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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!
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!
What the heck? Sip down? I didn’t know I only had one serving left.
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!
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.
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/
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!
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 :)
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!
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.
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!
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:
Or not have any chocolate in the house at all.
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.
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…
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.
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.
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.
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)
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.
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!
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 :]