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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/
I just had Santa’s Secret yesterday from DavidsTea, but that wasn’t enough peppermint for me. I thought I’d have this one so I can try and compare them.
It seems to me that the ingredients are near identical, except Candy Cane has chocolate and possibly more vanilla, while Santa’s Secret has more mint!
I think this tea is a little weaker than SS, but it still has some nice flavours. I wouldn’t associate chocolate with candy canes, but as a Christmas tea it works! Each sip starts with the base black tea, then makes way for the chocolate before I’m actually hit with a bit of mint. It’s extra nice if you hold it by your nose, while you curl up with a book.
I’m still not sure which I like better, which means I’ll just have to brew both at once and compare!
I wish we could add tags to our cupboard! It’d be great to add “christmas”, “core collection” or “pawn off on someone else” to our teas. :)
On the First Day of Christmas … Della Terra Teas sent to me … THIS tea!
This is actually a backlog. As I am writing the reviews of each tea to be published on the day that they are to be opened, I decided to start a wee bit early so that I could write the review without feeling rushed to get it out on time. The sacrifices I make for my blogging … I tell you!
Anyway… this tea is really very nice. A beautiful dry leaf that smells as good as it looks … and has a delicious pear flavor.
Here is my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2012/12/14/on-the-first-day-of-christmas-della-terra-teas-sent-to-me/
Finally got a chance to try this tonight.
So first off the smell is overly cinnamon! The coffee is more of an undertone to the scent and i could barely smell the cloves.
I’m not sure how long i steeped this..it got away from me. Steeped…i really can’t taste the coffee..instead this totally smells and tastes like red hot cinnamon hearts. I kind of think this would be good if steeped in alcohol…or made into a cocktail :)
I am officially down to 60 teas. Most of what I have left is in larger quantities but…60! Seems like hardly anything. I need to place an order for some more variety if nothing else but the problem is there’s no one company I want to order from – I want 1 or 2 teas from 4 or 5 companies. And I don’t want to place that many small orders. Ugh, I sound so whiny, even to myself.
Can you tell I’m in need of my vacation next week?
Anyway, as the weather seems to finally be warming up for good I’m going to enjoy this last vestige of fall/winter comfort. The spiced apple still smells fantastic and with creamer it is positively lush – it actually kind of reminds me of a hot bowl of apple cinnamon oatmeal, which I think justifies it nicely as a breakfast option.
Come fall, I will definitely be seeing this one again. On the wish list it goes!
It’s like I have short term memory loss where apple pie is concerned. I love it, but only when its right in front of me and I’m smelling the baked apple cinnamon- otherwise I’m apt to pick other fruit pies as my dessert of choice.
This tea is that smell of baked apple cinnamon – reminiscent of chilly fall nights that demand warm food. The taste is mostly apple cinnamon but there are still hints of a pastry crust.
I haven’t really had another apple pie tea so I can’t definitively say its my favorite…but it is REALLY good. Like, I only have 1 or 2 cups worth left and am sad I can’t buy more good. Hopefully I can find a good substitute because I like the idea of having an apple pie tea as a cupboard stable.
Backlog from yesterday.
This is fall in a cup. It’s been one of my go to teas lately is so consistently good with a bit of milk and sugar. Did 3 tsp. leaf to 14 oz. of water/half and half and it was strong and spicy, the way I like it. The apple is surprisingly sweet and not astringent and the most prevalent spice is cinnamon but that’s what gives it a real pie crust note so I’m not complaining.
At the rate I’m drinking through it I imagine I’ll be decupboarding it very soon. :(
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!