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drank Banana Split by Tiesta Tea
1024 tasting notes

Overboard TTB

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.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 6 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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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.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 6 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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drank Ginger Sweet Peach by Tiesta Tea
201 tasting notes

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

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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drank Nutty Almond Cream by Tiesta Tea
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This second-steeps very nicely; tossed in a pinch of St. John’s Wort, my current I-despise-January herbal defense, and you don’t even notice its there. Sweet creamy cinnamon apple dessert.

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drank Nutty Almond Cream by Tiesta Tea
1802 tasting notes

Apple Jacks. No further exposition needed.

Veronica

Lol. :)

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drank Nutty Almond Cream by Tiesta Tea
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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!

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This is a very nice fruity green tea; very smooth, not bitter or artificial tasting. The leaves were good for 3 steeps, with decreasing fruitiness but still a nice green tea flavour.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 0 sec 3 g 10 OZ / 295 ML

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65
drank Kiwi Cherry Bonanza by Tiesta Tea
201 tasting notes

Fruity and tangy, with just a hint of ginger. I think I maybe should have steeped this longer. It’s good though, and I’m guessing it’d be lovely iced.

Flavors: Fruity, Ginger, Tangy

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank St. Nick's Surprise by Tiesta Tea
201 tasting notes

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

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 6 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Nutty Almond Cream by Tiesta Tea
1024 tasting notes

Overboard TTB

I knew I’d had this before, but I wanted to try it again. The almond flavor is nice, and I like that there’s a creamy feel to it. As far as herbals go this is a good one.

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML

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drank Nutty Almond Cream by Tiesta Tea
1024 tasting notes

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.

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Nightshifter

Wow, hot pink tea would throw me too! :)

carol who It is surprising since the dry tea is so beige looking :) It has cinnamon pieces and beetroot which give it the color.
Veronica

The color transformation is a surprise. I wish my daughter wasn’t allergic to nuts as she would love a hot pink tea!

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drank Citrus Sunburst by Tiesta Tea
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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.

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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.

Flavors: Almond

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 6 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
carol who

I have been drinking Nutty Almond Cream for a while. Found it pretty much the same way… shopping at Meijer’s. I think it is similar to Forever Nuts but I’ve actually begun to like it more than Forever Nuts. Maybe just because it is easier to obtain. I’ve also added it to some of my chocolate teas. It adds some nice nutty taste to other teas.

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drank Nutty Almond Cream by Tiesta Tea
201 tasting notes

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

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Flavors: Cardamon

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One of my co-workers bought this at our local Sprouts and let me try it. I was proctoring a test when I had this, which unfortunately meant that I only got one sip around the correct brewing time before proceeding to get distracted by one of my test-takers. I left the bag in for about 5 extra minutes and came back to a very different experience. The first sip I took was sweet and tasted mostly like the flavoring. The next sip I got when I came back to my cup was almost entirely grassy green tea. I was surprised that it hadn’t gone bitter at all, which probably means my water wasn’t as hot as it should have been in the first place. I think this would be pretty good, if not a touch weak, when brewed correctly. I’m not going to rate this yet until I get a chance to have another cup without getting pulled away.

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drank Citrus Sunburst by Tiesta Tea
166 tasting notes

1st tea from Lewis & Clarke TTB.

Mild aroma. The flavor is a bit stronger than the aroma, but what stands out is the mouth-feel: it is rich and full. Also a long finish. The flavors are fruity; vaguely citrus, but I can’t really identify individual components.

I have to confess that I find it hard to get excited about most tisanes, and this one is no exception. It is nice enough but nothing to get excited about.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 g 6 OZ / 177 ML

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I wanted to try this tea, but didn’t want it enough to pay for the shipping cost. It was at the grocery store this evening and I decided to grab it. To be honest, I’m expecting this to taste like Forever Nuts. It’s definitely a brighter pink, but smells quite similar.

Sipping… Hm.. this one could have used a longer steep time. It tastes a little bit watery and weak. Besides that, I do get some of the same notes as Forever Nuts. It’s slightly less tart, though, which allows for the sweet apple and almond to come through more clearly. The cinnamon seems to be stronger in this blend as well. I’m going to try to play around with this a little more, but I’m not sure I like this more than Forever Nuts despite the convenience of buying it in person.

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drank Flap Jack Oolong by Tiesta Tea
2665 tasting notes

Tea of the afternoon here that was part of my big Tiesta order from a few weeks ago. Sorry to write such a brief review, but I’m busy today.

This just sounded so good! Flapjack oolong… maple syrup and nutty with a dark oolong. yummm. Unfortunately I felt the flavor here was pretty light. I was definitely hoping for something for more intense, but in the bright side, at least it wasn’t artificial. You do get notes of maple/nutty/pancake but they are very faint. I think the best idea I had with this was to sweeten it with a tiny bit of maple syrup. Then it was perfect. Not bad but not quite flavorful enough for my personal tastes.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
teaqueen

This one is next on my wish list!

TeaBrat

If you want I can send you a sample :D

bizbee1

steepster ate my comment that today is national pancake day in the USA so you must have another cup to celebrate even if it wasn’t quite flavorful enough (add more maple??) its all in fun!

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Another tea from Tiesta to try…

And if my sleep schedule wasn’t messed up enough already, I had a long nap today and needed something to revive me. This says it’s a blend of green and white teas and certainly smells fruity in the pouch. I saw a piece of dried fruit in there too :)

This is nice, I like the green/white blend because I think the white gives it a bit of sweetness. It has a bit of tart from the fruit which seems mostly tropical to me, and a touch of rose gives it some floral. This isn’t as strongly fruit flavored as I thought it would be from smelling it in the bag. Regardless, it is a nice blend especially for warm weather. I think I’ll need to try this one iced someday. Good, but not amazing. Definitely more subtle than Lupicia’s flavored teas. And I don’t really think tea helps to keep me slim or I’d be the skinniest person on Earth… ha ha

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Sami Kelsh

Ha! If tea were genuinely that slimming, I’d be a stick insect. I mean, the bear claws and fish and chips probably counteract it pretty well, but…

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drank Strawberry Exotica by Tiesta Tea
2665 tasting notes

I have been researching and applying for jobs all day today, this is some seriously boring stuff! It’s a beautiful day and I’d rather be out playing but I guess I’ll get to do that this weekend.

Strawberry Exotica is a very good cold brewed tea, perhaps better than it is hot. It’s mild, sweet and has nice strawberry and tropical fruit essence. I wish I had more of this as a cold brew. It’s tasty….

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drank Strawberry Exotica by Tiesta Tea
2665 tasting notes

Part of an order that I received from Tiesta Tea yesterday. Shipping was slow, the post office was partly to blame, and when I inquired about the slow shipping time, Tiesta refunded the money that I paid on shipping for this. I thought that was good of them.

Now I don’t have any fruity white teas in my stash for some reason, and was looking forward to trying this one. It’s the second cup I’ve had this afternoon. With a name like “Strawberry Exotica”, I was really hoping for something huge in the strawberry department. This is definitely sweet (from the white tea) and fruity. I would say there’s as much mango and pineapple in here as strawberry, but it’s a pleasant flavor for sure. Not exactly what I was expecting, but not bad either. It’s a lightly flavored tropical white tea. I will need to try this cold brewed someday, me thinks. Maybe that will bring out even more fruitiness.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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67
drank Kokomate by Tiesta Tea
88 tasting notes

I got this from the Pass the Stash Teabox. I took it mainly because I’ve not had much of a chance to deal with Mate’s in general, and I’m hoping to find more wake up options then just plain old coffee.

Let me say, first impression is I have had liquor smell less boozy then this stuff does in the bag. I’m hoping this is like 52teas where it has a lot of scent but the flavor isn’t the same strength because if this tastes like that we’ve got a problem.

Alright I’ve tasted it an I really don’t mind it. I may have underleafed it though because I get coconut and hot water pretty much. And after I pulled my steeper out, it looked like what I had put in was cut in half so maybe it had fluffed up some in the bag? I don’t hate this but I’m glad I have more to give it another go. The good news is Tiesta Tea is sold at Meijer by me so if I like it as a coffee alternative I can get it easily.

Flavors: Coconut

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Citrus Sunburst by Tiesta Tea
972 tasting notes

Lewis & Clarke TTB

This one is in Tea Sparrow packaging. I’m always interested in fruit teas, even if they almost always end up being disappointing with either too much apple or too much hibiscus. This one has chunks of papaya, mango, and apple, and it has the hugest pieces of hibiscus that I have ever seen (I avoided them mostly). The dry scent reminds me of a specific fruit gum that I can’t think of right now, and it’s quite tart.

Uh oh… Even though I tried to avoid the hibiscus chunks, my tea brewed up that trademark fuchsia color and it smells quite tart. Here goes nothing… :P Whoa buddy, this is super tart! To its credit, it does taste very citrusy, which is good. But it’s also quite strong on the hibiscus tartness, and I’ve not been adding any sweetener to my teas. I can see this one being very tasty and refreshing as an iced tea, but it’s just too tart for me to drink it hot. Ah well…

Flavors: Citrus, Fruity, Tart

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML
Cheri

This was one of the teas in my Tea Sparrow subscription. There was too much going on with this one to appeal to me, but I thought someone else might enjoy it.

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