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I saw this at my local Meijer. One of the only loose leaf teas that I found there. I have to admit, the name grabbed me. Upon opening, it smelled AMAZING. I kind of wanted to just put it in a bowl, throw some milk on it, and call it cereal. But, I resisted the temptation. As soon as the boiling water hit it, BAM, pink. Huh. Didn’t expect that.

I let it steep for about 7-8 minutes or so. I, like many reviewers, felt that the taste didn’t quite match up to the smell. It was a bit watery and tart. I wanted more nutty creaminess. I mean, it’s there. But it’s waaay under the watery tartness. I kind of have to roll my tongue around in my mouth for those flavors to show up. I can actually taste more nuttiness on the after taste a few minutes after drinking it.

I’m currently doing a second steep, adding honey and milk, and hoping that it makes some of the more desirable flavors pop. Not horrible for a 2.99 clearance buy. But also a bit of a let down after the amazing smell.

Flavors: Almond, Nuts, Oats, Tart

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Kiwi Cherry Bonanza by Tiesta Tea
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This one is… interesting. It’s a sweet and fruity taste with the slightest hint of tartness. I’m mostly picking up on the cherry. I’m not a huge fan of this one taste-wise. I’ll have to try all of these fruity tiesta teas iced because they’re just not doing it for me as a hot drink.

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drank Berry Pear-adise by Tiesta Tea
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Dry this smells vaguely nutty and kind of like vanilla? I have no idea what ingredient is doing that. The taste I’m getting from it is like candied fruit. The pear flavor is strong but in my opinion it’s a little drowned out by the bite of the berry/papaya flavors. I’m starting to think that fruity herbals with nothing there to support it aren’t my thing.

The sheer range of Tiesta teas is what piqued my interest but I can’t say that I’ve enjoyed more than two or three of my ridiculous amount of samples. This is going in the swap pile.

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85

This is incredibly simple and incredibly nice. I’m a huge fan of lemon and it really shines in this blend. I wasn’t expecting it to taste like its namesake with just two ingredients but the chamomile lends a creaminess to the taste. My sample will be going fast.

Flavors: Creamy, Lemon

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drank Ginger Sweet Peach by Tiesta Tea
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This tea smells just like a candle. In a good way. Tastes sweet and spicy. I’m honestly getting more of the melon taste than the peach but it’s tasty regardless. Maybe I should mix the bag more. This would be good on a sore throat.

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drank Kokomate by Tiesta Tea
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I was wary about this tea because I’ve had yerba mate iced and I really hated it. I ordered a sample to give this a go and I am surprised to say that I REALLY like it. It’s a mixture of tangy, sweet, and earthy. The smell is pretty bad. It’s somewhere between baby powder and chocolate. If you power through that the taste and energy is worth it. I can definitely see this replacing coffee for me in the mornings. Another thing to be aware of is that this tea is DUSTY. I had to break out my infuser bags instead of using a metal one. I don’t mind it that much, that’s just how yerba and rooibos roll.

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I first drank this at college when I wanted to try dried fruit teas and enjoyed it enough that I ended up purchasing more later on. I’m not sure what it is about this tea that I really enjoy, but my guess is the mixture of blueberries and the small hint o pomegranate from the arills in the mixture. Overall this tea has been resupplied a few times and is something I really enjoy, which is odd when I think about it in comparison to my tea collection.

Preparation
2 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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68

The ingredients list Chinese sencha, Lunch Ching, ad Pai Mu Tan teas… not too sure if they are actually all in there because it doesn’t contain that taste. I was excited to try this because I wanted a sweet green tea, but this was only mediocre.

Preparation
2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Nutty Almond Cream by Tiesta Tea
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This is a really interesting tea. Brews to a shocking pink color. I added in some vanilla soy milk and it looks like I’m drinking paint water! Smells just like spiced apple. The taste is really full and creamy. It reminds me of candied almonds. Make sure you err on the side a fuller infuser, this can be pretty weak if you’re stingy.

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drank Crème au Chocolat by Tiesta Tea
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HGTTB Pretty sure that tiesta teas just don’t work for me. If there isn’t coconut in this, then something has gone off like coconut sometimes does. This isn’t very chocolatey to me…it comes across largely as a creamy coconut tea…there’s a hint of chocolate but i’ve had other chocolate teas that i vastly prefer. good to try out though!

Fjellrev

Duly noted, I’ll probably stay away from them.

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drank Blueberry Wild Child by Tiesta Tea
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This is my favorite Tiesta tea I’ve tried. Super fruity and smooth. I really like the combo of pomegranate and blueberry in this one.

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drank Cape Town Chai by Tiesta Tea
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Another from Zach S.

Brewed on the stove-top. Brought to a boil, simmered for seven minutes, added milk and sugar, brought to a boil again.

The kitchen filled with cinnamon, cardamom, and rooibos as the tea simmered. Makes for a cozy aroma. Even though the spices ratio isn’t equal (there were only a couple cardamon pods to dozens of ginger bits), this blend is nicely spicy. Very ginger-y. Good bite on the tongue, even with two ounces of milk and proooobably two tsp of sugar (I dumped several clumps, not bothering to measure).

This is my first spiced rooibos, which is why I’m withholding a rating and recommendation even though I like it. My dad, for whom this is also first, more than approves. We both commented on how the tea in our cups looked a pretty peachy pink.

I did find it disappointing that the website says this contains natural flavors but the packet didn’t…

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65

Loose leaf at the grocery store?! I couldn’t resist. This was an interesting cup. I LOVE tropical green teas, and I LOVE rose tea so I expected to really like this one. Unfortunately the combo doesn’t work as well as I was expecting, and it didn’t really agree with sweetener either. I’m a little perplexed by it. I’ll probably be sticking to fruity greens without the floral element after I finish the bag.

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drank Fireberry by Tiesta Tea
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I agree with the other reviewers that say it tastes like unsweetened cranberry juice. Didn’t do much for me in the flavor department, tastes like any generic berry tea to me. It will be a nice option for a low caffeine cup at night.

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drank Flap Jack Oolong by Tiesta Tea
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I think this sample is from Lindsay, though I’ve rebagged and labelled just about everything I’ve been sent, so I’m loosing track, since everything is in my handwriting now.

This oolong is very true to its name. There are sugary, syrupy notes, and a buttery quality that really makes this feel like it is sipping up the essence of pancakes.

A very nice dessert tea, though the flavourings are strong and sweet enough that they border on cloying. The syrup note reminds me more of maple-flavoured pancake syrup than real maple.

Flavors: Butter, Pancake Syrup, Sweet

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML

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55

I guess tonight I have a sweet tooth; I keep picking desert teas. This one was very strange. The chocolate is incredibly light, and the dark tones of the tea are lightened. I brewed western with a slightly smaller amount. The aroma was enticing. I could hint at coconut and silk chocolate. The flavor is a whole other story. Its not a terrible tea, but its not that great. This brew tastes like a chocolate milkshake with very little chocolate. The milk flavor gave my stomach a bit of a turn. This isnt my cup of tea.

Flavors: Coconut, Irish Cream, Milk

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML

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drank Passion Berry Jolt by Tiesta Tea
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Found this tea at my local Waldbaums. I was so shocked that they were now selling loose leaf teas alongside their selection of teabags that I had to pick a couple up.It is a fairly tasty tea that I think will be great iced. There is a nice sweetness from the raspberries and virtually no bitterness or astringency. Even though it has no artificial ingredients it has just a little bit of an artificial taste, but just barely. It is still good for a tea purchased in a supermarket.

I brewed this one time in a 16oz Glass Perfect Tea Maker/gravity steeper with 3 tsp leaf and 200 degree water for 3 min.

Flavors: Raspberry

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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74

This is a tasty but pretty run of the mill Earl Grey creme. There’s a good balance of bergamot and creamy vanilla on a decent black base. Easy to drink, but nothing to write home about.

Thank you Lindsay for the sample!

Flavors: Bergamot, Creamy, Vanilla

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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I went through Target’s tea aisle last night, and noticed this. Decided to try it. The fruit taste is noticeable, pretty tasty. I don’t really notice a “jolt” of energy any more than any other tea. Oh, marketing :) I never notice any “jolts” with any “energy” drinks though, with the exception of matcha.

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Overboard TTB #5

This tastes just like David’s Tea Forever Nuts with the addition of creaminess!!

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I’m reviewing this with a new set of contacts in and I’m not really convinced that my prescription is right…

Anyway… this tea is good but not great. Slight hints of cream and mellow hints of chocolate. Clear dark amber color. I’m honestly not sure on what the base is. A 3 min steep time seems to do better with the flavoring.

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I wasn’t planning to brew similar teas, but this is my second apple nut tea tonight, right after Sleigh Ride. I thought it was just nuts, but I guess I shouldn’t be surprised that it has apples in it. I guess I need to reconsider my stance on apple pieces. This one is light with a focus on nut. I’m glad about that.

It’s very mild, but I like it. I don’t know if I could describe the taste, though I would definitely say its a dessert tea. I could drink this at night, though it does have a tart after taste from the apples and requires more of the tisane to brew.

This also came in Tracey’s TTB. I probably wouldn’t have tried it if it wasn’t in the box.

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drank Banana Split by Tiesta Tea
255 tasting notes

Overboard TTB #9

I love yerba mate, but I’m not a big fan of red rooibos. Wish I had realized this was a blend of the two before sampling it. The dry leaf has a nice banana scent, but the woody rooibos flavor completely took over my cup, with just a hint of artificial banana lingering in the background. Not a fan!

Flavors: Artificial, banana, Rooibos, Wood

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
The Cookie Lady

Darn…I had sorta high hopes for this one, too…

Nichole

I did as well. . .

Inkling

Yeah, it sounded good in theory! Rooibos ruins a lot of good blends. :(

jeweledthumb

Yup. I felt the same way about this one… and I actually like red rooibos!

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drank Flap Jack Oolong by Tiesta Tea
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Overboard TTB #7

For some reason, there were a lot of maple-flavored teas in this box and I seem to have grabbed all of them to try! This one was tasty, but not my favorite. The base has a great silky mouth feel and supports the flavors well. I’m getting a definite maple flavor, along with a nutty/buttery taste that I can imagine to be pancakes. This isn’t something I need in my collection, but I enjoyed sampling it and would definitely drink it again.

Flavors: Butter, Maple, Nutty

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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