Della Terra Teas

Recent Tasting Notes

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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73

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
1006 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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81
drank Cafe Vanilla by Della Terra Teas
1006 tasting notes

Overboard TTB

This is a nice vanilla tea. The vanilla doesn’t drown out the base tea, so both can be tasted throughout the sip. I also like that the vanilla doesn’t have an artificial flavor to it. This one is a keeper.

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

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80

Overboard TTB

This is a fun tea. There’s plenty of strawberry flavor and enough vanilla and chocolate to give it a “sundae” feel. Since it’s a dessert tea I added sugar, and then after drinking about a quarter of the cup I added cream, too. If I were going to keep this tea around I’d definitely do the cream and sugar thing. It really adds to the dessert aspect of the tea. However, I already have Strawberry Cream from Zen Tea, and since I’m already hooked on that tea I’m putting this one back in the box. Look at me showing restraint. :)

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

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72

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Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 0 sec 8 tsp 1 OZ / 29 ML

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90

Perfect Christmas morning tea. Minty vanilla cream meets smooth black tea with a hint of malt. Now I’m trying to decide which tea to make an eggnog latte with this afternoon or if I should just dive in with a spiced rum-nog. I hope everyone is having a lovely holiday season!

Flavors: Cream, Malt, Mint, Smooth, Vanilla

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Rosehips

I agree! I had this today too. Happy Holidays!

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68

On first smell of this, I was worried about how it was going to taste – it smelled very medicinal. Fortunately, the medicinal note didn’t arise in the cup.

A pleasant but not stand out rooibos. There’s a distinct note of orange peel and some fruity sweetness that I wouldn’t really pin down as persimmon.

Nice and easy to drink, but it didn’t grab me.

Flavors: Fruity, Orange Zest, Sweet, Wood

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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84

Tasty for what it is and very pretty with the blue and white stars, gold candy bits, and mini marshmallows, but I prefer S’mores from DT if I get to chose a dessert tea. I enjoy this from time to time and it does have a caramel echo, but next time I order I hope to get a GINORMOUS bag of S’mores instead.

Flavors: Caramel, Smooth, Sugar, Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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84

Steepster was being fussy when I tried to post the review of this, so this is from memory. I will be more comprehensive when I am sipping it next time.

I’d heard a lot about Eight Candles and the primary reason I wanted to order from Della Terra was to try this out. While it is a nice dessert tea, it reminds me vaguely of David’s Salted Caramel in that I wasn’t able to coax as much flavor out as I would like. Faintly caramel and sweet overall, it isn’t anything I would write home about so far. I will play around with the parameters and see what I can come up with next time around. :)

Flavors: Caramel, Sweet

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81

Hello everyone. It’s been a while. Hope you’re all well, getting ready for the holidays.
I’ve been busy cooking, welcoming someone new into the family (brother-in-law got engaged Finally!) and … cooking. :)

In between all that I’ve Been drinking old favourites and up until this Black Friday I haven’t bought much “new” tea. This was one of the teas I picked up from Della Terra. Can’t beat their Black Friday prices, really. Assuming you like their teas, of course.

The taste of this to me is identical to DAVIDs “love tea #7” which I quite enjoy. I get the berries and the chocolate all together with black base when the tea is hot. As it cools, not so much base anymore.

Those of you not on my Instagram (which is all of you, really, save for mrmopar and one other), here’s what I’ve been up to.

http://instagram.com/p/wSTMWTnqX4/

http://instagram.com/p/vovCiDHqYA/

http://instagram.com/p/wuCCNhnqQB/

Until next time…

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
Fjellrev

So great you see you around! And those are incredibly lovely looking desserts. I haven’t tried creme brûlée before but you make me want to. :)

OMGsrsly

Yum! :D (Now I’m following you!)

Nxtdoor

Yay, @OMGsrsly! You have some seriously awesome photos, btw.

@fjellrev, thanks! As for brûlée, I make them because people love them. I used to stint as a pastry chef, had to make them by the hundreds. Not my fave dessert to eat by far. When you first try, make sure it’s good. You could end up hating it forever if not made right.

Sil

Sadly there is a LOT of bad brûlée out there :(

OMGsrsly

Thanks! :D

Fjellrev

That is exactly why I haven’t touched the stuff yet. I’m sure the same would apply to those other custardy desserts like creme caramel and panna cotta.

Nxtdoor

Panacotta is more forgiving because you set it with gelatin instead of baking. So you don’t end up with scrambled eggs like you would with an overcooked brûlée. Anyway. Enough from me on the subject. Good luck!

Fjellrev

What would you say is the hardest dessert to make?

OMGsrsly

Gluten free pastry. ;)

Nxtdoor

Any kind of puff pastry is tricky. Soufflé is another one that can bite you.

Sil

i think nxtdoor should just have us all over for a dinner…consisting solely of desserts. giggling

Nxtdoor

All you can eat creme brûlée? 12 days of … Creme brûlée? (Banana liqueur brûlée, coffee brûlée, sour apple brûlée…)

OMGsrsly

Mmm… Sounds delicious!

Fjellrev

Funny, I was going to ask you about soufflé! I made it once and probably royally screwed it up because it was awful haha.

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75

Sipdown time!
You ever have one of those days that, for no real reason, you are dreading going into work? That’s my day today. Weee.
Well, I’ll fortify myself with a mint black.
Farewell, Peppermint Bark. I’ve liked you, but not loved you, and its time to move along.

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75

Monday. Urgh. And I think this will be a long and difficult week. Bleh!
Today this has got a little, almost chocolate note in it. I did some chocolate sprinkles, so maybe its that?
I’m almost done with this, and it won’t be a reorder. Its good, there are just better versions!

Nightshifter

I’m glad to hear about this one. I was tempted to order it, now glad I snagged others instead. I wonder if they will have a sale at some point again in the near future. I am kinda obsessed with their S’mores atm. :)

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75

I’m up early today, as I’m an emergency fill for one of my fellow staff. I’m happy to help out, even if it is early on a Saturday morning!
I’ve been ignoring this one, which is not fair. Its a decent tea! Its problem is not within itself, but the fact that I’ve had better versions of this blend elsewhere. I’ve got better vanilla mint-y blends in my cupboard.
Its not you, Peppermint Bark, its me.

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75

Only holiday teas this week, I think. I had Figgy Pudding yesterday (the Della Terra tea), but Steepster ate that note. Oh well.
Peppermint Bark! I keep saying it, and its still true. This is not as good as Santa’s Secret or Christmas Tradition, my two favorite of the mint-vanilla-black combinations.
However, thats not to say it is bad! Oh no, not at all. Its well blended, and the flavors are quite pleasant. However, you really don’t need this and, say, Christmas tradition, if you like this flavor profile.
I’ll have no trouble drinking this down, but I won’t go out of my way for it again next year.

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75

Tea of the late morning.
Still delicious, but still not quite as good as Christmas Tradition, I think. Hmm.
But really, nothing will stop me from drinking all the vanilla mint teas.

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75

My internet was down this morning, which was highly annoying, but the rest of the day went well.
But the kettle still worked, so I brewed up tea.
I probably did not need both this and Christmas Tradition but…. well….. I can’t pass up a peppermint black, I guess. Even though they look, at a quick glance, very similar (minus popcorn). Would there be a difference?
So! Nice, minty, smooth, and with a delicate touch of vanilla, but not as good as Christmas tradition, in my mind. I can’t quite suss out why Tradition is better than Bark, but who cares!
I still enjoy this, and won’t have a problem drinking it down. Yay, peppermint black teas!

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89

This tea smells amazing. Like buttery batter, creamy frosting, and all manner of sweet and cakey things. I liked it right from first sniff out of the bag. It is easy on the eyes with the tightly curled cut black leaf, dried pineapple pieces, and flower petals. I remember this tea had quite a reputation for being one of the must-try Della Terra teas and I can see why people enjoy it.

The steeped tea also smells like a moist and buttery cake and the liquor is clear and dark brown. The taste is very pleasant and sweet. Smooth and faintly malty black tea blend with sugar, vanilla, and a flavor I can only describe as yellow cake. I’m not really getting any pineapple or fruitiness, but that is just as well because I am a vanilla buttercream cake addict. This is a very nice way to treat the sweet tooth without stuffing my face with cake. I’m really glad I bought 2oz of this. I just brewed a second pot and the hubby is enjoying it as well. Most Della dessert teas I’ve tried have gone over well in this household. Without being overly cloying or artificial, they have a good flavor to my palate and I think the base is a decent black.

Flavors: Butter, Cake, Frosting, Malt, Smooth, Sugar, Vanilla

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
carol who

One of my favorites. I left a tumbler of this is my car when I was out shopping. When I got back my car smell heavenly! :D

Fjellrev

I love the way you describe this tea, and it makes me want it! But unfortunately, I never got that from this tea. It was just too sweet for me, so sweet that it covered up any potential bakery and vanilla notes.

Nightshifter

I can imagine how it would make a car smell good! Was your batch older Fjellrev? I just received this in the mail so it was just unsealed and literally I can still smell cake in my kitchen right now from steeping it. :)

Fjellrev

I had it fresh, and while it smelled heavenly (I remember my roommate wondering why our kitchen smelled like pancakes and syrup as it was steeping!), the taste was something else for me. Have you ever had David’s Red Velvet Cake? It basically tasted like that to me.

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I’ve decided I really need to be more on top of trying all of the samples you lovely people have sent me. Since most of the tea drinking I do happens at work while all of my samples sit at home, I didn’t realize how many I have. I also forgot how excited I was about some of them. I’ve been drinking my favorites so much lately that it’s time for a change anyway.

So, this. Courtesy of Ost.

First, let me say that I don’t actually like traditional s’mores all that much. When I make mine, I always use cinnamon graham crackers and skip the Hershey’s in favor of a piece of Chunky bar (if anyone actually knows what that is…brownie points for you because I am apparently the only person that knows what they are and enjoys them)……(okay, fine, I’ll tell you what they are—a not-so-high-quality chocolate bar with peanuts and raisins throughout)…….(I promise they’re delicious)……..(really)………(alright, now back to your regularly televised programming)

Sometimes I’m extra rebellious and spread a schmear of peanut butter on the graham cracker first, skip the chocolate all together, and just lay the extra melty/extra burny/extra fantastical marshmallow on the peanut butter. Oh man.

Anyway, the point I’m trying to make is that I’m not a huge fan of this tea because it tastes like normal s’mores. Seeing as how this would be a plus for most people, I won’t rate it. But, you know you’re totally gonna try s’mores my way next time!

Flavors: Chocolate, Graham Cracker

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