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drank Cocoa Chili Pumpkin by Tiesta Tea
9223 tasting notes

sample from VariaTEA.. this one was a decent sort of tea. It was a little on the spicy side so not sure if it’s because i brewed it normally compared to VariaTEA or that i was a wimp on the weekend but it was fairly tasty. Got the sense of pumpkin out of this as well as cocoa…and clearly chili. my only complaint was that there was an oily thing going on with the brew.

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drank Cocoa Chili Pumpkin by Tiesta Tea
3814 tasting notes

No curdling after a cold brew in chocolate milk! I’d call that a success. Also given this is essentially a chai, I’d say it was a good call to steep this this way. The chocolate milk is sweet and on top of that there is a a distinctive pumpkin sweetness that weirdly works with the more chocolatey flavors. Cinnamon, ginger and clove are also not to be missed here. I do wish there was more of a kick given the actual chili peppers in this but that may be for the best in the case of this chocolate milk cold brew. All in all I’m happy with it but will wait to try it plain in order to rate it.

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60

Cold Brew!

I do think I enjoyed this one a little bit more as a cold brew – the flavours seemed a bit juicier and the finish was very crisp/clean. I got a lot of apple, again, but also quite a strong presence of lime and hints of lemon as well. However, once again I just did not taste the peppermint in the blend apart from the part it likely played in terms of that really clean/crisp finish. What is a Mojito without mint!?

Maybe this is a good candidate for some peppermint agave experimentation…

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60

So, a fancy ass coffee shop recently opened up near me downtown and a coworker let me know that they also carried a selection of Tiesta Teas – I figured I’d go take a peak and see if anything jumped out to me.

Honestly though? The majority of the selection was pretty boring. You know a lot of standards/classics in terms of flavour: A straight green, a chai, a jasmine scented tea, a generic orange flavoured tisane…

I did want to grab something though, and I ended up opting for this one. I thought it seemed like the most original/inventive of the flavour options they had – and I thought it might be a nice addition to my cupboard. I have had different Mojito inspired teas before so there’s definitely a mental comparison between those blends and this one, but why not give it a shot? I don’t hate Mojitos in general, so this could be fun!

Now, I’m pretty sure the sweet spot with this one is gonna be as an iced tea, but the first way that I tried it was hot despite that belief. It smelled very strongly of apple both as dry leaf and while it was steeping; and to be fair there are a lot of very large apple chunks in the blend. Like, very distinct sliced apple segments.

Flavour wise, not surprisingly, it was also very heavy on the apple notes. Now, that’s not a bad thing – but considering apple isn’t one of the main flavours in a Mojito I found myself craving more of those sort of notes. The lime was present though; it sort of transitioned out of the tartness of the apple top notes and then become part of a coupling of apple and lime notes in the body. I didn’t taste any mint though, which was really disappointing to me. I mean, what is a mojito without mint!?

Overall, I didn’t hate this – but I did find it pretty disappointing in terms of flavour profile compared to what I’d expect from a Mojito inspired blend.

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70
drank Passion Berry Jolt by Tiesta Tea
19 tasting notes

Pleasant but pretty generic. I definitely prefer the lychee black from the Asian market.

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60

To me, this tastes like Red Rose tea, but it’s a rooibos. It’s ok. It might benefit from additives, ie. milk and sweetener.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Cocoa Mint Chill by Tiesta Tea
825 tasting notes

This tea is disgusting. I have had and liked an herbal cocoa mint blend in the past (I recall the company had rooibos in the description), but it had been discontinued and I’ve been searching for a replacement since. This is not a proper replacement for it. All I can taste is watery rooibos with a little chocolate mint. The whole thing is weak and watery and unbalanced. I’m glad I found it in bulk and only bought a little bit of it. Bad tea makes expensive compost.

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drank Nutty Almond Cream by Tiesta Tea
18 tasting notes

This tea brews up a surprising pink, but is just as sweet, creamy, and nutty as it smells. The flavor is on the light side, so perhaps adding more ‘leaves’ would help strengthen the brew. It has hints of apple, almond, cinnamon, and cream that leaves a nice, comforting feeling behind. I’ve noticed others have compared it to David’s Tea Forever Nuts; I had a sample of that one quite a while ago, but I recall being unimpressed with it. Tiesta Tea’s version is one I would go to rather than David’s Tea (although perhaps I just need to try it again).

Flavors: Almond, Apple, Cinnamon, Cream

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87
drank Fireberry by Tiesta Tea
3 tasting notes

One of Tiesta’s Immunity blends, it’s a delicious and sweet way to fight off being sick.

Flavors: Blackberry, Cranberry, Hibiscus

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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95

There are very few teas that achieve what’s basically staple status for me, but this is one of them. It’s tangy and citrusy, and what’s not to love about that deep pink color? The best part, though, is the distinct cooling flavor of the eucalyptus that just totally makes this tea for me. A great anytime tea, but especially good for those under the weather days.

Flavors: Citrus, Eucalyptus, Lemongrass, Sweet, Tangy

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70

Cold Brew.

So, you know what happens when you forget about this tea when it’s cold brewing and let it cold brew for a solid eight fucking days? You get a liquor that tastes EXACTLY like grass, and strawberry scented soap. It’s kind of the worst.

Obviously didn’t finish the cold brew. It was nasty.

My cold brew game is slipping; I need to get to my brews more promptly! That was 100% my fault for putting off straining this one/forgetting about it. Poor, poor ruined tea…

MrQuackers

Lol lol lol lol lol lol lol lol cry

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70

Iced, with the smallest smidgen of honey to brighten it up a bit.

This was REALLY good iced; it almost entirely tasted like really ripe, sweet strawberries but there was a pinch of something more tropical in the undertones. More pineapple than papaya, I’d say – there was a juiciness that I just don’t associate with papaya typically. Touches of grassyness in the finish; nothing too strong though.

Overall, I found this one REALLY refreshing and perfect for a hot summer day.

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70

Tea Popsicles!

…gross ones though.

For the added fruit, I mixed in chunks of apple and orange segments that I thought would add to the fruity frlavour of the tea, and honestly the only thing that ended up tasting good about the whole creation was the added orange segments. The apple just turned to nasty mush, and despite the tea being a really fruity one and having been cold brewed instead of steeped hot it just tasted very bitter. No one wants a bitter popsicle; that’s just a sad time…

VariaTEA

I have the popsicle maker. I should try this sometime. Well…obviously not THIS, but tea popsicles.

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70

Cold Brew!

So, I spent the better part of drinking this trying to figure out why it tasted so painfully familiar to me. It took the better part of 25 oz, but eventually I landed on the fact that it’s really similar to DAVIDsTEA’s Strawberry Shake! I mean, I even went and double checked the ingredients to see how much overlap there is… and there’s quite a bit.

This has the green base, papaya, and the strawberry. Only thing missing is the yogurt, and then of course this has pineapple and rose which the DT blend does not.

That makes sense to me because the sweet strawberry and papaya notes were both really present but I didn’t get the light creaminess that’s in Strawberry Shake. I do enjoy the creaminess in DT’s tea, so the absence was a bit odd. However, I think because of the additional pineapple the fruitiness in this tea is a lot more robust and distinctly tropical tasting so the trade off is more than worth it. I couldn’t taste the added rose, though.

Overall I liked this one! I thought it was fun and rather appropriately Spring/Summer flavoured. I do think the choice to name it after a cereal is kind of odd? I guess I’ve never had Fruity Pebbles before so I don’t know if the comparison is realistic, but nothing in this reminded me even remotely of cereal and I can’t see it going well with milk either. As a dupe for DT’s Strawberry Shake though, I think this COULD work if you were looking for that kind of thing.

mtchyg

You’ve never had Fruity Pebbles?! Oh man, my all time favorite kid cereal.

Roswell Strange

They’re not sold in Canada; at least, not easily. You can get them in some specialty stores though that sell foods exclusive to other countries. Can’t say I’ve ever gone to the effort though.

mtchyg

Well that makes sense then. Remind me if we ever swap to send you some Fruity Pebbles with the tea :)

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87
drank Maui Mango by Tiesta Tea
73 tasting notes

This is a fantastic, very flavorful herbal tea! I’m currently on day 8 of a 10-day diet detox for which I’ve had to cut out gluten, meat/animal products, dairy, alcohol, sugar, and – you guessed it – caffeine. This tea has been one of my saviors over this period, because it’s delicious without sugar and really easy to steep on the go, since the fruit doesn’t need to removed from the water after a certain period of time. Drunk hot, this blend reminds me of orange juice, and there’s an underlying sweetness from the mango that I really enjoy. I can’t wait to try this one iced!

Flavors: Mango, Orange

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 3 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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38
drank Fireberry by Tiesta Tea
5821 tasting notes

Sipdown (343)!

This isn’t really a sipdown I’m upset about, like at all. In fact I feel pretty accomplished having now finished off 50g of this – a tea that on the whole I really didn’t like. I just ordered some new rooibos blends as well, so out with the old and in with the new!

It’s a very, very tart hot brew with really sour hibiscus notes and then undertones of equally tart/sour and acidic cranberry and currant. The only reason I’m not totally against it is because it’s Thanksgiving and the cranberry notes actually feel really on point/fitting for the holiday. Like cranberry jelly, without the sweetness. That, and the bright red liquor looks REALLY pretty in the new glass ghost Nordic I picked up from DT’s new Halloween collection this year. This is the first tea I’m trying in it, and the while ghost outlines really pop against the dark crimson liquor.

But yeah – glad to be done with this one.

MrQuackers

You should be very proud of finishing teas that you do not like. You have saved the rest of us!

Jillian

You could always go around trying to convince people you’re drinking blood from your Halloween-themed glass. ;D

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38
drank Fireberry by Tiesta Tea
5821 tasting notes

Iced, at work.

I’m just trying to sip this one down right now; I don’t really enjoy it so there’s zero point in hoarding it at all. Iced goes through the leaf pretty quickly…

On its own I found this too medicinal/cough syrupy: probably from the excess of currants in it, in combo with the hibby. I added quite a bit of the strawberry kiwi cocktail sugar we have at work to try and soften it some more, and that made it drinkable. Not really ‘good’ but alright enough. Still very currant heavy, with some elderberry and then strawberry flavours – the latter from the flavoured sugar.

Meh.

teaqueen

I recently tried a beer that had been brewed with this tea. It was actually pretty tasty. The best way to drink this one is definitely iced!

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drank Fireberry by Tiesta Tea
5821 tasting notes

Made this one iced at work.

I still hate this one; it’s basically a vile hibiscus ‘punch’/concentrate. At times though there are bursts of currant (red and black) that poke through all the terrible hibiscus taste. I even tried adding some agave in the hope that would soften it a little bit, but it really didn’t do much except make this a hibiscus explosion with a cloying finish. Bleck.

Of course, my coworkers loved it. They also steep their Queen Of Tarts for forty minutes though, so I mean that doesn’t mean too much to me…

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drank Fireberry by Tiesta Tea
5821 tasting notes

Hot Cup – underleafed and a little understeeped to try and cut back on tartness.

It worked! This cup was very fruity, but not very sour/tart. In fact, more than anything else it tasted strongly of red currants! It also had a touch of rooibos woodyness to it, and the faintest “red wine” flavour. Like, a dry red wine though.

Not half bad. An improvement, to be sure.

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drank Fireberry by Tiesta Tea
5821 tasting notes

Cold brew, and then turned into a tea pop with the soda stream.

I split this one three ways to share with my sister, mom and myself. We all had rather different reactions to it as well so I think I’ll just do a blurb on what we all thought…

Roswell Strange:
Personally, I was relatively “meh” about this one overall. There was definitely both a sourness and a medicinal quality to it which wasn’t pleasant, but the taste of the red fruits was pretty nice. It gave off sort of a sour red fruit/berry punch sort of vibe? But, you know, fizzy. The rooibos base was ALSO very strong/intense. Cranberry was the strongest fruit note, and then the currant which I think was also what gave this a medicinal quality.

Sister Strange:
She pretty well hated this; she said it was VERY bitter. I’m gonna guess that what she was actually referring to was the medicinal taste though because I definitely didn’t get bitterness at all. Despite hating it, she drank the whole cup. In her words, “it’s like that car accident affect thing where you can’t look away, but with pop”.

Mother Strange:
She loved it, and finished her cup quicker than either my sister or I. She said it was fruity, but also reminded her of a really good, dry red wine or sherry. I was definitely surprised she liked it as well – I would have pegged it for too sour for her usual tastes.

Song Pairing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZbnN5bA-iUM&list=LL1M1wDjmJD4SJr_CwzXAGuQ&index=29

Matu

I have a Soda Stream…should give soda tea try.

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drank Fireberry by Tiesta Tea
5821 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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Midday cuppa.

Opened the bag of this to measure out the leaf needed for the brew and I just instantly knew that not only would it be a good cup but it was gonna be a good afternoon too. This is just one of those teas that is reassurance in a cup. Sweet, refreshing, upbeat and positive! I love the brightness of the orange and like that it’s not acidic because I think that if this tea had that acidity to it that the bite from that would take you out of the cup and the experience too much. The cucumber? It’s cooling and refreshing and makes everything feel fresh!

Sadly the coffee store that carried this one in town, where I originally got it from, no longer carries it which is just awful news. It’s not on Tiesta’s website either – so now I’m stuck in the hard place of deciding whether or not to ration this/hoard it forever or to embrace a sipdown sooner rather than later…

Tough choice to make.

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