Tiesta Tea

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77
drank Strawberry Exotica by Tiesta Tea
2394 tasting notes

Part of an order that I received from Tiesta Tea yesterday. Shipping was slow, the post office was partly to blame, and when I inquired about the slow shipping time, Tiesta refunded the money that I paid on shipping for this. I thought that was good of them.

Now I don’t have any fruity white teas in my stash for some reason, and was looking forward to trying this one. It’s the second cup I’ve had this afternoon. With a name like “Strawberry Exotica”, I was really hoping for something huge in the strawberry department. This is definitely sweet (from the white tea) and fruity. I would say there’s as much mango and pineapple in here as strawberry, but it’s a pleasant flavor for sure. Not exactly what I was expecting, but not bad either. It’s a lightly flavored tropical white tea. I will need to try this cold brewed someday, me thinks. Maybe that will bring out even more fruitiness.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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67
drank Kokomate by Tiesta Tea
87 tasting notes

I got this from the Pass the Stash Teabox. I took it mainly because I’ve not had much of a chance to deal with Mate’s in general, and I’m hoping to find more wake up options then just plain old coffee.

Let me say, first impression is I have had liquor smell less boozy then this stuff does in the bag. I’m hoping this is like 52teas where it has a lot of scent but the flavor isn’t the same strength because if this tastes like that we’ve got a problem.

Alright I’ve tasted it an I really don’t mind it. I may have underleafed it though because I get coconut and hot water pretty much. And after I pulled my steeper out, it looked like what I had put in was cut in half so maybe it had fluffed up some in the bag? I don’t hate this but I’m glad I have more to give it another go. The good news is Tiesta Tea is sold at Meijer by me so if I like it as a coffee alternative I can get it easily.

Flavors: Coconut

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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65
drank Citrus Sunburst by Tiesta Tea
475 tasting notes

Lewis & Clarke TTB

This one is in Tea Sparrow packaging. I’m always interested in fruit teas, even if they almost always end up being disappointing with either too much apple or too much hibiscus. This one has chunks of papaya, mango, and apple, and it has the hugest pieces of hibiscus that I have ever seen (I avoided them mostly). The dry scent reminds me of a specific fruit gum that I can’t think of right now, and it’s quite tart.

Uh oh… Even though I tried to avoid the hibiscus chunks, my tea brewed up that trademark fuchsia color and it smells quite tart. Here goes nothing… :P Whoa buddy, this is super tart! To its credit, it does taste very citrusy, which is good. But it’s also quite strong on the hibiscus tartness, and I’ve not been adding any sweetener to my teas. I can see this one being very tasty and refreshing as an iced tea, but it’s just too tart for me to drink it hot. Ah well…

Flavors: Citrus, Fruity, Tart

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML
Cheri

This was one of the teas in my Tea Sparrow subscription. There was too much going on with this one to appeal to me, but I thought someone else might enjoy it.

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78

The first time I brewed this tea it was literally on a whim. I had just bought it, ripped it open, scooped out 2 tspns and eagerly dumped it into “hot” water. I was initally scared it might not have been hot enough, but it is a green blend, so I hoped for the best. Turned out to be for the best! It was delicious! :)

I could taste “fiji apples” and a slight “fruit punch” flavor, which I am guessing is the kiwi taste? I really didn’t get much kiwi. I could detect a hint of kiwi, but not much. No biggie for me though.

Second time around I think I made the water TOO hot, because I wasn’t able to get that fruity taste. The green tea is all I can taste second time around.

I would probably buy this again because its relatively cheap and easy to get down at Mejier, or at the Giant Eagle near my work place. I would also buy this again because I like the taste. :)

Flavors: Apple, Fruity, Green

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 2 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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69
drank Nutty Almond Cream by Tiesta Tea
901 tasting notes

Unintentional sipdown! I didn’t realize how little I had left, but its not a problem. Everyone makes a version of this, or very nearly everyone.
And I can see why. Its pleasant, its pink, its easy.
I’ll get more sometime, I think, but there is no urgency. I’m just pleased with my hot pink cup of tea tonight.

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69
drank Nutty Almond Cream by Tiesta Tea
901 tasting notes

Blacklog from last night.
I was watching Marx Brothers movies last night, so needed a cheerful drink.
I love that this turns screaming pink. I find it amusing. It pairs well with a black and white film.

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69
drank Nutty Almond Cream by Tiesta Tea
901 tasting notes

I am spending my evening with a murder mystery (this particular book is called Death by Darjeeling, and I confess I picked it up because its set in a tea shop), and I needed a cup of tea to go along with it. Possibly several, quite frankly.
This is a great “I’m not paying attention” tea. I can steeping for an unspecified time, and its fine. I can be absorbed in the story and it does not demand a lot of attention. Its very good for that.

Shadowfall

Lol. I tried to get into that series awhile ago and never could, despite the major tea influence in it. Just not that big into mysteries. Though I’ve been considering giving it another shot.

teaqueen

I love this tea, even though it’s one of the strangest concepts ever… There’s no actual tea in it! But it is delicious. And the longer you let it steep, the better it tastes.

Rosehips

I swear, everyone makes a version of this, but I enjoy it too.

gmathis

I’ve read most; the Tea Shop mysteries that are in the first half of the series are better. (Later in the series, the lovely tea descriptions start falling off and the dialogue/plots get pretty improbable. I hate not liking a book!)

ashmanra

I have five if the books and forced myself to read three, no more. But I have made a lot of the recipes in the back, and they were the best part!

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69
drank Nutty Almond Cream by Tiesta Tea
901 tasting notes

I found this at Target, and was so impressed with loose leaf at a major retailer that I had to grab a pouch.
Are there companies that don’t make this tea? Tevanna, DavidsTea, I swear everyone makes this nut tea that turns hot pink. This is Oh So Nuts, just in different packaging.
Well, that’s ok. It could be worse, I must say.I do like this tea, it makes for an uncomplicated evening cup. I just find it amusing that it is everywhere.

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81
drank Citrus Sunburst by Tiesta Tea
14 tasting notes

I brewed this as my first iced tea. I used 1tbsp and 8oz of cold water for 8 hours in the fridge. It turned out tasting very naturally sweet and bold. Obviously very fruity, but perhaps with some subtle floral tones as well. I really liked the diversity of the overall taste – it was smooth enough to be a relaxing drink, yet bright enough to be a mid-day drink. Very refreshing and crisp.

The only reason I did not score this tea higher is because I did not enjoy it as much when it was brewed hot. Definitely recommend trying it iced.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 30 sec 3 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Nutty Almond Cream by Tiesta Tea
1710 tasting notes

Herbal TTB Reminds me a lot of a chocolate breakfast cereal!

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75

Another from the reddit travelling tea box

Hmm. This herbal is really similar to DavidsTea’s Forever Nuts. I haven’t had Forever Nuts in a long time, but I feel Nutty Almond Cream is a bit more creamy. Bit of tart apple flavor too and kind of watery. Not bad, but I don’t like the wateryness. Maybe I need to play with the steeping times.

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec

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81

This is a tea Nicole_Martin shared with me at a Steepster meet-up almost a year ago. The NYC meet-ups seem to have died off, but they were nice while they lasted! Anyway, I’ve had it a few times between then and now but have never gotten around to logging it. It’s a little bit sweet and generically fruity—I do get berries, in an indistinct sort of way, but I certainly couldn’t pick out anything that especially struck me a passion fruit, which is too bad since passion fruit is a favorite of mine. The fruit flavors don’t have that artificial candy taste to them; I’ll give it that. The base tea is definitely the dominant flavor here, which seems unusual with these sorts of fruity teas. I’m a bit surprised to see that it’s an Assam; I’d assumed Ceylon before checking the reviews. It’s brisk, and it almost strikes me as vaguely smoky (although I think that may just be me misinterpreting the interplay between the base and fruit flavors). I’ve tried it both hot and iced (cold-steeped), and I like it much better iced. All in all, a pleasant tea but not one I’d buy, since there are plenty of similar teas I like better.

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27
drank Fireberry by Tiesta Tea
74 tasting notes

Backlog 14/67

From Stephen Hockman.

No… This is tangy, berry-fruity, sour to me. It’s a fruit tea that isn’t sweet which almost always means I hate it. I don’t like Rosehips, so I expected this to be a no. The Rosehips are what really kill it. I think it smells amazing, but that sour tang just ruins it for me.

I tried it warm. Tried it sweet. Tried it iced. It’s not for me.
I do love how it smells tho. I wonder how it’d be without the Rosehips. As always, Rosehips is my arch nemesis!

Flavors: Fruit Punch, Fruity, Sour, Tangy

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 6 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Cameron B.

Down with the rose hips! >:(

Arshness

Commander Foxtrot will prevail over the Evil Dr Rosehips.

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75

Not a bad tea, nothing extraordinary, but pleasant tasting. It does have a maple flavour to it and it endures through multiple steeps. There is also a nice walnut taste to the tea.

Flavors: Maple, Walnut

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75
drank Banana Split by Tiesta Tea
1043 tasting notes

Another tea from Here’s Hoping Tea box 3

First up, I was curious why there was purple flowers in this tea – that’s not banana split like, but they flowers were pretty. Steeped up, this really smells like ripe banana! Flavor wise, a little weak. The banana (artificially flavored like). A lot of rooibos in this blend, making the flavor a little watery. A little creamy while drinking with a bit of grassy mate. Not bad, but I was expecting a stronger flavor.

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80

Herbal Traveling Tea Box

Out of the whole box, this is the tea that jumped out at me the most. Yes! I want this one. I’m not even entirely sure why.. I really do like almonds and cream…but with so many other marvelous teas, why this one? I forced myself to wait a bit try this one as much as I yearned to reach for it earlier in my tasting bonanza. Luckily, it didn’t let me down. It’s delicious and almondy. I’m not getting too much of a creamy flavor, but this tea is so smooth, it doesn’t make too much of a difference. Yum. It kind of reminds me of Cheerios… hahaha, this is the second tea to evokes images of Cheerios in my brain. All that I need is the milk oolong from Teavivre and this tea, and it would be just like Cheerios and milk. Also, I’m enjoying the slight sweet apple note near the end of the sip. mm. It really is breakfast!

Flavors: Almond, Cream

Preparation
2 g 4 OZ / 118 ML
TheTeaFairy

Haha! Yes I remember you mentioning the Cheerios before! it’s so much fun when a tea evokes some of the things we like best, enjoy ;-)

albertocanfly

I like it! Especially when it is unexpected and you sit there for a minute or two trying to recognize the flavor:P

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75
drank Flap Jack Oolong by Tiesta Tea
2 tasting notes

I love oolongs, but generally straight without any added flavours. This is a nice one for the morning as it has a nice sweet, grassy flavour… I wouldn’t say pancake flavour, but it was definitely maple flavoured and delicious still.

Flavors: Caramel, Grass, Maple, Nutty, Sweet

Preparation
1 tsp 30 OZ / 900 ML

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drank Fireberry by Tiesta Tea
41 tasting notes

Kind of like cranberry juice without the sugar added. Good for someone who likes fruit or herbal teas.

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I got this tea from Suziqzer this week and decided to try it this morning. It’s very strong on the papaya and pineapple. I didn’t really get the rose at all, though. Very fruity. It was a nice change from what I usually drink.

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Another one from carol!
I can’t believe I waited this long to try this tea. It called to me from the first time I looked in the box. Unfortunately I messed it up by putting in too much honey, but what I could taste around the honey was amazing. It smells exactly like candied nuts from the mall or a fair. And it brews kinda pinkish which I was surprised about. I am really excited to try this one again!

Flavors: Cinnamon, Nutty

Preparation
2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Jolly Green Kiwi by Tiesta Tea
315 tasting notes

I made a bunch of this iced. It’s amazing! Just as good as it is hot, if not better. Sweet, refreshing, creamy, and the perfect mix of vegetal green tea and light fruitiness. Ideal summertime drink.

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drank Jolly Green Kiwi by Tiesta Tea
315 tasting notes

I will be honest: I detest kiwifruit. I will not touch it, smell it, look at it, or ever eat it. I only purchased this tin because:

• It was $2.25
• It was the last one, so I figured that it had to be good

It is. This. Is. An. Amazing. Tea.

It’s smooth, it’s fragrant, it has just the right bite of tartness from the lemon peel, and it sweetens as it cools. The kiwi is like an overarching note throughout, but it only helps the other notes come forth- it doesn’t overpower at all, which is a pleasant surprise. The apple gives it a creamy mouthfeel, too. Fantastic. A-plus. This is the BEST green tea I have had in a long, long, long time.

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drank Nutty Almond Cream by Tiesta Tea
315 tasting notes

Cuddling on the couch with my dog, watching Big Bang Theory reruns, and drinking a nice mug of this tea. Absolutely perfect way to end a hectic day.

It’s creamy, apple-y, and has a nice cinnamon finish, which is rounded out by the almond slivers. It’s weird, because there is no actual tea in this tisane. But I can’t help loving it anyway.

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drank Nutty Almond Cream by Tiesta Tea
315 tasting notes

I made this one again, this time with my electric kettle, so the water was boiling. It was PRIME!

The apple flavor came out very prominently, and it proves to be an outstanding base for this blend! The almond added a nutty backdrop and a richness to the flavor, while the cinnamon added a spicy edge and the beetroot pieces added color and texture. You can’t oversteep this one.

Bravo!!

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