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77
drank Flap Jack Oolong by Tiesta Tea
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With milk and sugar, this is pretty decent. The maple flavor is totally there. It’s sweet and desserty. It’s decadent enough that I don’t think I could have it too often. I love this sort of thing, but actually this is somehow too much for me.

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66

For me, when hot, the citrus flavor was too strong, but iced (I made sun tea) it was quite good.

Flavors: Lemon, Orange

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75
drank Citrus Sunburst by Tiesta Tea
3130 tasting notes

One tasting note for now!
A sample from Tiesta Tea!  Thank you!   A lovely, bright summer herbal.  Though the dreaded hibiscus is here, it is a tame beast, not obnoxious in this golden hued mug.  I really couldn’t even guess the hibiscus is here.  So now that that’s out of the way, I can say this is an acceptable herbal!  This isn’t overtly sour citrus as the name suggests, mainly a nice balance of fruits.  Fruity and refreshing, especially on hot summer nights.
Steep #1  // 1 1/2 teaspoons for full mug // 19 minutes after boiling  // 2 minute steep
Steep #2  // just boiled //  3 minute steep
2020 Sipdowns: 66 (Teavivre – Mango Time + 1 sample of Teavivre – Lychee Black)

teaqueen

I love this one :)

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81
drank Key Largo Lime by Tiesta Tea
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Samurai Travelling Tea Box – Tea #34

There wasn’t a whole lot of this one left in the box so I was definitely worried that the cup would come out tasting thin, especially because so much of what was left was the large cut decorative citrus wedges that don’t typically contribute much flavour to the tea blend. However, this was a whole lot of sweet, bright and juicy tasting lime! Really in your face and vibrant/full of life. I liked it a lot!

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Samurai Travelling Tea Box – Tea #28

I’m finishing up a mug of this right now and I want to like this blend so much because it smells nice, and I’ve been so into ginger/peach flavours lately that I’d hate for that success streak to end…

But as much as I want to be all over this blend, I just can’t be. The peach flavour is actually very nice: it’s not too sweet or too tart/tangy and it’s well balanced with the ginger as well – neither one over powers the other. However, the ginger. Oh, the ginger! It’s just off tasting; the best way I can think to describe it is that the way it finishes in the mouth is just musty like a dusty attic? That’s such a non ideal flavour to get from a cup of tea; and it makes the whole blend seem just a little stale and flat.

It’s drinkable, but you should always strive for a little bit more than just “drinkable”.

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74
drank Copacabana Mate by Tiesta Tea
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A sample from Tiesta!  THANK YOU, Tiesta Tea! Unfortunately this tea was gone from their site quite soon after they sent it… but sometimes their teas appear and disappear a lot. This is a lovely green yerba mate mixed with all sorts of tropical fruits: mango, papaya, passion fruit, lychee and other fruits you might typically find in a blend. I thought this would give me a reading power boost while drinking it the other day, being a yerba mate blend.  But there are PLENTY of other ingredients here, making the yerba mate fairly unnoticeable.  So many tropical fruits!  But then they seemed to blend together to create a generic fruit flavor. An enjoyable one anyway!  These are the ingredients I want to see in a summer blend. I wish I had distinctly tasted these fruits, but at least the tea didn’t really distract from the book I was reading (Barbara Kingsolver’s ‘The Lacuna’ – also the perfect summer read.)

Flavors: Fruity

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drank Naughty or Anise by Tiesta Tea
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I almost didn’t add this because it is no longer listed on their website. In case it is a seasonal tea that will come back this fall, I am adding it.

I reviewed this for Sororitea Sisters and will just link to that review.

Meanwhile, stay cool and stay hydrated, everyone! It is brutal out there!

http://www.sororiteasisters.com/2020/07/20/naughty-or-anise-tiesta-tea/

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From SkySamurai a while ago!  Thanks so much.  An invigorating cup of matcha.  I added some matcha to the bottom of a mug then waited for the kettle water to cool about an hour (longer than I wanted) and then whisked the matcha with a fork while slowly pouring the water into the mug.  (It probably would work better with a dry mug.)   It’s tasty!  Like fresh green tea with a bit of a creamy note.  Lingering delicious flavor.  No clumping!  It passes the matcha test anyway. 

I have found a new favorite show:  Motherland: Fort Salem.  I have only watched two episodes but it is good stuff.  Hooked me within the first twenty minutes. Witches in war from historical times.  I can’t wait to see where it goes.

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84

Thanks so much for this sample, Tiesta Tea!  I’m always up for trying any Earl Grey Cream I can get my hands on!  Those blue flowers in the blend were really making me nostalgic for my favorite Earls from the past.  It seems like good ones are hard to find these days. This one is middle of the pack of my favorites – not the best I’ve had but not the worst!  The short leaves make a robust base, which is necessary for any Earl I gravitate towards.  The bergamot is fine – not strong enough for me and also not the preferred flavor type.  I wish there was more cream.  It seems any EG that is supposed to be cream is just so very faint with the cream now.  I’m talking about every tea company.  I wonder if companies had to switch to a more natural flavor these days… I don’t prefer it.  I like the obvious thick cream notes of older blends.  To be fair, I have had this tea for almost eight months now and the flavor of the bergamot did seem stronger before… but still no cream either way.  Got to have that cream.  It is odd however, when a tea has bergamot I cannot usually pick out any flavors from the actual base.  I like this, but still on the hunt for a GREAT Earl Cream.  Especially in these sad times.
Steep #1  // 1 1/2 teaspoons for full mug // 15 minutes after boiling  // 2 minute steep
Steep #2  // just boiled //  3 min
2020 Sipdowns: 30 (Bird &Blend – TEA Wells)

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drank Key Largo Lime by Tiesta Tea
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Another tea from the box! This blend has that same fake lime flavor that lots of lime teas have, and I’m not a fan. So if you like other lime teas, it’s likely that you’d like this one. It wasn’t super chemically or anything. It was perfectly drinkable, just not to my tastes. Lime flavored food is fine, but I’ve only found one lime flavored tea that I like, sadly.

tea-sipper

What was the one lime tea you liked?

gmathis

It was just a bagged version, but Ahmad had a “Lime and Lemon Twist” that actually led with the lime flavor. Pretty good stuff; however, when I search now, it appears to be retitled “Lemon and Lime.” Hope they didn’t reverse the flavor profile, too!

AJRimmer

That sounds good – I’ll have to keep my eye out for it!

The lime tea I like is key lime sublime from Tebella. It’s such a pretty tea with fun ingredients!

tea-sipper

Okay, good to know!

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drank Ginger Sweet Peach by Tiesta Tea
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Another tea box tea. When it’s warm, there’s a strong unpleasant flavor that’s difficult to pinpoint. I can taste the peach also, but that secondary flavor is enough for me to not enjoy this cup very much. There’s supposed to be ginger in here too, but I don’t notice that too much. Once it’s totally cooled, the artificial flavor dissipates and I can taste the peach better and even a little of the ginger. This one turned out to not be so bad after all. Not great, but not bad. Just drink it cool.

tea-sipper

I’m sure you figured it out, but it has been a while, that big ol ziplock bag of teas within the teabox was your teas from our swap. So you just take that out and the rest are the teabox. You will probably want to find a smaller box. :D

AJRimmer

Yep I’ve got it all put away, and I’m looking forward to trying some samples once I’ve got the tea box moved along! Thanks for putting this together!

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77
drank Key Largo Lime by Tiesta Tea
3130 tasting notes

I had to buy a tin of this on sale BECAUSE THERE ARE TINY BABY LEMON JELLY SLICES IN THE TEA. I love those jelly slices.  I was dubious that there were even jelly slices in the tin, for a clearance tea.  But then I spotted one and made sure to get one in the infuser!   So it was a jelly slice, a big lemon slice (that looks like blood orange which is odd) and a whole teaspoon of other goodies.  There are also supposed to be yogurt granules here which I didn’t spot too many of.  Those would add a lovely layer to the flavor.   I tried it once without a jelly slice, and the flavor did seem very tart, but tasting it with that jelly slice and it adds a much needed sweetener aspect.  I’m not sure if it all melted in the first steep.  So it’s tart and sweet.  The lime flavor isn’t exactly authentic, which is too bad.  But they needed to add the artificial lime because otherwise there are a bunch of lemon ingredients here, not lime. And the name is LIME.  The blackberry leaves are noticeable and I never really like those in a blend…. the second cup was overpowering, to the point of tasting mostly like children’s vitamins.  I love the novelty of this and it will be fun until I sip down the tin. 
Steep #1  // 1 1/2 teaspoons for full mug // 12 minutes after boiling  // 3 minute steep
Steep #2  // 6 minutes after boiling //  4 min
2020 Sipdowns:   15 (Bird & Blend’s Bristol Breeze)

gmathis

Those jelly fruits are addictive…at my house, they probably would never make it into the cup!

ashmanra

I don’t think I have ever had those jelly fruits. Now I want to try them!

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This tea is everything I was hoping it would be and more. If you are craving blueberries, this tea is perfect for you! It’s tart and SO full of blueberry flavour; there are more subtle hints of elderberry, apple, and there is just enough hibiscus. This tea is great to chill out with, and I drink it often because I don’t feel the need to add any sugar.

Flavors: Apple, Blueberry, Hibiscus, Pleasantly Sour, Tart

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 18 OZ / 532 ML

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84

Additional notes: Note to self: Make sure you only get ONE pepper in a mug per steep session. And if you steep for 15+ minutes, get ready for fire.

ashmanra

gasping face emoji!

tea-sipper

fire as in, burning my mouth off — this is the spiciest tea, ashmanra. haha

ashmanra

I understood! I am a FIRE WIMP!

tea-sipper

Well the odd name doesn’t help, but at least it is half correct with being so hot. haha

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84

Despite the odd name, this was on sale in summer and I had to order it along with the Pina Colada oolong I adore.  I LOVE the idea of cocoa shells with black tea and spicy pepper and this is exactly that.  The tin is FULL so even if I’m trying to mix it, for now it seems the larger goodies will remain in the top of the tin.  HUGE cocoa shells and whole tiny peppers.  The flavor is a lovely balance of spicy and chocolate — just what I was hoping.  The black tea is light now, but I’m sure it will get deeper the further down the tin I go, as the black tea is smaller than the cocoa shells or peppers. The second steep was much lighter, sadly, but MUCH more spice was apparent.   I’m very glad I was able to nab this one.  This will not just be a Christmas tea.  
Steep #1 // 1 heaping teaspoon (plus one whole pepper) for a full mug // 16 minutes after boiling // 3 minute steep
Steep #2 // just boiled // 4-5 minute steep   
2019 Sipdowns: 90 ( Fusion’s Roasted Pumpkin Mate & Kim’s Homemade chai)

Kawaii433

Trying to make sense of the name :) It does sound good though :D

tea-sipper

I see it more as something like a Mexican hot chocolate, for sure.

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51
drank Ginger Sweet Peach by Tiesta Tea
3130 tasting notes

This was a free sample from Tiesta Tea with my order a while back!  Thanks so much, Tiesta!  It’s an unusal mix of ingredients:  apple pieces, hibiscus, rose hips, ginger, peppercorns, honeydew melon, rose blossoms, orange blossoms.   The name says spice but I think the only “spicy” ingredient is ginger.  I’m not sure why they include peach in the name when melon is the fruit in the ingredients.  However, neither fruit is noticeable in the flavor.  Sadly, this is a TART cup though the brew isn’t that telling hibiscus scarlet — it actually is the color of a white peach.  I must have steeped too long… the tartness was like drinking lemon juice that tastes like children’s vitamins.  I have enough to keep trying… so next time I will try with a cooler temperature and less steep time.
Steep #1 // 1 1/2 teaspoons for a full mug // just boiled // 5 minute steep

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91
drank Passion Berry Jolt by Tiesta Tea
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Tiesta Tea sent me a couple samples with my order! Thanks so much, Tiesta Tea! If you are a passion fruit fan, hoping to find a passion fruit tea, LOOK NO FURTHER. Whoa. Upon opening the pouch, I was hit with the definite fragrance of passion fruit. So tasty and satisfying on a hot day. The black tea base is light, but that is fine with me, to showcase the passion fruit. There are other fruits here too, pineapple bits and raspberry bits, but really I can’t taste the other fruits under all this passion fruit. But the passion fruit is the star here, and it’s such a unique flavor to find in any tea! I thought I steeped it perfectly on both steeps. Both steeps had equal passion fruit goodness.
Steep #1 // 1 1/2 teaspoons for a full mug // 24 minutes after boiling // 2 minute steep
Steep #2 // just boiled // 4 minute steep

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78
drank Crème au Chocolat by Tiesta Tea
3130 tasting notes

Additional notes: Steepster is being slow today. I’m just thankful it’s still with us! Thank you wizards behind the curtain!
This tea was weaker at 1 1/2 teaspoons but it’s a little better at two teaspoons. I think I’d prefer to steep it like this in the future. It’s more chocolatey and deeper. A perfectly calming hot chocolate type tea this way. OR I should have saved this for Easter… it tastes more like a chocolate cream egg candy. At least it doesn’t taste like alcohol! So uping the rating from 74.
My sore throat seemed to go away after about a week. It was the mildest sore throat.. could barely tell it was any different than usual, and I wasn’t coughing or sneezing, so not sure if I had Covid19 or not. But I’m in the NY state crazy zone so it’s a possibility right after going to the store/post office. I was/am isolating myself anyway. I found a new calming band today: Dreams We’ve Had. I hope everyone is doing okay out there! Please stay safe in these crazy times.

Flavors: Chocolate

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78
drank Crème au Chocolat by Tiesta Tea
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From my Tiesta Tea order. I had to grab a sample of a blend called a “bold chocolate black tea”. Probably because I miss so many chocolate teas that are no longer sold. But this isn’t really bold… I was really hoping for a DEEP DARK full chocolate tea but this doesn’t quite meet my expectations. I’d love if this was a murky black cup, but the brew is mahogany. The flavor is definitely chocolate, but with a weak black base, I can’t be too thrilled. The ‘creme’ in the name is also misleading… I wish it was a creamy chocolate tea. I wasn’t seeing too much chocolate in the blend: the description says both “cocoa shells and chocolate chunks”. My sample looks like mostly black tea with coriander. The coriander is interesting… I haven’t seen that in too many blends, but I have no idea how coriander should taste anyway. Wiki says “lemony” so I guess I’m glad I wasn’t tasting lemon with the chocolate. I guess the expectation of anyone can’t be matched with this one…
Steep #1 // 1 1/2 teaspoons for a full mug // 18 minutes after boiling // 2 minute steep
Steep #2 // just boiled // 3 minute steep

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93
drank Maui Mango by Tiesta Tea
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Thanks to AliceG for this favorite. I think this tea is the same at TeBella’s mango melange. The flavor is much more orange than mango, which is too bad since I’ve been unable to find many accurate mango flavors in teas. However, this is one of my favorite fruit teas. It’s sweet, refreshing, and not at all sour. I enjoy it at room temperature best. It has a light orange flavor that is really addicting. Love it.

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65
drank Chunky Watermelon by Tiesta Tea
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This is another one from AliceG. I’ve had some pretty great watermelon teas, but this one is a bit weak. Even overleafed, it’s still weak. The flavor is pleasant, if a bit artificial. So I like it, but I would choose a watermelon blend from DavidsTEA instead. Still pleasant enough, though the artificiality is more obvious as it cools. Definitely not my favorite Tiesta flavor.

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Despite previous poor reviews (all 2 of them), I’m finding this tea to be pretty interesting and tasty. I sweetened it a bit, and added milk, which may have helped. It’s very fruity with a definite black undertone. I can’t taste the yerba mate that is supposedly in it, thankfully. I wouldn’t say it’s a spectacular tea that I’d buy again (it came in one of my Sips By boxes) but it’s interesting that I’ll keep the rest and drink it down.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 30 sec
VariaTEA

The tea has two pages for some reason: https://steepster.com/teas/tiesta-tea/37329-passion-berry-jolt

Not that the reviews on the other page are more positive.

Starfevre

Seems to have about the same rating on both, but yes those need to be combined. We need jason to give someone moderator power to do that. All I can do is mark spammers that have been around less than 2 weeks.

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85
drank Maui Mango by Tiesta Tea
672 tasting notes

Large chunks of dried fruit and flower petals comprise the dry leaf.
Steeps a cheerful yellow-orange color, like an egg yolk.
Perfume on the liquor is very fruity, almost candy-like.
Tastes mostly of oranges and mango— very juicy and sweet.
Yum!

Flavors: Candy, Mango, Orange, Sweet

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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