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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
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
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Flavors: Berries, Berry, Blackberry, Blueberry, Fruity, Raspberry, Rooibos, Sweet
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
Flavors: banana, Citrus, Green, Orange, Sweet
This was a pretty good flavored green tea from Design A Tea. When I ordered from them, I opted for single flavor teas and I like pomegranate. I thought the green tea flavor didn’t overpower the pomegranate taste. It tasted very natural, unlike some other flavored teas I’ve tried where the whole thing comes across as artificial.
I ordered this as a sample from Design A Tea. I almost didn’t brew it because of the smell, but sometimes tea smells differently when brewed. It brings back memories of going to the dentist as a child and getting bubblegum fluoride. It smells like that… and makes me want to gag. The smell persisted even after brewing. While the taste wasn’t bad, I just can’t get over the scent.
It has not taken me long to realize that flavored teas are not for me. This is perfume-y and flowery. I can’t really judge the quality — the tea leaves are okay, and this might suit you if you like tea with flavoring, I mainly taste the perfume, which is disappointing since so many oolongs have a natural apricot flavor with no need for the chemicals. Extremely perfume-y tea tends to give me headaches and nausea, so l probably won’t finish this. I detect some vague spices, but in a taste test, I don’t think I’d know this was meant to be chai.
Flavors: Floral, Flowers, Perfume, Spices
I received this sample from Veronica. It smells lovely, though right now I’m still waiting or it to cool. I don’t have much experience with wine. At first I thought it smelled lemony, but now I smell the grape. It does kind of smell like grape juice (scuppernong, not niagara).
I did brew it a bit too long, I think. It’s kind of bitter. I’ll probably brew it again later so that I can leave a rating. I used too much water and steeped it too long this time.
This was the last of my Design a Tea samples. It smelled really awful – like cough medicine. Luckily it didn’t taste like it smelled. It was merely bland with a faint chemical aftertaste. Blech. This was not a winner. I think in the end, while I love the idea of Design a Tea, I’m not very impressed with the samples I tried, so I probably won’t put in an order with them anytime soon.