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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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
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
My favorite Tiesta blend… I think I reached for it today because it’s full of apples, and because it’s the fall, I have apples on the brain.
I know kiwi is supposed to be a summer fruit, but this tea is good any time of the year. It’s got the same natural sweetness that fruit has, and the green base is superb.
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.
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.
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.
I was fortunate enough to snag a 4 oz tin of this blend by Tiesta for dirt, dirt cheap yesterday at my local grocery store. I’ve been wanting to try it for a long time, but have been unwilling to make the $9 commitment, owing to the fact that there is not actually any tea in this tisane. However, for $2.25, I was much more willing to take the chance on it. Plus, it got rave reviews on here, so how bad could it be?
Dry, it smells heavenly, like baked apple pie. After I steeped it, it tasted like hot water with a hint of cinnamon in the finish. I used a Keurig to heat my water, and I think that was the problem. Keurigs do not produce boiling water; my cup was probably somewhere between 180 and 190 ° F. Too low for this blend. I think the dry tisane needs to be “cooked” in order to get the dried apple, cinnamon, and almond to release more flavor.
Lots of potential here. Just needs to be experimented with a little more to get it just right. For that reason, I am going to hold off on rating it for now.
I made this as a dessert tea tonight and was really impressed by the flavor. Unsweetened, this was very good. The scent is excellent and I felt like I was in a bakery when brewing this tea.
I added a little rock sugar, maybe a tsp or so, and then the flavors really came alive. This tasted very much like a cinnamon bun, but with almondy overtones.
I used 208 degree water for about 6 minutes. The tea is a light reddish pink color. Very pretty, and very delicious!
I love, love, love this tea. It has a wonderful nuttiness that is missing in some of the other nut teas I’ve had lately (Teavana, Teavana,Teavana). Although it has cinnamon, it doesn’t overwhelm the nut flavor. There is a creaminess that mellows out the cinnamon. This a great cuppa and is giving me a nice contented, relaxing evening :)
Flavors: Cinnamon, Creamy, Nutty
I can’t believe I forgot to review this tea! I got it last week at the grocery store which makes it very accessible (instead of having to go out of my way to get Forever Nuts). The grocery stores near me have really upped their quality lately. In the last 2 months I have found three places near me that carry loose leaf or quality tea sachets.
The dry mix is a lovely mixture of large pieces of fruits and nuts. Yummy looking. Honestly, it looks like trail mix and there is nothing wrong wit that ;-) Scent is nutty (not a real surprise). Taste is primarily nuts with a bit of sweetness from the apples. Lovely tea that I will keep in the cupboard. Very soothing.
Flavors: Almond, Cream, Nuts