Della Terra Teas

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80
drank Mayan Mist by Della Terra Teas
398 tasting notes

This tea had a scent of orange, cream, pepper, spice and dried orange peel combined with a faint woodiness that reminds me of myrh. The creaminess may come from the coconut. It tastes creamy orange woodiness followed by spice and a reference to sandalwood. The aftertaste is slightly powdery. This is a warming tea. Pleasant.

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69

Thanks Azzrian for sharing this sample with me.

It is a very decent tea, with a light tea base and good aromas of blackberry.
It makes the job without being exceptional nor complex.

I am still searching the perfect blackberry tea and moreover a perfect raspberry tea.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec
Barbara

Yes it’s so hard to find the perfect blackberry. Harneys & Sons also has one that sounds good. You haven’t tried that one yet by any chance, have you? I’d be interested in your opinion.

Ysaurella

no unfortunately didn’t but i want to try the Mariage Frères one

Ysaurella

and would love to taste this one as well :http://www.mariagefreres.com/boutique/UK/ft+framboise+T823.html

they are cheap, hope they are good !

Barbara

Hey, that may be something to consider!

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76

This tea didn’t taste like cough syrup to me or anything of the sort at all. It was quite tastey actually. Tasted lightly like blueberries. Just a LITTLE bit of cream flavor.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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100

MMmmmm sipdown of this tea. It will be missed until I place another order. I added some cream and sugar to this and it turned into a rich dessert tea. So delicious and creamy. Lovely candy-like lemon and lime flavors. Almost like a lemon\lime filling in pastries. All of the flavors came out and it’s amaazziiinnggg. Hopefully it will help my insomnia. I can’t sleep and I’m not sure why.

BrewTEAlly Sweet

I almost ordered this with my last order:/ But i got lime chiffon instead

KallieBoo!

I think it just tastes like they mixed the lemon and lime :]

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100

Having a BIG mug of this right now. My shoulder is killing me and I can’t sleep D: I can taste lemon and lime but I feel like it lost it’s creaminess. Which is sad. Maybe I used too little leaf this time. I can tell that it’s trying.. But it’s just not happening.. ugh..

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100

Oooohh my goodness gracious this tea smells amazing. It’s so tart and dessert like. The flavor isn’t as strong as I thought it was going to be. There is a nice citrus taste and the cream is a lovely touch. It really does taste like a liquid cream tart. I’m happy it’s a rooibos base. It just works really well.

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92

Sipdown! 830. The rest is off to Janelle :)

I do like this one, even though I don’t think it’s a favourite of others. It tastes a bit reminiscent of Blueberry Crumble, with a jumble of berry flavour dominant over the sweet crumbly flavour. Farewell, tasty tea!

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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92

Seriously, I can’t even begin to describe how incredibly berrylicious this tea is! AMAZING! Pure real blueberry/cranberry flavour is what I’m getting, and it’s way better than I would have imagined. I’m very picky about flavoured greens, and honestly wouldn’t have picked this one myself, I just jumped on it when Sil wanted to try it, and that was such a good decision :) This is pretty much the perfect hibiscus-free berry tea. I don’t frankly care if it’s artificially flavoured, because it is so good!

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec
Sil

Lol. Well glad you liked it :)

Tea Sipper

This is the last one of my Della Terra order I have yet to try… I should probably do that!

Kittenna

I was surprised!

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77
drank Honey & Spice by Della Terra Teas
54 tasting notes

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77
drank Honey & Spice by Della Terra Teas
54 tasting notes

I’ve been enjoying several cups of this courtesy of my sis, and it may have won me over to rooibos teas. Or at least flavored rooibos teas.

Em

Yay! I thought you would like it :)

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86
drank Lemon Chiffon by Della Terra Teas
63 tasting notes

Thanks Stephanie for the sample!

It a good tea. I’m a huge rooibos guy and I love the taste of lemon in all teas. The lemon in this guy didn’t “wow” me but it was there. It’s a mellow evening kind of tea. I prefer my Lemon Dreams I think at night, but this guy would work in a pinch no problem.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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92
drank Lemon Chiffon by Della Terra Teas
4641 tasting notes

Backlog:

Thank you to TeaEqualsBliss for sending me some of this tisane to try. I loved how good it smelled – it made me think of freshly baked lemon bars … and just remembering how good it smelled is making my mouth water.

Here is my full-length review of this tisane: http://sororiteasisters.com/2013/01/26/lemon-chiffon-from-della-terra-teas-2/

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75
drank S'mores by Della Terra Teas
508 tasting notes

I get graham crackers, then marshmallows, then chocolate, and, finally, black tea. This is S’mores in a cup and it’s simply awesome. Still have yet to try as a latte.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
Fjellrev

Ooh I just ordered this. You make me feel like I made the right choice. Are the marshmallows and such ultra sweet and make the liquor really murky? I hope it won’t be too much like many DT teas in that aspect.

CrowKettle

The melted marshmallow and chocolate make it a little oily looking, like how coconut tends to in tea, but it isn’t a scummy mess like Red Velvet Cake or Banana Bread.

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10

I’m thankful I put in all the work and made this on the stove with milk and honey as otherwise I don’t think I would like it at all. The rating is compared to other chais prepared in similar methods as after all the work, the tea was quite yummy. But how can something not be delicious when it contains milk and loads of honey? This tea though smelled strongly of coffee which is okay, I like coffee. But as it brewed I smelled a burnt taste and this was reflected in the tea. I suppose that is how dirty chai is supposed to taste? But this wasn’t for me.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 6 min, 0 sec

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87
drank Snow Fairy by Della Terra Teas
24 tasting notes

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58

Sipdown! 819. The rest is off to Janelle. (Also, I got to remove Cinnamon Crackle from my cupboard as well – yay!)

Anyhow, I just brewed up a half-cup of this today, and I think I underleafed (or understeeped), as the flavour’s a bit light. It does taste like pear, but there’s just an air of perfuminess that’s a bit too much for me to handle, and I seem to recall it being even worse when the tea was fresher. Probably a great tea for those who enjoy pear as well as floral teas.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 30 sec

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58

So apprehensive… yet another tea on the quest to find the perfect pear tea! Honestly, a black is not my base of choice, but Simpson & Vail did well with their pear-flavoured black tea, so I’m hopeful that this might be a contender.

The aroma of the brewed tea is of a bit of a floral pear; not quite what I’m looking for, but not necessarily bad either, as it is just the aroma. The sip, however, is clearly rather floral, but definitely tastes like pear, albeit a floral, fakey sort. There’s a bit of astringency from the base as well, but a drop in infusion time could probably remedy that.

This tea does have a fair bit of flavour, and it is tasty, but it’s too floral for me to really enjoy as a pear tea, and I want more of a realistic pear flavour. The search continues.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
Kashyap

if you like ‘pear’ scented/flavored black teas…I highly recommend the Pear Ginger from the Tao of Tea…its very balanced and uses natural flavors

darky

ok, had a good laugh i did read ‘the perfect Bear’ by della terra tea’s! after all the food debacle with the horse meat in europe on the news i tought tis was a tea prank :)

Kittenna

Thanks Kashyap – I’ll add that to my shopping list. The tea I had from S&V happened to be pear/ginger as well, and I do like ginger, so that sounds like it could be worth a shot if I can get my hands on some!

Darky – ewwwwwwwww lol. I’m so glad that DNA testing was done on hamburger meat from various local sources by my university, and EVERYTHING was found to be 100% beef (when it was supposed to be).

OMGsrsly

A local place carries TWO pear teas, but unfortunately they don’t do any online ordering. There’s an Asian Pear green, and a Bartlett rooibos. If you’re interested I could ask for samples, but you’d have to be OK with a fellow Steepster as a shipper. :) I can’t stand pear flavour, so any testing I did of them would be incredibly biased!

darky

kittena, so long that not is wrong with the horse meat (quality wise) i don’t mind eating horsemeat. Here in Belgium we eat it on a regular base but the labels on the packaging should be correct thats for sure. But i feel its a very big waste destroying or trowing away good food just because the type off meat is different… if it was contaminated with all kinds off weird stuff ok then its normal but now? :)

Kittenna

OMGsrsly – ooooh, I totally want details! I see you’re in Vancouver; depending on whereabouts the tea shop is, I could possibly have my aunt pick some sample up for me and send them as she lives in Burnaby. Not that I’d have any problem at all being sent samples from a fellow Steepster :D

Kittenna

darky – I think the biggest problem is mislabeling, and the fact that horses are not considered food here. I don’t personally think I could stomach it, even though I know it’s really very little different from beef or any other meat. Just like I don’t think I could eat dog or cat (though that’s a bit different, as they’re also carnivores, which we don’t typically consume meat from).

darky

its probably more off a ‘culture’ thing to tough eating dogs and cats is a whole different story then the horse thing because its more a ‘farm’ animal or how do i have to say it. anyway back to tea!

OMGsrsly

It’s Steam Tea House in Donald’s Market at Hastings and Nanaimo. They have a menu on Facebook, but no website and no ingredient listings. I think they’re pretty good at responding to questions, though. The black tea, being Asian Pear, is a lot more delicate and probably not the pear taste you’re looking for. Bartlett Rooibos smells… like ripe pears. Maybe like pear jelly beans? IDK. I’m trying to think of a way to describe the flavour without remembering what it smelled like.

Kittenna

Delicate pear taste is probably ok, as long as it’s not strangely floral.

And that’s actually really funny – unless I’m mistaken, I suspect I’ve actually been to that Donald’s Market (albeit not for a few years). And if it’s the one I’m thinking of, then it’s a quick walk from my aunt’s place. When I get the chance I’ll ask them a few questions and see about getting some samples! Unless my aunt is familiar with that tea shop already, I may request you to pick some stuff up for me, if that would be cool – I can send you things in return :D

OMGsrsly

Oh, that’s funny. :) Just a note, though – they’re sadly closed Thursdays.

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50

Sipdown! 817.

Yep, still a resounding “meh” from me regarding this one. It’s fruity (pineapple is dominant), and this time there isn’t any astringency, but it’s just nothing special at all.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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50

Guys…. there is corn in this tea! I had to do a double-take and check the ingredient list, but yep it’s there! Of course, as I was just thinking about that, it occurred to me that this tea is not a white, but a white/green blend, and I very well may have used much too hot of water for it :( Hopefully it isn’t ruined.

Anyhow, in addition to the corn, there are sizeable crystallized pineapple chunks, which add to the sweet, fruity aroma from both the dry and steeped tea. The cup actually smells quite pineapple-y fruity, kind of like… Mango ‘n Friends?? Or some DavidsTea with pineapple pieces. I can’t really recall.

The flavour is definitely a bit astringent, which I’ll blame on myself for the time being, and quite fruity/pineappley as expected. Unfortunately, the pineapple seems to be overwhelming any nice “tea” flavour that I might get from this blend, so it’s really coming off as a fruity, astringent herbal to me, which is kind of unfortunate. I can’t taste anything at all from the corn… it’s a bit gimmicky in my opinion, but perhaps something will come of it in the second infusion. I’m also not picking up the jasmine at all, although it could easily be disguised by the pineapple.

For now, I’m fairly unimpressed – there’s nothing wrong with this tea, but it’s nothing special and I’ll admit that I’m happy to be splitting a Try Me pack of it with Sil, because although I once thought I was a big fan of pineapple in blends, I apparently no longer am.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 0 sec
Sil

lol i see how it is…YAY i can make sil drink the rest of this icky tea :P

Indigobloom

I’ve seen this note three times in the feed now. Oh Steepster…

Kittenna

Uh oh, sorry Indigobloom! I’m pretty sure it’s only posted once?

And Sil – it’s not an icky tea. It’s pleasant and fruity…. but given the wide range of ingredients, I was definitely expecting more. According to my rating scale, a 50 means that it’s not for me, but I can see how others might like it, haha. I’m trying to readjust my ratings downwards, where they belong. So a 50 is pretty much a rating of indifference. I’m just happy that I don’t have to drink 4-5 cups of this, instead only 2-3! Or less if I share my portion with someone else, haha.

Indigobloom

bah. things show up double time on my feed, often (from everyone) but rarely in triplicate! this was new haha

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84

Sipdown! Despite spending… A year?! In a single-serving sample baggie, this tasted pretty darn good. I was too lazy to compare it with the other two, but I enjoy them all, and that’s good enough. This wasn’t fresh enough for it to be a valid comparison though. Yummy, creamy citrus. Mmmmmmm.

Amariel

This is one I am sort of toying getting a sample of, but me and lemongrass are hit and miss.

Kittenna

I know this is super belated, but this isn’t a tea where the lemongrass is overly noticeable, thankfully. I don’t seem to particularly like it when a tea actually tastes like lemongrass, for whatever reason.

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84

Trying another cup of this… too lazy to do a side-by-side-by-side with the other relevant teas tonight, but I left a single cup’s worth of this one so that I can do so maybe on Sunday.

This certainly tastes different from both the Lime Chiffon & Orange & Cream I’ve been drinking lately – I can taste a distinct lemon note – but I still feel like for the most part to me, it’s pretty much just a combination of Lemon and Lime Chiffon. To be honest, even without a direct comparison I’m 99% sure that my favourite of the lemon-limes is Lime Chiffon, because although I adore lemons, I prefer the flavour of limes. That said, all three of these teas (plus Orange & Cream) are wonderfully delicious, and especially after the discovery of their amazing cold-brewing properties, at least one of the four variants is likely to be in my cupboard at all times (particularly during the summer).

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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84

To be perfectly honest, I’m not entirely sure that this is much different from Lime Chiffon. In fact, I’m wondering if it’s a mixture of lemon and lime chiffon (I was wondering that before purchasing it as well). Either way, that means that it’s gently citrusy and creamy and quite delicious! My second cup will have to be alongside some Lemon/Lime Chiffon so I can see what the differences are, if any.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more
Sil

maaaaaan playing with new teas… so jealous

Indigobloom

I didn’t see this on the site, when did it come out. I was probably blindsided by the other teas haha

Kittenna

Haha Sil – I’m still dying to try the Lupicia ones, but want to split them fairly and not have things sit out for too long, so I haven’t even touched those yet! But I figured with the Della Terra ones, it’s easiest for me to drink my half and just give you the packets. I’ve weighed things out so I know how much your half should weigh when I’m finished! :D

Indigobloom – it was in “pre-orders” when we made our order, but it was listed on the site. Don’t be too worried though… you have half that 2oz. packet of Lime Chiffon, and personally I don’t see much, if any, difference.

Indigobloom

Mmmmm can’t wait for the lime chiffon! been craving the last few days :P

Sil

Not a problem kittenna….though you should be drinking your OLD samples…the space under your desk will thank you :p

Kittenna

I knowwwwww. I’m trying to split between old and new right now. And I’m definitely justifying trying these new ones just so I can give you the whole packet without having to split anything. And yes, I’m still awake. I’m writing my thesis :P

Sil

Haha that’s ok. I was out and about shortly after giving you a hard time. I got to spend the entire day today out…didn’t get much done in the way of shipping :( but I’ve picked up some treats for you, IB and raritea. Nothing super expensive but apparently I can buy for you guys but not my parents or Ian. Oh and if you we into beading…or children’s jewellery, you’d totally have scored big time today hahaha

Indigobloom

treats!!! :O

Kittenna

Yay, treats!!! :D I’m silly excited, haha.

whatshesaid

Hi! Just wondering if you got around to comparing this to the Lemon Chiffon? I’ve had the Lime Chiffon and i think i’d prefer lemon but the mix of both could be nice…. just curious :)

Kittenna

I have not! My apologies. I think momo has tried all three, so perhaps check her tea log? Unfortunately I don’t think I’ll get to it tonight, either, unless I drink a lot of tea :D But keep watch! Perhaps I’ll brew up three really small cups.

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74

Still not sold on marshmallow teas but this one was decent. I do like caramel so that was probably it. We all enjoyed it enough and second steep was good – I nearly always do 3 minute first steep and 4-5 minute second steeps for favored teas unless I find the second steep isn’t worthwhile.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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73
drank S'mores by Della Terra Teas
286 tasting notes

Finally finished off my sample of this tea.

It’s not that I don’t like it, it’s fine… I like the smokiness and the burnt kind of marshmallow-y flavor, and the graham cracker is perfect. But the smell reminds me of my farm, and I am finding more and more that Della Terra blends are very hit and miss for me. This one is a bit of a miss, but I appreciate why others might really enjoy it. It’s definitely s’mores-y.

Preparation
2 min, 30 sec

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