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Not my favorite. It’s a roastier oolong, so it can tend to get bitter. Also, it doesn’t have the creamy texture that many oolongs do (especially the greener ones). I signficantly preferred Davidstea Long Life Oolong. Too bad I bought a 2oz pouch of this one. If only it were green! …. sigh
Maybe I’ll try mixing it with a greener oolong and see if that helps.
I see black tea! I see chocolate! Where oh where is the cherry… hmmm…Was really looking for it too. I’ll try sugar next time.
Still, it’s a pleasant chocolate cuppa. Nice and comforting.
and now because we had to evacuate the cupboard after a leak, I have NO idea who sent me the sample. Teabrat? I think? Thank you! :)
The name of this one is so apt! Just opening the bag and smelling the sweet aroma of apricot and tropical fruit made me think of holiday sunshine and happier days. I’m going for cheering teas today, since that seems to be what I need. This actually came as a free sample with a Della Terra order I placed a good while ago, so it’s about time it got an airing!
I gave 1 tsp of leaf 2.5 minutes in water cooled to around 175. It smells delightful while brewing — light, fruity notes of apricot, tinged with the deeper pepperiness of mango. The liquor is a golden sunshine yellow! The taste of this one is very similar to the scent. The initial flavours are apricot and peach, and they’re juicy and fruity. The flavour deepens with notes of mango, which adds a layer of stronger flavour and a slight peppery edge. The sip finishes on a tropical note, with, I think, guava. There might be a hint of pineapple, but I won’t swear to that. It could well be wishful thinking! The green base is pretty unobtrusive — it doesn’t stand a chance against the strong fruit flavours! I could actually be fooled into believing I was drinking a glass of fruit juice if I didn’t know better — it’s that fruity and juicy! A wonderful choice for a hot day — it’s certainly put a smile on my face!
Cold Brewed this one!
Sadly my tin of this is getting kinda noticeably scarce and given this is one I want to continue to stock that means I’m probably going to start rationing it soon – so this latest cold brew might be the last I have of this one for a while because I don’t particularly want to run out of another Della Terra blend (this and PUDC) and then have to wait forever before I restock.
The logic is sound; at least in my head. Don’t question me on it.
Anyway, this cold brew was delish! Very creamy and silky with a rich lime flavour that was just sour/tart enough to pop but without sacrificing the sweetness. So glad I still really love this one!
One more cup and it’s a sipdown, which is sad. Definitely going to be a restock/reorder though – just as soon as I have enough stuff I want to justify a DTT order: I wont pay the shipping for just one tea, no matter how tasty it is.
But yeah; brown sugar, indulgent yellow sponge cake, a slightly fruity sugary glaze. You know, the usual decadent deliciousness! And while this one is good with milk, I had it straight and it was just a great reminder that this one really is the perfect dessert tea all on its own.
Oh God, I let my queue get so long and now I’m scared to go through and write all the tasting notes I’ve put off. Six days of tasting notes piling up (though I haven’t drank much the last two days because I didn’t want to add to the list). So, I’m gonna try and give my self five lines for each note; no more. That should help with getting through these quickly, and keeping stuff tea relevant.
This one was a cold brew; and just something I was craving. I’ve reviewed it a decent amount of times so it’s easy to just sum up this one: Mild vegetal undertone, strong strawberry/spearmint notes, sweet ginger in the end sip. Just a touch bitter. Good overall; and very refreshing.
Thank you Scheherazade for this sample from our recent swap.
The raw blend smells strongly of vanilla and maple sauce, at first I thought cocoa but then the maple grew and lingered in my nostrils. It’s beautiful.
Flavour is sweet and thickly like maple with buttery notes and a lingering after taste. I was once gifted some maple shaped sugar treats by someone that were soft and crumbled as you sucked them…this reminds me so much of those sweets. It’s not so much cupcake like as it treacle/maple sponge cake like but I suppose the fact that it is rather cake like at all is a triumph. Not as thick as you would think being a black tea either which is a plus considering it’s so super sweet.
A lovely tea, too mild for my husband (though he agrees with me about the after taste and treacle sponge cake) but I quite like this blend. It tastes much nicer than I was expecting.
Flavors: Maple, Sugar, Vanilla
Wah! Sad sad sipdown. This is still creamy lemony goodness. Just a lovely caffeine-free dessert blend. Pretty good iced, but I prefer it hot in the evenings. This or the orange & cream is on my ideal rotation list. Alas, I am now out of all the cream/citrus Della Terra blends.
EDIT: On a whim, I added a shot of Irish cream to the rest of the cup. Yum yum yum! The creaminess factor is dialed way up by the booze and the lemon flavor plays beautifully with the creaminess. What a lovely nightcap!
Tea #4 from Pass the Stash box
Did I underleaf? The smell of the sample was really good, but I didn’t care for the flavor. I got a little white chocolate at the end of the sip, but really nothing during the sip. I had higher hopes for this tea. Looking at the other reviews, I wonder if I did something wrong.
This is definitely my favorite of the Della Terra teas I ordered a few weeks ago. A few of the others had really artificial flavors, which were okay for the first try, but after that I found they made me a bit nauseous. This one does have flavoring, but I actually enjoy it. The blueberry is more of a blueberry jam flavor than fresh. The cream is kind of vanilla-ish and it’s definitely stronger than the blueberry, which is okay, but I would prefer if the blueberry were stronger. It’s not overly rooibosy, and I don’t taste the black tea at all.
Overall, a relatively good dessert tea but not a very good blueberry tea, which is what I’m looking for.
I have a pouch of this from when it was called Monkey Bread, and a pouch of Cinnamon Bun. Today I’m drinking the older of the two — the Monkey Bread. I added 1 tsp of leaf to boiling water, and gave it approximately 3.5 minutes. It brews up a fairly light golden brown, and so I went without additions. I’m glad of that, because I think milk and sugar might have obscured the wonderful yoghurty notes I’m getting from this. That alone puts me in mind of a cinnamon bun drizzled with yoghurt/cream cheese icing. The fact that there’s a big smack of cinnamon helps too, obviously! Cinnamon is the main flavour, as would be expected, but there’s a good dose of chai-style spicing, too. It’s not too heavy, though — it reminds me of the spice you might find in a banana loaf cake, or something like that. Not the main flavour, nor intended to be, but a firm background note. With the chai, icing, and cinnamon notes taken together, this is like cake and tea complete! A seriously good dessert replacement! I’m glad I have two sample pouches now — I can save one for autumn/winter, when this will definitely come into its own!
I still really enjoy this. One of very few rooibos teas I can not only stomach, but like very much!
It never occurred to me to try cold brewing this. I’ve been drinking it hot at night. But I still have lots of lemon chiffon and lemon lime cream tart left to play with.
Not sure which of the three I love most!