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So tasty!! I got this as a free sample when I placed a Tiesta order last fall. Their sample sizes are very generous – I think this had just over 9 teaspoons. Just enough time to get addicted! I’m sorry to finish it up today.
I have to admit the flavor doesn’t strongly remind me of any of the listed ingredients. In fact I tend to be iffy on both goji and lemongrass, so I’m surprised and pleased that those flavors don’t jump out. Instead I just get a light, fruity sweetness, more like blueberry and strawberry. From my experience with other Tiesta teas, this is something they do really, really well. The flavor is always just sweet enough, it never overwhelms.
I wish I had some more of this, I’m glad Tiesta included it as a sample because I wouldn’t have grabbed it on my own. It resteeps well, so at least I’ll get another go out of this cup. I bet it would be tasty iced as well.
This is a pleasant mix of bergamot and vanilla over a pretty standard black base. I feel like the black base could be a bit stronger. I don’t find it unpleasant, but it isn’t nearly as bold as I prefer my Earl Grey. On the plus side, the more subdued flavor doesn’t leave me with a case of dry-mouth like some of the other Earl Grey teas I’ve sampled. This tea strikes a nice balance, with the vanilla being the strongest of the flavors. Overall, it’s a very enjoyable cup of tea and just what I needed after a long trip.
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This tea is incredible!!! I’ve admittedly never had fresh figs but if they’re anything like this drink I’m going to love ’em. This tea is such a nice balance of tart, sweet, and creamy. I love mango which is an excellent addition to the blend. This has so much flavor. Not a one-note tea by any means. I often find that fruity herbals are boring but this is complex and delicious.
I really was not expecting much from this one but it truly does taste like an unsweetened fruit punch. This would probably be phenomenal iced. The lemongrass balances the fruitiness of the blend. I really had no idea it would be this delicious, I’m kicking myself for just getting the sample! This is in my top 3 for Tiesta.
I saw this at my local Meijer. One of the only loose leaf teas that I found there. I have to admit, the name grabbed me. Upon opening, it smelled AMAZING. I kind of wanted to just put it in a bowl, throw some milk on it, and call it cereal. But, I resisted the temptation. As soon as the boiling water hit it, BAM, pink. Huh. Didn’t expect that.
I let it steep for about 7-8 minutes or so. I, like many reviewers, felt that the taste didn’t quite match up to the smell. It was a bit watery and tart. I wanted more nutty creaminess. I mean, it’s there. But it’s waaay under the watery tartness. I kind of have to roll my tongue around in my mouth for those flavors to show up. I can actually taste more nuttiness on the after taste a few minutes after drinking it.
I’m currently doing a second steep, adding honey and milk, and hoping that it makes some of the more desirable flavors pop. Not horrible for a 2.99 clearance buy. But also a bit of a let down after the amazing smell.
Flavors: Almond, Nuts, Oats, Tart
Dry this smells vaguely nutty and kind of like vanilla? I have no idea what ingredient is doing that. The taste I’m getting from it is like candied fruit. The pear flavor is strong but in my opinion it’s a little drowned out by the bite of the berry/papaya flavors. I’m starting to think that fruity herbals with nothing there to support it aren’t my thing.
The sheer range of Tiesta teas is what piqued my interest but I can’t say that I’ve enjoyed more than two or three of my ridiculous amount of samples. This is going in the swap pile.
I was wary about this tea because I’ve had yerba mate iced and I really hated it. I ordered a sample to give this a go and I am surprised to say that I REALLY like it. It’s a mixture of tangy, sweet, and earthy. The smell is pretty bad. It’s somewhere between baby powder and chocolate. If you power through that the taste and energy is worth it. I can definitely see this replacing coffee for me in the mornings. Another thing to be aware of is that this tea is DUSTY. I had to break out my infuser bags instead of using a metal one. I don’t mind it that much, that’s just how yerba and rooibos roll.
I first drank this at college when I wanted to try dried fruit teas and enjoyed it enough that I ended up purchasing more later on. I’m not sure what it is about this tea that I really enjoy, but my guess is the mixture of blueberries and the small hint o pomegranate from the arills in the mixture. Overall this tea has been resupplied a few times and is something I really enjoy, which is odd when I think about it in comparison to my tea collection.
This is a really interesting tea. Brews to a shocking pink color. I added in some vanilla soy milk and it looks like I’m drinking paint water! Smells just like spiced apple. The taste is really full and creamy. It reminds me of candied almonds. Make sure you err on the side a fuller infuser, this can be pretty weak if you’re stingy.
HGTTB Pretty sure that tiesta teas just don’t work for me. If there isn’t coconut in this, then something has gone off like coconut sometimes does. This isn’t very chocolatey to me…it comes across largely as a creamy coconut tea…there’s a hint of chocolate but i’ve had other chocolate teas that i vastly prefer. good to try out though!
Another from Zach S.
Brewed on the stove-top. Brought to a boil, simmered for seven minutes, added milk and sugar, brought to a boil again.
The kitchen filled with cinnamon, cardamom, and rooibos as the tea simmered. Makes for a cozy aroma. Even though the spices ratio isn’t equal (there were only a couple cardamon pods to dozens of ginger bits), this blend is nicely spicy. Very ginger-y. Good bite on the tongue, even with two ounces of milk and proooobably two tsp of sugar (I dumped several clumps, not bothering to measure).
This is my first spiced rooibos, which is why I’m withholding a rating and recommendation even though I like it. My dad, for whom this is also first, more than approves. We both commented on how the tea in our cups looked a pretty peachy pink.
I did find it disappointing that the website says this contains natural flavors but the packet didn’t…
Loose leaf at the grocery store?! I couldn’t resist. This was an interesting cup. I LOVE tropical green teas, and I LOVE rose tea so I expected to really like this one. Unfortunately the combo doesn’t work as well as I was expecting, and it didn’t really agree with sweetener either. I’m a little perplexed by it. I’ll probably be sticking to fruity greens without the floral element after I finish the bag.
I think this sample is from Lindsay, though I’ve rebagged and labelled just about everything I’ve been sent, so I’m loosing track, since everything is in my handwriting now.
This oolong is very true to its name. There are sugary, syrupy notes, and a buttery quality that really makes this feel like it is sipping up the essence of pancakes.
A very nice dessert tea, though the flavourings are strong and sweet enough that they border on cloying. The syrup note reminds me more of maple-flavoured pancake syrup than real maple.
Flavors: Butter, Pancake Syrup, Sweet
I guess tonight I have a sweet tooth; I keep picking desert teas. This one was very strange. The chocolate is incredibly light, and the dark tones of the tea are lightened. I brewed western with a slightly smaller amount. The aroma was enticing. I could hint at coconut and silk chocolate. The flavor is a whole other story. Its not a terrible tea, but its not that great. This brew tastes like a chocolate milkshake with very little chocolate. The milk flavor gave my stomach a bit of a turn. This isnt my cup of tea.
Flavors: Coconut, Irish Cream, Milk
Found this tea at my local Waldbaums. I was so shocked that they were now selling loose leaf teas alongside their selection of teabags that I had to pick a couple up.It is a fairly tasty tea that I think will be great iced. There is a nice sweetness from the raspberries and virtually no bitterness or astringency. Even though it has no artificial ingredients it has just a little bit of an artificial taste, but just barely. It is still good for a tea purchased in a supermarket.
I brewed this one time in a 16oz Glass Perfect Tea Maker/gravity steeper with 3 tsp leaf and 200 degree water for 3 min.
This is a tasty but pretty run of the mill Earl Grey creme. There’s a good balance of bergamot and creamy vanilla on a decent black base. Easy to drink, but nothing to write home about.
Thank you Lindsay for the sample!
Flavors: Bergamot, Creamy, Vanilla