’t very many) that way I can open up my new teas as they arrive. I didn’t place nearly as many orders as in previous years, so I think I’m finally out of the “I need to have all the tea” phase.

Maybe.

I ate a ton of food while we were back home last week and now that we’re home I’m regretting being such a glutton. I’ve had a stomach ache the last few days so I hoped the ginger in this blend would calm my poor overfull belly down. The ginger was the strongest flavor in this tea and I liked that it wasn’t over powering. It didn’t have that strong bite you normally get with ginger, but it made itself known above all the other ingredients. You could taste hints of blueberry and lemongrass, but the other flavors seemed to blend together. I felt like this needed to be a little bit sweeter so I dropped in a few pieces of german rock sugar and my sample was gone in no time. A really nice blend, not something I would turn to often, but definitely something I would order again.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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While I was organizing my teas last week I stumbled across some samples that I had ordered during Fusion Teas Black Friday sale last year. My goal for the week is to finish any teas I still have remaining from last years orders (there aren’t very many) that way I can open up my new teas as they arrive. I didn’t place nearly as many orders as in previous years, so I think I’m finally out of the “I need to have all the tea” phase.

Maybe.

I ate a ton of food while we were back home last week and now that we’re home I’m regretting being such a glutton. I’ve had a stomach ache the last few days so I hoped the ginger in this blend would calm my poor overfull belly down. The ginger was the strongest flavor in this tea and I liked that it wasn’t over powering. It didn’t have that strong bite you normally get with ginger, but it made itself known above all the other ingredients. You could taste hints of blueberry and lemongrass, but the other flavors seemed to blend together. I felt like this needed to be a little bit sweeter so I dropped in a few pieces of german rock sugar and my sample was gone in no time. A really nice blend, not something I would turn to often, but definitely something I would order again.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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While I was organizing my teas last week I stumbled across some samples that I had ordered during Fusion Teas Black Friday sale last year. My goal for the week is to finish any teas I still have remaining from last years orders (there aren’t very many) that way I can open up my new teas as they arrive. I didn’t place nearly as many orders as in previous years, so I think I’m finally out of the “I need to have all the tea” phase.

Maybe.

I ate a ton of food while we were back home last week and now that we’re home I’m regretting being such a glutton. I’ve had a stomach ache the last few days so I hoped the ginger in this blend would calm my poor overfull belly down. The ginger was the strongest flavor in this tea and I liked that it wasn’t over powering. It didn’t have that strong bite you normally get with ginger, but it made itself known above all the other ingredients. You could taste hints of blueberry and lemongrass, but the other flavors seemed to blend together. I felt like this needed to be a little bit sweeter so I dropped in a few pieces of german rock sugar and my sample was gone in no time. A really nice blend, not something I would turn to often, but definitely something I would order again.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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drank Thai Chai by Fusion Teas
619 tasting notes

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Not sure how old this sample is, but the coconut is doing that old coconut thing and tasting a little soapy. Beyond that I get a nice lemongrass flavor. A little bit of spice, but not much is getting past the lemongrass. This tea is okay, but it isn’t impressive either.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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I received this as a free sample with my Fusion order and, yum, did they pick a tasty one to send. It’s a really good mix of pineapple and mango that ends up melding together as a sort of generic tropical mix. It’s a bit light steeped at 2 minutes, but still lovely. Not much of the green tea comes through, but I’m okay with that :) I bet this would be really fantastic iced in the summer months. I could see it being a certain crowd-pleaser.

Flavors: Fruity, Mango, Pineapple, Tropical

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Mmm, this is delightful. I made it hot, but I think it would be beautiful iced. The flavors are totally light and refreshing. I think I’ll be picking up more of this when next summer rolls around. Hot, it’s quite nice. Heavy on the tangerine and lemon flavors and sadly the honeydew is quite mild especially when piping hot. But as a plain citrus it’s lovely. The sencha is nowhere to be found, which honestly I don’t mind all that much. Perhaps it will come out more with a longer steep.

Fusion doesn’t note the size of their samples on their website, but they are a pretty decent size. All three I got had different weights ranging from 16-23g in the package.

Flavors: Citrus Fruits

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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First steeping note for this tea? Shame shame! A few odd ingredients here, I’m not sure would work, which is probably why I didn’t try the sample I bought seven months ago. Yikes. I wasn’t sure chocolate and apple would work together. I also wasn’t sure what type of green tea was in this one. I really wish companies would list specifically which green tea as there is a big difference between a sencha or a hojicha in a chocolate blend. I didn’t see any bright green leaves, most everything was brown, so I’m guessing the green tea is actually a roasted one BUT the picture actually shows green tea leaves. hmm. There is no apple I can detect: just sweet creamy milk chocolate with a medium bodied base. Very similar to another Fusion chocolate tea, but I can’t tell which one right now. Just pure milk chocolate here! The second steep was just as chocolatey.
Steep #1 // 10 after boiling // 3 min
Steep #2 // just boiled // 5 min

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drank Caribbean Nectar by Fusion Teas
1658 tasting notes

Oh my gosh! I think this is very high up there on my favorite herbals! Just from the scent alone. I just wish the base wasn’t rooibos… can you imagine honeybush with these giant pieces of papaya, banana, orange, coconut, mango? The honeybush would have fit so much better but the rooibos in the Fusion blends are always the most tolerable of all rooibos anyway. This should be called the giant fruit blend. I think there is banana flavoring with the bananas, because I don’t see the bananas alone leaving this flavor, but maybe it’s the coconut adding sweetness and creaminess. Even if there is some artificial banana, this blend is amazing. Even though there was an entire quarter of an orange slice in the blend, I don’t taste much orange… maybe just some tanginess. This was PERFECT on a hot day. I’d definitely order this one next time I order from Fusion (and not just this sample size), but I think the honeybush idea is so much better!

Zack S.

Just wondering how you measured this for brewing? Measuring by volume as recommended is kind of ridiculous since the pieces are so large!

tea-sipper

Hey! I just eyeballed it, I guess. There isn’t really a way to oversteep it without things like hibiscus or black/green tea in the blend!

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