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Sample from Ost. Thank you!
Opening this bag, I was hit by the delicious smell of chocolate. It made me really hope that this was a tea that lived up to its smell. I threw in the whole sample (about a teaspoon) and brewed it in about 4 oz of water. This tastes sooooo good. The mint hits my mouth first, followed closely by the taste of chocolate. It’s a tiny bit artificial, but not unpleasantly so – it makes it taste more like highly processed candy or hot chocolate. I’m definitely going to need to look into more of Della Terra’s chocolate teas, since while I tend to prefer the taste of dark chocolate these days, I do sometimes still crave milk chocolate for the creaminess. This delivers on the creamy milk chocolate taste without all the sugar. I am a fan!
In other news, had a fun weekend at my in-laws. Ran the first session of the tabletop roleplaying game I’ve been working on for the past couple of years. I tried to get it started last spring, but everyone else was really busy, so it had to wait. It was fun to finally be able to play. My players seemed to enjoy it too. And it inspired me to get cracking on future encounters.
Ended up being snowed in on Monday night, so stayed an extra day. Tuesday was Car Lord’s first real experience with snow. He didn’t seem to really know what to make of it, although he did enjoy the sledding. All in all, a long and eventful weekend, and now I need to catch up on dishes and laundry, but can get back to trying new tea : )
Flavors: Chocolate, Cream, Mint
This one also came with me to work on Saturday, and I have to say I was pretty impressed. It’s a caramel marshmallow black, so wonderfully sweet and sugary, and it made for a pleasant afternoon pick-me-up when I started flagging. I’m drinking it again today, and it’s still a winner. I don’t think I’d ever be able to dislike a caramel tea, it’s just one of those good things in life. I used 1 tsp of leaf, and gave it 3 minutes in boiling water.
The initial flavour of this one reminds me a lot of Eight Candles, which had good flavour, but which was spoilt a little for me by the oiliness and scum produced by the sprinkles and caramel. This one suffers a little from that, but not nearly so badly. There’s less initial “ick”, shall we say. The second tea this one reminds me of is S’mores, but without the graham cracker. The marshmallow flavour is pretty much identical, and then the caramel just takes it to another level.
It’s fair to say that this one’s a sugar overload, but sometimes that’s okay. It tastes a little artificial after a few sips, but on the whole it’s pretty good. As a dessert tea, it definitely hits the mark. There are definitely more refined teas out there, but for a cup of indulgent sugar rush, caramel and marshmallow are rarely wrong.
I have completely ran the whole range of emotions on this tea.
I went from being indifferent, to disappointment, to dislike and now I’m on my third cup in two days and completely in love with it.
That summarizes my relationship with a lot of flavored tea, actually.
This one is absolutely a cup that needs milk + sweetener, though. (2TBSP Silk Unsweetend Soy Milk + 1/2TSP Sugar Free White Chocolate Torani for me today, please). The Torani seems to be both decreasing the chemically/plastic chocolate flavor I felt was present last time and increasing the actually chocolate flavor. Milk smoothes it out and makes the marshmallow creamy, sweet and present. There’s a crumbly cinnamon graham cracker note that kind of floats in and out and isn’t quite sure of it’s presence all the time.
The real reason to have this though, is that there’s something kind of fun about drinking dessert mid-morning.
This is my tea of the afternoon. The leaves are dark green, and there’s a strong jasmine fragrance as well as the slightest hint of mint. Brewed up, it’s a highly enjoyable jasmine green tea. Smooth, definitely “dark green” but not overly vegetal, with an almost vanilla quality in the base that the jasmine complements nicely. It’s mild and definitely relaxing as an afternoon or after-meal tea. But I didn’t notice any particular flavor from the mint. Upon further inspection, I had been storing the sample pouch vertically, and all the mint leaf pieces (much smaller than the tea leaves) had fallen to the bottom, so I didn’t get any of them. Next time I’ll mix it more evenly for a more accurate tasting experience.
No rating for now—but so far, so good! Thanks beelicious for the sample!
Overboard TTB #13
I unintentionally ended up sampling two glittery holiday teas from Della Terra today! Of the two, I think I prefer Eight Candles. Don’t get me wrong…this one is good! The vanilla and mint are nicely balanced, yielding a smooth, soothing cup. And I’m glad they did something different from the orange spice blends that most companies seem to do for Christmas. But in the end, this is pretty much just another vanilla mint tea (with the unexpected addition of gold glitter)…good, but nothing super special.
Flavors: Creamy, Mint, Smooth, Vanilla
Oveboard TTB #11
What a fun, unique blend! I could see this making a fantastic Hanukkah gift (the little sprinkles are so cute!) or a great party beverage served in a glass teapot (it’s full of little gold sparkles!) The flavor isn’t super special, but it’s delicious: very smooth and creamy with a lot of marshmallow sweetness and a hint of burnt caramel that mostly comes out in the aftertaste.
Flavors: Burnt Sugar, Caramel, Marshmallow, Smooth, Sweet
Overboard TTB #10
This tea doesn’t taste like fresh strawberries…but it DOES taste remarkably like melted strawberry ice cream! Not quite sure how they did it, but it’s all there: the creaminess and the sweet, slightly artificial strawberry flavor. It’s great on its own and I’m guessing it would be even better with a splash of milk!
Flavors: Artificial, Cream, Strawberry, Sweet
This was a nice vanilla tea, but I sense that to really make it sing you need to add some cream, which sucks since we rarely have any cream in the house. I’ve added a splash of milk occasionally, but it just waters the whole thing down.
It’s not a bad tea per se, but not quite what I’m looking for. In the meantime, considering Della Terra is down for rejiggering, it’s highly unlikely that I’ll ever restock this.
Sipdown! Another thanks to Janelle :)
I think this one may have lost a bit of flavour while it sat waiting to be tried, but as is, it’s not a bad cup of tea, just a bit light on flavour. There are hints of rootbeer and creaminess, and as with the Swiss Mountain Rooibos, the rooibos flavour is not an issue. I’d probably like to see this flavouring on a black base, since I don’t care about caffeine and typically prefer the flavour of a good black tea, but again, it’s not bad as is, based on what I can tell, anyhow. Definitely 100x better than the DavidsTea version, but perhaps not as good as Simpson&Vail nor 52teas.
Sipdown! Thanks to Janelle for this sample.
Overall, this is pretty similar to the black version, which is what I was expecting – it’s creamy, minty, chocolatey. The rooibos is actually pretty tame here, which is nice, but I’m still getting a bit of throat scratchiness, and would prefer the black base. If rooibos doesn’t bug you, though, I’m sure this is a great non-caffeinated evening treat.
Good Monday morning all! Hope everybody is having a great start to their day! Not sure this was the best choice to start my day officially off with but oh well.
Smelling the dry leaves on this and then tasting them, you feel a little disappointed. The dry leaves have such a great smell to them. You can really smell the orange and it makes you think of a nice caramelized orange treat. Not the taste you get at all. Unfortunately I just got a more watered down orange flavor with just a very slight hint of creaminess (as it cools) more than anything else. I’m going to try again later because it could have been me, but I’m just not feeling this one. Hoping for an improvement next go around!
Hmmmm I was under the impression that I didn’t really like this. Have been avoiding it for quite awhile. This is actually pretty good – maybe it mellowed with age…. chocolate and pu’erh always goes well together. I’m not getting much chai spice – that could be the age thing, but whatever it is I’m enjoying the last of this tonight.
In my quest to try all the dessert teas, Ost has been helpful, in sending this along.
I’m glad to have tried it. Its rather chocolaty, which is not my very favorite tea flavor, but its got a nice and creamy mouthfeel.
I wish there was more of a frosting note, though. I’m getting cake, just not quite cupcake.
This is one of those samples that is fab to try, but it illustrates that you’re probably not going to buy it.
Many thanks to Ost for the sample!
I’m the type of person that reaches for a rooibos at night, and basically only at night, as a decaf option. So, this tea always leaves me sort of feeling like, ‘when do I fit this into my tea time?’, since there’s the black tea element.
Upon opening my tea drawer, this pouch was staring at me, so I figured I’d make a cup.
The blueberry is nice, and I like that there are whole dried blueberries in the tea, but the rooibos really pops out, and for my weak nose, sort of squishes the blueberry into submission.
There is a nice cream going on, but like I said, this is a rooibos to me. It screams rooibos, every time I lift my cup to my nose….which would be FINE, if I wasn’t conditioned (self-conditioned, I admit), to drinking rooibos as a nocaf option.
So, there’s nothing wrong with this tea; it’s the tea it says it is, all proud as can be.
It’s just not one of my favourites, due to my own inner confusion over rooibos.
Flavors: Blueberry, Cream, Rooibos
For me all Della Terra teas have a similar taste – must be the base they use. This one is no exception. I’m not getting any pumpkin at all just overly sweet caramel. All the bits of stuff in it are just adding to the ooozing sweetness – there are caramel bits, marshmallow bits, and sprinkles…. Happy that this one is gone….
dexter sent this one on to me and since it was a HUGE quantity, i’m going to inflict..er i mean share, the rest of this with the other girls :) Esp now that i’ve tried this both as a regularly brewed tea and a latte. Truth be told the latte was better but it just doesn’t have the strength to it and that deep root beer flavour that i get from the david’s tea black version. A decent cup, but not a favourite :) thanks for letting me try this dexter!
Final Count: 118 so yay for that! Maybe today i can get another 3 in…
dexter sent this one my way for me to try so i pulled it out tonight. It’s got that rootbeer flavour for sure, but the honeybush in this one is a little woody… so i prefer the david’s tea black version. that being said, i need to try this as a lattee tomorrow so that i can see how it holds up with the milk, since i also generally only love the david’s one in latte form :) thanks dex!
This was my last cup of the evening yesterday. It’s probably not surprising that I couldn’t sleep, after having pottered around the house drinking tea all day. Still, tea is good. What would a weekend be without tea?
I used 1.5 tsp of leaf for this cup, and gave it three minutes in boiling water. No additions. This has become my standard preparation for my first cup of a Della Terra, and I adjust from there as required. Judging from the dry leaf, I was expecting this one to be quite heavily chocolatey (at least, based on the quantity of chocolate chips vs. marshmallows and graham crumbs) but I got a rather pleasant surprise.
The main flavour here is MARSHMALLOW! It’s pretty spot on in terms of flavour accuracy, and it somehow manages to taste creamy as well as sweet and sugary. The second flavour is, as expected, chocolate. Dark chocolate, to my mind, which works well as a slightly bittersweet counterpoint to the over-sweet marshmallow. Right at the end of the sip is a light biscuitty flavour. It’s a little fleeting, and I would have liked it to have a bit more of a presence, but at least it’s there.
This is another flavoured/dessert tea that’s a pretty accurate representation of the actual foodstuff it references. It’s so close to tasting like an actual s’more that it seems unfair to pick faults. I was pleased with the prominence of the marshmallow flavouring, as I had feared that this would turn into just another watery chocolate tea. Not so, fortunately! Another worthy cupboard addition, if dessert teas are your thing.
I’d heard great things about this tea, so I pulled it out yesterday to inject a bit of cheer into my weekend. I tried my first cup black – 1.5 tsp of leaf (oh so cocoa-y dry, like opening a fresh tin of hot chocolate) left for three minutes in boiling water. No additions. It smells wonderful, but I have to say that I found the taste a bit of a disappointment. It’s one of the more chocolately chocolate teas I’ve tried, but it was still somehow watery and thin tasting. I know the mouthfeel is never going to resemble actual chocolate, but something seemed amiss. It reminded me of Teapigs Chocolate Flake, which also smelled wonderful but was similarly weak to taste.
This got me thinking about how I could improve my experience. With the teapigs, I used two bags and a longer brew time. A tea that smells as chocolatey as this one has to have something about it, surely? So, for my second cup, I used 2 tsp of leaf and left it for four minutes in boiling water. The resulting liquor was fairly dark, so I added a splash of milk.
Suddenly, it’s all so much better. I can taste chocolate! It’s rich, creamy, very decadent. It tastes like milk chocolate to me, so it lacks a little intensity, but it’s still deliciously comforting. The black tea base is detectable underneath the chocolate, but it works well with the creamy, hot chocolate-esque flavour. It’s a good reminder that this is, after all, tea.
I do sometimes feel that I expect too much from chocolate teas — if I want the mouthfeel and the intensity, I should probably just drink hot chocolate. As a tea-person, though, I have to say that this is one of the better-tasting chocolate teas I’ve tried. It’s never going to be “just like the real thing” because that would be impossible, but it’s a good effort. Definitely worthy of a place in my cupboard.
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.
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.