Della Terra Teas

Recent Tasting Notes

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drank Lime Chiffon by Della Terra Teas
2244 tasting notes

Just…. yum. Better than lemon chiffon, so I will sip the rest of that down soon, hopefully, and focus on this one. Mmmmmmm.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more
Sil

better than LEMON CHIFFON??? Oh man…i need me a sample of this one!

Cavocorax

Aaarhg! I probably have at least another week before my order arrives. I keep reading these awesome reviews and getting impatient.

Kittenna

You are getting one Sil! :P And Cavocorax, yeah, it’s delish :D My Della Terra orders usually arrive reasonably quickly, about a week or so! It’s nice!

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93
drank Lime Chiffon by Della Terra Teas
2244 tasting notes

Hah! My gamble on getting 2oz. of this without even trying it was successful! I swear, I opened this one up and it smells just like key lime pie!! Yum!! Steeped, it still smells true, so I crossed my fingers that it tasted such as well… and yep. Tastes like lime fluff. It’s just a touch bitter, but I suspect a shorter infusion will help with that – I’m thinking that it’s the citrus peel that’s causing it. A re-steep is not too bad either, though I should have used even less water than I did.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more
Indigobloom

I always find limes a bit bitter heh

Kittenna

It’s really only the peel/pith that are, and I’m quite certain that that was the issue here. Not that it was a big one. This was darn tasty!

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88
drank Love In A Cup by Della Terra Teas
2244 tasting notes

Gotta say that I’m pretty sad to say that this is a sipdown. This was really a very, very tasty tea. Quite sweet and marshmallowy, and I really think it would be a great addition to my travel mug rotation (which it was in, twice). I am guessing that this tea has been at least temporarily discontinued as it was a holiday tea, but I’m hoping it’s back next year! Yum yum yum.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
Alphakitty

I have a 2 ounce pack of this that I haven’t tried yet, though almost every time I go in the kitchen I open it to sniff. I think this weekend I will do a side by side comparison of this, Eight Candles & S’mores!

Tealizzy

What? It’s being discontinued? I better savor every little bit I just got!

whatshesaid

I would love to read a review comparing this, Eight Candles and S’Mores! I was wondering about the differences.

Kittenna

Tealizzy – actually, I see that it’s still around! I figured since Professor Grey was discontinued, they had maybe discontinued all holiday teas.

whatshesaid – I no longer remember what s’mores tasted like (though I have some left), but in my opinion, Eight Candles was similarly flavoured but did not have a strong enough base tea. It tasted much too fluffy/sweet with nothing behind it. Love in a Cup was WAY better for me. I think I liked S’mores too, so I’ll try it again soon to see.

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drank Love In A Cup by Della Terra Teas
2244 tasting notes

Quick tealogging… gotta keep working.

Thermosed this one on Saturday along with 4 others to take to the boy’s house. This one went down quick…mmmmm. Chocolatey and marshmallowy. And I even got a re-steep that tastes like marshmallows! I’m not sure if there’s a ton of theoretical difference between this one and Eight Candles, but I adore this tea! If I need to add a 1 or 2 oz. packet to a future order, this will probably be it (if I still have a good stock of Lime Chiffon and Chocolate Pumpkin Pie!)

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
Sil

mmmm looking forward to trying this one

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88
drank Love In A Cup by Della Terra Teas
2244 tasting notes

Ok – my internet was down for the past hour or so, but I’m gonna hit 1200!! I am I am!!! Backlogging a few teas now…

Just received my latest Della Terra order, so what better way to attempt to hit 1200 teas (hahaha…) than to try out some new samples?!

Dry, the tea smells pretty chocolatey and sweet. Nothing particularly special.

I’ve got to say – I’ve become pretty skeptical of chocolate teas as they often don’t work for me, but the chocolate and caramel in this one are heavenly! That’s all I’m really getting here, chocolatey, caramelly goodness, but it’s perfect. I would agree that this does taste like love in a cup, haha. This one’s a winner for me, so I hope it tastes this good next time I have it!

ETA: Resteep is good, but only one.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
Indigobloom

woot! chocolate for the win :P

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87

I’ve been curious about this tea for a while, so I was excited to receive it as part of a swap package from Dinosara. Thank you!

The smell of this tea reminded me of a country store I used to go to when visiting my grandparents during vacation. The woman who owned the store would always have several candles burning. There were one or two strawberry scented candles and then various other fruit scented ones burning at the same time. The smell should have been overpowering, but to me it seemed homey and warm. Plus, the woman who owned the store always called me “honey” or “sugar”, and I loved that. Happy times.

Once brewed the fruity scent of the tea lingered. I was getting lots of strawberry, but the mango was more subtle. The taste was a bit of fruit, not near as much as I was expecting given the smell, and rich, dark, tea with a hint of smoke. The pu-erh was not as earthy or woody as I was expecting, but I do not have much experience with pu-erhs yet. The richness of the tea and the fruit flavors combined to make an enjoyable tea.

It’s not something I can see myself reaching for everyday, but I can see how this could occasionally find it’s way on my shelf.

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Loose
Appearance: large chunk fruit and hibiscus
Aroma when Dry: bright, juicy, tart
After water is first poured: tart, fresh,
At end of first steep:
Tea liquor:
At first? Light pink
At end of steep: deepening
Staple? yes
Preferred time of day: any medicinally, summer staple
Taste:
At first?: slight tart, high in the palate citrus, mild floral balanced close
As it cools?: gets a bit more tart, slight sweet notes linger longer
Additives used (milk, honey, sugar etc)? No
Lingers? No

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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94

I absolutely love this stuff. Prepared gongfu style and steeped 10 times. All largely the same tasted and likely could have steeped a few more times. As others said, tea is creamy on the front and slightly vegetal in the back. Tastes sort of fruity throughout. I’m not so versed on oolongs but I absolutely loved this tea.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 0 min, 30 sec

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86

Liquid maple!! you were so right Sil! Thanks for the sample :)
I do love me some maple syrup and this hits the spot.
Definitely a love or hate it tea, and I love it! although one cup is more than enough, as I am starting to get that thick mouth coated feeling as if I downed a shot glass of maple. Ha!

tattooed_tea

I just had an idea. I bet you could infuse this into pancakes…. mmmmmmmmm

Indigobloom

Oh yes that would be spectacular! yummers :P

Sil

ooh that’s not a bad idea tattooed_tea :)

Kittenna

Too bad we took it all… :(

Indigobloom

Kittenna, I am owed a Della Terra sampler… this just might make it in :)
Sil, I say we have a tea cooking day next time! Thoughts?

Kittenna

You are owed?? (And I’m jumping in to say that I totally agree if I’m invited ;))

Indigobloom

A friend of mine said he would buy me two samplers for xmas but they were out of a few that I wanted to try… only now I’ve got some of those in samples…

Kittenna

Ohhhh, gotcha!

Sil

Yeah I’d be down for something like that heh.

Indigobloom

Right now my cupboard is at about 300, I need to get it below atleast 250 before making an order… but I’ll let you girls know! :D

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54

Overall not bad. The raspberry is quite light and fairly artificial. Almost like raspberry cough drops as others have said. Dry it smells amazing and complex. Steeped it is uninteresting.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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82

Dry – Smelled amazing.
1st steep – delicious chocolate raspberry. Both tastes were distinct and delicious
2rd steep – much less chocolate taste but raspberry is still there and is very tastey
3rd steep – chocolate is gone but raspberry still shines.
Possibly could have steeped 4th time but was bedtime. Very good tea.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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81

So I gave this tea another try after giving it a 25/100 before for having this perfume taste and this time that was gone – perhaps I had made somethign with rose recently and that carried over? Who knows. But there is this very so slight taste that is just odd. The main thing with this tea though is the apple. The apple definitely comes through and tastes amazing. The caramel is also there and quite tasty. This is definitely now on reorder list.

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81

Smells and tastes like perfume for first and second steep. Definitely not my cup of tea.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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96

Finished my sample of this today! It was a much needed comfort tea. I still love the maple flavor with the rooibos. The flavors fit well together.

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90
drank Winter Nog by Della Terra Teas
358 tasting notes

I enjoyed a cup of this last night. It was my first experience with Della Terra Teas and I was excited to try one of their blends after reading so many positive reviews. I like eggnog and we always have some in our fridge every holiday season. Winter Nog appeals to me because it is one that I can enjoy at night right before bed, and what is more comforting that a cup of warm eggnog-flavored tea on a cold night!? I found that this tea was a little bland without sweetener added, and although it was smooth to begin with, adding just a little bit of milk made it even smoother. It unfortunately has that strange aftertaste that all rooibos blends seem to have, although it was a lot less than others and it seemed to go away as the cup cooled. The finish of this tea was almost like smooth, sweet caramel. A very nice tea, and perfect for a winter evening! Thanks, Cavocorax!

-Dry blend has red rooibos with white snowflake sprinkles.
-Dry blend smells of sweet eggnog with the rooibos base. Tea liquor aroma is lightly of eggnog.
-Tea liquor is a clear medium brown color.
-Mellow spice flavor with a smooth caramel-like finish.
-Best with the smallest amount of milk and sweetener.
-Very good tea. Softly flavored and reminiscent of creamy eggnog.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec
Cavocorax

Glad you enjoy it! Those little snowflakes are pretty adorable.

Josie Jade

Oh, they are too cute, aren’t they!?

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77
drank Autumn Leaves by Della Terra Teas
2244 tasting notes

Sipdown! Thanks Sil!

This one definitely needs to… not be underleafed. It’s definitely sweet and mapley, but lacking a bit of something. Ah well. Still good, just could be better!

Also, I’m annoyed at myself because I realized just before brewing this that I never did try mixing this or Oh Canada (DT) with a lapsang souchong… and now I am out of maple rooibos. I think I will attempt to acquire some in a swap for just this purpose (and then compare it to my maple lapsang from Tealux!)

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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77
drank Autumn Leaves by Della Terra Teas
2244 tasting notes

Strong maple flavour backed by a fairly decent rooibos base. I’d like to know how this compares to DavidsTea’s Oh Canada, but I’m out of that one, so will just have to say that it’s pretty good, and pretty sweet, but probably not a tea I’ll crave often! I should, however, mix the last of it with a lapsang souchong just for kicks…

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more
CrowKettle

I keep forgetting but I want to try the lapsang souchong/ maple tea cross too. Thanks for the reminder!

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85

Cuppa the afternoon……

It is another tea from my Mystery Box from Della Terra. Here is one I probably would not have chosen for myself. I did have an old favorite custom blend from another vendor that I drank quite a bit on the beginning of my tea journey. I probably got my fill of chocolate raspberry tea at that time…..at least enough that it would not cross my mind to purchase more.

All that being said, this one is surprising to me. The chocolate notes are of dark chocolate and they complement the raspberry very well, and it is a very good raspberry flavor. Again, I love that the tea base Della Terra uses is the type that lets the flavors do the talking. Let’s face it….if we are after flavors like chocolate and raspberry, we are not after a tea base that shows up as a bitter interruption. I did use just a little more leaf than I normally would since their base is on the light side for my taste, but that seems to work for me. I am not sure this would be a rebuy for me, but I will say that it did influence my decision to purchase more from this vendor. This is so much better than my older version of this tea. I will thoroughly enjoy it while I have it. Who knows? I might pick up an ounce or so in a later order. I love the size options they offer.

Usual mug method with just a little extra tea.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
Kittenna

Agreed! The size options are great, so if you like a tea enough to want just a teensy bit more in your cupboard, there’s a sample size! Or a full package i.e. 2 oz. Or an in-between for those who are indecisive. Wish all vendors allowed this.

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90

Happy Easter Good Friday everyone!

I spent this morning snuggled in bed with my cat Ebony :) He is very loving and gentle, it’s put me in a good mood this morning. Yesterday was at a loss after having a severe headache from the moment I awoke until the moment I went to sleep.

First pot of tea is finishing off this lovely Earl Grey Creme which puts a little frown on my face :( but I have way too much Earl Grey on my shelf already. While it will be missed it will soon be replaced.

Still…vanilla in Earl Grey is always a winner.

See my previous notes for taster review

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90

Drum roll Roll up! Roll up! Ladies and gentleman I would like to say thank you for advice and friendship over my first year of tea blogging. That’s right I have now reached just over a year on my Steepster account. :) Also this is my 400th tasting note so it’s a double celebration. Drum roll end

Seriously now As most of you know I adore Earl Grey and when I was digging around in my Della Terra samples box I pulled it out with a grin so wide that my face started to hurt. I had remembered seeing it when I opened it just before Christmas and left in there for safe keeping, today it was a very nice find. Like finding a sunken treasure amidst a messy cabin room that has gotten worse with time. Well…it’s been one of those weekends that has now dragged into the start of my week. But enough of that…

Loose leaf this tea looks pretty with blues and yellows among the black finely cut and curled leaves. Very elegant. :) Not only is it aesthetically pleasing but the smell is divine. Strong bergamot (which is waxy yet sweet) and a creamy rather vanilla scent trailing behind it. Yummy.

Once brewed this forms your average dark brown tea colour but has that same wonderful scent but perhaps a little more vanilla like than before.

Usually I like to add milk and on those rare occasions a spoon of stevia sugar to complete my Earl Grey but I will be sampling this in it’s raw form (without either additives).

Wow. No that’s not good enough… WOW That’s better! This is delicious. It’s smooth and sweet with creamy vanilla tones making it some sort of Earl Grey mist. It’s so fresh and light yet there it is.. that sweet and citrus Earl Grey distinct flavour. It’s very different yet very similar. I may even try a stronger steep next time around to see what difference it makes but so far I am truly loving this.

Such a shame that I only received this as a sample pack and I didn’t think to order a bigger pack to try. :( Oh well, it has been added to my list for when I next place an order.

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

Congrats on your recent Steepsterversary!

Sil

YAY! congratulations! :)

K S

^^ What they said.

Bonnie

Wonderful!

Veronica

Congratulations!

NofarS

Congratulations!

Kittenna

Awesome! My Steepsterversary is today! I wish you many more hours drinking delicious tea and posting awesome tasting notes! :D

KittyLovesTea

Thank you everyone :)

And congratulations yourself Kittenna :)

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86

First taste on a nerve-wracking exam morning. So far, loving this tea. The bergamot is definitely flavorful, but not overpowering as in some Earl Greys, and the creme flavor softens it enough to allow for a milk-free cup. I love the marshmallowy creaminess the creme adds. Since I’m still a newb, I haven’t had the delight of tasting many creme teas yet, but if this is a hint of what’s to come, I’m pleased to start on the adventure.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 15 sec

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1.25 tablespoons for 375 ml of water

Dry leaf has a very artificial chocolate aroma.

Brewed tea has a primary chocolate aroma with only a bit of an artificial edge to it. There’s a definite underlying creaminess. Black tea aroma hints in the background.

Strong earthy taste. Artificial soapy-like chocolate flavour. Very faint black tea taste in the background.

Thanks Sil for sharing this with me!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 45 sec
Sil

like i forewarned…not crazy about the chocolate in DT’s teas. much prefer their other ones like oatmeal cookie, pumpkin pie, lemon chiffon etc…

Raritea

I totally get what you are saying now! I’m surprised that I had such a strong aversion to it though.

Sil

i think you’ll like the grandma’s pumpkin pie better. it’s got some decent spices in it….one of my more liked pumpkin blends so far

Indigobloom

oh dear. I have a feeling I’ll follow suit. Hey, one less tea for purchase! :)

Kittenna

I liked Dubbele Chocolade better than Double Chocolate Decadence. But I have only drank each of those once…

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86

Tea of the afternoon…..

Welp, it is cold. What better is there for a chilly afternoon pick me up than a sweet, minty, chocolatey cup of tea? I have only a handful of flavored teas in my stash anymore. This one is good, reasonably priced, and easily obtainable. You know you are set in your tea ways when “easily obtainable” factors into what you purchase. Della Terra runs some great specials (this one was restocked by me on Black Friday), the tea is good quality, and great attention is paid to the taste and look of the tea. A win all around.

Usual teapot method.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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86

Backlogging tea of yesterday afternoon…..

I have had a few mugs of this by now, so I feel I can give it a pretty good review. I got it in the first run of Della Terra’s Mystery Boxes. For me, it was an excellent way to get my feet wet for what Della Terra has to offer. I had seen so many great reviews for this company, it had been on my try it list for some time and allure and price of the Mystery Box caught my eye. They were very accommodating in filling my request of only black teas including Earl Grey. I was very pleased with the box, but not sure I would do it again. I am more likely to just wait for a sale and buy specific teas. I am also in the stage of my tea game where I prefer to buy my tea for review. That way I am sure to give as unbiased reviews as possible. Don’t get me wrong in that I love free samples, I just don’t like the pressure I put myself under to review free samples. It is better for me to review a tea that I am in the mood to drink, rather than one I feel somewhat forced to drink in a timely manner. It really is just me……

I have tried 4 of the teas from my Mystery Box. Overall, I do find the tea base kind of on the light side. Really, that just means it won’t be a great breakfast tea option for me. I need something a little heartier for the am. However, they do make a stellar afternoon pick me up. They are very dessert like, and fun. I can tell great care was taken when making the flavor profiles.

For Peppermint Bark, I get a minty, buttery, and chocolate smell. The taste is minty, chocolaty, and buttery vanilla on a light black tea base that allows the flavors to emerge rather than competing with them. I am not usually a fan of chocolate mint teas because most companies completely overdo the peppermint in their blends. Not the case with Della Terra. It is the perfect balance of mint to black in this one. The mint flavor comes in as a complement rather than a majority. I did add just a little more tea to the mug because of the additions. This really seemed to help make a more substantial base tea experience. I will have to try and remember that for the next cup.

Would I buy from them again? Absolutely! (In fact, I have some more heading my way this week!) I think they may be my new favorite flavored tea outlet. Very nicely done.

Usual mug method with just a little extra heaping of the measuring spoon…

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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