Della Terra Teas

Recent Tasting Notes

69

That is one of my 17 sample i ordered from Della Terra Teas ( ya 17 lol but hey 17 for 30$ with free shipping can hardly do better than that even more if you are from Canada Thanks Della Terra Teas for the good deal ) I try this as a iced tea first ( Thank DaisyChubb for answering all my question :)) i can’t say it’s bad iced it’s just weird at first ( maybe not the good choice to try iced ) the more i drink it the more i begin to discern all the different taste like chocolate and coconut not bad after all will try it hot ( even if i don’t drink hot black i did bought it for a reason )

Updates : Hot cup right now 4 minute steep since it’s the resteep from my iced tea try a little bitter ( but i find all black tea kinda bitter ) but not much probably from the first steep taste way less than the iced tea should probably have steep it around 5:30 minute once it begin to cool the coconut flavour begin to appear more and some chocolate the almond taste in both version are kinda absent probably hiding behind the coconut

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
DaisyChubb

Yum! This one sounds awesome, I hope you like it hot as well!

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85

I really don’t know why I got an ounce of this instead of a sample. Odd, since I am not a huge rooibos fan. But anything with cream in the name is usually a winner for me, so I went for it! And thankfully, it was successful. I cold brewed this because the last time I cold brewed a rooibos, I really couldn’t taste the negative aspects. And indeed, no medicinal taste here! It is woodsy and has that rooibos-y flavor moreso than black tea, though there’s still some signature black tea notes. A wee bit malty, and honey-sweet.

The blueberry flavor is so damn authentic! Really tastes like fresh blueberries. And the cream, yumm. Ties it all together, this tea works way better than I thought it would. Kind of like… iced blueberry yogurt, only not heavy and very refreshing.

TeaBrat

oooh, this sounds good!

Mrnixonpants

You made me want to try this really bad!

Della Terra Teas

Thanks for the great review! So glad you liked the blend. One of our personal favorites.

Alphakitty

I honestly wasn’t even expecting to like it cause of my dislike of rooibos and ended up totally loving it! Your blends are done very well, everything “pops” in the right way!

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95

Just finished off the rest of this sample and I’m sad. Maybe that is an indicator that I should buy more on my next Della Terra order.

Love the lemon and creamy smoothness of this tea. This tea is amazing iced too! /sad now I’m wishing I made a pot of another rooibos tea I have more of instead of finishing this one.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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95

I purchased this tea as a “rooibos sneaking into my cart”. I had this iced previously and it was AMAZING.

DRY: Smells like creamy lemon drops.. maybe even lemon icing.

STEEPED: Dark reddy rooibos. Creamy smell.

TASTE: Sweet lemon flavor with a delicious creamy taste at the end of sip. Not very funky rooibos taste, but the lemon and creamy works with it making the tea smooth and icing like. I don’t find LC tart, more of the tart essence of lemon, without the pucker.

Sweetened, this tea gets more creamy and mellow lemon. Takes like lemon cake! The rooibos / honeybush here tastes almost caramelly with the tea sweetened.

WHO SHOULD GIVE THIS A SHOT: lemon tea lovers – even if you aren’t into roobios, this is pretty non – rooibosy.

COMMENTS: Wow, this is still amazing hot! Though, iced the lemon and creamy is more pronounced. I’d say this is the best rooibos tea I’ve had, and thats coming from someone who isn’t a huge rooibos fan. So my tea peeps, next Della Tea order, totally sneak this into your Try Me pack!

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 30 sec

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95

Whoa WHOA!

Just made this iced (double strength over ice, honey and lemon slice for appearances) and WHOA! Creamy! Lemony! Smooth! Awesome! Delicious! Not rooibosy at all!

Need to drink this hot, I’m just short on non caffeinated tea. I’ll do a full tasting review at another time.

Preparation
Iced
Kittenna

Argh, I’m seeing too many good reviews of this tea….

Zoltar

ya really lot of review of that one got it in my sample order today now i jsut have to learn to make a good iced tea ( all my cold iced tea try are major fail lol )

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75

hmm, I gave this tea a 70 before, but for this morning I steeped it for 3 minutes instead of 2.5 minutes and used a bit more leaf. The flavor is much stronger candied strawberry up front, with melty chocolate taste after and bold black tea. The tea isn’t bitter.
Way better cup that my first cup!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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75

3 more rows left on the crazy shawl, however each row takes at least 40 minutes. The edging is supposed to take over 5 hours! GAHHH! It will be done in time, but it’ll be a horrible weekend. I’m going to break it up repainting tea tins and folding paper flowers.

DRY: Smells of chocolate and candied strawberries!

STEEPED: Chocolatey and sweet strawberry smell – Dark brown tea.

TASTE: Black tea base and chocolately upfront. Then a sweet strawberry tang taste pops out. I’d say this is pretty chocolately. Sweetened, it’s a bit creamy and brings out the strawberry more.

COMMENTS: slightly reminds me of DavidsTea’s Love Tea #7, without the floral. However, CCS black tea base is gentler with stronger chocolate.
Tasty, and I think others would love this tea, but not for me as it needs a bit more going on.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 30 sec

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88

Third tea review comes to me as a sample from Della Terra Teas, which came along with the ounce of tea I won from their Facebook page!

The aroma of this one is absolutely decadent. Brown sugar, a hint of spice, and pumpkin. It definitely smells like a pumpkin pie, and one I’d like to eat, pronto! Best aroma by far!

Wow! This tea actually does taste kind of like pumpkin pie! The spicing is definitely more muted than in DavidsTea’s Pumpkin Chai, and is more appropriate to what a pie would taste like. However, the pumpkin in this tea really stands out. It’s the first tea of the three where I feel the flavour of pumpkin is truly apparent, and it’s good!

Sweetened, my only complaint is that I’m actually feeling like I’m getting too much pumpkin, and not enough spice! Like an underspiced pie, perhaps. Not bad, though! Perhaps I’m a bit biased due to just having had some of the DavidsTea version.

Overall, this is a pretty great tea if you’re looking for something to curl up with in the fall. I do wish that there was a bit more spicing, but for someone who isn’t a chai fan, this tea would probably be the best option. I would happily drink this one again if it was easier for me to order from Della Terra! I may actually try a 50:50 blend of this and DT’s Pumpkin Chai to see if I can get the perfect balance between pumpkiny and spice. Stay tuned!

(Teas under review: Butiki – Pumpkin Creme Brulee; iHeartTeas – Creamy Pumpkin Spice; DAVIDsTEA – Pumpkin Chai; Della Terra Teas – Grandma’s Pumpkin Pie)

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec
Sil

I enjoyed the sample of this one that I tried.. It was pretty delicious :)

Kittenna

Agreed!! :D I think I have a cup’s worth left now… kind of craving it with all this chilly weather we’ve been having.

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85

Sip down! I also did a brainless pour from my tea pot, missing my cup completely, pouring right on my lap. At least the tea wasn’t really hot.

Felt like trying this tea at 185F instead of the lower recommended temperature.
It came out really malty and chocolately, but with a weird, dry aftertaste. I kinda like it like this for the flavor. Alas, good bye White Chocolate. If I can sip down a few more Della Terras, I probably will do another order.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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85

MMMMM! I was craving a white tea this morning after all that crazy jiu jitsu last night which was my first time in the blue belt class.

For this batch, I threw in a vanilla bean pod that I scraped a few days ago for a dessert. Steeped for 2.5 mins. Doh, forgot I wanted to do a shorter steep!
Very strong white chocolate taste, most white chocolate I’ve tasted in a tea, super creamy, naturally sweet, silky and slightly malty. The vanilla added some extra smoothness to the tea! Yum!

This tea hit the spot this morning, but I’m still tired! Need to switch to something more perky after this.

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85

What, no ratings on this tea yet?! This was the tea I was most pumped to try from Della Terra! White chocolate in tea is the freaking bomb!

DRY: Mmm chocolatey – white chocolate smell. Reminds me of a kinder egg chocolate. There are cute thin squares of white chocolate (I ate one).

STEEPED: Mysteriously smells like hot cocoa, milk chocolatey. All the white chocolate appeared to dissolve into the tea, SCORE! I hate when chocolate doesn’t dissolve in my tea. I was a little worried it wouldn’t dissolve because of the cooler water temperature. Thus, a slightly spotty/cloudy golden cup of tea.

TASTE: Very Creamy! Strong malty chocolate taste, with a great white chocolate aftertaste. The white chocolate lingers in my mouth staying all creamy. I did do a longer steep time (2.5 minutes), maybe with that I’m getting some kind of slight astringency or bitterness, hard to explain, but I figure I can try a shorter steep next time. Past the creamyness, this tea is light and works well with the chocolate.

Sweetened lightly, more a mellow even malty white chocolate taste. It really does a super creamy mouth coating feel.

COMMENTS: Chocolate tea lovers, give this one a shot! I’m not sure if I like it sweetened or not, with no sweetener the maltyness was good. Sweetened, more creamy! Grrr! I drank this cup up in record time!

Preparation
160 °F / 71 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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85

An impressive sip down! I had three servings left, so I just made a teapot full to have during breakfast and knitting after breakfast.

Actually came out really good – last time I drank this tea it came out meh when it usually comes out good. Nice level of spice with raisiny sweetness!

I’m busting my butt on the mystery knit along project, the new clue was released monday, and I’m 10 rows off from finishing the first clue. However, now that my tea is done, time to do some more cleaning.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 30 sec

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85

Breakfast tea!

Hmmm, I swore I have had a better cup of this. Maybe I didn’t get the ultimate spread of tea bits? It was quite heavy on the black flavor with not much spice or sweet. Hmmmm, well I have another 2 or 3 cups left, hopefully they come out as good as previous cups.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 30 sec
Indigobloom

I hate when that happens. Esp since I’ve had this one before and it was sooooo good!

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85

I seriously stood in front of my tea stash area for 15 minutes trying to pick out a tea. My steepster cupboard says I have like 150+ teas, so you think I could easily find something to drink. Sigh.

I wanted something spicy, but not too spicy, and something I’ve had before. I was almost going to go with a few other spicey teas, but I feel too lazy to add milk and sugar to my tea, so it had to be sweet on its own.

Found this tea and yum! Very good! I like the cinnamon, sweetness and cookieness of this tea. It’s like snuggling in fall with a blanket and eating warm cookies.
Man… does southern california ever get fall? It was 30c yesterday!

Mercuryhime

I find that having too many choices makes it all the harder to decide. :/ Glad you found something you enjoy!

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85

Woot a Della Terra Teas order! OOH YEAH! So much fun looking teas!

I thought I’d share my fav oatmeal cookie recipe http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Oatmeal-Raisin-Toffee-Cookies/Detail.aspx

DRY: Ultra spicy cinnamon smell! WHoa! Lots of raisins and bits of oatmeal.
Weird oatmeal isn’t inthe ingredients list.

STEEPED: MMmmm smells just like an oatmeal cookie! Good amount of cinnamon, buttery, sweet! Light brown colour.

TASTE: Cinnamony spicey hitting the tongue, buttery, brown sugar. Raisin is slightly present but not too strong.
Sweetened, the flavors aren’t as strong, but sweet. I prefer the unsweetened version, but might be interesting sweetened with brown sugar crystals instead.

COMMENTS: Very good and unique! I’m impressed how close to cookie this tea is! I totally recommend giving this tea a shot, I’m going to enjoy each cup!

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 30 sec
Della Terra Teas

Thank you so much! We’re glad you love it. As I read this I realized OH MY I do not have oatmeal in the ingredients, well… now it’s there. haha. Thank you!

Sil

haha nice catch AS :)
I may have to pick this up to try sometime – soonish sounds delicious!

Kittenna

Hahaha, sometimes the most obvious ingredients are the easiest to leave out of the list!

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90
drank Lemon Chiffon by Della Terra Teas
2394 tasting notes

Lemon-y goodness, yum!

I picked this as another thing to try from Della Terra recently. Rooibos & Honeybush blends can be very “iffy” but I do tend to like lemon flavored things.

I steeped this for around 5 minutes and added soymilk, perhaps I am weird but I drink practically all my rooibos and honeybush tisanes this way. This really reminds me of a lemon bar, it’s slightly sweet, lemony and tart and with a nice “creamy” quality which is certainly helped along by the soymilk. I’m actually puckering up a bit… ha ha

This is good, I’m enjoying it! It’s better than I thought it would be and will probably help me kill some after lunch/dinner dessert cravings. Another nice offering from Della Terra.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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85

Tea of the morning here…
well why not have oatmeal cookies for breakfast?

see previous notes for more information

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
Della Terra Teas

We have a pot brewing here at ohhh… 6:15 p.m. hmmm, Caffeine yes, but we just couldn’t resist. haha.

Thank you!

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85

MMmMm… this is yummy

I smell a lot of cookie flavor, like cinnamon, when I open the bag. I also get a lot of vanilla and brown sugar here. The raisin flavor is slightly subdued, but present. I wasn’t expecting to like this much but it is good. Definitely on the sweet side and perfect with a splash of soymilk. I like it!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 15 sec
Azzrian

I LOVE This tea!!!

TeaBrat

It is good! I think Grandma’s Pumpkin Pie is still my favorite from them

Tea_is_wisdom

Man who doesn’t love a oatmeal raisin cookie. LOL!

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92

Hmm. I forgot about this and had it steeping for around 2 hours with evidently not too much negative effect. :)

Done with this package, I really liked this rooibos…. strong and gingery! See previous notes for more details.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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92

This is a great evening time tisane… it was very good after I went to the movies tonight and then had a huge bowl of vegetarian ramen. Just the right amount of ginger but not overwhelming. I really love this with some soymilk. :)

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 0 sec
Kittenna

Vegetarian ramen? Now all I want is a big bowl of noodle soup… bleh!

Michelle

Where do you get veggie ramen from?

TeaBrat

From a noodle shop in San Francisco. :)

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92

This is part of a recent order from Della Terra, my new source for dessert teas. :)

I only got 1 oz. of this but I wish I had gotten more! I like ginger a lot and I let this steep for over 5 minutes (can’t remember exactly how long). It is pretty strong on the ginger side but also sweet and fruity. I might try to use slightly less tea next time because it came out very strong… I like it though! This would be great as a latte, I drank mine with soymilk. yum!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 8 min or more
Meowkattack

Della Terra has the bestest yummiest dessert teas!

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75

Oh my goodness!

I love coconut and this smells really good… and yes I see a bunch of coconut flakes in the package. After reading Nicole’s note I was a little bummed, but was hoping that I would like this more than she did.

I agree the color is a bit light with this tea and I’m not getting a ton of “tea” flavor from the black tea but with a bit of soymilk and turbinado sugar this is a nice after lunch/dessert sort of drink. Plain, it leaves something to be desired. I may try mixing this with some straight black tea to see what happens. Overall, okay but not one of my favorites from the company so far.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 30 sec
Nicole

Yeah, I haven’t gotten around to mixing it with some more black tea. It smells amazing and I hope it can be saved. :)

Della Terra Teas

Nicole and Amy oh, we have pulled this tea based upon reviews and our own taste testing. We are going to try to get the proper coconut that we used for our first batch to regain the flavor it had before. We will keep you updated on the progress! :)

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55
drank Holiday Festival by Della Terra Teas
4923 tasting notes

I can’t recall who I received this samples from…maybe Azzrian I’m sorry i forgot but i totally appreciate it!!

I’m going to have to go with the others on this one. The scent of the tea is amaaaazing. However, after steeping it, I am underwhelmed. The cinnamon flavour goes away….and it’s a very blah apple type flavour. Not one I’d opt for unless the blend gets tweaked. The grandma’s pumpkin tea i had earlier tonight was much better.

Azzrian

Could have been me, I did have a sample of that at one time.

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75

I think I’m finally getting tired of this blend, it appears 2oz is a bit much for me to drink my way through before I am done with drinking a blend from della terra. However, this is a nice blend and is one of my happy teas from della terra, given that I don’t love a lot of them. They’re decent average teas though, with this one being one of my higher rated teas :)

Fjellrev

Would you say that it’s similar to DT’s Pumpkin Chai?

Sil

Incendiare….uh hopefully kittenna will see this. I have no clue, I don’t really drink davids tea heh if she does and it’s something you’d enjoy then I’m happy to send you the rest of my bag if you like lol

Fjellrev

Whoops sorry, I forgot you’re not a huge fan of DT. I should just go and read through the reviews. You don’t have to worry about sending me anything! But damn, I know, we should still do a swap sometime.

Sil

No apologizing :) raritea is trying to make me drink davids teas one tea at a time Single handedly lol so I have tried a few

Kittenna

I think I did a comparison of the two at some point, and preferred this version. DT’s is more spicy, but I think Della Terra nailed “pumpkin pie”. Of course, the blends weren’t intended to be the same thing, so it makes sense that they’re a bit different. I don’t really recall what else I may have said, lol.

Amariel

I almost had this tonight but realized we were out of milk, so I made the Browncoat Genmaicha instead. This does smell very good, so maybe I will have some of this tomorrow, or the Orange Brûlée.

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