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If my dreams were food, they would be of lemons, limes, and cheesecake. This being one of those three flavors, I was super excited to have some Lime Chiffon after hearing the rave reviews about this and its Lemon Chiffon counterpart.
The smell of the dry rooibos is very lime-y. I brewed this for 4 minutes or so and it still smells amazing at this point. The taste of the tea is not overwhelmingly lime (I really wanted it to be tart), but it has the creamy chiffon flavor and a nice subtle lime, like in a well-made key lime pie (again without the super tart flavor). Overall, a very nice tea and I’ll be glad to have it again :D
Flavors: Creamy, Lime, Sweet
I enjoyed Pineapple Upside Down Cake, from what I remember, so this one seemed like a sure win for a dull Monday at work. I used 1 tsp of leaf, and gave it 4 minutes in boiling water. No additions.
The dry leaf smells gorgeous – very sweet and cakey! It’s the kind of scent that permeates the whole kitchen, and I find it rather cheering in a sugar-overload sort of way. To taste, this is mostly maple syrup and brown sugar. There are large pieces of cherry (some whole!) and small pieces of dried pineapple in the mix, but somehow they don’t seem to impact upon the flavour at all. I do get sponge and caramelised sugar, though, so I suppose that’s something.
I generally like sweet things, and I like cake, so a maple/sugar tea is probably always going to be a win with me. I feel mildly let down by the lack of pineapple and cherry, but it’s still a nice tasting tea so it’s not really too much of a problem for me. I just keep imagining how great it would be if I could taste the pineapple. What an awesome tea that would be!
I think on balance I prefer the black version of this one, but I’ll certainly have no trouble finishing off this sample. A sweet, uncomplicated, tasty treat!
I had high hopes for this one, but unfortunately I feel they’ve fallen a bit short. I used 1tsp of leaf, and gave it 4 minutes in boiling water. No additions. The resulting cup is a wonderfully autumnal apple-cinnamon rooibos, but there’s no yogurt. I think I’d built this one up in my head into a creamy apple cinnamon wonder-tea with the added tang of a spoonful of yogurt. Always a dangerous thing before you’ve even tried a tea, but I’m afraid the name had me at hello. Anyway, now I’d rather like to add some yogurt to this one, and I don’t have any. Boo hoo.
As rooibos blends go, this one is fairly woodsy. It works fairly well with the apple and cinnamon flavours, though, so I don’t really mind that. This one is pretty much autumn in a cup for me – sweet yet crisp apple fruitiness, the nutty, mildly spicy warmth of the cinnamon, and a little tree-bark rooibos woodsiness. It’s a good combination, and one I’m finding it easy to enjoy on this crisp morning. Sure, it fell a little short of my expectations. It’s still an enjoyable cup, though.
I think my next mission with this tea will be to try and coax out some of the yogurt flavouring. Whether that’s by adding some yogurt (or at least milk) of my own, or by experimenting with brew time/temp and leaf quantity. Managing that would probably make a really good tea into an excellent one, but if it doesn’t work out I’ll still have enjoyed drinking up my sample of this one. It’s great just the way it is.
Dry leaves smell like a delicious blend of white chocolate and raspberry. The tea brews up beautifully and tastes more of raspberry than anything else, but there are some definite white chocolate notes. I didn’t taste as much of the actual tea flavor, but that’s okay. This would be a great dessert tea!
Flavors: Raspberry, White Chocolate
I was in the mood for something foofy and sweet tonight, and pulled this out on a whim. I think I bought this during the after Thanksgiving sale, maybe. Anyway, just opened it tonight and it’s really doing it for me. I like it more as it cools and the marshmallow is really coming out. Someone else’s review mentioned smokiness and I don’t get that at all, and I am really sensitive to smoke. It’s more marshmallow than anything else, and I’m ok with that!
Today’s new start, and the perfect thing to cheer up a dull Tuesday morning. I used 1 tsp of leaf, and gave it 3.5 minutes in boiling water. No additions. It’s another Della Terra blend that scented the whole kitchen beautifully – just like caramel and cream, somehow.
Hot, this one is a big tasting tea. Caramel is immediately detectable, followed by the almost cloying sweetness of melted marshmallow. The pumpkin emerges mid sip, although it’s not as “squashy” as I’d have liked, followed by a warming hit of spice. I think cinnamon, primarily. This is definitely up there with the sweetest teas I’ve tried, although the pumpkin and spice elements help to tone that down a little. As it cools, however, some of the flavour seems to fade away and the whole thing becomes a little washed out. Definitely one to drink immediately.
This makes for a pleasant cup, although it’s not particularly brilliant as a pumpkin tea. There are many I’ve tried that I prefer on that count. It’s pretty good as a caramel marshmallow tea, though, with the added squash/spice element helping to make it a bit unique. A sample I’ll have no trouble finishing up!
Slowly working through these fall teas from last year. It may be March, but it’s still damn cold here, so they’re more than fitting at the moment. I used 1 tsp of leaf for this one, and gave it 3 minutes in boiling water. The liquor is a relatively pale brown, so no additions.
I’ve tried a couple of apple pie teas with various bases so far, and this is a pretty good one as far as my experience goes. The apple is forefront, and it’s a pleasantly crisp “apple” apple, with a mild baked note kicking around in the background. The spicing isn’t too strong, and really complements the apple. It’s mostly cinnamon and clove as far as I can discern, plus a slight nuttiness from the almond slivers. There’s the tiniest note of dried fruit in the background, but nothing really to comment on. Taken as a whole, the flavour really does remind me of gooey apple pie filling.
There are a couple of things that sadden me about this tea, but they’re not huge problems. Firstly, there’s no detectable pie crust/pastry flavour. To my mind, this can be a hugely complementary aspect of an apple pie tea, taking it from average to brilliant. Try as I might, I just can’t pick it out here. This is my third cup, and despite minor alterations to my brewing method, nothing I do seems to coax it out. Secondly, as this one cools it seems to take on an unaccountable bitterness, rather like biting into the core when eating an actual apple. It’s not terrible, but it distracts from what was initially a pleasant flavour.
On balance, this isn’t my favourite apple pie tea, but it’s still pretty good. It just needs to be finished up while hot, and definitely not oversteeped. Not a repurchase for me (although at this point, I’m not sure that would be an option even if I wanted it to be). Not a sample I’ll have any trouble finishing up, though.
A sample from Janelle!
I have all but given up on DTT, but this one just sounded too good to be true, so I asked to try a bit.
Surprisingly, I guess, since I haven’t enjoyed a DTT in a long time (used to love them, but my tastes have evolved, clearly)… i did like this!
It was a half decent dessert tea. Definitely had the artificial flavouring thing going on but it was still a nice cup in the afternoon.
Caramel and spicy pumpkin and marshmallow are 3 flavours that I am down with. Mini marshmallows included!
Doubtful that I would purchase this, but I am glad I got to try it. It’s been awhile, but in my mind I would say it’s as good as Davidstea’s Pumpkin Chai…maybe better.
I think I’m attracted to weirdness in teas, and this one seemed like an ambitious flavour so I pretty much had to give it a try. I also love cherry cola, so it was pretty much a given from the moment I saw it. This one has been in my cupboard for a while, unopened. Today it finally saw the light of day! I used 1 tsp of leaf (plus a whole cherry!), and gave it 2.5 minutes in boiling water. No additions.
I hated my first sip. It made me scrunch my face up, and I’m not really sure why. The sheer oddity of the flavour combination? I’ve been fine from my second sip onwards – clearly I’m acclimatised! It has to be said, though, that this is a bit of an odd duck. The initial flavour is, I’d say, chocolate cake. The malty black tea base helps this effect, I think, and there’s some of Della Terra’s “cake” flavouring kicking around in the background. The thick, almost stodgy one (a la Pineapple Upside Down Cake, Blueberry Crumble, etc.) The cherry cola flavour emerges mid-sip, and it’s actually pretty accurate. It even tastes a little effervescent, although it’s hard to imagine how that is achieved. The cherry tastes pretty natural and juicy; not too chemical or medicinal, which is a relief, but the end of the sip is a little sugary – almost like sugar syrup. There’s some of Della Terra’s sparkly crystal sugar in this blend, so maybe it’s that now it’s sunk to the bottom of the cup. Pretty, though!
On the whole, this is a pretty odd combination of flavours. Cherry cola and chocolate cake are probably not two things I’d consume together. Having said that, I do actually really like this tea, now that I’ve gotten over the initial weirdness. Quite what that says about me, I don’t know!
I love/hate all the colored sprinkly things Della Terra throws in there teas. It’s cut and fun and visually appealing. Fine mesh filters + sticky melted sugar is a special hell, though.
This tastes like a candy cane, though! Sweet and vanilla-y with just a pop of mint. It’s creamy without milk, but far better with.
I don’t know if I’m behind the sentiment, but a satisfying, well-rounded blend and totally covers a dessert-like mint tea craving.
From Ost’s stash sale.
This tastes mostly like marshmallow and black tea to me. Pretty tasty, but I was hoping for more chocolate. I probably wouldn’t buy it again since marshmallow doesn’t really excite me, but it was nice to try.
Flavors: Marshmallow, Tea
From Ost’s Stash sale.
I’m not really a huge fan of artificial cherry flavor, but I don’t mind it so much with chocolate, and I did quite like Stash’s Black Forest tea, so I decided to check this out. I really was not impressed. I couldn’t taste chocolate or cherry here, it just tasted bland and soapy. Someone else said there’s rose in this, so maybe that’s what I’m tasting? I think I’ll be passing this on to someone else.
Flavors: Soap, Tea
Another one that made the entire office kitchen smell like cake. This one reminds me of Della Terra’s Birthday Cupcake in scent, and I enjoyed that one so I’m feeling encouraged. I gave 1 tsp of leaf 3.5 minutes in boiling water. The resulting liquor is a medium red-brown, with a slightly oily scrim assumedly caused by the sprinkles and chocolate chips.
To taste, it’s pretty nice. It’s another tea that tastes as good as it smells, and that’s always a bonus in my book. It’s almost red velvet, although the chocolate is a little weak for my liking. There’s a light cocoa note in the initial sip, then a whole lot of Della Terra’s “cake” flavour (I still have no idea how to describe that, other than rich, vanilla and somehow baked), followed up with the fleeting sweetness cream cheese icing. Pretty delicious!
The base here is rooibos, but the flavouring is so strong it pretty much drowns that completely. Not that I’m complaining – rooibos is okay with me, but I like to avoid its woodsiness where I can.
On the whole, this is a satisfying cup. It’s another Della Terra tea that makes a great dessert replacement. Sweet, rich, and as close to liquid cake as it’s ever going to be possible to get. Om nom nom.
Another one rescued from languishing in my stash. I think I bought this one about a year ago, and I just never got around to pulling it out. Now’s its chance!
I think it’s fair to say that I’m in love with this one even just having opened the bag. It smells so much like cream cheese icing and rich, spiced cake, it’s ridiculous! It reminds me most at this point of Della Terra’s Pineapple Upside Down Cake – it shares the same “cakey” scent. The thing I like most about the dry mix is actually the tiny caramac chips, although pieces of carrot and orange peel are also readily visible. I think it’s going to be a good one! I gave 1 tsp of leaf 3 minutes in boiling water. No additions. It filled the whole kitchen with the scent of carrot cake; a blissful 3 minute break from work.
Fortunately, I’m not wrong about this being a good one. It’s not often that a flavoured tea lives up to its scent, but this is one that definitely does. The initial flavour is spiced icing, with the cinnamon and orange coming through readily, along with a rich, almost tooth-tingling, sweetness. There’s a cream cheese aspect, too, which adds an almost cool, slightly sour tang right at the end of the sip. The “carrot cake” itself resides mainly in the mid sip, with a pleasant raisin note and a lovely smack of Della Terra “cake” flavouring. It’s a beautiful thing.
This one has a rooibos base, but it’s hard to tell under all of the flavouring. This makes for a delicious dessert tea – and a real dessert replacement, rather than the inspiration for a craving. This is one sample I’ll have no trouble polishing off!
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