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90

So I had lots of tea today, a few epic ones, but I just am tired and didn’t log..maybe tomorrow haha. Anyways this is my bedtime cuppa, as I continue to do my homework lol, hopefully it will make me sleepy afterwards. See previous notes :)

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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90

I’m finally getting the chance to sit down and review this! I’ve already had a cup last week and gave one to my friend (who loved it btw). So now I need to write about it too!

The dry smell is sooo delicious. The lemon-lime tart is definitely identifiable, with the creaminess and citrus goodness. Steeped for around 4 minutes, although I know it could handle longer. The steeped smell retains the cream tart image, just a bit fainter.

Boy, is this ever good! I seem to recall my first cup having a bit more of that bitter lime peel tartness, but this one is very very smooth and creamy, a lot more vanilla and more lemon. In fact, this cup is predominantly lemony, hmm it’s like a more tangy Lemon Chiffon, the lime is still there a bit in the flavor too though, that key lime pie from Lime Chiffon is here too!

Overall, this is a really good combination of the lemon and lime chiffons. The extra vanilla really adds to the creamy aftertaste, and I think it might also be the honeybush that makes for a more cake-like addition, as I just checked out all three rooibos’ ingredients and this one and lemon have honeybush, while the lime has only rooibos. Anyways, I’m getting too technical, this is delicious. Still don’t know my favorite, darn it, but since this one combines the two other favorites, it might take the first place spot. Ah, they’re all good. Thank you Della Terra for another delicious caffeine free tea!

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Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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64

I do not get teas that want to taste like coffee! This was okay but left some meh after taste. The caramel wasn’t very pronounced to me either. I am a huge fan of flavored rooibos! This one just wasn’t for me so much.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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85

This is my pre-class sipdown. I do really like the smell of bergamot. The flavour is really good. I very much enjoy the creaminess of this tea.

I don’t remember who sent me this, but thank you!

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 45 sec

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58

I thought I would like this one more! I’ve heard such nice things about it… but this one tastes just like the cough drop flavor that I didn’t like in the Raspberry White Melange. I didn’t get much of a blueberry flavor either. It’s odd that there were flowers in the blend, but no flowers listed in the ingredients on my bag. I really wish this one didn’t have that cough drop flavor, as I know I would have liked it. Oh well, just not my thing I guess!

Kittenna

Yeah, I did get similar flavours with this one and Raspberry White Melange, but definitely preferred Double Berry Burst, and it didn’t come off cough drop-y to me (thankfully). I have noticed that Della Terra fails to accurately list ingredients quite frequently. I have no food allergies, so I don’t really care, but it’s worrisome for those who do…

tea-sipper

Yeah, I don’t have allergies to anything either, but I was thinking of others who might have allergies.

yappychappy

Made it taste like soap!

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82

Saturday sipdown (cold- brew). This is so good cold. The pumpkin flavour is a little stronger, as are the spices. Added a little sugar and soy milk, and it’s like having a pumpkin ice cream beverage.

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82

Since it nearly Spring… I am having Autumn tea.

This has a nice scent. The flavour is good. It’s nice and Autumn, but needs a little more spices. Good with yams.

Thanks Emily M for this.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 30 sec
Emily M

You’re welcome! And I agree 100%. This one needs more spices.

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90
drank Lemon Chiffon by Della Terra Teas
90 tasting notes

Sweet creamy lemony dessert goodness! Sadly it’s a sipdown. Thank you Kaylee for the sample to hold me over until I order this.

I couldn’t say goodbye right away so I threw the leftover leaves in a cold brew with some black tea leaves as an experiment; a desserty twist on lemon iced tea perhaps?

Ok I can’t believe I finished the mug in just a few minutes. I need to own this asap! But I’m trying to resist the urge to order because there are a zillion teas I want from Della Terra, and I need to sipdown some cupboard space so I can order them all at once and get to open the huge package like it’s Christmas.

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec
Lariel of Lórien

Try it with extra vanilla rooibos, it’s awesome.

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90
drank Lemon Chiffon by Della Terra Teas
90 tasting notes

Whenever I’m getting sick I make ginger tea with lots of lemon, and force myself to drink it while making sour faces. So I was a little worried that this would be tart and remind me of my makeshift home remedy attempts.

But pleasantly it was slightly sweet and creamy and tasted like a lemon cupcake. Yum! I can actually see myself ordering this one. Thanks yappychappy for the sample.

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec

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95

Well my day has just kind of gone waayyy downhill since this afternoon. Having a lovely pot of this and watching some new shows. I like the flavors. It’s a simple tea but it’s creamy and has a nice, light mint flavor to it. Glad I got to enjoy this tonight.

Kittenna

Oh no :( Hope it’s something easily fixable!

KallieBoo!

Yeah, all is well now. :-)

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88

I thought I would drink and make a note on this tea today being that it is St. Patrick’s day…This is a nice tasting rooibos. I can taste both the mint and chocolate, but I would love this tea if both of those flavors were bolder…I guess I was looking for more of a minty hot chocolate, which I’m sure it’s not intended to be…It is good though and I am enjoying it hot, lightly sweetened and with a splash of coconut/almond milk.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 6 min, 0 sec

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80
drank Lime Chiffon by Della Terra Teas
59 tasting notes

Although I ordinarily am not overly fond of rooibos, I figured that might also be due to the fact that previously I’ve only had rather ordinary rooibos blends. So when Dustin and I set up a swap, I took a chance and asked for som rooibos. One of the blends she sent me was this one and it truely tastes great! Thanks Dustin!

The official discription is rather spot on. It really has a “homemade lemon cake”-feel to it. Sweet, fruity and with a tart note, this is a great dessert or normally-I-would-be-having-a-hot-chocolate-tea-moment tea.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec

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80
drank Lime Chiffon by Della Terra Teas
1774 tasting notes

I’m still here guys, don’t worry. I’ve just retreated into mostly-lurker mode without even realizing, partly because we’ve had company for the last week (and until next Monday), and partly because I don’t have as much free time as I’m used to.

This is a great cup. I LOVE IT. Also, I love that the baby loves it. We’re going for a walk tomorrow and I plan to put that in her cup so she has something warm to sip on.

Sil

YAY for walks!

Cavocorax

:P Hopefully it’s not too cold. I really need to buy winterwear for myself and the kiddo. We’re still wearing hoodies, but I’ll probably break down and go shopping soon.

Sil

costco has some things..might be a cheaper option

Cavocorax

Yeah – that would work. Was going to look at Winners and Old Navy too (if they have warm enough stuff).

OMGsrsly

Winners here at least has a lot of North Face and Merrell down in stock. You might actually have really good luck there.

Cavocorax

Really? I’d love some Merrells! Thanks for the heads up.

OMGsrsly

And depending on your foot size, check the men’s boots. I’m about a 9 women’s, 7.5 men’s. They had more “for snow” style boots for guys. Which is ridiculous.

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80
drank Lime Chiffon by Della Terra Teas
1774 tasting notes

Tried some teas today and some were good and some were blah. To make up for the blah ones I made this because it’s SO AWESOME.

Can’t wait for my Della Terra order to arrive so I can compare this to the lemon lime tart. (Also I can’t wait for my Butiki order, and my Bluebird order, and my Amoda tea box. And then… no more orders. But I’ll still be under 100 teas!)

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

Umm. So I shouldn’t have looked up Amoda.

Cavocorax

Hahah. Yeah. I found out about it through Steepster too! I’ve only rec’d one month though. The packs are a little small, but I like it because a) surprises! and b) I might find an awesome new tea from a hard to shop from company.

OMGsrsly

I can’t even have mint in my house (BFF is severely allergic) so I’ve emailed to ask if they can substitute non-minty things. :) So tempted. I feel like 60g of surprise tea isn’t too bad at $15. It’s like a monthly present!

Cavocorax

Oh! I hope they can do that! They sell the teas from the previous months, so maybe they could throw one of those in instead!

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80
drank Lime Chiffon by Della Terra Teas
1774 tasting notes

After a few okayish teas, this is my reward goodnight sleepytime dessert tea. I am going to drink this while I eat a big bowl of knock-off cocoa puffs.

Chocolate cereal is the best. :D

Also, why haven’t I rated this tea yet? I should do a proper rating sometime in the future. I love this tea though. I should get more. Also, now that I know the lemon chiffon is honeybush and different enough, I should try it too.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 30 sec

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80

Got this in my sampler pack, and I wasn’t expecting much but I was pleasantly surprised. The mild tartness of the strawberry comes through first, followed by a warm chocolate note.

I’ve gotten so used to seeing and smelling the chocolate in a tea only to have it mysteriously disappear when it comes to tasting it. But I could actually taste the chocolate in this one! Yay! I enjoyed it, but I can only see myself craving that tart strawberry flavor once in a while.

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Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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76

Full review on http://sororiteasisters.com/ on the 21st of March but here are snippits:

Gad if only I had not just eaten two HUGE jalapenos with peanut butter! I could surely enjoy Shamrocks and Shenanigans from Della Terra Teas even more! However knowing that I did just eat those devil jalapenos and knowing I can still taste this delicious tea – you know it must be really very good!

As I sip on this tea longer the burn from the jalapenos is subsiding and I am tasting more of the chocolate note, where before I was picking up more on the vanilla. This is a mild flavored tea which is comforting and sweet, but not overly so. I really like the chocolate note as it tastes very natural due to the use of cocoa nibs.

So points for a good chocolate note, points for a lovely vanilla note, points for it not being overdone on the mint, and points for a good base that I can taste but allows the flavors to do their work since the flavors are somewhat relaxed and mellow.

K S

Jalepenos and peanut butter? In what weird alternate universe did it occur to you to put them together? I can’t imagine the flavor mix but absolutely know if I ever find the two in the same room together I will have to try it and find out.

whatshesaid

I second that!

Azzrian

LOL Yeah it does seem odd I know. I think it may have been my ex mother in law, or a party at some point but I remember them being served and they were SO good. I now crave them a few times a year. They really are good together. Its not gourmet food or anything lol but the peanut butter tones down the jalapeno. I mean if you think of it a lot of Thai food has but and spice together.
Right?

K S

So do you stuff the peppers? The more I think about it the more I am intrigued.

Azzrian

Yes just cut the pepper in half length wise, clean out seeds and white stuff, then fill with peanut butter :) Eat.

K S

having never heard of this, I was amazed at the number variations by Googling. My personal favorite had the peppers wrapped in bacon. Awesome – must try. Thanks :)

Marcel Duchamp

I like creams cheese and peppers… I am interested in this peanut butter talk as well. I’ve used peanut butter in soups before that have peppers in it, as a thickening agent.

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95

Sipdown! Wow, this is one of my oldest teas. I think I got this batch over 2.5 years ago? It miraculously didn’t lose too much of its flavour, and I kept it in its original pouch too, which makes it impressive.

Sipping on this reminds me of the second semester of grad school in Victoria. I’d take it with me to all of my seminars because the mint seemed to keep me alert, while the smooth chocolate and vanilla just plain old made me happy. I’d stash extra leaf into the lid of my Timolino for when I’d go to the library or the lab, or get work done in the grad lounge over the weekend. I’d be all alone in the department’s kitchen brewing away another batch of this, and another. I somehow never got tired of it.

Della Terra’s Shamrocks & Shenanigans and S’mores in particular made numerous colleagues look at me sideways. Such strange teas, Fjellrev, why can’t you be normal and drink normal tea? Shamrock sprinkles? Chocolate chips and chunks of graham crackers? You’re so weird! But I know all of us Steepsterites wouldn’t have it any other way.

I still appreciate this tea, but after going through over 200g of it, I’ve had my fill. Despite not caring too much for rooibos, I’d say that Zen’s Chocolate Mint rooibos is my favourite chocolate mint tea, and this is/was my second favourite.

keychange

I love the associations we have with tea! you painted such a vivid picture with your words.

Fjellrev

Thanks, keychange. Yeah, it’s amazing how taste and smell can evoke such powerful memories!

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95

Ohhh, found this in my Butiki box! This is the only DTT tea I’ve had over the past couple years. It’s surprisingly still tasty. Each sip is packed full of creamy mint. Makes me wonder what this company has been up to, if I’ve missed out on anything over the past two years since I stopped paying attention to them.

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95

Finishing up the rest of a pouch. Into the Timolino! Just a while ago, I lined this, David’s Mint to Be, and S&V’s Chocolate Mint next to each other to compare how they smell. Based on the scent alone, this one still wins by a long shot. Compared to this, Mint to Be is sugary sweet, whilst the chocolate note in S&V’s smells a little off. Plus this one smells simultaneously the mintiest and creamiest.

Then I did something really bad. Because I hate S&V’s paper bags with a passion, I said screw it and dumped the Chocolate Mint into the empty Shamrocks pouch. Maybe Chocolate Mint may learn something from Shamrocks and get a little more interesting.

VariaTEA

Hahaha. I hope that Chocolate Mint learns :P

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95

This morning, I couldn’t think of what to take to the TA training program thing, so I automatically defaulted to this. My trusty chocolate mint tea to keep life interesting just in case it gets stupid (and it did! It easily could have been done in 1/12 of the time).

Nothing added, just plain chocolate mint goodness. Sipping on this also reminded me of how March felt like LAST WEEK, and it’s ridiculous how fast time is going by.

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95

I really shouldn’t be on here right now, but I need to shout out how much I’m enjoying this tea. I burned through half the 1 oz. bag in the past few days.

The dry leaf smells heavenly. Creamy vanilla mint. It’s more like white chocolate than dark or milk. Like these little guys but mintier:

http://www.foleyschocolates.ca/img/products/3110-10K.jpg

As for the taste, it’s creamy cocoa butter vanilla mint. Definitely different than Swiss Mountain. The base is really light and doesn’t get in the way, which I kind of like since I’m looking to taste the vanilla/white chocolate and mint anyway.

I was bad and just ordered 100g of this, amongst other things, using DTT’s 30% off code.

Sil

i can feel my resolve weakening…

Tealizzy

I saw the discount code too! Must…not…buy…more…tea! Oh, what the hell. ;)

Azzrian

I am going to steep some up. :)

Fjellrev

Oh noes, only four 1 oz. bags are left and the rest of the sizes are sold out. The time is ticking.

One thing I’ve noticed is this company is very generous with sales. Granted, that may just be their strategy to lure people in, but whatever, everyone wins in the end.

Tealizzy

So, I didn’t do it, because I was lured to try a new company! Della Terra will have to wait…;)

Fjellrev

That’s a bold move, really. I’m bad at getting stuck at ordering over and over again from the same company. Took me forever to try DTT as it is. Which company did you order from?

Tealizzy

sTeap shoppe. Had to get the cinnamon swirl bread tea!

Fjellrev

Oooh, I’m sure it’ll be a good choice. :)

whatshesaid

I also love this, I ordered some more.

TheTeaFairy

I ordered based on your review :-)

Fjellrev

Aww yay, hope you’ll enjoy! Otherwise I’d feel bad if you didn’t like it. :p

TheTeaFairy

Incendiare: no worries, I received my order and I love it :-)

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50

This one had been sitting in my box of Della Terra teas for quite a while… figured I should get around to trying it.

Wow… does it ever have some bite! The initial flavour is smooth and a bit chocolatey, which morphs into raisiny tones (love!) but then the chili gets ya! Unfortunately, I’m tasting a bit of “red pepper” flavour with the chill, and I hatehatehate red pepper. Gotta admit though, that this does taste like a chill chocolate truffle. Just not one that I necessarily would enjoy.

I’ll have to give this a shot sweetened and with milk, as that should tone down the heat and perhaps improve the flavour for picky me :)

Keep in mind that the rating here is biased, and that I think this is a pretty good tea. Just not a tea for me, perhaps.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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