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My local grocery store is finally carrying some loose leaf tea.. Yay!
Last month I noticed they were clearancing out a bunch of the Lipton pyramid blends. I was hoping that meant they were making space for something loose leaf… You might imagine my excitement when I found I they had a few Tiesta Tea blends when I went back a few weeks later looking to see what they had put in their place. The Tiesta blends are on the top shelf and you have to look for them to find them, but hey, at least we have something now.
I grabbed this one to try first. On my Birthday trip to Teavana I got a hot cup of their Caramel Almond Amaretti. For some reason, I imagined this one to be a similar blend. I was right.. It’s similar.
Tastes of creamy sweet almond nuttiness, with a bit of cinnamon. I also got a bit of tartness with this blend I wish wasn’t there, but disappears a bit as it cools. Makes a pretty pink cup, but quite the sediment slipped through my filter making it less pretty.
I think I like Teavanas version a bit more as it was more like the roasted candied nuts you smell in the mall, w/o the tart… but I’m also sure she overleafed and over sugared my cup making the blends not entirely comparable.
This is still an enjoyable cup, if I am patient enough to let it cool some, & I’m so happy to be able to grab it locally.
A sad goodbye to this tasty, tasty tea. I just stocked up on Peppermint Patty so I don’t think I need another mint chocolate caffeine free option but if I did, this would be first on my list. It really and truly is DAVIDs White Chocolate Frost minus the oil. Delicious! Thank you Kat_Maria for sharing this with me. It was fun while it lasted.
It’s been a little bumpy over here on the personal front, the kind that has you white knuckling things. And as I try to hold on I think to myself… When you don’t know what to do it is best to do nothing at all. (Or is it?). So I’m job hunting, looking at properties, pondering which to ditch first, the job or the house… But of course have done neither.
I want a lot more than tea but tea I shall have. I’m feeling so bloody idle.
Finished off this pack sent to me by the generous Dexter3657. I remembered it being quite tasty and minty and although I was not in the mood for mint, I can’t say I was in the mood for anything so I decided I might as well drink this to polish it off.
Made up a pot of this with the last of my leaves. I’m gonna keep the tin, because I think I can use it to store all of the stray pens and pencils lying around my room.
I probably will eventually restock this. It’s a nice loose leaf herbal, full of nice berries and healthy things. Packed with flavor. All I need is a hint of honey or some of the real maple syrup that I got this weekend, and I’m all set. I’ve been very impressed with Tiesta so far.
This is the tea that introduced me to longjing, which is now my very favorite type of green tea. Soooo buttery and delicious.
I’ve never really gotten much in the way of “fruityness” from this Tiesta concoction; the base is clearly the dominant part of the blend. But that is A-OK with me, because fruityness can be easily overdone, in my opinion.
I also love that one scoop of leaves can be good for up to three cups of tea.
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Y’all, I’m scared. I am going in for a biopsy tomorrow and I am absolutely terrified. For various reasons, I can’t talk to family/friends/SO about it. So mostly I’m just sitting here trying to keep it together. Tea helps.
I can’t have my caffeinated favorites because it’s so late in the day. Instead, I’m pulling out my favorite non-savory herbals. This one, Della’s Lemon Chiffon, Butiki’s Lavender Chamomile, maybe Verdant’s Campfire Blend… This tea goes down so dang smooth. It comes off as a plain ole mint tea at first, but that honey/white chocolate note sneaks in at the end for a little extra oomph. Yum.
I went to scoop some leaves out for a cuppa tonight, and… Uh-oh! I scraped the bottom of the tin! Why did I go through this so quickly?
…. Oh right, because it’s delicious.
With a spoonful of organic honey, this is the perfect health drink. The honey, which has antimicrobial properties, takes the bitter edge off of the hibiscus and cranberry, and rounds out the elderberry, currants, rosehips, and rooibos.
I need to restock this stuff!
I impulse-bought this the other day, mostly because I had never seen loose leaf at the grocery store. I’m glad I did, because this is way better than I would have guessed. It’s not as sweet as I expected, and the pineapple and rose both come through well. There’s just a touch of strawberry. The tea itself is the main flavor but it’s a great green-white mix so I don’t mind at all.
When my local grocery store started selling this, I couldn’t help but shout.
I picked this tea up.
Nice taste. I love Hibiscus, and berry flavors. The pieces where nice and big, still a little moist. I added a dap of homey, which complimented it well.
Over all, I am going back and getting more of these guys tea.
They say it’s spring as of 12:07 EST today. I’m going by what outside says and it says cold. So I’m by the fireplace with a cup of this and it’s delicious. Many thanks to Dexter3657 for this one. I’ve avoided it because it’s rooibos and also because although I’ve been drinking a pot of tea each night, we’ve been drinking chocolate teas. My partner has gotten into the habit of nightly tea — a lovely habit, don’t you agree? — but she is not adventurous when it comes to her nightly tea. She wants comfort, not surprises, so I never ever make new-to-me tea at night. Kinda like when company is coming for dinner: you make your tried and and true recipes, you don’t subject your guests to something that you just came up with that might be, but most often isn’t, fabulous :)
But she’s not home right now and something about the white chocolate was calling my name. I love this tea. It is quite minty but with some raw sugar and vanilla creamer it is yumm-o! Rooibos only a little at the back and only if you’ve had rooibos before and you know what to look for. Maybe rooibos will come out more later on as it cools but I’m likely not going to see it for this ain’t gonna be cooling!
PS. You all will think i’m NUTS but I can feel the mint in my right ear. (probably from the throat… you know, ENT and all). Dude. I’m nuts
Only tried a sip of this one from my boyfriend’s cup, but I liked it! I mostly tasted the black tea base at first, with just a dash of the raspberry. But after I swallowed it, the other berry and floral notes came to life! It brought a smile to my face. Must steal some from him the next opportunity I get.
Great Canadian TTB
Now most of you know I am not a lover of oolongs but this one just sounded and smelled so good that I had to try a cup. However, once again, I am only really getting the oolong base and thus I am finding myself rather disappointed. Thank you Jeweled Thumb for including it and enabling me to try it but this one is just not for me.
Green tea also helps with hunger. According to the canister, this one is a Slenderizer, which means that it suppresses appetite and boosts metabolism. Perfect!
Also, now that I’ve scooped the top layer of leaves out and used them before, I now am getting more and more of the fruity part of it. It tastes sweet and tropical during the first steep, and then during the second steep it tastes just like strong green tea.
Yum yum. Excellent dieting tea!
Sipdown! This has hibiscus and rosehip in it, so I was a little wary, but the description sounded so good I had to try it.
It brews up the dark reddish-pink I’ve come to dread, but it actually smells more like ginger than anything else. Sadly, the taste is hibiscus. After one sip of it hot I iced the cup and it’s much better this way. There’s a strong ginger flavor (but not too much), although I’m getting mostly hibiscus other than that. There’s some peach but not nearly enough to call it as such, in my opinion. It’s not bad but I’m really not a hibiscus fan so this won’t be a restock.
My first Sencha! It also contains Lung Ching and Pai Mu Tan white teas, which I have also never tried. However, I can tell that these are really high-quality tea leaves that the Tiesta guys use. And they definitely don’t rip you off- this 4 oz tin is literally full to the brim. For $9, this is a really great buy!
I like the image that Tiesta presents as a company- they’re a small group of laid-back young men who are creative and also want to make loose tea accessible to the average shopper. Their teas are very cost-effective, high-quality, and delicious. They also provide a lot of good information on their packaging, such as caffeine content, the purpose of the tea (this one is to support weight loss, so they’ve categorized it as a Slenderizer. I have another blend by them called Fireberry, which is an Immunity blend. They also have Energizer, Relaxer, and Eternity blends) how many cups you should get out of the tin, and which temperatures and amounts to use. Plus, the tins themselves are very attractive.
The dry leaves smell fantastic- green, earthy, and lightly fruity.
Easy to steep- (although somehow my tea ball came unlatched in the water and spilled all the leaves into the mug, forcing me to get a big strainer and dirty another mug… Grrrrr…) The leaves opened up really big.
Sipping… I don’t taste much fruit. When I scooped it, I didn’t get many fruit pieces though, so perhaps they’ve sunk toward the bottom of the tin. In any event, this is a wonderful green-white blend. Very smooth and rich.
I hope my next few steeps go a little more smoothly in terms of operator errors, but even though I goofed up a little, I still enjoyed this cup! The sign of a truly fantastic tea!
Flavors: Fruit Tree Flowers
I decided I was going to try the Amazon fresh delivery service for my groceries since I’m not able to do a lot of grocery shopping with my injury. The service was great aside from the fact that the frozen food and even produce came inside styrofoam boxes, which I then had to dismantle. I’m not a big fan of sytrofoam for environmental reasons.
Anyway they did have quite a few teas by Tiesta (and others), which is a company I’ve never tried. This sounded good to me and I brewed it up this afternoon.
I was really hoping for more of a kiwi flavor in this. I’m getting more apple than kiwi but I’m finding it there when the cup cools. I see dried apple and lemon bits in the brewed tea but I think the kiwi might be flavoring only. I like the green tea base in this blend which is very refreshing and I’m getting a bit of tartness in the overall finish. I will have to experiment a bit with the brewing parameters of this to see if I can do anything to make the kiwi come through. This is ok but not really what I was expecting. Will have to try cold brewing this.
I got this sample courtesy of Moraiwe. Thanks!
It smells minty and creamy, but I’m really perplexed by the taste. It is minty, but there is something else and I’m not sure how I feel about it. One second i think I might like it and then the next I view it suspiciously. It almost tastes like there is dairy in there. I’m going to have to read the ingredients and see if I can figure out what I’m tasting.
How interesting. I just discovered that this tea is the same tea that was in one of Amoda’s boxes last year. How incredibly disappointing. I knew the name sounded familiar (and the flavour was fairly standard), but hadn’t put it together until I came to log it… Not impressed at all.
As the tea goes, I’m fairly meh about it… reasonably standard minty rooibos. I don’t recall it being bad, but it also wasn’t anything special.
I enjoyed the heck out of this last night, evokes cooling sweet holiday peppermint bark, but I don’t know that I’d need to stock it ever because the truth is I just love peppermint tea and any decent one can put a smile on my face. That said, I was impressed the white chocolate didn’t make it oily. A good winter treat.