Della Terra Teas

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This was last night’s early evening tea. I’ve not tried all that many pear teas before – it seems to be a bit of a neglected flavour. I used 1 tsp of leaf, and gave it three minutes in boiling water. No additions.

The first thing that catches my eye (of course) is the sparkles. The cup shimmers with gold, and it’s almost hypnotic watching it swirl and eddy. This is definitely a tea that would look good served in a clear glass teapot! To taste, the pear flavour is pleasantly juicy, if a little candy like. It’s not Della Terra’s floral pear flavouring, though, which I dislike based on how perfumey it is. Instead, it reminds me mostly of a pear drop.

This seems pretty much to be a straight-up pear tea, with no complications or additional flavours, and I like that about it. This was much more of a hit with me than Della Terra’s Spiced Pear blend, for example.

An enjoyable cup, and another sample I’ll have no problem finishing up. A potential future repurchase.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp

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85

Slowly working my way through my untried Della Terras. I used 1.5tsp of leaf, and gave it 3 minutes in boiling water. No additions. The dry leaf contains small-ish pieces of dried cherry and a generous amount of chocolate chips, so I’m hopeful that it’ll turn out well.

To taste, this really does resemble a chocolate dipped cherry! Maybe not as intensely flavoured as the actual thing, but definitely on the right lines. I can taste the cherry first, and it’s a sweet, juicy, black cherry flavour that’s not at all artificial. The chocolate emerges mid-sip, and adds a little hit of sweetness that really helps the cherry flavouring along. Both flavours meld and linger in the aftertaste, making this a wonderfully decadent dessert tea. I could happily sit and sip a mug of this while others tucked into a slice of black forest gateau, and I wouldn’t feel left out at all. Black forest gateau is another good flavour comparison here – it really captures the chocolate/cherry element THAT well. The black tea base is unobtrusive, and I can’t really taste all that much of it. The flavouring is definitely the star here.

I like this one – it’s a very enjoyable cup, and one of the more flavour accurate, satisfying dessert teas I’ve tried. It’s one I’d perhaps look to repurchase in the future, once my stash is a little more under control. Like that’ll ever happen, though! I’ll certainly have no problem finishing this sample.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp

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94

Sipdown! (22/288)

This was a sample from the lovely VariaTEA, and a very sad sipdown which has gone straight back on my wish list.

I will start it this review by saying that I am biased – I LOVE oatmeal raisin cookies. They are my absolute favourite kind of cookie. I’m getting hungry even writing about them. This tea is a near-perfect replication of an oatmeal raisin cookie in tea form. I don’t know how they did it, but it’s all there. The smell of the tea steeping is as if I’m baking a batch of fresh cookies right there, all warm cinnamon and buttery sugary goodness.

Flavour-wise, the cinnamon comes through first and foremost, just like it would in the real cookie, but it’s mild and not ‘spicy’, but actually quite sweet in the way cinnamon often is in baked goods. There’s a brown sugar flavour which goes with it wonderfully. Next I get the butteriness, which gives it a definite cookie ‘feel’, followed at the end of the sip by sweet and fruity raisin tones. I have drank this plain, with sugar and with milk, and my favourite way seems to be with a splash of milk. To me, it adds the ‘oatmeal’ part of the cookie and makes it pretty much spot on. It’s sweet enough to stand on its own without sugar, and that’s coming from someone who sweetens 99% of her black teas!

Thanks for the sample, VariaTEA! I have a feeling that Oatmeal Raisin Cookie and I will meet again.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML
Scheherazade

I loved this one, too. It’s liquid cookie!

KittyLovesTea

I was also a huge fan of this tea. It appears us Brits agree :)

Red Fennekin

It certainly sounds delicious :O

Nattie

It is very delicious (:

We certainly seem to! I may have to justify a DT order in the (sadly distant) future.

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drank Mother Of Pearl by Della Terra Teas
520 tasting notes

This is a pu’erh. It’s lightly flavoured, sort of a faint potpourri of floral notes and a bit of sweetness from the sugar. It’s not bad, it’s not great. It’s very forgettable, unfortunately – but looks very pretty, very twinkly.

Preparation
1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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Okay no rating for this yet. I want to try it at home (I’m at work at the moment) and possibly as a latte…

This tea smells AMAZING! And its so adorable. I love the little stars, shiny balls and marshmallows. However once I steeped this I got a coffee smell… weird! And uh oh cause I HATE coffee :( So disappointing. I’m not sure if I over steeped as I got distracted with a customer for a few mins, or if that’s just how this tea goes. Upon tasting it I got small hints of marshmallow and very little caramel and a whole lotta black tea. Boo!

I really wanted to love this because it smells amazing and its adorable! Upon reading some reviews It seems that others have noted it can be finicky. So maybe on the next steep It’ll be better.

Nevertheless thank you Ost for the sample!

Side Note: I’m starting to notice my taste buds aren’t too fond of black tea lately… I honestly thought black tea was a favourite, however with experimenting more and branching out, lately I’m finding myself enjoying rooibos and herbals much more and finding that blacks are all tasting the same… And by the same I mean over powering base, and somewhat bitter :(

Flavors: Caramel, Coffee, Marshmallow

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75
drank Winter Nog by Della Terra Teas
30 tasting notes

I’m not an eggnog fan, and I’m glad I didn’t know this was supposed to be eggnog related because I might have shyed away (even though the name clearly has NOG in it… blonde moment for sure). MMM this is yummy! Thanks Ost for the sample, love being able to try these Della Terra Teas!

For taste, I am getting a slight woody taste, rooibos so understandable, and some cream and spices. Definitely a nice tea for the winter.

EDIT: Finished this sample up! I added some cream to my last cup and it made it so much more creamy and delicious!

Flavors: Creamy, Spices, Wood

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66

Sweet. Peachy sweetness. That’s all I’m getting really. Maybe a hint of papaya. Not much else. More like juice than anything. I need to try it iced and cold brewed!

Kittenna

Yep, juice is a good comparison, haha.

Indigobloom

Yep. It smells sooooo good though. I bet it’d go great as Kombucha

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drank S'mores by Della Terra Teas
30 tasting notes

Sip down!

Finishing off the sample that Ost sent me! Im not sure how I feel about this tea. I loved the smell, however the taste was disappointing. Maybe I under leafed in order to make a few cups out of this sample, or maybe the black tea base is just overpowering the other flavours… OR MAYBE I just hyped the tea up because of the name, whoops. Never the less I do taste the marshmallow and creamy-ness, however no graham or chocolate.

I like this tea. I don’t love it, but I like it. I have enjoyed trying this tea, and Della Terra teas in general! Thanks Ost!! Not sure if I would purchase this, however I keep smelling the eight candles by them and can’t wait to try that sample next :D and who knows if I like that, this may jump into the shopping cart too.

Flavors: Creamy, Marshmallow, Vanilla

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78

I went in expecting something awful, after looking at the reviews. But hey, this isn’t so bad! I’m shocked. Maybe all the flavouring went to the bottom of the packet I shared with Kittenna? Actually, it was pretty non-memorable until I added a 1/3 tsp of sugar. That seemed to perk things up a bit. Of course it isn’t a crazy level of flavouring, but I can definitely tell it’s grapefruit, with that slight bitterness that sort of folds right into the sweet aspect, in a way that still manages to make both very apparent.
Actually, based on this cup alone I would definitely consider grabbing more. However, based on reviews, I highly suspect this tea is simply a finicky one, and that I happened to get lucky in my brewing. There are enough leaves for one more cup, so I’ll see what happens with that one.
Also, I’m really enjoying the black/green mix. Great pairing of teas.

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

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92

Overboard TTB

This tea is excellent. while I was warned about gluten in some Della Terra teas, this one looked fine. I looked it up. It does in fact taste like a strawberry sundae. You get strong notes of strawberry and strong notes of cream. So much so that these flavors slightly drown out the flavor of the black tea base. This is a very good tea. Thank you to whomever put it in the box.

I brewed this once in an 18oz teapot with 3 tsp leaf and boiling water for 3 min.

Flavors: Cream, Strawberry

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 18 OZ / 532 ML

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70

Second try after yesterday’s attempt made a very lovely-smelling but not at all tea-like brew. Added a bit more leaf (1.5 tsp) and a touch of coconut sugar. It’s better and the flavors are still quite authentic, but the tea base remains tepid and hesitant to come through. I think I’m comfortable with rating this now—it’s ok but I don’t think it has the potential to shine.

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70

This one smelled delicious—fresh-cooked oatmeal and raisin just as promised, along with a hearty sprinkling of cinnamon sugar. Upon brewing, these flavors are intact, vibrant, and natural-seeming. It’s like a fresh-baked cookie right out of the oven. Unfortunately, I don’t taste tea base. At all. So it’s like these wonderful flavors got dissolved in hot water.

I’ll troubleshoot this some other time—was it underleafing, or the water not hot enough? Adding sugar might also help. But for now, I’m refraining from rating it. Thanks beelicious for the sample, I’ll try to make something good out of it!

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90

I’ve heard such great things about Della Terra here on Steepster that I’ve really been wanting to try out some of their teas. So I was excited to find this one when I was sorting through my sample box. I must have received it in a swap (not sure from who) and forgotten about it. I’m a bit sad I never tried this in the fall, because it strikes me as the perfect autumn tea. But it’s still quite enjoyable in the dead of winter! It has a very natural baked apple flavor with a bit of sweetness from the molasses and just a hint of spiciness to give it depth. A great introduction to this company!

Flavors: Apple, Molasses, Spices, Sweet

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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74

I made this plain for my boyfriend and as a vanilla latte for myself. I’m not sure I’d do it as a latte again because it seemed to wash out the base tea and marshmallow altogether. It just mostly tasted like caramel milk. Without anything added, it was more interesting to drink. Not my absolute favorite, though.

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73

Mmm this is tasty. Sweet, lime and cream, all quite light but discernible. Citrus without the tartness. Slight woody note from the rooibos but it’s pretty mild. I’m not sure I like it enough to restock now that I’m done this sample, but I’m glad I got to try it. Thanks Janelle for the swap.

Flavors: Cream, Lime, Sweet, Wood

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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85

This a very attractive tea. Cute little Star of David marshmallows and little gold balls. What fun!

The tea is a nice caramel/burnt sugar flavor with vanilla and a touch of marshmallow with a nice black tea. I added a bit of stevia just like usual.
The temp is -3 F and a snowstorm is coming.
Yummy tea to pass the evening with a good book.

Flavors: Caramel, Marshmallow, Vanilla

ThainofBuckland

That sounds cute.

Sami Kelsh

This sounds joyous!

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88

So school went back last week and I’m being totally avoidant! I have two classes left until I graduate and with working full time and also trying to study whenever I have a spare second I’m seriously starting to get burnt out… I’m at a point where I just want to toss it all in and do nothing but read books, drink tea and go to yoga… Oh, I wish I was a lady who lunched… Until I realize I’d be bored out of my brain in a couple of months…. Maybe :)

I’ve been enjoying this tea as a nice escape recently… In fact, I’ve drunk through most of my 2 oz bag in the last two weeks!! It’s the perfect creamy vanilla mint tea and I’m pretty sure this Christmas I’ll be buying tonnes of this and skipping the David’s Tea Santa’s Secret!

This was a sipdown so I guess I’ll miss you till the end of the year Christmas Tradition

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88

Looking for a cup of tea to warm me up on this cold cold southern Californian afternoon I immediately reached for my bag of Christmas Tradition… Is it wrong that I didnt manage to sip this during the Christmas period and am only now opening it up on New Years Eve?? Too many teas, not enough time!! Anyways, this reminds me of David’s Tea Santa’s Secret only a little less pepperminty and a little more vanillary…. The popcorn and silver balls are a nice touch but don’t add a lot of flavor… They do however make this tea super pretty to look at! I’ll enjoy sipping this down over the next few days of what passes as winter here!

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78

Thank you so much to OST for sending me this sample, Im a newb on steepster and have no idea how to tag or bold your name! But thank you so much for this tea sample. Ive had about 2 cups now and finishing up the last of the sample tonight. This is DELICIOUS! Reminds me so much of Davids red velvet and birthday cake tea. I doubt I will purchase this as I can get something similar from DT, but I loved being able to try this. Yumm.

Flavors: Cake, Sweet

Ost

Happy you liked it. Also it took me forever and eternity to learn how to bold words. You put * at the beginning and end of whatever you wanna put in bold and it should work. :P In case you’re still wondering haha

Megan Low

Perfect! Good to know, thank you :)

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81

Mmmmm Crumble! with just a hint of bluberry. The crazy intense sweetness is overpowering the berriness I think.
Whatever, I did enjoy it. A nice change from the straight teas I’ve been enjoying this week!
One thing I’m noticing is that not only do I find this tasty, but its satisfying too. I haven’t figured out why, but sometimes those two factors aren’t both present. One or the other, but not both…
Also, my rating here would be much higher if there was more blueberry without sacrificing the crumble aspect – though I admit it could be an uneven distribution of flavouring, will see what happens with the next cuppa!

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81
drank Cafe Vanilla by Della Terra Teas
1021 tasting notes

This was my morning cup. A nice basic vanilla black tea. Nothing mind blowing, but a nice tasty cuppa. I think my daughter likes this one more than I do, so I’ll probably save the last few cups for her. That said, I will continue my hunt for my perfect vanilla tea.

donkeytiara

I’m on the same hunt…. have you tried Tippy’s Not so Vanilla or Canton Tea Co’s Vanilla Black? They are worthy…..

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drank Cafe Vanilla by Della Terra Teas
1021 tasting notes

I shared a pot of this with my daughter when she came home from school today. It was nice with a good, basic vanilla flavor. I honestly can’t say that I paid a lot of attention to it while we were talking. However, my daughter asked for me to make it for her tomorrow morning, so it must have made a good impression on her.

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