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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.
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!
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
At end of steep: clear
Staple? Type yes, would buy brand again
Preferred time of day: afternoon, evening
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
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 :)
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 ;)
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
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 :)
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!!!!!)
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…
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…
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!)