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The trick with this one is to drink it when it’s extremely cooled-down. The flavor really develops as the water temp lowers.
Steeps a muddy pinkish red color.
An oily flim forms on top of the liquor.
If you sip it while it’s still hot, it tastes like water with a twinge of hibiscus tartness.
Once it cools, it tastes of raspberry tartness, fruity, and not super chocolatey, which is surprising because there are huge chunks of chocolate in the dry leaf.
It has an oily, thick mouthfeel.
Not my favorite thing in the world as a hot beverage. But it would definitely be good as an iced tea.

Flavors: Berries, Chocolate, Hibiscus, Raspberry, Sour, Sweet, Tart, Thick

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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Another tea from my “dry flight” Immunity variety pack.
I really, really liked this one!
Liquor is a ruddy, brownish- red color.
Dry leaf and liquor both smell of chocolate and ginger.
Brothlike/ creamy mouthfeel.
Notes of cocoa, wood, wet earth, and ginger.
Lightly spicy and very warming.
Yum!

Flavors: Broth, Chocolate, Cocoa, Creamy, Ginger, Rooibos, Spicy, Sweet, Wet Earth, Wood

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Passion Berry Jolt by Tiesta Tea
4324 tasting notes

I got this in a SipsBy box and it was certainly not my favorite. I tried it both hot and iced and while there was a nice enough passion fruit flavor, there was such a fruity sourness and a metallic twang to the base that I just wasn’t into it.

Check out my full review here: http://sororiteasisters.com/2019/01/25/passion-berry-jolt-from-tiesta-tea-3/

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Sample from VariaTEA!

this tea smells wonderful. Fruity, delicious goodness. I was pretty excited to try it out. And then….bland. the brewed tea taste is just meh. nothing like the aroma…it’s a muted, in the background sort of thing. doesn’t taste BAD but what’s the point? lol

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Not as flavorful as some of the other Tiesta Teas (my favorite is Fireberry), but delicious anyway. I made this one in my Primula iced tea press. It was pleasant and mild and didn’t need any added sweetness.

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drank Nutty Almond Cream by Tiesta Tea
211 tasting notes
from the tea box! I was afraid I wouldn’t like this one since I’m not a fan of Davids Forever Nuts, and they seem similar. Happily, this one tastes much better! I did accidentally put too much sugar in, so the sugar is probably helping, but the flavor is like a light cinnamon with some cream and a nutty aspect. I’m enjoying this!

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My second tea from the tea box. This one smells and tastes like blueberry muffins, except they’re muffins with almost too many blueberries in them. It’s pretty tart, even with lots of sugar, but I still find it drinkable. I’m not sure which ingredient contributes the muffin-like flavor, or maybe that’s my imagination. So it’s a little too tart for me, but possibly combined with rooibos, this one would be a winner. I may try a second steep like that.

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drank Fireberry by Tiesta Tea
34 tasting notes

This tea is flavorful and absolutely delicious. It’s a great afternoon tea when you don’t want caffeine but want something to put pep in your step—the flavor is that good. I love this one!

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drank Maui Mango by Tiesta Tea
327 tasting notes

Sipdown!
So this tea is pretty much the same as DAVIDsTEA’s Mango Fruit Punch which happens to be one of my favorite fruit tisanes. This tea just has less ingredients. It was very good prepared as a Tea Pop.

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Don’t do what I did and brew it with less water than what it says on the bag – it’ll end up tart. Pretty good and fruity, but tart. I actually quite enjoy this tea and would recommend it to just about anyone.

Flavors: Apple, Black Currant, Flowers, Hibiscus, Tart

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 4 OZ / 118 ML

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drank Blueberry Wild Child by Tiesta Tea
709 tasting notes

Hmm. Maybe I need to edit my Sips By account. I’m getting tired of caffeine free tisanes. A girl needs her caffeine buzz.

I was all around unimpressed by this. It’s yet another fruit blend where they added hibiscus for color, but it ended up drowning out everything else. Brews up deep magenta and has a tart, tanginess that I’ve never really been a fan of. I guess I can taste some berry and apple underneath? If I try?

The whole experience was just not my thing. I used up my sample by blending it into other fruity teas. Which made them taste like nothing but hibiscus, too.

Flavors: Apple, Berry, Blueberry, Hibiscus, Tangy, Tart

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 30 sec
Cameron B.

I tried Sips By for a bit. I actually really liked it for the price point, but I have so much tea already!

Anyway, I generally only cold brew fruit tisanes, as hot and tart is just kind of weird for me! :P

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Practically flavourless…

And this time around, I’m not sick at all so I can’t blame the lack of their being great flavour notes on a shoddy palate from my being unwell. It’s even worse though, because the flavour that does come through is a very abrasive white tea base that feels more like a low quality green tea than anything else.

Wildly underwhelmed by this one.

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Saw that a local coffee shop was selling this, and bought a tin.

Then came home early from work because sick. Left tin next to my downstairs living room tea set up. Fast forward several hours later, around midnight, and during late night Nyquil/sick deliria decided to crack open the new tin of it to steep up a cup during my midnight sick binge watch of The Flash on Netflix. I finished the cup. I have no memory of finishing the cup of tea or what it tasted like.

Will revisit in a better state of mind.

mrmopar

Hopefully you will feel better soon Ros.

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drank Palm Beach Punch by Tiesta Tea
2064 tasting notes

Happy September! I wish the weather was as ready for autumn as I am…but as we will be tooling around in flip-flops for a few weeks yet, I succumbed to the novelty of a fruity, summery tea yesterday. The huge orange hunks are what suckered me in. And the mention of carrots. It has to be good for me if it has veggies in it.

My package of Palm Beach Punch came from our (sort of) new Natural Grocers/Vitamin Cottage store in the bulk section, but as it has a “packaged by Vitamin Cottage” label, I’m assuming it’s a privately-labeled version of this Tiesta blend. Ingredients are nearly identical.

OK, enough with the introductory remarks. This lives up to its name: a nice mélange of fruit and berries without, as it advertises, tasting like Hi-C. Nicely balanced; no particular flavor overpowered the others. I’m thinking it will be tasty on ice.

ashmanra

I see it has beet root in it. Nice addition, I would think! I had beet root lemonade for the first time recently. Hot here still, hurricane coming, but in just over a week we have nighttime lows in the 60’s predicted! Hooray! We will look for the cool breezes together!

gmathis

Batten down and buckle up!

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drank Palm Beach Punch by Tiesta Tea
2064 tasting notes

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Thanks again for the awesome teas, StarFevre. I didn’t realize, close on the heels of reviewing the last Winter Wonderland, here is this one. Though this is old, there is still plenty of mint flavor here. It says there should be white chocolate but I don’t see any at all… possibly it melted in with the rest of the tea? It’s tasty and I can never say no to a minty caffeine free blend, as it’s the most healing for my headaches.

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iced Sipdown (627)!

Don’t know why, but I had just assumed this was a herbal tea. I opened up the sample bag that VariaTEA sent me of it today, though, and I saw right away that it’s definitely NOT a herbal tea. Nope, definitely very much a black tea.

It’s ok iced; kind of has a sour passion fruit/mango taste to it that would be perfectly fine (arguably even delicious) if it was the only flavour in the cup. However, it’s also somewhat floral and the finish is really buttery and I’m just NOT into that buttery tropical/citrus fruit duo so it detracts a lot from the overall flavour for me. I wonder where that buttery quality is coming from!? If it could be eliminated this would be such a more pleasant cuppa…

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drank Nutty Almond Cream by Tiesta Tea
58 tasting notes

Definitely a Forever Nuts dupe and at a fraction of the price. It’s not as… nutty as FN, but I got a bag of this for $1.18 at Target so I have nothing to complain about. I bought 2 bags and filled up my tea tin.

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I wanted to like this tea. I really did. It smells fantastic both in leaf and steeped form, so very very chocolatey. But then I taste it and all I get is chocolate and HIBISCUS and I have a hate/hate relationship with hibiscus so this is going to get given away. Too bad.

4th tea of my June Sips by teabox.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Starfevre

As far as I can tell, it’s a cheap ingredient and turns everything a pretty red colour. The fact that it makes everything sour and gross doesn’t matter in the face of that.

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I bought a tin of this after trying a sample of the adagio rooibos cocomint or whatever it’s called. I really liked that one. So when getting another tiesta tea I saw this and was hopeful. But this was a disappointment. It’s not as much as a chocolate flavor as I had hoped. It’s not gross so I’ll eventually finish what I have but not buy anymore. I also tried it as a latte and added mini chocolate chips to it to up the chocolate flavor. Still not the best but it’s pretty ok. One day I will try it as a latte with chocolate milk

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

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I also got this tea from the bulk section in WinCo. I was perplexed by the chunkiness of the dried fruit — there’s a lot of apple here. It almost looked like a trail mix… Either way, this tea smells like an apple fritter. It tastes like an apple fritter. It’s pretty amazing. I’m used to black teas, so I would think a black base would make it perfect…. Either way, apple fritter pink tea is beautiful.

Flavors: Almond, Apple, Pastries

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 30 sec

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It’s been a really long time, but I’ve come back to Steepster! Yay! I more or less ran out of time for tea notes, but I’ve continued trying different teas.

I just got this guy from WinCo in the bulk section. Bulk tea is always a difficult thing for me — it’s so easy to get too much! Fortunately, this is a good tea — strong flavors, but everything blends well. Very Earl Grey with a bit more oomph.

Flavors: Bergamot

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 30 sec
Lexie Aleah

Welcome Back! Also Bulk tea from grocery stores can be really old sometimes. I wonder if my local Winco has this brand in bulk. I’ve never looked at their bulk tea.

Calochortus

Bulk sections definitely have their own risks! My WinCo just got these teas and installed a smaller version of the dispensers just for these teas. I’ve had good luck with them so far….

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