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67

There’s lavender in this tea! Its even in the picture! But not in the ingredients. Which I do NOT like one bit. With that said, I didn’t even tell my brother but he tasted it and immediately said “honestly. this tastes like soap” and while I enjoyed the tea I could see where he was coming from. Why is there lavender? Why? Its BERRY. So weird. steeped for 1.5 minute first infusion and 3 minutes second.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 1 min, 30 sec
Kittenna

Odd. I neither noticed nor tasted the lavender (but wasn’t looking for it so it easily could have been in there). Will have to pay more attention next time.

yappychappy

There are blue flowers in it!

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72
drank S'mores by Della Terra Teas
224 tasting notes

This is pretty good, much better than I was expecting since actual pieces of graham crackers in a tea caused a few strange looks. I definitely get the marshmallow and a little bit of the chocolate, but not the graham crackers so much. Not as sweet as I was thinking it would be, so I added a bit of sugar and it was much better.
Next time I might try this with a little cream too, possibly add in a bit of Adagio’s Chocolate Chip to see if I can boost the chocolate flavor.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 30 sec

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90

Another rooibos blend that I was surprised to find I like. Except this one really made me laugh! I’ve been struggling with math homework all day and thought I was seeing things. Green tea?!! Wayyy too many quadratic equations = me going crazy, haha! Once I checked some other reviews and realized that yes, this tea is in fact supposed to be green I calmed down. I like that this tea doesn’t taste like rooibos at all. I’m not getting any of that funny aftertaste at all, just a perfect, light fruitiness. I added a little milk and sweetener and it’s so nice and creamy. The main fruit flavor that I can taste is pineapple, but there’s an overall tropical fruitiness that is making me happy. Thanks KittyLovesTea for a sample of this fun tea!

-Dry blend has small pieces of brown, green and yellow rooibos with orange and black cat sprinkles.
-Dry blend smells sweet and fruity. Tea liquor aroma is tropical and fruity.
-Tea liquor is a thick dark green color with an oily sheen on top.
-Light rooibos and fruit flavor with a pineapple finish.
-Best with sweetener. Milk optional.
-Very good tea. A creamy and lightly fruity cup. No rooibos aftertaste.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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82

This is the first I’ve tried this since Spring. I’ve also had a couple other maple teas. This does smell really good. It has a nice flavour too. I added a little vanilla. (Would be good with scones)

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82

Since it is now the Spring Equinox… I’m not having Autumn tea.

I really like the maple aroma of this. The flavour reminds me of these maple brown sugar candies. Now I wonder how it is with vanilla.

Thanks to yappychappy for this.

Lariel of Lórien

I mean… why not have Autumn tea.

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85

Chocolatey sipdown!

Once in a while I crave hot chocolate, but hate that sugar-coated-teeth feeling you get afterwards. But it looks like I’ve found a replacement!

I agree with others that this is not as interesting as their other blends, but sometimes a girl just wants chocolate. Like simple, straight up, get-that-strawberry-off-my-cake chocolate. On its own it was sweet and chocolatey, and adding milk made it creamy but mellowed out the chocolate flavor a bit. Both were tasty in their own ways. I’ll probably wait till later in the year to restock this, cause today is the first official day of spring! (although the weather seems like it didn’t get the memo)

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85

Tragic evening. I skipped brazilian jiujitsu because I was feeling icky.. and Ronda Rousey was in class today. WHYYYYY!??!!! cry

/sips cold steeped Rabbits Garden to feel better

Preparation
Iced
I ♥ NewYorkCiTEA

Who is Ronda Rousey?

Oolong Owl

Oh, she’s the UFC Women’s Bantam Weight champ. Also a US Olympic medalist in Judo.

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85

OMG THIS TEA HAD CORN, PEAS, CARROTS AND PEACHES! I have no fear in trying this tea! (though, in the back of my mind I was worried this would taste like veggie broth). Benson, my holland lop, will be very angry if I didn’t buy rabbit themed tea!

Hot, this tea is quite light tasting that is slightly peachy, with lots of buttery vegetal flavors going on. The corn adds some interesting body to to this tea that I’m not sure if I like or not. It’s kinda weird. Sweetened, it really tastes like corn. Weird.

However, cold steeped is where this tea is at! 2 hours in the fridge = magic! The light Rabbit Garden tea becomes this full flavor garden of super peachy and sugar snap peas deliciousness!

Really hard for me to put a number rating on this tea. Hot, it is okay – really light though. Cold steeped is amazing! I will cold steep the rest of my 1oz stash!

Full review on my blog, the Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.wordpress.com/2013/03/20/a-rabbits-garden-from-della-terra-teas-tea-review/

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more
Stephanie

Yum, I have been very interested in this one!

Kittenna

I think I’ll be picking up a sample size of this one, to split. I’m curious, but… yeaaaahhh…

bookshark

I’ll have to give this another shot and try it cold-brewed! Thanks for the tip.

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67

I thought I loved Whoppers (the malt chocolate balls, not the burgers…I love those too though) , but maybe I don’t love them enough to drink a whopper flavoured tea. I’ve had this twice now, once with milk. It’s VERY malty. Very chocolatey and very malty. I enjoy it, but not sure I needed a 2 oz bag!! So fresh it almost looks wet in the bag. Smells really good, just possibly TOO malty for me. That’s not going to stop me from drinking it though!

Edit to add – It’s almost a little bit BITTER. That was my second steep. I assume it’s the malt flavoring making it bitter rather than the tea base (because I also assume that DellaTerra probably uses the same black tea for all their blends??) but yeah. Definitely not my favourite offering from DellaTerra. Still decent though. Bumping my rating DOWN some because of this new revelation. In the interest of full disclosure, I had eaten a maple sugar sucker a bit beforehand. I still think the tea was bitter though, there was something off tasting about it even the first time I tried it, now I have pinpointed it!

Emilie

For some reason, I’ve never really been quite sure what malt flavor tastes like. I know I’ve had malty things, but I’m just not sure what malt is!

Shmiracles

when i lived in florida and we’d go to this tiny nothin of a shake shack i would would get the same thing every time. a small malted peanut butter milkshake.
i can’t wait to try my sample pouch that just arrived! Mmmmm

whatshesaid

I don’t even know how to describe what malt tastes like, aside from a whopper. Try this and I promise you will know!

I have ever had malted anything in my life !

Interested to know what you think!

Cavocorax

That’s too bad you didn’t like it. :| I like Whoppers and that was enough for me to add it to my order list, but I should probably stick with 1 oz TO BE SAFE.

I think your recent reviews are partly responsible for my craving to order from DTT. :P

whatshesaid

Hey well I hope you like it!! DellaTerra is awesome, I really love their fun desserty teas, given how sweet all of my teeth are ;)

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100

The PINNACLE of delectable teas. The gooey-est, butteriest, most fantastic tea I’ve ever had the pleasure of trying. THE PERFECT TEA. This is the only tea I’ve ever had that I’ll give a complete 100 rating for! This is my first tasting note for Pineapple Upside Down Cake but NOT the first time I’ve had this tea. I’ve had this tea many, many times before! I’m rambling because I can’t say enough good things about this tea. Perfect 100!

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 30 sec

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78

Stargate sipdown! This smells really nice and minty. The flavour reminds me of those mint chocolates that come out in Winter time, but not as strong.

Thanks yappychappy for sending me this.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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67

I’m surprised I’m the first to log this one. The pressure’s on! ;)

First off, before I say anything else, I should confess: I’m a grapefruit fanatic. I love them far more than a human being should love fruit. Before you’re ready to commit me, let me explain. (Bear with me, the review is below)

I grew up in San Diego, CA, but thanks to my dad’s job, we moved to the East Coast. One thing I miss most about CA (besides the weather and palm trees in my front yard, and I mean the happy palm trees, not the barely breathing cotton-swab-looking ones of FL and Los Angeles) – is the fresh fruit. Fresh pineapple, strawberries. And fresh grapefruit. I still remember the first grapefruit my mother and I shared when we landed – reluctantly – in Maryland – it was horrid. Bitter, tear-inducing. We both threw tantrums and demanded Dad to move us back. It didn’t work.

Now I’m used to the East Coast grapefruit – I had to be. I still love it, and the one time I revisited San Diego I loaded up on my fresh fruit. Like fresh pineapple on pizza – how delish!

Anyway, I’m very biased about grapefruit, so I may have rated this lower than it deserves.

On to the review: I’m not in favor of the flavor. The grapefruit taste is far too light, and the citrus fusion is…lacking. I’ve loved most teas from Della Terra Teas, so one dud out of the bunch isn’t bad.

This was from the custom try-me pack, and I’m glad I just bought that small amount. It won’t go to waste and my wallet is happier without this purchase.

Time to enjoy some Blueberry Crumble or Rabbit’s Garden or quite frankly anything else from Della Terra.

But even Della Terra’s worst tea (IMO) isn’t as bad as some offerings from Adagio and David’s Tea, among others. That says something, right?

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90

I just love this fragrant, dessert cuppa!

Enjoying a cuppa while I’m catching up on my emails. I love my job and it’s awesome when I can be here AND not in pain, so I celebrated with a cup of this! It’s really a breakfast treat in liquid form! :)

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90

This tastes just like the homemade blueberry crumble cake my grandma makes – one I’m hoping she’ll have on tap when I visit her and my grandpa in the coming weeks.

There isn’t a lot of blueberry flavor, just a hint of berry. But I can taste the cinnamon and cake-y part of the cuppa long after my sip is completed.

I really like black and green tea blends, but this tastes and looks more like a green to me. No worries, though, it tastes just fabulous.

Wonder what this would be like cold brewed? I purchased this in a custom try-me-pack (love those, Della Terra Teas!) but I think I may purchase this one outright in the future. Actually, maybe I’ll bring it with me to visit my grandparents.

How successful have you been, Steepsterites, with plane travel and loose teas? Any tips? Should I just send a box to my grandparents instead?

Sil

no issues here with travelling on the plane and bringing tea. I usually have enough for a cup on the plane if it’s a longer flight and then toss the rest into my suitcase. Sometimes it’s been sealed, other times, not at all.

Dinosara

Yeah they shouldn’t give it a second glance at the airport. I’ve never run into any problems (and I fly a lot).

KeenTeaThyme

@Sil & Dinosara – thanks! I was worried they would think it’s drugs or something. Not that I planned to just throw it in my bag in a zippered plastic bag or something. I’ll use tins.

I’ve never flown with tea before… I’m also a wimp about flying so a cuppa mid-flight will calm me.

Also, it’s not a long flight – less than two hours. Like I said, wimp!

Sil

just remember the tea may taste different because of the altitude heh

Ellyn

I have also had no trouble traveling with tea!

Dinosara

Yeah you may want to bring a green or oolong for the flight itself. The hot water on the plane will not be boiling (because of the altitude), so black tea might be really weak but it should be better for a green.

KeenTeaThyme

I’ll opt for green tea to be safe. Thanks for the words of wisdom! :)

momo

I had tea in tins and they wanted to look at them, there’s a small chance you get bothered about it but they won’t take it.

No Time Like Tea Time

Blueberry crumble sounds amazing, mouth is watering! haha

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95

Ohhh, yeah. This is amazing. It tastes exactly like an oatmeal raisin cookie. I have no suggestions for improvement. I told one of my friends that I had Oatmeal Raisin Cookie tea this morning and she said, “You are spoiled!” Indeed!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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83

I thought this tea was delicious. It smelled amazing and was really fun to scoop into my teamaker, because of all the moist chunks of pineapple and cherry in the blend.

However, when I drank the tea, while it was wonderful, I didn’t get the pineapple flavor or the cherry flavor. Neither did my partner. We both agreed that we got a hint of maple and a strong taste of brown sugar. So while I definitely got the “crumble” part of the upside-down cake flavor, I didn’t get the actual fruity part. Either way, I enjoyed this tea and will perhaps experiment with time and temp to see if I can’t get that fruitiness to come out.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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66
drank Hearts & Roses by Della Terra Teas
332 tasting notes

It looks like my opinion of this hasn’t changed much since my last try. It’s mostly chocolate and tea. While it tastes good, it’s not what I was expecting or wanting. This would be a nice chocolate tea, but I was expecting other flavors as well. I have about a cups worth of this left, so I should be finishing it off soon. I enjoyed it, but I wouldn’t get more.

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66
drank Hearts & Roses by Della Terra Teas
332 tasting notes

A sample in my order that just got in today! I have to read through a bunch of Greek tragedies to prepare for my test, so I wanted something to keep me awake, and to be comforting while I read plays where everyone dies.

Hmm, so I felt like I mostly only got chocolate with this. There may have been a bit of rose in there, but definitely no cherry. I did enjoy the chocolate, especially with some milk and a bit of sugar, but it didn’t taste like I expected.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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77

In honesty today has been far from productive with my time spent mostly watching horror films whilst slumped on the sofa. I now fear it was too lazy…I have a sink of pots calling my name yikes and I need to prepare myself for dinner. Sometimes you just need a rest and most of you will know what I’m talking about.

Before I tackle the pots (I hate washing up) I need something to perk me up. Ginger came to mind as a craving for ginger biscuits ensued so ginger snap it is.

The blend looked like any other rooibos blend but with added large flakes of almond. It didn’t smell of ginger, though spicy it was more cinnamon than ginger.

Once brewed it’s the same story, I taste rooibos, something spicy like pepper and sweet fruit. I’m surprised cinnamon isn’t listed…I’m sure I can taste it. The fruit resembles pineapple with a sour after taste but everything else melds around it.

Despite not tasting like ginger it’s still quite tasty, a nice spicy fruit rooibos blend but it leaves a lot to be desired.

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 0 sec
KittyLovesTea

Does anyone else have problems editing posts? My box never has the submit button and the screen will not scroll down to it. :(

CharlotteZero

What problem have I not had with Steepster…? :-P

Lariel of Lórien

It tasted like spiced pineapple to me. And it won’t let me edit ratings either.

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89

I steeped this for much longer than I should have! I got distracted at work and my tea suffered for it. Although, not too bad, this tea is pretty tough! I ordered more as I really enjoy this iced and there was a sale… So I had to get it, plus I had to try the new Della Terra Teas, right?!

This is very pleasant, and reminds me of summer. Yum!

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89

One sniff of this aroma as it’s brewing and I’m transported back to middle and high school. Why? The dry leaves and as this tea is brewing remind me of the old Bath and Body Work lotion Pearlight (or something like that). It’s delish!

It’s very fragrant as it’s brewing, but as I sip it, I feel like there is something missing. Should there be more spice? Maybe another flavor with the pear?

Perfect Pear isn’t the worst tea I’ve had, I just have high expectations from Della Terra Teas. This isn’t my fave from them (ahem, Cinnamon Crackle) but it’s decent. I got this in a try-me pack, and I would consider getting it, if I enjoyed pear as a flavor. I don’t, not really. Perhaps pear fans would enjoy this cuppa more?

Sil

i can’t wait till this gets here so i can try it…

ashmanra

I remember Pearberry. Could it be that one?

KeenTeaThyme

Pearberry! That’s it! Thank you @ashmanra – it was driving me nuts. I mixed it up with Limelight, another classic.

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90
drank Snow Fairy by Della Terra Teas
358 tasting notes

This is my second Della Terra Teas blend that I am trying, thanks to KittyLovesTea! This tea has big, fluffy green tea leaves with small red berries and pieces of dried pineapple. Not surprisingly, the leaves smell lightly of pineapple. This tea is the lightest shade of pale yellow, almost clear. Wow, the flavor is very much of a true pineapple taste. There is a little hint of vanilla at the beginning, and a clear pineapple aftertaste. The flavor isn’t overly sweet, just a fresh pineapple taste. This tea has really surprised me, since I usually don’t get this excited about white teas. If all of Della Terra Teas are this amazing it looks like I will be placing an order very soon!

-Dry blend has large fluffy green tea leaves, small red berries and pieces of dried pineapple.
-Dry leaves smell lightly of pineapple. Tea liquor aroma is of earthy pineapple and vanilla.
-Tea liquor is a clear very pale yellow color.
-Smooth vanilla and pineapple flavor and finish. True pineapple aftertaste that lingers.
-Best with sweetener.
-Very good tea. Authentic flavor of fresh pineapple. Not overly sweet.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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72

Have I never rated this before?! Weird.

Anyway, the moment of truth has come for this tea.

Here are my observations, followed by my conclusion:

- dry, it smells amazing. Ooey, gooey. Buttery. Sugary…definitely smelling of baked goods. Not so much the pineapple though.

- brewed, it still smells delicious. Liquid cake. Butter frosting. Brown sugar.

- taste….not quite as sweet as the smell, because there’s a weird sour/tart note that sticks to the roof of my mouth, which I can only presume is supposed to be the pineapple, without any obvious actual pineapple flavor. It’s not entirely bad to have this sour note, because as is, my teeth hurt when I drink this.

Conclusion: this is too sweet for me. It’s well done, I can handle it more than the similar Red Velvet Cake tea made by Davidstea, but I still think that it’s not something I’m going to crave, probably ever again. I’d rather have an unsweetened tea with a cookie beside it than a tea that tastes like dessert. And I really prefer being able to decide for myself how sweet I want my tea to be….you can’t take the sugar out once it’s added by the company!

My teeth are still aching and there’s a weird chemical tinge in my mouth….
I guess I’ve outgrown this one, though I will remember it fondly and continue to recommend it to someone looking for a SERIOUS dessert tea.

Swap pile! :)

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72

Well, I tried drinking pineapple upside down cake tea this morning and upon first sip I got this weird, sour soap taste, I was THISCLOSE to spitting it back out into my cup. But I didn’t, and I cautiously took another sip, and got the same thing.

I vaguely remembered squirting some dish soap into my mug last night to let it soak, clearly I didn’t rinse it very well this morning

I took the risk of trying a second steep with the leftover leaves, but it was weak sauce.

My “see if I still enjoy this tea” project had to be put on hold for today, two tries was enough.

I think I will prefer this over Davidstea’s Red Velvet Cake, which I presume has chocolate in it…. But who knows.

Once upon a time I had rated this 92 but I’m removing that for now until I’m able to determine how I feel about it these days.

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