Della Terra Teas

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Hello everyone. It’s been a while. Hope you’re all well, getting ready for the holidays.
I’ve been busy cooking, welcoming someone new into the family (brother-in-law got engaged Finally!) and … cooking. :)

In between all that I’ve Been drinking old favourites and up until this Black Friday I haven’t bought much “new” tea. This was one of the teas I picked up from Della Terra. Can’t beat their Black Friday prices, really. Assuming you like their teas, of course.

The taste of this to me is identical to DAVIDs “love tea #7” which I quite enjoy. I get the berries and the chocolate all together with black base when the tea is hot. As it cools, not so much base anymore.

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Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
Fjellrev

So great you see you around! And those are incredibly lovely looking desserts. I haven’t tried creme brûlée before but you make me want to. :)

OMGsrsly

Yum! :D (Now I’m following you!)

Nxtdoor

Yay, @OMGsrsly! You have some seriously awesome photos, btw.

@fjellrev, thanks! As for brûlée, I make them because people love them. I used to stint as a pastry chef, had to make them by the hundreds. Not my fave dessert to eat by far. When you first try, make sure it’s good. You could end up hating it forever if not made right.

Sil

Sadly there is a LOT of bad brûlée out there :(

OMGsrsly

Thanks! :D

Fjellrev

That is exactly why I haven’t touched the stuff yet. I’m sure the same would apply to those other custardy desserts like creme caramel and panna cotta.

Nxtdoor

Panacotta is more forgiving because you set it with gelatin instead of baking. So you don’t end up with scrambled eggs like you would with an overcooked brûlée. Anyway. Enough from me on the subject. Good luck!

Fjellrev

What would you say is the hardest dessert to make?

OMGsrsly

Gluten free pastry. ;)

Nxtdoor

Any kind of puff pastry is tricky. Soufflé is another one that can bite you.

Sil

i think nxtdoor should just have us all over for a dinner…consisting solely of desserts. giggling

Nxtdoor

All you can eat creme brûlée? 12 days of … Creme brûlée? (Banana liqueur brûlée, coffee brûlée, sour apple brûlée…)

OMGsrsly

Mmm… Sounds delicious!

Fjellrev

Funny, I was going to ask you about soufflé! I made it once and probably royally screwed it up because it was awful haha.

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Tea of the late morning.
Still delicious, but still not quite as good as Christmas Tradition, I think. Hmm.
But really, nothing will stop me from drinking all the vanilla mint teas.

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My internet was down this morning, which was highly annoying, but the rest of the day went well.
But the kettle still worked, so I brewed up tea.
I probably did not need both this and Christmas Tradition but…. well….. I can’t pass up a peppermint black, I guess. Even though they look, at a quick glance, very similar (minus popcorn). Would there be a difference?
So! Nice, minty, smooth, and with a delicate touch of vanilla, but not as good as Christmas tradition, in my mind. I can’t quite suss out why Tradition is better than Bark, but who cares!
I still enjoy this, and won’t have a problem drinking it down. Yay, peppermint black teas!

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This tea smells amazing. Like buttery batter, creamy frosting, and all manner of sweet and cakey things. I liked it right from first sniff out of the bag. It is easy on the eyes with the tightly curled cut black leaf, dried pineapple pieces, and flower petals. I remember this tea had quite a reputation for being one of the must-try Della Terra teas and I can see why people enjoy it.

The steeped tea also smells like a moist and buttery cake and the liquor is clear and dark brown. The taste is very pleasant and sweet. Smooth and faintly malty black tea blend with sugar, vanilla, and a flavor I can only describe as yellow cake. I’m not really getting any pineapple or fruitiness, but that is just as well because I am a vanilla buttercream cake addict. This is a very nice way to treat the sweet tooth without stuffing my face with cake. I’m really glad I bought 2oz of this. I just brewed a second pot and the hubby is enjoying it as well. Most Della dessert teas I’ve tried have gone over well in this household. Without being overly cloying or artificial, they have a good flavor to my palate and I think the base is a decent black.

Flavors: Butter, Cake, Frosting, Malt, Smooth, Sugar, Vanilla

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

One of my favorites. I left a tumbler of this is my car when I was out shopping. When I got back my car smell heavenly! :D

Fjellrev

I love the way you describe this tea, and it makes me want it! But unfortunately, I never got that from this tea. It was just too sweet for me, so sweet that it covered up any potential bakery and vanilla notes.

Nightshifter

I can imagine how it would make a car smell good! Was your batch older Fjellrev? I just received this in the mail so it was just unsealed and literally I can still smell cake in my kitchen right now from steeping it. :)

Fjellrev

I had it fresh, and while it smelled heavenly (I remember my roommate wondering why our kitchen smelled like pancakes and syrup as it was steeping!), the taste was something else for me. Have you ever had David’s Red Velvet Cake? It basically tasted like that to me.

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I’ve decided I really need to be more on top of trying all of the samples you lovely people have sent me. Since most of the tea drinking I do happens at work while all of my samples sit at home, I didn’t realize how many I have. I also forgot how excited I was about some of them. I’ve been drinking my favorites so much lately that it’s time for a change anyway.

So, this. Courtesy of Ost.

First, let me say that I don’t actually like traditional s’mores all that much. When I make mine, I always use cinnamon graham crackers and skip the Hershey’s in favor of a piece of Chunky bar (if anyone actually knows what that is…brownie points for you because I am apparently the only person that knows what they are and enjoys them)……(okay, fine, I’ll tell you what they are—a not-so-high-quality chocolate bar with peanuts and raisins throughout)…….(I promise they’re delicious)……..(really)………(alright, now back to your regularly televised programming)

Sometimes I’m extra rebellious and spread a schmear of peanut butter on the graham cracker first, skip the chocolate all together, and just lay the extra melty/extra burny/extra fantastical marshmallow on the peanut butter. Oh man.

Anyway, the point I’m trying to make is that I’m not a huge fan of this tea because it tastes like normal s’mores. Seeing as how this would be a plus for most people, I won’t rate it. But, you know you’re totally gonna try s’mores my way next time!

Flavors: Chocolate, Graham Cracker

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drank Figgy Pudding by Della Terra Teas
1053 tasting notes

So, time for tea first thing this morning, and boyfriend says he’d take a cup. So I open up packages of tea and shove them under his nose, until he picks one. He’s actually remarkably good humored about my tea obsession, and honestly enjoys it as well.
We settled on this. Its so smooth! The earthy fig flavor and the rich black tea blend very well, so there is a delightfully soft fig taste woven seamlessly through the tea. Much enjoyed this morning.

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drank Swiss Mountain by Della Terra Teas
2604 tasting notes

Lame. I hadn’t even opened this one. This like, 2-year old tea sample. Haha. Anyhow, someone’s post on the rooibos version (which I believe I acquired from a swap with Janelle last year, but didn’t really put the effort into finding) made me want to try this, so I dug it out. It’s a fairly decent minty/vanilla/black. Wouldn’t be a favourite, but nice enough to drink, especially this time of year. I particularly tasted the chocolate yesterday, but DTT’s chocolate flavouring seems to be inconsistent even between different infusions of the same tea, so… maybe that will be the case next time, maybe not. Either way, yums.

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 30 sec

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Sipdown! 965.

This is a very perfumey tea – smells rather like rose despite that not being an ingredient. Thankfully, the flavour is grounded enough that it doesn’t feel like I’m drinking perfume, just a very floral/fruity tea. I can’t identify specific fruit flavours, but it’s on the tropical side, though a more… perfumed fruit tropical than ‘A Rabbit’s Garden’. Overall, not bad, but again with the (half) green base – not overly fond. Also, a bit too perfumey.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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drank Peach Oolong by Della Terra Teas
2604 tasting notes

Sipdown! 966.

Not too bad, but there’s an artificial sort of aftertaste that I’m finding unpleasant. It’s a nice choice for a base tea – a nutty dark oolong, and the peach flavour is surprisingly good, so otherwise, it’s quite decent. Just…. that aftertaste… :( Still rating reasonably highly though, because I’m enjoying it as long as I don’t let it linger too long (of course, some of my favourite teas are the ones where new and delicious flavours bloom in the aftertaste, so that’s unusual for me. Sigh.)

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec

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Such an odd tea, but it’s actually pretty decent. More or less a tropical-fruity green; mild green base and the primary flavours are perhaps peach/mango/pineapple, or in that realm. I’m not sure if the dehydrated veggies add much, but there is kind of a vegetal thickness to the tea, which is perhaps the result. Overall, definitely happy to have tried this, though flavoured greens are pretty much my least favourite tea category.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec
Cameron B.

Yeah… Most flavored greens are pretty low on the totem pole for me too. The only real exception is citrus. :)

Anlina

I was really tempted by this one, but it looks like I didn’t miss too much.

Kittenna

Cameron – I’d have to agree, since my 52teas’ Sun & Cloud Mist is one of my fave flavoured teas. I think my biggest problem, though, might be the crap/boring sencha bases that are used. Or the boring flavour combos.

Anlina – No, I wouldn’t say it’s anything overly special. Certainly drinkable, even tasty, and moderately entertaining with some of the ingredients, but the flavour is familiar.

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Mmmm! This one is super sweet and strong, Just like Pineapple Upside Down Cake. I think that the black tea version is a lot stronger and sweeter, but this one is quite similar. This will be perfect for when I don’t wanna be super awake from Black Tea.
I never realized that this was basically the same as the other till I looked it up on here. Glad I picked some up on their BF sale! :D :D

Flavors: Brown Sugar, Sugar, Sweet, Wood

albertocanfly

The infamous Pineapple Upside Down cake without caffeine…. No. Way.! :O

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Really loving the caffeine-free option tonight. I really wanted to have the feel of candy and this is working. The mint is good, it could have used a bit more chocolate flavor IMHO. A nice tea, relaxing and smooth.

Flavors: Chocolate, Peppermint

Kittenna

I have some of this…. should really bring it out for the season. THanks for the reminder!

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drank S'mores by Della Terra Teas
200 tasting notes

Backlog as I couldn’t get the page to load when I had it yesterday. This is really tasty s’mores tea and is currently my favorite one of this type of nommy dessert! I will review more thoroughly when I have it again, but it was straight up smooth and malty black tea with notes of cocoa, gooey marshmallow, sugar, and graham. What’s not to like? I’m glad I bought 2oz.. kinda wishing I got more of this and Choco Pumpkin Pie so far because I could easily kill it. Della Terra has dessert teas down pretty darn good! :)

Flavors: Cocoa, Graham, Malt, Marshmallow, Sugar, Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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75

Thanks to the cookielady for sending me a sample of this tea! As others have said it def has a chocolate and peanut butter smell to it, but personally I could only really taste the chocolate as opposed to just smelling. I also noticed on the top of the cup oil dropplets that I think are responsible for alot of the peanut aroma? Overall I enjoyed this tea, but only recommend it to people if they are looking for chocolate with a hint of peanut butter and not the other way around.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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drank Caramel Oolong by Della Terra Teas
472 tasting notes

Quite nice. A touch woody and nutty, very roasty. A strong caramel note without actually being sweet.

Thank you to TraceyC!

Flavors: Caramel, Nutty, Roasted, Wood

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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This is really nice. Sweet, marshmallow, caramel type of nice. I’m not getting much of the base but it seems like a great tea for when you just want something sweet. It smells great, in fact I started to review it before I ever had a drink, forgetting that I hadn’t had a drink yet!

The aftertaste is pure marshmallow, which I’m really enjoying. I don’t feel great today and this tea is giving me a little hug.

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This Earl Grey Creme is heavy on the sweet cream and vanilla, and light on the bergamot. Delicious and easy drinking. The actual dairy in this blend is apparent. It adds to the thick, smooth mouth feel. Different from other Earl Grey Cremes I’ve had, and quite good.

Flavors: Bergamot, Cream, Smooth, Sweet, Vanilla

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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90

What a nice treat! I had wanted to try this for a while after hearing some people liked it better than the “standard” pumpkin pie teas. I am somewhat obsessed with David’s Pumpkin Chai as many of you know, but was still curious about what I was missing. The dry leaf is very attractive with shorter dark tea leaves, orange pumpkin candies, chunks of what appears to be dried squash/pumpkin, and even whole cloves.

The steeped tea is a dark brown clear liquor and I didn’t notice an oil slick inside my cup, but the candies and other goodies do melt a bit into the infuser. The smell is heavenly! My whole kitchen smells like a fresh-baked pumpkin pie with hot chocolate to serve with it.

The taste of this tea is quite a pleasant surprise. Not too sweet, not too mild- it carries with it the actual taste of smooth black tea along with the pumpkin pie spices and a hint of chocolate at the end of the sip. The chocolate is more fragrant than in your face for the taste- it is there, but far from overwhelming the pumpkin pie.

The verdict? Truly, I am still mad about Pumpkin Chai, but this is my favorite closest second so far to any of the seasonal pumpkin-y teas I’ve tried over the years. I really like it and am glad I have more to play with. Next time I might make a milk or eggnog latte and see how it comes out. :)

Flavors: Cocoa, Malt, Natural Pumpkin Spice Flavor, Smooth, Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Nightshifter

Actually, I don’t even know if it is fair to compare a chai blend to a flavored black, so maybe David’s Pumpkin Chai is my favorite chai and this is my favorite pumpkin pie flavored/seasonal tea to date. :)

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Thanks again for the sale, Momo! I could always use peppermint teas for my headaches. I like this one, but I feel like the flavor seems watered down. Mild mint, mild chocolate, mild black tea. Always a nice combination but it’s just not STRONG enough for me… maybe if I used two teaspoons? It’s minty for my headache though, so it helps! It seems like winter has arrived way too early… so many gray days already and it’s only the beginning of December. sigh.
Steep #1 // 1 tsp // couple minutes after boiling // few min steep
Steep #2 // just boiled // few min steep

jeweledthumb

DT always recommends 1tsp for 6oz of water, so more leaf probably would help. =)

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Yay! My Della Terra BF order arrived yesterday afternoon and since I’ve been trying to get my hands on the Oatmeal Raisin Cookie FOREVER, this is the first tea I greedily sipped into… Scent wise it lives up to its name, cinnamon, raisin and a hint of oatmeal, however upon sipping all I taste is an overwhelming cinnamon and apple flavour… in fact, it tastes more like apple pie than oatmeal raisin cookies and although I like apple pie, I already have too many of these types of tea… sigh… not a bad tea, just not what I was hoping for

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Just received a bag of this from Della Terra, chosen mostly because it was on sale and it sounded interesting. The peppermint is not as strong as I feared, and it’s actually a bit weak for my taste, possibly due to the mellowing effect of the vanilla. Pleasant and not overpowering, with the good black tea base I’ve come to expect from this tea blender.

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drank Almond Biscotti by Della Terra Teas
431 tasting notes

Okay. So this tea tastes very strongly of Almond, and a bit of coconut. It’s mainly almond and green tea that I taste in this one. Sad that the almond wasn’t strong enough to hide it.
If you like green tea, you probably would love this tea. But as someone who really doesn’t like green tea, it’s not so good. :S
So this one will have to be rehomed. D: Least I got it at a great discount!

Flavors: Almond, Coconut, Grass, Sweet

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