Della Terra Teas

Recent Tasting Notes

74

While others would be saddened by such a sip down, I am stoked! Too sweet for me. I wish it had a more prominent pineapple note.

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74

Having a morning cup of this with soy, because I’m in one of those stare-at-the-cupboard-and-can’t-figure-out-what-to-even-make kind of moods. Also, wanting to finish off the odds and ends before I move is another factor.

Still way too sweet for my liking, but I think I like it better than DT Red Velvet Cake. That tin keeps glaring at me every time I open my cupboard.

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74

Note to self: Drink this with soy milk. It puts a damper on the crazy sweetness.

I still don’t get pineapple but at least the soy milk morphs the vague sweetness into a cake-ier note. And the slight bitterness from the soy offsets the sugar explosion.

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74

My first order just arrived! I decided to go with this because I was oh so curious about this cake note everyone keeps talking about.

The dry leaf smells like… DT’s Red Velvet Cake. If you haven’t smelled that before, it is basically extra sweet, warm sugary cake with a a vat of frosting dumped on it. But almost to the point that it just smells like a sugary toothache. So, not a good thing after all.

This also tastes very similar. There is no pineapple to be had, unfortunately. I can at least taste the base in this blend more, and Pineapple Upside Down Cake lacks the oily film that DT’s has. It has a tiny bit of a film on top, but not nearly as much, most likely because there aren’t any sprinkles or white chocolate chips in here.

The aroma of the steeped tea is very tantalizing, though. The gooey sweetness has filled my entire bedroom. As a matter of fact, a while ago, I was trying to read an academic article for a paper while this was cooling, and I couldn’t for the life of me concentrate because it smelled so freakishly good. I had to drop what I was doing, come on Steepster, and talk about this.

PS: While I was brewing this up, my roommate asked me how/why the kitchen smelled like pancakes.

Tealizzy

I made a sample of this one for a friend in a ziplock bag and left it in my bedroom….smelled up the whole room, but it smelled delicious! Ha!

Fjellrev

It’s crazy how strong it is. I finished my cup half-an-hour ago and I still smell it haha.

Tealizzy

Haha! Yum!!

Kittenna

Yeah, I love having some of this brewed up because I keep getting amazingly delicious whiffs of sweet caramel. Same deal with Red Velvet Cake.

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100

Sipdown tea #1!
Finished this lovely sample off. I LOVE the aroma of this one. It made me hungry :]

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100

Thank you yappychappy!! I love the smell of this one. Like lemons and cream :] I am really in the mood for something sweet and this was perfect. It’s so smooth and creamy. I feel like I’m drinking a lemon cookie. YUMMMMMMM

MissLena

This tea is the best, probably my favorite rooibos so far :)

KallieBoo!

I like the Lemon Lime Cream Tart :] But I like this one becuase it tastes like cookies :P

MissLena

I have some of that on its way to me along with the lime chiffon too hehe so I will compare them all :D I will probably love them all and not know what ones to re-order though haha

yappychappy

I LOVE this stuff! Glad you did too!

Lariel of Lórien

I know, wish I had more.

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29

I don’t know if I necessarily enjoy drinking smoked pinewood tea. I mean its okay. I can see why people would enjoy it.. I can also see why people use it with steak marinades.. Idk.. I’m trying to like this.. I don’t think I do though. And I don’t think I’ll make a mission of it like pu`erh to like it because that I understood why people like it more. This.. meh.. idk.. not a fan. Rating based on User preference not in comparison to other lapsangs

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 30 sec
Kasumi no Chajin

While I am very glad I got to try a LS….simply due to it being a classic tea, I did not fall in love with it either. I might try it in BBQ some day.

seule771

Prior to deciding which teas I will limit myself to reviewing; I did try all sorts of teas:black, oolong, green, white, pu-erh’s etc.; I did not get to try Lapsang Souchong because I knew it would be too strong for my palate, unless dousing it with milk and sugar. I don’t do that. It is a good tea for boiling eggs with and leeks and such; and those favoring that darken rice with mushroom flavor might try using the tea as base for boiling the rice.
No one is asking; only a suggestion.

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85

Sip down! Yeh!!!

Had a weird day so far. After my first cup of tea, I was about to make something stronger, but I had to go out for lunch. Had sushi and drank some genmaicha that was more rice and popcorn than tea. Finally home for a bit to have tea! yay!

Nice, tangy strawberry and creamy tea! yum! Now off to get ready for jiujitsu – there’s a special memorial and open mat tonight, as one of our black belts passed away last week.

Preparation
160 °F / 71 °C 1 min, 45 sec
Chelle

Hmmmmm, I’m looking for a good strawberry tea.

Awkward Soul / Oolong Owl

This one is good and so is Lupicia’s Strawberry and Vanilla. Lupicia’s Champagne Rose is also another good one. Those 3 are all pretty candy tasting. A good less candy tasting strawberry would be Butiki’s Strawberry Oolong.

Chelle

Thanks! I have yet to try a Lupicia order! Might be soon.

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85

Okay – I noticed on Della Terra site, it referenced a lower water temperature than what said on my package. I contacted them and they confirmed to do as per website instructions – 158 – 167°F

I totally noticed the difference between 175 and 160F steepings. The higher temp has less creamy and more vegetal and bitterness, whereas the 160F is more creamy and not bitter.

Overall, a nice creamy, tangy tea with a great mix of bases – the buttery green with a juicy white tea. I like this a little more than Lupicia’s Strawberry & Vanilla as the flavoring tastes more natural and has a better base, but Lupicia is more forgiving and easier to steep.

Full blog post review on my blog, The Oolong owl http://oolongowl.wordpress.com/2013/03/05/strawberries-cream-from-della-terra-teas-tea-review/

Preparation
160 °F / 71 °C 2 min, 0 sec
Stephanie

This one sounds delish!

Alphakitty

This is the second review I’ve seen saying that this is better than Lupicia’s, which I am totally in love with so now I am even MORE excited to try this one!

OMGsrsly

Oh, good to know! I think this is one I ordered, and I really dislike bitter teas.

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87

This smells like a mix of winter baking and a summery pina colada, a sort of oxymoron of tea flavors. I was intrigued but a little unsure of how it would go together. Quite well, it turns out. It tastes like a walnutty caramel cake, but a light, fresh version if that makes any sense. It’s not as sweet as it smells, which is nice because it works both as a green tea with just a little oomph, or more of a dessert tea if sweetened. The green tea base works perfectly to complement the flavors without overpowering them. The pineapple has disappeared and the coconut is barely noticeable in the background; I think I only pick up on it because I know it’s there, but it smooths out the tea nicely. Considering I’ve already gone through two large mugs of this and it’s only been twenty minutes, I’d say it’s a hit.

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81

I have no idea why this wasn’t a tea I chose when I ordered three sample packs from DT, since chocolate raspberry is entirely my thing… but thanks to Starfevre, I get to try it anyway. Maybe I just didn’t want to try all their chocolate teas at the time, or they had other teas I’d rather try like the oatmeal cookie. This doesn’t have too much flavor. I’d say the very sweet raspberry flavor is the strongest, rather than the black tea or the chocolate. I expect not to taste the black tea with DT though! I think I’m picking DT’s black teas when I want a black tea but not so much caffeine. But maybe I’m assuming it has less caffeine since the black tea isn’t as strong? This is nice, but I’d prefer more flavor!

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76

Revisited this one earlier, based on the dry smell (oh, god! Medicine! Cough syrup! Rooibos! Blehhhh!), I was sure I’d loathe it.

In fact, I was questioning how the me from before would a) ever love this and b) bought not one but TWO 1oz bags.

Thankfully, the taste isn’t QUITE as medicinal and rooibos saturated as the smell.

It’s creamy and blueberry and I’m thinking the addition of black tea helped mask the rooibos.

Sure don’t need two bags but keeping one around isn’t so bad!
Definitely not a 93 though! The Me from right now is adjusting that rating.

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76

Edited to add: This is my 25th tasting note! :)

Thanks again to Jackie T for another sample!!
I am pretty excited for this one, it smells really good dry and I am a fan of Davidstea Blueberry Jam, adding a creamy note would be just up my alley. I am wondering about the rooibos but hoping the black tea and flavours mask that a bit as I don’t love a noticeable rooibos taste.

It smells equally tasty brewed up in my mug so here I go…….

Yum! I mean YUM!! Wow it tastes just like a blueberry turnover or something. With custard. Della Terra you will be getting another order from this girl next time you have a sale! I love this. I can barely taste the rooibos, it is complementary to everything else which is how I like it.
Blueberry jam donut! I need more of this immediately!

Jackie T

This is one I rarely drink and you’re making me want a cup so badly!!

whatshesaid

I can smell it through the ziploc bag and I need another cup!!

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82

This is nice, just strawberry enough to be sweet but not overwhelmingly fruity. The scent is nice, and as someone who’s not terribly fond of Green teas in general, this one is an exception to the rule. I got it as a free sample with an order and its the one I reordered.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 7 min, 30 sec

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86

Dry: Smells very strongly of chocolate
Brewed: Tastes strongly of creamy chocolate with this idk how to describe it flavor.. I suppose its the white tea base the tea just has this complex flavor to it that is just delicious.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 30 sec
Kittenna

Yeah, I really enjoyed this one and felt like the white base coming through really worked :)

yappychappy

the white base /really/ came through and made the tea quite amazing.

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7

Smokey chocolaty bergemont oily TERRIBLE earl grey tea

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec
Terri HarpLady

honesty is the best policy, I always say :)

yappychappy

Its like they used lapsong in it. The smoky taste was ridiculous.

Claire

I wonder if it got contaminated in storage or shipping?

Kittenna

I’m positive there’s lapsang in it. I actually found it to be absolutely delicious, but to anyone without a taste for smoke, I imagine it’s not wonderful. I didn’t find mine to be oily though, but IIRC, there were little thingies (candies?) that dissolve in this one, and I find them to leave scum sometimes, which is less than pleasant.

Emily M

Yeah, like Kittenna said, if there were candies in it the tea tends to get a little bit of a film on it and can be a little oily feeling. That’s the main reason why I don’t order too many Della Terra teas… they like sprinkles a lot. I’m not a huge fan of that, though I can drink them from time to time.

Emily M

Sorry you had a bad tea experience!

yappychappy

I tend to avoid the candied teas from della terra. or rather, i tend to try them and not like them seeing as i’ve had all of their teas. this one was just terrible though. i’m not the only one who commented on it being super smokey so not thinking was contaminated.. was just terrible.

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70

Got this one in my custom try me pack a while back and am just now getting to it.
As soon as I opened the package I wanted to eat the tea! It smells so good! I get pumpkin pie, but more than that I am getting a nice loaf of pumpkin bread, which is one of my favorite things about the Thanksgiving season. Yum! It’s spicy, pumpkin-y, and sweet smelling.
Once brewed the black base came out more. It still smelled like spice and pumpkin (even the pumpkin bread smell remained), but it wasn’t quite as strong.

Taste: I’m getting a lot of pumpkin in here, and a fair amount of cinnamon, though I think it could be enhanced. It tastes like a pumpkin spice tea, though not sure about the pie part (or the delicious pumpkin bread I smelled!). I am picking up a hint of a nutmeg-esque taste, though I think that, too, could be a little stronger. The black tea base is very light, only popping through here and there. I think it’s a tasty tea, but I feel like it’s lacking somewhere; maybe the spicing? I think I’d like a bit more of the cinnamon/nutmeg combo. I also think having a black tea base with a baked-goods aspect to it would benefit this tea (some black teas I’ve had give off this wonderful taste and I think it would be perfect for anything that’s supposed to taste like a baked good). Here, the black tea falls a bit flat. In the past I would have liked this, but lately I’ve come to appreciate pure black tea and all the wonderful flavor profiles they can have. The mouthfeel is smooth, but I wouldn’t say creamy.
There is also a bit of an artificial taste that I don’t care for at points in the sip. Maybe this is from the pumpkin candies? Or maybe the flavoring is artificial… I don’t remember if it’s natural or not. Whatever it is, it’s not totally over the top, but I’m still detecting it.

I have enough left of this sample to have another cup, so I may try adding a little sugar and milk to see what I get.

Overall I think this tea is decent. Is it perfect? No. I think there are a few things that could be improved. Is it awful? No. I think some things are well done. To me, this is a blend that hasn’t found its sweet spot yet. I think a little more balance is needed. I wouldn’t discard or refuse this if it was given to me, but it isn’t what I’d call a permanent cupboard dweller. Now, if it tasted more like it smelled: YUM! Maybe every once in awhile I’d pick up a sample size.

I’ll update once I try this with milk and sugar.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 30 sec

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65

I definitely taste chocolate, but I find the orange to be lacking. The tea has very generous chunks of orange, so I expected more the flavor to come through. Overall, a pretty decent chocolate tea but nothing special.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec

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80
drank Professor Grey by Della Terra Teas
2664 tasting notes

Yum, thanks to Janelle I had a nice cup of this while at the boy’s place this weekend! Still enjoyed it, although it wasn’t as smoky as I remembered. Not a fan of the sprinkles though; that’s the only downside.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec

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80
drank Professor Grey by Della Terra Teas
2664 tasting notes

I decided that one of my travel mugs, which has a bit of a funky smell to it anyways (not sure why, need to pick up some denture tablets or something, perhaps), is now going to be for strongly-flavoured teas. Minty ones, chais, and smoky teas that I previously wouldn’t let myself contaminate a mug with. So, I got to take this along to the boyfriend’s mom’s place yesterday, and drink it instead of a beer. Excellent :D

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
Indigobloom

beer avoidance, nice! LOL

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80
drank Professor Grey by Della Terra Teas
2664 tasting notes

Ok, so I’m one of those people whose ears perked up when they heard complaints that this tea tasted smoky…. because I like smoky tea! And what did I purchase in one of my post-Christmas Della Terra orders? A Try Me pack of this tea!! :D

Upon opening the packet of tea, it definitely smells smoky. Of course, my tastebuds started watering…

Awwwww yeeaaaah! This is great! Guys, if you have a sample of this and don’t like it…. waves This is delicious! Like a smoky cream earl grey. Nuts, I would have probably picked up more of this had I known (or maybe I did… Steepster is down right now so I can’t check the tea description, so perhaps it’s even listed as a smoky EGC. Either way, yeah, this is really lovely. The smoke isn’t harsh, probably tempered by the cream, and the bergamot is subtle enough that I think even a bergamot-hater like Sil might find this enjoyable. :P Either way, I’m really dying to read all the other reviews on this and see if I’m the first person to write a positive review… because I can see anyone who likes smoky flavours enjoying this tea!

[Hmmm… I see that there’s supposed to be chocolate here? And no mention of smoke? How very odd.]

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
momo

bahhh I have an ounce I haven’t opened and I didn’t realize the complaints about it were about smoke.

Tealizzy

Okay, I guess I just don’t like smoky teas, but also, I hate it when expectations aren’t met, and they didn’t say anything about it being smoky! Anyway, I was going to see if a coworker liked it. If not, I’d be up for a swap!

Sil

hmmmm…….

Alphakitty

Mine is really smoky too, and no chocolate—but honestly, I really like smokey teas I was kind of happy about it!

Kittenna

momo – if you try yours and it’s smoky (I’m not sure if it’s a batch issue or something, as I definitely saw reviews that didn’t mention smokiness, and to me if was blatantly obvious in my batch), I’m probably a willing recipient of it.

Tealizzy – give it a shot with your coworker (I love milk & sugar with my smoky teas, though I found this one didn’t need it), and if that’s a bust, let me know :)

Tealizzy

Will do! :)

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90

What a great way to end my day started with an amazing Verdant black tea which was followed by lots of meh tea. Tastes amazing. Unfortunately don’t have muc of it which forced me to place an immediate order. Flavored rooibos for night time is amazing.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec
Lariel of Lórien

It’s an awesome tea for all seasons.

yappychappy

This stuff is so good. omg

Tealizzy

Dang it! I thought about that one in the order I placed Saturday, but I didn’t get it. Shopping list!

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