170 Tasting Notes
Why do all Della Terra teas taste and smell the same to me? Maple syrup -flavored pancake syrup. I’m going to avoid rating this.
Wow. This is… wow.
The description sounds delicious, and I’ve loved everything tgtea now that I’ve had. I’ve shared this with a few people, however this is the first time I’ve tried it. I must say, I wish I’d tried it sooner.
It smells like cocoa and malt out of the bag, and even more like cocoa after steeping, with a bit of the black base shining through. I taste cream first, then dark, dry cocoa, then something sweet and almost cloying after the sip – so much so that my mouth is watering. Vanilla? Ice cream? Burnt caramel? It’s lovely whatever it is, and I want it to linger forever. Zero sweetener in this one, although I can imagine it being fantabulous with milk and sweetener.
I’ve had this for a bit, and yet I only have half a tin left. Why? Because I’ve shared so much with the folks who have shown interest. Now, it’s time to see how I feel about it!
First off, I love savory teas, as well as sweet ones. Combine the two? I’m curious and excited. Plus, OMGsrsly’s reviews really got me curious, as well as her mention of peach and thyme jam. Oh… my mouth is watering.
So, I tried this. Made sure I steeped it properly, the works.
Dry, this smells more like thyme than peach. Steeped, it reverses. It was okay straight (more thyme than anything, almost like a stuffing or savory Christmas pudding?), however with some sweetener added, this was stellar for me. Luscious, juicy peach with a hint of thyme mid-way through to the end. Really, truly delightful, and very different.
If you like savory sweets (I’m thinking jams with savory elements like jalapeno jelly, for instance) then you’ll likely love this tea. Less is also more, with both heat and steep time.
No idea why I brewed this, but I guess it’s what hit me in the head from cupboard #1 of tea. It’s okay, however yet again I oversteeped it, and so all I’m really getting is lemongrass.. which is okay since I like both of these things, just wish I’d picked differently.
I definitely got this right this time. Holy matcha!
Size: Small (30g)
Made with an oversized scoop of matcha, 8oz. coconut milk and 1 tsp of Truvia. Mixed with a chasen.
This is, by far, the best matcha I’ve had from Red Leaf. If I could give it a higher rating, I would! I tried this the other day and it tasted ‘off’ to me. My daughter said it was how almond/coconut milk tastes, and yet… just wasn’t right, especially knowing how many of you love this one.
So, I tried again today. Pure coconut milk, mixed with a chasen, added more milk, some Truvia… and I gulped the whole cup down in less than three minutes. For someone who had to swear off sugar a while ago, this is the best possible fix for a caramel-lover. It’s exactly like biting into a caramel, minus the sticking-to-your-teeth gooeyness.
Oh Mango Lassi, I oversteeped you too, and now you taste more like chamomile than my throat enjoys. Still lovely and delicious, and hopefully sleep-inducing, too.
Even oversteeped somewhat, this is still a pretty faint blend. Yes, I can taste the peppermint and cocoa, and yes, it’s quite lovely… yet faint. I want more, a fuller, thicker taste. If it were, this would be my all-time favorite mint chocolate tea, and that’s saying a lot.
So, let’s be clear. I steer away from floral blends. So why did I purchase a tea that has, literally, small rosebuds in it? The billing of “turkish delight”, of course. The fact that Bluebird is run by Canadian expats in the UK also helps.
Out of the bag, this smells like chocolate roses. Steeped I got little smell out of it. Taste-wise… I’m confused. I want to like it. I want to taste turkish delight. And yet? I add some Truvia. Okay, now I get turkish delight, the kind that’s been imbued with some form of light floral flavoring. It’s still a touch rose-y for me, however I can get past that.
Fans of turkish delight dipped in a light layer of chocolate that don’t mind floral blends will like this. Or, little girls who want high tea with something really, really pretty. Seriously, the little rosebuds are ADORABLE.
Thank you to CelebriTEA for sharing some of this with me. :)
I needed to start drinking rooibos earlier than I did tonight, and this was an excellent choice to start with. I get mostly peach out of this bagged rooibos blend, and while I do miss the ginger (because I LOVE ginger), I’m quite content with a peach rooibos as well.
Oddly, I don’t have this in my cupboard, even though Dexter3657 sent some to me a while back.
I’ll say it again, even though I’m repeating myself: I love the concept of this company! Make my own tea blends? This rocks!
Out of the bag it definitely smells like a maple syrup pecan black tea, and it vaguely reminds me of a Cabane a Sucre I went to when I was 19 just outside of Montreal. We started the day by learning how to tap maple syrup, then rolling it in ice for maple syrup lollipops, then eating a 12 course meal (where everything had maple syrup in it, including the drinks), and then listening/dancing/singing along to French Canadian music. Yes, this is a fond memory, and this tea evokes it easily.
I did steep this one way too long (again), as I seem to have almost every black during the past few days. What can I say? I was packing up tea for Dexter3657, Sarah, and a colleague in Australia. Still, the flavors are present, even if there’s a bit of dryness to the blend. Maple? Check. Pecan? Only slightly, at the end of the sip, and it seems to be what’s feeling dry. If I could figure out how to bring out the pecan a bit more, this would rank higher. Luckily, I have enough to play with a bit.