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65
drank Fireberry by Tiesta Tea
49 tasting notes

I agree with the other reviewers that say it tastes like unsweetened cranberry juice. Didn’t do much for me in the flavor department, tastes like any generic berry tea to me. It will be a nice option for a low caffeine cup at night.

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74
drank Flap Jack Oolong by Tiesta Tea
875 tasting notes

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

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML

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55

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

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML

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80
drank Passion Berry Jolt by Tiesta Tea
673 tasting notes

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.

Flavors: Raspberry

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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74

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

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Just brewed up the last of this tea. I quite like the taste of it. It is definitely fruity, much more than most fruity teas you can get in a non-high end grocery. Like I mentioned in my previous review, I do not get a “jolt” of energy from this at all, it just seems to be normal tea. I say if you want an energy jolt, go for matcha. It gives me zing without a crash.

But anyway, this is good, but I don’t think the price matches up with its quality. I paid about six bucks and some change for 1.5 oz at Target. I can get 3 oz samples from Adagio of flavored teas for around the same price.

So would I recommend this? Taste-wise, yes, if someone were to offer me a cup, I would not turn it down. Will I buy it again? Not if the price remains the same without the amount in the package increasing.

Flavors: Fruity

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I went through Target’s tea aisle last night, and noticed this. Decided to try it. The fruit taste is noticeable, pretty tasty. I don’t really notice a “jolt” of energy any more than any other tea. Oh, marketing :) I never notice any “jolts” with any “energy” drinks though, with the exception of matcha.

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Overboard TTB #5

This tastes just like David’s Tea Forever Nuts with the addition of creaminess!!

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I’m reviewing this with a new set of contacts in and I’m not really convinced that my prescription is right…

Anyway… this tea is good but not great. Slight hints of cream and mellow hints of chocolate. Clear dark amber color. I’m honestly not sure on what the base is. A 3 min steep time seems to do better with the flavoring.

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74

I wasn’t planning to brew similar teas, but this is my second apple nut tea tonight, right after Sleigh Ride. I thought it was just nuts, but I guess I shouldn’t be surprised that it has apples in it. I guess I need to reconsider my stance on apple pieces. This one is light with a focus on nut. I’m glad about that.

It’s very mild, but I like it. I don’t know if I could describe the taste, though I would definitely say its a dessert tea. I could drink this at night, though it does have a tart after taste from the apples and requires more of the tisane to brew.

This also came in Tracey’s TTB. I probably wouldn’t have tried it if it wasn’t in the box.

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20
drank Banana Split by Tiesta Tea
285 tasting notes

Overboard TTB #9

I love yerba mate, but I’m not a big fan of red rooibos. Wish I had realized this was a blend of the two before sampling it. The dry leaf has a nice banana scent, but the woody rooibos flavor completely took over my cup, with just a hint of artificial banana lingering in the background. Not a fan!

Flavors: Artificial, banana, Rooibos, Wood

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
The Cookie Lady

Darn…I had sorta high hopes for this one, too…

Nichole

I did as well. . .

Inkling

Yeah, it sounded good in theory! Rooibos ruins a lot of good blends. :(

jeweledthumb

Yup. I felt the same way about this one… and I actually like red rooibos!

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80
drank Flap Jack Oolong by Tiesta Tea
285 tasting notes

Overboard TTB #7

For some reason, there were a lot of maple-flavored teas in this box and I seem to have grabbed all of them to try! This one was tasty, but not my favorite. The base has a great silky mouth feel and supports the flavors well. I’m getting a definite maple flavor, along with a nutty/buttery taste that I can imagine to be pancakes. This isn’t something I need in my collection, but I enjoyed sampling it and would definitely drink it again.

Flavors: Butter, Maple, Nutty

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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55
drank Crème au Chocolat by Tiesta Tea
285 tasting notes

Hidden Gems TTB #5

I think I may need to stop trying chocolate teas. I already have one that I LOVE (David’s Chocolate Rocket…thanks carol who!) and none of the others I’ve tried quite measure up. This one wasn’t terrible, but I found the flavor a bit weak and watery. Maybe it would be better with milk?

Flavors: Chocolate

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
VariaTEA

Chocolate Rocket is unique in its chocolate flavoring I find. When I think about it, other chocolate teas don’t really compare because they have a very different sort of flavoring to them.

VariaTEA

Hopefully that makes sense to someone other than me :P

Anlina

I didn’t like Chocolate Rocket but I know what you mean.

VariaTEA

Hahah thank goodness. Wouldn’t want to come off rambling like a crazy lady.

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drank Fireberry by Tiesta Tea
241 tasting notes

Ok, this dry tisane smells like BERRIES! (all-caps and punctuation included). I brewed it according to Tea Sparrow’s suggestion, which was 1tbsp (4g) per 8oz of water (well, my mug has 10oz) for 4-6min (I went with 4). It brews up this gorgeous purplish red colour, amazing. It tastes… holy crap, TART! Like, puckeringly sour, LOL. I’m actually kind of enjoying this, but I’m one of those people who love sour candies too. OMG I think this is actually bringing tears to my eyes. Holding off on rating this for now, obviously I need to experiment with some different steeping parameters. :)

Flavors: Berries, Sour, Tart

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 4 g 10 OZ / 295 ML
Lindsay

Maybe I’ll just brew it this way forever. I’m sitting here puckering and giggling to myself. :)

OMGsrsly

Well, that sounds entertaining, if not enjoyable. :)

Anlina

Does Tea Sparrow regularly recommend 1 tablespoon for 8oz of water? I think the Kenya black you sent me had the same recommendation, which seemed like way too much tea, so I went with a third of that and got a pretty potent cup.

Lindsay

They do! It’s kind of weird. I asked them about it once and they said “we like our tea strong”. Ok, can’t really argue with that. I usually just brew according to my own preferences. In this case, it’s a pretty chunky tisane so measuring it out with a tablespoon makes a certain amount of sense.

OMGsrsly

OMG. 1 tbsp per 8 oz?! I was introduced to tea via Silk Road, which recommends 1 tsp per 16 oz. O.o

cookies

Rishi recommends the same thing, regardless of tea type. I find it very odd.

Anlina

I noticed that when I went to make Rishi’s Chinese Breakfast today. I can understand recommending lots of leaf if you do a much shorter steep, but I can’t even imagine steeping 1tbsp of black tea in 8oz of water for 4 min as suggested.

Then again, lots of purveyors of good tea seem to have really strange steeping directions which sound to me like they would make undrinkable tea.

Lindsay

Part of the problem is that spoons are a really innacurate way of measuring tea in the first place. So like, maybe the shape of their tablespoon is such that it’s not a whole lot more tea than the “perfect tea spoons” people use (that are really more like 1.5tsp I think). I don’t think a tablespoon of tea is actually the same as 3 teaspoons of tea.

OMGsrsly

DavidsTea has two perfect teaspoons. The old one is 1.5 tsp, the new ones are 2.5 tsp. The more you know. :)

OMGsrsly

I do like grams, though. Grams and mls make me happy.

Lindsay

Me too. :)

cookies

Lindsay, that’s a great point. I checked out Rishi’s site, and sure enough they have their own measuring spoon. I’d be interested to see how much it actually holds.

Anlina

Grams are always good. For the longest time I didn’t have a scale, but it was a very small, very useful investment. Volume measures are okay for stuff like matcha or CTC, but not so useful for whole leaf teas.

I think the spoon I have is an actual teaspoon. Rishi’s site says their measuring spoon holds an actual tablespoon.

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WHY IS THIS TEA’S NAME IN ALL CAPS? (oh, I bet someone was copy-pasting from their website in order to preseve the (wrong) accent in crème. ok, nevermind, carry on.)

I decided to get this one out to compare with the Herbal Republic Earl Grey Cream. Compared to that one, this has a much more distinct vanilla/cream flavour, it’s like BAM, right there alongside the bergamot. It also adds a bit of sweetness. They’re both good, but I think I actually prefer the other one. Interesting.

Flavors: Bergamot, Cream, Vanilla

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec 3 g 10 OZ / 295 ML
Fjellrev

Sometimes, some tea names just need to be YELLED OUT!

Anlina

I sometimes go and edit weirdly formatted stuff in the database because this kind of thing makes me twitchy.

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70
drank Flap Jack Oolong by Tiesta Tea
557 tasting notes

This was interesting- I can see why it is called flap jack, though I get more of a buckwheat pancake type of breads flavor. The maple was so mild I added a drop of maple syrup to enhance it.

I enjoyed it, but I happen to be super duper picky about pancakes! And as it happens, just as picky about pancake tea.

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50
drank Red Rose Rooibos by Tiesta Tea
241 tasting notes

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

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drank Flap Jack Oolong by Tiesta Tea
673 tasting notes

Overboard TTB.

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.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 18 OZ / 532 ML

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drank Flap Jack Oolong by Tiesta Tea
673 tasting notes

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89
drank Nutty Almond Cream by Tiesta Tea
673 tasting notes

Overboard TTB

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.

Flavors: Apple

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 18 OZ / 532 ML

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83
drank Nutty Almond Cream by Tiesta Tea
875 tasting notes

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

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 8 min or more 1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML
Lindsay

If you add milk and sugar (something I have never considered with a tisane before this particular one) it tastes even more like apple pie but also turns a hilarious bubblegum pink colour. ;)

Anlina

Oh cool. I will try to remember to do that with my next cup.

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88
drank Passion Berry Jolt by Tiesta Tea
1041 tasting notes

I’m home for a few days, and it seems like I brought cooler weather with me. I’ve been sipping on this while prepping dinner as a way of keeping myself warm. The passion fruit and raspberry flavors in this are very nice. It’s sweet and fruity without being candy-like. I’m nearing the bottom of my bag, so I’ll be adding this to my shopping cart the next time I’m at Target. This will be in my iced tea rotation this summer without question.

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88
drank Passion Berry Jolt by Tiesta Tea
1041 tasting notes

I don’t know what it is about this tea, but I am loving it right now. It has a nice passion fruit flavor and a fair amount of red berry flavor as well. Raspberry seems to be the berry note I pick out most often, but there’s a nice strawberry note, too. The base tea isn’t my favorite as it’s slightly on the astringent side, but other than that it’s really nice.

Maybe it’s because this tea is so summery, or maybe it’s because it’s some tasty stuff, but I’ve been drinking this pretty much everyday this month. This is easily my February favorite.

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88
drank Passion Berry Jolt by Tiesta Tea
1041 tasting notes

Dear Veronica,

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….

XOXO,
Me

Nicole

Great tasting note. :)

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