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drank Eight Candles by Della Terra Teas
335 tasting notes

I’m so glad to have a chance to try out all these Della Terra teas. :) Thanks again to Ost for the samples! This one is fun-looking because of the sprinkles and marshmallows. I definitely get some marshmallow flavour in my cup, though the caramel is pretty subtle (I don’t think there were any caramel pieces in this scoop of tea, which may explain it). Mostly I’m just tasting the black tea base, which is actually quite nice – fairly rich and malty, so maybe it’s an assam, but minimal astringency even with a longer second steep.

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This is the other one I had yesterday, and I didn’t find it to be as… flavourful? as the birthday cupcake. Maybe this tea is a bit older than the other one? Anyway, it’s not bad, you can still get some sweet cake notes and a bit of fruitiness, but I would have never identified it as pineapple upside down cake specifically. Pretty good though, especially with a bit of milk and sugar added.

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This is from memory, but I remember this being surprisingly true to the name! Sweet, cakey, and with a creamy icing note as well. There’s a bit of oil on top that might turn people off, but I think that adds a bit to the creaminess.

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drank S'mores by Della Terra Teas
44 tasting notes

Unfortunately for me, Della Terra is (apparently) no longer in business as this is one of my favorite teas. It offers just a slight sweetness blended with black tea. The scent is delightful and gives you that just-in-from-the-campfire-with-an-ooey-gooey-smore feeling.

Preparation
5 min, 0 sec

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I was lucky enough to score a 4-ounce bag in a Facebook group. It’d been mentioned by someone in the group before and sounded so intriguing that I had to try to track it down. Flavored black teas are my jam and I love marshmallows so I knew that this would almost certainly be a hit. It is. I’m sitting a cuppa this morning.

The marshmallow flavor is lovely and only improves as the tea cools. I added a drop of stevia because I didn’t find that it was as sweet as I was expecting given all the add-ins (gold sugar pearls, sprinkles, mini marshmallows). The caramel flavor is faint but adds a bit of depth to a tea that would otherwise be straight marshmallow (not that I would’ve minded that in the slightest!). The tea did have a bit of an oil slick on top but I used a filter, as suggested by other folks on Steepster, so it wasn’t too bad.

The only negative thing I’d say is that I wish the black tea base was a bit stronger.

This is another new-to-me tea that I’ve tried in the past few weeks that I’ll now have to ration. I haven’t tried many marshmallow teas, but this is, without a doubt, the best I’ve tried thus far. If anyone has suggestions on other, more readily available, marshmallow teas, please let me know.

Flavors: Burnt Sugar, Caramel, Marshmallow

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I think this was supposed to be a spice tea? I’m not really getting much in the way of spices, but it’s a pleasant-enough black tea.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Sipdown. This was a pleasant, mildly sweet tea. I enjoyed it, but I’m not particularly going to miss it. There are so many other ‘slightly vanilla’ teas on the market.

(Unlike Blueberry Crumble. Every time I drink this I sob a little and wish Della Terra hadn’t gone out of business.)

Fjellrev

Aww, I never tried Blueberry Crumble but it seemed quite popular. Stupid me kept passing it up every time I made an order.

Tamarindel

Yeah, I normally don’t go for blueberry flavors either (because they usually come loaded with hibiscus? but this one is stellar. Pure blueberry muffin flavor, no hibiscus in sight.

Fjellrev

I totally agree on the blueberry + hibiscus combination has been so overdone. Somehow I thought the blueberry would be boring with the green base. My problem was I kept imagining the boring blueberry white teas I’ve had in the past and assumed Blueberry Crumble wouldn’t be that much different.

Tamarindel

Ooo, I’ve had those blueberry whites, I know what you mean! So pale and weak :( I think Blueberry Crumble has black tea in the base as well as green? Normally I avoid that combination, but in this case I can barely taste it. There’s a lot of maple flavor backing up the blueberry. Alas, I only have a few teaspoons left and then it will just be a wistful memory.

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High marks for presentation — all the bright sprinkles and things in this tea would make it a fun choice for a tea party. I really don’t taste any caramel in this, but I think I’m getting a hint of the marshmallows. It really just tastes like a mellow, slightly sweet black tea, but it is a pleasant cup.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Lemon Chiffon by Della Terra Teas
335 tasting notes

I got a lovely package of samples from Ost, and while opening it I nicked this bag with my scissors, so that made it really obvious which one I should try first. :) Actually, it worked out great because I’m in the mood for something caffeine-free since I’m about to crash out super hard.

Anyway, this is a delicious dessert tea – lemony, creamy, and yes, cakey. Sweet and comforting, definitely hits the spot tonight. So happy I’m getting a chance to try some Della Terra teas. :)

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Smells amazing. Tastes like blueberry cake and maple syrup, which is a far better combination than I would imagine. I’m kind of happy and sad to discover this awesome tea, because it looks like Della Terra Teas went out of business? Their site won’t come up and their latest tweets are from 2 years ago. Does anyone know what happened to them?

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 45 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
KiwiDelight

They’ve gone out of business. Their Facebook page was active a bit a few months back, but now that’s disappeared as well.

Tamarindel

Ahh, sad to hear it :(

KiwiDelight

Right? I loved their dessert teas. This one was a favorite.

Tamarindel

Yeah, great base and great flavoring too. I wish I’d discovered them sooner, but I’ve only been drinking loose leaf for about two years.

KiwiDelight

I would have horded their Lemon Chiffon, had I known….

Tamarindel

Mmm, that one sounds good too.

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drank Eight Candles by Della Terra Teas
261 tasting notes

This certainly smells like black tea, but there is a cake-y element that is also vying for your attention. This tastes like I need sprinkles! No sweetener needed. What’s up with me today enjoying black tea even with no sweetener?! I could see this being a part of a future order.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Another old one. This one wasn’t even sealed but it’s kept it’s scent. And I’m getting some flavor! Some creaminess and a bit of tart berry! I’m impressed but I’ll probably toss the rest of this since I have much newer and tastier tea to spend my time on

gmathis

Della Terra does dessert teas right!

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So I discovered that I had this completely unopened and I was curious. I brewed this up last night and sadly it had no flavor left :(

Mookit

A moment of silence for our dear tea… hate it when that happens!

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Wow, I have some old teas that I probably shouldn’t be holding on to. How long do they stay good? It might be time to start cleaning out the cupboard!

Either way, I still gave this one a try. I didn’t get a whole lot of flavor (probably because of the age!) so I splashed in some milk and finished it off

Fjellrev

How old was this? I was amazed by how much flavour my Della Terra Shamrocks had and it was like 2.5 years old when I finished it off the other week.

Emilie

2.5-3 years probably sounds right. I actually have at least one unopened Della Terra tea so I’m curious to see how that will be!

Fjellrev

I’m curious too! :)

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From the Here’s Hoping TTB

Sounds good and it is good. I’m not saying it tastes natural but who would think Strawberry Sundae would have a ‘natural’ flavor. The flavor is reminiscent of the sundaes I had as a child. I wish I had more but I am enjoying what I have of it. The fall weather has changed again and it feels like end of summer instead of mid-Oct. Lovely! Perfect for sitting out on the deck and drinking tea. :)

Flavors: Chocolate, Strawberry

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From the Here’s Hoping TTB.

This tea is not exactly what I was hoping for from it’s name. It is primarily a black tea with cinnamon. I taste nothing of the plum. The cinnamon does settle down after a bit but I still don’t sense any plum. But… cinnamon is supposed to be good for you, right? Not a bad tea and I’m glad I got to sample it but I won’t be buying it.

Flavors: Cinnamon

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Smells and taste like crumbles. The glittery sugar pieces look nice when prepared.
I tried both hot and cold steeped, with very similar crumble taste.
Overall not a big fan of this tea. I also failed to detect the blueberry flavor.

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First time trying this blend. I attempted to drink it straight but it’s a bit too spicy for my palate. I added a heavy splash of almond milk and some brown sugar in an attempt to tone down the spice. That said, there is still quite a bit of spice, even when combined with (non-dairy) milk. The sample I received is large enough to try this tea as a latte, so I will probably go that route the next time I have a hankering for black tea in the morning. Unfortunately, the amount of spice overwhelmed my palate this morning so I didn’t taste a ton of either the chocolate or the pumpkin. I’ll see what happens when I prepare this as a latte.

Flavors: Spicy

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Sipdown (129)!

Well, Brenna and I finished this off on Saturday when she was over for the weekend. It was more of a tragic sipdown for her though because this is her favourite tea. I’d love to grab more, ‘cause I like it too and she basically drank my whole stash of it but I’m not about to place an order for just one tea. Well, maybe as a Christmas present?

This last cup was super good though! It was uber sweet as well. Brenna added milk, and usually that mutes the maple notes a fair bit but I still felt like my tongue was dripping maple after a few swigs. Ugh; I’ll have to look at pricing to order like 4 oz. of this for her for Christmas. If it’s not unreasonable I might do it.

It doesn’t count as breaking hiatus if it’s for someone else, right?

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So, I did a tea leaf reading tonight with my little sister which was super fun.

No one in my family really “believes” in tea leaf readings or fortune telling or that kind of thing, but one of the things I’m most frequently asked when I tell people I’m into tea is if I can read tea leaves and I thought it’d be a neat thing to be able to answer yes, if only to have a sort of “party trick” up my sleeve.

We did the reading with Carrot Cake because it’s one of my sister’s favourite teas, and because I figured the rooibos in the blend is small and fine enough leaf to be appropriately used in a tea leaf reading. After the cup was gone (and what a tasty cup; it had such wonderful maple notes) we looked for shapes and patterns in the tea leaf which had been swirled around the cup. We saw: an eight, an open circle, a triangle next to a heart, and a cat. Based on the little guide book that came with the cup/saucer set and the placement of the symbols within the cup that means…

1. My sister will be involved in a love triangle in the future.
2. An offer will be made to her in the near future but will in no way be certain or definite.
3. Something lucky will happen to her which is neither expected or predictable.

We all had a good laugh about how her reading basically said “at this time the divine is unsure of what your future holds”. It’s the supernatural equivalent of shaking a Magic Eight ball and having it read “Reply hazy, try again”.

Fjellrev

Nice! I’ve been meaning to have mine read sometime just for fun at a tea place here but have been too lazy.

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Tea from yesterday. I made myself a hot cuppa with a splash of milk. It tasted delicious, warming spice notes and a tangy creamy flavour – though honestly not as much “carrot” as I would have liked to experience. I’m still really happy with this tea overall, though.

My sister liked the smell (my sister who REFUSES to try any of the tea I make, not even a sip – she’s worse than my brother) and actually asked me to make a mug for her! So I added about 1/2 tsp. of new leaf to the steeped leaf and brewed a mug for her too, with the same amount of milk. Her mug tasted better – not sure why.

Did anyone watch the first season of How To Get Away With Murder? Viola Davis is absolutely slaying in it; I watched the first half last night (marathoned it) and am watching the second right now – currently I’m on episode twelve but I’ll likely finish it before I go to bed. Also; Connor’s ‘boyfriend’ Oliver is absolutely adorable and is probably my favourite minor character. I want my own Oliver, please and thank you.

Please tell me there’s at least one other person on Steepster who got obsessed with this show – I need someone to watch Season Two with when it premiers on the 24th.

Roswell Strange

And congrats to Viola Davis who made history for being the first black woman to win the Emmy for best female actress in a drama for How To Get Away With Murder!

Kristal

I loved Viola Davis in The Help-maybe I would look that show up.

This tea sounds like it would make a great tea latte!

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This is a queued tasting note.

Cold brewed this one just to try something different than having it hot. I think a latte is probably the next thing on my list to test out…

I think the cold brew had a much more full flavour. It was sweeter and the cream cheese frosting/icing element was really well captured and conveyed. There were still spice notes, stuff like cinnamon and nutmeg. All of the ‘warming’ spices, really. The ones you’d dash into a cup of hot cocoa to make it feel ‘toastier’ and more comforting. I want to say the carrot tasted sweeter and stronger too – still in a ‘carrot juice’ sort of way, with the sweetness.

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From what I can remember, this was a pretty popular blend from Della Terra prior to the ‘shut down’ they’re currently going through; I think it was on my wishlist for a while but I was never at the point where I was dying to try it.

However, when I recently participated in a group order from East Indies Tea Company, Della Terra’s supplier, I got a chance to nab an ounce of this blend I was still fairly curious about it – and an ounce is the perfect sample size to really get to play around with a flavoured tea like this so I was on board!

My first taste was hot in a timolino; I was expecting a move obvious ‘carrot’ flavour though I’m not sure why since the flavor carrot cake is in large part made up of the spices and the trademark cream cheese icing. The carrot I did taste was mellow and sweet though; kind of ‘carrot juice’ sweet but more subtle. I also tasted some lovely, gentle spice notes: cinnamon and nutmeg specifically. I like that sort of ‘warming’ spice flavour that doesn’t go as bold as most Chai, or which doesn’t incorporate ginger. Bleck; who needs ginger!? The rooibos base was present and tasted both peppery, which detracted from the blend, and a little like graham crumbs which in a way added to it even if ‘graham’ isn’t a traditional flavor related to carrot cake.

Now the cream cheese frosting: almost as crucial as the cake itself if not more to be perfectly honest…

I had high expectations because I’ve seen from other Della Terra/East Indies Tea Co. blends (namely Monkey Bread) that they can be very successful executing this flavour and so I expected that to be represented in this blend too. And I think it was. The aroma of the liquor (dry, steeping and steeped) was spot on cream cheese – the flavour a little milder, but still there. The “tang” of the cheese is there, and I can feel it on the sides of my tongue. Sure, I feel it everywhere but it lingers the longest there. It’s creamy too, but more muted.

I don’t know what exactly I expected overall – it wasn’t this, but even still I found this to be a pretty exceptional tea and I’m happy my curiosity drove me to try it.

Christina / BooksandTea

Man, I wish I had known about the East Indies order because I would have totally got some of this. I had some of the old DT blend and it really got that cream cheese taste down.

TeaBrat

are they going for good?

Roswell Strange

No, I believe they intend to reopen for the fall (though not with the full line up of tea they had prior). There’s a bit more info up on their FB page, I believe.

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