552 Tasting Notes

Drinking my last cup of this and I’m a little sad to see it go. I was pretty blown away by this tea when I first got it. It’s got such a great cake flavor. I do get the hint of pineapple that others find lacking, which makes this a great “tea copy” of the real thing. I feel like I’ve grown away from these super sweet dessert teas to more natural flavored ones, but occasionally, it’s nice to go back. This tea also has the most penetrating aroma ever, and in a good way! Maybe Della Terra should get into the candle business!

Overall, I’m not positive that I will buy more of this, mostly because there are so many teas out there to try, and I’m only one person! Ha! The other reason is that I really like this tea, but it doesn’t blow me away anymore. It sure is interesting to see how our taste buds evolve.

gmathis

I’ve always liked Della Terra “dessert-y” teas. They doo a good job of replicating the real thing.

TastyBrew

I really enjoy this as a “drink” but i can’t taste any actual tea flavor. But I really do like this as a sweet treat in the afternoon.

Tealizzy

Ya, you’re right. The cakey flavor overpowers the tea flavor.

whatshesaid

Definitely no tea flavour!

Della Terra Teas

Tealizzy, we actually used to make candles! haha.

Tealizzy

Della Terra – that’s hilarious! Maybe you should do both! Ha! :)

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drank Fruits d'Alsace by Harney & Sons
552 tasting notes

My mom got me a sample of this tea in her last order. Now, fruity blacks and me have a love/hate relationship, in that I really like some, but don’t like others. This is one in the latter group. The tea base isn’t bad, but I don’t really like the cherry flavor. That could be because I’m not big on cherry flavor in the first place though. I really like REAL cherries, but not cherry flavor. I gave the last cup of my sample to my coworker, who liked it much more than me. So, I’m calling this a SIPDOWN! :)

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Is there such a thing as Steepster withdrawal? If so, I think I’ve just experienced it. I was on travel for work for only a couple days, but I really missed Steepster! And I also missed black tea! I stayed with a coworker and she gave me green tea. Now, I am not yet a fan of green tea…I have hopes though, that someday I will appreciate it in all forms. ;) Anyway, not only did I have Steepster withdrawal, but I didn’t have black tea with breakfast! The shock! The horror! Lol! Black tea withdrawal!

So, I made up for it with 3 cups of black tea today;) AND I picked up some blueberry cream cheese danish black tea (via my smartphone) while I was staying over. Hey! It sells out quickly!

Anyway, this tea…it wasn’t bad. Not too grassy. More like squash, I think. I can handle squash. Interesting to try, and maybe if I ever get myself to venture into non-toasty, more grassy green tea land, I’ll get some.

Stephanie

Yum, sencha! Welcome back to tealand ;)

TastyBrew

Ha! I totally hear you. No black tea would be super hard for me. I can’t think of the last time I’ve gone multiple days… Green tea is good, but definitely wouldn’t fill the void. And no steepster? Double whammy!

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Drinking this tea this morning after having a bunch of less-than-stellar teas as of late. This one never disappoints. You can make it at home in your proper steeping equipment or at work in the microwave. Still tastes like delicious buttered cinnamon swirl bread. It’s so thick, it really feels like liquid breakfast. Yum. :)

TastyBrew

I haven’t had this in awhile. I gotta make some soon.

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This was such a bummer. Another tea let-down from Chado. This just tasted like black tea. I kid you not. Where is the plum flavor? The safflowers are pretty, I’ll give it that at least.

TastyBrew

Doesn’t sound like you’ve had any luck with them! Bummer!

Chizakura

Sounds like they’re a place to skip =/

Tealizzy

Ya, I guess you get what you pay for, and they’re pretty cheap.

Fjellrev

Aww too bad. I smelled/tasted a couple of their teas at a tea fest and wasn’t impressed either.

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This tea is absolutely fabulous! I ordered only 1/2 oz., because I wasn’t sure I’d like it and it just seemed so interesting, I had to try some. I’m glad I did! I can’t believe this tea was picked more than 20 years ago! Pretty awesome.

So, the dry leaf smells like a roasted oolong; however, the brewed tea is so much more! At first, it tasted like a roasted oolong, but then I noticed the buttery silky smooth mouthfeel, the notes of sweetness…mineral, then peach or mango, then a little mint aftertaste. Honestly my little cup went too fast! I definitely need to try this gong fu style, but it really is delicious western style too. I love complex teas, and this one fits the bill! I feel so special to have gotten to try a 22-year old tea! Yum!

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drank coconut chai by Chado
552 tasting notes

I was excited to try a number of distinctly different chai’s, but I’m not sure Chado’s chai’s are working out for me. This chai wasn’t bad. It definitely tastes like coconut, but the other spices are kinda flat. I couldn’t really detect individual spices, because they all seemed to fall in the same level. The black tea base isn’t as smooth as I’d like either. I thought that maybe next time honey might help the flavor a bit…will try that.

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drank Chocolate Chai by Chado Tea Room
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This chai reminded me a lot of DavidsTea’s coffee chai, but it had too many high note spices. There was one large chocolate chip in the teaspoon and a half I steeped, but it probably needed more in order to have more chocolate flavor. I think the high note spice must have been the ginger, or maybe the green cardamom. Is there a difference between green and other cardamom? Not sure if I’ve noticed that distinction before. Anyway, it was not well-rounded enough for me and I would have liked more chocolate flavor. Not terrible, but not great. It had such promise…oh well.

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drank Phoenix by Chado
552 tasting notes

This tea does not taste like the description. Talk about false advertising! I should have known it when I opened the bag, because it smelled fruity..not at all caramel or vanilla. It tasted fruity and a bit floral too. Anyanka posted that it tasted like a floral honey, and I definitely get that. Maybe a fruity floral honey. I also got the sediment she talked about. Pretty unpleasant to have sediment in your last couple of sips. Overall, this was a disappointment, because some people raved about this tea on the yelp page for this tea house. It makes me wonder if it got cross-contaminated somehow with another tea. At least their samples sizes are pretty cheap for how much you get!

Anyanka

Ha, I’d just logged back in and this popped up. It smells weird, doesn’t it? No caramel or vanilla at all. I’m tossing the rest of mine, I opened it yesterday and realized I didn’t want it ever again. I’m a little worried that Chado, being a tea house more than a tea supplier, is going to be disappointing.

Tealizzy

Ya, not sure if I’d drink it again. At least we didn’t spend a lot on the samples! I still have a bunch to try, so we’ll see.

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drank Rooibos Butterscotch by Chado
552 tasting notes

We have been running around a lot on our week off, so I haven’t had much time for steepster, but I wanted to let you know I tried this one last night. It definitely smelled and tasted like rooibos, so for those of you that are sensitive to that, it’s probably not for you. I guess the butterscotch was in the aftertaste. I have not had a lot of butterscotch, although I do remember my mom using butterscotch chips to make haystack cookies, so I wasn’t sure if this tasted exactly like butterscotch. To me, it was like toffee…kind of buttery and sweet. For some reason the taste lingered on my teeth! Weird! Anyway, not bad. I’ll have to have some more to figure out what I really think about it.

gmathis

Rooibos goes really well with ice creamy flavors. Butterscotch would be great!

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Another profile facelift! My tastes have changed a lot from when I first discovered loose leaf tea.

I can trace my tea journey back to October 2012, when I discovered DavidsTea. Before that, I had the occasional cup and enjoyed high tea at An Afternoon to Remember, which has since closed.

I went through a period of wanting to try all the teas, and was really into flavored teas, especially dessert blacks, but my tastes have substantially changed over time.

I still enjoy the occasional flavored black or rooibos, but I’m more into unflavored black teas right now and recently, puerh. Chinese black teas are amazing…with their notes of chocolate or sweet potato, who needs a flavored tea? I had a much steeper learning curve when it came to puerh. I used to dump out cups of puerh for tasting like leather. Now, I am really enjoying them. I think it took finding good quality puerh and steeping them gong fu style to really enjoy them.

I also, on occasion, enjoy a good oolong, white, or green tea.

Favorite tea companies right now include: Mandala, Teavivre, Butiki, Golden Moon, Lupicia, and DavidsTea (for teaware mostly).

Just a note: I don’t rate my teas numerically because my iPad doesn’t like the scroll bar. Maybe someday that will change…hint hint, steepster! ;)

P.S. My profile picture is of one of my 2 cats, Holly, who is a little princess but very photogenic, and she loves boxes, including those that bring me tea! :)

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