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I am a huge fan of bananas (fresh, artificial – a favorite is banana laffy taffy mmmm) so when I saw that Tiesta had a banana flavored tea, I quickly snatched it up during their Black Friday promotion.
In the bag it smells wonderful. I wish I could say it blew my socks off steeped, but there is so much rooibos in this blend, that that’s pretty much all you can smell after it’s done brewing, and that usually isn’t a good sign before tasting it. After it cools, the banana flavor is more evident, but it’s still rather weak (and I added sweetener).
I’m thankful that I only ordered the (ok not so small) pouch. It’s not bad by any means, but I was expecting more. I think it’d be better without the rooibos (and something tells me it was used as an inexpensive filler but I hope I’m wrong?).
It must be noted that I just ate lunch. I will try again when I haven’t eaten flavorful things just to be sure my tongue wasn’t playing tricks on me.
So I made a huge order from Tiesta Tea during the 50% off Black Friday promotion. Most of my order was their smaller sized bags, but for this and a few select others, I opted for the 4oz tin (not like this is a review of the tin but the tin happens to be pretty nice). I’ve been really into creamy teas lately and this one really hits the spot. It’s a bit strange since it looks like you are drinking pink lemonade but it tastes nutty and creamy with a hint of fruit (likely coming from the apple).
Around the edge of my mouth I’m getting a bit of a sour taste probably from the beetroot but it’s not off-putting. I added sweetener, so I imagine it would be more present without.
Happy with this part of my purchase!
3 tsp+sweetener in 16oz steeping mug
One of my housemates is ill… We thought it was what I had last week, but she’s lost her voice, and that never happened to me, so it must be laryngitis or something awful like that…
Anyway, that’s what prompted me to make a cup of this before bed last night. According to The Walking Dead, elderberries are good for fighting sickness like the flu and colds and such, so I was like, Bring it on!
This tea is good, but also very tart. I should try adding some sugar to it. Or maybe cold-steeping it?
Some one of these days, I’m definitely going to make a pot of it iced. Perhaps a shot of vodka might find its way into my glass as well…? We’ll see.
Yum! This tea brews a lovely red color, and it’s chock-full of berries! The hibiscus is strong. But not so tart that I want to pour it down the drain and forget I ever tried it. Normally, I hate rooibos, but I can’t even taste it in this blend. I wish I actually liked rooibos, because it’s full of antioxidants. But if this blend makes it tolerable, than that only gives it more brownie points, as far as teaqueen is concerned.
I also know that rosehips, hibiscus, and cranberries are full of vitamin C and other assorted good things for you, so I shall keep drinking to my own health. Because I am just that kind of person.
I can’t wait to try this iced!
Amount: 4 tsp
Water: 500ml at 205°F
Tool: Breville One-Touch Tea Maker BTM800XL
Steep Time: 5 minutes
Dry Leaf Smell: apple, hibiscus
Steeped Tea Smell: hibiscus
Flavor: apples, hibiscus, watery
Liquor: translucent dark orange red
Rating: 2/4 leaves
Sipdown! 807. (Lies, I haven’t added all the teas I picked up from Sil to my cupboard yet…. so that number is probably more like 907, eep.)
Anyhow, this tea is as tasty as I remember. A nice, sweet, fruity herbal with no hibiscus. I wish there was a stronger cherry flavour here, but it’s tasty regardless.
I never used to be a crafty person. I used to hate making things, but all of a sudden I’ve found myself catching the crafting bug. It started out pretty simply: I needed a way to organize all my jewelry and ended up making a stand for bracelets, then a tree for rings. But now the crafting bug has seeped its way into all corners of my life, including cooking. Which means… canning! So how do you combine canning and tea? Well you can obviously do tea-infused jellies and jams, but I found something much better (if you have an unwavering sweet tooth): Earl Grey Milk Jam! Which is not really a jam at all, but a rather decadent condensed milk concoction.
I thought for sure I’d written a note on this tea before: it’s a floral but rather hearty earl grey due to the addition of rosemary, so I thought it’d be perfect for this experiment. It’s a pretty simple recipe
1/2 cup cream
3/4 cup whole milk
1/3 cup honey or sugar (you can use brown sugar, raw sugar, whatever)
4 tablespoons brewed tea
The original recipe, which I’ve tweaked quite a bit, says to simmer for half an hour. This is a load of baloney, because it took an hour and a half on a pretty high simmer for the mixture to reach the proper thickness for me. It’s kind of labor intensive, because it needs to be stirred every few minutes so it does not reach a full boil. You want it dark and thick! It makes a small jar-full, I used an old relish jar that had been very thoroughly washed. The milk jam needs to be strained once cooked, since it is essentially a custard and will have some thicker “chunks” and you want a nice, smooth texture. Allow it to cool a bit, then pop that sucker in the fridge.
It’s originally meant to be a spread for toast and such, but I’ve been using it to add a bit of depth to rice pudding, yogurt, things like that. It’s absolutely fantastic, and if you have the patience to hang out in your kitchen stirring for over an hour it’s definitely worth a try! I imagine it’d be great with all kinds of tea, not just earl grey. I’m going to try chai next!
I enjoyed this quite a bit. You know me, I do love my Earl Grey … and I liked this combination of rose, lavender and bergamot with the black tea. The floral tones soften the overall cup … it’s sweet but not too sweet nor does it become perfume-ish.
The black tea is mellow, doesn’t bring a whole lot to the cup, but it is smooth and adds a nice background of flavor. It’s not an overly aggressive black tea, but with the other flavors, I don’t know that an stronger black tea would have worked as well as the tea here did.
The bergamot is flavorful but a little lighter than I like it to be. But overall, I really enjoyed this cuppa.
Amount: 4 tsp
Water: 750ml at 175°F
Tool: Breville One-Touch Tea Maker BTM800XL
Steep Time: 3 minutes
Dry Leaf Smell: fruity, floral, vegetal
Steeped Tea Smell: sweet, floral, slightly vegetal
Flavor: fruity, slightly floral, vegetal finish
Aftertaste: slightly grassy, should have used cooler water
Liquor: translucent yellow-green
Rating: 2/4 leaves
This tea smells amazing. Very fragrant, nice floral tones and a strong fruity overtone.
Even though the name of the tea evokes thoughts of the cereal – it doesn’t taste like it. But it is a sweet, fruity tasting tea, and I really enjoyed it. I like the combination of the pineapple, papaya and strawberry. It’s a really tasty blend.
Here’s my full-length review of this one: http://sororiteasisters.com/2013/04/12/fruity-pebbles-green-tea-blend-from-tiesta-tea/
I was curious about this tea when I saw it in the Traveling Tea Box. It sounded like a fun blend, with pineapple, strawberry and passionfruit flavors and rose petals! The dry leaves smell sweet and fruity with a hint of floral rose. The tea has a tropical fruit aroma. The flavor is lightly grassy and floral with a subtle fruity finish. The aftertaste is very strong, and I can pick out pineapple and passionfruit flavors. I added some sugar, but it gave it brought out more of the grassiness of the tea. I’m not sure if this tea is supposed to be named after the Fruity Pebbles cereal or not? I am not really getting a lot of the cereal’s flavor from this tea, but it is still a pretty nice cup of tea for the afternoon!
-Dry blend has large green tea leaves and twigs with pieces of dried fruit and rose petals.
-Dry leaves smell sweet and fruity with a hint of floral rose. Tea liquor aroma is of tropical fruit.
-Tea liquor is a clear medium yellow color.
-Light grassy and floral flavor with a subtle fruity finish. Strong, sweet and fruity pineapple and passionfruit aftertaste.
-Good tea. Sweet tropical flavor. Not reminiscent of Fruity Pebbles cereal.
I really liked this one from Tiesta Tea. A lovely fruity tone, but, not so fruity that it overpowers the bold Assam tea. Very flavorful. The fruit notes do not taste fake or artificial. A very fun tea, one of my favorites from Tiesta thus far.
Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2013/04/05/passion-berry-jolt-black-tea-blend-from-tiesta-tea/
This one isn’t too bad! I’m always skeptical when I brew a tisane, because I’m never too sure what I’m in for with it, because usually … let’s face it … fruit tisanes like this usually mean way too much hibiscus. I’m not a big fan of the stuff, so, I tend to be hesitant when it comes time to try out a new fruit tisane.
But this one – NO HIBISCUS! Let me say that again: NO HIBISCUS! Yay!
And the flavor is really nice. The cherry does not taste like cough syrup, it has a nice, sweet, fruity taste to it. I can taste the kiwi. The overall cup is a little bit sweet and a little bit tart … with more sweet than tart and that’s quite alright by me.
Amoda did good by adding this one to March’s tea box!
This is a tasty tisane … although I have to admit that I was a little surprised by it. By the name of it, I expected there to be some warming sort of ingredient in it like chili pepper or ginger … but no. It is smooth and sweet and not at all peppery or spicy.
There is a nice balance between tart and sweet here … not so tart that I puckered, but, enough tart to keep it from tasting too overwhelmingly sweet.
Enjoyable … makes a really great iced tea! Here’s my full-length review of it: http://sororiteasisters.com/2013/03/23/fireberry-tisane-from-tiesta-tea/
A very nice aroma to the brewed cup. Sweet, juicy peaches! It reminded me of the scent of the warm peach sauce that my gramma would make for waffles! YUM!
The spices were not as obvious in the aroma but they’re definitely there in the flavor. But I like that it’s not an overpowering presence in the cup.
Let this tea cool slightly after you’ve brewed it … it takes a few minutes (give it three to five minutes before you start sipping) to get the flavors to pop. A nice, well-defined note of peach, a hint of melon, and a nice set of spices to this cup. Very enjoyable tisane.
Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2013/03/02/ginger-sweet-peach-herbal-tisane-from-tiesta-tea/
This tea is on my list of top 5 faves of all time! And that says a lot since I currently house more than 300 tins of tea!~
I am a sucker for anything coconut, so I was pretty certain that I was going to love this tea and after my first sip, my assumption was confirmed. It has delightful notes of coconut, but still maintains a slightly earthy, mate flavor.
I absolutely recommend this tea for a boost of energy and a flavorful treat… Especially if you are a coconut lover :)
Hot/cold-brewed some of this up for today. Pretty good! Naturally fairly sweet, with gingery tones. Not one I’d restock, but pretty delicious regardless.
I’m back with a bunch of backlogs! This Blueberry Wild Child is pretty good considering it’s a hibiscus tisane which I normally dislike. The hibiscus is not overdone though, and that’s what I like. There’s enough hibiscus to lend a nice body to the cup and some tartness to enhance the flavor of the blueberry without going overboard. It doesn’t taste too tart nor does it feel too thick or syrupy. (although I would recommend only steeping it for 5 – 6 minutes.)
Here is my full-length review of this one: http://sororiteasisters.com/2013/02/22/blueberry-wild-child-fruit-tisane-from-tiesta-tea/
Thanks for a bit of this Liberteas. This was pretty good! Passionfruit, Berry, and tang! It’s a little bit puckery-tart but pretty good! I’m betting it would be even better iced! :)
This was right up my alley! Sweet but minty! Soothing and refreshing! YUM!
Cold-brewed overnight and super refreshing first thing this morning! It was half a cup of hot tea that I forgot about, filled back up with more water and resteeped in the fridge, so it was a bit light, but nice!
Whoops! Sat down on a break from cooking & totally forgot I put this one on… it’s herbal though, so v forgiving. And sweet and clean! Very nice.
First tea from my Amoda box! I have to say, lovely presentation, and I’m pleased by 2/3 of the box contents. The remaining 1/3 I have a few issues with, but I’ll get to that sometime later.
I was really worried that this tea would be the same as Cherry Kiwi Coconut Fruit by Mahamosa, but I don’t think it is. (Whew, although I do like that one.) Second bonus here is that there’s no hibiscus. Score! So no purple hibby nightmare waiting for me beneath my infuser.
Anyways! The tea. So, 20g of this tea really isn’t all that much, which does kind of suck, because it means limited tasting opportunities. Luckily, herbals are fairly difficult to screw up. I brewed about 2 tsp of this one in 10 oz. of boiling water, and left it for a while… could have left it longer, but I wanted to head upstairs to my room. I estimate it got about 6 minutes.
Anyways, I did just grab a bite to eat, so I’d be better off tasting this with a fresher palate, but I’m so far enjoying it. It’s lightly fruity (I can’t currently distinguish fruit types, but that may be possible next time), and I can definitely taste a hint of ginger, which IMO, is done very well. Enough ginger for flavour that it’s enjoyable, but there’s no harsh bite or strange flavour. I feel like it’s definitely underleafed and/or understeeped, though. Could use more flavour.
I’ll have to try this cold-brewed, as Cavocorax did. At this point, it’s not something that would become a cupboard staple, but it’s a neat tea to have tried, since there are far too few fruity herbals that aren’t hibiscus-laden (and I do like a bit of ginger in my herbals – Teaopia’s Fruity Ginger is one of my faves!)
Wow! This is so good! I just received this today in my FIRST Amoda subscription box. (And as such, I’m sorry if I am supposed to wait a few days to review it for those expecting to be surprised? I’ve never done this before.)
Anyway, as I mentioned earlier, I’m not so big on fruity teas, or I didn’t think I was, but I NEED TO RETHINK THIS IDEA. I used about half my sample to cold steep it in the fridge for a few hours, and now that I sip it I am blown away.
It’s very delicately fruity and the cherry and kiwi are balanced quite nicely. If it’s not too pricey, I think I’d like to stock up on this – either ordering from Amoda, or diret from Tiesta.
Looking back at it, maybe $15/mo for 60g of tea isn’t THAT GREAT of a deal, but if it exposes me to high quality tea (and surprise tea!) I can justify it that way. :D