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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.
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!)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
Sipdown! And thanks to Indigobloom for letting me try a sample of this tea, also before it’s in her hands next weekend :D You guys are awesome.
Anyhow! I really had no idea how this tea would taste, but was curious enough to wrangle a sample (obviously). The aroma was similar to DavidsTea’s Mom’s Apple Pie, in my opinion, with some chocolate. And that seems to be about what the flavour is too. I brewed this as a green to prevent bitterness, which seems to have been effective – it’s nice and astringency-free, just chocolatey-apple goodness. That said… definitely not my favourite flavour combination. Although I love homemade apple pie, I’m not super fond of apple pie-flavoured teas… and adding chocolate doesn’t make it a great deal more appealing to me. I’m glad I don’t have to drink any more of this, not that it’s a bad tea, just that it’s not a favourite flavour combo. I think it’s well-enough done that people will find it enjoyable though!
Got my Della Terra order in today! I had mentioned that I was interested in the Peach Oolong in a discussion, and I received it as a sample! I don’t know if that was a coincidence, but I really appreciate it.
This is the first one I decided to try. It smells minty in the bag, but after being steeped there’s not much mint at all. I can taste the creaminess, but not much mint or chocolate. I added some sugar, which really helped quite a bit. I feel like this would be really good with milk, but I don’t have any :( I think I might steep for longer next time, since the range on the bag is 2-5 minutes.
Tea break! I’ve been trying to force myself to use CLEANING THINGS as a coping skill for my stress and anxiety rather than avoidance and misery… it’s going okay so far, but I’m only an hour in. (Which is totally time for a break!)
I haven’t had this tea in a long time, and it’s one of my faves.
I know a lot of people are upset with this one because it’s smokey, but honestly, I have to say that I enjoy it. I wasn’t sure at first, but now that I’m revisiting it, I’m definitely liking it. I’m a little disappointed that it isn’t what I expected, but I do enjoy it for what it is.
I decided to try it with milk this time, to see if it brought the chocolate out any more. The red sprinkles make the milk look really odd. There’s a faint bergamot, with the smokey flavor upfront. There’s definitely more of a creamy milk chocolate flavor that I couldn’t taste much without the milk. I still don’t recommend it to anyone who doesn’t like smokey teas, but I’m really enjoying this one now.
Hmm, so this is an interesting one. I’m not sure if I like it or not yet. In the bag, I could smell plenty of milk chocolate and a bit of a bergamoty smell. However, it didn’t really taste like that. The chocolate was there, but the very first thing I thought when tasting it was that it tasted like somebody took the orange out of Davidsteas Chocolate Orange Puerh. I haven’t had a chocolate puerh, but I would imagine it tasting just like this. Now don’t misunderstand, it wasn’t bad. It just wasn’t what I was expecting. Perhaps chocolate does weird things with bergamot? I did brew this in my travel mug, so I will have to try it normally and make sure there wasn’t any contamination, though I really don’t think there was.
SIPDOWN! I’m going to try to around 84 teas before my two orders arrive haha. So I am cold brewing this in the fridge currently, will try it after a few days. I loved this tea hot, so I am excited to try it cold, and will probably order a bit more of it when I place my next Della Terra order. Not for a while though! Although the new teas look quite yummy! Salted Caramel and Root Beer! :D I will hold off though. Wayyyy too much tea on the way. See previous notes on this tea :)
Last day of my undergrad degree today! Whoop! Unfortunately I am in super freak out mode, our big presentation is tomo and we haven’t rehearsed/finished it yet… Gahhhh. Hope we get it done! Anyways, i oversteeped this tea today by 2 minutes, but it’s not bad. Comfort teas will be in order tonight to attempt to relax for tomorrow. See previous notes on this tea.
ETA – speaking of comfort teas, i see that my 52 teas was out for delivery today!! That also means my whispering Pines shouldn’t be too far behind, as I ordered it before the other. Hope it’s there when I get home!