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Della Terra Teas

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I’m not sure why I chose this one tonight being that most of my tea today hasn’t worked for me. I guess I was hoping something new might take me out of my slump. So weird I went for this one because I’ve been avoiding it… Lemon in tea… as a child it was my nemesis. You see, my dad, who always meant well has this idea that if he likes something, the everyone else should too… and wouldn’t you know that he liked to mix sweet tea and lemonade… Yuck! If both happened to be in the fridge at the same time it went something like this..
Dad: Have some tea and lemonade
Me: No thanks
Dad: Have some tea and lemonade
Me: I’ll take one or the other
Dad: They are better together
Me: No thanks, I’ll take just one
Dad: Here, try mine
Me: No dad, I’ve tried it before
Dad: But it’s better this way
Me: Fine.. (takes a sip)
Dad: See, you want some don’t you?
Me: Just some tea, thanks
Dad: You don’t know what you’re missing.

Don’t get me wrong, I love my dad dearly, he’s a great man. I’ve just never been found of lemon in my sweet tea and having had pressure to drink it that way was never a help.

EvaGrimm sent me this knowing I was wanting to stretch myself with citrus blends, & knowing I might full well dump it, Thanks for sharing it anyway!

Dry leaf it smelled of rooibos and lemon. Steeped it initially tasted of woodsy rooibos and lemon (kind of like dish soap smells). As it cooled it changed for me in a good way. It smells of a sweet lemony baked good, and tastes similar to a lemon pound cake with the lemon (not quite as strong as the cake normally is) and buttery goodness. I can still taste the rooibos in the blend, but only if I search for it. I did add my normal touch of sugar to add to the cakey flavor.

It has yet to be determined if I would order this or not. I think I prefer orange over lemon so far, but this one is stretching me again. I definitely enjoyed this much more than I thought I would.

Flavors: Butter, Lemon Zest

mj1851

Ugh, yes, what is with the “Arnold Palmer” obsession? I have no need for lemon (or lemonade!) in my sweet tea!

Suziqzer

I didn’t know there was a name for it.. But glad to hear I’m not alone. Putting two good things together doesn’t always make one better one!

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75

This is a nice spice tea. It’s a pretty average mixture but the vanilla makes it feel a little richer than it would otherwise. It’s nice and sweet without being too much, and none of the spices overpowers the sip. I have enough of this for about one more cup and then it’ll be a sipdown, and I’m not sure I’ll restock, but I’m glad I got to try it because this is a solid spice option.

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Thanks again to the travelling tea box. This was nice, I am not always crazy about the base Della Terra puts on their teas, but this one was nice and light. The chocolate shone through an it was sweet, but not too sweet, which was exactly what I was looking for this evening,

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57
drank Creamy Blue by Della Terra Teas
417 tasting notes

Strong honey note. Very thin mouthfeel. Faded blueberry flavour.

Flavors: Honey

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 9 OZ / 262 ML

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84

I recently parceled this out for someone but I forget who. Anyway, it was out on the counter so while I was making my Sky Dive I thought “Hey, I haven’t had this in a while – let’s make it too!”. So, of course, I did.

I don’t think my water was quite cool enough when I started steeping; the resulting cup had a slight bitter edge to it that made the aftertaste a little unpleasant. Overall, this was pretty decent though it did taste especially green tonight. The strawberry also had a harsh “tang” to it – but I recall seeing more strawberry pieces in the dry leaf than usual, so there’s that.

Ordered in again (but not pizza)! It was a toss up between Saskatoon Berry pie or Onion Rings and Chocolate Cheesecake. In the end the rings and cheesecake won out – though I am wishing I had pie too…

Courtney

J is at a meeting tonight late and I am contemplating ordering in. I shouldn’t…

VariaTEA

I was planning on making dinner with the cauliflower I have but I am so unmotivated to cook and Montreal has such awesome delivery. However, I should try and be healthy so I am torn :P

VariaTEA

In other news, I just learned that there are candy stores that deliver and you request each individual candy. Oh Montreal, I shall miss you when I leave.

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82

Tea #2 from CATTB

Huh. I was expecting something more savory. But I’m not disappointed.

This is sweeter and more peachy (and not an offensive gummy-like peach either) than I was anticipating. There are lots of buttery veggie notes, though. The corn comes out stronger and adds a savory sweetness that is unique, but pleasant.

Overall, a really unique, inspired brew.

Preparation
165 °F / 73 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML

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63

Another entry in my “drink all my previously hoarded teas” log. Except I hadn’t yet tried this one. I got it in a sampler pack from DTT.

Another tea added to the swap/sell pile, which funnily enough consists purely of dessert teas.

This smells really good in the bag, like creamsicles, or those swirly creamy orange and white hard candies.

It tastes very orangey, but also very sweet, thanks to the caramel.

This is a heavily flavored tea…

It’s tasty, but just not what I want. I am pretty sure I can now say I’m not into orangey teas.

Flavors: Caramel, Orange Zest

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C
Anna

Orangey teas are not my thing either. Any other citrus, pretty much (unless it’s a black tea) but not orange. I have no idea why – I mean, I love oranges and orange juice? Maybe it’s because it just seems all wrong to drink it warm.

whatshesaid

And it was SO orange. Overpoweringly orange. Blehhhh

You’re right, warm is weird.

Anna

Blergh. Just ew.

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80
drank Peach Oolong by Della Terra Teas
330 tasting notes

A go-to at work after the boo green earlier. And to get closer to a sipdown because I’m addicted to minimising right now.

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78

Additional notes: I needed to have a tea for the day, right? This works! Delicious slightly brothy, mostly peachy. I like it. My sample’s leaves seem to be turning into tiny pieces though. Not good. Hope everyone had a nice weekend!

Stephanie

:) Hope you had a good one, too!

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KittyLovesTea sent me an ounce of this and I’m not down to one cup left (after this one). I’m not sure what happened, but I love this tea. I’m generally not a huge Della Terra fan, but this one I must have more of. I even commented on their Facebook to inquire when it would be back.

I’m not sure how exactly to describe this. It’s more of a candy-like pumpkin tea, but not artificial at all, or it never would have worked for me. It is delightful.

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59

T&C TTB

Smells like Christmas but tastes like Thanksgiving.

What I mean is that it smells fresh and crisp which makes me think of winter. The blend has the same berry and cinnamon aroma that I associate with the holidays…possibly because stores always set out the cinnamon pine cones and dried fruit garland near their entrances. Flavor wise, the cranberry and cinnamon are the most distinct. This tastes better with sweetener but it still feels like it’s missing something…

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67

Surprisingly light tea since, for me, white chocolate usually invokes expectations of “thick and creamy.” Sweetener is necessary to taste the white chocolate and adding too much cream can easily mute the chocolate flavor.

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98
drank Lime Chiffon by Della Terra Teas
1374 tasting notes

Sipdown!! (152)

My beloved Chiffon is now gone. That means I need to place a Della Terra order soontimes to restock. Plus, with the weather warming up soon (in theory), I think having a large stock of Lemon Chiffon to cold brew would be a good plan.

Courtney

We’re out of this too! It’s J’s tea and I went to order but I could only put 1×1oz. in my cart. $4.25 for tea and $7 for shipping. Nope.

VariaTEA

That is definitely not justifiable. When shipping is more than the tea, it just doesn’t seem worth it.

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78

Sipdown!! (154)

Good bye tasty Monkey Bread tea! Thank you Roswell Strange for sharing some more of this with me. It is a good one and I am sad to see it go again. However, I imagine a Della Terra order will happen eventually and I wouldn’t be too surprised if this makes it into that.

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74

Interesting. Not as Limey as I would have hoped, but it’s definitely nice and creamy. I enjoy a good, creamy tea. AS it cools, I get more of the lemon, but not the lime. Ah well. It’s creamy and fairly sweet, kind of a creamy lemon taste. I like it.

This was all I had of this tea. If I got my hands on more, I would definitely drink it.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 15 OZ / 443 ML

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84

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80
drank Peach Oolong by Della Terra Teas
330 tasting notes

The other day I had some of this but I’m pretty sure I used water too hot (timolino at work and was too lazy to get the thermometer out)—it was not good. It also helped to enforce for me the fact that recommended steeping temperatures actually pay off. It amazes me, the difference between a few degrees.

I decided to resteep anyway, and the second steep turned out quite lovely. I left it in the timolino for a couple of days and now it’s cold and fruity and delicious.

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90

This was one of the first Della Terra teas I tried, and I was lucky enough to get another sample pouch free with a recent order. Drinking it today reminded me how much I love it. It smells so much like freshly baked crumble, it makes my mouth water. It tastes rich, buttery, and deeply cakey, with the fresh flavour of sweet, slightly tart blueberries running underneath. It’s also got beautiful glittery sugar crystals which add a touch of swirling sparkle to the cup.

The mixture of green and black tea in the base is one that always confuses me, so I did let the water cool a little before adding the leaves to try and avoid any bitterness. I do think the green tea helps to bring out the flavour of the blueberries by adding a grassy undertone, though, so I can appreciate its presence even though is causes brewing headaches!

I’m pleased to find that I still really like this one. It’s a sample I’m going to enjoy drinking, and a tea I’ll no doubt come back to again in the future. Wonderful!

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 30 sec 1 tsp

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82

Another awesome surprise swap sample from Jennkay

Della Terra teas are pretty hit or miss with me…this one is shockingly good! Even though I oversteeped it slightly, it has a nice creamy white chocolate flavor, even without sugar. I don’t mind the slightly drying astringency of the oversteeped white tea! Tasty!

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75

My husband would enjoy this if he could drink it. Alas, it has dairy so he can’t. The orange flavor is very subtle compared with the chocolate. Which is probably good because using real orange slices to flavor things (when they are dried) can be tough. Most of the time they end up bitter.

Preparation
3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp

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It’s my “baby’s” birthday – she’s turning 18! So I pulled this one out to celebrate. Smelled great in the bag. But first steep, COCONUT. Blech. No rating because it’s not their fault I hate coconut. The rest of it went into the trade pile.

DeliriumsFrogs

Happy Birthday to your daughter!!!
(and, your coconut reviews are hysterical. haha!)
I’ve been wondering about this one (why am I always drawn to ‘cake’ tea?!?)….

Cheri

Happy Momiversary!

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35

Sipdown! My last two cups of this were really sweet. I think all of the toffee pieces had fallen to the bottom! I didn’t add any sugar, and I didn’t need it. That just goes to prove that, with more toffee, this can be a palatable cup. Or maybe I’m just getting used to it! Either way, it won’t be one I’ll look to restock.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp

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32

This tea has a bizarre strong floral perfume scent and flavor to it. I have had some luck mixing small amounts of it with other teas, but I find the flavor extremely off putting on its own.

Flavors: Caramel, Flowers

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