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drank Lavender Chamomile by Tiesta Tea
20 tasting notes

I think the chamomile flowers sifted to the top and the other stuff settled at the bottom, so most of the way through the little bag, all I tasted in the brewed tea was chamomile. This is a good flavor combination but was too bland. I like the Celestial Seasonings Lemon Lavender Lane better.

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68
drank Chai Love by Tiesta Tea
15 tasting notes

The first time I tried this chai, it was a bit lackluster. It definitely needed no less than the suggested 1.5 tsp per 8 oz and probably closer to the high end of the steeping range. I tried it again as a latte using double the suggested amount of tea (so 3 tsp per 8 oz) and a 4 minute steep and it was much better. It has a good amount of spice and was perfectly enhanced by a bit of cinnamon sprinkled over the top. The scent of the tea in the package was heavy on cloves, but that flavor was mellowed out in drinking. The caffeine kick was perfect for a Monday morning, too.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Cloves, Spicy

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 30 sec 3 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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75
drank Citrus Midnight by Tiesta Tea
7 tasting notes

This tea reminds me a lot of Sleepy Time tea from Celestial Seasonings. It is I nice tea to drink just before bed. I usually don’t like ginger (unless it’s in chai), but the ginger in this tea is pretty mild.

Flavors: Citrus, Floral

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

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95

I absolutely love this tisane. It has a refreshing fruity taste with just a hint of savory eucalyptus that gives is an enjoyable complexity. I like to drink this tea iced with a splash of lemonade.

Flavors: Eucalyptus, Floral, Fruity

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86

This is a nice, refreshing, fruity green tea. It doesn’t taste like the cereal, but I think it is better because it has a fresh, natural taste to it. I do not like the “slenderize” labeling, because I think that might confuse consumers into believing that this is like the “skinny teas” that you see all over Instagram. This is much better than that. I drink it for the flavor, and not for the supposed weight-loss benefits.

Preparation
2 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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84
drank Kiwi Cherry Bonanza by Tiesta Tea
2330 tasting notes

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Flavors: Fig, Fruity, Raisins, Sweet

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84
drank Kiwi Cherry Bonanza by Tiesta Tea
2330 tasting notes

Absolutly excellent and delicious every time. It makes a great naturally sweetened iced tea. Also, this is one of the only fruity herbals that is good hot (yay for no hibiscus!)

Flavors: Dried Fruit, Fig, Fruity, Honey, Raisins

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84
drank Kiwi Cherry Bonanza by Tiesta Tea
2330 tasting notes

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drank Kiwi Cherry Bonanza by Tiesta Tea
2330 tasting notes

Thank you to Starfevre for the sample. I enjoyed this as my first cup of the day. I brewed it hot, but not boiling/super hot because I didn’t want to risk it becoming too acidic. Luckily, this heball has no hibiscus, rosehips, or citric acid. This blend is well balanced between sweet apple and cherry, bright fresh kiwi fruit, and a nice ginger and raisin dried fruit flavour. I will be coldbrewing it next, but I think I will like this brewed hot or cold. My only problem is that I get more strawberry than cherry.

Flavors: Cherry, Fruit Punch, Fruity, Ginger, Raisins, Strawberry

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74
drank Cocoa Chili Pumpkin by Tiesta Tea
9574 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
3911 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

Tasted like fresh squeezed lime juice, with granny smith apple undertones. I don’t know how they did it, but I felt like I got the distinct taste of the apple skins as well. Again not as much mint as you’d expect from a mojito but it was present in the finish just slightly following the wave of acidity from the lime/apple combo.

It’s kind of a weird profile, and I don’t hate it – in fact I think the lime and mint is totally growing on me, but it’s definitely not something I’d say is ideal for hot tea which is how I drank this cup.

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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
20 tasting notes

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

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75

The floral notes came out for me this time, in addition to the citrus. The finely ground rooibos planted it all nicely. Quite enjoyed it. Raising my rating to reflect this newfound joyfulness in the cup.

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75

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
899 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
19 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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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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This is a very utilitarian tea for me. If I need a quick pick-me-up, this works. As a part-time coffee drinker, this is like taking Folgers when you prefer freshly-ground whole bean local roasts. Its greatest boon is being a widely available, loose tea, and if I’m all out of something decent, I can grab this at my local grocery.

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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…

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Lol lol lol lol lol lol lol lol cry

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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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