158 Tasting Notes
Thank you QueenofTarts for this swap!! Though I am slower getting my swap out, I was so excited to get this in the mail last night. I tried it immediately, while my boyfriend Rick looked at the package and said “Is this a real thing? Gooey butter cake? Why haven’t I ever eaten this?!”. I’ve never had it either but I did love the tea.
While I didn’t relate it quite to cake, I definitely got kind of a fresh lemon shortcake flavor out of it. The first time I tried Frank’s teas I wasn’t sure because the flavor of the black tea is strong, but now that I’ve tried a few of his and my tastes have adapted, I LOVE LOVE LOVE that you can taste the quality of the actual tea and not just the flavors in this! This is a delicious tea, something that I would love to have in the afternoon with friends or on my own to just recenter my mind. I can’t wait for another cup!
In my attempt to branch out into some oolongs, I discovered this beauty on my shelf! Who knew?! So to me, since I am not an oolong expect or even novice at any rate, I think it tastes a lot like the Jasmine Gold Dragon tea. It doesn’t have the sharpness of a green tea but it has the floral flavor, which to me is delicate and simple. I’m a big flavored tea fan, so this is a great step into oolongs.
I’m going to need to look up in the discussions some more information about oolongs and do some research because I feel that I don’t fully appreciate the flavor and fullness of this cup. I think oolongs are supposed to be fresh and beautiful and I feel very under knowledged about them. Wisdom welcome!
This was my first matcha experience and I don’t know if I can live without it now! I tried it a few ways; mixed with hot water, shaken up in a cold water bottle, and in a smoothie. I loved it in the cold water and the smoothie the best. In cold water it was like a grassy earthy yet sort of rich and thick drink that was nice to keep on my desk throughout the day. As a smoothie I added a teaspoon to almond milk and mixed fruit and it added a SLIGHT grassy earthiness, but mostly a freshness that enhanced the flavor of my drink.
The flavor of this matcha truly shows it’s quality, it is fresh and crisp. I ordered the basic grade of flavoring so I didn’t have a ton of the flavor that people say comes with the robust setting. However, this was a great way for me to try matcha for the first time, I could really tell what the taste of the tea was like without too much added extra.
This is an amazing way to get your antioxidants, speed up your metabolism before a workout, or simply to enjoy a strong fresh green tea at its most natural and pure form. You can buy your own here: http://www.redleaftea.com/matcha-tea/english-toffee-matcha.html and I highly recommend you do so!!
Yummmm I am so in love with this first thing in the morning. I need to restock my stash of it in my office (from my 2 lb supply at home…).
However, I am in somewhat of a tea rut. I am drinking the same teas regularly and not exploring like I did when I first found Steepster. So my current goal; branch out into new to me teas. I don’t drink much oolong or green tea so I think I will focus there. Regardless, I am enjoying being at the desk earlier than everyone else, enjoying my tea with myself :)
Ok so I’m guilty of loving Teavana’s herbal dessert teas. I’ve been checking back with my local Teavana to see if they’ve gotten this in yet and yesterday they finally had it!! I ordered 2 oz and when the manager said “For this 4.5 oz you would only pay $18” I said “I don’t know if I like it yet, 2 is good.”
Now I’m almost through the 2 oz because the chunks in the tea are large, there are pieces of dried bananas that really complete the flavor but there aren’t a ton of them. The first cup I had I brewed a little too long for my taste, it was very sweet and tangy, to me it was really similar to Azteca Fire, which I love. The second cup I made sure to get some banana pieces and BAM…delicious. I brewed it for less time, probably 5 minutes, and it was still sweet but the tangy tartness wasn’t there and I could taste the caramel and chocolate as well.
Banana lovers or dessert tea lovers, try this! It’s not like out of this world good but since I love dessert teas, and this is an herbal, I can drink it at night in my bath without worrying about being up for all hours!
I can taste it this time!! It’s subtle, maybe I need to let it cool a bit. Anywhoooo…thank you so much for this sample Rachel, I love a mate in the morning or with a mid morning protein snack to help me fully open my eyes. I was wondering what it was about the chocolate that maybe it a little bubbly tasting almost, and I realized I can even taste the malt in it! It has a great roasted smell when brewed and a nice smooth chocolate flavor but not an artificial chocolate like so many chocolate teas!
I like it a lot, I’m going to drink the cup slowly to see if it’s something I would order. I am so guilty of absolutely loving Teavana’s My Morning Mate and I currently have 2 lbs of it between my office, my apartment, and my purse…sooooo I’m a little biased.
I think my addiction to this tea increases with each cup. I saw a recipe online yesterday on my favorite health blog for s’mores oatmeal and immediately started craving this. I was thinking about it all through my workout and then for some reason I went with a different dessert tea at home.
So now I am waking up at work to the creamy, chocolaty, spicy, smooth, rich, indulgent sweet goodness of Della Terra S’mores tea :)
Why have I been awake for 5 hours and this is my first cup of tea?!?! Feels like a Monday, hopefully copious doses of tea will get me through the day. I want to know your tea dreams!! If you could grab a cup of ANY tea EVER right now, whether it still exists, or doesn’t, or you just made it up…what would it be?
Thank you Rachel for the sample of this!! I’m such a big mate fan and was really excited to try this, it’s the first out of the awesome swap with Rachel!
I think I should have used more tea, but even with the little I used, it tastes like hot chocolate to me. I have a really bad cold so I can’t quite smell it and my taste buds are most likely a little skewed. I can clearly taste the roasted mate, which I love, and the chocolate is a milk chocolate flavor, but not so overpowering that I can’t tell it’s a mate.
I’ll have to brew a stronger cup when I’m not sick to rate it fairly, but I like it so far!!