252 Tasting Notes

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drank Hearts & Roses by Della Terra Teas
252 tasting notes

A sample in my order that just got in today! I have to read through a bunch of Greek tragedies to prepare for my test, so I wanted something to keep me awake, and to be comforting while I read plays where everyone dies.

Hmm, so I felt like I mostly only got chocolate with this. There may have been a bit of rose in there, but definitely no cherry. I did enjoy the chocolate, especially with some milk and a bit of sugar, but it didn’t taste like I expected.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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I got this in a swap a looong time ago from someone, and just never got to it. I was looking for a cold brew candidate last night, and this sounded good. In the bag, it smells very delicious and fruity and tropical.

After cold brewing, I took a sip and didn’t taste much. Disappointing. I decided to add a bit of sugar and WOW did it make the flavors pop. I haven’t had much green rooibos, so I’m not sure what it tastes like, but I’m not getting any of the medicinal smells or flavors that I can get with red rooibos. The papaya is the main flavor, while all the other flavors kinda mix together behind that to give a general fruitiness. This is reminding me of something I’ve had but I can’t quite think of what. I absolutely love tropical flavors, so I’m really enjoying this. Too bad I only have about enough left for one more cup!

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more

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drank Tropical Mango by Teajo Teas
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I know I’ve had actual mango before, but I can’t remember what it tastes like. I think I might have to see about getting one soon, I wonder if anywhere around here has some?
This is a very generous sample from Teajo Teas, thanks! I’ve been craving fruity teas lately, maybe because the weather here is warming up and I have dreams of fruity iced teas dancing around in my head. As soon as you open the bag, a delicious, sweet, fruity mango flavor comes out. I felt like this would be a good idea for a cold brew, so last night I popped it in the fridge and let it sit overnight so I could take it to classes this morning. Is caffeine affected by cold brewing, I wonder? Either way, this tastes great! I’ll have to try it hot, but I can see myself definitely reordering this in the summer months for iced tea all the time. The tea and the mango are both present. At the front is the mango, with the base tea backing it up. It’s sweet enough on its own that it doesn’t need any sweeteners, but I can see this being really good with some sugar added, probably like some kind of mango juice.

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more

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drank Peach White Tea by Tea District
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Cold brewed this up, but left it a little too long. A little bitter but still good, though I used all that I had for this. I wish I wouldn’t have forgotten about it!

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drank Zabaglione by Design a Tea
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I’ve had this sample from Design A Tea for a while, and finally got to it. I don’t know exactly what zabaglione is, but I have had strawberry zabaglione from 52teas. This smells a lot like a marzipan tea, and that’s basically the flavor. The roobios medicine taste is hidden pretty well under the marzipany flavor. I’m not sure if it actually tastes like zabaglione, but I do like the flavor! I accidentally let this steep for probably something like seven minutes and it’s still very good.

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 0 sec

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Creamy, minty, vanilla goodness. Still not getting as much chocolate flavor as I would like, but still a good tea.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Professor Grey by Della Terra Teas
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I know a lot of people are upset with this one because it’s smokey, but honestly, I have to say that I enjoy it. I wasn’t sure at first, but now that I’m revisiting it, I’m definitely liking it. I’m a little disappointed that it isn’t what I expected, but I do enjoy it for what it is.

I decided to try it with milk this time, to see if it brought the chocolate out any more. The red sprinkles make the milk look really odd. There’s a faint bergamot, with the smokey flavor upfront. There’s definitely more of a creamy milk chocolate flavor that I couldn’t taste much without the milk. I still don’t recommend it to anyone who doesn’t like smokey teas, but I’m really enjoying this one now.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
Kittenna

I think part of the reason that people were finding this offputting is because if you a) haven’t had a smoky tea previously or b) don’t like smoky teas, it can taste very strange/unpleasant! Of course, no prior warning via the tea description was a problem as well. I definitely enjoy it for what it is :)

Emilie

I definitely understand people not enjoying this, the first time I had it, I wasn’t sure how I felt because it just wasn’t what I was expecting. I really enjoy smoky teas, so this is good to me now! I wonder how it ended up smoky though

Kittenna

I’m noticing that Della Terra doesn’t fully list ingredients for their teas…. I feel like either they don’t blend them themselves or there’s some sort of missed step between blenders and website ppl.

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The recommended steeping parameters for this are 212 degrees for three minutes. This has both black and green tea, so I was a bit skeptical but went with it anyway. I think it did affect the green tea, because this didn’t taste very good at all. It also has earl grey green in it, and haven’t been a fan of Adagio’s earl greys. I think this just isn’t the tea for me

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Strawberry Ginger by DAVIDsTEA
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Cold brewed this, and added some sugar and I really like it! It was ok without the sugar, but very enjoyable with.

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more

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drank French Vanilla Assam by 52teas
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