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Yum yum yum! Finally at my desk, I rushed here from an 8:00 appointment to make a 9:30 who cancelled and now I get to focus on making my TO DO LIST and planning my week (reserving meeting rooms, setting up businesses to meet with, seeing how many more clients I can meet with). I would usually hate doing this, but I had an AWESOME bath last night and I’m feeling refreshed. We also have an all day retreat tomorrow and losing that one day is making me work harder. We should lose one day every week.
Anyway, so this was originally one of my favorites from Della Terra but after trying so many other teas, I would say this is in my top 5 from Della Terra but not overall. I get the pumpkin and I get a little chocolate, but not quite as flavorful as I’d like.
It’s technically a holiday but since I’m not salaried I had the option to come in today and not use my time off. SO here I am!! Drinking tea, singing, and just doing online job searches (I work as an employment counselor, so this counts as direct service :p).
This was my 3rd cup today, as always, LOVE it. You can read the other tasting notes for it, I just wanted to log that I drank it.
I’m obsessed with this tea and I’m guessing the only reason I haven’t logged it is because I’m savoring every teaspoon of it. This is the perfect cinnamon and nutmeg pumpkin spice with a subtle and not overtly strong chocolate that balances nicely to create a decadent creaminess to the tea. This is dessert, literally. And the little sprinkles are killing me with cuteness. I need epic amounts of this in my stash.
Backlog and making sure I rate and review everything in my cupboard. I got this as a sample from Della Terra and this was also my first pu-erh tea ever. At first, the smell really turned me off but the flavor was enjoyable. I tried again a week later after going through a bunch of other tastings and found that I love this. The chai spice is warm and cozy, plenty of cinnamon and cardamom without being painfully spicy, and the chocolate is so well balanced with the spice. No artificial chocolate flavor at all. I’m still a little weirded by the smell, but maybe it’s a pu-erh thing so I’m really interested in trying more pu-erh teas.
At first I thought this was too medicinal for me, but I let it brew a little longer and the flavors I wanted came out! Brewed, it smells like a hot spiced apple cider. It tastes like a cinnamon apple sauce but with a creaminess to it from the yogurt. I would let it cool a bit before drinking to get the optimum flavors from it. Not my favorite, but I will definitely enjoy this as a bedtime tea!!
I haven’t been on very much over this weekend due to a few family issues, nothing serious just a lot of negativity surrounding my husband. We were supposed to be decorating the house today for Christmas to start feeling the spirit but that hasn’t happened. Since it’s such a shame the house is the same and I’m watching Christmas episodes on tv I thought I may as well drink Christmassy.
I chose the right choice with this tea, I opened it up and took a sniff and smiled and closed my eyes in delight. It smells like creamy vanilla peppermint with a chocolate base. Delicious! My husband saw me sniffing and came to see what the fuss was about and even he said he wants one.
Tasting without milk/creamer or sweetener. Wow it’s simply amazing! Just as it smells, smooth and refreshing peppermint with creamy and fresh. It tastes like a candy cane but with more layers, not just the peppermint. The chocolate is more in the fragrance than taste as is the black tea but it gives more depth in flavour without much of the flavour. It’s so delicious!
This is just what I need right now. Christmas in a mug.
Girls night out in Scotland!
One of Della Terra’s that came in a pretty red Christmas box!
I enjoy a good Maté, I like the malty characteristics of the roasted ones. After I opened it, I deeply inhaled as I always do, and went WOH-HO!!! This is bold! Strong smell of fermentation, malt and barley, very «boozy»!I was drawn to it cause I like the unusual, but to be honest, I was scared of how it would taste like! I brewed according to instructions, about 4 min. Expecting a slap on the face, I only got a very mild caress… I put the tea basket back in my cup, and I let it rest for another 2min. Still not enough. It ended up being steeped for a good 8 minutes. So next time, I take note to put a little more than
1 1/2 tsp. in my 8oz cup.
The taste was really good, like malty liquid black treacle, with notes of clove and a very smooth finish. I don’t get much of them but the chocolate and coconut are probable what gives that sweet finish. As for the Rooibos, I wouldn’t have known it was there at all and I don’t mind since I don’t care much for it, aside from a few exceptions.
As it cooled, I picked up whisky notes. I think this blend would be very interesting to experiment with during holiday season, I’m thinking cocktails for sure!
It didn’t hold up for a second steep, I got pretty much all the flavor out of steep one. Maybe multiple infusions will be possible next time when I measure more tea to the cup.
But all in all, this is something I will have again for sure!
Now please skip this part if you have no interest for the story
Friday was girls night out… we went to this nice pub we heard of. We were told it was a nice lounge bar, good chill ambiance and good company.
So we got there with that in mind. We went inside, and…we stopped: what we saw was somewhat distracting. You know when the DJ makes that scratchy noise with the vinyl records? That’s the sound my brain created in my head while trying to process what I was looking at…
There were LOTS of men in that pub, and they all seemed to have the same dress code: KILTS! Yes, ladies, brace yourselves, men in kilts! Turns out, Friday was a special night, some kind of Scottish men gathering. I must say that a kilt on a good looking dude has its charms :-)
We were offered beer immediately, some dark Scottish Ale of course. Now, beer and I are not best friends, but I was pleasantly surprised by this one, it was spicy, malty and woodsy, but very smooth and sweet tasting… which reminded me a lot of this maté!
Well it seems that Scotsmen live by one rule: «Cha deoch-slàint, i gun a tràghadh!» meaning «It’s no health if the glass is not emptied» (one guy actually tried to make me pronounce it Gaelic style, and I told him please just put it in writing, so I really didn’t know if it was accurate, but I checked and it seems to be!!!)
If they mean it for beer, well I mean it for tea!
Our night out wasn’t what we had expected, but we had lots of fun, we even danced on traditional Scottish music!
When I got home, I wanted to spend some time with The Twilight Sad, a fairly unknown but amazing Band from Scotland. (I’ve been on a tunes and tea mood lately) Yes, at 3 in morning, I put on their record full blast (living in the woods has its perks). Mr Right got up: What the …???? Oops sorry! Forgot it wasn’t boys night out! Yes, I am quite fun to live with apparently.
James, the signer has a haunting voice, here’s a good example of that. Hope they get the recognition they deserve one day, in the mean time, they make great tea companions!
(P.S. I know the album cover is dark and disturbing but so is their work, call it artistic approach!)
SIPDOWN – reading about all the new chocolate vday teas from Della Terra made me want to drink up my last cup of this! Not as much chocolate in this cup I don’t think, but still tastes very good! Now if I can sip down enough teas, maybe I will treat myself to some of the new blends from Della Terra. Hehe :) see previous notes on this tea!
This was the free sample I received from Della Terra Teas. Thank you!
The dry smell is incredibly chocolatey, exactly like After Eight mints :D as soon as I opened it, I was craving it all afternoon, so I made a cup tonight. It’s a bit late for a black tea, but I couldn’t resist after the intoxicating chocolate smell!
The wet leaves are not quite as chocolate, but the mint becomes more pronounced. I steeped for about 3 minutes with boiling water. The chocolate returned after steeping, and now the apartment smells like it haha. My boyfriend is not a fan of chocolate, so he is not overly pleased lol, but I made him a cup of green tea to counteract it a bit. I love it! It reminds me of dark cocoa on a ski hill!
As for the taste, the intial one was nice and minty, with a hint of dark chocolate. I decided to add some sugar (I never add sugar!) as I had read a few reviews that said that it brought out the chocolate. I agree that it did! It’s now a malty dark chocolate brew with an excellent cooling mint taste. I might try steeping a little bit longer next time to see if I can bring out even more chocolatiness.
Overall, a pretty good chocolate tea. I might also try with a hint of milk to add some creaminess to it. Very happy I got to try this as a free sample :)
I just ordered more of this, to take advantage of the sale and satisfy my craving. I just love this! As it brews, you’re treated to a wonderful caramel marshmallow aroma – and it tastes just as good as it smells. Love the little sprinkles (of course) and the gold pearls (also, of course). I left this steeping longer than I would’ve normally as I got called away, but when I returned this still tasted awesome.
Awesomeness, that sums up Della Terra Teas! :)
The second tea I’ve tried from Della Terra Teas. Again I love marshmallow and sprinkles, so of course I would love this.
As it’s brewing, OMG – it makes my knees weak!
The taste is amazing too – marshmallow-y and total happy. The sugar sprinkles are a nice touch too (of course). Not sure if I like this more than the Cinnamon Crackle but it’s definitely HAPPY!
This one is pretty tasty! I like that it has black tea AND rooibos! The blueberry is plump and juicy and real. There is just that little bit of cream or vanilla flavor that makes you realize it’s more than just Blueberry! It’s fruity yet smooth! The very best part, for me, is NO HIBISCUS! YAY!
Hello one of my faves, Miss Cinna Crackle! I really do enjoy this tea and hope it returns in the fall. In the meantime, I think I might need to stock up… and it’s my bday next week so I should treat myself anyway!
This really is an Aries tea too – spicy and feisty!
Please see other notes; this is one of my cupboard essentials.
It’s the first day in a very long time that I haven’t had a migraine. Whoo-hoo! That means I can go to work and feel productive, like a human.
I celebrated with this tea. This is easily one of the best cinnamon teas I’ve ever had, and one of my all-time overall fave teas. It’s a cupboard staple. I wish more cinnamon teas could be like this one! :)
And it’s only partly because of the Pop Rocks… ;)
I’m torn – is this my fave Della Terra Tea or is Eight Candles?! I can’t decide. Regardless, this is a cupboard essential. If you love cinnamon, this is your tea. I used to be able to stand Bigelow’s Cinnamon Stick, but after having this, I say, “Where is my cinnamon, b**ch!” ;)
The Pop Rocks just make it that much more, well, rockin’!
I purchased this in my recent Della Terra Teas order. Well, technically, I didn’t – I forgot it, but I called them and they added it to my order. Yay! Love great customer service!
This tea is tied with Eight Candles as my fave Della Terra Tea. I love anything cinnamon and the Pop Rocks just makes the flavor that much more rockin’.
I actually wrote a short story in college that included a tea cafe in which the owners added cinnamon to every dish. Yeah, I love it that much. :) The tea cafe was just a setting, not integral to the story, but I’ve always wanted to add it to a future story. What was it called? Cinnamon’s! Of course!
This is my first official Della Terra Teas tea – and what an awesome inaugural blend! I love anything cinnamon, so of course I would love something called Cinnamon Crackle – complete with every 80’s child’s fave candy, Pop Rocks. ;) This is in-your-face cinnamon, cinnamon to the max – and this is a cupboard staple.
I gulped down one cuppa and could reinfuse for a second time, so even better.
Now I see why all you Steepsterites love Della Terra Teas – great prices but quality tea!
Also, I should note, this is sweet enough on its own (probably because of the candy).
It’s love at first sip. Cinnamon Crackle, I cannot live without you. You complete me.