272 Tasting Notes
I am out of Florence but had an unopened 2 oz bag of this tea. I was oh so hopeful. I mean, double chocolate, right? I cringe at the name as they write it, by the way.
The dry leaf smells like chocolate and it looks a tad moist. Eagerly dumped 2 DAVID’s perfect measure into the 16 oz steeper I have from there, pour boiling water over it and tick-tock, tick-tock, waited the recommended 3 minutes. Added 1 tsp of raw cane sugar and took the tentative sip. Umm.. it’s bitter. Like dark chocolate bitter. It’s not a bad thing, just not what I expected.
I know all about how dark chocolate, couveture and the likes should be superior to milk chocolate (especially since I’m a chef with a short stint as a pastry chef) but the mouth likes what it likes, right?!?
I don’t like the taste of milk so I knew adding some would be a mistake but did it anyway. I added a splash. Probably a teaspoon worth of milk. It’s a good tea, folks. My partner had a sip of mine and promptly asked for a large cup of her own. So between the two of us we drank quite a bit, with resteeps. BUT be prepared for dark chocolate taste. I so wish that tea companies specify when they say chocolate. Because I think most of them use milk chocolate as opposed to dark and therefore that’s what a drinker would expect. Something about managing customer expectation comes to mind.
Florence continues to dominate the chocolate tea podium for me.
It’s ok, this tea. I can taste the caramel, oh how could one not for it is loaded, and it really is a pleasant tea. Not sweet enough for me so I would normally add sugar except I am really trying to eliminate sugar especially now that we are trying to lose the weight gained overseas. I know a sugar free diet is not sustainable for me but if I can get used to less, I would love it.
The dry leaf smells great. It is quite dark, has bits of caramel throughout but it also has those darned yellow petals I could do without.
Steeped for 3 minutes and added nothing to it. It is pleasant indeed. It could be oh so good for me with some sugar. It brews dark. Not caramel dark but black tea dark.
I am getting no citrus whatsoever but I am ok with that since I am not into citrus all that much.
Should you buy it? You can get a small pack, it won’t disappoint. You might get bored with more.
After a traveling ordeal which ended 60 hours later with us getting home (at least I am thankful for that), we are without luggage. ALL that’s important to us is in those suitcases. power cords, medications, three weeks forth of clothing…
anyway, I am home and I am alive, for which I am thankful. But I am cold, starving and exhausted. Can’t go anywhere until we chip away three weeks worth of snow that’s now frozen. Somehow have to make it to work tomorrow on whatever fumes I have left in me. Not in my car, in ME!.
So I made a pot of this. It’s gotta be good if you reach for it after weeks of deprivation, right? :) I sweetened it. Got nothing else I can put inside (unless curdled cream is your fancy) but it is so good. It raises my blood sugar enough that I don’t feel I’m going to pass out from exhaustion anymore.
Now I have to deal with more pressing problems. Happy 2014 everyone!
EDIT: I am not sure this is going to work but this is a shot of pearson this morning. There are THOUSANDS of unclaimed luggage. all the cancelled flights’ luggage being sent back, plus all the passengers who made it somehow, their luggage. there is not enough staff to deal with it all and some aircraft is frozen so the bags cannot be obtained. anyway, for your entertainment… hope it works.
Maybe I like this a lot more than the average guy (this is only rated an average 67 on here) because it’s my first tea in 9 days. I’m in Romania and a) I only brought this with me b) I drink a lot less tea when I have a lot of other beverage choices.
Usually at home I drink tea when I’m trying to avoid alcohol or curl up with a book or a movie, neither of which I’ve done here. I’ve been drinking like a fish because I’m on vacation and because it’s cheap and because my family is so high strung you couldn’t possibly relax here. So we drink. Like any good Eastern European.
This tea is better than the salted caramel from DAVIDs. It smells more or less the same — sweet and caramel — but this one delivers on flavour. You don’t have to try and figure out different steeping parameters that might bring out the caramel or the salt or the chocolate. If anything, I’d say it’s a bit weak but I’m not sure I did everything as I should given that I’m not in my normal environment. My mom threw out my leaves before I could resteep so I can’t comment on how good a second steep might be either. In any case, with creamer and sugar this is pretty spot on for me. I taste the a caramel, it is sweet, and it’s a delicious dessert tea. I might even say I’d replace it when it’s gone.
Tonight I’m going to try it with whipped cream and baileys for a super nice treat.
Happy holidays folks!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!