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I have been drinking this tea (tisane) all week, so I decided to add it to the site. So first to review, yay! This is another win from Della Terra :)
I should first mention that as soon as I saw that this blend was made, I didn’t even bother with a sample – I added 2 oz to my cart immediately, as I love chamomile herbal blends. The bag I received is plum full of tea! It is stuffed with the stuff! I love it!
Dry, it is entirely chamomile flowers and lavender. As the description states haha. It smells like a perfect blend of the two as well, I get a bit stronger chamomile, but the lavender is still there, that slightly soapy floral scent.
I steeped it for around 5 minutes with boiling water. Wet, the lavender smell comes out a bit more. The liquor is a lovely light yellow color.
The taste is so soothing – mostly chamomile, but the lavender shows up in the aftertaste. I find that this tea is relaxing yet helps me focus as well, maybe because it’s so calming. I’m tempted to add a bit of honey one of these times just to see what it does to the flavor, but it is so good on its own that I haven’t yet haha.
Overall, I like this tea a lot. Bear in mind, I do enjoy herbal teas, so if you are not a fan of pure herbals, this probably isn’t the tea for you. However, it is an awesome caffeine-free tea for before bed. Also, this is the third tea I own with lavender in the ingredients. I guess I like lavender? Haha :) Due to personal taste, I am rating this tea pretty high.
ETA: The lavender becomes a bit more pronounced as the tea cools, I’m noticing the soapiness a bit more tonight. Might be because it steeped for 5 minutes, it doesn’t seem as noticeable at shorter steep times. Still really good though!
I’ve been busy enjoying Christmas festivities so I haven’t had much chance to write many tealogs lately. But when my Della Terra teas order arrived in a festive red box, I just had to log in and write at least a few lines. Besides, I miss checking in with my Steepster friends :)
Lemon is one of those flavors that I enjoy, but it isn’t necessarily my absolute favorite, so I didn’t have high expectations for me liking this tea. It’s pure lemony goodness, not so much the sour natural lemon taste, but more like a lemon extract, but creamier. Even when I first caught a whiff of this tea it immediately made me think of lemon cake, which is remarkable because I actually didn’t even know that lemon chiffon was a cake until after I tasted this tea and then I decided to look it up.
I only have a couple of samples of this tea from my try me packs, but it is definitely something I would reorder.
i had this love hate relationship with DavidsTea’s Apple Pie tea – I had one cup out of a 50g bag that tasted right. After that.. not so great. I’m hoping this Della Terra Teas Apple pie will work!
DRY LEAF: lots of chunks of apple! My kitchen smells like coffee, there was a huge incident last night involving an exploding french press. Finally my roommates disgusting coffee making skills caught up to them (they use 50% coffee, and top the press up with hot water to make this pure black sludge)
STEEPED: Nice apple pie smell, crust and spices in all!
TASTE: The spices in this are spot on – I finally noticed a trend in Della Terra doing really good in the spice department. Natural apple flavor comes out, but more of a fresh apple on some sips to me. Pie crust after taste. The black tea is present and adds some good depth. The black tea also is not bitter.
I think this tea could use a bit of rock sugar, but I’m too lazy to go downstairs to get some, plus my legs are sore from brazilian jiu jitsu. Aww screw it, I need to take out my laundry anyways..
Sweetened, the apple comes out more and I think I like both ways. So if you are the type who adds sweetener, this tea is good!
COMMENTS: Much better than DavidsTeas! The spices are perfect and the tea is yummy pushing me to drink more.
I’ve had Della Terra’s Candy Apple tea and this Apple Pie tea is much better with the flavoring and lack of apple skin taste.
evil plans? I’m thinking back to I think Starbucks had an apple cider that was caramel sauce and whipped cream on it. Apple Pie tea latte with whipped cream and caramel? MUUUAHAHHAAHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!
Yay, my Black Friday order is here! Hearts.
Since falling in love with a peach tea blend I got once from a little middle-of-nowhere cafe, I’ve been looking all over for a peachy tea capable of kicking me in the face with flavor. This is not that tea, but that doesn’t mean it’s not lovely. It’s really balanced and nice, with the flavor swooping into delicious fruitiness just when I think the black tea is getting strong. It leaves a hint of mango on the back of my tongue after the sip—yummy!
OH MY! My Black Friday order finally arrived. YAY! I tore into the box like a crazy person & smelt all my delicious new teas!
This smells very good, marshmallow, caramely goodness. It changes scent a little once steeping, kind of a funny smell :/
This is so amazingly spectacular. I don’t know if I like it more than Oatmeal Raisin Cookie or Chili Chocolate Truffle, but it is soooooooooooooo good.
It’s very marshmallow like, way better than any of the marshmallow or s’mores teas I’ve tried. And so caramel tasting. Wow just fantastic. Glad I ended up with 4oz of this. I even ended up over steeping it & it was still fabulous!
I’m obsessed with this tea and I’m guessing the only reason I haven’t logged it is because I’m savoring every teaspoon of it. This is the perfect cinnamon and nutmeg pumpkin spice with a subtle and not overtly strong chocolate that balances nicely to create a decadent creaminess to the tea. This is dessert, literally. And the little sprinkles are killing me with cuteness. I need epic amounts of this in my stash.
Backlog and making sure I rate and review everything in my cupboard. I got this as a sample from Della Terra and this was also my first pu-erh tea ever. At first, the smell really turned me off but the flavor was enjoyable. I tried again a week later after going through a bunch of other tastings and found that I love this. The chai spice is warm and cozy, plenty of cinnamon and cardamom without being painfully spicy, and the chocolate is so well balanced with the spice. No artificial chocolate flavor at all. I’m still a little weirded by the smell, but maybe it’s a pu-erh thing so I’m really interested in trying more pu-erh teas.
At first I thought this was too medicinal for me, but I let it brew a little longer and the flavors I wanted came out! Brewed, it smells like a hot spiced apple cider. It tastes like a cinnamon apple sauce but with a creaminess to it from the yogurt. I would let it cool a bit before drinking to get the optimum flavors from it. Not my favorite, but I will definitely enjoy this as a bedtime tea!!
Het his tonight with our Christmas get together with friends. We do it every year with everyone bringing something and our friends taking care of the turkey and (roast or ham). For this year I attempted a guiness chocolate cake with cream cheese caramel matcha icing….and yes that is as delicious as it sounds. The cake isn’t overly sweet and has a really nice dark taste to it, which complements the icing nicely. Adding the caramel matcha to it was sheer genius on the part of my better half and everyone loved it. I brought the extra icing in a container and it was going on to all the other desserts lol
But I digress…this tea was perfect for sipping on me while everyone around me had their drinks and cheer. I’m still sick so I got to relax from my corner while drinking my tea and enjoying being in everyone’s company. It was wonderful.
I didn’t even know the name of this one changed, I think I got it right before that happened. So let’s see which one is more applicable! Haha, judging by the ingredients, the new one is fitting.
I really do not want to study right now. I want to clean. I don’t get it because I am almost done…just this one left. I think rereading the stuff from my second exam in this class, I have no idea what I’m reading…but I got a 92 on that exam so I am wondering if I just got lucky at this point.
This is pretty funky. It definitely tastes like cider, but there is just waaaaay too much going on with the other herbs for me. It tastes fine at first, but that sweet aftertaste of fennel is too much for me.
Or is it the anise? Or a combination, I can’t do it. It smells great though, but I don’t have the tastebuds to handle it.
I haven’t been on very much over this weekend due to a few family issues, nothing serious just a lot of negativity surrounding my husband. We were supposed to be decorating the house today for Christmas to start feeling the spirit but that hasn’t happened. Since it’s such a shame the house is the same and I’m watching Christmas episodes on tv I thought I may as well drink Christmassy.
I chose the right choice with this tea, I opened it up and took a sniff and smiled and closed my eyes in delight. It smells like creamy vanilla peppermint with a chocolate base. Delicious! My husband saw me sniffing and came to see what the fuss was about and even he said he wants one.
Tasting without milk/creamer or sweetener. Wow it’s simply amazing! Just as it smells, smooth and refreshing peppermint with creamy and fresh. It tastes like a candy cane but with more layers, not just the peppermint. The chocolate is more in the fragrance than taste as is the black tea but it gives more depth in flavour without much of the flavour. It’s so delicious!
This is just what I need right now. Christmas in a mug.
Girls night out in Scotland!
One of Della Terra’s that came in a pretty red Christmas box!
I enjoy a good Maté, I like the malty characteristics of the roasted ones. After I opened it, I deeply inhaled as I always do, and went WOH-HO!!! This is bold! Strong smell of fermentation, malt and barley, very «boozy»!I was drawn to it cause I like the unusual, but to be honest, I was scared of how it would taste like! I brewed according to instructions, about 4 min. Expecting a slap on the face, I only got a very mild caress… I put the tea basket back in my cup, and I let it rest for another 2min. Still not enough. It ended up being steeped for a good 8 minutes. So next time, I take note to put a little more than
1 1/2 tsp. in my 8oz cup.
The taste was really good, like malty liquid black treacle, with notes of clove and a very smooth finish. I don’t get much of them but the chocolate and coconut are probable what gives that sweet finish. As for the Rooibos, I wouldn’t have known it was there at all and I don’t mind since I don’t care much for it, aside from a few exceptions.
As it cooled, I picked up whisky notes. I think this blend would be very interesting to experiment with during holiday season, I’m thinking cocktails for sure!
It didn’t hold up for a second steep, I got pretty much all the flavor out of steep one. Maybe multiple infusions will be possible next time when I measure more tea to the cup.
But all in all, this is something I will have again for sure!
Now please skip this part if you have no interest for the story
Friday was girls night out… we went to this nice pub we heard of. We were told it was a nice lounge bar, good chill ambiance and good company.
So we got there with that in mind. We went inside, and…we stopped: what we saw was somewhat distracting. You know when the DJ makes that scratchy noise with the vinyl records? That’s the sound my brain created in my head while trying to process what I was looking at…
There were LOTS of men in that pub, and they all seemed to have the same dress code: KILTS! Yes, ladies, brace yourselves, men in kilts! Turns out, Friday was a special night, some kind of Scottish men gathering. I must say that a kilt on a good looking dude has its charms :-)
We were offered beer immediately, some dark Scottish Ale of course. Now, beer and I are not best friends, but I was pleasantly surprised by this one, it was spicy, malty and woodsy, but very smooth and sweet tasting… which reminded me a lot of this maté!
Well it seems that Scotsmen live by one rule: «Cha deoch-slàint, i gun a tràghadh!» meaning «It’s no health if the glass is not emptied» (one guy actually tried to make me pronounce it Gaelic style, and I told him please just put it in writing, so I really didn’t know if it was accurate, but I checked and it seems to be!!!)
If they mean it for beer, well I mean it for tea!
Our night out wasn’t what we had expected, but we had lots of fun, we even danced on traditional Scottish music!
When I got home, I wanted to spend some time with The Twilight Sad, a fairly unknown but amazing Band from Scotland. (I’ve been on a tunes and tea mood lately) Yes, at 3 in morning, I put on their record full blast (living in the woods has its perks). Mr Right got up: What the …???? Oops sorry! Forgot it wasn’t boys night out! Yes, I am quite fun to live with apparently.
James, the signer has a haunting voice, here’s a good example of that. Hope they get the recognition they deserve one day, in the mean time, they make great tea companions!
(P.S. I know the album cover is dark and disturbing but so is their work, call it artistic approach!)
Lord this stuff is the BOMB! Love it! Settles a tummy and makes you feel like your having the dessert you didn’t have room for!
Full review on the 14th on http://sororiteasisters.com/
Also see other tasting notes.
Love this stuff!
This was the free sample I received from Della Terra Teas. Thank you!
The dry smell is incredibly chocolatey, exactly like After Eight mints :D as soon as I opened it, I was craving it all afternoon, so I made a cup tonight. It’s a bit late for a black tea, but I couldn’t resist after the intoxicating chocolate smell!
The wet leaves are not quite as chocolate, but the mint becomes more pronounced. I steeped for about 3 minutes with boiling water. The chocolate returned after steeping, and now the apartment smells like it haha. My boyfriend is not a fan of chocolate, so he is not overly pleased lol, but I made him a cup of green tea to counteract it a bit. I love it! It reminds me of dark cocoa on a ski hill!
As for the taste, the intial one was nice and minty, with a hint of dark chocolate. I decided to add some sugar (I never add sugar!) as I had read a few reviews that said that it brought out the chocolate. I agree that it did! It’s now a malty dark chocolate brew with an excellent cooling mint taste. I might try steeping a little bit longer next time to see if I can bring out even more chocolatiness.
Overall, a pretty good chocolate tea. I might also try with a hint of milk to add some creaminess to it. Very happy I got to try this as a free sample :)
YAY my Della Terra order came yesterday, as did my teacups from Verdant! Will try to put some pics up later :) oh and I also tried the Papa Bear’s Hibernation Blend from DT but I couldn’t find it in the database! Might have to try to add a new tea lol.
So I have this tea again! Hurrah! It’s still excellent, lemony and sweet and caffeine free, which I need for my barrage of finals in the coming weeks (caffeine will just increase my anxiety too much, however, going to have a Yixing session later today anyways haha). The lemon is light and sugary today, maybe because I only steeped it for 4 mins, and usually I steep rooibos for 5. Still delicious though!
So happy I have this back in stock! Probably my favorite or second favorite rooibos tea! Oh, and upping rating due to that fact!
The second tea I’ve tried from Della Terra Teas. Again I love marshmallow and sprinkles, so of course I would love this.
As it’s brewing, OMG – it makes my knees weak!
The taste is amazing too – marshmallow-y and total happy. The sugar sprinkles are a nice touch too (of course). Not sure if I like this more than the Cinnamon Crackle but it’s definitely HAPPY!
This one is pretty tasty! I like that it has black tea AND rooibos! The blueberry is plump and juicy and real. There is just that little bit of cream or vanilla flavor that makes you realize it’s more than just Blueberry! It’s fruity yet smooth! The very best part, for me, is NO HIBISCUS! YAY!
This is my first official Della Terra Teas tea – and what an awesome inaugural blend! I love anything cinnamon, so of course I would love something called Cinnamon Crackle – complete with every 80’s child’s fave candy, Pop Rocks. ;) This is in-your-face cinnamon, cinnamon to the max – and this is a cupboard staple.
I gulped down one cuppa and could reinfuse for a second time, so even better.
Now I see why all you Steepsterites love Della Terra Teas – great prices but quality tea!
Also, I should note, this is sweet enough on its own (probably because of the candy).
It’s love at first sip. Cinnamon Crackle, I cannot live without you. You complete me.