Della Terra Teas

Recent Tasting Notes

81

It seemed like a weird combination of ingredients, but turned out to be a nice surprise. I can’t really taste any of the listed ingredients separately at all, but they combine nicely into a unique cup.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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

I’m so obsessed with this tea…

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

This is my first ever taste of Della Terra Teas. I am very impressed! This tea smells like s’mores and it definitely tastes like s’mores too.. and not in an artificial way either.

Just what I needed for the post Super Bowl mess that is today.

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93

This tea was many firsts for me. It was my first swap, my first experience with della terra teas, and my first tea with sprinkles. It. Is. Awesome. Shout out to Jackie T. for the sample!

This tea is absolutely delicious! It really does taste warm and caramel-y and marshmallow-y ! I was a bit apprehensive before trying this tea because I am not a huge fan of marshmallows, but it did not disappoint! I haven’t even finished the sample yet and already ordered this and some other della terra teas.

This is definitely a tea I would recommend to someone! I also plan on giving it to all of my friends who claim that they do not like tea in my efforts to convert everyone I know into avid tea drinkers!

I loved this tea and cannot wait to try some more of della terra’s teas!

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88
drank Winter Nog by Della Terra Teas
63 tasting notes

Another hit. I like the little snowflake sprinkles lol.
I can smell the spices easy but they aren’t strong in the taste. No idea why, but I catch a hint of mint in it. It’s tasty and good! I’m a rooibos fan and this one I’ll happily drink on those cold winter days.

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec

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88
drank Winter Nog by Della Terra Teas
63 tasting notes

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95

After much talk/begging/bullying from a friend I broke down and started watching Doctor Who. I don’t need one more thing to potentially suck hours of my life away, but I told my friend I’d give the show a fair shot. In turn she is going to read Jane Eyre or The Brothers Karamazov, two of my favorite classic novels. I guess we’ll each broaden our horizons.

Before settling into the show I made a big mug of this tea. It’s very cake-y tonight. There’s still pineapple but not as much as usual. I am getting toward the bottom of my bag, so that might have something to do with it. At any rate, this is a wonderful dessert tea and perfect for curling up under a blanket while watching tv.

JustJames

yay! another who-vian.

Lariel of Lórien

‘I drink pineapple cake tea. Pineapple cake tea is cool’.

TeaBrat

I want to try this. I keep waiting for the chocolate covered strawberry to come back in a small size so I can order more things from Della Terra. :)

Cavocorax

Lariel – hahah.
Which episode(s) are you starting with? For a reluctant first-timer that could make a very big difference! I started with 2005’s Series One, but it took me a few to get into it because some of it was cringe-worthy. It got so much better though. <3

Veronica

Cavocorax, I’m starting with 2005’s series one, also. Nate, my friend, really likes the Doctor in season 2, but I started with the previous season just so I would have an idea of what’s going on. I’m only a few episodes in, so I’m still reserving judgement. :)

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95

Morning cup. I thought I was grabbing a different tea, but once I opened it I thought it’d be just as nice. All the same lovely pineapple and cake flavors as before. Good stuff!

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95

I had to call my insurance company about a series of tests my daughter needs, and I was not expecting the conversation to go well. Before I called I decided to make myself a cup of this just so something good would be going on. No matter how long I would be left on hold, or how frustrated I got, there would be pineapple cake-y goodness to help me get through it (without the hundreds of calories of actual cake!). It turned out that there was nothing to fear. The doctor she needs to see is in network, and the procedures are covered. Halle-frickin-lujah!!!

Five minutes after calling I was quietly sipping my wonderful tea and happy with the entire world. I’m not sure if it’s funny or sad that one good phone call with an insurance company can make me feel this way, but I’m glad the tea was there to help.

JustJames

tea can be an excellent bolster, and far better for you than other liquid forms of courage. it makes very good sense that the world seemed better… you can only knock a problem down one domino at a time, and you got one!

hope all is well with your wee one… =0)

Terri HarpLady

This is a really tasty tea!

Lariel of Lórien

Yes, it is fantastic.

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95

I was in the mood for a dessert tea, and this one fit the bill. Sweet,creamy, lots of flavor, and much better for me than the carton of ice cream I’m avoiding in the freezer. Sadly, I used the last of my sample. This one will be missed until it can be replaced!

JustJames

great… i’m spending my august/september tea budget in advance… i just added this one to my shopping list.

Veronica

This one’s a winner. I think I broke down and placed a Della Terra order right after I posted this review. :)

JustJames

have you read any of my posts? are you aware that i have imposed a moratorium on tea purchases until august at least??? ARGH! tea smashing budget enabling websites!!!

Veronica

Oops. :)

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95

So apparently I have a fruit flavored theme going today. Strawberry, blueberry, and now pineapple. This is a decadent tea. The pineapple is as sweet as one would expect after it has baked and caramelized. It’s almost candy sweet but without the fake flavor. The pineapple is definitely the main flavor, but there is also cake. I’m not sure how Della Terra accomplishes the cake-y flavor in their teas, but they do an excellent job. Really, everything about this tea is delightful. I love it! Since this is a decadent tea I’ve added sugar and cream. Oh my word… yes.

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95

This is so good! Sweet, buttery cakey goodness. The main flavor is the cake, but the sweetness of the pineapple is there, becoming more pronounced as the tea cools. Not that I allowed this tea to cool off too much. I steadily sipped it until my cup was empty.

Looks like I need a refill and a reorder. I’m going to go through this sample way too fast!

gmathis

If this is as good as their Hawaiian Dream with pineapple was, I think I have a crush on it already.

Veronica

I haven’t had the Hawaiian Dream, but now I want to try it. And this is definitely a crush worthy tea. :)

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drank Jasmint by Della Terra Teas
63 tasting notes

First off, Yay to me for not ruining my entire Della Terra order by ordering all flavored blacks (which I’ve found I don’t like).

Tried this guy out for the first time tonight. And the verdict is YUM! As a green tea and mint fan I was hopeful this would be just what I was looking for. Mint and jasmine are present but not overpowering at all. Just a nice little added note. I can see myself enjoying this one a lot. I expect it will be something I reorder.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec
Kasumi no Chajin

We have very similar tastes…though I found this one slightly imbalanced, I will be re-ordering

T.C.

Honestly I’m not experienced enough to know perfect balance in a tea yet. I just know it’s much more balanced then the mint matcha I’m sending you lol.

Kasumi no Chajin

no matter how many years one has in tea, often that kind of thing is still subjective :)

Dustin

I didn’t like their flavored blacks either until I let one get cold and took a sip. Now I’m re-tasting them all iced. Some I’m still not fond of, but some I’m now finding quite delicious.

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89
drank Mother Of Pearl by Della Terra Teas
141 tasting notes

Intense natural strawberry flavor. I also taste the rose, but the mango seems to be lost. The pu’erh flavor is also very much hidden – I don’t taste any fishiness or dirt taste – maybe I added too much sugar in anticipation of that taste. I am not a fan of pu’erhs, but this was a delicious dessert tea.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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88

Backlogging a cuppa the afternoon from a few days ago……

I have been meaning to log this for about a week now. I have had it twice, now, so I thought I had a pretty good handle on it. Today my the cuppa the afternoon is Della Terra’s Oatmeal Raisin. Really, I am glad I waited, because I feel like I can compare the two flavor profiles and maybe help someone else out when trying to choose between the two.

Fireside Spice is not your usual spiced tea. There are notes of cinnamon, ginger and clove. The main note in the tea is vanilla, though, which is quite lovely. This one comes across more as a spiced vanilla cookie like a snicker doodle, or it really reminds me of those Belgian Biscoff cookies of which I have an unhealthy obsession. Now, I can be happy with them in tea form. This will definitely be a repurchase for me.

Onto how this compares to Oatmeal Raisin Cookie……the spices are very similar. Still, the raisin note is the top flavor note I catch. I do love a good oatmeal raisin cookie, but for me the top note of vanilla is preferred.

Usual mug method.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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86

I have received so many swap packages in the past week or so, that I can’t remember who this is from.

As we all know Della Terra has quickly become one of my favourite tea companies, if not my favourite. And this tea is no exception.

Chocolate teas can be hit or miss, but this is yummy. It’s better hot than after it cools, you really get the strawberry flavour when it’s hot. Very sweet & juicy & the nice touch of milk chocolate.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
Jackie T

I sent you that one, I’m glad you like it :)

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82

To introduce myself to Della Terra teas, I had bought a few sample packs to figure out what I liked. I liked all the rooibos I tried, but the flavored black teas kept falling short of what I was hoping for and what I kept reading others were experiencing. Yesterday I happen to take a sip of a cup I had let get cold and dumped the rest of it before I tasted what I had in my mouth. I was caught off guard at the flavor and noted to try to cold brew some of their black tea. So last night I dumped a heaping teaspoon into a glass of water and stuck it in the fridge overnight. Added some sugar this morning and wow! I guess it turns out I just don’t like their black tea warm! This stuff is really flavorful! I get a pretty even cherry and chocolate flavor on the sip and chocolate lingering after. The cherry flavor is more like maraschino cherries than fresh, but in a pleasant way that matches well with the chocolate. I am really enjoying it and my cup is almost empty now! I want more… MOOOOOORE!!!

Preparation
140 °F / 60 °C 8 min or more

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88

Cuppa the afternoon…..

One of the teas from my Mystery Box from Della Terra.

Can I tell you how happy I was to see this one in my box? Sooooo excited. I love caramel, I love marshmallow, I love black tea. What else is there to say? The reviews on this one have been coming in very steadily as a favorite among my favorite Steepsterites, so of course I really wanted to try this one.

The caramel and marshmallow flavors do not disappoint. The tea base just hangs in the background with just enough of a presence to remind you it is black tea you are drinking. This is the perfect afternoon pick me up and treat all rolled into one. It definitely helps with a sweet craving and I will definitely buy more once this is gone.

Usual mug method with just a little heaping on the spoon.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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79

Backlogging from yesterday.

My Della Terra Teas have been sitting in my cupboard for months now getting little to no use. I decided to play around with this one a little and see if I could find the water temp and amount of leaf that would allow me to really enjoy this again. At the very least I wanted to find a decent water/leaf balance so I could start working on drinking this down.

I’m happy to report that two teaspoons of dry leaves for an 8 oz. cup and 200° F water made for a very decent cup. It was close to what I remember this tea being a couple of years ago when it was first introduced. I had a very nice dessert tea full of caramel marshmallow sweetness. The base tea was hard to taste, but, being that this is a flavored dessert tea, that didn’t bother me.

Yay for finding a happy spot!

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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79

I met a friend of mine for lunch at one of our favorite Italian restaurants. It was great visiting with her and sharing a delicious meal. I managed to say no to dessert even though this place has the best gelato I have ever tried. That’s saying something since I live just outside of Philly, a city that takes their cheese steaks and gelato quite seriously. Since I managed to avoid temptation, and because I was chilled from the walk home in the rain, I decided a dessert tea was in order and chose this one.

While I’m still not as in love with this tea as I used to be, today’s cup was very nice. It was heavy on the caramel with enough of the sweetness from the marshmallow to give it a dessert-in-a-cup kinda flavor. It definitely warmed me up and made me feel like I was having a nice treat (without all the calories) at the same time. Win!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML

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79

I wanted a dessert tea after dinner, and the idea of caramel and marshmallow was too good too pass by. I remembered to overleaf, and I ended up with a nice tea. I added some sugar and milk which upped the creamy dessert factor. Perfect for sipping while catching up on episodes of The Voice. I am totally and completely hooked on that show.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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79

When this tea was first introduced I fell in love with it, so I picked up four ounces during the Black Friday sale. Unfortunately, I’m not as crazy about it anymore. Its still nice, but it doesn’t make my eyes roll back in my head the way it used to. Lesson learned, I suppose.

I over leafed slightly and ended up with a marshmallow-y sweet cup. The caramel was there more as the tea cooled, but it does have a bit of an aftertaste. Added some milk just to up the creaminess factor which helped smooth out the rough edges. Like I said, its nice, but its no longer a favorite.

Kamyria

It’s always sad when that happens… I’m in the same boat with couple of teas of mine.

Veronica

It is a bummer. I keep hoping I’ll fall in love with it again, but I think this one might be heading for the swap pile.

Cavocorax

I had already planned to have this tea when I saw your note. And then I had the same experience! I may also have over-leafed, so hopefully that’ll fix it for next time.

Veronica

I feel like I have to over leaf or else it taste watery and weak.

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79

Caramel marshmallow yumminess. I added a bit more leaf and steeped for thirty seconds longer than usual. It was great. There was so much marshmallow flavor which I helped along with some sugar and milk. Mmmm, dessert in a cup.

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79

We put up our Christmas trees tonight, and now I’m celebrating by drinking, um, Eight Candles. What can I say? It works for me.

This is pretty good. Lots of marshmallow and caramel. Actually, the caramel comes across more as a creaminess in the tea rather than a flavor, but it’s still nice. I did add one and a half perfect teaspoons to my brew basket to increase the flavor, and it worked nicely. Lots of flavor in my cup and no bitterness from the tea.

On a different note, any cat owners out there with tips or tricks for keeping kitties safe during the holidays? I’m a little worried that my cat is too obsessed with the tree lights. I’m scared she’s going to chew on them when we’re out of the room.

wheezybee

Sorry – our cats leave the bulbs alone and try to pull off needles instead.

Kirlika

Heh, cats and Christmas trees are always an interesting challenge… Aside from not putting lights on the bottom row, you could try spraying the wire with diluted Tabasco sauce, or bitter apple.

Before needing to have a cat free home (my in-laws are allergic to cats :( ) we had one cat that loved to eat tinsel, and another that would climb, yes you heard me climb, into the tree and sleep about two boughs up. White cat in a white tree; we couldn’t figure out where he had gotten to.. :S

Veronica

Ha! Cats crack me up. :)

My husband is sure she’s going to be too busy toppling the entire tree to bother with the lights or wires. I guess we shall see.

SimplyJenW

We stopped putting lights on the tree once we noticed some of the bulbs chewed off. Yes, we have a chewer. My cat actually believes our artificial tree is her personal seasonal jungle gym.

Veronica

Oh no! That’s not good. Maybe I’ll have my husband take them down. Better safe than sorry.

Thanks for the advice and cute stories, everyone!

Josie Jade

We have a little 4 foot tree that we actually put on a small table this year to try to keep the cats away. Didn’t quite work since now they’re launching themselves at it from a nearby chair and knocking the whole thing over. Between the cats and the lights going out, I figure I’ve redecorated the tree about 5 times now. No chewing though, thank goodness! I hope your cat loses its appetite for tree. Maybe try some of that bitter spray so she doesn’t like the taste of it?

Angrboda

Does your cat have a history of being interested in cables and such? If not, I don’t think you need to worry. Pull the plug out of the wall when you’re not using it and only have it turned on when you can keep an eye on it. That way at least she won’t electrocute herself. With our cats the lights were never a problem. They were only strung around the top 75% of the tree just to be safe, but other than that, it was left alone. It was the other decorations on it that were in danger. We are avoiding any that are made of glass, so everything on our tree is made of metal, paper or plastic and can stand being played with. Well, the paper things can only take so much playing, obviously, but those are homemade, so they are easy to replace. :)

K S

Turn off tree when you aren’t in the room. Hang bells down low so you know when the cat is messing with the tree. Give kitty a shiny non glass ornament to bat around the floor. Mostly be prepared to grab the cat and tell it NO when it acts up. Don’t stress and just enjoy the antics.

Veronica

After watching her for a while I figured out it was the blinking lights that were the problem. She loves chasing and eating bugs, so maybe the lights reminded her too much of insects. So I stopped the blinking and she quickly lost interest in the lights. Now she’s more into batting at the ornaments, but that I can handle. :) I will still unplug the lights when we aren’t in the room just to be safe.

Rosehips

Hooray for tree decorating!

gmathis

Tazo has been wrapping himself around the base of ours. Makes it a little challenging come evening eviction time.

Kirlika

I ran across a video earlier that had me immediately thinking about this thread. Enjoy the cat antics!

Cats vs. Christmas Decorations – http://www.dump.com/catschristmas/

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