733 Tasting Notes

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Woke up way earlier than was my plan. I decided I wanted something warm to drink, but with the hope of going back to sleep I chose this over caffeinated tea. This is one of my favorite herbals. I sometimes think the fennel is going to be too much because the smell of it is so strong, but it’s always well balanced with the mint, ginger, and licorice root.

I couldn’t fall back asleep, but having a quiet house all to myself is a treat in and of itself.

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85

I was able to get an appointment to see my doctor, and this is the tea I had during the drive. I really enjoyed the toasty notes this morning. It went well with the rainy day we are having, and it tasted terrific. I was enjoying it so much that it had little chance to cool, so a lot of the other flavors were not present. Still a tasty cup.

Turns out I have a double ear infection and strep throat, so I will be spending this weekend at home with my blankets, books, and tea while the medicine does its thing. Can’t say this makes me overly sad.

Sil

oh goodness! that’s awful but some great weekend plans :)

Veronica

Yeah, I haven’t had an ear infection since I was a kid. I forgot how much it hurts!

yyz

Hope your feeling better soon!

caile

Hope you feel better soon! Enjoy staying warm and cozy at home!

Veronica

Thanks!

JustJames

hopefully all will be better for the holidays…… feel better!

Indigobloom

Get better soon! strep is rough, I had it over the summer :(

TeaBrat

feel better!

Bonnie

Get better! Glad you went to the doctor. I had a ear infection for a long time and it turned out that I was allergic to the medicine for the infection. So, if you don’t get better, don’t be dumb like I was! Go back!

Veronica

Thanks, everyone! I do feel a little better today.

@Bonnie – Yikes! I’ve never had an allergic reaction to medicine, but that can’t be fun. I’ll definitely keep an eye on my ears (so to speak).

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76

The first of my Della Terra orders arrived yesterday. While most of the teas will be Christmas gifts I thought I’d open this one to share with my daughter since it’s one of her favorites.

Well, I have to say we were both disappointed. The tea has little to no flavor. The smell is there while it’s steeping, but there’s only a vague hint of spice and cookie in the infusion. If I had been drinking this by myself I would have chalked it up to being sick, but my daughter’s face fell after the second sip. She let the tea cool some, and it was no better. One of the main reasons she and I love Della Terra is that their flavored teas a full of flavor, so this was a bummer.

I’m hoping this was a fluke and that the rest of the bag will be the awesomeness we’ve come to love from Della Terra.

Tea Sipper

I’ve recently thought maybe I should use more leaves for Della Terra’s teas.. their black teas can never get astringent anyway.

Veronica

Yeah, that’s what we’re going to try next. My daughter made herself another cup of this using a perfect teaspoon to measure the leaves and she said it still had very little flavor. Maybe with more leaves we’ll find that perfect cup.

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78
drank Berry Blues by Adagio Teas
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I received this as a free sample in my last Adagio order. To be honest, I didn’t think I would like it, but I have to say this was pretty good. It had a fair amount of blueberry flavor even though my brew basket was filled with apple pieces. There was a lot of sweetness from the apple and then a light trartness from the berries and hibiscus. The overriding flavor was definitely berry as the sweet note from the apple just registered as generic sweet. I didn’t add sugar, but if I had I’m guessing this would have morphed into a juice/kool-aid kind of herbal. Sans additions it was tasty and a nice before bed treat.

This was a happy find. A good blueberry herbal will always be welcome here!

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76

Never doubt the power of homemade chicken soup and a comforting cup of tea when you’re sick. It really does work wonders. The soup was delicious and warming, but this tea is like my security blanket when I’m sick. It just makes me feel better. The sweetness of the chamomile and the honey are well balanced by the vanilla. I’m glad it’s an herbal, and I’m even glad it’s in a tea bag. It’s relaxing and easy to sit and sip cup after cup.

Bumping my rating up on this one a bit.

VariaTEA

I hope you feel better soon!

Veronica

Thanks!

gmathis

Sometimes it’s less drinking the tea than it is clutching the cup and warming your nose on it :)

Veronica

gmathis, that is so. very. true.

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75

My husband had to pick our eldest up from school because she’s not feeling well, and he brought this home to help soothe all the sore throats in this house. I do love tea bags when I’m not feeling well just for ease of use, so I was happy to see this box.

This tea is exactly what it says it is, lemon and ginger. The lemon is the first thing you taste, and it does have a lot of tartness. I ended up adding a teaspoon of honey to each cup to sweeten things up a bit. The ginger comes next and seems to settle in the back of the throat. It is soothing even though there’s a little bit of heat to it. With the added honey this is a nice cup for a sore throat and to chase the chills away.

This was nice. I can see myself keeping this with the other bagged teas I keep around for sick days.

Indigobloom

Honey is great for sore throats too! two birds with one stone :P

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84

Woke up with a sore throat and feeling rather achey all over. Good times. I’m sipping on this hoping it will help my throat a bit. The blueberry is really strong today. I don’t remember it being this strong in previous cups. Not that I’m complaining. In fact, I’m really liking it.

I’m close to the bottom of my tin of this, and I wasn’t planning on restocking it until summer. Now I’m thinking it might be worth it to keep some on hand.

JustJames

no achey. tell it ‘no!’. =0(

Ellyn

feel better!

Veronica

Thanks. It looks like my whole family got whammied at once, so we’re all bundled up under covers resting and drinking tea.

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90
drank Cherry Sencha by Premium Steap
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Tea of the night. I just realized this is my third green tea today which is almost unheard of for me. I’ve enjoyed each one, so maybe I’m finally starting to warm up to green teas.

This tea smells sweetly floral. The tea has a brothy feel, but the taste is a bit cleaner with light hints of cherry and rose. The rose comes to the foreground as the tea cools, and almost all of the cherry is lost. That’s kind of a bummer because it’s a good cherry flavor. Nothing artificial or gummy tasting. I’m picking up some grassier notes from the tea which is really nice with the floral flavor. Wow. Good stuff.

All in all a lovely cup. I know I enjoyed cold brewing it during the summer, but this is much better hot than I remember. I’m glad I revisited it.

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94

This is some yummy stuff. Kind of like a liquefied candy cane with a nice splash of vanilla thrown in. I always enjoy having it in my house during the winter months.

VariaTEA

I am definitely happy I sent my dad on a hunt for this. I also asked for a bunch of the other holiday blends. In fact I think I asked for all of them with the exception of Sugar Plum.

gmathis

I think Sugar Plum is the only one I haven’t tried.

VariaTEA

How did you find the others? Are they worth it?

Veronica

I like Sugar Cookie and I think Nutcracker is okay. Sugar Plum is my least favorite out of the holiday blends. They all have a sweetness to them, but Sugar Plum is over the top sweet. And I’m a girl who has no problem putting sugar in her tea!

VariaTEA, I’d be happy to send some to you as part of our swap.Just let me know.

VariaTEA

haha good thing I did not ask for that one then. Thank you for the offer but I have already asked my dad to pick me up some. As soon as my many tea orders arrive at his apartment, he will ship everything to me :)

K S

All this talk about Candy Cane Lane, you know I have to brew up another cup.

Veronica

K S, you’re the reason I went out and bought a box! Your statement about it being liquid crack stuck in my brain until I had to have some. :)

tigress_al

I have been looking for this in my grocery stores and haven’t found it yet! I need to have this every winter

VariaTEA

Target sells them I believe.

Cavocorax

I’ll have to try Target too! I’ve been looking everywhere for these!

yyz

So far I’ve only seen them at bulk barn, near me.

K S

Found this and Sugar Cookie at Target. I never shop Target but made a special trip to get my fix. Veronica, sorry and your welcome at the same time ;)

yyz

Great! Maybe they will have some here. So far target here has been severely dissapointing. They basically spent a fortune on renovation and reconstruction and then stockedbthe stores in such away that they may as well be the same store they replaced. Nothing to go out of your way for.

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94

I woke up this morning craving Genmaicha. I looked and looked in my pantry for my Ganmaicha from Zen Tea, but it’s nowhere to be found. After a moment of angst I remembered I had this lovely sitting on a shelf. Crisis averted. Lots of toasty rice and marshmallow sweetness. Yum.

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Tea obsessed since 2010.

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- Whispering Pines Tea Company
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