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drank Fireberry by Tiesta Tea
4457 tasting notes

Sipping on this tonight while I try to wind down before bed.

This is another one that my mom picked up for me, and when I smelled the dry leaf I kind of knew that despite interesting sounding ingredients this was going to primarily just be a cup of tart hibiscus. When I measured out the leaf, those fears were reinforced yet again because there’s just so much hibiscus in this tea.

And of course now that I’m drinking it, it’s just really tart, hot hibiscus. The liquor itself is even so opaque and dark red that when the mug was full it basically looked black. The only other thing I can say about this one that’s positive is that the finish does have very light hints of cranberry. It’s just so light though, and getting through the hibiscus for that cranberry note isn’t super worth it.

I’ll try this again cold brewed though ‘cause sometimes that can decrease the intensity of hibiscus heavy blends enough for other notes to be more present and enjoyable. It’s worth a shot, at least…

Flavors: Hibiscus, Tart

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Had the same cold brew from yesterday another cup from the pitcher today. Normally, I wouldn’t log another tasting note for the exact same brew but I did do something different with this one that I think is worth note.

So, a few weeks ago one of my coworkers brought a lemon to work to cut up and put in iced tea – and I thought that was fucking brilliant, so when I did my grocery shopping this week I bought a whole bunch of lemons so that I could do the same with cold brews. When I tried this one yesterday, I knew that it was something that would probably work well with the extra lemon flavour so it was my guinea pig today.

One cut up meyer lemon later, and I had a really nice cold brew that was greatly like yesterday’s but with a more pronounced lemon/citrus quality. Since the cucumber was SO strong in the first place, this sort of leveled it out a little bit. Really enjoyable, and even more Spring-like than yesterday!

Song Pairing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=78DVtcsT26k&list=LL1M1wDjmJD4SJr_CwzXAGuQ&index=1

Like a lot of songs by this band, this sort of just feels like free word association, but when I first heard it I was super curious about it and so I looked it up. It’s kind of a love song of sorts, inspired in part by something overheard by a homeless man and a tattoo one of the artists once saw on a fan that they fell in love with. The overall sound is supposed to be like a downtown neighborhood/sort of slum which sets the scene for the people in the song.

I don’t know; I just really enjoy this band a lot and I thought that with that in mind and with the fun, upbeat nature of the song it worked for the bus ride I was taking whilst drinking this tea. My bus ride was headed to the heart of downtown, and we pass through a couple of neighborhoods not unlike what the artists were going for in the song, so with the flavour of the tea complimenting the tone of the song, and my literal surroundings matching the implied ones in the song it was just very immersive.

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Thank you mom for thinking this sounded unique!

Of all the teas that have come and gone in seasonal DAVIDsTEA collections, one of the ones I regret not stocking up on the most is Cool Cucumber and this delightful blend has all the elements that I adored so much in that tea PLUS the addition of sweet, summery orange/citrus. The cucumber is full force, and combined with notes of fresh orange and honeydew melon this is by far the most refreshing and Spring time/Summer time feeling cold brew I’ve had in weeks.

Like, holy fuck it’s SO GOOD.

Add to that the fact I got to enjoy it whilst eating a really lovely home cooked meal, and I was practically knocked off my feet with how tasty it was. Like, thank you so much to James and Coconut for introducing me to You Suck At Cooking because I’ve been slowly experimenting with some of the recipes and this last one I tried was phenomenal.

For those curious here it is: https://scontent.fyyz1-1.fna.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/16807004_10209647210270997_4558985927393466575_n.jpg?oh=0100ee303f85f0d43951489311f8a649&oe=59478C32

Sea salted, fresh dill and mustard glazed green beans! Obviously that’s a slight twist on the original mustard green beans from You Suck At Cooking – dill just makes everything better though. After that was done, I used them as a topping on a Sesame bagel with some dill infused cream cheese. The cream cheese was hand made as well! Add on a sprinkle of cheddar and I was set!

Normally I don’t like mustard, but everything about this meal and its tea accompaniment just worked for me.

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drank Momma's PB&J by Tiesta Tea
4457 tasting notes

So, one of the coffee bars in town has started carrying some Tiesta Tea blends, which my mother saw when she was there over the weekend. She very thoughtfully picked out four of the more interesting/unique sounding ones for me as an early birthday present!

This was one of them, and while I can’t say that I’ve never tried a PB&J flavoured tea before I will concede that they’re not exactly ‘common’.

- Much like 52Tea’s PB&J tea, but fruitier/tarter
- Still enjoyable overall; kind of weird? Basically echoes my 52Teas experience…
- The “PB” tasted more like almond butter to me
- I felt like I should add milk, but in this blend that would curdle

I finished the cup still uncertain of how I felt about this one overall. Regardless, I was super appreciative for the chance to try it and since the minimum purchase amount was 50g I’ll have more cups ahead of me to figure this one out.

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55
drank Ginger Sweet Peach by Tiesta Tea
34 tasting notes

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Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 242 ML

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drank Citrus Midnight by Tiesta Tea
34 tasting notes

I have tried this tea twice and both times it has been delightful. I was surprised to learn this has rooibos tea in it as i thought it was just herbal originally. You get the lemon taste from the get go with a slight peppermint aftertaste. Tiesta is my first encounter with loose teas and i have loved everything i have tried from them so far.

Flavors: Lemon, Peppermint

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 242 ML

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drank Palm Beach Punch by Tiesta Tea
34 tasting notes

I was surprised with this tea. As stated it really tastes like fruit punch and doesn’t need much (i added a little honey) since it is so yummy. I haven’t tried many loose teas but this is one i will be buying again.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec 8 OZ / 242 ML

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70
drank Cocoa Chili Pumpkin by Tiesta Tea
16 tasting notes

Nice cocoa tea with a little kick to it. It is a great breakfast tea with some cream (I use Almond Creamer) added in.

Flavors: Cocoa, Spicy

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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80
drank Passion Berry Jolt by Tiesta Tea
455 tasting notes

I was so excited by this new addition at my local grocery store: bags of loose-leaf tea alongside the boxes of Lipton and Bigelow! I haven’t tried much from this brand before, but this one sounded tasty and the price was pretty good: $5 for 1.5 ounces. I’m not sure what makes this an “energizer” tea, as the ingredients list and flavor indicate that it’s simply a fruit-flavored black tea. However, the flavor is quite pleasant: natural-tasting raspberry and passionfruit with a slightly tart note in the aftertaste. I may have to try some other flavors next time I stock up on groceries!

Flavors: Passion Fruits, Raspberry, Tart

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML
gmathis

Haven’t seen Tiesta in grocery stores yet; we can get it at local health food place, but it’s significantly more expensive than what you snagged it for. Their nutty-appley variety (can’t remember the name) is good.

Inkling

Thanks for the recommendation! I seem to recall seeing a nutty herbal blend that I passed up because there was hibiscus in the ingredients list; maybe I’ll give it a shot next time.

gmathis

Ah…(looked it up)…Nutty Almond Cream.

Lindsay

Tiesta usually has a 50% off Black Friday sale online, just FYI ;)

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50
drank Chai Love by Tiesta Tea
3 tasting notes

Has a sweeter smell than other chai teas that I’ve bought, but once brewed it’s pretty much your average grocery store tea — not bad by any means, but nothing to write home about.

Flavors: Spices

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Nutty Almond Cream by Tiesta Tea
3 tasting notes

Delicious tea! It might sound weird, but the slight tartness reminds me a lot of apple pie à la mode; it’s very apple-y and cinnamon-y without being spicy, and it has a nice smooth, sweet cream finish. Will definitely be buying some of this again <3

Flavors: Apple, Cinnamon

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 5 min, 45 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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75
drank Blueberry Wild Child by Tiesta Tea
1550 tasting notes

Found this today at Bed, Bath, and Beyond where I also bought a Breville Tea Maker. I brewed this with the Breville. I clearly don’t know what I’m doing with the Breville. When I poured my cup I got tea all into the rest of the tea. I didn’t think you had to remove the basket to pour the tea but I must have been wrong or I didn’t latch the thing properly, not sure which. As to this tea, it’s a tasty herbal with blueberries as the main note. Not sure which of the other flavors I’m tasting.

I brewed about 6 tsp leaf with about a liter of water in my Breville tea maker for about 5 minutes. I think this tea will get made primarily iced though.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 6 tsp 34 OZ / 1000 ML

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65
drank Fireberry by Tiesta Tea
74 tasting notes

I’m not sure if I’m steeping this wrong.. but to me it tastes like red wine! I can only enjoy this tea when it’s mixed with lemonade or any sweet drink.

Flavors: Red Wine, Tart

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 5 g 10 OZ / 300 ML

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70

This is a tasty herbal tea that tastes a lot like Forever Nuts by David’s Tea. Same basic ingredients. It’s super-creamy and sweet, just right for a midafternoon break. Because it’s herbal, I think you could give this to a kid and allow them to enjoy it without flying off the handle. (Have you seen a kid on caffeine? It’s hilarious. I say this as a childless person who always hands the kids back.)

It’s a bit weak, flavor-wise, so I recommend over-leafing and over-steeping. I think the issue is that the nuts, due to their shape, don’t pack as tightly as the little tea leaves do in side a tea spoon. I could be wrong, but it sounds scientifically valid, doesn’t it?

Flavors: Apple, Cinnamon, Nuts

mtchyg

You are certainly onto something. The first time or two that I tried this tea, I didn’t care for it. It was weak and watery. But THEN, I had a stroke of common sense and thought to myself, “Well, gee, if it is weak I wonder what it would do if I added MORE than the suggested amount.” And ta-da. It became much more creamy and flavorful after doubling or tripling the suggested ratio.

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73

mostly flavors of black tea with a hint of fruitiness.

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drank Momma's PB&J by Tiesta Tea
74 tasting notes

This smells similar to the Davids Tea peanut butter cup, mixed with sweet berries.

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70

Backlog from the other day. I had this tea iced since most fruity teas I just don’t enjoy them hot. Anyway this was a tasty iced tea. Perfect for a warm day. The rooibos was a nice touch it adds a very subtle nutty flavor to the blend. Don’t think I will be purchasing a full size of this but I am glad I tried it. Still on the search for the best herbal/fruity blend to make for iced tea.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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80

Yep, this tea is exactly like DT’s All the Nuts, Crazy Nuts, Nuts for You, or whatever it is called herbal. Nothing more to say about that.

Flavors: Apple, Baked Bread, Cinnamon

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
tigress_al

Forever Nuts!

S.G. Sanders

Apple Pie. If you like this, you should try St. Nick’s Surprise.

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60
drank Nutty Almond Cream by Tiesta Tea
18 tasting notes

By itself or mixed with black tea, it’s reminiscent of Teavana Amandine Rose, which I miss, but sadly it isn’t quite as good.

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I’ve never reviewed a tea, was on here looking for new teas to try, but I had to review this one. Tiesta Tea’s relaxer tea is one of my favorite teas of all time. If I had to choose one tea to have forever (after a perfect green oolong) this would be it. Be warned, I do not drive after having this tea it makes me so relaxed/sleepy. There’s no chamomile here, so I’m not sure how it works it’s magic. It also takes longer to brew than a regular tea. But the wait is so very worth it. This tea is like dessert in a cup, specifically, like apple pie in a cup. Tiesta Relaxer tea is delivered to our home once a month via Amazon subscription and it’s gone at the end of every month. If you haven’t tried yet, I would consider this a must try tea.

Flavors: Almond, Apple, Apple Skins, Cherry

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 0 sec 4 tsp 32 OZ / 946 ML

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