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22
drank Banana Split by Tiesta Tea
2075 tasting notes

I wasn’t a fan of this the first time I tried it so I decided to toss the rest of it in my cold steeping pitcher and make iced tea. This time around I was able to taste the banana flavor, although it had a strong chemical aftertaste. I ended up drinking a few glasses, then dumping out the rest of the pitcher.

Preparation
Iced

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85

I got this tea mostly for my husband. He still prefers his coffee, but sometimes I find a tea that will prompt him to take a second cup. This is one of them. I also like this tea. Herbal teas aren’t my favorite in general, but I’d drink this again. Its fruity and sweet, not too tart (light on the hibiscus I guess) – incidentally, I kinda like a pure hibiscus tea.

This would probably make a fantastic iced tea for those of you into that sort of thing (I don’t like iced tea myself).

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73
drank Chai Love by Tiesta Tea
440 tasting notes

I need a lil something to put a lil bounce back into my step before going to work. This is a good one to do it with. I probably should have let it steep longer then 3 minutes but it still came out nicely. Just a little light on flavor. If steeped for around 4 – 5 minutes, probably 5, I could see this chair being really nice. There is a nice spiciness to it that I find a good chai should have.

Preparation
3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp

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55
drank Crème au Chocolat by Tiesta Tea
34 tasting notes

HGTTB

At first this didn’t smell like much in the bag, but the second the water hit the leaves, a strong aroma of rich chocolate with a bit of coconut wafted up from my cup. I had high hopes for this one from that smell. Unfortunately, the taste doesn’t live up to that scent at all. I taste mostly a kind of weirdly sour black tea. There is a little bit of cream, and I can taste a little bit of chocolate, but its more like the taste you would get from a month old Easter bunny, as opposed to the high quality Swiss chocolate I was hoping for. It also doesn’t seem to be playing well with my stomach. I finished this one off. I`m glad I got to try it, if only to cross it off my list. Maybe I`ll stick to Della Terra for my dessert blends, just so good!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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90
drank Gojiberry Superfruit by Tiesta Tea
68 tasting notes

So tasty!! I got this as a free sample when I placed a Tiesta order last fall. Their sample sizes are very generous – I think this had just over 9 teaspoons. Just enough time to get addicted! I’m sorry to finish it up today.

I have to admit the flavor doesn’t strongly remind me of any of the listed ingredients. In fact I tend to be iffy on both goji and lemongrass, so I’m surprised and pleased that those flavors don’t jump out. Instead I just get a light, fruity sweetness, more like blueberry and strawberry. From my experience with other Tiesta teas, this is something they do really, really well. The flavor is always just sweet enough, it never overwhelms.

I wish I had some more of this, I’m glad Tiesta included it as a sample because I wouldn’t have grabbed it on my own. It resteeps well, so at least I’ll get another go out of this cup. I bet it would be tasty iced as well.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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80

This is a pleasant mix of bergamot and vanilla over a pretty standard black base. I feel like the black base could be a bit stronger. I don’t find it unpleasant, but it isn’t nearly as bold as I prefer my Earl Grey. On the plus side, the more subdued flavor doesn’t leave me with a case of dry-mouth like some of the other Earl Grey teas I’ve sampled. This tea strikes a nice balance, with the vanilla being the strongest of the flavors. Overall, it’s a very enjoyable cup of tea and just what I needed after a long trip.

You can read the full review on my blog:
http://www.notstarvingyet.com/index/2015/3/31/tuesday-tea-earl-grey-de-la-crme-tiesta-tea

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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60
drank St. Nick's Surprise by Tiesta Tea
49 tasting notes

A nice cinnamon apple tea. I appreciated that I could get this flavor profile without the addition of rooibos/tea leaf. I had to put double the amount of leaf I usually do to get the flavor I wanted from it so it’s pretty weak. I won’t be repurchasing.

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90
drank Figgy Pop by Tiesta Tea
49 tasting notes

This tea is incredible!!! I’ve admittedly never had fresh figs but if they’re anything like this drink I’m going to love ’em. This tea is such a nice balance of tart, sweet, and creamy. I love mango which is an excellent addition to the blend. This has so much flavor. Not a one-note tea by any means. I often find that fruity herbals are boring but this is complex and delicious.

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70
drank Chunky Watermelon by Tiesta Tea
49 tasting notes

This tastes JUST like watermelon, especially when it’s chilled. It’s creepy how close the taste is to the real thing. Such a great drink when you’re pining for summer.

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82
drank Palm Beach Punch by Tiesta Tea
49 tasting notes

I really was not expecting much from this one but it truly does taste like an unsweetened fruit punch. This would probably be phenomenal iced. The lemongrass balances the fruitiness of the blend. I really had no idea it would be this delicious, I’m kicking myself for just getting the sample! This is in my top 3 for Tiesta.

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70

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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55
drank Kiwi Cherry Bonanza by Tiesta Tea
49 tasting notes

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
49 tasting notes

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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64
drank Ginger Sweet Peach by Tiesta Tea
49 tasting notes

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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80
drank Kokomate by Tiesta Tea
49 tasting notes

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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92

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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65
drank Nutty Almond Cream by Tiesta Tea
49 tasting notes

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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60
drank Crème au Chocolat by Tiesta Tea
6311 tasting notes

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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77
drank Blueberry Wild Child by Tiesta Tea
49 tasting notes

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
238 tasting notes

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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