Della Terra Teas

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drank Holiday Festival by Della Terra Teas
4861 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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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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75

so nice to be back with all my tea. Even if it is a little overwhelming. PIcked thie one out this morning since once the weather warms up, I can see myself wanting other flavours. Pumpkin and Chai’s tend to be winter teas for me.

I’m still enjoying this one quite a bit, though I’ll take a break from it once my 2oz’s are gone.

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75

Mobile phone sucks for tasting notes. Had this while out with my better half.

Tabby

I know, right? Why is there no Steepster app? We should petition for one.

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75

Het his tonight with our Christmas get together with friends. We do it every year with everyone bringing something and our friends taking care of the turkey and (roast or ham). For this year I attempted a guiness chocolate cake with cream cheese caramel matcha icing….and yes that is as delicious as it sounds. The cake isn’t overly sweet and has a really nice dark taste to it, which complements the icing nicely. Adding the caramel matcha to it was sheer genius on the part of my better half and everyone loved it. I brought the extra icing in a container and it was going on to all the other desserts lol

But I digress…this tea was perfect for sipping on me while everyone around me had their drinks and cheer. I’m still sick so I got to relax from my corner while drinking my tea and enjoying being in everyone’s company. It was wonderful.

Indigobloom

omg that sounds divine. Recipe?

TeaBrat

I like this tea!

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75

Even slightly cold this tea is pretty darn good. I picked up 2oz of it when it was on sale and that should about do me for the next while. Apparently this fall/winter was the year of trying out pumpkin teas. Prior to this i pretty much refused all things pumpkin. Yay for samplers that let me try this first!

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This might be my favorite Della terra tea at the moment…. Really nice fall tea for those colder evenings. Enjoying this one tonight while I relax. Rally exhausted from the gym today, think I may be fighting getting sick.

Helena

If your sick Sil I don’t want it :D you know what’s good for colds? GOOD MORNING SUNSHINE!! well it could be…

Sil

Lol Helena….wish I had some but I’ve been waiting for my order to get here forever…I’m actually going to be a bit concerned if I don’t get it Monday since its been like 11 business days :( wanted to try those teas before placing another larger order for things including YOUR tea :)

Helena

yeah it usually takes 10+ days to get to Canada so I order in advance and large quantity of the good stuff (a.k.a. Good Morning Sunshine) last time I got 4oz and I think 4oz of Almond Indulgence :D

Sil

Yeah…it’s never taken the full 10 to get here for anything for me. One of the benefits to living in a major city in Canada. Heh

Helena

Winnipeg is a province capital and it still takes forever :D however I’m more than willing to wait since it’s sooo tasty :D

Sil

Helena… Just cause “winterpeg” is a capital doesn’t make it a major city grin

TeaBrat

I like this one too!

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I have to say this might be ones of my favourite teas from Della Terra. I would definately call this a fall tea. I don’t really taste the pumpkin, which is fine by me since i’m really not a fan of pumpkin. This is however a really nice spiced tea.

Edit: Also thanks to the magic person who gave me this sample…i think? it was Azzrian but i’m honestly totally not sure.

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

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The ingredients on this one seem a little perplexing, so I got a sample size only in my Try Me pack. I mean, a green walnut tea I can get behind, but with coconut and pineapple?! Uhh it sounds good, but very tropical and not at all like walnut brittle or reminiscent of English forests as the description claims. So I ordered this with skepticism, hoping for the best but expecting something… weird. Holy cow, I was wrong! I opened up the bag and the dry leaves smell like walnut candy. No tropical scent to be found, though there’s a good bit of coconut and pineapple in my sample. Curious!

There was one huuuge walnut in my bag, but I broke it up into little pieces just to evenly distribute the nutty goodness. The whole time I was preparing this tea (cooling the water, adding the leaves to the teapot, brewing it, etc) I was blown away by the smell. I want to eat these leaves, it’s just SO good! And the flavor… it’s even better. I honestly think some kind of magic must have gone into this tea, it is so very much walnut candy in a cup. Rich, buttery walnut! I think the green tea was a really good choice, it adds a flowery lightness and a buttery quality without overpowering the walnut: I think as a black tea this would be very different and not nearly as good.

Now, about the pineapple and coconut… I can’t taste them! Well, not as individual elements. There’s an almost-fruitiness, a creaminess possibly from the coconut, and a honey-sweetness I suppose is also coming from them. But damn, I would never in a million years guess the ingredients here! The more I drink, the more I am so in love with this. It really has almost cake-y notes, a strong vanilla taste and it really is like a baked cake with walnut brittle on top. Like… a vanilla cupcake, with a creamy frosting and then sprinkled with walnut brittle! It might seem crazy but I swear it is JUST what this tea tastes like. It’s so addictive, I am already on my second cup and think I can get 3 brews out of these leaves easy.

Thankfully my sample has enough for about 3 goes, but I know I need more of this in my life. It is SO good, I really want to try it iced now! Or make ice cream out of it… or buttercream frosting. Real, 6 stick of butter style buttercream, not wussy 1-stick frosting with tons of powdered sugar. Oh god the idea of baking with this tea is making my mouth water… if you are wondering what teas to start with from Della Terra (since they have a huge selection!) I would say this and Mother of Pearl: both are very, very special teas that I must always have on hand!

TeaBrat

ooh, I am tempted by this!

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While Della Terra has a lot of really unique and tasty dessert teas, I’ve found that I really adore their fruity blends the best. Their Mother of Pearl is SO amazing, I could drink it all the damn time and be happy. So of course in my second order I had to pick up an ounce of this, since it’s gotten such good reviews and I do love mango. I’ve also learned recently that I like peach teas as well, when they’re done right.

I cold brewed this overnight in the fridge, and wow! Not Mother of Pearl wow, but still really really tasty. The peach is the most prominent flavor to me, with mango coming in at the end of the sip. The peach isn’t overpowering though, and you can also taste the base and a bit of the floral taste from the rose petals. Iced it is just perfect, so fruity and juicy! I love when fruit teas do taste like they have some juice squeezed in, it amazes me that flavoring can have this effect yet it does. Mmm! Definitely a winner, and I think I’ll need to have this an MoP in my cupboard at all times. Maybe I’ll even mix them together…

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92
drank Lemon Chiffon by Della Terra Teas
807 tasting notes

In between some work and wanted to make a quick note on this one.
I have to first state I have been so sick of honeybush and red rooibos for ages now HOWEVER I really would like to get a decent nights sleep (not gonna happen) and I only have a little more work to do before I can attempt that. Caffeine does not tend to keep me awake – its ME that does – my mind does not slow down. Regardless I figure I may just not tempt fate tonight. Besides I really did want to try this.

So … its quite lovely. Taste like creamy smooth lemon! It also tastes like honeybush though. Its not that I do not like honeybush its just that I don’t really care for the way it tends to change the flavors that I keep wanting to have in a black, or green, or white, etc…

Della Terra does 95% of their teas to perfection and those that are not perfection they re-blend until they are. I totally respect that.

I would not say there is a thing wrong with this tea and am giving it the rating it deserves even if I am snubbing my nose at honeybush and red rooibos right now.

Sil

ooh that sounds kinda good. I had thought about this one, so might have to try this one next

Terri HarpLady

Azzrian, I think we may have been separated at birth, because I have a brain like that! I actually DID go to bed at midnight, as opposed to 2am, but woke up twice with my brain “thinking”. It’s like my brain’s a computer with an automatic “on” switch, and I don’t sleep during the day, because if any light shines on or around me, my brain switches to full ON mode.

Regarding honeybush & rooibos: I remember the days when tisanes didn’t have them, they hadn’t been discovered yet (at least not in the US). Now they are in everything, they have taken over the world of non-caffeinated teas. I’ll admit that in certain blends they lend something, but jeez, you can’t get away from them! I think Tulsi (Holy Basil) is starting to do the same thing…it’s a conspiracy of some kind…

Zoltar

Welcome in the club of the night shift brain lol working during day and overtime during night i hate that stupid brain of mine buuut i find some years ago that sleeping with music shut it up ( my mind fix itself on listening to the music and forgot to think )

Azzrian

Zoltar – indeed I fall asleep often to the Aura or Indigo music channels with the new age tunes. :)

Terri – I hear you on both counts!!

Azzrian

Sil if you like honeybush I would say go for it!

Terri HarpLady

Azz, I like Zoltar, can we keep him?

Azzrian

I agree Zoltar seems pretty awesome, love the user name too! Reminds me of the Zoltar fortune telling machine! :)

Terri HarpLady

Yup, from the movie, “Big”. I love that one!

Azzrian

Terri there is also one in a new age shop that is located in the town next time mine about 20 minutes away. I took a photo of it lol .. so they exist in real life too :) haha pretty cool I would love to have it in my house :)

Zoltar

It is from Big ! a site web exist where you can actually buy a zoltar machine :P( probably more than one but well where to get a zoltar machine if not from a site called zoltarmachine ) the economic one is around 5500$ lol so i will stay with my avatar for now :P or i could buy a costume and tell my self my fortune but i kinda having a hard time with the red eyes thing lol

Azzrian

They have contacts for that! :)

Terri HarpLady

LOL!! Or you can start telling our fortunes!

Azzrian

Hey thats my job haha.

Zoltar

Since I’m Zoltar my credibility come from my red glowing eyes and the fact than when people see me working even when im not plug in they freak out and believe me for the red eyes it’s ok i can just throw sand in it they will not glow but they will be red :p but the not plug in would not have such effect when they will see i’m human .

The only job i still can do with that costume is a Aladdin movie

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It just doesn’t get any better than this!
Perfectly blended flavored black.
The description tells you all you really need to know but let me just say I am totally amazed at this blend. THIS is a keeper!
AND a MULTIPLE re=steeper!
Oh yeah I made a rhyme! :) haha

darby

Sounds YUMMY!!!!

Azzrian

It is! A full review will be on http://sororiteasisters.com/ on the 14th at 6 eastern time!
So good!

LiberTEAS

Now I need to try this!

Azzrian

Yes yes you do!
And I need to get more of it!
I think I am in love with it.

Cedes

Yum sounds great!

Yogini Undefined

oooh sounds yum!

Indigobloom

oh wow yummmmm

Terri HarpLady

sounds delicious!

CupofTree

oh MAN I really want to try this one. I just had a oatmeal raisin cookie yesterday, it was so good.

Azzrian

If you do their 10 dollar sampler packs it is SO worth it! The “samples” are pretty large! And there is a mix your own so you can pick the five flavors you want!
You could even get TWO of these :)

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Sipdown of this morning… with all of the new teas I’ve acquired over the last week it’s good to be finishing something off.

Today I noticed if you steep this for 4 minutes, it really helps to bring out the strawberry notes, but then it also has an intense tartness which I’m not sure I like.

I won’t really miss this but would consider getting more if I place another order with Della Terra. See previous notes for more details.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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80

okay, I am finishing this sample up today and I really like it – I upped the score a bit and put it on my shopping list. Because of course I need MORE tea! :-D

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

I’ve GOT to try this one!

TeaBrat

it’s good!

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80

This is another tea from the chocolate sampler pack and it’s a little early for dessert tea but I wanted some anyway… :)

I steeped this for over 5 minutes, honestly I just lost track of time. Co-workers have commented on how good this tea smells! I took a sip and then added some soymilk and liked it better that way. I am getting lots of strawberry, a slight tartness, but not as much chocolate. Still, this is very tasty and I normally I am not too impressed with chocolate teas. Definitely worth checking out.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 15 sec

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87

Drinking some more of this sample pack…. I let it steep for a while longer today and I am upping the rating a bit more. I like this one although it reminds me a lot of a spicy chocolate orange. It smells really nice and it’s good for a dessert tea.

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 0 sec
Bonnie

I need another great chocolate tea. I finished the dark chocolate from Pier 39. I hear Della Terra has a couple good ones. Hope you’re feeling well!

TeaBrat

I’m doing well, thanks! I like Della Terra’s chocolate teas. I think you can get a chocolate sample pack from them.

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87

Here’s another sample from the Della Terra dessert sampler pack.

I have to say that this reminds me a lot of the Numi Chocolate pu-erh, which I’ve had before in teabag form. For me personally it’s a bit hard to taste a lot of pu-erh in here, which mostly makes a nice backdrop for the flavorings. I added some soymilk to mine and it reminds me a of a spicy chocolate milk. It doesn’t remind me a LOT of chai per se, but I am picking up a lot on the gentle flavorings of orange, cardamom and cinnamon. Not totally what I was expecting but pretty good. I would like a little ginger, perhaps. I s’pose I could always add some in!

pretty good for a dessert/after lunch tea and I’m listening to this along with Bobby McFerrin this afternoon.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 30 sec
gmathis

Don’t worry, be happy! (Actually, my favorite album was Medicine Man).

TeaBrat

do do do do doobie dooo…. ;-)

Tea Sipper

That was my first ever favorite song! I just thought of it the other day but I haven’t heard it in forever.

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Tea of the morning and it’s a sipdown. I’m all done with this yummy tea from Della Terra but am looking at buying some holiday teas right now :)

This has a sweet pumpkin flavor and is pretty goo with a bit of stevia, this is the 2nd time I have purchased it from Della Terra. See previous notes for more details.

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92

Tea of the morning here. Perhaps this isn’t one to drink early in the morning – but then again why not? :)

It’s nice with a touch of brown sugar and some soymilk!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec

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92

Tea of the morning here!
Somehow I was in the mood for something slightly decadent this morning and I love the flavor of this one. You’d think I might be more in the mood for something summery but it’s cold and foggy here today. ;)

I am TIRED after going to a 3 hour long yoga and dance session yesterday but it was FUN!

Tealizzy

Ah, SF in the summer!

Terri HarpLady

Now I want to make a pumpkin pie…or maybe a sweet potato pie…with a pecan crust. I wonder if I could make mini-pecan crusted sweet potato or pumpkin pies in my silicone cupcake cups, & then freeze each on (that I don’t eat) for some occasional tea time treat…
Or I could just drink a cup of Bilbo brew…& pretend…

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92

Tea of the morning here for me. Unfortunately I am at home sick but I’m hoping this will perk me up. :)

Hesper June

Oh! I hope you feel better very soon!

TeaBrat

thank you…. :)

mrmopar

Good stuff!

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92

Yum… I am drinking this with the cookie that Hesper June sent me, perfect for dunking! This is one of the best pumpkin teas I have tried so far, it’s yummy! And laundry is getting done… hurrah

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
Indigobloom

oh no I forgot to do laundry! haha. Looks like I’ll be busy tomorrow :P

Hesper June

Biscoff cookies are my newest addiction. This tea sounds like a lovely tea to dunk the cookie in!

TeaBrat

I need to get some of those cookies. :)

Hesper June

Just wait till try Biscoff Spread…OMG! you just wanna eat it out of the jar with a spoon!

gmathis

OK, the pastry discussion sucked me in here. Biscoff cookies…stuff you eat from a jar…curiosity reigns! (Off to Google Biscoff)

TeaBrat

Really? I just looked up the spread and I’m not sure I would like it, what do you put it on?

Hesper June

Well, you can use it like you would peanut butter or nutella.
I love to use it in frosting recipes.

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92

I got this in a fall sampler pack I ordered from Della Terra Teas – Azzrian this is all your fault!

Anyway I am usually not a huge fan of dessert teas, somehow they seem to be too strong or they miss the mark somehow. I was pretty impressed with this. I decided to add a touch of soymilk and turbinado sugar to bring out the sweetness. It’s slightly pumpkin-y, nutmeggy and brown sugar-y. I swear there is something about this that really tastes like a pie. I think I might need more when this sample runs out. It’s scrumptious and smells good too!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec
Azzrian

LOL it wasn’t me. (looks around innocently)

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I won this in one of Della Terra’s Facebook giveaways – they are the best!

This is the second time I’ve tried this, but I held off logging it the first time around.

The aroma in the pouch is astounding. It smells like pure maple syrup. There are little blocks of what look like wood. Curious, I picked one out and ate it – it’s maple candy! Yum.

Maple’s not my favorite flavor, so the first time I steeped it, I did 5 minutes. The liquor was a slightly murky brown-gold. The smell was still maple, but much less strong. The taste was much the same as the smell. It didn’t taste like much of anything, unfortunately.

This time, I steeped for 10 minutes. It smells stronger and tastes more like maple. Still, though, I’m finding that the tea itself is lacking in the taste department. It smells really authentic, but I don’t really want to put maple syrup into the tea to sweeten it. I also used ~2tsp/8-10oz, so I don’t think I’m under-steeping it.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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