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drank Candy Cane by Della Terra Teas
1060 tasting notes

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. :)

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93
drank Candy Cane by Della Terra Teas
1060 tasting notes

Backlogging.

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.

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82
drank S'mores by Della Terra Teas
1774 tasting notes

Unexpected sipdown!

This hit the spot, even though it’s late and I probably shouldn’t be drinking it. I just saw the new Doctor Who and I wanted to celebrate.

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drank S'mores by Della Terra Teas
1774 tasting notes

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.

Fjellrev

Browncoat is that good, eh? Funny, I’m patiently waiting for this one to come in the mail. Should be here any day now, but you make me want to snap up some of Frank’s, yet I want to try this one first. Ugh!

I hear you on the shipping. I just try to forget about the order altogether haha.

Cavocorax

I really enjoyed it, and I think CrowKettle missed it after sending me a sample. :P

Hope you enjoy the S’mores! I t’s not an every day sort of tea, but when you’re in the mood for it, it’s just perfect!

Kittenna

Raspberry honeybush??? Memory not recalling that one. heads to 52teas site

Cavocorax

Oh, whoops. :/ It was strawberry (with cinnamon and vanilla…)

Sil

i know a few people over here have had issues with the browncoat so i think it’s hit or miss. heh.

Kittena – NO MORE LOOKING AT TEA SITES

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82
drank S'mores by Della Terra Teas
1774 tasting notes

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.

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82
drank S'mores by Della Terra Teas
1774 tasting notes

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82
drank S'mores by Della Terra Teas
1774 tasting notes

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/

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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drank Candy Cane by Della Terra Teas
1774 tasting notes

Sipdown!

This is my third cup for today. I didn’t log the other two kinds because they were disappointing. It was a bad day for tea. Or foe tea as my autocorrect suggested. :)

Kasumi no Chajin

foe tea! I like that, and it was for me as well recently. ending the day logging a much loved tea I have tried once now, I know there is at least one tea I tried today that won’t make it past the 1 tasting note I will commit to later this week!

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72
drank Candy Cane by Della Terra Teas
1774 tasting notes

Just dumped this because the chocolate was too thin and gross. :(
Will lower the rating bc it’s too inconsistent for me.

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72
drank Candy Cane by Della Terra Teas
1774 tasting notes

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. :)

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Ozli

That’d be cool – tags or shelves even, in the cupboard?

I actually bought chocolate-filled candy canes tonight.. hehehe.

Cavocorax

I didn’t even know that was a thing! I’ll have to get some.

Ozli

At Chapters/Indigo :D …they’re HUGE

Ozli

would prob be amazing as a coffee stirrer O____O

Cavocorax

Oh! That’s a great idea!

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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/

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74
drank Dirty Chai by Della Terra Teas
7674 tasting notes

So my opinion on this one holds true. There really isn’t much to the coffee piece of this tea but it you love cinnamon hearts, this is the tea for you. Bumping up the rating a bit as it appeals more to me today than previously. It might be the result of adding a bit extra leaf to this one.

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drank Dirty Chai by Della Terra Teas
7674 tasting notes

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 :)

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Sipdown.

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!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Suziqzer

Sounds like a good heart warming one! I need to find something in my cupboard like that today as it’s rainy and dark out.. Urgh… I could take snow & sunshine back instead of this grey & gloom.

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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.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 14 OZ / 414 ML

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93

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. :(

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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93

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!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec
Stephanie

MMmmm homemade waffles? Pie crust? You’re makin me hungry :)

Tealizzy

Sounds like an awesome day off to me!

BrewTEAlly Sweet

Sounds like my day off

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93

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!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec
Chizakura

I was late to Buffy too. Discovered it only around five years ago. It’s one of my favorite shows. What season are you on? :)

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93

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!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec

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93

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!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 45 sec

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93

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!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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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.

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73

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…

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
Kittenna

That’s my exact response to this tea. Smelled great, had the right caramel/marshmallow flavours, but was WAY too thin for me.

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73

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. :)

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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