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So today I am trying a bunch of new teas that I have had sitting here since earlier this week and just haven’t had time to get to! So here’s another Della Terra one I am trying today :) earlier this week I tried the Lemon Lime Cream tart and was quite impressed, I didn’t log a note on it though. Maybe I will try it after this one to compare these two, and maybe my Lemon Chiffon while I’m at it!
This one smells sooo limey and good in the bag. Definitely key lime pie. Not much lime bitterness either. I steeped for 4 minutes. The steeped smell is not quite as lime and a bit more of the cream (yay cream!) but the lime is definitely there. There isn’t a strong rooibos smell in this one either.
Ooh, this is another really good rooibos. Lemon Chiffon definitely has some competition! This is smooth and very much natural lime tasting, with the lovely cream to tone it down and make for a sweeter aftertaste. I will definitely have to brew up some Lemon Lime Cream Tart to see how the lime tastes compare. This is delicious and pie-like, while Lemon Chiffon was more cake like to me. Maybe because there’s more lime pies than cakes? Lol, all these creamy, delicious teas are making me sleepy! Might have to have a little nap, as I am finally relaxing from the week. Anyways, back on track here…
Overall, another stellar rooibos from Della Terra. I’m not sure which of the three lemon/lime rooibos’ (sp?) is my favorite, but after a few more steeps of each of them, maybe I will have come to a decision about which one will be the one to keep in stock. Or I’ll just keep them all in stock. :D
Oh, and as this tastes like lime pie, Happy Pi Day!!!
Happy Father’s Day!
I will probably have an Earl Grey later as that is my dad’s preferred type of tea to drink (bagged of course; I will have loose leaf lol), but I wanted something chocolatey and minty this morning, and I’ve been hoarding my last bit of it, so I need to start drinking it down. Perfect for a cloudy, looks like rain type of day that today is shaping up to be. I hope Della Terra brings this tea back, it’s the best chocolate mint tea I’ve had to date. See previous notes on this tea :)
So it’s ridiculous weather here. Now they actually have been closing major roads, massive multi car pile up on the main highway…I am hiding inside with tea. This one seems perfect for this crazy spring snow day. Creamy, sweet, warm, comfort. Delicious. I’m hoping that they cancel classes tomorrow :D I could get so much work done and drink so much tea! See previous notes :)
Mmmm yes, my St. Patrick’s day tea. It would be kind of nice if this became a permanent in the DT collection, even if the shamrock sprinkles have to go. I really like the creaminess of this tea, and this cup has a bit more mint that the first one I had, I think. I much prefer this over Swiss Mountain, the vanilla just adds the perfect touch to the flavor! See previous notes :)
So I was going to wait until St. Patty’s this weekend to have a taste of this, but I am craving a chocolatey tea right now so I am making a cup! I received this in my try me pack this week. The dry smell is very much reminiscent of Swiss Mountain, with a touch more creaminess. I steeped for around 3 minutes. The steeped smell is very good, chocolate and mint with cream! Yes, the creaminess definitely is present, especially when the water first hits the tea. This tea reminds me more of a milk chocolate mint with all the creaminess, rather than dark chocolate. It smells so yummy, pretty excited to try this cup!
So as for the taste, yeah, this is pretty darn good. I very much like this over Swiss Mountain, as the vanilla in here adds just enough sweetness that it makes the cup seem fuller and not as watery. The start of the sip is where the mint and chocolate are the most prominent, the chocolate being not very strong but enough to make its presence known. Then the aftertaste…mmm, this is my favorite part. The mint fades into the delicious vanilla and it lingers on and on, a wonderful, cool sweetness. I am very impressed with the cream flavor Della Terra makes, whether it be in their flavored rooibos or other blends like this one! It’s so creamy and light and sweet, perfectly done. This is actually reminding me a bit of baileys and hot chocolate with mint! And maybe it’s that I’m comparing this to Swiss Mountain, or that it’s snowing here, but I totally feel like I’m at the top of a mountain in a ski chalet sipping this down after being coated in snow from skiing! :D
Overall, this is really good, and while I’m not sure this is really a chocolatey tea, it is very tasty for me! But then again, I am definitely a vanilla ice cream fan over chocolate ice cream :P but this was a very good one to try!
This was part of my Touch of herb try me pack. I’m not a fan, but I should mention that it contains several ingredients I do not like: orange peel, chamomile, and cardamom…ick! It also contains St John’s Wort, which I’ve had some problems with in the past (albeit in much greater concentration).
Along with me not really caring for the taste of this tea, it’s not agreeing with my stomach right now. I’m glad I had the chance to try it in this sample size, but it’s really not for me.
And the sipdown saga begins! I am making cups 2 at a time right now haha, non caffeine and caffeinated to alternate and hopefully get through some bags! This one is the first SIPDOWN of the day, wanted to get started earlier but I had a long nap lol. I actually didn’t have enough of this to make on its own, but I mixed in a bit of Raspberry vanilla rooibos from Zen Tea as I normally do with this one, so it should taste quite yummy. A very good rooibos, but I probably won’t restock it yet. See previous notes!
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.