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Della Terra Teas

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85

Uh…. YUM! This tea is delicious. The aroma is distinctly earl grey cream, and the flavour is oh-so-creamy and good. I read Alphakitty’s note on this tea prior to taking a sip, and totally agree that I have trouble telling earl grey creams apart, for the most part, because I don’t have them in a short enough time frame for a real comparison. However, I tend to prefer ones that are heavier on the cream, lighter on the bergamot. Because of its accessibility, the DavidsTea version has become my standby, but when it’s hotter, it’s often not as creamy.

Although I’m having it cold, I think this is perhaps the most creamy ECG I’ve tried. Definitely smells like an earl grey, and tastes exactly like an earl grey with creamer. If not for the clear, brown liquid, I could swear that someone dropped a bunch of coffee whitener into my cup (yeah, my best friend and I used to steal her parents’ coffee whitener for our earl grey when they were out of milk… sooooooo many chemicals…..) The bergamot is definitely lighter here; I don’t know if it’s because of my conservative 3-minute infusion, or just how the tea is. I have a sample of Della Terra’s Saveur de Paris as well, so it’s tempting to mix a touch of that in when brewing this one up next time just to add a bit more bergamot. Not that this isn’t just fine as it is, though!

I’m glad to have tried another yummy ECG, but accessibility likely will still cause the DavidsTea version to win out.

Side note: Although my mom has not cared for pretty much every black tea I’ve made her sample (which would be nearly every tea I’ve brewed up, haha), she said that this one was quite pleasant. I’m tempted to leave her the rest of my pouch of it, but am not sure she’d ever choose it herself over a green/green oolong…

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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72

Hmm, this smells like a chocolate tea. No cherry at all…? Just a bit of a perfumey, possibly floral aroma. The flavour, not surprisingly, is mostly chocolate and perfume. Almost like… rose water. I definitely am not picking up cherry.

I admittedly did just buy this one on a whim (I dislike chocolate-covered cherries, mostly because I dislike maraschino cherries), and although it’s better than it could have been, I was really hoping for some solid cherry flavour! In spite of that though, and the fact that I’ve mentioned that it tastes like perfume, this tea really isn’t so bad. It’s actually growing on me a bit as I sip it, so although I don’t think I’d ever buy it again, I will manage to finish the bag!

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 30 sec

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71

Oops, this was another tea I brewed up the other day and didn’t get around to drinking. What a waste! So I started with some fresh tea today to give it another shot.

The dry tea smells kind of appley with a bit of a rooibos aroma. Not bad but not terribly enticing either. Brewed, same deal. Mostly appley, but that rooibos aroma pokes through and makes things a little iffy.

The flavour is definitely a bit different though. The first thing I noticed was a fair bit of creaminess, which isn’t apparent at all in the aroma! I suppose this is the yogurt. The apple then appears, along with a bit of cinnamon, and those flavours linger into the aftertaste a bit. I don’t really tasty any funky rooibos flavours, which is relieving.

Overall, it’s not too bad, and I like the way the creaminess works in here to smooth everything out, but I just don’t think apple teas are ever going to be a favourite of mine. Unless someone comes out with a granny smith apple white or something. That could be delicious.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more
Lady 0f Spaydes

Mmm… granny smith apple white would be AWESOME.

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95

Della Terra has not failed me yet. I love how smooth and caramel-y this is. A nice caffeine free treat before bed.

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87

Take that flu, or whatever was making my stomach quesy. It seems to have gone away a fair amount, i’ll watch what I eat still to not aggravate it. We are up at our cabin for new years, and i brought my box of teas of course. This is my second cup of this today, made mom a cup tonight too. Mmm i just love this rooibos, definitely my favorite. See previous notes on this lemony goodness!

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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Taking a break from reading The Walking Dead to post a review!

The dry leaf smells divine; chocolate and almond-y goodness. Steeped, it smells like amaretto – nice and sweet. I added quite a bit of agave (reg and hazelnut) to this pot but it isn’t coming through. I only steeped it for 3 minutes and it’s a little astringent. That’s what I like about Della Terra Teas though, lots of flavour with only a short steep.

I don’t like it as much as the other teas of theirs I’ve tried, but this would make an excellent morning brew when I’m tired and need a kick in the pants. Holding off on rating it until I fiddle with the steep time and additives.

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drank Eight Candles by Della Terra Teas
1195 tasting notes

Starting to like this a bit better, though for some reason it’s almost too sweet to me. And I love love love marshmallows so that’s kind of silly.

I’m not sure what to continue to adjust to get it to taste better to me. At 3 1/2 min, that melted down the marshmallows entirely so it did taste more of marshmallow, but I wasn’t really getting caramel and that almost creme brûlée flavor from last time. I like 200 instead of boiling water for sure for the tea itself. Just not sure if I should go to 4 minutes or what.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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90
drank Fireside Spice by Della Terra Teas
204 tasting notes

A spicy start to a Sunday morning.

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73

I remember my sister making me a virgin Pina Colada in a blender as a kid when we were in Kauai. The creamy coconut and sickeningly sweet pineapple were almost unbearably rich- it’s one of those things that I feel needs something strong, like rum, to balance it out.

Why do I bring up that story? Well, despite that both it and this tea are related to Hawaii, the dry leaves remind me exactly of a Pina Colada. Luckily, unlike my virgin milkshake, Hawaiian Dream does possess that cutting strong addition that prevents it from being nauseatingly sweet. The black base is noticeable once steeped- in the odour and during mid-sip.

It’s not very astringent, and the pineapple, along with a little coconut, carry the cup. I think I may be noticing the sweet pineapple slightly more but it’s a close thing.

The one thing that prevents me from enjoying this tea to the max is the fuzzy and dry mouth. I still like the idea for the flavour combination, however, and I can’t complain about the dry leaf scent. Maybe this would taste good as an iced milk latte or slush.

Side Note: Ingredients have a tendency to settle. My coconut pieces were all at the top and I had to mix it all up.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 45 sec
Nicole

Ooo… hadn’t thought about making it into a latte slushy… Hm…

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80
drank S'mores by Della Terra Teas
350 tasting notes

I selected this as the first tea to try out of my chocolate try me pack. It’s smooth and lovely with no bitterness, but to me the S’mores taste is really taking a back seat to the black tea. That’s not a bad thing; it’s just not what I was hoping for.

Now that I look at my dry mix, I’m starting to think I should have shaken the packet a bit more before scooping out my tea, because it looks like there’s still some obvious settling. Maybe my next attempt with this tea will be more up to my expectations. I must admit that when it comes to flavored teas, I’m partial to ones that are in-your-face. I’m sure my preferences will eventually grow beyond this, but for now I still taunt my flavored teas with: “C’mon, hit me, I dare you” “Is that all you’ve got?!”

Hmmm…perhaps talking smack to my tea is a hint that I should lay off watching ultimate fighting for a while?…nah…

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93

I have loved everything from Della terra tea, and this is no exception! I made it as an iced tea and its a dark murky green. It’s delicious. Very tropical and sweet. Can’t wait to make more.

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95

I am STILL steeping this tea! I am SHOCKED at how many re-steeps I have got from it! I lost track lol I think probably 6 steeps now! I have worked several hours on one project and this is the tea I keep resteeping! YUM still great flavor from it.

yappychappy

I LOVE this stuff but apparently have missed out on some extra steeps. Glad I have only had it once :)

Azzrian

Yeah I mean I had no idea either. Mainly the reason I was re-steeping at all was because I was too busy and tired to get more fresh tea out. But when I re-steeped the third time I was not expecting much from it lol but I was shocked to find this stuff re-steeps and re-steeps again!

Kittenna

Crazy! I find Della Terra teas generally don’t have enough flavour for re-steeps, although this one I did get one (and tbh, the leaves still had good aromas after that, but I threw them out). I’ll give more infusions a shot next time!

Vortegne

This one has been in my shopping list for a long time, want to try it so much! :D

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95
drank Honey & Spice by Della Terra Teas
204 tasting notes

Yum yum yum yum yum. Della Terra does it again. This was one of 3 rooibos teas I got from Della Terra for Christmas. It’s a perfect spice tea for the holidays.

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95

Morning cup …. still love it! VERY good flavored tea! Mmmmmm yes I needed this.

Vortegne

I love pineapple! Gotta get myself some too :D

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83

I admit that I picked this tea up a bit on a whim. I was curious, but the one blueberry-flavoured rooibos I’ve previously tried was vile, and so there were a few bad associations with it. However, this one has creme. And excellent reviews. And then, I needed to round out a second Try Me pack…. so onto my list it went!

Immediately once I opened the packet, I knew I’d made a good decision – this tea smells like real blueberries. Real, creamy, delicious blueberries! This delicious aroma is maintained post-infusion, and has permeated my room (which is surprising, given that I have a very strongly flavoured Root Beer black tea in an adjacent cup).

The flavour, though milder than I would like, is creamy and does taste like fresh blueberries. No off flavours! The rooibos is really not an issue here at all, which is great! I would perhaps use more tea next time (2-2.5 tsp per cup instead of 1.5) to intensify the flavour, but this is pretty enjoyable as is. Another excellent evening tea, and another hit from Della Terra!

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more
Indigobloom

Only issue I have with blueberry teas is hey tend to get a little gross after a few months!

Kittenna

Or ones with rooibos do at least! Hoping this one lasts!

Indigobloom

def ones with rooibos. Also the Blueberry jam from Davids, that one was organic though. I imagine that means it spoiled faster

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95

Just finished off the rest of this sample and I’m sad. Maybe that is an indicator that I should buy more on my next Della Terra order.

Love the lemon and creamy smoothness of this tea. This tea is amazing iced too! /sad now I’m wishing I made a pot of another rooibos tea I have more of instead of finishing this one.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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80

This tea totally tastes like maple syrup, but for some reason it also reminds me of those Halloween toffees. The ones with the orange wrappers with the black and yellow images, I think those candies are supposed to taste like molasses though, so I might be alone with this comparison?

I’m quite picky when it comes to rooibos, so I thought I wasn’t going to like this one. I was pleasantly surprised. It’s quite tasty and the woodiness somehow works with the flavor. I have some left, but so far it looks like this one might be going onto my reorder list.

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51

Either my expectations were too high or there is something wrong with my taste buds because I’m not getting the delicious chocolatiness that everyone else is. This smells fantastic both dry and steeped but I’m getting a sour taste when I drink it that is overwhelming everything else. If I take tiny sips and let it linger on just the tip of my tongue I can taste the cacao but the feeling of this tea is very thin and when I drink it like a normal drink I just get sour.

The last swallow had more chocolate than the rest of the drink so perhaps it all just sank to the bottom for me? But whatever it is, I don’t like this tea very much at all.

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94

I believe the exact words out of my mouth at first sip were “Whoa momma!” This is one beauty of a blend. Complex and warming and mmm I just wanted to sink down into it forever and ever. Definitely helped me through a rough day at work!!

Preparation
Boiling

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67
drank Blackberry Bramble by Della Terra Teas
4041 tasting notes

yeah…think i’m going to have to stick with my plan to try this cold. While it’s not a BAD tea…the flavour is just kind of in the middle without a real discernible strong taste one way or the other. I wouldn’t turn my nose at a cup of this again…but i don’t think i’d order it again either if i was looking for a fruity tea.

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83

Although I chose to order this as part of one of my Try Me packs, it never seemed to grab me as a tea I wanted to try until tonight, when I decided it was high time for a bit more progress on my new teas (yeah, the ones I received while here, hahahahaha).

I cannot believe how incredibly delicious this tea smells! Like the sweet, caramelized sugar crust around the edges of a pineapple upside-down cake that I used to break off and eat (and get in trouble over). I didn’t want the rest of the cake, just that part! Anyways, this tea smells like that. Dry and brewed. It’s incredibly strong, and soooo intoxicating!

Unfortunately, the flavour doesn’t quite live up to the aroma. When the tea was still warm, there was a strong flat/cardboardy/stale note right after the initial sip, which then faded into delicious caramelized sugar flavours and perhaps a hint of fruitiness (I really taste no pineapple here, to be honest). I found the stale flavour quite disconcerting – it was almost as if I was just tasting the black base, quite weak and stale, before the flavouring hit my tongue. This phenomenon has happened to me before, and it seems to be unique to flavoured teas (so it makes me think it’s something do with flavouring in some way). Either way, the tea has now cooled, and this flatness no longer makes an appearance, it’s just delicious caramelly goodness.

I’m a bit disappointed that I can’t really pick out any pineapple here, but the strong caramelly flavours will make this a great one for the travel mug (although I only have enough for one serving left!)

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 30 sec
Indigobloom

interesting!! sad about the pineapple though

Kittenna

It was! Not what I expected, and I probably wouldn’t order it again (gah, I am craving Cashew Turtle SO BADLY right now), but tasty enough!

Indigobloom

do you have any cashew turtle left, or is it at home?

Kittenna

There are a few cups’ worth left, but yeah, I didn’t bring it with me. Tried to bring mostly teas that my mom would enjoy, plus a few flavoured things for me. And then of course I received both a Della Terra and the S&V order while I was here (they so far have all been too flavoured for my mom, sadly, although she didn’t try the Ginger Pear which I specifically wanted her to try, haha).

Indigobloom

There’s still time!! right? :)

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76
drank Eight Candles by Della Terra Teas
4041 tasting notes

Sip down! So yeah this is a tasty tea but its still not something I need to keep in my cupboard all the time. Instead I’m happy to order it from time to time to satisfy my need for marshmellowy goodness but I don’t need this all the time. It’s been a good tea to try.

Kittenna

You drink so many cups of tea a day! I assume you don’t usually re-steep?? (Just curious!!)

Sil

Haha no I resteep! I just don’t usually make comments on them unless its a tea that changes flavour profiles as its resteeped. I pretty much don’t drink anything but tea and both work and home offer easy ways to just have water going and ready for a resteep. Flavoured teas generally only get one resteep though unless the flavour is really present.

Just keep in mind I don’t drink much else so it’s easy to drink lots and lots of tea hahaha

Kittenna

Fair enough! I often don’t have a good setup for drinking tea so only get to make some in the morning and evenings. I don’t drink much else either… and I’ve found that if I don’t have tea as usual, I end up dehydrated by accident because I don’t drink other things throughout the day!

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90

The holidays have been nuts and finally having a pot of tea to chill out while playing pokemon. I’ve been eating too much sweets and now I need to turn that off and switch back to dessert tea.

mmmmm, marshmallowy with that spun caramel aftertaste!

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100

I had this a day or two ago, it was my first tea upon returning from the dead, and it was the tea I was most excited about. Boy, did it live up to expectations. This is everything I’ve ever wanted in a cinnamon tea. Everything. The spicy cinnamon, the smooth vanilla…guh. This is why I have tins of Hot Lips, Cinnamon Chai Rooibos, and Cinnmon Heart in the house, because I wanted them all to taste like this tea. I need to try all of the other teas in my samplers quickly so I can order a metric ton of this beauty. This is my dream tea.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec

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