944 Tasting Notes
This blend smells like cooking chocolate with a gentle sour orange rind scent behind it. Not as strongly orange as I was expecting.
It tastes: sweet, dry, darkly chocolatey, rich, and a little smoky. The orange is extremely subtle, I can only taste it for a second or two in the after taste. As far as chocolate flavoured teas go they have the chocolate factor down nicely, it’s just missing a sweet yet sour, juicy, orange flavour that is implied by this teas name. It’s disappointing when a tea states two main flavours and you can only taste one of them. Still at least it’s drinkable, I might have to re blend this myself so that it has some orange flavour at least.
This was the fifth tea from this years 12 Teas of Christmas box. Only I didn’t try it last night as I quite frankly forgot to. The last week has been a blurry haze of business and illness and I can’t remember if I’m coming or going any more. Well for now I shut my eBay shop until January to focus on fighting whatever stomach bug I have and to prepare my house for Christmas. I suppose French Toast is a breakfast style tea anyway so it may be better suited for right now, I can’t post my Christmas teas until late due to the time differences between UK and US/CAN.
The blend smells sweet like maple but with some cinnamon added and a nice rich and toasty black tea.
It really is very similar to Pancake blend but with some cinnamon and a subtle maple after taste. It’s not too sweet, not as I was expecting, but it doesn’t need any additional sweetener for me. It is pleasant, more waffle than French toast but I think it’s a slight upgrade from the Pancake blend.
All this pancake talk is making me crave blueberry pancakes with maple syrup drools.
I can taste cinnamon and spice and it does have some apple cider flavours but personally I find the black tea too strong for this blend. Even when adding sugar I find the black tea too thick, it pushes a lot of the flavours away that should be coming through with an apple cider tea. Also it has some astringency from having such a strong black base.
I only have one, perhaps two cups of this left but it’s not something I would re-stock. A nice try but too unbalanced for me.
SPOILER – This is the daily tea from my 12 Teas of Christmas box. I pulled a frowny face when I saw s’mores but may Christmas Angels bless Frank for his use of marshmallow the root, making this a veggie friendly tea.
Woah, it reminds me of cream flavoured vodka shots in scent. It’s creamy, sweet and toasty but also somewhat chemical. Similar to the strange chemical smell that some Red Leaf Teas flavoured Matcha have.
It has a very interesting flavour. It’s like a flavoured Matcha meets a Genmaicha and they become blended together to create one unique blend. It has lost most of the chemicalness but there is still a synthetic flavour lurking. The Genmaicha is nice but I don’t think the S’mores blend is for me.
Another Della Terra mint tea for me to try today (with my first being Peppermint Bark).
It smells like a peppermint cream chocolate bar, so sweet and creamy but with some sort of dry but softness to it. It’s not super strong mint, in fact the chocolate matches the strength of the mint if not super-seeding it ever so slightly.
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The steeped smell is heavenly, as nice as it was raw it’s nothing compared to this. Smooth, very creamy, chocolatey in the right way…it’s gone from being a standard peppermint cream chocolate bar to a luxuries one.
Flavour also offers what it promises but on a light scale. Smooth chocolate with creamy vanilla tones are the first flavours before a sweet and perfect peppermint carries you into the after taste, of which the blend lingers like a smoky mist. The black tea holds the blend together to stop it from being too light yet does a wonderful job of not being astringent or bitter.
It’s very different to the other Della Terra mint tea I had this morning even though it contains pretty much the same ingredients, it must be same/similar ingredients but different quantities. If you want candycane then go for Peppermint Bark blend (peppermint is the main flavour) , if you want a chocolate bar with peppermint cream (chocolate is the main flavour). Preference wise would depend on my mood…they are both delicious.
My Della Terra order arrived today from my Black Friday frenzy purchase. Just in time really because I had a few Christmas themed teas to try, including this one. My stomach has been a little off recently so mint teas in general have been my go to teas when I stick the kettle on. I’m lucky that mint especially peppermint reminds me of Christmas so ill as I may be at least I can still participate in some Christmas frolics.
Opening the packet I can smell a beautiful candy cane medley with subtle hints of chocolate. A candy cane coated in chocolate ….. oh my! Genius! The peppermint is sweet and thick but also fresh and creamy, definitely candy cane…more so than their (Della Terra’s) actual candy cane tea actually.
It’s nicely balanced in flavour, the peppermint is smoothed out by both the vanilla and the chocolate which gives a sweet, refreshing and rather light blend. More subtle than the scent but still packed with delicious flavour. The chocolate is the most subtle but it does become present in the after taste briefly.
Such a lovely blend, glad I picked this one up.
Following the banana train I felt it was the right time to try this blend. It smells like dry and powdery cocoa with a sweet finish. I cannot smell banana per say but there is something amongst the cocoa, it’s just hard to work out what it is.
Once steeped it smells like hot cocoa without the milk or sugar. Still no banana to speak of, or cream for that matter.
Flavour is better at least than it’s scent though honestly not by much. It gets props for being organic but it just doesn’t taste like my idea of banana dream pie. Instead it’s like a dry chocolate biscuit. I still cannot taste or smell banana though there is a lightness to it that may be considered creamy but only just.
Compared to 52 Teas – Banana Pudding this is just unbelievably disappointing.