1526 Tasting Notes
Additional notes: Muahahaha. I decided to take another try with this one after taking most of the hibiscus out of the blend before steeping while it was in my infuser! Most of the tangy tartness is gone… there is just a bit which MUCH better. But it turns out, sadly there weren’t really any flavors the hibiscus was actually hiding! The flavor now is mostly sweet from the pineapple, apple and coconut, but there isn’t much flavor here. I can’t taste much coconut.. I can only smell it. I KNOW there are some amazing herbals that don’t need to rely on hibiscus.. so this one is disappointing. Alright, next time I have to take the hibiscus out AND steep it for much less time.. this steep was around ten minutes.
Additional notes: This was the last of my sample from the awesome Butiki Teas! I didn’t have enough leaves for another cup, so I used a slight bit more for this last cup! (I actually got to remove a tea from my Steepster shelf… sadly, it was just a sample!) Since there are more leaves the flavor is very full & strong this time. Very delicious. There is a slight biscuity flavor, with a sweetness that lingers on the tongue. The perfect amount of astringency for a nice kick. I needed a wake-me-up tea. I’ll be outside on one of the last few nice days this year to read Italo Calvino’s ‘If On A Winter’s Night A Traveler’, which I’ve wanted to read for a while now.
This isn’t my favorite from Della Terra.. there isn’t much flavor here. I didn’t see many actual fruit pieces fall in my tea, so the mild flavor must be that, the “flavor”… I’d say from the peach, pineapple and apricot flavors that should be here, I taste peach the most. I saw more candy pieces than fruit fall into my infuser, but oddly I don’t taste much sugar. I’m also eating donuts so maybe the sugar from the tea is hiding. It’s reminding me of The Fiery Furnaces song ’I’m Gonna Run’ where it says “Ate twelve dozen donuts for lunch”.. but that’s from the donuts, not the tea. Not much else to say about this one, which is why I’m typing about donut songs.
Thank you TeaEqualsBliss for sharing this one! I had a cup of this a couple months ago but I wanted to wait to make tasting notes for some reason. The steep this time was better than the last time! I thought I was making a mistake pouring JUST boiled water, but it was delicious. There is a definite rhubarb flavor (there was at least one chunk of rhubarb in my infuser). I think it depends on how much this blend actually tastes like tart rhubarb depending on if there is actually any rhubarb in the infuser. This time I noticed just a hint of cream where there wasn’t any before. I happen to really like this combination! Rooibos, cream and rhubarb!
thank you yet again momo, for allowing me to try this one! Yes, I love jellybeans! What a fun idea for a tea. I would hope there is at least one jellybean in the blend for each teaspoon that goes into the infuser. (I avoided the blue jellybean, as those are my least favorite!) I spotted an orange one. The tea DID taste like consistent orange, and after a peek in the infuser, the coating of the jellybean is gone. (I steeped right after the water finished boiling for around eight minutes.) Of course, there was sugar on the jellybean to make the tea sweet. But now I’m wondering if the flavor was from the tea itself, since it could have been the strawberry and pineapple flavors that made it taste like orange to me. Power of suggestion? I liked this one, though I would have liked a stronger tasting rooibos. It’s a fun tea and I like that in the picture, the yellow flowers make the jellybeans look like eggs in a nest!
I don’t want to be the first to write a tasting note for this one… especially if I say it reminds me of raspberry cough drops.. or what those might actually taste like if I ever had raspberry cough drops. It must be the ginger, which I’m not normally a fan of. I might not like cough drops, but they always remind me of my grandpa for some reason, so they can’t be too bad. The steep color is a pale yellow. I’m also not getting much jasmine here, but I’m starting to think jasmine is very elusive and sensitive to temperature. I’m not sure why anise is in the picture for the tea, since that isn’t listed in the ingredients. The white/green tea combo tastes very fresh. The white tea isn’t drying my mouth at all, which it sometimes likes to do (when I don’t like it to). This isn’t one of my favorites from Della Terra but I have MANY favorites from Della Terra. But give this one a try for yourself! It may be it just isn’t for me, or I didn’t steep it right.
Additional notes: Yep, I love this one. I got three full really delicious cups of this. With 3or4, 5or6, and 7or8 minute steep times. I should have been paying more attention because they were steeped perfect. My two favorite teas are SpecialTeas so I really miss them! I wish I had tried more from them before they were bought by Teavana, since the three I tried were so so good. I’m probably saying the same things I said in the other tasting notes…
Thanks momo for this one! I really appreciate being able to try all these teas! I have been on a roll with teas I really really have loved lately. This one is so good. The rooibos is perfect with dates and walnuts. The dates are sweet and the walnuts are toasty. Really, I can’t think of a better combination! It does taste like a muffin, especially since I CAN taste that bit of butter flavor! I do wish the flavors were a bit stronger, but it’s much better than it could have been. Tasting this one, I don’t think I’ve had a rooibos in a while and I must have missed them!
First steep: 5 min. with water very cooled — flavor was perfect
Second steep: 10 min with just boiled water — barely had any flavor other than the rooibos
Another amazing tea from Della Terra! I’ve tried a bunch of them now… there was only one I wouldn’t buy. The steep color here is slightly deeper than the golden raisin’s color that fell into my infuser. I thought that was a bit odd.. the black tea should have a deeper color. But it’s the perfect black tea to showcase these flavors. It definitely tastes like a cookie! If there was more oatmeal included in the blend, I think it may have tasted more like an OATMEAL cookie. But wow is this one delicious. Vanilla, cinnamon, raisins and a bit of oatmeal are the perfect combination in this blend to make it great!