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This was my work tea, today. I quite enjoy it, but I have found that I prefer to take Della Terra blacks to work with me because they don’t hold up as well to multiple infusions… so I don’t feel bad if I don’t have time to make another cup.
That said, I saved the leaves at home and resteeped them when I got back from the office, and it was still a pretty good second steep. Yum!
Thanks to TC for sending me an unopened bag of this tea!
This tastes similar to other blends I’ve had from Della Terra. While I think they are quite good, I would have a hard time identifying each unique tea in a blind taste test. That said, I am enjoying it, and I’m looking forward to trying it again.
I’m going to hold off on rating it until I can try it when I’m not in the middle of a meeting with my editor over the phone.
I had this one last night before bed, and adding milk took it to the next level of creamy deliciousness. It was like an egg-less nog, without that heaviness that comes from the eggs and cream.
(Side note: “nog” is such a fun word! Maybe that was part of the appeal.)
I definitely prefer this to actual eggnog (cause I’d rather eat my empty calories than drink them!) It’s very soothing with a mellow spice level, and the rooibos taste is barely present. I think this would also make a great base for a hot toddy with a dash of rum.
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.
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.
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
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.
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/
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.
Additional notes: I had two teaspoons left of this one so I wanted to try a Della Terra black tea with two teaspoons to see if the flavor was a little stronger. It did help the black tea be a little stronger (though that was with a few minute steep) but any time I let a tea go a little longer, I feel like the base tea takes over and the flavors disappear. This might have been the case with this cup. I barely tasted any raspberry or chocolate, but that could have been due to the age of the tea as well. At least the black tea wasn’t as weak as usual, but I wouldn’t really want to use two teaspoons all of the time due to the cost. I didn’t mind trying it this time though.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.