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I could vent about how horribly our final project is going, but I will spare all you steepsterites from my misery. Sigh. I needed this tonight because a) it’s been another trying day b) this is sweet and soothing and delicious c) I had too much salt at dinner and need a sweet balance. The smell itself is wonderfully comforting in this tea, it’s still too hot to drink. Toying with the idea of using the DT Easter code and getting a bit more of this, but ehh, I already placed a tea order tonight (I like to order tea to make myself happy when I’m down hehe). Maybe later this weekend. Anyways, see previous notes on this tea :)
I’ve been drinking tea all night and just haven’t felt like logging them haha, but this one I will before I head off to bed. Creamy, smooth, comforting roobios blend right here! Yes you can taste the rooibos, but it blends very nicely with the cream soda flavor that is in this tea. Perfect for before bed :) see previous notes, night steepster!
Ahh I’ve tried 3 other of my new Della Terra teas but didn’t have time to write notes for them! All were very good :) I will get around to writing notes once I have cups of them again! Anyways, I am writing a note for this one haha. I got it in my try me pack because I love rooibos and vanilla.
The dry smell is very vanilla, like, a lot of vanilla. I think there may be some vanilla bean bits in the bag making it very rich, it definitely smells like very strong vanilla bean ice cream. Not bad :) I steeped for somewhere around 4 minutes. The steeped smell initially was very vanilla, but at the end of steeping, I get mostly rooibos. Hmm, where did the vanilla go? Ah! The vanilla returned a bit after the cup had time to cool!
Now for taste…yes, it did not disappoint! At first all I got was rooibos, then the aftertaste hit…yep, lots of vanilla! I can definitely see the likening to cream soda with this one, it has a very sugary aftertaste that is almost spot on to it! You still get a vanilla-beany taste though in the earlier aftertaste.
Overall, I’ll admit, I was a bit skeptical on this one, but it turned out to be a rich, vanilla creamy filled dessert rooibos. I shouldn’t have been worried, Della Terra knows what they are doing with rooibos flavoring! This is a nice decadent treat, very nice as a dessert or before bed, or during homework, as I am doing right now.
Sitting in the library analyzing a Swedish textbook, which I used many moons ago, for a paper. Simultaneously brings back memories and makes me feel old. On that note, the name of this tea makes me wish I were in Zürich again. Sigh.
As for this tea, peeps are right. This smells like After Eight. Compared to DT’s Read My Lips, the peppermint has more POW. It’s cooler and evokes images of After Eight’s luscious, creamy centre.
Steeped, it smells almost the same, but as for the taste, this is definitely more pepperminty. Also less sugary, probably because the mint brittle in this isn’t just plain sugar like the candy lips you get in Read My Lips. The chocolate is a little darker too.
I should really stop comparing things. But that’s how my world works, yo.
I was on the fence about this tea for a long time, but I’m finally ready to announce my verdict. While it doesn’t taste like biting into an actual oatmeal raisin cookie, this tea does share some very similar flavors. Overall, a pretty tasty tea.
This tea smells like a bakery. I think the brown sugar and oats really contribute to the cookie-like quality of the smell. Once brewed, the cinnamon packs a bit of a punch which blends really nicely with the other flavors. I don’t get much from the raisins at all. Honestly, I think they’re just eye candy.
As far as resteeping goes, it’s pretty decent for a flavored tea. I’ve found that keeping the first steep short really helps. For a long time, I found the 2nd steep of this blend to be almost flavorless until I found the sweet spot— 2:30 for the first steep, 5 minutes for the second. While enjoying my second steep today, someone sitting a few seats over from me could smell the cinnamon and clove!
For experimentation purposes, I steeped this a third time. I accidentally let it go for 15 minutes! The black base was not bitter at all, which I found remarkable for such a long steep. That being said, the tea was incredibly weak and the cinnamon was the only other flavor I could detect. I can live with having just two good steeps, though.
Sipdown tea #6! Thank you yappychappy!
Mmmm the aroma of this tea is nice. The flavor is nice too. Most of the time I can’t really stand coconut and chocolate teas. This one is a bit different and I think it’s thanks to the almond. It’s pretty simple but it’s still nice. All flavors (including the black base) are present.
EDIT: As it cools more of the chocolate flavoring starts to come out and I’m enjoying it a little more :]
Had a cup of this late tonight, it’s been probably close to a year since I’ve had it, it’s still good but maybe not 97 good. That’s how I had it rated before.
I guess I’m spoiled by black teas that actually taste amazing on their own, I feel like this one wouldn’t taste like much without the vanilla flavoring. It is very dark and rich though, good for a coffee lover in that respect. You could probably even add cream to it and not weaken the base.
But I presume DTT uses the same base for all their black teas? It’s not awesome. But I still like this. Just not enough to bother resteeping. And not 97.
So it’s getting lowered now.
So I was very excited to get home today after work to find my Della Terra order waiting for me on the counter. (Incidentally, I was surprised they didn’t include any samples! Not sure what the criteria is but every other tea company I’ve ordered from has included samples!)
This tea was one of the five I ordered, including Love in a Cup, Lemon Lime Tart, Shamrocks & Shenanigans and S’Mores (in case you were wondering!)
I had a face palm moment when I noticed that the directions on the tea pouches called for 1-1.5 tsp of tea per 6oz, and realized my mug was 12oz, the directions for Davidstea are probably the same and so I’ve been skimping on tea this entire time! Ugh!
Anyway. I added the proper amount of tea to this mug (about 1.5 or more Davidstea perfect spoonfuls) and then I got distracted and accidentally steeped it for like 10 minutes instead of 4ish.
Needless to say this was a super strong, intense and flavorful tea! It surprisingly didn’t get too bitter so I still drank it no problem. It was sweet but not too sweet, full bodied, rich, dark – (All the qualities you’d want in a man?? Haha, sorry. Just found that funny as I was re-reading it) – really tasty and definitely vanilla-licious! Almost a “classy” vanilla. Sort of like the Michelle Williams of tea. Maybe Michelle Williams as Marilyn Monroe in ‘My Week With Marilyn’.
In summary, I really enjoyed it. For some reason I thought of blending it with H&S Paris sometime because they both seem classy to me. I mean, relatively high quality, natural vs artificial tasting, not cloying but more of a jazz loving 32 year old. “Classy” isn’t proper tea lingo.
I really like similes tonight, my apologies. I will resteep tomorrow and report back with an accurate rating.
edit to add – drank my second steep of this this morning, which was more like my first steep should have been (since the first one was STRONG!). It’s a really good tea. I could see this being my go-to breakfast tea. It’s rich and full bodied and all the things I said earlier. And the perfect vanilla tea.
I have coffee addicted friends and family who have said “I wish I could love tea as much as you do so I could give up coffee! But tea is just too weak and tasteless.”
I get what they mean, because coffee is pretty substantial, but a lot of tea is pretty watery (particularly if you don’t use enough leaves when making it duh), this is a tea I would recommend to my coffee loving friends. A gateway tea :) YUM!
Blueberry coffee cake! That is what this tea tastes like. It’s not as in-your-face cake-y as Pineapple Upside Down Cake, but the flavoring is still there. Soft cinnamon backs up a very natural tasting blueberry flavor for a really wonderful cup.
While this is a green/black blend it tastes like a pure green one to me—and looks like it too, it brews up very pale! I’ve been looking for a good cinnamon & blueberry tea and this is most definitely it. The cinnamon isn’t hot and spicy like in some other Della Terra blends, but warming and soft like you’d find in baked goods. The sprinkles add a little sweetness so you definitely don’t need any added sugar in the cup!
Plus it’s such a pretty blend, the pink sprinkles and green leaves really make me think of Easter and the egg hunts I used to do as a kid. My cousin’s neighbor had a HUGE farm and she would hold a massive Easter Egg hunt there. Eggs filled with candy, not real ones! It would take all day to find them all, they would be everywhere: tucked down rabbit holes, hidden in tree branches, even some in her house hiding under table legs and in teapots! There would always be a few in the chicken coop too snuggled in with the real eggs. It’s a miracle we never broke anything (both her china and our limbs from climbing around so much!). Some of my favorite childhood memories are from that farm and for whatever reason this tea is bringing me right back there. A lovely blend!
What the heck? Sip down? I didn’t know I only had one serving left.
now I need to do a Della Terra order soon, as I only got a little Lemon Chiffon left after this.
Anyways, I got hit in the nose in jiujitsu. I’m okay, though my nose just feels weird, not in pain or bruised. I’m consoling myself with this tasty creamy tea, iced, with sweet lemons. The other good thing was I got the guy back, he didn’t expect some girl to shoulder lock him, muhhahahaha!
Darn cold! This tea tastes bland and I know it’s not bland! This tea is freaking delicious creamy lemony and bit of lime tastyness!
I even added a couple lemon slices and some honey too! Though, bland is better than bitter – which happened last time I got sick and it got to my sinuses.
Not the most tasteful joke, but it’s my husband and he’s that kind of guy. I was complaining about my sense of taste being out from being sick and he said, “As long as you don’t make your tea with 100 bags”. Uggggg!
Time to save my good teas and switch to lemon, ginger, honey, cayenne brews until I’m better.
I bought 2oz of this tea, I figured it be good!
I was totally right! I’ve had Lemon Chiffon before, which is amazing, and this one has that lemon drop yummyness, but also with a little bit of bitter lime flavor thrown in. Very creamy of a tea. No funky rooibos taste. The dry leaf smell of this tea is out of this world!
I figured I will try to have this or Lemon Chiffon always in stock. I really need to snag some Lime Chiffon too!
Full review on my blog, the oolong owl http://oolongowl.wordpress.com/2013/03/12/lemon-lime-cream-tart-from-della-terra-teas-tea-review/
I think I can officially say I’m over DTT.
I decided to keep this one in my stash 10 months ago, but I made it today at work when a dessert craving struck me and my observations are as follows:
- even though i used a TON of leaf, it’s still weak in flavour and colour after i added some milk.
- whatever black tea base DTT uses, I don’t like it. And all of their black teas have that weird taste. yuck.
I had rated this 86 once upon a time, but I’m just going to remove the rating. This tea is 2 years old.
It still SMELLS amazing, however. I bet some people would still love it. I have just moved beyond.
If anyone wants the rest to try, it’s YOURS!
This was my “stroll with the baby” tea for today….drank as part of my “try everything in the cupboard to see how you feel” project.
Those aren’t even good names for my activities. But it sounds purposeful!
Anyway. I was rereading my previous review on this and it was kind of gushy….but you know, I really really enjoyed this. Still. It still brings me joy.
It’s basically what I’m looking for in a chocolate mint tea, because the vanilla makes it creamy and full of yum.
Seriously, there’s nothing that vanilla can’t improve!
This tea gets to stay :)
Crap, this is really good.
I feel like I’m about to break my first love’s heart but I gotta do it – this is better than Davidstea’s Read My Lips.
There, I said it.
The other day I drank some Swiss Mountain (also Della Terra) that I received in a swap (didn’t review it yet), and I was pretty meh about it. I thought to myself “Self, you never have to buy this because Read My Lips is way better!” In reality they’re probably pretty similar, I will have to compare. Anyway, so then I ordered an oz of this.
When I got it yesterday I thought to myself “Self, why did you order this? It’s probably really similar to Read My Lips and you already love Read My Lips so what were you thinking??”
Then I re-read the description which includes the words “Vanilla Mint” and I was like OH YEAH, THAT’S WHY.
So, I was doing the sniff test last night, between this and Read My Lips (Swiss Mountain is at work), and this smells WAY creamier thanks to the vanilla. I had to make a cup of this before bed because I couldn’t wait to try it. I’m drinking it again but it’s not really a re-steep because I added a bunch more leaves since the mug I have is twice the size of the dainty little frou frou one I used last night.
I might have to buy more. It TASTES almost like a Shamrock Shake. You know, the sweet green chemical concoction that McDonald’s releases every year around this time? Except obviously better. The balance between all the flavours seems pretty spot on. I need it to cool down a bit but it’s already great.
I am really pleased with this. I’m all over vanilla and therefore the addition of such means Read My Lips has been bumped. Sorry old friend!