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Della Terra Teas

Recent Tasting Notes

It’s my “baby’s” birthday – she’s turning 18! So I pulled this one out to celebrate. Smelled great in the bag. But first steep, COCONUT. Blech. No rating because it’s not their fault I hate coconut. The rest of it went into the trade pile.

DeliriumsFrogs

Happy Birthday to your daughter!!!
(and, your coconut reviews are hysterical. haha!)
I’ve been wondering about this one (why am I always drawn to ‘cake’ tea?!?)….

Cheri

Happy Momiversary!

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Sipdown! My last two cups of this were really sweet. I think all of the toffee pieces had fallen to the bottom! I didn’t add any sugar, and I didn’t need it. That just goes to prove that, with more toffee, this can be a palatable cup. Or maybe I’m just getting used to it! Either way, it won’t be one I’ll look to restock.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp

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32

This tea has a bizarre strong floral perfume scent and flavor to it. I have had some luck mixing small amounts of it with other teas, but I find the flavor extremely off putting on its own.

Flavors: Caramel, Flowers

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My nighttime tea. I drank it while watching The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. The tea was enough of a treat to keep me from snacking during the movie. The lemon flavor is spot on, and there is a lightness to it, a creaminess from the honeybush, that hints at chiffon. Yum. The movie was good, but I’m kicking myself for not seeing it in the theater. Still, highly entertaining (but the book is far better!).

__Morgana__

What did you think of the movie? We saw it during the Christmas holiday. I’m torn. On the one hand, I really enjoyed the faithfulness to the book. The barrel scenes, the dragon, etc. On the other, I think making a single book into three movies is a bit of a stretch and I have to wonder about the financial motivation. By that logic, Lord of the Rings should have been at least six movies. Still, Martin Freeman is an excellent Bilbo.

Veronica

I liked the movie, but I agree that making it into three movies is a bit of a stretch. I’ll wait until I see the last movie before I pass any final judgments, but right now I’m guessing that this could easily have been two movies. On the other hand, there was a lot that was skimmed or skipped over from The Lord of the Ring series, so maybe Jackson wanted to take one story and tell as much of it as he could.

I will say that Smaug looked like the kick ass dragon I always envisioned in my head, so that was pretty cool to see on screen! And I agree with you, Martin Freeman is great as Bilbo!

gmathis

Stephen Fry saved this one for me (I just like his acting)…I was pretty disappointed with the rest of the movie. I know middle movies in a trilogy are supposed to be cliffhangers, but I wish they would have thrown us a bone and tied up at least one story line. (But you’re right. Martin Freeman is indeed a lovable Bilbo.)

Veronica

I love Stephen Fry! I still watch episodes of A Bit of Fry and Laurie from time to time because they are both so funny.

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This came as a sample in my joint order with Amariel. It smells like delicious, sugary creme pastries. I have a cinnamon oil burning in the back, and the combined aromas make me crave a cream drenched cinnamon bun.

The flavouring is just as the name would have you believe. the black tea base is also what you’d expect from Della Terra; it personally reminds me of cheap ice cream cones. It’s not fancy but it’s still dessert (that smells amazing!).

Flavors: Coconut, Cream

Preparation
Boiling
Suziqzer

Sounds like a winner!

Amariel

Can’t wait to try mine! :)

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78

Thank you Roswell Strange for sending me some more of this tea. It is a tasty cinnamon cuppa. I think Monkey Bread is actually a more fitting name because it has a sweet cinnamon bread flavor but lacks the icing that you might expect on a cinnamon bun. Still very, very good.

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65

This tea is just not cooperating with me. I’m not getting the dark oolong goodness others are getting, but a light roasted oolong with a golden ochre colour.

I tried first at 185F steeping, and the tea was on the light side, but with a good caramel sweets flavor, with a light nutty roasty oolong background. A little bit of orange flavor, but still good. Overall, light and watery on flavor.

So I went in again, this time with 200F water and a bit more leaf. The caramel flavor is brighter, with the oolong tasting sharper, but still not rich, and with some light to moderate astringency at the end, making the cup not as enjoyable – it lacked that smoothness my last cup had.

I was actually going to review it for Oolong Owl, but yeah, not happy this tea isn’t turning out how others here are getting it.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 30 sec
Stephanie

Have you tried Golden Moon’s sugar caramel oolong? Yum.

Awkward Soul

I haven’t, but Golden Moon is on my list to order from sometime. So many teas!

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45

Seriously, is there licorice root in here? Is that what makes this drink sweet? Is that what makes me feel so weird about it?

I’m very glad that I switched to drinking this straight black, because nothing should be added to this tea. After a shaky start, I’ve ended my sample with higher levels of enjoyment, but not high enough to be overwhelmed by happiness. Still glad I got to sample it! The joy of tea swaps :D

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72

TTB&C #15

This was a light tea that had flavors of both the coconut and vanilla. The tea was sweet and well balanced between the coconut and vanilla. I am finding with Della Terra’s black tea that the base is not strong enough for me. I find that I enjoy the flavors, but I get no tea base and all flavor. This tea was the same. Light on the tea, heavy on the sweet flavors.

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

Sounds like a good dessert blend.. if you just want dessert.

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45

From Another TTB. This was definitely sweet like a sundae, but it didn’t have a lot of strawberry taste. It was nice to sample, but I don’t think I would purchase it.

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78

Sipdown!! (161)

Thank you Roswell Strange for the chance to try this tea. It is definitely I was interested in sampling given its unique ingredient list. Now having tasted it, I can say it is good and definitely worth giving a try but it is not something I NEED to have stocked.

This particular cup is actually from last night and has cooled significantly. The most prominent element is the peach by far but the veggies provide a nice complimentary taste to round out the flavor. Also, the base is virtually undetectable thus allowing more room for the other flavors to shine. A really fun and delicious tea!

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35

Second pouch, this time with noticably more toffee pieces. Sadly, I still don’t like it. The apple is somehow floral, there’s a bitter aftertaste, and the whole thing tastes somehow musty. Also, I can’t taste any caramel. Disappointing, because this one sounded like my kind of thing. Sad face.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp
Courtney

I found this one floral too. So bizarre.

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93

24 hour cold brew!

Like I said in my Tiramisu Oolong tasting note, I split this 50/50 with Morningstar today when we were on break. She said this one wasn’t too bad, but I know she wasn’t that impressed with it. Not sure if that’s because of the roobios, the fruitiness or the fact it was cold. Maybe something else?

I have to say, personally I didn’t find this to be “wow” worthy this afternoon either, though it was agreeable and definitely captured the lime/cream elements well enough. Maybe it just ended up cold steeping for too long and could have benefited from a shorter time…

CelebriTEA

I love it! But IMHO…better hot :-)

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86

Sipdown. I tried the last of this iced. The cherry notes really come out. Tart and sweet. I’m not getting much cakiness. Maybe a hint of pineapple, but that might be power of suggestion. Oh so slightly creamy. Mostly this tastes like a cherry iced rooibos. Yummy. Still nothing like the original upside down tea, though.

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79

I made this tea last night and was going to have it before going to bed. I ended up being too tired, so I drank it this morning over ice. I liked this tea quite a bit, and I didn’t even need to add sweetener. It was a yummy iced tea.

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95

Hooray for having some more Lemon Chiffon in the house due to the Caffeine-Free/Decaf Traveling Tea Box!

I’ve had 2 big mugs of this so far tonight. I’m battling a sinus headache and this was one of the only things that seemed appealing, plus the hot steam will hopefully open up my sinus passages (already used the neti pot with only semi-success). I love the idea of spring, but my body reacts like it is allergic to everything so it’s not very fun for me.

Anyway, this is lemony and creamy. I used 2 tsp in my 16oz steeping mug and add sweetener. I’ve had the Lime Chiffon in stock plus a bunch of dupes, and still there’s something about having this again. I don’t think it’s necessarily better, but it’s definitely good!

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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68

From the Caffeine-Free/Decaf Traveling Tea Box.

A nice lemon-y rooibos. The dry leaf is wonderfully colorful and pretty. I put a little more water than I intended, but that shouldn’t have prevented the tea from not tasting peppery or spicy. That was a bit disappointing.

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 9 OZ / 266 ML

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97

Additional notes: I’m having this one again! I keep saying “I love this tea”. Definitely a favorite from Della Terra. I want to stock up on ten pounds of it. It even made my headache go away last time. I just love the combination: big vanilla pieces, lots of mint leaves, two different chocolates AND this time I saw the candy cane pieces, just not as much as the picture shows. But they are there! Rating going up a couple points!

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45

I first tried this sample from TraceyC with milk and sugar, continuing on my theme of the week, but that was a huge mistake. There is already far enough sweetener built into this blend, and it holds up very nicely as a black tea.

Having said that, I am not the biggest fan. There is something odd about the scent of this tea, and even the taste of it, that puts me off. Drinking it straight certainly upped my rating but not enough to make me a fan.

Still, many thanks to Tracey for the opportunity to try this tea!

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84

Hot in a timolino; no added things (though I was tempted to add milk).

This is/was the last of my work teas to be drunk, and I had it on the walk home. It was really good; sticky cinnamon sugar icing/glaze. The last little bit was especially sweet and thick and creamy. There were moments when I more so got cinnamon bun and vanilla icing and moments where I got cream cheese and spice cake.

My walk home from work was kind of interesting though. Abdul, one of the cashiers who was let go, stayed late after work today (he was off at nine, and I was off at ten) and walked home with me. He only lives two blocks from me, so it’s not like it was out of his way, but it was a kind of nice thing to do, I guess?

It’s a little sad his last shift is tomorrow. He’s a sweet kid…

God! How old does that make me sound? He’s only two years younger than me (and I’m not that old to begin with) but there’s such a maturity gap. I sound ancient when I refer to people as “kids” when they’re teenagers.

Hello.Kiki

Being called ma’am always makes me feel older, and I’m still in my early twenties O.o

Marzipan

Age is a state of mind.

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70

Drank this last night before bed.
Rooibos is not my favourite tea, but since I need a decaf at night, I’m growing to like it a lot more….
This one I found to be really nice, tart creaminess and distinctly ‘lime’…. but then my husband had to comment that it smelled like I was drinking a mug of skittles.
Somehow, that brought it down a bit in my book, I hate to admit (it was a really innocent comment…how I let it turn into a pernicious remark is beyond me….. but, I guess I wanted chiffon elegance, not 7-Eleven sour skittles and slurpees…alas).
I still like it, though, and although I’d probably reach for something else if caffeine intake wasn’t an issue, that’s just me and my slow-growing affection for rooibos.

Marzipan

I feel exactly the same way about rooibos!

ifjuly

“chiffon elegance, not 7-Eleven sour skittles and slurpees” aww.

it’s weird, when i started drinking loose leaf i didn’t mind rooibos at all—i guess because i had nothing to base my feelings on, had never had it before, and usually some woodiness is ok by me—but the more tea i’ve tried the less and less i like it. in a good blend i don’t mind it, but it’s definitely noticeable now to me. strange.

Dexter3657

I agree – loved rooibos when I started this journey – now I think it’s just ok. I too am finding it more “noticeable” now than it was back then. I’m finding the MissB trick works for me to help reduce the woodiness of it in some blends – worth a shot. (Try 90C for 3 minutes)

boychik

same here, but sometimes I like it. Butiki Mango Lassi is very good only because its rooibos. i cannot imagine this tea with the diff base. I like rooibos cold steeped.

ifjuly

i love mango lassi, boychik! that bit of cardamom really sets it apart, yum.

i need to try that trick, Dexter. funny to hear i’m not the only one who went through phases with rooibos!

DeliriumsFrogs

ooooh! I’m definitely going to try that trick, Dexter. Thanks!
And, I really, really need to try Butiki’s Mango Lassi (I’ll have to order that next time!).
Yeah, I don’t hate rooibos, it’s just not my fave…. Sometimes I’m really into it, and other times I’m sad I can’t have something else instead because it’s nighttime. lol
Coldsteeped…mmmm… I haven’t tried that yet, either.

boychik

you should have Puerh. i sleep like a baby after 3-5 steeps. i swear:)

ifjuly

the more i think about it, the more boychik’s right though, occasionally the way rooibos tastes/feels is actually helpful in a blend. it’s been reblended now IIRC, but butiki’s coconut cream pie has (had?) a rooibos base and i thought it was genius because it evokes the graham cracker crust of a cream pie.

DeliriumsFrogs

really!? hmmmm…. i may have to try that and just cross my fingers that it doesn’t keep me up.
I’m weird with caffeine, where sometimes it doesn’t affect me at all, and other times I lay there with eyes exploding like a kid who drank a 6 pack of Jolt Cola.
Puerh at bedtime… that would be lovely!

DeliriumsFrogs

And, I totally agree, *ifjuly…..
I really need to get the coconut cream pie along with the mango lassi next time….graham cracker crust!!! mmmmmmm.

DeliriumsFrogs

ifjuly (geesh… I can’t even BOLD something correctly!!! lol)

ifjuly

pu erh is interesting to me, because that quality in classic black tea where it revitalizes but also calms you is amplified for me with it. it makes me feel very tranquil and peaceful and focused. there’s a guayusa blend from Stacy that does the same thing. it’s intriguing, the way some teas manage to accomplish both.

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35

Finished the first of my two packets of this. I’ve been drinking it with a lot of sugar to try and offset some of the weird bitter/floral flavour. It helps a bit, but that’s all I can say for it. I’ve looked at my second packet, and that appears to have more toffee pieces in than this one — hopefully it’ll taste better for it!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp
Memily

Oy vey this does not give me a great deal of hope for the sample I have of this tea.

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