Della Terra Teas

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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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72

Made some at work and took to my desk, can hear people walking by on the other side of my cubicle “wall” commenting and wondering what the delicious smell is.

My fave: “oh my god, ca sent right bon!!”

Good ol bilingual NB :)

For the record, it’s still yummy!!

Terri HarpLady

It is! (Thanks again Sil!)

Courtney

Did you want to do a swap for the rest of my Pineapple Upside Down Cake by any chance?

TastyBrew

If she doesn’t, I will :-)

whatshesaid

I just bought 2 oz so I say send it TastyBrew’s way :)
Thanks though!

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72

Ohhhh man. Smelling this in my cup now. My second Della Terra ordered arrived today, happy birthday to me!!! Great timing because it’s a rough birthday.
This is fast becoming a fave tea company of mine. Move over Davidstea!!

I’m going to let it cool a bit and then report my findings.

Ok, drinking this again. I made it at work yesterday and again right now, my coworkers practically followed the scent from the kitchen to my cubicle. I could hear them saying “mmmm, what’s that smell?? Something smells good!”

It is so fresh that it looks wet in the bag. That may seem gross to you but it just makes me want to eat it with a spoon . I wouldn’t go that far though, you guys, come on.

It’s almost as good as it smells. And the similarities to Davidstea Red Velvet Cake are pretty amazing because that one is chocolatey and this isn’t!

Maybe they used a similar cake flavouring. You can’t pull the wool over my eyes, I know that’s how it works. Just tell me where you bought it so I can use it on everything else.
It’s very sweet, this tea. Definite brown sugar notes, creamy, I guess the only “complaint” I have is that I can’t taste the pineapple very much. I wish this was a bit more different from the Red Velvet Cake because given the ingredients and intention with this I should love it way more than that one. I do love it though, and will have to do a comparison sometime! Another DellaTerra win!

(Made as directed)

Cavocorax

Happy belated birthday!

I found the same thing about Della Terra. They have great tea, reasonable prices and one thing that DavidsTea is sorely lacking: SALES. :P

Kittenna

Yes…. DT could certainly stand to have more sales! Or coupons. Or a rewards program…

whatshesaid

Yes!! I mean clearly their sales are not slowing despite their lack of sales but I bet they’d go up even if they put a tea a week on sale or something! Even the discontinued ones aren’t discounted. Silly.

whatshesaid
  • their sales aren’t slowing despite their lack of promotional discounts (sounded confusing before)
Sil

happy birthday! :)

whatshesaid

thanks! :)

Starfevre

happy birthday!

Froogle_jimmy

Happy belated bday

Indigobloom

Happy belated birthday!!

whatshesaid

Thanks :)

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90

And another sipdown at work! This tea has served me well in the rooibos department, and it, lime and lemon chiffon are always favorites when I have guests over. I still think I like Lemon Chiffon a bit better than this one, but it’s still pretty good! Lime chiffon too haha, the only one I have left. Anyways, I will enjoy this tasty cuppa! See previous notes.

ETA – Darn you post office! Didn’t leave my tea at my place, just got the shipping notice that they left the card. Now I have to wait until tomorrow to get my new Verdant teas! Ugh :(

Fjellrev

Guh, hate when that happens with parcels!

OMGsrsly

At least you got them in time this month! Mine were delivered today, too. :)

MissLena

Yeah it was so much faster! I can’t wait to get them tomorrow, the anticipation!

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90

Had this in my travel mug this morning as I was craving sweets from all the yummy teas I tried yesterday. It didn’t disappoint, but I definitely could have used some caffeine today. I have also devised a way to have more tea at work, I filled up a tea bags with with loose tea and brought it :) easier to make. I’ll probably bring a brewt basket at some point though lol. I’m steeping pink passion fruit right now, we’ll see how the method works! Oh and see previous notes on this yummy rooibos.

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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!

Preparation
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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