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Sample sipdown! I don’t get the name of this tea – it has “red rose” in the name, but it’s actually a really citrusy rooibos with some barely-there floral notes. I dumped the rest of my sample in without measuring, so it was probably 2-3 tsp. Steeped for 5min, it was very dark and quite citrusy. I added eggnog, which mellowed it out and made it pretty drinkable.
Flavors: Citrus, Rooibos
The main note I get from this is a creamy note. There is also a secondary note that one might describe as maple. I don’t know what to say about this tea except that I will not be buying any. I will finish the cup however.
I brewed this one time in an 18oz teapot with 3 tsp leaf and 190 degree water for 3 min.
This tea is quite good. It has the strong taste of apples. It also contains almonds, cinnamon, and beetroot and supposedly rooibos. I don’t taste the rooibos at all even though I thought I read it contained it. In any case the tea flavoring works well even if all other flavors take a back seat to the apple flavor. As I have to watch my caffeine intake I figured it was a good choice.
I brewed this once in an 18oz teapot with 3 tsp leaf and boiling water for 6 min.
Mmm tasty. This is like apple pie or apple cinnamon oatmeal in a beverage. Sweet, apple, almond, cinnamon. Very dessert-like.
It’s been a while since I’ve had DT’s Forever Nuts, but the comparison others are making rings true to me.
Flavors: Almond, Apple, Cinnamon, Oats, Pastries, Sweet
The next time you get a fruity tea craving at ten o’clock at night please refrain from drinking a tea with the word ‘jolt’ in its name and the word ‘energizer’ printed in large block letters on the bag (even if that tea is in fact very tasty and full of passion fruit and raspberry notes). While the tea might be delicious, being wide awake at three in the morning is not. Of course, being awake at that hour does give you lots of time to reflect on some of the less than brilliant decisions you’ve made in your life. For example, drinking a tea called Passion Berry JOLT right before bed….
It is both a curse and a blessing that the Target close to me has started carrying loose leaf teas. I’m thrilled to see Tiesta Teas on the shelf, but boy, oh, boy does it make it even more difficult to behave myself while shopping! The last time I was in there I just couldn’t resist, so into my shopping cart this went.
There is a nice balance between the fruit and the base tea. I get a nice tangy zip of raspberry and a juicy passion fruit note followed by a malty note from the tea. It works well together. I appreciate that the passion fruit doesn’t taste perfume-y or overly floral. I find that too many passion fruit teas taste like something straight from the cosmetics case, so I’m thankful that’s not the case here.
As nice as it is hot, I think it’d be even better iced. If I’m right this could be the iced passion fruit tea I’ve been looking for.
Bedtime tea last night. I used up the last tablespoon or so I had to make a big mug of this. It’s very much a juice tea – fruity, sweet, a little bit tart. I feel like I do a disservice to fruity teas — after the initial cup, their flavors blend into a generic fruity flavor and any individual flavors I originally picked up on are lost.
My local Target never has tea.
Before I moved, Target was a great source of bagged tea. They had nice quality bagged teas for less than what the grocery store charged. After I moved in with my fiance, however, I got a different local Target that did not sell tea.
I ended up at this tea-shirking store earlier today in search of light bulbs, and, to my surprise, there was a whole display of Tazo teas. Around the corner from that was a stack of Harney & Sons and Tiesta loose leaf! Apparently, Target is breaking into tea loose leaf style – woo hoo!
This is the tea I picked out today. I really want a great blueberry tea and this fits the bill nicely. It’s tart and sweet and very very blueberry. I normally associate tart with strawberries, but this tea feels very accurate to the blueberries I picked as a kid.
I love it. I can’t wait to see how it is with a little bit of sugar. Yay, blueberries!
Hmmm, I’m not getting banana from this at all. It’s sweet and fruity, but I get more of a generic tropical flavor. That said, this is nice. The rooibos flavor doesn’t overwhelm the tea which is good for me.
The lack of banana is disappointing, but I liked trying this one.
I’m kind of glad I caved to Tiesta’s 50% off Black Friday sale, because now I have a bunch of fruity tisanes to drink in the evening when I want something caffeine-free. (You should have been here when I opened the bubble envelope and it was like a crazy blast of fruity scents! Even with all the teas sealed in their own bags. Ok, I just stuck my nose in the envelope and it’s still really fruity in there after a week. Amazing.)
Anyway, I liked this! The dry tisane and the scent as it brews are both very blueberry-ish. It brews up a lovely reddish colour from the hibiscus, but the tartness is balanced out with the sweetness of the dried fruits and the richness of the blueberry flavour. It reminds me of cooked blueberries – like the inside of a blueberry pie, but without all the sugar.
Probably should be avoided if you hate hibiscus completely, but if you’re a fan of slightly tart fruity/berry tisanes I recommend giving this one a try.
Switching to tisanes so I’ll sleep well tonight.
This one has a definite peach flavour, though I wonder if I would have been able to identify it if I hadn’t known what I was trying to taste. :) I found the hibiscus pretty strong in this cup – not enough to make it unpleasant but definitely tart. Not recommended for people who hate hibiscus! The ginger and peppercorns give it a fairly subtle warming character. It’s nice, I like it. I’m definitely finding it relaxing, or maybe I’m just tired. :)
I did notice that since I was only making one cup, and the dried fruits/blossoms/etc are pretty chunky, it would be pretty easy to get, say, an extra hibiscus blossom or two. I wonder if it’s a bit hard to get the right ratio of ingredients this way. I might try it in a teapot next time.
Flavors: Ginger, Hibiscus, Peach
This is the doppelganger of one of my favorites from Savoy Tea in Arkansas, Caramel Apple Almond. A work friend surprised me with a sample baggie this afternoon. I buried my nose in it and sniffed so hard I nearly inhaled an almond nugget. Sweet fruity caramel. It steeps to the color of pink grapefruit and tastes like caramel drizzled apple pie filling. Lummy. (Luscious + yummy) Decaf, to boot!
Got this as a free sample with my Tiesta order. :) It smells like… really cinnamon-y apple crisp? I can definitely taste the apple and cinnamon as well, though it’s pretty tart, so it doesn’t taste as dessert-y as it smells. There’s this subtle mystery flavour that I’m assuming is the roasted chickory root? It’s interesting. I’m tempted to try adding milk and sugar to this next time, just to see what happenes.
Flavors: Apple, Cinnamon
From the SanTEA Claus TTB
Backlogging from last night…
This is pretty tasty! Lots of almond flavor with a bit of sweetness and a nice creamy note. The hot pink color of the brewed tea threw me for a loop, but I did enjoy my cup. The fact that it’s an herbal blend makes it even nicer since I’m always looking for a good before bed tea.
This came as part of a Tea Sparrow subscription box and has been sitting on my shelf for a while. Decided to try it hot even though the ingredients seem like it would be a great iced tea.
I’m usually not a fan of herbal teas because in my experience, they tend to have a lot of herby-tasting things. The ingredients on this looked safe though – mostly fruits.
The smell of this is really fruity and sweet, like strawberry/grape jello. Then, of course, my brain tells me to expect juicy sweetness, but was met with an initial sip of tartness. I let it cool a bit and decided to give it another try before getting the sugar, and surprisingly the tartness is gone. There’s even a bit of sweetness. It’s definitely very citrusy, and I can imagine this would be excellent as an iced tea, slightly sweetened. Guess I will save the rest for warmer weather, which unfortunately is at least a good 8 months from now.
I wanted to do my most recent shopping trip at a local Meijer’s, namely to see what selection they had of Vitamin waters and other flavored waters that both my Mom and I have become slightly addicted to. I decided to wander down the tea/coffee isle just to see what there was to see. To my surprise and delight, I found a larger tea section then I had expected. Most was the usual stuff, bagged tea such as Bigelow, Yogi, Lipton. Then I saw bags of this tea, Tiesta. I randomly chose this one, mostly because of the word Relax on the bag. I just tried it tonight…
I like it well enough that I won’t mind finishing the bag, but I highly doubt I would get it again. It’s not a bad herbal tea…in fact I agree with the other assessments in that the taste of this bares a close resemblance to Forever Nuts by David’s Tea. So if you love that tea, but aren’t crazy about DT’s prices or shipping charges, check your local Meijer…they just might have it.
Mmmm, the smell of this dry tea is amazing, kind of like a really cinnamony oatmeal cookie. With almonds. Brewed, more of the apple comes out, and it starts to smell like apple pie in a cup. If you add milk and sugar, it actually tastes like apple pie in a cup. :) Without, it’s just a really lovely apple and cinnamon tisane with a smooth nutty/creamy finish.
Flavors: Apple, Cinnamon, Nutty