911 Tasting Notes
For some reason, I find it hard to separate out Della Terra’s minty black teas in my mind. They’re all pretty similar, as far as I can tell, with just slight variations on the mint/vanilla/chocolate theme. This particular example has little cow shaped candies! I thought they were all white at first, but there are also some black and brown cows in the mix. Too cute!
I gave 1 tsp of leaf about 3.5 minutes in boiling water. No additions. It certainly smells minty and sweet, a little like mint hot chocolate. To taste, the most prominent flavour is chocolate. That surprised me a little, as mint can be so dominating. The vanilla comes out next, and it’s smooth and creamy, adding a hint of sweetness to the chocolate which is actually fairly bittersweet. None of the Della Terra artificial chocolate here! The mint comes through primarily in the aftertaste, adding a crisp, cooling twist. It’s pleasantly refreshing after the chocolate/vanilla headiness of the initial sip. The black tea base is unobtrusive, but smooth and astringency free.
Overall, this makes for a pleasant sweet treat. It’s similar enough to some of DTT’s other mint/chocolate/vanilla blends that I don’t need it around all the time, but it’s certainly a pleasant variation on the theme. A worthwhile try.
A sample from ashleyelizabeth! I’ve been roller derbying today, so I knew in advance that I wouldn’t have chance for much tea/drinks today. That being the case, I chose a high caffeine tea this morning. The energy Yerba is supposed to provide also made it a good choice. I didn’t read the ingredients or any tasting notes before I tried this one, so I wasn’t sure what to expect, other than chocolate and yerba.
I gave 1 tsp of leaf about 4 minutes in water left to cool slightly after boiling. The resulting liquor is a medium brown, and it smells divinely chocolatey! I’m always a little apprehensive about yerba — plain it’s really not my thing — but there’s no cause for concern here. The chocolate flavouring is nice — not at all artificial or chemical tasting. There’s a dry, very slightly bitter taste to it that actually reminds me of chocolate with a high cocoa solid content. What makes this amazing in my estimation is the caramel that goes alongside the chocolate — it’s smooth and buttery, adding a touch of almost honeyed sweetness to the slightly bitter chocolate. There’s a tinge of nuttiness, and a tiny earthiness in the aftertaste.
Reading the notes here, I was surprised to see that there’s supposed to be raspberry in this. I got no raspberry, but I don’t feel robbed. Raspberry wasn’t necessary in this chocolate caramel wonder brew. I’ll look out for it next time, though.
In case you hadn’t guessed, this is my new favourite mate!
Weekend Sipdown #9
This is one of the nicer chamomile based blends I’ve had the pleasure of trying in a while. This time, my cup was a pale pinky-red (see previous notes for my musings on this magical, colour changing tea!). I don’t usually like hibiscus too much, but it does a sterling job of cutting through some of the sweetness from the chamomile here. The citrus flavours — lime and orange, primarily, to my taste — also pack a refreshing punch. A pleasant evening cup.
Weekend Sipdown #8
This is a pleasant enough darjeeling, considering it’s bagged. There’s nothing too metallic in the flavour, which is what I’ve had the biggest problem with in Mighty Leaf’s darjeelings. Instead, it’s lightly floral, with a very slight muscatel/grapey flavour. Quite brisk. Pleasant enough, but not a repurchase.
Weekend Sipdown #7
I am finding the strawberry here a little on the fake side for my liking, although its similarity to ice cream syrup is actually pretty nice in small doses. I like the strong “ice cream” flavour this one has to. On the whole, though, it’s not a tea I’d want to drink a lot of, or a lot of the time. I’m glad to have had the chance to try it, but it won’t be too sadly missed.
Weekend Sipdown #6
I do wish the chocolate was a smidgen stronger here, but I have no real complaints. It has a hot chocolate vibe going on, although it’s still obvious above all that this is tea. I like the dark, bittersweet cocoa note, and how smooth it is…a satisfying chilly day treat!
Weekend Sipdown #5
This one was utterly delightful today. It’s not been a warm day, for summer, but the juicy, fresh scent and flavour of peach contributed some much-needed sunshine all by itself! Peach teas are usually hit and miss for me, particularly when the peach flavouring is artificial tasting and very strong. No worries here — it’s like drinking peach juice! The slightly citrussy base ceylon is perfect here, creating a fruity, satisfying cup! Very enjoyable.
I’m finding that the more I drink this one, the more I can taste the lavender. Familiarity, maybe? Ordinarily, floral teas aren’t my thing at all. I can make an exception for this one, though, because the vanilla and mint are such a wonderful combination, and because together they make lavender into something I find both palatable and delicious. I also like the caffeine boost I get from this one, particularly at work! My current favourite of the Butiki guayusa blends.
Weekend Sipdown #3
While you’re on a roll…
I pair this one most commonly with Taiwanese Wild Mountain black, purely because I enjoy the contrasting (and yet sometimes similar) flavours. The differences are more obvious to me when I taste them together! This is the one I think of as the fruity apricot one, because to me the fruit notes are what makes this cup really shine. It’s so fresh tasting and juicy — a great spring/summer black. Another one I’d repurchase in the future.