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What a delicious Thursday morning.
The air is crisp outside and I have the day off. I’m trying to psych myself up to make an apple pie and chose this tea to get me motivated…and I think it worked! A little sugar and milk and I’ve got cinnamon apple amazing in my cup. There isn’t a note of crust, per se, but the cinnamon adds a sort of pastry note…. its heavy and comforting and complements the chill in the morning.
Had with some homemade waffles and maple syrup for breakfast, because it just seemed like the thing to do. Now off to go make some pie crust! I love fall!
I got put on standby for work a few nights ago and was settling in for a night of Buffy (I’m 10 years late on this show, I know) this tea, and a slice of pie when I got called in. GAH!
But I had an hour to get there and I live 5 minutes away so I just took my time and enjoyed this cup. It was perfect! 2 tsp. leaf to 10 oz. water with some milk and sugar and I was drinking heaven. There was strong apple and cinnamon mostly but some weak pastry notes in some sips.Apple pie is more of an early fall pie for me but it made me realize that we’re almost to September, somehow. This year has just slipped right on by me.
I ended up having a really good night at work and I like to think it was because I at least took the time to fully enjoy this. I should honestly remember to have a cup every night before I go in!
I love that the dry leaf smells warm – like cinnamon apples steaming inside a freshly baked crust.
But I think that the dried apple bits that are in the dry leaf almost have a hibiscus effect here – they make the tea very tart even at the 3 minute mark. It’s a balancing act though because I like the strength of the base at 3 minutes – just not the extra astringence from the fruit. In other words, I need sugar to help bring the two flavors together.
Once the sugar gets added it is perfect – apple cider-esque with a cinnamon pastry feel on the end. I love apple pie, and this is a great way to have it without going through the prep work of the real thing. Yay for instant gratification!
I was in the mood for a latte tonight and thought this one would work well.
Steep notes: 2 tsp. leaf, 6 oz. water, 6 oz. milk, no additives.
The smell of the dry leaf is probably one of my favorite things about this tea – it is fresh baked apple pie, straight from the oven – spices, fruit, crust and all.
I think I could have gone a bit longer on the steep time for this, as the flavor isn’t as strong as I’d like. Mostly spices right now as it is still hot from the stovetop.
Oh, wait – as it cools I’m getting more of the apple-spice combo. The crust notes are mostly in the smell, and occasionally in the aftertaste. In latte form this has a really nice body to it. The milk also probably takes away that hint of astringence I noticed the first time.
Bumping this up a few points for sure…this one’s a keeper!
The smell of this makes me think I’d better save drinking it for lazy days. Mostly because all I want to do is crawl under a blanket with a mug of this and a book. It is so comforting and homey!
Steep notes: 2 tsp. leaf to 14 oz. water, 2 oz. milk. No sweetener.
The base in this tea peeks out more than in S’mores or Eight Candles. It also is a smidge astringent, and the milk didn’t really help smooth it out much. I’m wondering if that might also be a slight bitterness from the apple peel?
Eh – I think this one needs a little sweetener to help bring out its flavors a little more. That or a little longer steeping, which I’ll try next time, too. The smell is amazing – and if I can get that smell to turn into taste, then this will be another reorder, too.
Yay for wonderful tea!
I really enjoy the flavor on this one, but it’s not the best Della Terra Tea I’ve ever had. I love the mix of chocolate and chili, and it’s a dark chocolate flavor (my fave) to boot. But there is a slightly artificial flavor taste to it.
(I used to make my own bath salts and soaps for fun and I used an artificial chocolate scent. That’s what it reminds me of.)
Still this is decent and decadent. I’d buy it again.
i like this one less and less each time I drink it. :(
I’ve finally more or less got a routine started at work where I bring my 16 oz thermos filled with prepared tea and let it cool to drinking temperature (because I’m too busy to sit down most days) for a few hours. Last night I sat down to this, and…ugh. Smelled great, even tasted caramelly and marshmallowy, but it was just so thin and watery that I couldn’t enjoy it.
I’d like to give it away to a good home if anyone’s interested…
I have a few days off now so it’s time to drink some tea!
This was in the same order as the S’mores tea but I preferr that one so have been drinking it more. But today I wanted this!
It’s very sweet even without sugar. And it tastes like carmelized/toasted marshmallow. I added a spot of milk and that made it super creamy, but it doesn’t actually need that either. Still, this is something that I just don’t reach for as much as I thought I would – so I likely won’t buy it again.
Doesn’t mean I won’t enjoy what I have, though. :)
Tried this as a latte, half milk, half water, no sweetener, below parameters.
I got a burnt sugar-ish smell, which made me thing I’d somehow singed the leaves (and which, incidentally, was not pleasant. But the taste was mostly creamy marshmallow, helped out enormously by the milk.
I like this but I still think it has nothing on the S’mores tea. I’ll finish what I’ve got easily but I’m not too sad over this being a seasonal blend.
My tea habit is out of control at the moment – and I would sigh resignedly here, but I honestly don’t care. :)
In general my life is spinning fast – with all good things, but it’s just suddenly there is an abundance of things to do, lists to make, books to read, teas to drink – and I am having trouble getting focused enough to make headway in any organized fashion.
The solution? To drink tea, of course!
I tried a sip of this without milk and found that at the below steep time I definitely had some slightly astringent black tea on my hands – not a bad thing, but I went ahead and added milk to get that out of there. And for next time: definitely stick to the 3 minute parameter. I also think that initially there was a slight note of artificial caramel – it vaguely resembled that weird note in David’s Salted Caramel, anyway.
However as it cools, I’m getting more of a genuine caramel taste with some sweet/creamy notes from the marshmallow, which the milk had to help along. This is good! I liked the S’mores better – I probably dreamed about it last night I loved it so much – but this one is right up there with the best of my dessert-for-breakfast teas.
I have to say I am SUPER excited to try out the rest of the teas from my order – I am loving Della Terra so far!
Smells AMAZING! Definitely tastes nutty—it’s absolutely delicious. I can’t think of a single bad thing to say about this tea. I’m on my second steep and it’s just as good as the first. The leaves still smell fragrant, so I might even go for a third. It’s creamy, probably from the coconut, but all the way through is just that wonderful walnut flavor. Why do I only have a sample size? :’(
Good news: my shift is over.
Bad news: my shift was absolutely freaking terrible.
Good news: I’m not coming back to work for a week! And also, this tea.
I wanted dessert after the crazy night I had, so that’s why I picked this. While the flavor is a tad weaker than I remember (I think I undereleafed) I still get enough marshmallow, chocolate, and graham cracker to make me feel like myself again.
I need to sleep now – but I just got a book about pie that I really want to crack open. Decisions, decisions…
It’s like coming home, being back here.
I can’t believe it’s been 12 days! Most of that is because of stupid moving house, which is taking forever and still not completely done. My proudest moment is moving a couch, just my boyfriend and I, from one third story apartment to another. Still not sure how we managed that, actually. But it happened, and no one got hurt. :)
We’ve done some unpacking, but I just never managed to get around to unpacking my Breville until today. I waited until we got our little IKEA shelf (http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/80135298/#/60135299) over at the new apartment because I was promised carte blanche with a Tea Nook, and that sucker has long been what I wanted to use as the centerpiece.
Anyway, this tea was the first one I thought of to brew up at my new beverage station! It still needs a few refinements but for the most part all of my tea and supplies fit nicely, with Brevy hanging out on top. I wanted something desserty and rich, so this was perfect.
Mmm… with milk and sugar it is just the shot of energy I needed right before I leave to start my 3rd 12 hour shift in a row. Can’t wait for a day off to finish putting my tea obsession together!
Made this with milk and sugar yesterday morning to celebrate having a week off from work. Yay for random vacations!
I’ve been making an Excel spreadsheet for my tea collection to keep things in some semblance of order (since no matter how organized my actual stash is, the mishmash of tins always makes it seem sloppy). This one has it’s own tin, and will be kept in constant supply. I really think I enjoy it more than actual s’mores!
Pretty sure this tea saved my sanity today. I was kind of out of it after work so made this latte style on the stove with a bit of sugar.
Last summer I went on vacation with my family and boyfriend up to Asheville and we stayed in this mountain cabin where you couldn’t get cell phone service. There was a fire pit out back and we sat around it on our last night there, making s’mores. You really can’t eat more than one of those but it was so fun making them. Even if I did have to wash my jacket because it absorbed that gross smoky smell.
After a what seemed like a night full of people not understanding/listening to me, the idea of being back there – with only the sounds of the fire, and the forest and people who DO listen/understand me – was just what I needed. I love this – even moreso because of the nostalgia factor now.
This is definitely always a tea I’ll have on hand.
Backlog from this morning…
You know what doesn’t work with this tea?
A lower steep temperature. I found this out by accident when my Breville was set to brew at 195 instead of 212 degrees. The lovely chocolate marshmallow graham cracker combination was very weak and unbalanced.
Won’t do that again!
So this is my first order from Della Terra teas, and this is tea I picked to try first since it was the reason I even placed an order. I have to say a huge thank you to them for sensing my need for instant gratification, too – I ordered this Sunday night and got it today (Wednesday). It’s like they knew me and my impatience, haha.
Steep notes: 2 tsp. leaf, 8 oz. water, a splash of milk, below parameters.
I got this mainly after being disappointed by the Toasted Marshmallow Tea David’s has out right now. The name of that really put me in the mood for s’mores, and I ordered this hoping for a semblance of toasted marshmallow flavor. Okay, here goes!
Well, the above silence was me drinking 3/4 of my cup. You know how someone who has been without water will try to gulp it down once they have access again? I pretty much just did that with this tea.
This tastes and smells exactly like s’mores, but also manages to preserve a good balance with the black tea. How are there graham crackers in here? How are there marshmallows?
This is amazing. Like, let me just get a huge tin ready because this is going to be a permanent tea in my collection. It’s a good thing we’re planning on moving to a bigger place in a few months, because the rate I’m going my tea will need its own pantry!
EDIT: I went for a second steeping of this (ended up being 10-15 minutes steep time) and though it’s thinner, with the added milk it tastes almost like hot chocolate – the chocolate and marshmallow are more prominent than the graham cracker now but it is still really good. And no bitterness or astringence is evident from the base either – this tea is magic.
Just realized I still had some of this sitting in the back of my tea stash. Glad I saw it this afternoon, as it seems to be just what I wanted. The marshmallow/caramel combo was really warming, and especially nice after shoveling snow. Nice, creamy, and delicious. Like hot coco, only better (not a huge chocolate fan, here. I know – gasp)!
So, I had posted a review on a mysterious tea sample I had recieved called “Dreidel Dreidel Dreidel”, and suspected it was in fact the same tea as “Eight Candles” by Della Terra Teas. I bought this in order to verify my suspicion. After tasting this, I’ve concluded that this tea is the same as that sample. In order to save me some time, I’m just going to post the tasting notes I wrote for the other sample here:
This tea is really nice. It smells like hot coco w/ marshmallows to me. The taste is also very similar to hot coco, only less chocolate, more caramel. The marshmallow comes through pretty nicely (this from someone who dislikes marshmallow), but doesn’t make it too sweet. It also makes for a slightly creamy cup, which I found rather enjoyable. The sugar candy also adds a little sweetness, but it isn’t like drinking a latte or anything. Just present and pleasant. It’s a smooth cup, with the black tea base just breaking through to give the cup a nice, subdued, black tea taste. As I’ve said in previous reviews, I’m not a fan of strong black teas, so this brew was well received. The tea base is present, but contains no astringency, nor is it overpowering. The tea tastes best once it has cooled a little bit. Overall, I really enjoyed this Holiday brew.
This is the second sample I tried from the Fruity try me pack. Sadly, I was a little disappointed with this tea. The blueberry taste isn’t as obvious as I like, and there is something about the freshly brewed smell that kind of reminds me of the Playdoh I used to play with when I was little. I used to love playing with Playdoh when I was little, but I don’t want my tea to smell like it.
I had high expectations for this tea because I absolutely adore David’s Tea blueberry jam, and although I wasn’t anticipating an exact match, I was hoping for a similar intensity of the blueberry taste. It didn’t deliver. Oh well, can’t win them all. This tea is not bad, but it won’t be joining Lemon Chiffon on my Della Terra Teas repurchase list – there are so many other teas that I enjoy so much more.