Della Terra Teas

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87
drank Ginger Snap by Della Terra Teas
63 tasting notes

I’m a rooibos fan from the one’s I’ve tried. Grabbed a sample pack of this from my last Della Terra order to see if I can handle ginger in my teas.

Smell is hard to define. I smell the rooibos and some spices but I just can’t make anything out for sure.

First sip is pleasant! I like whatever the combo of flavors brings. I get a “zing” from it. No bitterness. Hint of citrus? maybe that’s the mango or pineapple. It’s a happy cup for me. Uplifting.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 30 sec

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75

Wow…It’s been a long time since I’ve done a proper tasting note! I am still making my way through my last orders of Della Terra and Verdant Tea, as I wait for my newest order to arrive!

The dry leaf for this tea smells wonderful! It is very strong and the almond is definitely very present! I found that the tea kept its smell once it was steeped as well.

Mostly, this reminds me of a nice amaretto tea. It isn’t heavy on the chocolate, although I do get those notes as well. The flavour isn’t as strong as the smell, but in this case I definitely consider it a good thing. It has a nice balance of sweetness on its own, and tonight I added a tiny bit of vanilla agave (I am in love with the stuff) and it works great together.

I almost always find that chocolately dessert teas benefit from a splash of milk, and this one was no different. It’s perfect for when I want something hot-chocolately but not heavy. It isn’t my favourite dessert tea, but I would consider buying it again. I’ll definitely drink the rest!

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93

Loose
Appearance: large oolong kernel, dark olive grey green
Aroma when Dry: sugary sweet, hints of butter notes
After water is first poured: buttery sugar
At end of first steep: buttery, creamy, sugary sweet
Tea liquor:
At end of steep: clear
Staple? Type yes, would buy brand again
Preferred time of day: afternoon, evening
Taste:
At first?: buttery sticky rice
As it cools?: starts to get nutty, popcorn texture, creamy, slightly lingering close, starts to get bodied, brothy
Additives used (milk, honey, sugar etc)? No
Lingers? Yes, buttery rice notes, mostly high in palate

Second Steep(5 min):
At first: buttery, nutty, creamy
As it cools: gets bodied, rich, salty, brothy, buttery notes lighten a bit

Third Steep (5 min):
Light, brothy, nutty

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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80

Thanks Sil for this sample!!
The chocolate in here is indeed artificial tasting but somehow, in this cup, I don’t mind. It’s pleasant.
And… for some reason I am getting fruitiness in the cup when sans milk or sugar. Now that it’s cooled I get mostly chocolate.
Bah! When I portioned it out, I accidentally underleafed my cup so that could be why. Whatevs, it was tasty and I’m happy :)

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88
drank Snow Fairy by Della Terra Teas
24 tasting notes

I really didn’t think I would like this as much as I do. The reason I was a bit unsure was because I am not a massive fan of pineapple. Turns out I’m into pineapple and vanilla though!

I’ve had a lot of flavoured black tea recently, so switching to this white and green mix was very refreshing. Visually, The tea looks nice and light, with flecks of red peppercorn and the light pineapple. It is very appealing.

The dry and wet smell reminds me of baking. That lovely warm cupcake vanilla with the pineapple immediately puts me at home in the kitchen baking with the wife.

The liquor is a pale yellow and tastes incredibly refreshing. No one flavour stood out above the others, which is a compliment because they all balanced very well. My main fear was that the pineapple would be overpowering, but that’s definitely not the case. It’s just slightly sweet with the vanilla, and the pineapple comes in just after that.

The green and white leaves mix well here. It seems to me like the green stops the vanilla from being sickly and the white adds this butteryness that probably blends to give me that cupcake vanilla and baking association.

Very pleased I tried this tea now. One problem though, I know others in the family who would love this tea as well, and this means I am going to have to share my sample! Oh well, just an excuse to order some more ;)

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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72

Loose
Appearance: large camomile puffs, bright yellow, sparse purple lavender buds
Aroma when Dry: fresh, bright camomile, hints of lavender
After water is first poured: bright, juicy, apple-y camomile
At end of first steep: bright, fruity, camomile
Tea liquor:
At end of steep: clear
Staple? Type yes, this blend seems to have much less lavender then preferred
Preferred time of day: evening, or if needed medicinally
Taste:
At first?: fresh, sweet, bright camomile, hints of lavender on front of mineral lingering close
As it cools?: notes open, sweeten.
Additives used (milk, honey, sugar etc)? No
Lingers? Yes, camomile brightness

Second steep (3min):
Lavender notes surface, camomile gets lighter, notes sweeten greatly

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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89
drank Orange Brulee by Della Terra Teas
2245 tasting notes

Yeeaaaah!!!! Note 1200, with 4 minutes to go! (We’re pretending I live in Alberta, ok?) Also, happy slightly belated 1-year Steepsterversary to myself. Hahahaha. Like anyone with me on their dashboard could have missed it…. O.o

Anyhow, this tea! I epically failed at steeping it the first time, but this time used my usual oolong parameters, and MASSIVE SUCCESS! Caramelly, orangey, with a light oolong background. This is pretty good. I’m sad that I wasted so much leaf (SO MUCH.) on a miserably failed attempt, but glad that I can now rate this tea while drinking a properly brewed, delicious cup of it! Had I more of this, it would probably make it into the morning rotation, but I only have enough left for a cup and won’t likely be making another Della Terra order in the overly near future (please don’t come out with new blends!) so… it will have to wait. Eventually, though.

ETA: Not sure if it’s just my tastebuds, but infusion #2 wasn’t great. Ah well. The first was awesome.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Alphakitty

Happy Steepsterversary!

Sil

Haha yay for you! :)

Veronica

Yay! Congratulations!!!

Kittenna

Thanks! :D

Indigobloom

yay! congrats!! :P

Shmiracles

YAAAAAAAY!!!
i knew you could do it.
drinks all the teas!

Cavocorax

Good job! That’s so much tea. I hope you managed to sleep last night!

Kittenna

Haha, I was fine and slept well… but I didn’t drink all that much tea today :P

Bonnie

WOW I’M SO PROUD OF YOUR ACCOMPLISHMENT!!!!!

Claire

Congrats! :D

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89
drank Orange Brulee by Della Terra Teas
2245 tasting notes

Ok, whoops. I was brewing things up absently at my boyfriend’s house on Saturday and didn’t read the package for this one. Assumed it was a black, threw a bunch of tea into the infuser, and brewed it up into an 8oz. cup… When I took out the infuser (a Finum basket), the entire thing was filled to the brim with expanded leaves! I quickly realized that it was a) an oolong, so I probably shouldn’t have gone with boiling water for 4 minutes, and b) that I measured out an appropriate amount of tea for a Timolino, not a cup. End result? A rather bitter, unpleasant cup with a nice orange caramelly aroma/flavor. Unfortunately though, I really did ruin it, so it’s a good thing I have more to try! I think this one may be quite good when brewed correctly.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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67

Sipdown! 806.

Yum! I forgot that this one was pretty tasty. No weird rooibos flavours, just sweet, slightly appley nuttiness. Kind of like Forever Nuts, but way more subdued, and infinitely more nutty. Ok… so maybe not so much like Forever Nuts, haha. It does remind me a bit of a cider-y type drink, though.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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67

Almost there!

This honey bush blend reminds me a LOT of Amoda’s Honeybush Haze that I tried a couple days ago, but not quite as tasty. It’s appley, nutty, and honeybush-y, and that’s about it. Not bad, but I’d prefer the Amoda version if I was to have this one again.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more
MissLena

You’re soo close! Man, I would be swimming if I had as much tea as you have had today :P

Kittenna

Oh let me tell you… I feel a bit bursty haha. All total I will have had 6 thermosed cups, 2 cups at work, 10 cups here, and 4 half-cup re-steeps. For a total of 20 8oz. cups of liquid, give or take a bit. :D

MissLena

Wow. I would be in the bathroom every ten minutes!! Well it’s all for a good cause at least :D

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16
drank Dirty Chai by Della Terra Teas
2245 tasting notes

Sipdown! Blehhh, this tea smells really odd. Spicy but… not in a pleasant way. Perhaps I’m smelling orange, cloves, and cinnamon but there’s also something else offputting in here. ACK! First sip and this is ridiculously, unnervingly sweet! I can taste the coffee now, and the flavor, aside from the SWEET, is not as bad as the aroma indicates, but…. Blargh, this is not my cup of tea. I’m surprised you used up as much as you did, Sil! Thanks for sharing with me – at least I have one tea to permanently cross off my list. Perhaps this would be better tempered with milk, but I’m really not a fan of pre-sweetened teas… and this is just sickly sweet. I’m afraid this one’s headed for the drain; after the two delicious chiffon teas and two delicious chocolate teas I just drank, and the huge number of other delicious things in my cupboard… yeah, I can’t.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
Alphakitty

I didn’t really care for this one either and I LOVE Dirty Chais, it was just really cinnamony. Gonna give it another shot simmered with milk.

Sil

Haha I always feel like I should give teas a few chances.

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75
drank Hearts & Roses by Della Terra Teas
2245 tasting notes

Sipdown(s)! (798 – I missed noting down my Black Cherry Matcha sipdown yesterday)

I didn’t have quite enough of either this tea or Pineapple Upside Down Cake for a full travel mug’s worth… so I decided to combine the two! There was a bit more tea than I really needed for a full mug’s worth, but I used it all anyways as Della Terra Teas don’t have strong enough bases that it would cause problems (I was right). The result was pretty decent – caramelly sweet like PUDC, but with the chocolate of Hearts & Roses. I never did taste pineapple or cherry, respectively, when I previously tried each of the teas, so unsurprisingly can’t pick either out here as well.

Either way, pretty enjoyable! I wouldn’t pick up Hearts & Roses again (Love in a Cup was better), but I’d probably pick up Pineapple Upside Down Cake, possibly for blending. I like having “sweet” teas to tote along with me :)

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
Sil

no more tea ordering for you. no more.

Starfevre

798? seriously? With my trades added in (which I don’t count in my cupboard or as sipdowns usually) I don’t break 300. I can’t imagine having almost 800 teas.

Kittenna

Mmhmm… I’m a bit of a tea hoarder, sigh. As in, I hate drinking the last of any samples, which leads to perhaps slightly inflated numbers.

Starfevre

I’m a hoarder as well (of…a lot of things. Like empty used envelopes. Useless things), but I’ve felt better about not hoarding tea since I encountered the term sipdown as something to be proud of.

Sil

starfevre – yeah 300 is too much (imo) totally overwhelms me

Cavocorax

Woah. That blows my mind! How much space does that take up?

Kittenna

Probably less space than you’d expect, because about 325 of them are from swaps, and of the remaining 475, I’d say at least half are sample sizes. If I organized things better, it would probably just take up… a large cupboard, haha.

Cavocorax

Haha. Well that’s not so bad then if you look at actual ounces of tea, right? (Except… except it’s probably more tea than you would ever drink in your life!)

Kittenna

Oh, haha, no, it’s definitely possible to get through it all, especially if I stop buying tea :P I’m not sure of the timeline, but it’s certainly less than a year. I only have >100g of maybe 3 or so teas, and >50g (or about 50g) of maayyyybe 25 more? If that? So they are all fairly small sizes. :)

JoonSusanna

OMG I thought 798 was a typo. Have you got photographic evidence? :)

Kittenna

Ahahaha. A select few people have seen a messy picture of my stash, but I’m not letting the rest of the world see it :P Hopefully when I get settled into my new place, I’ll have some time to organize things and take a pic that I’m willing to show to people :)

Sil

cough

Kittenna

Don’t even!

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75
drank Hearts & Roses by Della Terra Teas
2245 tasting notes

Travel-mugged, and pretty decent. Love In A Cup is definitely better, though, although both are very similarly flavoured. I’m not getting rose here at all, which is not an issue for me.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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75
drank Hearts & Roses by Della Terra Teas
2245 tasting notes

Another tasty one! Haha, I’m all over the chocolate teas tonight, apparently. This one isn’t quite as tasty as Love in a Cup, but it’s chocolatey and a bit caramelly, and I’m getting a bit of fruitiness. Although I’m ok with rose not being a dominant flavor, I would like to get more cherry in here. The chocolate is a touch on the artificial side, but at least for now, it’s working for me enough that I’d happily drink this again!

(Look at me inch towards 1200!!!!!)

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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93
drank Lime Chiffon by Della Terra Teas
2245 tasting notes

Guzzled a giant cold-brew of this one just now… so delicious. So incredibly delicious.

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more

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93
drank Lime Chiffon by Della Terra Teas
2245 tasting notes

Oh man. Cold-brewed a huge cup of this yesterday and guzzled it within five minutes. SO DELICIOUS. I’m running low on my 2 oz… but have plenty of other honeybush blends to cold-brew so I can’t justify getting any more. Sigh. Gotta try cold-brewing Lemon Chiffon soon too – don’t have much of that one left either…

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more
Lariel of Lórien

Personally, I like the lime chiffon better as a cold-brew.

Kittenna

I like the Lime Chiffon better overall, so suspect that will be the case for me as well – but worth a shot!

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93
drank Lime Chiffon by Della Terra Teas
2245 tasting notes

Took a cold-brew of this to the boy’s house yesterday. Tried to sweeten a bit of it for him to see if he’d like it, but definitely didn’t put enough honey in…. ah well. He said it wasn’t terrible or anything, he just still preferred juice. At least he tried it!

However, I am sad to say that I gave in yesterday and took a box of Nestea crystals home with me from his house, so he can have iced tea with his meals here (since he only likes 2% milk and I buy 1%, and I keep buying juices with coconut in them by accident (he hates coconut)… such a terrible girlfriend.). I still hope to attempt iced tea with La La Lemon…

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more
Nxtdoor

I’m trying to catch up on everyone’s stories on here, and the background. It’s like a really good show that you start watching on season 3. You know NOTHING. Are you trying to convert someone? “the boy?”. Again, I’m not up to date with your progress but I am trying to get my partner to drink tea also and the path of least resistance seems to be the “juice” teas. I gave her iced pink lemonade from DAVID and she loved that. Also goji pop. Nice and sweet. Have you attempted these?

Kittenna

Hahaha, when I have time to follow people a bit more closely, I try to do the same thing! It’s kind of fun :D

But yes, the gist is that my boyfriend is the classic “smells like tea” sort of guy. All tea smells like tea, and when he ventures a guess as to the smell (based on my prompting), it is inevitably wrong, because he just picked a random flavour of of thin air. He does like bottled iced tea, so I’m trying to figure out what I can make him that he might like. I expect that “juice” teas would perhaps work for him (albeit sweetened), but I haven’t really tried thus far. My goal was to brew up/sweeten/add lemon to some black teas and see if he likes it, but I often forget to do so before he comes over. I chilled some La La Lemon the other day, but the only sweetener I had was maple syrup – he sniffed the tea and liked the smell (!!!!!) but thought it tasted funny. I blame the syrup, so want to try again with either white sugar or honey.

Anyhow, I highly doubt that I’ll ever “convert” him, but it would be nice to see him drink some tea, particularly if I could get him to reduce sugar intake by doing so (not that he necessarily needs it reduced). :D

Nxtdoor

I think new people are afraid of black tea. Because you’re right, it smells like tea! The fruit ones from DAVIDs(goji pop, mango madness, tropicalia, pink lemonade) don’t really taste or smell like tea. And then once they drink it (muahaha), you can say "did you like it? cause… it was TEA!) . Might give them confidence to try others. Booze also works. I put rum in her organic buttered rum and she liked it. ditto for vodka in the tropical teas. good luck!

Kittenna

Yeah, he shies away from “tea smell”. Sigh. Yet likes Nestea, which I personally find drying and astringent. I probably should give those fruity ones a go :D Neither of us really drinks much alcohol, so that probably wouldn’t work well for him (and would require me to buy booze… the horror!), but you’re right… I should start him off easy. Haha :)

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93
drank Lime Chiffon by Della Terra Teas
2245 tasting notes

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Preparation
Iced 8 min or more

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93
drank Lime Chiffon by Della Terra Teas
2245 tasting notes

Ohhh maaaan. Finally got around to cold-brewing this (and I did a side-by-side hot-brew-then-chill comparison as well). This stuff is wicked cold-brewed. Massively creamy, delicious, limey goodness. It’s perfect. And I didn’t notice any difference between hot-chill and cold-brew methods, so don’t bother doing anything but chucking some of this tea in a cup, filling it up with cold water, and leaving it in the fridge for a while. I highly recommend a bombilla for subsequent consumption of this tea, as it eliminates the necessary to futz about with straining the tea or whatever. And for the most part, the bombilla prevents little rooibos pieces from making their way into your mouth.

Anyhow! Very impressed with this one. I have DT’s Lime Gelato sitting downstairs to attempt both ways as well soon, and I’ll see how it compares to this one. I think it may have the edge on tasting a bit more fruity, but it probably will lose this battle. Yeah. Lime Chiffon is that good.

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more
Tea Sipper

I’ll have to try this cold brewed but I’m new.. how do I get the leaves out of the mug after “chucking some of the tea in the cup”?

Kittenna

My preferred option is to use a bombilla, which is basically a straw with a filter on the bottom, so you can just drink the tea and avoid sucking up any bits. However, it seems that the rooibos bits are pretty fine in this tea, and I was getting some in my mouth (ick), so the other option is to then dump tea + leaves from cup #1 through a brew basket into cup #2 :)

Tea Sipper

ah, okay, I had no idea what a bombilla was. But it definitely sounds handy for drinking iced teas! thanks

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93
drank Lime Chiffon by Della Terra Teas
2245 tasting notes

Tea #1 that came along to my tea meetup with Sil, Indigobloom and Raritea! We seriously spent about 6 hours just doling out teas. Not even kidding. All in all, a super fun day! I should definitely be asleep now.

This one was tasty in the thermos, as I expected. Once lukewarm, it tasted a bit thin though, which I wasn’t particularly fond of, although the flavour remained delicious.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more
TheTeaFairy

Steepsterites gatherings always sound like lots of fun :-)

Sil

We need to have one near Montreal sometime :)

Indigobloom

Road trip??? :D

TheTeaFairy

Sil, now that’s an idea!
OMG, Indigo, road TEArip ?? Could be like that movie, SIDEWAYS, except that we’d go visit teahouses instead of wineries!

Indigobloom

hahaha YES! I would so be up for that!!

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93
drank Lime Chiffon by Della Terra Teas
2245 tasting notes

Just…. yum. Better than lemon chiffon, so I will sip the rest of that down soon, hopefully, and focus on this one. Mmmmmmm.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more
Sil

better than LEMON CHIFFON??? Oh man…i need me a sample of this one!

Cavocorax

Aaarhg! I probably have at least another week before my order arrives. I keep reading these awesome reviews and getting impatient.

Kittenna

You are getting one Sil! :P And Cavocorax, yeah, it’s delish :D My Della Terra orders usually arrive reasonably quickly, about a week or so! It’s nice!

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93
drank Lime Chiffon by Della Terra Teas
2245 tasting notes

Hah! My gamble on getting 2oz. of this without even trying it was successful! I swear, I opened this one up and it smells just like key lime pie!! Yum!! Steeped, it still smells true, so I crossed my fingers that it tasted such as well… and yep. Tastes like lime fluff. It’s just a touch bitter, but I suspect a shorter infusion will help with that – I’m thinking that it’s the citrus peel that’s causing it. A re-steep is not too bad either, though I should have used even less water than I did.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more
Indigobloom

I always find limes a bit bitter heh

Kittenna

It’s really only the peel/pith that are, and I’m quite certain that that was the issue here. Not that it was a big one. This was darn tasty!

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88
drank Love In A Cup by Della Terra Teas
2245 tasting notes

Gotta say that I’m pretty sad to say that this is a sipdown. This was really a very, very tasty tea. Quite sweet and marshmallowy, and I really think it would be a great addition to my travel mug rotation (which it was in, twice). I am guessing that this tea has been at least temporarily discontinued as it was a holiday tea, but I’m hoping it’s back next year! Yum yum yum.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
Alphakitty

I have a 2 ounce pack of this that I haven’t tried yet, though almost every time I go in the kitchen I open it to sniff. I think this weekend I will do a side by side comparison of this, Eight Candles & S’mores!

Tealizzy

What? It’s being discontinued? I better savor every little bit I just got!

whatshesaid

I would love to read a review comparing this, Eight Candles and S’Mores! I was wondering about the differences.

Kittenna

Tealizzy – actually, I see that it’s still around! I figured since Professor Grey was discontinued, they had maybe discontinued all holiday teas.

whatshesaid – I no longer remember what s’mores tasted like (though I have some left), but in my opinion, Eight Candles was similarly flavoured but did not have a strong enough base tea. It tasted much too fluffy/sweet with nothing behind it. Love in a Cup was WAY better for me. I think I liked S’mores too, so I’ll try it again soon to see.

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88
drank Love In A Cup by Della Terra Teas
2245 tasting notes

Quick tealogging… gotta keep working.

Thermosed this one on Saturday along with 4 others to take to the boy’s house. This one went down quick…mmmmm. Chocolatey and marshmallowy. And I even got a re-steep that tastes like marshmallows! I’m not sure if there’s a ton of theoretical difference between this one and Eight Candles, but I adore this tea! If I need to add a 1 or 2 oz. packet to a future order, this will probably be it (if I still have a good stock of Lime Chiffon and Chocolate Pumpkin Pie!)

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
Sil

mmmm looking forward to trying this one

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