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82

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 :)

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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82

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!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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82

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.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 45 sec
Fjellrev

Aww, I hate when a rooibos smells so tantalizing but then it all just disappears.

MissLena

It actually came back a bit after cooling, and the taste is definitely vanilla :D

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96
drank Swiss Mountain by Della Terra Teas
1139 tasting notes

Yay, it’s a sip down. I really like this one, but it’s nice to make room for all of the Shamrocks & Shenanigans I have coming in.

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96
drank Swiss Mountain by Della Terra Teas
1139 tasting notes

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.

Cavocorax

Meh. Comparisons are useful! Especially for tgose who’ve had more of DavidsTea than Della Terra, For me, this just reaffirms that I should get more of this instead of ordering Read My Lips.

Fjellrev

Ah, too bad you don’t have a store nearby, because then you could just order it to go or get 10g. Maybe you’ll luck out and get a sample of it in one of your orders! Because you never know, you may end up liking RML more? It depends on what you like.

whatshesaid

I figured out the major difference, it’s the peppercorns in RML! I have to taste test again but I much prefer the Shamrocks and Shenanigans so far. And I might prefer this one to RML too if I give it a fair (unbiased) chance

whatshesaid

(I can see how that may have been obvious to others but it’s been awhile since I drank RML and when rereading the label I was like “OH, that’s why it smells so spicy compared to the other two!”)

Cavocorax

Hmmm… IDK about the peppercorns. I guess I could get it as a go-cup someday, but I seem to like DTT’s chocolate teas more than Davids so I should just make a DTT order. :P

whatshesaid

I think the peppercorns are what bumps RML to the bottom of the 3 for me, now that I’ve had the chance to taste 2 similar ones. Poor RML, we used to be so close.

Fjellrev

The odd part is for me, the peppercorns don’t seem to make a difference. They’ve been really sparse in both bags I bought in the past, so the one or two that end up in my pot (I usually brew two cups) don’t do anything anyway.

I still need to try the Shamrocks and Shenanigans. I hope the little shamrock candies won’t make it too sweet.

But I agree, so far, I prefer DTT’s chocolate.

Kittenna

Ahaha, couldn’t figure out in my emails what on earth RML stood for :P Had to actually navigate here to check.

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82

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.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 30 sec

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100

Sipdown tea #7! Thanks yappychappy!!
I love, love chocolate mint teas. This one smells delicious! The flavor is creamy, minty, and chocolatey. The chocolate is very creamy and not fake tasting. The flavors are in perfect balance. I’m enjoying this cup :]

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87

Slowly finishing off my sample of this. I really like it. The chocolate notes are heavenly and blend well with coconut and almond :]

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87

Thank you to whoever sent me this one! This one smells amazing. Nice chocolate and coconut aroma. The flavor is more on the chocolate coconut with almond in the background. It’s a nice chocolate tea. I like this one :]

BrewTEAlly Sweet

I believe it might have been me…

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87

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 :]

Lariel of Lórien

Almond joy tea?

KallieBoo!

Pretty much :] I like Almond Joys. I just am not a super fan of teas that have the same ingredients.

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100

Took this with cream and sugar. It is super nommy. I feel like I’m drinking an pineapple upside down cake smothered in whipped cream. So creamy, sweet, and cake like. MMmmmmMMMmmmmMMMM

Lariel of Lórien

It’s even more awesome as a gold brew.

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100

Mmmmm this tea is amazing. It’s sweet and has delicious baked notes. I’m always surprised at how good this is whenever I drink it.

Lariel of Lórien

Try it cold, it’s even more awesome.

KallieBoo!

So you just cold brew it?

TastyBrew

I love it cold too. I haven’t ever cold brewed it though, I’ve been meaning too. I brew it strong and then pour over ice.

Lariel of Lórien

I’ve probably had it more as a cold brew.

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100

Sipdown tea #2! Thanks go to yappychappy for a sample of this. The aroma is super sweet and cakey. The flavor is very much like pineapple upside down cake. Sweet, fruity, and has a bit of the cakey-ness to it. I might need to order some of this…..

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87

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.

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87

I can’t cheer for this enough. Added a bit of cream this morning, it’s so well done! I love this, perfect vanilla!! Bumping up my rating!

Courtney

I’ve been looking for a perfect vanilla. I’ll have to keep this one in mind :)

whatshesaid

Every time I look at the bag sitting on my counter I want more!! (Even if currently drinking something else, haha)

Cavocorax

I always forget how GOOD vanilla is. I dismiss it as ‘plain’ but then I have a vanilla latte or pure vanilla ice cream and I am blown away. I guess I’d better add this to my next DTT order!

whatshesaid

My favorite ice cream is a good vanilla ;) (well, after peanut butter fudge crunch, obviously)

Shmiracles

going on my shopping list.

Shmiracles

HAHAH that was quick. just placed an order for samples. record time.

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87

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!

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
Alphakitty

DT doesn’t often include samples, I think because they almost always have sales running! I did get one once from them, and then recently they had a 30% off + 2 free samples promotion.

whatshesaid

Oh yeah that’s a great point, their sales are awesome. Plus they sell a 1oz bag and that is great too!

TheKesser

I’m pretty sure that Davidstea directions are for an 8oz glass…

Kittenna

I think you’re right, TheKesser.

Kittenna

That said, thanks for pointing that out about Della Terra’s teas, whatshesaid! That would explain why I feel the need to use about 2 tsp/8 oz. in order to get enough flavour.

whatshesaid

Yup, Davidstea indicates “1-1.5 tsp per 1 cup” but my “cup” is 12 oz so I’ve still been ripping myself off of my trip to flavor country.

So these are definitely good things to be aware of and I am impressed with myself for noticing because normally I don’t do directions :)

Ellyn

The amount of tea/amount of water conundrum always gets me since I have cups/mugs of varying sizes…

Jackie T

I am so loving your creative writing reviews!!! the Michelle Williams of tea…so wonderful!

whatshesaid

Thanks :)

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90

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!

jessiwrites

I was kind of interested in this one, I might just have to order it now. :)

Alphakitty

If you like blueberry I think you won’t be disappointed! The more I drink this, the more I think it might actually be the best blueberry blend I’ve tried

Tealizzy

I was interested in this one too! Sounds delicious!

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90

What the heck? Sip down? I didn’t know I only had one serving left.
/sad owl

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!

Preparation
Iced
Uniquity

Reading your tasting notes reassures me that Ju Jitsu is not for me – though it sounds awesome!

Fuzzy_Peachkin

lol! Way to go get that guy! :-)

Awkward Soul / Oolong Owl

Yeah, you gotta be a “scrappy” type to practice BJJ. Not many women in it too.

Uniquity

I bruise and scar so easily, I would look like a fight club member after one go.

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90

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.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 45 sec

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90

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/

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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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!

Sil

i had it narrowed down to only really liking the lime/lemon and orange chiffon teas…the rest i can live without…and given i haven’t placed an order with them in forever…guess that means i can live without.

Fjellrev

This is the only one from them that I have left, and thought worthwhile keeping around, so I hope my tastes haven’t changed or it’s lost a lot of flavour. Damn.

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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 :)

Courtney

I agree. Straight mint and chocolate isn’t as nice as when there’s another addition to make it creamy.

whatshesaid

I guess it’s like dark chocolate vs milk chocolate…I enjoy both but creamy is where it’s at

keychange

I’m with you on adding vanilla to everything!

Sarsonator

I’m on this whole “vanilla in everything” bandwagon. Maybe I need to get my own vanilla beans and start adding at will whenever a tea needs a little extra something!

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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!

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
jessiwrites

Have you had Santa’s Secret? I am curious how these would compare. I love Santa’s Secret.

whatshesaid

I LOVE Santa’s Secret, it’s one of my faves! I will have to compare. I can’t remember if there’s chocolate in that one though, I don’t think so!

jessiwrites

No, there is no chocolate in Santa’s Secret, it’s just mint and vanilla, I believe. But I very much dislike Read My Lips, so I’m just wondering which one this is more similar to. :P

whatshesaid

ohh I see. You can definitely taste the chocolate in this! It’s probably a cross between Read My Lips and Santa’s Secret. Depends what you hate about RML I suppose!

Alphakitty

I feel like once I get my ounce of this (which is waiting patiently at my parents’ house) I am going to have to make a Shamrock Shake with it. Steel your milk with this tea, add in some ice cream… yummm

Fjellrev

Good to know! I ordered both this and Swiss Mountain in my last order but only tried the latter so far. I like it but yeah, basically RML.

Sil

one of the first teas i feel in love with when i was a tea newb was Read my Lips. Discovered The Persimmon Tree’s mint chocolate which was similar, as well as a few others. a few months later after trying teas from everywhere but david’s tea, went back to Read my lips and now i don’t like it lol. Funny how tastebuds and preferences change. it’s great!

whatshesaid

Funny how that works! I’m the same way, on one hand it’s a bit sad but cool to know my tastes are expanding accordingly )

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96

Omnomonom. This is my favorite Della Terra tea and the one that I have been waiting for as far as apple teas are concerned. Finished up my packet today, and will look at getting a larger pouch in the future. I like it best with some sweetener and milk. It makes a heavenly latte.

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