261 Tasting Notes

This is delicious. I was hoping it would taste something like David’s Teas’ Forever Nuts, and it’s almost exactly the same. I actually taste pecans more than almonds in these two, but that’s a bonus in my book, and they both have the lovely flavors of cinnamon, brown sugar, and apple. I haven’t really been especially interested in putting in an order with Tiesta tea, but this may make me change my mind

Flavors: Apple, Brown Sugar, Cinnamon, Nuts, Pecan

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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I’m kind of surprised I’ve haven’t tried this one yet, but I guess I tried the Mandarin Orange Spice first and liked it, and though this would be relatively similar so I didn’t bother trying this one. I’m glad I tried it this time. The tangerine and hibiscus made this quite different from the mandarin orange. I really, really like it. I can’t wait to try it iced!

Flavors: Citrus, Hibiscus, Orange, Sweet, Tart

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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I just put in another order for some of Celestial Seasoning’s Zinger teas. I really like them for iced tea, with just a bit of sweetener. I saw that they had added this one to the lineup, so I decided to give it a try. I really liked it! It’s exactly what I want from a Watermelon-Lime-Hibiscus tea. It has a strong Watermelon flavor that reminds me of Jolly Ranchers combined with a Hibiscus-Lime tartness.

Flavors: Hibiscus, Lime, Melon, Sweet, Tart

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Kristal

I’ve been doing a lot of iced teas lately- perhaps it’s time for me to try a more inexpensive brand. Or different brands like this in general ;)

rosebudmelissa

If you like Hibiscus iced teas, definitely check out Celestial Seasonings; Zinger teas. They have several really nice ones with distinctive flavors. I like their True Blueberry (which tastes like grape to me), their Mandarin Orange Spice (Which is a non-hibiscus orange tea), and their Lemon Ginger as well for icing.

Kristal

Thanks for the tips! I’ll look around. I don’t really care for hibiscus but I’ve been mixing hibiscus teas with other lighter herbal teas which tends to cut the tartness well enough.

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drank Cavalla by Crio Bru
261 tasting notes

I probably wouldn’t drink this plain, but it’s great for adding a chocolate flavor to blends. My favorite way to drink it is one teaspoon of this, one teaspoon of cocoa nibs (nuts.com), 1/2 tsp of hazelnut honeybush (adagio), 1/2 tsp of barley tea (from amazon), and a touch of sweetener. Then brew it for about 10 minutes. It has a rich, decadent, dark chocolate flavor that is very different from hot cocoa, but quite appealing in its own way.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 8 OZ / 236 ML

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First tasting note in a while. I got super busy with real life stuff.

I finally found a chocolate herbal blend I’m happy with! And it’s herbal! I tried barley tea for the first time a few months ago, and I really, really liked it. Recently I decided to try it in a chocolate blend. It was definitely the ingredient I’ve been missing! It really bolsters the chocolate flavor and adds just a touch of toastiness, making the cup feel rich and decadent, rather than weak and watery. It’s definitely a dark chocolate flavor, and I prefer it without milk, but it makes for a nice alternative to hot chocolate. My current chocolate tea blend is: 1 tsp Cavella (Crio Bru), 1 tsp Cacoa Nibs (Nuts.com), 1/2 tsp Honeybush Hazelnut (Adagio), and 1/2 tsp Barley (from Herbal Blending box). I added a small amount of sweetener to my cup.

Flavors: Bitter, Chocolate, Dark Chocolate, Sweet, Toast

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 3 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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I didn’t really care for this. It was pleasantly citrusy, but I didn’t like the way it blended with the green tea, and I really disliked the licorice root.

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Does this have an artificial sweetener? I did add some sweetener, but it shouldn’t taste so cloyingly sweet. I don’t taste the rose at all either, which is unfortunate. I’ve been looking for a good Hibiscus-Rose tea, but this is not it.

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I really liked this one! Chamomile is the primary flavor, and the lemony-herbal flavor is a lighter addition that mixes really well. I’m surprised this has so many negative reviews. To each their own, I guess.

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drank Exuma Lemon by Island Rose
261 tasting notes

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I really, really dislike presweetened teas. Not only are they usually sweeter than I like, they also often use sweeteners that don’t taste good to me. I think I would like this if it wasn’t sweetened with stevia. The stevia just ruins this for me.

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I drink a lot of herbal tea, and the occasional cup of traditional tea here and there. I really enjoy experimenting with my own blends. I tend to reach for floral and savory teas in the spring, fruity teas in the summer, spice, nut, and barley teas in the fall, and dessert and honeybush teas in the winter.

Flavors I like:
Tea (unflavored/desert blacks, dark oolongs, jasmine green, unflavored/fruity/floral whites)
Desert (chocolate, molasses caramel, vanilla, honey, cream)
Spices (ginger, cloves, nutmeg, cinnamon, black pepper)
Fruit(raspberry, honeydew, lemon, lime, apple, blueberry, plum, fig, grape, pineapple, orange, mango, grapefruit)
Flowers (jasmine, hibiscus, chamomile, rose, chrysanthemum)
Nuts (coconut, hazelnut, pecan, cashew)
Misc. (anise, honeybush, green rooibos, mint, barley, rosemary, dandelion leaf, rice)

Flavors I Dislike: cardamon, lemongrass, coffee, chicory, red rooibos, lavender, licorice root, stevia; artificial peach, cherry, and almond flavors; bitter or astringent teas, unflavored greens,

I have participated in the Overboard TTB, the Butiki Herbal Blending Box, and the Butiki Educational TTB and am currently running the Herbal TTB and the Monthly TTB Club

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Maryland

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