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My third and final tea that I sent out to the participants of the 12 Days of Christmas Swap. Mmm… this is so deliciously rich and creamy. A really good representation of a vanilla tea … and I’m really glad I chose this as one of the three teas. For me, it was between this and the French Vanilla Assam from 52Teas, and ultimately, I chose this one because I had already tasted the French Vanilla Assam but not this, and I wanted the teas to be an adventure for me as well as the other participants … and since I was already definitely sure I wanted the maple tea, I wanted the other two to be teas I hadn’t yet tried.
And I’m really glad I’m trying this today. Sweet, creamy, decadent vanilla flavor. Rich, smooth, and yummy.
Another 12 Days of Christmas tea from LiberTeas she shared three great teas with us for her day – day 3.
This is a wonderful vanilla through and through – from Della Terra Teas of course.
I am a huge Della Terra fan – they have some of the best flavored teas!
Thank you LiberTeas for sharing not one but three yummy teas with us!
On the Third Day of Christmas … Della Terra Teas sent me this tea!
This is a bit of a backlog, as I did enjoy the tea a day or two ago so that I could write this full-length review and schedule it for publication today: http://sororiteasisters.com/2012/12/16/on-the-third-day-of-christmas-della-terra-teas-sent-to-me/
This tea isn’t as “gingerbread-y” as I would have expected from a tea called “The Gingerbread Man,” instead, it had a really delicious creamy element to it. I really enjoyed this, creaminess, and the sweetness of the cup overall, but, I did find myself wanting a bit more of a snappy gingerbread taste.
Got this as a free sample for my Della Terra order.
I was pretty worried about hibiscus being in this. It’s such a tart, overpowering flavor. The scent of the tea itself seemed off to me, too. It was trying to be a chai, but also seemed to be trying to be fruity, too. Fruity and chai just aren’t flavors I’d put together, you know?
So anyway, I steeped this for right at three minutes, because hibiscus can be bad news if you let it go too long. Fruity flavors and milk don’t go together, so I just kept it plain.
Surprisingly, this blend worked! The deep red color of the liquor was gorgeous – my favorite part of hibiscus is the color it adds to the resulting steeped tea. The spiciness of the cinnamon/ginger/cloves did a good job of balancing the hibiscus, too – in fact, the spices and orange peel really could fool you into thinking the hibiscus was more cranberry like, since both are so tart and astringent anyway. Or – maybe the actual cranberry in the blend helped give it a cranberry like taste. Wow. My brain really isn’t operating at 100% today.
Anyway, in a nutshell- this was good. Tart, spicy, good with or without additives. My mom and I drank it last night on a dark porch under the glow of christmas lights, and this really added to the holiday feel. I’m super glad I got to try it!
What is the deal with me and texture and Della Terra Teas lately? This did just what Eight Candles did and was unpleasantly thin, even with milk (WHOLE milk) added in. Sigh. This one only has a few cups left though so I’ll just wait a bit and see if I’m just in a funk taste-wise. I really liked this at one time..
2 tsp. of this with 1 cup milk and 1 cup water. No sweetener.
Initially this was just a slightly sweet (cocoa-sweet more than fruity-sweet) creamy latte but as it cooled the cherry turned a touch medicinal. I guess that’s a good reason for me to just drink it faster next time, right?
Also, there is an actual mug with my favorite tea quote on it…and since I broke my DAVID’sTea mug a few days ago I might actually be able to justify getting one.
Lookit! and SQUEE:
I like this one so much – I mean, the flavor is SO dead on for a chocolate covered cherry!
And I only got an ounce of it, so next time Della Terra has a sale I will be getting this. And more of the S’mores. And probably some other ones just because I’ve had such good luck with their teas so far.
Sigh – at least I’ll be coming into Christmas money soon – my wallet can’t mourn what it never had, right?
Backlog from yesterday morning.
Steep notes: 2 tsp. leaf, 14 oz. water, a splash of milk.
This smells and tastes like chocolate covered cherries! That awesome part of the chocolate taste that I did like from Dubbele Chocolade is present here, without the aftertaste that I didn’t like so much. The cherry flavor is perfect, too – it blends perfectly with the chocolate.
As far as the mouthfeel – the milk really gives this a thicker, chewy texture that takes this from good to decadent. Sigh – I wish I had more than an ounce of this!
I’ll inch the rating up on this one a bit.
It does well with milk. By “well” I mean that it gets rid of the artificial aftertaste while adding texture. So this was, in effect, a mug of hot chocolate (dark chocolate, even!) without the sugar. I’m more into vanilla than chocolate as a rule, but when I do want chocolate, I’m thinking this will be what I end up drinking!
Backlog from Friday morning.
Steep notes – 2 tsp. leaf, 8 oz. water, some milk, no sweetener.
The dry leaf smell is heavenly – pure dark chocolate! I love dark chocolate so this is promising. After steeping it still smells the same, so yay! And initially the flavor is matches up too – but then there’s kind of an artificial aftertaste taking away from that awesomeness. Maybe I used too much leaf? Or oversteeped? I don’t know. The other thing is that even with the milk it seems kind of thin in texture.
Of all the teas from my Della Terra order, I was least impressed with this one. But, on the plus side, I have only had one cup, so I’m sure I can tweak it! Maybe more of a latte style will work with this blend, since its taste is so reminiscent of hot chocolate.
On the Second Day of Christmas, Della Terra Teas sent to me … this tea!
This is a backlog, since I do “cheat” a bit and drink the tea a day or two early so that I can write the review for the SororiTea Sisters blog and have it publish on the day that the tea represents. So, here is my full-length, now-published review for this tea: http://sororiteasisters.com/2012/12/15/on-the-second-day-of-christmas-della-terra-teas-sent-to-me/
I really liked this one. I liked that it was similar to many of the sweet-hot cinnamon-y teas, but there was a certain mellower attitude to it that didn’t assault the senses.
Ok I had a few hours sleep after my tank fiasco which was not an awful lot to run on today. Needless to say I have been sluggish and tired all day, sort of a lazy day but making up for it tonight.
My husband is now home after work with some sealant that says it repairs a tank within 48 hours. Last night we emptied half the water out and left it to drip over night. All our fish have been saved along with the majority of our shrimps and some snails. Our job tonight is to completely empty the tank and let it dry so we can find out where the leak is. That means sifting through the sand to find our assassin snails and my husband is just catching the last of the shrimp now. Shrimp are very fast!
We both have tomorrow off work so we should start the repair then. For now tonight we still have a looong night ahead of us. I’m going to try my best again to save what remains in the ruins of the tank.
To start us off we have a pot of Oatmeal Raisin Cookie. I have enough for one more pot too so I may take the rest to work as a treat.
I fell asleep on the sofa after a few cups of blueberry tea and awoke craving cookies. A couple of days ago I served oatmeal raisin cookie to cheer up my husband after his visit to the dentist for a root canal. From what I remember it was suitable to full fill my immediate craving.
Feeling sleepy eyed and being reminded by my cats that I missed their dinner time by a massive 30 minutes from it’s regular time (bad mummy they said) I made myself a cup of tea, whilst slouched over my kitchen side completely lethargic. Winter draws away my energy so I added a 0 calorie sugar to try and get it back.
There is a warming cinnamon glow with sweet fruitiness filling my nostrils with an aura of freshly baked cake/cookies. With the added sugar this is much sweeter and mimics some sort of cake very well, the oats seem to make this tea that little bit different from your average dessert/sweet tea and they are noticeable in flavour. As far as oatmeal raisin cookie goes I would say it (A) lives up to it’s name in terms of flavour and fragrance (B) is delicious and © perfect for those naughty cravings we all get from time to time.
Oatmeal raisin cookie in 3 minutes, just add hot water….simply bliss.
Yum yum. I’ve ben absent from Steepster because work has been so so crazy. Plus I’m finally getting over the flu/whatever I had and can taste again. No point in drinking all my lovely tea and not being able to taste anything!
I do love this tea, I was actually expecting it to be a darker oolong when I first got it but I like the orange and creaminess with the lighter oolong.
Yum! Grabbed a sample size of this during the Black Friday sale. Really lovely and very tasty. I love teas with orange peels in them, especially the little swirly ones they make the tea look so pretty.
Anyway, this is delicious! Sweet orange flavor mingled with caramel and creme. It really does taste like a dessert. I’ve been trying to tide my sweet tooth with tea, and this definitely hits the spot. The fiancé even likes it, I am slowly converting him. ;)
Tea: 2 tsp
Water: 16 oz
Brewing method: Forest teapot
I have really enjoyed this tea. Della Terra makes a delicious vanilla mint, and I think their base tea works especially well with this one. This is a tea I can drink anytime of day and have always liked. That said, I was sorta happy to drink the last of this today. Spring is in the air here, and I’m ready to not have mini candy canes, no matter how cute they are, floating in my tea basket. I will, however, be looking for this one next fall/winter!
Vanilla and mint, mmmmmmm. This is just what I need this morning. Most holiday teas I try to finish before the end of February, (when my spring fever usually kicks in full force) but this one is so nice that I know I’ll be sad to see it go.
Right now I’m going to curl up on the couch and watch my kitty freak out at the snow we got last night. She keeps running from window to window trying to figure out what is going on. It’s incredibly amusing. :)
There are holiday teas that hit you in the face with flavor. Kinda like opening a door and having a room full of people shout Merry Christmas at you. It’ll get your blood pumping, but there’s only so many times you want that to happen during one holiday season. This is not that tea.
This tea is more like walking in the door to your favorite relative’s house, having him/her give you a hug, and say – not shout – Merry Christmas. You still feel all happy and festive inside without also feeling overwhelmed. I guess what I’m saying is that sometimes less is more, and in this instance Della Terra did less the right way.
The tea – The dry tea is adorable with the little candy canes poking out here and there. So cute! Once brewed the liquid is lighter than I expected given the three minute steep, but it smells great. All mint and vanilla, but it’s light… soft. I like it. The mint is there, but not in your face. The vanilla gives the cup a creamy dreamy taste. And the base tea is really good. I love being able to taste the tea itself! It’s smooth and lends itself well to the vanilla flavor. Lovely.
This just might be my choice for a Christmas morning cup of tea.
So when Frank announced this week’s blend of Genmaicha S’mores, I bought it without hesitation. I hope it’s as good as Browncoat Genmaicha. I also picked up a
Raspberry Strawberry Honeybush because more decaf options are always good and that one was rated so highly.
Anyways… now I’m in the mood for S’mores and I won’t get my order for about 2-3 weeks (stupid shipping to Canada… #grumblegrumble). This will have to tie me over! Actually… I’ve only got enough for one more cup after this one so I better make it last.
I’m drinking so much tea today but I just can’t shake that sleepy feeling. Wakeupwakeupwakeup…
I want to learn Spanish on duolino, and I want to read Anna Karenina so I can finish it for the 25th, and I want to play guildwars2, and I’d like to play Gravity Rush on the Vita. I also want to sort all my tea, but I’m out of mini ziplocks. Watching Sherlock or Doctor Who would also be grand.
This is a nice tea, and I feel I’ve worked my way up to it by drinking ‘regular’ teas first.
Oh lovely! This is one of the ones I was really looking forward to! I can taste the marshmallows, the graham crackers AND the chocolate. It was almost too much to hope for!
The black tea base is silky smooth, and the melted sugar etc makes me think of caramel goodness, or that toasty bit when the marshmallow is crisped nicely. I steeped it for 4 minutes to make sure the flavor was nice and strong and there’s no astringency. WIN! \0/