Coconut Pineapple Black Tea from Design a Tea

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Black

Where to Buy:  Design a Tea

Company Description:

Design a Tea brings choice to the marketplace. The simple concept of offering choices is the number one difference between Design a Tea and other artisan tea blending companies. Who doesn’t like choices in life? The feeling of creating and personalizing a product you order. We want consumers that deal with us to know they are dealing with a caring company. Caring, in that we hand package each order, and we pride ourselves on customer service. It doesn’t stop there.

Design a Tea even cares about the environmental issues around us. We use recycled paper products, labels, even environmentally friendly inks. We make every attempt to purchase from Fair Trade teas from international growers and suppliers and use only organically grown teas and ingredients when possible with all natural flavorings!!

Taster’s Review:

This is not one of Design a Tea’s signature blends, it is one that you can custom “design” (if you wish) – simply visit their Design a Tea page on their website and select “black tea” as your base, and then choose “coconut” and “pineapple” as your two flavorings… and you will have the same tea that sits before me now.

The black tea base (a delicious blend of black teas from Sri Lanka) is a pleasant one – it is brisk and holds its own with the flavorings.  It is strong enough to not be overpowered by the flavor, while still being mild enough to not overwhelm the cup.

The coconut and pineapple are sweet and deliciously tropical.   Having tried a few teas from Design a Tea and not being disappointed by any of them, it is clear that the flavorings that are used at Design a Tea are of the highest quality.  They do not taste fake or chemical-y.  They taste very authentic.

Design a Tea is a wonderful company that not only offers you the unique service of designing your own tea blend; their customer service is commendable as well.  Two thumbs up!

Pirate Tea from Design A Tea

Tea Type: Black Tea/Yerba Mate Blend

Where To Buy: Design A Tea

Product Description:

Ingredients: Koslanda-Dimbulla blend (Sri Lanka), Roasted Yerba Mate, Cinnamon, Ginger, Cardamom, Black Pepper, Cloves, Natural Vanilla/Pineapple flavoring.

Tasters Review:

Well, I like the Pirates of the Caribbean movies and I like Pirate Booty so when I tried Pirate Tea from Design A Tea I was happy to say I liked that, too!  Actually I more than liked it…I’ll admit…I LOVED it!

It smells like Pineapple and chai more pineapple than chai…I, personally, LOVED this about it!  This tea infuses really dark and really fast!

The taste is AWESOME!!  I can safely say this is my FAVORITE Chai to date!!  The flavoring is wonderful! The spices are mixed in nicely underneath.

Pirate Tea from Design A Tea is the complete package if you are on teas that favor pineapple!  And a nice, true, delicious pineapple – not that artificial tasting stuff!

China Seduction from Design a Tea

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Pu-erh

Where to Buy:  Design a Tea

Company Description:

This is a smooth based earthy tea (Pu-erh). The after taste is what jumped out for me… or maybe it was the rose and chocolate story. If you like subtle hints of rose and chocolate then you have to try this one.

Taster’s Review:

I tasted this before I read the ingredients.  I had thought this was a chocolate and rose flavored black tea… I didn’t realize until I read the ingredients that it is actually Pu-erh!

I am telling you this because this doesn’t taste like most Pu-erh that I’ve tasted – it doesn’t have that overwhelmingly earthy flavor. (this is a good thing!) This is an amazing blend with a remarkably deep, rich flavor.  It’s awesome!

The chocolate notes seamlessly meld with the earthy tones to create a deep, savory yet sweet cocoa experience.  It doesn’t taste like the sweet, candy-bar chocolate you’d find in a grocery store.  It tastes more like the rich decadent chocolate you’d find from a gourmet chocolatier.

The rose notes are subtle.  They add a pleasant floral note with just a hint of sharpness.  And as I sit here sipping this, it occurs to me that it is the rose notes that highlight some of the earthy tones of this tea.  The ingredients work very well with one another to enhance the overall qualities of this tea.

I don’t think that this would be the right tea for someone who is looking for a strong Pu-erh flavor – but if you are someone who doesn’t think you like Pu-erh (or knows you do not) – this is the perfect blend to start out on the right path towards a harmonious relationship with Pu-erh.

This is the BEST flavored Pu-erh I’ve yet to taste.  It’s absolutely delightful!

Passion Fruit Black Tea from Design A Tea

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Black

Where to Buy:  Design a Tea

Company Description:

Koslanda – Dimbulla blend from Sri Lanka with all natural flavoring

Taster’s Review:

This is a simple yet really tasty blend from Design A Tea.  The passion fruit flavor is sweet and sumptuous.  The flavors taste natural and almost nectar-like.  It’s deliciously tropical.

The black tea base is a mellow black tea blend – not particularly stout or robust, but I don’t think that is what is needed here.  A stronger tea would interfere with the balance of flavors.  As it is, this blend allows me to taste the even-toned black tea and the sweet flavor of the fruit.  And I like it!

I enjoyed this tea immensely as both a hot tea and an iced tea.  It is refreshing and … I don’t know what it is about this tea.  Maybe it’s the tropical essence, or the mellow black tea base, or a combination of the two, or maybe it’s something else entirely.  But there is SOMETHING about this tea that has a very tranquil and calming effect.   It’s very nice!

If you visit the website for Design A Tea, you won’t find this tea readily available as a signature blend.  However, you can order this blend by designing it.  They let you design your own samples, too!

Renaissance from Design A Tea

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Oolong

Where to Buy:  Design a Tea

Company Description:

A whimsical touch of Blueberry and woodsy Nutmeg flavoring mixed with an ORGANIC Oolong earthy base from Taiwan.

Taster’s Review:

Renaissance is one of the “Signature Blends” offered by Design A Tea.  And it is delightful!  The complexity of the Oolong tea and the sweet-tart flavor of the blueberry, together with a dash of nutmeg creates a uniquely wonderful taste.

The base is a Formosa Oolong base – which is one of my particular favorite types of Oolong tea.  It has a pleasant mouthfeel – silky but not too thick.  I love the fuzzy peach-like tones of a Formosa Oolong, and that fruity character blends well with the blueberry and the earthy, nutty taste of the nutmeg.

The blueberry tastes fresh and sweet – it’s a very authentic blueberry taste.  There is a berry-ish tingle that hits the tip of the tongue – a little tart… but not too much.  But it is the nutmeg is what really makes this tea unique.  The nutmeg isn’t strong at first, but the flavor develops as I continue to drink the tea.

This has to be one of the best blueberry blends I’ve ever tasted.  I love the addition of the nutmeg, and as I continue to sip, I find myself adoring it even more.  It adds such a beautiful depth of flavor, and it reminds me a little bit of a baked blueberry confection – blueberry cobbler, perhaps?  This is especially true when this tea is served hot with just a sprinkling of sugar (brown sugar would be especially nice to expound on that cobbler taste).

However you choose to serve this tea, I have to say that the yum factor is extremely high here.  Yummy, yummy, yummy!

Cranberry Apple from Design a Tea

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Rooibos

Where to Buy:  Design a Tea

Company Description:

Editor’s Note:  This was a custom blend sample from Design a Tea.  If you’d like to try it, you can order your own sample here… just select rooibos as your base, and the flavors of cranberry and apple, and tell ‘em the SororiTEA Sisters sent you!  ~Liberteas

Taster’s Review:

Mmmmmm… this is a very tasty flavored rooibos tea.  The apple and cranberry combination is traditionally very autumnal, but, this tea tastes fresh and lively – and one that I’d be happy to enjoy year round!

The flavor is sweet – I’m not getting a whole lot of tartness that I expected from the cranberry… there is a slight tangy note, but nothing that I’d call sour or even tart.  Since I’m not a particular fan of a strong tartness or sour tasting teas – I’m quite enjoying the lack of it in this tisane.

The apple essence is smooth and sweet tasting.  It actually tastes a bit like apple juice with a little something extra… not quite one of the cran-apple juice, but, more like an apple-cranberry juice, if you know what I mean.

Overall, this is a very tasty rooibos blend.  It is not readily available on the Design a Tea website as a signature blend, however, if it is one that you’d like to try, you can order two free samples and you can choose this combination if you’d like… or get creative and concoct your own tea blend (simply pay $1.00 for shipping, and you’ll receive 2 samples of your choice and a $2.00 off coupon for your next order).

If you do decide to create your own blend – and I hope you do! – please stop by and leave me a comment and let me know what you’ve tried… I love to hear your tasty ideas!

Ice Wine from Design A Tea

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Black

Where to Buy:  Design A Tea

Company Description:

One might ask…”Ice Wine Tea?” We sure did! We were asked to see what we could come up with- so we did a little research and found a great base recipe and added to it. This tastes just like iced wine. It’s a black tea base with ice wine flavoring (iced white grapes from Ontario) and organic pear flavoring. Together they leave a subtle sweet after taste of white grape wine. You won’t need to add sugar to this one, it’s sweet enough on it’s own

Taster’s Review:

I really like this tea!

Having tried one or two “Ice Wine” tea offerings from other tea companies, I kind of formed an opinion of this tea before tasting it, thinking it would taste very much like some of the others that I’ve tried.

Now, that’s not to say that I didn’t like those other Ice Wine teas, I did.  But I like this Ice Wine tea SO MUCH better!

I really believe that what makes this Ice Wine tea so exceptional is the addition of the pear flavor.  It adds a certain smoothness to the sweet-tart flavor of the ice wine grape which can be sometimes rather overwhelming.  While I cannot pick out the pear flavor distinctly in this cup, I can taste the rich, nectar-like sweetness that it imparts, and I can taste how the ice wine grape flavor is affected by this addition.

The black tea base is smooth.  It is not what I would call exceptionally brisk or strong.  Mellow is the word I would use to describe it.  But this mild quality is needed for the flavors in this cup, and a stronger tea would overpower the flavor of the pear and grape.

If you’ve been contemplating trying an ice wine tea THIS is the one you should try. This is a tea I’d recommend to all those out there who love a good, flavored tea.

And as good as it is hot – it’s even better iced.  Quenches the thirst as it relaxes you – this is really a delightful tea.

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