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    Tiesta Ginger Sweet Peach

    Country of Origin: not listed Leaf Appearance: lots of fruit chunks and flower petals Ingredients: apple pieces, hibiscus blossoms, rose hip peels, ginger pieces, peppercorns, honeydew melon cubes, rose blossoms, orange blossoms Steep time: 5 degrees Water Temperature: 205 degrees Preparation Method: ceramic teacup and mesh infuser Liquor: reddish I’m not normally a fan of ginger tea but I was feeling under the weather so I thought that I would give this one a go. The taste was spicy and sweet with a bit of bite in the finish. Each sip left an odd, tongue tingling sensation. Although it was fruity and sweet, I definitely found myself missing the peachiness that was promised by…


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    Tiesta Tea Passion Berry Jolt

    Country of Origin: India Leaf Appearance: small, dark with colorful petals Ingredients: black tea, marigolds, cornflowers, raspberry and passion fruit flavoring Steep time: 5 minutes Water Temperature: 195 degrees Preparation Method: ceramic teacup and mesh infuser Liquor: dark brown Although the name suggested a powerful sip, this tea was fairly mellow. The raspberry and passion fruit were definitely at the forefront of the flavor profile. It was fruity and sweet without being overdone or artificial. Assam provided a rich and earthy background but it wasn’t bitter or overly astringent. Many berry flavored teas are overly tart and I was glad that did not happen here. The cornflowers and marigolds didn’t add much as far…

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    Tiesta Tea Fruity Pebbles

    Country of Origin: China Leaf Appearance: dark green, some visible fruit bits Ingredients: Sencha green tea, Lung Ching, Pai Mu Tan white tea, papaya bits, pineapple bits, rose petals, strawberry bits Steep time: 3 minutes Water Temperature: 175 degrees Preparation Method: ceramic teacup and mesh infuser Liquor: gold This tea was smooth, sweet and mildly vegetal. The strawberry stood out for me the most but I was definitely able to taste the papaya and pineapple. The rose petals were very subtle but lent a nice bit of floral softness. Although this blend was named after one of my favorite breakfast cereals, there was nothing sugary or artificial about it. There was no bitterness and…

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    Tiesta Tea Gojiberry Superfruit

    Country of Origin: Japan Leaf Appearance: deep green with lots of colorful berries Ingredients: green tea, gojiberries, lemongrass, pomegranate seeds Steep time: 5 minutes Water Temperature: 175 degrees Preparation Method: Breville One-Touch Tea Maker Liquor: deep gold Borrowing a term from wine drinking friends, this tea was a real fruit bomb! It was juicy and sweet but balanced enough that I was still able to taste the sencha base tea. It had a pleasant tartness with a lingering finish.  I love that they managed to make such a sweet tea without having to add sugar. Also known as wolf berries, the gojiberry is a fruit that is native to southeastern Europe and Asia. I…

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    Tiesta Tea KokoMaté

    Country of Origin: not listed Leaf Appearance: small, mottled green and brown Ingredients: organic Yerba maté, rooibos, coconut fruit, cinnamon Steep time: 5 minutes Water Temperature: 205 degrees Preparation Method: Breville One-Touch Tea Maker Liquor: deep, brownish red The first thing that struck me about this tea was the strange translucent brick color of the liquor. Its aroma was very heavy on the coconut and had just a hint of woodsiness. The taste was sweet and fruity but well balanced. I thought that the cinnamon was a nice touch that added a subtle spiciness to the finish. The coconut and rooibos helped to cut the bitterness that is usually association with yerba maté. This tea was…

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    Tiesta Tea Red Rose Rooibos

    Country of Origin: South Africa Leaf Appearance:somewhat dusty, small needle-like with mixed in flower petals Ingredients:rooibos tea, linden blossoms, rose petals, orange bits, lemon bits Steep time:7 minutes Water Temperature:205 degrees Preparation Method:Breville One-Touch Tea Maker Liquor:rust I’ve enjoyed several other selections from Tiesta Tea but this tea was little disappointing. The taste was flat and although it was citrusy, it lacked the zing that I was expecting. The flower petals really didn’t add much as far as flavor but the dry tea had a potpourri-like look to it. I was even missing the characteristic sweet, woodsy taste of the rooibos. I’m not huge fan of “red tea” to begin with but this…