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Got my Della Terra order in today! I had mentioned that I was interested in the Peach Oolong in a discussion, and I received it as a sample! I don’t know if that was a coincidence, but I really appreciate it.
This is the first one I decided to try. It smells minty in the bag, but after being steeped there’s not much mint at all. I can taste the creaminess, but not much mint or chocolate. I added some sugar, which really helped quite a bit. I feel like this would be really good with milk, but I don’t have any :( I think I might steep for longer next time, since the range on the bag is 2-5 minutes.
Tea break! I’ve been trying to force myself to use CLEANING THINGS as a coping skill for my stress and anxiety rather than avoidance and misery… it’s going okay so far, but I’m only an hour in. (Which is totally time for a break!)
I haven’t had this tea in a long time, and it’s one of my faves.
I know a lot of people are upset with this one because it’s smokey, but honestly, I have to say that I enjoy it. I wasn’t sure at first, but now that I’m revisiting it, I’m definitely liking it. I’m a little disappointed that it isn’t what I expected, but I do enjoy it for what it is.
I decided to try it with milk this time, to see if it brought the chocolate out any more. The red sprinkles make the milk look really odd. There’s a faint bergamot, with the smokey flavor upfront. There’s definitely more of a creamy milk chocolate flavor that I couldn’t taste much without the milk. I still don’t recommend it to anyone who doesn’t like smokey teas, but I’m really enjoying this one now.
Hmm, so this is an interesting one. I’m not sure if I like it or not yet. In the bag, I could smell plenty of milk chocolate and a bit of a bergamoty smell. However, it didn’t really taste like that. The chocolate was there, but the very first thing I thought when tasting it was that it tasted like somebody took the orange out of Davidsteas Chocolate Orange Puerh. I haven’t had a chocolate puerh, but I would imagine it tasting just like this. Now don’t misunderstand, it wasn’t bad. It just wasn’t what I was expecting. Perhaps chocolate does weird things with bergamot? I did brew this in my travel mug, so I will have to try it normally and make sure there wasn’t any contamination, though I really don’t think there was.
SIPDOWN! I’m going to try to around 84 teas before my two orders arrive haha. So I am cold brewing this in the fridge currently, will try it after a few days. I loved this tea hot, so I am excited to try it cold, and will probably order a bit more of it when I place my next Della Terra order. Not for a while though! Although the new teas look quite yummy! Salted Caramel and Root Beer! :D I will hold off though. Wayyyy too much tea on the way. See previous notes on this tea :)
Last day of my undergrad degree today! Whoop! Unfortunately I am in super freak out mode, our big presentation is tomo and we haven’t rehearsed/finished it yet… Gahhhh. Hope we get it done! Anyways, i oversteeped this tea today by 2 minutes, but it’s not bad. Comfort teas will be in order tonight to attempt to relax for tomorrow. See previous notes on this tea.
ETA – speaking of comfort teas, i see that my 52 teas was out for delivery today!! That also means my whispering Pines shouldn’t be too far behind, as I ordered it before the other. Hope it’s there when I get home!
This is in my mug today. Love it!! So fruity and fresh and tasty and i just really like green rooibos lol. I currently have a nice full shopping cart including 2 oz of this tea sitting, waiting for me to break down. Sigh. Della terra has such good deals! Must. Resist. Lol, see previous notes on this tea :)
This tea is soo tasty! I think I have determined that I prefer green rooibos teas, whether blended with mate or red rooibos, doesn’t matter, for my morning cup. It also does ok in the travel mug, which I probably why I like it. This one is so fresh and springy! I should have ordered a lot more of this and less of the peach apricot one by Della terra (still have to make a note on that one I think). I think I will order more of this anyways, I am loving it, especially the lychee flavor that is somehow present, even though not in the ingredients lol. See previous notes!
Another from my try me pack. I love finding new green rooibos blends! The dry and steeped smell was very much the same, a juicy, tropical fruitiness that I just could not place. I went on steepster and read the other review, yes!! That’s what it is! LYCHEE. It reminds me of SoHo. I don’t get very much peach in the aroma, just pure lychee, hm I wonder if cactus flowers smell like that? It smelled delicious, anyways!
I am sad that I am first trying this in a travel mug, because it usually is mean to green rooibos blends. This tastes very smooth, once again lychee! It’s a bit light, but very fresh and yummy. The green rooibos goes well with the flavor, even if it’s a tad overpowering. It could just be my travel mug though. But I quite like this.
Overall, this is a really good green rooibos blend. I could see myself drinking this and green and fruity as staple green rooibos teas. Another tea that embodies the essence of spring! A welcome thought on this really cold day here. Also might have to pick up some SoHo liqueur and make a summery drink with this!
Sipdown, 186. Cold brew.
This one really shines as a cold brew. Of course I also have come to realize that I really like cold brew apple teas. Anyway, to me this tastes even more like dried apple chips, and it is much less cinnamony overall. It was also super pretty in the glass bottle, where you could see the shimmeries all throughout the tea. When I brewed it hot the shimmeries looked like a oil sheen on the top of the cup, but here they were gorgeous. And it was very appley and sweet with a hint of tartness. I really enjoyed this one as a cold brew!
Got this in a swap with Tea Sipper, thanks! Interesting that this is caramel AND candy apple… usually they are two different things, not the same, lol. This has large chunks of apple in it, which looked good, but I am not really digging the oily sheen left on top of the tea after steeping. I keep getting wafts of the scent of dried apple chips, which isn’t too surprising I guess, and when I really smell the cup I get a more powerful aroma of cinnamon dried apple chips.
In the flavor I am definitely getting the sweetness of a candy apple, but by and large it is mostly dried apple chips, which are usually very sweet on their own. There’s also a tartness to the aftertaste that also reminds me of apple chips. No caramel to speak of, and a non-present black base (but that wasn’t a surprise). I am kind of surprised as I have had other apple teas with dried apple in them and I don’t get the same sensation, possibly because there is a difference between soft-dried apple rings/chunks and hard-dried apple chips, skin and all.
I’m actually really enjoying this tea, which surprises me. My rating keeps creeping up. I don’t think it’s successful as a caramel OR candy apple tea (and not together for sure), but as an apple tea? Sure! I love those apple chips and now I want a bag of them.
Need caffeine that also feels like a sugar rush this morning since I’m up early for some reason and I have to get to work work work on the python course I’m taking. I love this tea a lot. It’s always a good eeeease into the day tea.
In other newsss, I bought a nice jug yesterday with the fruit/tea infusers & the ice thinger for my cold brewing. I have a mango black tea in there (Murchies and one of my least faves brewed hot, but it’s reaally nice cold. There’s a few in my collection I can’t wait to try cold. Now that I don’t have to try to pour from an old pickle jar :P or use a saucer as a lid to my french press. JUGS. SO HANDY!)
My friend had a cup of this yesterday when she was over, so I stuck the leaves in the fridge until a few hrs ago to see how cold brewing would turn out. I didn’t use a teabag this time, just the leaves in the giant mug with a covering on top. The flavor was mild, then I added some sugar and there’s quite a bit of strawberry flavor coming out! This will be delicious in the summer, I think I will hold off on cold brewing for a while here, it’s just too cold outside for it. But come summer, yes, this will hit the spot perfectly.
New tea #4! Another from the try me pack. This smells like a strawberry milkshake to me when I opened the bag, quite sweet and creamy. I steeped for about 2 minutes, and the water temp was either 175 or lower, I’m not sure, my kettle was set to hold at 175 but it hadn’t started up for a while. The steeped smell is like a candy strawberry, sweet and tangy.
As for the taste, this is very light and fresh. I get a nice green tea flavor, and the aftertaste is tangy strawberry, a bit candy like rather than fresh berry, but the tang makes it a more realistic. As it cools, the bit of creaminess is coming out more. I will probably steep at an even lower temperature in the future to try to coax out a bit more cream, but I had lots of creamy teas already today, so I’m ok with the freshness of this one.
Overall, this is a very nice mellow green/white blend with a strawberry tang. It is enjoyable, I prefer this green blend better than the Jasmint by Della Terra, it’s not quite as bitter to me. Maybe the temperature played a factor in the other as well? Anyways, this is light, sweet, and fresh. A very nice spring tea. Not sure if I will re-order, but I will see if that status changes by the time I finish my little bag :P
When I first opened the bag and smelled the tea, Wow! Strong chocolate and mint. This is another tea I love for the aroma, it’s so delicious. Also appealing is the dry tea: the chocolate chips, forest green mint leaves, and the little candy shamrocks. To be honest, I bought this tea because of the picture. I took a good gamble in the end! The aroma of the steeped tea is similar to that of the leaves. The liquor – dark reddish brown – oh my gosh it’s so good. The mint and vanilla wonderfully complements the chocolate, which is not (of course) artificial tasting. This chocolate-mint tea is yummy!
I’m a cup away from a sipdown on my Lemon Chiffon, but this one was yelling out to me tonight. Maybe because it’s a bit fresher and a bit different flavor than the lemon. Anyways, having a delicious cup right now. Della Terra rooibos’ rock my socks off!! See previous notes on this delicious tea!