509 Tasting Notes
I accidentally steeped this in 200F water for 5min. Luckily, this is a second steep from last night’s cup so the impact is curbed somewhat.
The creamy cantaloupe/melon flavour is still present, but the cup has taken on a malty tone. It’s definitely different, but not awful. In the future I think I will save the hotter temperature steeps for black teas and White Rhino.
Flavors: Cream, Melon
This came as a sample in my joint order with Amariel. It smells like delicious, sugary creme pastries. I have a cinnamon oil burning in the back, and the combined aromas make me crave a cream drenched cinnamon bun.
The flavouring is just as the name would have you believe. the black tea base is also what you’d expect from Della Terra; it personally reminds me of cheap ice cream cones. It’s not fancy but it’s still dessert (that smells amazing!).
Flavors: Coconut, Cream
Backlog from last night.
Maybe it’s just me, but there seems to be more apple pieces in this blend than the last time I ordered. I thought this herbal couldn’t get any better. Please let there always be lots of fruit pieces in my cup.
My only complaint is that I always seem to run out too quickly. Very problematic when I want to drink this almost every evening. Instead, I end up partially hoarding it.
Flavors: Apple, Lemon Zest, Orange Zest
This isn’t bad cold steeped; I think it may make for a smoother cup. The lemon flavour is very zippy, but still manages to be sweet. The spices are also prevalent but bleed into the citrus and smoothness in a very creative, albeit peculiar, way. I love the marshmallow root. I’m actually really grateful to Frank’s blends for introducing me to this interesting ingredient.
This is a fun tea that I can finally see myself finishing up. I could never get it right hot with the milk.
Flavors: Cinnamon, Cloves, Cream, Lemon Zest, Nutmeg
I think I’d like this base in almost anything.
I’m also a big fan of roses, which are mixed in a controlled manner here. I’m less keen on the bergamot, but it’s smooth enough here not to be overburdening.. This tea feels like a strange cross between an indulging sunny afternoon with chocolate fudge malt and a cleansing spa day.
Recommended for lovers of Earl Grey, rose teas, and chocolate.
Flavors: Chocolate, Flowers, Malt, Orange Zest
I was a little hesitant to cold steep a chai, but I added a some agave syrup and then put it in the fridge over night and it came out delicious and “even” tasting. I’m notoriously bad at heating up chais so having all the flavours come through like this, without something being too weak or too strong, is a rarity.
I don’t specifically taste cranberry. It’s more of a backdrop; like a dab of cranberry jam on a hulking big slice of turkey. I think the agave helped bring it out more than it would’ve naturally been. The most dominant spice is the cardamom, which also adds to that tart sweet flavour.
I just wish I had some sweetened condensed milk, or a little umbrella thing with some pineapple slices. It tastes a little like that.
I’m getting the idea that raspberry is not an easy flavour to capture. I’ve enjoyed the chocolate/coconut raspberry flavours that are blatantly dessert teas, but the plain old raspberry teas tend to taste more like Swedish Berries than anything else. This one still falls into that category for me, although it tries hard not too.
There’s a tart citrus zap that’s convincing, followed by the raspberry flavour, which eventually descends into the category of sweetened jam. It’s the aftertaste and aroma that leaves me with gummies.. although it also feels like I have those raspberry hairs stuck in my throat. Mixed signals.
Oh, well. This tea mostly sticks to the raspberries of my mind, and if it becomes overly sweet I can’t pretend I don’t like jam and candy too.
Flavors: Berries, Lemon Zest
I picked some of this up because of JustJames. I was so excited to get it that I.. erm, ate most of it, accidentally?
I did manage about two cold steeps though and they were awesome. The hibiscus is at an acceptable level, and the rose isn’t domineering. The variety of fruit make a refreshing and sweet cocktail. The aloe, my other main reason for picking this up, is subtle but present.
Fruit blends go too quickly.
Flavors: Berries, Flowers, Orange Zest