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Here’s Hoping Traveling Teabox Round #3 – Tea #27
These caramel oolongs never seem to get much love. I think the fault is always the low temperature suggested. They don’t seem to taste too badly when I use almost boiling water. After all, if you can use boiling water on a green oolong, why not a roasted oolong? Here the roasty oolong doesn’t have too much oolong flavor to begin with, but at boiling, the oolong can really mingle with whatever caramel is here: the little caramel squares. I like the sweetness and that is all caramel really is anyway. I like it… but I suggest those trying dark oolongs to try the low steep AND just boiled. Also, I do believe I have just tasted all of the DT caramel teas, according to my search for DT ‘caramel’. Jeeze.
Steep #1 // 1 1/2 tsp // 15 min after boiling // 2-3 min
Steep #2 // just boiled // 3 min
Swap from Cameron B.
Great aroma, reminds me of cider donuts. I love the smell of this apple/cinnamon. Then it gets weird. When the tea is piping hot, it tastes like hot apple cider. But when it cools down just a bit it becomes weaker. Then the apple/cinnamon flavor bounces back in the aftertaste. This is basically chamomile tea with something a little extra.
I got this in a trade… can’t for the life of me remember who though! Oh well.
So, I’m doing this Fast Metabolism Diet thing which lasts 28 days and has 3 phases per week. I do alright in the first and third phase, but the second phase kills me every time since you’re basically reduced to eating protein and veggies. Lots of protein. Lots of veggies. And whenever I get to phase two my sweet tooth goes bonkers and craves EVERYTHING bad for me: chocolate, cake, pastries, gummy candy, more chocolate, brownies, cupcakes… you get the idea.
Technically I’m not supposed to even drink herbal tea… only water—bummer! Too bad I’m bending the rules and guzzling this tea like there’s no tomorrow since I’ll be doomed to fail if I don’t! There’s still two weeks left of the diet… I can do this!
Sweet, delicious carrot cake tea… how I wish I could have carrot cake now. Alas, this tea will have to suffice.
Flavors: Cake, Carrot, Maple, Spices
So to get this out of my system… I miss Steepster working! /whines/
….Alright. Now that that’s out of my system, onto the tea. XD
I’m trying to get through some of the teas in my cupboard since I have so many and I’ve banned myself from ordering anything new until I’ve at least gotten down to one bin of untried from companies (I have two currently) and a half bin of ‘from swaps’ (Have a full bin of this). So this was a surprise addition from Cavo when we swapped last and figured I’d better at least try it soon. Lol.
The dry was kinda fruity, which was nice.. Used a tsp and a half for 12oz and only steeped it for 2:30min since I’d read that this can be a bit punchy at times.
It’s not a bad tea actually. I was expecting sharp or peppery or something. But this is kinda sweet, a bit woody and kinda malty. And not ‘in-my-face’ like I was worried it would be. No bitterness and I don’t get much astringency. Hardly any at all, but there’s just the teeeenyist bit of it there.
It actually made this close to a half hour ago and it’s been sitting on a cup warmer for that time while I sip. It’s survived well, though from time to time I’m getting an almost chalky taste/sensation from the tea. Now I don’t know if that’s from it sitting here for so long or what. But I figured I’d mention it.
So nice to try, but since I have other teas I like alot better I’m not planning on keeping this one.
Thanks to Dexter for this sample!
This smells like holiday spices – it takes me to Christmas, with sweetness, cinnamon, vanilla, and maybe all spice.
On the palette it’s actually very dry – none of the sweet smell translates to sweetness on the tongue, except right at the very end of the finish, and then only subtly. There’s a hint of bitterness from the black tea base, but a nice, round pumpkiny flavour to balance it out. Hints of cream and butter are also there.
A bit of sugar in the second half of my cup really pulls together the pumpkin pie impressions, and I’m really, really enjoying it now.
I was hoping to get a good second steep out of this cup but alas, the second cup isn’t very good. I added milk and sugar and I’m not getting much other flavours besides this weird metallic taste.
Flavors: Butter, Cinnamon, Cookie, Cream, Pumpkin, Vanilla
sweet, lemony wonder
iced lemon cookie
cold-steeped comfort in a cup
this is delicious….tastes exactly as it smells….zesty, sweet, lemony creamy cake. i mean, it’s pretty close. i can’t imagine there being a better rendition out there.
i also can’t believe there’s rooibos in here (and tons of it)….i don’t even taste it!
what an absolute treat. i can see why this got so many positive reviews. thanks, steepster!
Flavors: Cake, Lemon, Lemon Zest, Meringue, Sweet, Vanilla
I really didn’t like this when I first bought it last year. For whatever reason I’ve been revisiting all of the Della Terra Teas that I wasn’t happy with, and have found that I am appreciating them a lot more now. Brewed stronger with some added milk and sweetener it is a really nice slightly spiced fall tea.
Another one I didn’t like the first time around, but really enjoyed a year later. I don’t think it tastes or smells like oatmeal raisin cookies, but it does taste and smell like something else that I can’t put my finger on. Whatever it is, I like it. Very sweet on its own.
Pass the Stash 2.0
The dry leaves are an interesting blend of teas and fruits. The scent was good: nice raspberry and chocolate. The taste did not completely follow through. Would have loved a bit more chocolate flavor. The raspberry was good but missing the chocolate made it more of a white/green raspberry tea. Still not bad. I have more to drink so many I’ll pick up more flavors on re-tries.
I rediscovered this tea recently when I reorganized my tea cabinet. I remember this one as being good, with a distinct creaminess at the end of the sip. It’s still good. Della Terra knows how to flavor rooibos and they got the vanilla cream flavor right. I feel like some companies’ rooibos teas are overwhelmed by the rooibos flavor, but not Della Terra. Don’t get me wrong…the rooibos flavor is there, but you still get to enjoy the other added flavorings. Overall, this is a nice, creamy, caffeine free, cozy cup!
Bought this in…Someone’s stash sale. xD Blanking out on the username-haha!
DTT tends to make pretty good chocolate teas in my book, so I figured I’d give this one a shot!
Wasn’t sure if I’d like this since I haven’t seemed to like mint teas lately. But this one is actually pretty good! The mint doesn’t outweigh the chocolate too much.
But I think the best mint tea that I’ve tried so far is DavidsTea’s Read My Lips. This one is good, but wouldn’t buy more!
Flavors: Chocolate, Mint
From the Round 3 Here’s Hoping TTB
Something about this tea is off. There’s a strange plastic-y feeling on my tongue, and I feel like I squirted perfume in my mouth. I don’t know if the flavoring agent is going bad or if this tea and I just don’t get along, but the rest of this cup is going down the drain.
I haven’t had many Rooibos teas, but I really like the flavor of this one. The aroma right out of the package brought autumn right to my kitchen and it only got better when I started steeping it. The warm, rich scent of maple is the dominant aroma. The flavor is that of maple and spice. I think I’ll add a bit of sugar or honey just to bring out the autumn flavors a bit more but otherwise this tea is great just on its own. This tea definitely put me in the mood for crisp weather, football, and long-sleeves!
Flavors: Maple, Spices
Yes, I still have some of this. Who knows how long it’s been since I last ordered from Della Terra…it’s been awhile! I’m pining for Fall today, so I broke this one out of my nicely organized cupboard. It’s sweet and cake-like. I ate it with a cookie! ;) I got my TeaTime mag in the mail, but the front cover got all crushed and torn. What the heck?! Makes me sad, because it’s an issue all about Fall! :( I love Fall. It’s still hot here, but I’m counting down the days until I can drink some new Fall teas and go buy apple goodies at Apple Hill! It’ll be here soon!!!