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I went diving into our sip-down drawer for a flavoured black and came up with this blend from the now-defunct Della Terra. i haven’t reached for it before because I remember it being heavy on the cinnamon. I was clearly making things up because there is no cinnamon at all. Ooops.
I tried a longer steep to tease out some more of the creamy chocolatey tastes, and I have to say that it worked! The black base held up without getting bitter, and I got some nice chocolate and cream flavour. The graham crackers were present in the smell, both dry and brewed up, but disappeared on the tongue. All in all, a very pleasant cuppa.
Prepare for some backlogging – I’ve got a bit of catch-up from the week to do. I’ve become a recent convert to the habit of bullet journaling, and I record tea in that as I drink it. The long-hand notes don’t always make it into Steepster in a timely manner.
I finally got around to trying my very old sample of this blend (so old I forget who sent it to me), and even after a couple years languishing in a cardboard box it was delicious. It’s all sweet, creamy lime; the base rounds things out nicely without being too intrusive. If this one were still available it’d be a restock for sure, but since Della Terra’s gone MIA I think it’s going to end up as yet another addition to my ever-growing list of unavailable favorites.
I drank this a couple hours ago and it just tasted like a generic green tea. No jasmine to be found.
Maybe bc it’s been in my stash for ages…
But if you’ve been following me for a while, then you know jasmine is was my first love and I love anything that attacks my mouth with jasmine florals. This one didn’t do it for me.
MissB sent me a sample of this a couple of years ago, which makes it one of my oldest teas and in definite need of a sipdown! I had a friend visiting for the day and while we were watching Preacher I brought down my teas for her to look through. She picked this one out and I made a pot of it, though there wasn’t quite enough leaf so it was on the weaker side. According to other reviews it’s better that way though, so I guess it worked out for the best! I was drinking mine black and was slightly underwhelmed, but Kathleen had hers with milk and sugar and told me it really improved the tea. I was sceptical but tried anyway and almost did a double-take! With a tiny bit of sugar and milk the chocolate and caramel flavours are brought out and the tea becomes a decadent, desserty delight! This always helps because I have a terrible chocolate tooth, and I’m on Weight Watchers so have to avoid it most of the time. I’m not sure the ‘salted’ bit came across, but that might have been the additions and the underleafing.
Old sample from Tea Sipper. Thank You!
It is very rare that I actually like a peach flavored tea. I love peaches and peach schnapps, but I tend to think peach teas just don’t do the flavor justice. Many of them are way too sweet, I tend not to like how the flavor combines with black or green tea, many of the herbal varieties are too sweet or have a strange aftertaste, or both. But I really like this. The peach flavor is light, but definitely present and the oolong is less prominent, but really rounds out the peach flavor well and adds a bit of a floral note. This is a keeper!
Flavors: Floral, Peach
I was asking about Ost’s DT Peppermint Bark which is why I imagine she sent some of this one. I wanted to try this one too, so thanks so much Ost. :D This one is such a cute blend with plenty of candy cane sprinkles, silver sprinkles, hints of popcorn and ample mint. So it’s like a vanilla mint tea…. and I love those. Plenty of flavor, mint, vanilla, deliciousness. So good! Scrumptious not just for Christmas, but I might save my last couple of teaspoons for around that time of year. :D
Flavors: Peppermint, Vanilla
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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. :)
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?
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.
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
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
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.