268 Tasting Notes

drank S'mores by Della Terra Teas
268 tasting notes

Dang it, this tea is not doing it for me. I’m rarely the odd man out so I’m wondering why it is so with this tea.

Dry, the leaf smells great. It also looks moist. Like chocolate cake crumbs or something. I see the marshmallows in the dry leaf and I also see them floating in my steeper as I wait for it to steep but the base is quite strong and it’s not coming close to s’mores in flavour for me. I get marshmallow aftertaste and as the cup is sitting next to me I get the nice aroma wafting up at me but the taste is lacking.

I have 2 oz so I’ll play around, maybe I overstepped, maybe I overleafed (although other notes say it is too weak if you just use the 1tsp for 6 oz) at one perfect scoop for 8 oz. I added sugar only so aside from sweetening there is nothing to take away from the tea’s flavour.

Everyone is raving about this tea and it sounded so so good. Gonna rate next time around, see if I can make it work.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
TheTeaFairy

Can’t STAND that one, the smell makes my stomach turn. Same with 8 candles, but I know that’s also a very popular one, so it’s probably me!

VariaTEA

I was not a huge fan at first but I ended up mixing it with DAVIDs Toasted Marshmallow and that helped

Fjellrev

I used to absolutely love this one but after 50g or so, I got really sick of it, and it was a huge chore to finish the other 50g I purchased during my S’mores craze. So looks like you’re not alone!

Tuscanteal

I kind of feel like with S’Mores in general… you go camping, you bring your chocolate, marshmellows and graham and you go nuts for your 3-4 day camping trip. Then you go home never wanting to see another marshmellow again, until the next time you go camping or are by a fire.

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Pumpkin spice I got. Pumpkin, I’m not too sure. And I’d like to say I am not getting chocolate except distant in the aftertaste. But after being spoiled by the mother of all chocolate teas, Florence, I’m not surprised. These are not complaints, however. It is a good tea. I’ve added only sugar. I’m out of creamer and I’m not buying any seeing how we are working on eating the contents of our fridge before we leave for the long, and long awaited holidays. This could be wonderful with a splash of my vanilla creamer.

As it stands it is still a nice cup. Pleasant base, brews quite dark, not astringent at all at 3 minutes with boiling water. It doesn’t blow me away so I won’t repurchase. I’m trying to narrow it down to a few must have teas and stop this madness of constantly buying and trying teas. If I can get down to say 5 of each straight and flavoured black, green, oolong, herbal and white I think I could settle. That would make about 50 go-to teas. That’s my goal folks!

ETA: gives a decent second steep. I think I actually prefer the second steep, the spices are more mellow.

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Today I had two green teas from Della Terra. This and Almond Biscotti. I like the other better. I brewed this at 167F because I was impatient to wait to 160. Could 7 F make such a difference? It is just a touch bitter. The strawberries are a good presence but it feels a little too green also. Like if you’re eating the entire strawberry, leaves and all.

Am not getting the " cream" part of “strawberries and cream” yet. Not in the possibly too hot first steep. Good tea for sure but not after Almond Biscotti sets the bar for flavoured green tea everywhere. :)

167 F, 2 perfect scoops for 16 oz water. No additives (yeah!). Good flavour, definitely not timid. Nice fragrance, you can smell it a few feet away. I don’t love it though. Can’t put my finger on why. Will try a pinch of sugar and lower temp for second time around.

Preparation
160 °F / 71 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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Oh my god, you guys, this is amazing. Without anything inside it! Holy crapola, why did I only buy 1 oz? Oh yah, I know, I’ve been hit and miss with green teas. Oooooh, this is so going on the permanent fixture in the cupboard because I have not come across many teas, especially flavoured teas, I can enjoy it without additives and so I need more. I think so far there are exactly three teas in my cupboard that I don’t add anything to when I drink. Three out of almost 100. (No, my virtual cupboard is not a reflection of the actual one, no 1-2 cup samples ever get added to the cupboard).

I was curious and, at the same time, afraid of this tea. I steeped at 160 which I thought was on the low end, I usually do 165 to 170 but went with the steeping instructions from here. I also forgot to set the timer but washed two pots while it steeped which could not have taken longer than 2 minutes.

The almond flavour in here is amazing. Forget biscotti, it’s like some sort of ice cream. There’s a bit of oily film across the top but can be easily dismissed. As it cools it is even more flavourful. The aftertaste lingers for quite a bit as well which gives it additional bonus points from my end. The dry leaf is full of nut crumbs. The leaf itself is not as green as I’ve seen in other green teas but I’m far from a connoisseur so I’m not going to give it much thought, it’ll just remain an observation.

I’m going to make a giant pot of this seeing how I, aided by my lovely ball and chain, already drank the 16 oz I made for our first try.

Preparation
160 °F / 71 °C 2 min, 0 sec
Fjellrev

I almost made an order solely due to this tea. It sounds great, but is it really sweet like most of their other teas?

Nxtdoor

I don’t know, incendiare! I like sugar in my tea but I didn’t add any in here. I don’t think it’s sweet but you can’t take my word for it. I can send you some when I get back from Europe in the new year. I’m leaving in 3 days so can’t do a proper swap now.

keychange

This sounds amazing, and I especially feelI can trust your impression because like me, you add things to tea. But I must ask: does this taste “green”? like, grassy? plant-like? Because that’s mostly why I avoid most greens. But now I’m tempted!

Nxtdoor

Not to me, keychange. I thought of you as I was drinking it, I almost mentioned you in the note itself because I know you also add sugar and dairy. Also, I know what you mean about it tasting green. The strawberries and cream I had from DT tastes green, like I’m eating the leaves of strawberries. The almond biscotti is less green, shall we say, but you will know you are drinking a green tea. I can’t explain. The thing with the almond is that there’s so much of it and it’s so creamy that it just sweeps you off your feet. It’s more almond than green. The strawberries and cream one is more green than strawberry if it makes any sense.

keychange

That makes sense! (I think). I’m going to order some and try it! haha I’m flattered that you thought of me: we sugar and dairy folk need representation!

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drank Eight Candles by Della Terra Teas
268 tasting notes

Aaaaah!!! I got swept up in the Black Friday excitement and didn’t check before I purchased 2 oz of this. Turns out I’d already tried this after a sample was given to me by Dexter3657 a while back. Even wrote a note. Forgot all about it. Based on the note and rating at the time maybe I shouldn’t have gotten 2 oz.

Oh well. It’s fine. Whipping cream and Jameson fixes everything. The tea is alright. Lots of stuff through the leaf: marshmallows, sprinkles, what have you. It brews quite light (and murky) although I used more than enough leaf. I think if my expectations weren’t so high it would have been a good relationship. It’s just not as full of “wow” as I dreamt it would be. I just don’t hear the philharmonica when we kiss. But after running errands on this snowy Saturday it is quite nice to return home and snuggle with a mug of this, an electric fireplace and whatever streaming video my heart desires.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Dexter

You put Jameson’s in this? I know booze fixes everything, but part of me thinks you shouldn’t be wasting good Jameson’s in tea…
Oh well hope you are having a good evening in front of the fireplace. :))

Nxtdoor

Mmmm yeah. Jameson. I only used a little. Wanna move here till they fix your door? There’s a place I know here that will be empty…

Dexter

Thanks, but I don’t think it would be much fun if it were empty…

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So my della terra Black Friday order is finally here. Yay. Now, like a starved person in front of an all you can eat buffet, I am staring at all these choices. I don’t want to open all the packages and sniff to decide — well, I do, but it’s crazy talk — so I opened this one because I remember reading reviews and they were positive. I also didn’t feel like “eight candles” today despite the fact I’ve been anticipating that tea for days.

As soon as I opened the foil pack and smelled the intoxicatingly sweet fragrance I knew I made the right choice. It does smell exactly like Red Velvet Cake from DAVIDs Tea and the taste is pretty similar. No filmy, oily stuff in this tea though, unlike DAVIDs. I don’t have them some by side but I have had red velvet cake quite a bit so me thinks I’m kinda right. That and the fact that tasting notes show others feel the same.

2 tsp for approx 14 oz of boiling water for 3 minutes gives a fairly light brown brew, I expected darker. And as a side note, what’s with the yellow flower petals? It made me think instantly of 52teas. There’s an entire flower in here, except for the stem. I also have to echo other steepster people when they say they get no pineapple. I don’t taste pineapple either, although I can see tiny dried pineapple bits in the dry leaf. I think it’s just so much caramel in here that it’s hard to pick up on anything else.

Curiosity satisfied, thank you :) it will not be a chore drinking this!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec
keychange

So glad your haul finally arrived! we should try and meet up or something once you’re back from your trip! (I need more tea friends in real life). I, too, am resisting the urge to tear open all my dt teas so I can sniff them, because I need to keep something sealed, for heaven’s sake! LOL

Sil

AHEM! me toooooo! i like tea friends!

Nxtdoor

Keychange, I’d love to meet up, of course. Tea friends are awesome. Sil, I’m right here. A stone’s throw…

Sil

we should actually plan a mini meet up sometime :)

Amariel

I like this one too.

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drank Gnarly Masala Chai by Steep This!
268 tasting notes

Thank you to Dexter3657 who is furthering my chai education alongside her own.

This pinches! It is so beautiful to look at, not like any other chai I’ve ever seen. There’s nice green cardamom pods, then there’s pinkish red rose petals, some yellow somethings :) .

Steeped for 3 minutes, a (DAVIDs) perfect scoop of leaf to 8 oz of boiling water. Sugar, a splash of milk and we’re off to the races. Maybe not the races.

This tastes first of cardamom, then of clove, and the black pepper gives a slight burn but not too spicy, it doesn’t travel down the throat, it stays in the roof of your mouth.

Too peppery for me, no go. There’s also a flower thing I’m not digging. I know there’s no chamomile in here but it kinda tastes like it way way at the back. Sorry! Thank you again to dexter3657.

Next!

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drank Florence by Harney & Sons
268 tasting notes

Good-bye, Florence! We shall meet again as soon as I return to Canada and I can place a new Harney order.

I have been denying myself cups of this because I had so little left. But today I needed a good mug. Nothing too finicky and nothing too fancy that would make me break out the more delicate (read:tiny) cups. I wanted to curl up with a comforting mug not a posh saucer and teacup and not those bubble cups. You know how certain teas you drink out of certain vessels? I would never make a big mug of a red robe or other oolong. Big mug for me means dessert tea. So with a sigh I picked up the near empty tin of what continues to be my favourite chocolate tea and settled in for the afternoon. Book, American horror story season 1 (Dylan McDermott, yo!), Skype with my mom…

I am leaving next week so I can’t order any tea. I’m also starting to worry about my Black Friday order. I thought it had plenty of time to get here but alas I am down to four business days left and no package. Not to mention that I’m drooling over those teas (eight candles!) and am so disappointed each day I get home to find them not here. Sigh.

PS. Anyone else still waiting on BF orders? It seems everyone got theirs but me.

Sil

where are you off to now?

TheTeaFairy

Sounds to me like the PERFECT DAY, yay for you :-)
Awwww, love, love that show…and Dylan, OMG! This guy is over 50, can you believe! So darn fine…

Nxtdoor

I’m going to Romania. It’s been 12 years since my last visit there, my mom is so excited she started making food in July, I swear.

Nxtdoor

@theteafairy I know, right? You should be watching “hostages” if you like mcdillet

TheTeaFairy

Oh, what do you think, I AM!!! I’ll even admit that after the first few episodes, the only reason I continued watching was because of him, but later on, it turned out to be pretty good. Most likely to be cancelled though…

keychange

My bf orders have arrived, and I suspect yours should very very soon! but, well, you know how crazy I am about the mail, so you know I know how you feel.

Sil

that sounds amazing nxtdoor…and yeah hostages will likely be cancelled but for now…yes pls! :)

Nxtdoor

Oh no, why are you guys saying that about hostages? Have you heard rumours? I heard nothing. Poor guy… All his 1 season shows. “Big shots” he was in, died after a season. Then he didn’t go back in American horror story for second season (except for voice credits) and now hostages!

TheTeaFairy

Poor ratings apparently…you know how networks are these days…But you never know, fingers crossed!
have you watched AHS 2? Don’t want to give you any spoilers if you didn’t, but he did go back, didn’t he??

yyz

Have a great time!

Nxtdoor

AHS2 is freaking me right out! I’m only on e3, I had to stop watching last night, I couldn’t handle it. Will watch for sure but need small doses. Unlike AHS1 where I watched over and over.

TheTeaFairy

Ahahaha! Yes, I was able to watch the whole thing this summer. And yes, it’s a lot darker and spookier… hold on and keep watching cause he does come back…eventually :-) I say no more!!!!

Fjellrev

Holy crap, I hope you’re enjoying Europe!

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drank Paradise Found by DAVIDsTEA
268 tasting notes

If you’re in the mood for a slightly tart thirst quenching tea, this can do the trick in a pinch. Oh, ok, it’s my last “juice” tea, I’m thirsty and water won’t do it. So I finally forced myself to get out of bed and make a pitcher of this iced.

I have a lot of it and found I only drink it when parched. Add sugar, it’s hibiscus-y, but over lots of ice it is, as I said, quite thirst quenching. It will take a while to finish the 4 oz I probably still have but doable. Steeped in near boiling water for 4 minutes, sweetened and put over lots of ice.

Tuscanteal

I hrmmm and hawwed over getting this tea when it was on special, but decided against it. Not a fan of what they use to make their “tropical” flavours. Too bad it’s not good hot though.

Nxtdoor

Yah, it’s kinda terrible as hot drink. I did get 250 grams when it was on special. Don’t regret buying it but it is not getting love often.

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I bought 250 grams of this a while ago. And now it is not calling me anymore. I had it a lot at first and then i haven’t had it for a few months. Tried it today and it’s sort of … Meh. Didn’t sweeten it so maybe that’s the reason it’s not making me swoon. It’s still a trusty tea, tastes like banana oolong should. Not too fake, banana does not overpower, but all I can think of is how my della terra teas are coming soon and I will have more choices in my cupboard.

Tuscanteal

Does it still taste like fake banana though? You know like the 5cent banana marshmellows?

adagio breeze

I so wanted to try this before it was discontinued, but I couldn’t justify buying such a huge quantity of it. Could I interest you in a trans-Atlantic swap, or just buy some from you?

Nxtdoor

Umm… To me it doesn’t taste too fake. I know what you mean, I think monkey fart from 52teas tastes like those banana runt candies. The good thing is I love those, I always picked out the banana candies out of the bunch in the box. I also like banana flavoured Popsicles, despite the artificial flavouring.

@Adagio breeze, you don’t have to buy the oolong from me, I am not against swapping. I don’t do them just for sport, like other people, but if someone is interested in a tea I have, I can always swap if I have more than 1-2 cups which in this case I do. I will be in Romania in a week or so, can totally mail from there, but I don’t mind doing it from here. Let me know if there’s other things you want. Even if I don’t have them, I can go and buy. There are a few DAVIDs teas I ran out of and need to replenish so a trip there is imminent.

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Im a fairly recent follower of the loose leaf tea drinking cult. March 2013 to be exact. Never been much into tea before. Growing up in Romania, tea was something mom made for you when you were sick. As an adult, my hot beverage of choice has been coffee, both flavoured and regular. I’ve recently stumbled upon Teavana and DAVIDs TEA and quickly got addicted to the latter. Then came steepster and all else followed.

Formerly a mathematician and insurance adjuster, I gave up the corporate world and am now a professional chef. I drink wine and sometimes cheat on it with tea.

I prefer flavoured teas. It’s probably the newbie in me. I just don’t get cravings for a straight black tea. If I end up having one, I drop in a slice of lemon and artificial rum flavouring (ugh, what moron admits to this?). A black tea fixed this way reminds me of skating at an outdoor rink as a young one, with a thermos full of tea made just as I described..

Im learning so I drink them all. everything! Am even introducing myself to pu’erh. So far I can do fine with the sheng cause frankly, they don’t taste like pu’erh to me. The shou is another story.

NOTE: The virtual cupboard does NOT contain any of the samples I hold since most of them are one-cup quantity. Home improvements, mortgage, travel, wine and food have budget priority over tea.

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