Della Terra Teas

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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
336 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
336 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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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 :-)

ohfancythat (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…

ohfancythat (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.

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

happy birthday! :)

Starfevre

happy birthday!

Froogle_jimmy

Happy belated bday

Indigobloom

Happy belated birthday!!

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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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