Della Terra Teas

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87

I can’t cheer for this enough. Added a bit of cream this morning, it’s so well done! I love this, perfect vanilla!! Bumping up my rating!

Courtney

I’ve been looking for a perfect vanilla. I’ll have to keep this one in mind :)

whatshesaid

Every time I look at the bag sitting on my counter I want more!! (Even if currently drinking something else, haha)

Cavocorax

I always forget how GOOD vanilla is. I dismiss it as ‘plain’ but then I have a vanilla latte or pure vanilla ice cream and I am blown away. I guess I’d better add this to my next DTT order!

whatshesaid

My favorite ice cream is a good vanilla ;) (well, after peanut butter fudge crunch, obviously)

Shmiracles

going on my shopping list.

Shmiracles

HAHAH that was quick. just placed an order for samples. record time.

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87

So I was very excited to get home today after work to find my Della Terra order waiting for me on the counter. (Incidentally, I was surprised they didn’t include any samples! Not sure what the criteria is but every other tea company I’ve ordered from has included samples!)

This tea was one of the five I ordered, including Love in a Cup, Lemon Lime Tart, Shamrocks & Shenanigans and S’Mores (in case you were wondering!)

I had a face palm moment when I noticed that the directions on the tea pouches called for 1-1.5 tsp of tea per 6oz, and realized my mug was 12oz, the directions for Davidstea are probably the same and so I’ve been skimping on tea this entire time! Ugh!

Anyway. I added the proper amount of tea to this mug (about 1.5 or more Davidstea perfect spoonfuls) and then I got distracted and accidentally steeped it for like 10 minutes instead of 4ish.

Needless to say this was a super strong, intense and flavorful tea! It surprisingly didn’t get too bitter so I still drank it no problem. It was sweet but not too sweet, full bodied, rich, dark – (All the qualities you’d want in a man?? Haha, sorry. Just found that funny as I was re-reading it) – really tasty and definitely vanilla-licious! Almost a “classy” vanilla. Sort of like the Michelle Williams of tea. Maybe Michelle Williams as Marilyn Monroe in ‘My Week With Marilyn’.

In summary, I really enjoyed it. For some reason I thought of blending it with H&S Paris sometime because they both seem classy to me. I mean, relatively high quality, natural vs artificial tasting, not cloying but more of a jazz loving 32 year old. “Classy” isn’t proper tea lingo.

I really like similes tonight, my apologies. I will resteep tomorrow and report back with an accurate rating.

edit to add – drank my second steep of this this morning, which was more like my first steep should have been (since the first one was STRONG!). It’s a really good tea. I could see this being my go-to breakfast tea. It’s rich and full bodied and all the things I said earlier. And the perfect vanilla tea.

I have coffee addicted friends and family who have said “I wish I could love tea as much as you do so I could give up coffee! But tea is just too weak and tasteless.”

I get what they mean, because coffee is pretty substantial, but a lot of tea is pretty watery (particularly if you don’t use enough leaves when making it duh), this is a tea I would recommend to my coffee loving friends. A gateway tea :) YUM!

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
Alphakitty

DT doesn’t often include samples, I think because they almost always have sales running! I did get one once from them, and then recently they had a 30% off + 2 free samples promotion.

whatshesaid

Oh yeah that’s a great point, their sales are awesome. Plus they sell a 1oz bag and that is great too!

TheKesser

I’m pretty sure that Davidstea directions are for an 8oz glass…

Kittenna

I think you’re right, TheKesser.

Kittenna

That said, thanks for pointing that out about Della Terra’s teas, whatshesaid! That would explain why I feel the need to use about 2 tsp/8 oz. in order to get enough flavour.

whatshesaid

Yup, Davidstea indicates “1-1.5 tsp per 1 cup” but my “cup” is 12 oz so I’ve still been ripping myself off of my trip to flavor country.

So these are definitely good things to be aware of and I am impressed with myself for noticing because normally I don’t do directions :)

Ellyn

The amount of tea/amount of water conundrum always gets me since I have cups/mugs of varying sizes…

Jackie T

I am so loving your creative writing reviews!!! the Michelle Williams of tea…so wonderful!

whatshesaid

Thanks :)

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90

Blueberry coffee cake! That is what this tea tastes like. It’s not as in-your-face cake-y as Pineapple Upside Down Cake, but the flavoring is still there. Soft cinnamon backs up a very natural tasting blueberry flavor for a really wonderful cup.

While this is a green/black blend it tastes like a pure green one to me—and looks like it too, it brews up very pale! I’ve been looking for a good cinnamon & blueberry tea and this is most definitely it. The cinnamon isn’t hot and spicy like in some other Della Terra blends, but warming and soft like you’d find in baked goods. The sprinkles add a little sweetness so you definitely don’t need any added sugar in the cup!

Plus it’s such a pretty blend, the pink sprinkles and green leaves really make me think of Easter and the egg hunts I used to do as a kid. My cousin’s neighbor had a HUGE farm and she would hold a massive Easter Egg hunt there. Eggs filled with candy, not real ones! It would take all day to find them all, they would be everywhere: tucked down rabbit holes, hidden in tree branches, even some in her house hiding under table legs and in teapots! There would always be a few in the chicken coop too snuggled in with the real eggs. It’s a miracle we never broke anything (both her china and our limbs from climbing around so much!). Some of my favorite childhood memories are from that farm and for whatever reason this tea is bringing me right back there. A lovely blend!

jessiwrites

I was kind of interested in this one, I might just have to order it now. :)

Alphakitty

If you like blueberry I think you won’t be disappointed! The more I drink this, the more I think it might actually be the best blueberry blend I’ve tried

Tealizzy

I was interested in this one too! Sounds delicious!

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90

What the heck? Sip down? I didn’t know I only had one serving left.
/sad owl

now I need to do a Della Terra order soon, as I only got a little Lemon Chiffon left after this.

Anyways, I got hit in the nose in jiujitsu. I’m okay, though my nose just feels weird, not in pain or bruised. I’m consoling myself with this tasty creamy tea, iced, with sweet lemons. The other good thing was I got the guy back, he didn’t expect some girl to shoulder lock him, muhhahahaha!

Preparation
Iced
Uniquity

Reading your tasting notes reassures me that Ju Jitsu is not for me – though it sounds awesome!

Fuzzy_Peachkin

lol! Way to go get that guy! :-)

Awkward Soul / Oolong Owl

Yeah, you gotta be a “scrappy” type to practice BJJ. Not many women in it too.

Uniquity

I bruise and scar so easily, I would look like a fight club member after one go.

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90

Darn cold! This tea tastes bland and I know it’s not bland! This tea is freaking delicious creamy lemony and bit of lime tastyness!
I even added a couple lemon slices and some honey too! Though, bland is better than bitter – which happened last time I got sick and it got to my sinuses.

Not the most tasteful joke, but it’s my husband and he’s that kind of guy. I was complaining about my sense of taste being out from being sick and he said, “As long as you don’t make your tea with 100 bags”. Uggggg!

Time to save my good teas and switch to lemon, ginger, honey, cayenne brews until I’m better.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 45 sec

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90

I bought 2oz of this tea, I figured it be good!

I was totally right! I’ve had Lemon Chiffon before, which is amazing, and this one has that lemon drop yummyness, but also with a little bit of bitter lime flavor thrown in. Very creamy of a tea. No funky rooibos taste. The dry leaf smell of this tea is out of this world!

I figured I will try to have this or Lemon Chiffon always in stock. I really need to snag some Lime Chiffon too!

Full review on my blog, the oolong owl http://oolongowl.wordpress.com/2013/03/12/lemon-lime-cream-tart-from-della-terra-teas-tea-review/

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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I think I can officially say I’m over DTT.
I decided to keep this one in my stash 10 months ago, but I made it today at work when a dessert craving struck me and my observations are as follows:

- even though i used a TON of leaf, it’s still weak in flavour and colour after i added some milk.
- whatever black tea base DTT uses, I don’t like it. And all of their black teas have that weird taste. yuck.

I had rated this 86 once upon a time, but I’m just going to remove the rating. This tea is 2 years old.

It still SMELLS amazing, however. I bet some people would still love it. I have just moved beyond.

If anyone wants the rest to try, it’s YOURS!

Sil

i had it narrowed down to only really liking the lime/lemon and orange chiffon teas…the rest i can live without…and given i haven’t placed an order with them in forever…guess that means i can live without.

Fjellrev

This is the only one from them that I have left, and thought worthwhile keeping around, so I hope my tastes haven’t changed or it’s lost a lot of flavour. Damn.

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This was my “stroll with the baby” tea for today….drank as part of my “try everything in the cupboard to see how you feel” project.

Those aren’t even good names for my activities. But it sounds purposeful!

Anyway. I was rereading my previous review on this and it was kind of gushy….but you know, I really really enjoyed this. Still. It still brings me joy.

It’s basically what I’m looking for in a chocolate mint tea, because the vanilla makes it creamy and full of yum.

Seriously, there’s nothing that vanilla can’t improve!

This tea gets to stay :)

Courtney

I agree. Straight mint and chocolate isn’t as nice as when there’s another addition to make it creamy.

whatshesaid

I guess it’s like dark chocolate vs milk chocolate…I enjoy both but creamy is where it’s at

keychange

I’m with you on adding vanilla to everything!

Sarsonator

I’m on this whole “vanilla in everything” bandwagon. Maybe I need to get my own vanilla beans and start adding at will whenever a tea needs a little extra something!

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Crap, this is really good.

I feel like I’m about to break my first love’s heart but I gotta do it – this is better than Davidstea’s Read My Lips.

There, I said it.

The other day I drank some Swiss Mountain (also Della Terra) that I received in a swap (didn’t review it yet), and I was pretty meh about it. I thought to myself “Self, you never have to buy this because Read My Lips is way better!” In reality they’re probably pretty similar, I will have to compare. Anyway, so then I ordered an oz of this.

When I got it yesterday I thought to myself “Self, why did you order this? It’s probably really similar to Read My Lips and you already love Read My Lips so what were you thinking??”

Then I re-read the description which includes the words “Vanilla Mint” and I was like OH YEAH, THAT’S WHY.

So, I was doing the sniff test last night, between this and Read My Lips (Swiss Mountain is at work), and this smells WAY creamier thanks to the vanilla. I had to make a cup of this before bed because I couldn’t wait to try it. I’m drinking it again but it’s not really a re-steep because I added a bunch more leaves since the mug I have is twice the size of the dainty little frou frou one I used last night.

I might have to buy more. It TASTES almost like a Shamrock Shake. You know, the sweet green chemical concoction that McDonald’s releases every year around this time? Except obviously better. The balance between all the flavours seems pretty spot on. I need it to cool down a bit but it’s already great.

I am really pleased with this. I’m all over vanilla and therefore the addition of such means Read My Lips has been bumped. Sorry old friend!

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
jessiwrites

Have you had Santa’s Secret? I am curious how these would compare. I love Santa’s Secret.

whatshesaid

I LOVE Santa’s Secret, it’s one of my faves! I will have to compare. I can’t remember if there’s chocolate in that one though, I don’t think so!

jessiwrites

No, there is no chocolate in Santa’s Secret, it’s just mint and vanilla, I believe. But I very much dislike Read My Lips, so I’m just wondering which one this is more similar to. :P

whatshesaid

ohh I see. You can definitely taste the chocolate in this! It’s probably a cross between Read My Lips and Santa’s Secret. Depends what you hate about RML I suppose!

Alphakitty

I feel like once I get my ounce of this (which is waiting patiently at my parents’ house) I am going to have to make a Shamrock Shake with it. Steel your milk with this tea, add in some ice cream… yummm

Fjellrev

Good to know! I ordered both this and Swiss Mountain in my last order but only tried the latter so far. I like it but yeah, basically RML.

Sil

one of the first teas i feel in love with when i was a tea newb was Read my Lips. Discovered The Persimmon Tree’s mint chocolate which was similar, as well as a few others. a few months later after trying teas from everywhere but david’s tea, went back to Read my lips and now i don’t like it lol. Funny how tastebuds and preferences change. it’s great!

whatshesaid

Funny how that works! I’m the same way, on one hand it’s a bit sad but cool to know my tastes are expanding accordingly )

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96

Omnomonom. This is my favorite Della Terra tea and the one that I have been waiting for as far as apple teas are concerned. Finished up my packet today, and will look at getting a larger pouch in the future. I like it best with some sweetener and milk. It makes a heavenly latte.

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95
drank S'mores by Della Terra Teas
1047 tasting notes

Whoa, my mom’s cupboard is a time capsule. A couple years ago, I gave her some smaller amounts of my favourites for her to try, including this one. And obviously, she never got to it. So I figured I’d revisit it despite it being quite old. Let’s see what I still think of it.

I’m detecting a weird chemical undertone that I don’t remember before, but perhaps this is due to its age. And I swear I’m tasting a touch of smokiness that I don’t recall in the past. The marshmallow is still there, the chocolate is faint, but overall, it’s severely lacking that special something that I saw in this tea. No graham either.

FWIW, the 95 rating did not even reflect my view of it a year ago, anyway. By then, I was already kind of growing tired of it, and found it to be cloyingly sweet. During that time period, I probably would have rated it as a 70. Funny how people’s tastes change.

DeliriumsFrogs

I remember getting a chemically thing off this tea when I had it. I think I tend to find that with some of Della Terra’s chocolate teas. Reading your note brings back the smell and taste of this tea completely to me! I almost kinda want that chemically thing in my mouth right now. haha

Fjellrev

You’re totally right about their chocolate note! This was the only chocolatey tea of theirs I could tolerate for the longest time, probably because the other flavours distracted me from it. Otherwise, not a fan of that note.

DeliriumsFrogs

I’m so glad I’m not the only one! (I really feel like a weirdo sometimes when I taste certain things…) I’m telling you, though, you have me totally craving it right now. haha!

Fjellrev

That is so funny haha. Merely looking at the bit I had left made me think of how it tasted to me when I first got it. But you didn’t miss out at all. :)

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95
drank S'mores by Della Terra Teas
1047 tasting notes

It’s the final sip down! I dumped the rest of the leaf into my 500ml measuring cup and filled it up. I think I had more like 2.5 cups worth of leaf but that’s our little secret.

It’s done! I don’t know why I’m happy but I am. Maybe I’ll finally make that Tea Desire order I’ve been talking about.

OMGsrsly

Testing testing. ;)

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95
drank S'mores by Della Terra Teas
1047 tasting notes

Sitting at home sipping on a cup of S’mores with half and half. I’m trying to have a cup a day so I can get it out of the way. I still like it but would like to move on.

I just remembered that one of my favourite bands is playing in Vancouver right at this very moment but I couldn’t go because I have a TA meeting tomorrow morning and the ferry ride back would have been cutting it too close. Oh well!

My consolation prize is tea and… a manicure? Why not!

MissB

Boo for the ferry! Which band is it?

Fjellrev

It’s ok, they’ll come back, I’m sure. Finntroll that is. :)

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95
drank S'mores by Della Terra Teas
1047 tasting notes

Even though I like this tea, I’m still trying to use it up so I can open other teas patiently waiting. I don’t think I steeped it long enough because with half and half, even the liquor looks almost pure white, and there isn’t much s’mores flavour coming out.

So in order to heighten the experience, I grabbed a handful of mini Jersey Milk bars I bought after Halloween to enjoy on the side. Honestly, I can’t wait to get these out of the way either. Either I should buy a timed safe:

https://s3.amazonaws.com/ksr/projects/494190/photo-main.jpg?1370397488

Right? Amirite?

Or not have any chocolate in the house at all.

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95
drank S'mores by Della Terra Teas
1047 tasting notes

I’m on my sixth cup of tea today but have been too lazy to log the others, which is typical. Just felt like writing, yo. S’mores with cream. I can smell the graham cracker but I can’t taste it this time.

My sweet potatoes are boiling, because I can’t stop eating them! And I’m thinking of sautéing some fresh mushrooms with garlic, then topping them off with freshly grated parmesano.

Yesterday I bought a couple more sweet potatoes, and each weighs over ONE KILOGRAM. Apparently, I’m all stocked up.

Sometimes I forget this is a tea community.

Sil

lol sounds tasty!

Cavocorax

Tea, what?
Nothing wrong with rambling on about whatever you like. At least, that’s how I roll and people keep following me. (fools) :P

Cavocorax

Also, I LOVE sweet potatoes but the other half isn’t too keen on them. But now that I have to cook for the little one I have more opportunity to make them and he’ll just skip veggies while we enjoy them that night. His loss.

Anna

I really want to try this tea. And now I want oven-baked sweet potatoes with maple syrup and bourbon, too. So many wants.

Amariel

I just got more milk, so s’mores for me tomorrow, I think. :)

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95
drank S'mores by Della Terra Teas
1047 tasting notes

This is better this time around. I didn’t steep it for as long, maybe only 2 minutes. Last time I steeped it nearly twice as long, which I find results in a murkier, more chemically sweet flavour. The subtle flavours pop out more this way. Added some half-and-half and it works with these steeping parameters.

Now I’m in a matcha mood…

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95
drank S'mores by Della Terra Teas
1047 tasting notes

Are my tastes really changing that relatively quickly? I was in love with this stuff back in the spring. Ripped through around 3 oz. of it, took it with me everywhere I went. Then I took a break from it and the last couple times I’ve had it, including now, I’m finding it too sweet.

It’s just so weird because there are other teas that have gone down the same path, loving them then finding them too sweet months before I even discovered this. So what is with discovering and loving a sweet, flavoured tea after writing off others and not arriving at such a conclusion with this one in the first place? Guess the taste buds adapt after a while and this is their cry for change.

I added some half and half this time around and although I usually have this one without any additives, I’m finding that the cream is cutting down the sweetness a bit. Won’t change my rating just yet.

Nxtdoor

I don’t know… Changing ratings is not like saying “I don’t love you anymore” but more like “I never did”. You once loved this tea. Others might make a purchase based on rating. If it’s shitty, by all means but if you once loved it as much as you did, maybe it deserves the current rating.

Fjellrev

Yeah exactly, it still means something that you once gave a high rating.

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95
drank S'mores by Della Terra Teas
1047 tasting notes

Had this for dessert. The graham cracker is stronger this time around. I don’t know why, but this is the only chocolatey tea from DTT that I actually like. It doesn’t have that artificial taste that the others have. Go figure!

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95
drank S'mores by Della Terra Teas
1047 tasting notes

I finally opened up my new pouch of this that I ordered weeks ago. At last, more S’mores! This is my favourite DTT tea, and as a bonus, there is more graham cracker in this pouch than in the 1 oz. I first had. Yay! It resteeps well too. The second steep is almost as flavourful as the first. Maybe less marshmallow but still scrumptious.

No additives for me. This gem delivers and I’m upping my rating.

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95
drank S'mores by Della Terra Teas
1047 tasting notes

This one sure has a hold on me. I’ve already burned through half my 1 oz. bag over the past week. Lucky Charms marshmallows, meet warm chocolate and a drop of vanilla.

I don’t really get the graham cracker, though. The base is quite mild, no astringency. I especially appreciate this blend because the sweetness doesn’t knock your socks off like some other Della Terra blends can (Pineapple Upside Down Cake comes to mind).

Something tells me I’ll be ordering more someday.

Tealizzy

Oh, I totally get the graham cracker….wonder why you don’t. I just noticed this morning how little of this I have left! Guess I better add it to my next order!

Fjellrev

I’ll try to pay extra attention next time. Maybe it’s psychological? Like maybe you only taste it (or think you do!) when you know something is in there, because I actually didn’t even notice the crumbs until after I drank it a few times.

CrowKettle

Graham cracker is the main thing I get (smell and taste) but I believe it may be my own perception while drinking this.

Fjellrev

Hmm, I’ll still pay more attention next time I have this. Maybe for me it blended too much with the sweetness and was consequently lost.

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86

At the end of the day, I wish I would have gotten the Lemon Chiffon instead because I find lime in teas is just a bit too tart for me! That said, this is delicious. Tart but tasty, balances off the rooibos well.

If anyone wants to swap this for some Lemon Chiffon, let me know! :)

(steeped 4 min @ 98 degrees)

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65

I won a sample of this a while back from their facebook page.
the first time I had this (which I forgot to log), I really really didn’t like it.

this time around is much better. I really dislike the smell of this tea once it’s steeped, smells way too rooibos & something else off putting.
the taste is mostly citrus, I’m not getting the other individual flavours, but somehow they all work together to create something pretty good.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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88

I wanted to try this with oatmeal cookies, but I didn’t have any. So I had it with date oatmeal, and an episode of Stargate SG-1.

It smells very nice, like the cookies. And the cookie flavour is really good. Could use a little more cinnamon (I really like it), otherwise delicious.

Whomever sent me this… thanks!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 15 sec
ashmanra

Haha! Our episode of the day was Bounty, I think season ten. :)

Lariel of Lórien

Heh! Mine today were Reckoning, and Threads.

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93

Thank you Yappychappy! I’ve always wanted to try this one but it never made it into my shopping cart. The aroma is pretty cinnamon sweet. The flavor definitely does have a bakey note to it. It’s sweet and has a little bit of cinnamon spice to it. I like it. It’s comforting. It was a good tea to have while I played my game :]

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