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96

Almost out of this. I will need to make another order soon. What is everyone’s favourite blend they have tried from design-a-tea?

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96

I made my own blend using
Rooibos base
Add linden leaf herb
Add flavours vanilla, zabaglione

It might be one of the best rooibos tisanes I have ever had. I’m getting a lot of custard/thick cream notes, sweet rooibos, intense vanilla. There is so much vanilla custard that I’m going to be ordering more soon. If you have been hesitant on trying something from design-a-tea, order this one. With the sugary flavours it is almost like creme brulee with carmalized sugar.

Flavors: Brown Sugar, Cream, Custard, Rooibos, Sugar, Thick, Vanilla

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 4 min, 30 sec
Sil

Mmmmmmmmm

VariaTEA

This sounds awesome! I ordered from Design-a-Tea a while back and remember the teas came out quite nicely

Sil

now i wanna play!

Arby

I added sapsaparilla and linden flower leaf to mine, so I guess that could have contributed. I also added clove, however there is no clove at all in the looseleaf, so I’m not sure about that one. I noticed in the ingredients they add almond pieces when you select vanilla flavouring, so I guess there is a bit of nutty almond in there as well.

Fjellrev

Fascinating!

Evol Ving Ness

I wonder how this would turn out on a black base.

Arby

I suspect on a black base it would be delicious.

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66

This is the last of my sampler package from design-a-tea (I did purchase a bag of zabaglione vanilla rooibos as well). The blueberry and nutmeg rooibos ended up being more like blueberry/generic fruity rooibos with no nutmeg at all. I was pretty disappointing at the lack of nutmeg, considering the great reviews for the Renaissance oolong from design-a-tea. Maybe I’ll have to add my own nutmeg (extra), but I’m still disappointing. I saved this one for last because it was the one I was most excited for. Oh well, it was still a nice cup.

Flavors: Berry, Blueberry, Fruity, Rooibos

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75
drank Honey Bee by Design a Tea
2405 tasting notes

This was a free sample included in my recent order. I don’t consume animal products (including honey) normally, but I figured it is probably artificial and I didn’t want to know either way. I didn’t buy/pay for it and I don’t want it to go to waste.

It was actually very strongly honey flavoured, light sweetness from the rooibos, some fruity and floral notes, and a citrus/dry grass vibe from the chamomile. For someone looking for a honey flavoured herbal, I would recommend this. It reminds me of the tea I used to drink when I was sick that was honey/ginger/chamomile.

Flavors: Citrus, Floral, Fruity, Hay, Honey, Rooibos, Sweet

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C

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76

Another of the five samples I requested from design-a-tea, and I’m really happy with this one. The dry leaf smells intensely of rum, pineapple, coconut cream, and brown sugar, and it brews up a really rich amber (reminds me of dark rum).

The rooibos is delicious as the base, I think the slight woody flavour goes with the rum (reminds me of a rum barrel on a pirate ship), the pineapple is very good, some topical fruit notes too. I’m not getting much coconut,but the brew is it is smooth and thick-almost creamy. I think this would be amazing as a coconut milk latte.

Flavors: Brown Sugar, Caramel, Pineapple, Rooibos, Rum, Tropical, Wood

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 5 min, 15 sec
Lexie Aleah

How many cups does one of their samples make approximately?

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97
drank Anise Rum Rooibos by Design a Tea
2405 tasting notes

One of the samples I ordered and ended up loving. I’m going to be reordering this flavour in my next design-a-tea order.

The anise is amazing, like licorice but without the gross metallic/sweet flavour. The rum wasn’t as strong as I would have hoped, but I enjoyed the combination. The rooibos tied the two flavours together very well, I can’t wait to get my hands on more!

Flavors: Anise, Caramel, Licorice, Rooibos, Rum

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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69

My design-a-tea order came today! I’m very excited to try all my little samples. They are all rooibos based (because I need some new herbals in my life), and I tried this one first because I was excited for maple.

The red rooibos is very present, minerals, brown sugar, nectar, wood. There is a desserty (almost caramel?) note that I suppose is the zabaglione ( still can’t pronounce that word correctly) but I was hoping for more custard and cream. I do get nutty notes of almond and walnut, but I wouldn’t call it maple at all.

Flavors: Almond, Brown Sugar, Nectar, Nutty, Rooibos, Walnut, Wood

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 15 sec

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78

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Flavors: Berries, Berry, Blackberry, Blueberry, Fruity, Raspberry, Rooibos, Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 45 sec 1 tsp 15 OZ / 450 ML

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78

The sweet rooibos goes really nicely with the natural berry flavours. No hint of sour or acidic undertones. I’ve had it hot and cold, both are very good. This is going to make a fantastic iced tea.

Flavors: Berries, Berry, Blackberry, Blueberry, Dried Fruit, Fruity, Herbs, Raspberry, Rooibos, Stems, Sweet

Preparation
8 min or more 2 tsp 10 OZ / 300 ML

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65
drank Blackberry Spice by Design a Tea
77 tasting notes

The most tolerable of the teas I’ve tried so far. The blackberry flavor’s pretty good, but the “spice” component tastes and smells like Big Red chewing gum. Blackberries and Big Red isn’t terrible, but not something I think I’d ever want more of.

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drank Pear Honey by Design a Tea
77 tasting notes

So I decided I’d give Design-a-Tea a shot and get some samples. Couldn’t hurt, right? I was curious to see if their pear flavoring measured up to S&V’s, and pear with honey sounded like a nice combo.

This? This tastes neither like pears nor honey. It’s like drinking perfume. I don’t know if it’s the pear or the honey flavoring that’s so flowery, but it’s incredibly floral. Not even pleasantly floral. Soapy floral. No joke, thanks to the scent I thought that I’d somehow gotten a rose tea when I opened the sample, and Design-a-Tea doesn’t even have rose as a flavor option. Sticking to Simpson & Vail if it’s pear tea I’m after, because this is incredibly far off the mark.

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drank Banana Caramel by Design a Tea
77 tasting notes

The second of my Design-a-Tea samples. I don’t know why I keep trying with caramel flavored teas. I feel the same way about them many people do about chocolate teas; they just can’t measure up to the real thing. That said, I like chocolate tea. Anyway.

It smelled like nothing dry and like banana candy when brewing. That was fine with me since I like that taste. Flavor-wise it was very, very mild with only hints of banana and caramel coming through as it cooled. The black base is nonexistent and that’s saying something considering how light the flavoring is.

Two samples down, three to go. Not particularly impressed so far.

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83
drank Plum (Sencha) by Design a Tea
150 tasting notes

This is a Sencha with “natural flavorings” and I rarely drink flavored teas. It does taste natural. :). It’s a juicy, fruity flavor and fragrance, but it tasted more like some other kind of fruit than plum. Maybe black grapes. There’s no hint of tartness at all, which I associate with plums… this has a straight sweet flavor. I can’t pick up much of the Sencha to comment on. The label states that they use natural organic oils, so to avoid if one has “any sensitivity to tree nut oils or any flavor/ingredients.”
I’ve had this tea for quite some time but it’s still quite tasty.

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65

The coconut in this is pretty pleasant (though it’s more a Malibu rum coconut than a flaked coconut flavor) but it gets lost in the raspberry. I guess I should have tried one that was just plain coconut; at the time I was curious whether I could replicate David’s discontinued Fantasy Island, but this doesn’t taste like that at all.

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60

Fruit flavors seem pretty artificial in this one, though they’re not as over-powering as the raspberry. The green base is weak.

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75

This was my safe bet flavor of the five I picked out. I was thinking that whatever method Design a Tea was using to flavor the tea, a caramel vanilla would probably turn out drinkable. In a way, that logic kind of backfired. This cup is perfectly drinkable, but it does taste tame. The base in these teas is pretty mild, and while I can see that being a good thing in some instances — it doesn’t compete as much with the added flavors — caramel and vanilla are also such mild flavors that the combination becomes a bit flat. I can’t help being reminded of Je T’Aime from Nina’s Paris. That was also a caramel vanilla tea, but with such a punchy base that the tea itself took center stage and the caramel and vanilla came off as accents. Ah well, it’s pretty hard to compete with Je T’Aime. Overall this was pleasant enough, just not something I need to keep in the cupboard.

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82

Happily this turned out better than the last one. I’m not really getting chocolate, but the maple is there along with a pleasant nuttiness. If this was a blindfold test, I would say this is maple pecan tea — not what I was expecting, but maple pecan is an awesome flavor, so no complaints from me. This also tastes a lot more natural than the raspberry I got from Design a Tea.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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50

I recently came across Design A Tea and was curious how they measured up to Adagio (the other custom blender that I’ve purchased from). Since they offer five samples for $5 shipping, I thought, why not?

When I opened the shipping envelope, I was struck with an artificial scent, like cherry Nyquil, so not feeling high hopes.

Yep, it tastes pretty artificial too, sort of like those syrups in the coffee shops that they pump in for flavoring.

The base is inoffensive, so maybe some of the other samples will work out better. So far I’m definitely leaning toward Adagio though.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
Fjellrev

Aww, that’s too bad!

Tamarindel

Yeah, if I’d read the steepster reviews more closely I might have saved myself some trouble — the few people who went with raspberry don’t sound enthusiastic about it, but some of the other flavors got more positive reviews. I still have 4 flavors to go, so keeping my fingers crossed :)

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drank Pumpkin Chai by Design a Tea
1108 tasting notes

Drank this yesterday at work because my first day had to be teabag day since I had no pot.
^ That sentence sounds whack…
Anyways, this was done quite well and I enjoyed it. I didn’t get to sip it slow, rather I just drank this down :)

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Yum! A great way to start the morning off. I’m really digging this and it is really hard to find banana flavored teas that hit the flavor I have been looking for. This is the closet one that I’ve found and I got to create it myself. So very good. A heaping of citrus flavoring with a kick of banana. Yum!

Here is the full review:
http://sororiteasisters.com/2015/04/07/create-tea-design-tea/

Flavors: banana, Citrus, Green, Orange, Sweet

rosebudmelissa

That sounds like a very appealing flavor combination. I don’t think I’ve seen a banana citrus tea before.

Nichole/CuppaGeek

I really enjoyed it. I’ll throw some in the next box I’ve got working for you.

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