Tiesta Tea

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Starting my morning off with a cuppa of this bad boy!

Hot, I definitely got way more citrus/orange flavour than cucumber. It was sweet and pleasant, but had just a hint of sourness to it. As my cup cooled, the cucumber became increasingly pronounced. It’s really cool and crisp, and I feel like I can literally taste cucumber flesh/pulp in my mouth. It’s just good. Like, I don’t mind the orange components in the cup but the cucumber is why I like this one, and what makes it for me.

Only thing missing it a little spearmint – then it would really remind me of DAVIDsTEA’s Cool Cucumber: the best cucumber blend, imo. This is a good second, though.

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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
5573 tasting notes

Iced Sipdown (334)!

Made in my tea press – that bugger has been way more convenient lately than I’d like to admit. Having this tea around has been interesting: I’ve really never settled on whether or not I actually enjoy it. Which I really would have hoped to, by now. Especially given how many times I’ve tried it…

Today’s iced cup was easy enough to finish, and not unpleasant – just also not really relaxing/satisfying. I mean, it’s basically just a super nutty mix of almond and peanut flavour with a strange, sour strawberry/hibiscus note. – and I get that IS kind of what PB&J is, so it’s on the money at least flavour wise. It just doesn’t fully translate as a workable tea flavour to me. I had the same issue with 52Tea’s PB&J tea too…

Yeah; I’m confidant I wouldn’t buy this one again – but it’s not right to say that having it around was a bad experience. It IS satisfying to be sipping it down, though.

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drank Momma's PB&J by Tiesta Tea
5573 tasting notes

Iced.

Kind of jammy strawberry notes, and for once I thought I could distinctly taste the pineapple too but mostly REALLY strong nutty flavours. Anytime I share this one with anyone I always try and get them to guess the flavours blindly first, and they always fail/are really confused. However as soon as they know what it’s supposed to be that’s all they can taste – and usually they’re surprised there’s no actual peanut in the tea because that peanut butter flavour is SO distinct. I can’t blame them; I’m still somewhat in disbelief they can get it to taste so accurate using mostly almond.

Song Pairing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qa4D4-dDx6w&index=1&list=LL1M1wDjmJD4SJr_CwzXAGuQ

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drank Momma's PB&J by Tiesta Tea
5573 tasting notes

Yup, the more I drink this one the more natural it feels to me/the less discord there seems to be between the sweet/tart fruity “jam” notes and the “peanut butter”. I wonder if that’s because I’ve kind of figured out the right leaf amount/steep time for this to brew up better, or if it’s because I’m just becoming more accustomed to the weird flavour combination from repeat exposure to it.

Also, the “peanut butter”/sunflower seeds and almond pieces are tasting increasingly creamier to me in these more recent cups. I love that quality, but it’s such a tease because I can’t exaggerate it with milk because of all the damn hibiscus. Fuck hibiscus and curdling…

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drank Momma's PB&J by Tiesta Tea
5573 tasting notes

A little underleafed and a little understeeped,

Resulted in a smooth more harmonious cup with heavier focus on the creamy, nutty “peanut butter” and a softer mixed berry under tone with natural sweetness. I’ll have to remember this for the future, as this was by far the best cup I’ve been able to produce of this tea to date.

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drank Momma's PB&J by Tiesta Tea
5573 tasting notes

Made this as an iced tea, with some agave to soften some of the hibby tartness.

I liked this better as an iced tea because the hibiscus and general tartness was a lot more mellowed out; I got more of a really ripe strawberry flavour this time around. I still find this to be such a weird flavour experience though because as jammy as it is the “peanut butter” comes through REALLY strongly/clearly too. While the fruit may comprise most of the top notes/initial flavour, that nuttyness cuts in pretty distinctly in the latter half of the sip and finish. It just feels, SO MUCH to me like they’re competing flavour notes because there’s a disjoint between how they flow together and that weirds me out even if they taste good separately.

Why does PB&J work as a sandwich but not a tea!?

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drank Momma's PB&J by Tiesta Tea
5573 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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drank Ginger Sweet Peach by Tiesta Tea
38 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
38 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
38 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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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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drank Passion Berry Jolt by Tiesta Tea
511 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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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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Preparation
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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Preparation
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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drank Blueberry Wild Child by Tiesta Tea
1732 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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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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