1120 Tasting Notes
Okay, I decided to make my own green tea toner http://missionbeautician.blogspot.com/2011/10/diy-all-natural-green-tea-acne-toner.html
using some loose leaf gunpowder green I had laying around. I had the brilliant idea to use 3t and maybe 6oz of water to make it super concentrated. Being curious in all, I decided to sample that steep.. EWWWW BLECKBLECKBLECK! It was bitter horrible smokey cut off my tongue now taste!
I already had the kettle at the right temperature, so I decided to follow up with this tea to counter that horrible experiment. The worst part was waiting 4 minutes for it to steep! First sip was magically buttery corn sweet veg flavor, total yum! This green is fab! Yum yum!
Reminds me I am overdue for a Butiki order, once I’m done buying stuff for christmas I’ll start buying stuff for myself!
I can’t believe I’m saying this, being a Canadian in all, I’M FREEZING in Southern California! Maybe its we dont’ have the heater on.. I didn’t think we need it! Of course, back home it’s like – 3c and snowed.
Having this for breakfast – not bad black tea. Still wanted more sweet or floral for it to be more to my liking, but still a solid black tea.
i had this love hate relationship with DavidsTea’s Apple Pie tea – I had one cup out of a 50g bag that tasted right. After that.. not so great. I’m hoping this Della Terra Teas Apple pie will work!
DRY LEAF: lots of chunks of apple! My kitchen smells like coffee, there was a huge incident last night involving an exploding french press. Finally my roommates disgusting coffee making skills caught up to them (they use 50% coffee, and top the press up with hot water to make this pure black sludge)
STEEPED: Nice apple pie smell, crust and spices in all!
TASTE: The spices in this are spot on – I finally noticed a trend in Della Terra doing really good in the spice department. Natural apple flavor comes out, but more of a fresh apple on some sips to me. Pie crust after taste. The black tea is present and adds some good depth. The black tea also is not bitter.
I think this tea could use a bit of rock sugar, but I’m too lazy to go downstairs to get some, plus my legs are sore from brazilian jiu jitsu. Aww screw it, I need to take out my laundry anyways..
Sweetened, the apple comes out more and I think I like both ways. So if you are the type who adds sweetener, this tea is good!
COMMENTS: Much better than DavidsTeas! The spices are perfect and the tea is yummy pushing me to drink more.
I’ve had Della Terra’s Candy Apple tea and this Apple Pie tea is much better with the flavoring and lack of apple skin taste.
evil plans? I’m thinking back to I think Starbucks had an apple cider that was caramel sauce and whipped cream on it. Apple Pie tea latte with whipped cream and caramel? MUUUAHAHHAAHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!
Busy weekend with setting up the in law’s tree. I still need to set up my tree, once I find space for it. I’m still knitting more ornaments, sigh. Never ending! They take 1 to 2 hours each, but I have so many to do!
DRY LEAF: Smells like sweet sweet strawberries and candy!
STEEPED: Green tea smell, little bitter smell.
TASTE: Good strawberry flavor and creamy vanilla. Grassy base from the sencha and hint of matcha. A little bitter, but I think that’s my fault.
I actually made this tea yesterday as a latte (not really following the recipe card it came with) and it was very berry, vanillay and not grassy at all. It tasted just like strawberry bubble tea!
COMMENTS: Next time I make this tea I’m not following their suggested boil + 2 min steep and doing a lower temperature like I did last time.
Also, sneaking in some RLT’s Strawberry matcha would be a good fit for this tea!
I had to do it. Melon Fruit Salad tea?
Lupicia’s Melon White, with Butiki’s Watermelon Xylophone and Cantaloupe & Cream, equal parts. It was hard to figure out a steep time and such, so I winged it.
Taste? VERY strong melon flavor. I think the Watermelon comes out the most. Oddly, it tastes very melon rindy, like eating a watermelon and that white part. The tea is quite silky with a creamy aftertaste. Overall, very juicy and fun!
Would I do it again? Maybe just the watermelon and honeydew teas, not sure the creamy thrown in there made it straight up fruit salady. Pretty fun though!
For black friday, I snagged 2oz of this tea vs the usual sample sizes, I figured I’d dig this tea. I’m finally getting around to trying it, I’m a little down today (I’ve been knitting way too many mini mittens and socks for tree ornaments) so I thought this could perk me up.
The tea is really cute with the blue stars, silver sugar balls and mini marshmellows!
Steeped, smells a little caramelly with a bit of film on the top.
Taste is a great smooth, sweet, marshmellowy with a sugary spun caramel aftertaste. The black tea base adds depth and is not bitter.
Overall, pretty yummy! Della Terra has always been pretty solid. I’d love some more creamyness in this, but is pretty good as is! Next time I’m going to steep with a vanilla bean pod and see how it goes.
I’d love to have this tea on my papasan chair, snuggling away. Actually, I’m going to do that right now and play pokemon!
Oh man, melon tea!
I love Butiki Tea’s Watermelon Xylophone and Cantaloupe & Cream. With my Lupicia order, I decided to give this melon tea a try, especially with other tea logs saying this was more honeydew in flavor.
DRY: mmm melon scent! Let me at it!
STEEPED: Smells like those asian melon juice drinks. In fact, I have a melon yogurt aloe chunk juice in my fridge!
TASTE: The melon taste comes right through, moreso on the ripe honeydew side, though I get a little cantaloupe too. Very naturally sweet, I do not need sugar at all. If I added sugar, this would totally be like juice!
The white tea here is very light.
I’ll try a resteep later. I’m about to tuck into some kimchi soup and burn out my taste buds.
EDIT: 2nd infusion – less melon taste, but it’s still there and melony but less sweet. The white tea is coming out and is nice and smooth, yum!
COMMENTS: MMMm, this is good! I love the honeydew flavor! This would be a killer iced or cold steep!
I’m wondering.. if I mix the Butiki watermelon, cantaloupe and this tea, would I get a melon fruit salad tea? I’m tempted to try!
Forgot I owned this tea! I’ve been chain drinking pots as I chip away at xmas gifts – my husband family gives ornaments to each other, so I’m knitting teeeeny mittens and socks for them.
Steeped this with a chunk of vanilla bean (I have so many of them! My husband loves rice crispies made with real vanilla and I save the pods after I scrape them). Very good! cheesecakey tart, lingering creamyness and apricoty!
I’m practically drooling as I drink this tea!
This tea is amazing with the following steeping directions:
200, 3.5mins. Steep with a vanilla bean pod (I scraped it already for baking awhile back, about 2cm long). Then sweetened a bit along with some vanilla soy. Hot damn! Love it! Pumpkiny, creamy, vanilla, cheesecake, spicy – ooooh yeah!