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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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73

Fake berries! yay!
Honestly though, it isn’t SO bad. I expected much worse based on the reviews. It’s fake in a pleasant way. I didn’t think that was possible.
I do like how it blends with the base. Very well actually. Surprisingly.
Without sugar, it’s pretty good, though a tad weak. With just a dash of sugar, maybe a third of a tsp, it’s more berry gum like. I see it doing well when iced!

OMGsrsly

I cold brewed 4 hours, and it’s pretty good!

Indigobloom

Oooh?! I can’t wait til the weather warms up :P

OMGsrsly

Yeah. I tasted it, then put the lid on and put it back in the fridge. The heat is off in my building, so I’m craving hot drinks. :)

Indigobloom

Really?! they just turned it off? Not cool!
I prefer hot drinks over cold so as much as I love summer, hands down, that is the one reason I enjoy cold weather!! (well that and skiing or winter play activities)

OMGsrsly

Happens every spring. I have the coldest apartment, as I’m above the unheated storage rooms. :/

Indigobloom

Ouch. I guess that’d be an incentive to go outside haha

Ceylon Star

Oh gawd, I think I have a problem… Definitely read “dingle berry burst” and got VERY concerned for a moment O.o

OMGsrsly

Oh, Ceylon Star. :D :D

Kirkoneill1988

ohhhh the fakeness lol ;)

Indigobloom

Ceylon Star, I take it you aren’t a fan of berries ;)

Indigobloom

Kirk- haha indeed

Ceylon Star

I LOVE berries, I just have, uhh, other stuff on my mind? :P

Indigobloom

lol Ceylon Star, I can see that :P

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91

Sad sip down…this tea is seriously made of nomsome (noms + awesome!). I hope DT stocks it again soon, cuz I need a whole bunch of this tea. It not only smells like the real thing, it TASTES like the real thing too. It’s incredible. It makes a good morning tea (who doesn’t want cookies for brekkie…hmmm?) and of course after dinner, if you don’t mind caffeine in the evening.

CrowKettle and I put together a joint DT order and really wanted to get this, but they were out, so thanks to VariaTEA for sending me this, so now I know for sure this is a tea I want regularly.

VariaTEA

Oh no. I am sorry you couldn’t get more of this.

Anna

It drives me crazy whenever I see this on my dash, because it makes me crave oatmeal raisin cookies something BAD. Ungghh.

Amariel

I wonder when it will be back in stock? Maybe I ought to email and ask?

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93
drank Lemon Chiffon by Della Terra Teas
933 tasting notes

Why do my favorite teas taste less amazing in the Timolino? This was just barely okay, when I know I love this tea, and consistently so.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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This is actually pretty good, but I think it will shine as a cold brew. :) I have a jar in the fridge just to try out.

I mean, I’ve had this tea for a year. I need to drink it. And it’s kinda sad I don’t reach for greens more, because I actually quite like this one. The only reason I’m drinking it now is because I had coffee when I got home from work, so I needed something with a bit less caffeine.

Also, look what I spent my April tea budget on! (I got a few more nail things too…)
http://instagram.com/p/mlyesyx5DU/
It’s Model’s Own Sardonyx. Matte jelly blue-red glitter. I sandwiched it in LED-set gel, so the shiny bits will last all week, but now I’m wishing for a matte gel top coat.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 15 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
Courtney

Pretty!

Suziqzer

I don’t have this one, but Hubby likes their Roasted Apple as a cold brew.. It’s a green blend as well.

OMGsrsly

I don’t see doing a Della Terra order in the near future, but I’ll keep it in mind!

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Having this one again tonight. So tasty. There seems to be two types of pumpkin teas – one of which I love, like this, and one which I feel meh about, which I find is most others.

Thanks for sharing KittyLovesTea!

I am planning/procrastinating on what to do first. I have a lot to do for school but zero motivation. I have 4 exams in a row next week – so Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and then 2 the following week. Even knowing this, I can’t bring myself to study. Maybe I need more of a motivational tea for my next cup.

Aimee Popovacki

i’m the same way with pumpkin anything lately haha i think i killed pumpkin for myself… i have pumpking spice k cups which i loved, but i definitely overdid them.. same goes for davids pumpkin chai.

Sil

LB…it’s almost back….

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80
drank Peach Oolong by Della Terra Teas
299 tasting notes

The first of my swaps with TraceyC and this one is lovely. Great suggestion, Tracey! Sweet and light, just enough peach and just enough oolong. I’m gonna enjoy the rest of this one! I look forward to seeing how well a resteep goes in the morning.

Preparation
2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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70

If it managed to escape your notice, this blend has carrots in it, as well as peas, corn and peaches; it makes for one very colorful and somewhat unusual tea. I’ll admit, I was having a hard time getting past the whole there are veggies in my tea thing. I half expected it to be more of a savory tea than one suited to springtime, but the flavor ended up surprising me. Rather than savory the corn, carrots, and peach add a sweetness that went surprisingly well with the green base. I tried this tea hot, but it is another blend that I think would make a refreshing iced tea, unfortunately the weather is still a bit on the nippy side and I’m still drinking copious amounts of hot tea to keep warm.

You can read the rest of the review on my blog
http://www.notstarvingyet.com/index/2014/4/8/tuesday-tea-a-rabbits-garden-della-terra.html

Preparation
160 °F / 71 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML

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80

I last reviewed this 12 months ago and ended it wondering out loud on Steepster if there were any caramel oolong teas out there. I still wonder that because I bet it would add a tasty buttery note, which is what I want in a caramel tea!

I also had this rated at 73 last time, but you know what, after drinking some sub par caramel/toffee teas lately, I realize I need to bump this one up.

Here’s why:

- it has a good, sturdy base that didn’t seem bitter even when I accidentally left it steeping too long, and it’s also substantial. Thick? Insert very smart tea connoisseur terminology here… What I mean is, it is a nice deep color and holds up very well to milk. I think this is the base DTT always uses. and it’s good. It makes for a bold tea that is comparable to coffee. I wouldn’t say the base itself is super delicious but it does its job well, as far as I’m concerned. What I love about their Cafe Vanilla tea can also be said for this one.

I didn’t cheap out on the leaves this time, so it was decently flavored.
Is it my dream cup of caramel tea? No. Do I need to always have this on hand? Nope. I’d rather spend my money on Butiki’s Caramel Vanilla Assam. But, someday when I order another sampler pack from DTT, I will probably include this. And the two or so cups worth of leaves I have left are not going in my swap pile.

So, with all that being said (or ally hat being said, which is what my iPad thought I was trying to type) – I will bump my rating up.

Flavors: Caramel

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Having this delightful treat that I received from a swap with KittyLovesTea. The envelope took 2 months to arrive because it was missent to Australia. How I wish I was in Australia.

I’ve had this one before and I do enjoy it. I might actually pick some up if it comes back out this fall. I don’t often find Della Terra’s I enjoy enough to order, and it’s nice to be able to order some from them because they have such great prices.

We’re watching the second LotR now, while I also write a paper. Not so conducive to the best paper writing, but so be it.

MissLena

LotR and school go together naturally, watched a lot of those movies when I was in classes haha :D

Courtney

Haha excellent. I won’t feel so bad then. :P

MissLena

Haha hopefully I am not being a bad influence now :D and now I want to have a LotR marathon..maybe this weekend. Lol

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78

Durnit! I need to buy sticky notes so I can identify my “tumbler teas”… I keep forgetting and end up with a cuppa cold bleh.
Ah well. Lesson learned!

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My swap arrived from Roswell Strange! Just as I was thinking I had my samples under control. And I just placed my Butiki order, along with two others over the weekend. Teas galore it will be.

This is a tasty tea. It’s fairly straightforward in that what it says, it is. A fairly sweet black tea, a great treat. I love the mini marshmallows. It’s sweetly vanilla and caramel/chocolatey with that marshmallow goodness. I would enjoy a sample of this every now and then, but I don’t think it’s necessarily something I need in my cupboard. Though J is getting low on Lemon Chiffon and I need to place a Della Terra order stat so he doesn’t run out completely.

Thanks Roswell Strange!

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85

Supposedly apples are good for cleaning the mouth and stopping gum infection, so I just finished off two – since the gums around my wisdom teeth on the right side are very inflamed and tender, and I don’t think just from them poking through (again). I’ve also been gargling salt water all day, and I’ve brushed my teeth three times since getting up.

Infection be damned!

Anyway, next batch of tea for my lazy Monday off! I added some milk to this (the last of the jug; about a tsp.), so what’s today’s cup of this taste like?

Marshmallow… Check!
Caramel… Check!

Umm, Licorice? Check…

Yup, that’s right – in addition to the other usual, yummy flavours in this blend I’m being punched in the face (well, maybe not punched – more like gently prodded) with some black licorice. Odd, unanticipated, but actually pretty good.

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94

I have not posted a tasting note for TEN DAYS! :O
I am so ashamed. I apologize profusely, even though I’m sure most of you don’t care. Life has been just crazy lately (and will continue to be for the next month or so) and I just haven’t been able to find the time for Steepster, which is so sad. I have been drinking a lot of teas, I just haven’t had time to blog about it what with uni work and all, followed by my internet giving up on me for like 4 days (which was hell) followed by yet more uni work which I am now panicking about! I am definitely going to make an effort to post on Steepster if and when I get any free time, though, as I’ve missed it so much! Plus I really don’t want to lose touch with what’s going on.

Anyway, to the tea.
I received this a few days back in a package from VariaTEA which contained the Celestial Seasonings tea she so kindly sent me, as well as a bunch of samples, of which this was one. I meant to come on here and thank her right away, but as I said, life got in the way. The whole package smelled of apples and cinnamon, so I searched for the source (this) which smelled so heavenly I had to brew it up. It reminded me of an apple pie slice, and brewed smells exactly like apple strudel. I had high hopes for it, but still didn’t believe that the taste could live up to the smell. I am pleased to report, however, that it did, and has earned its place amongst my absolute favourite teas. I wish I had more of this, as the sample was only enough for two cups, but I’m sure I can use this as an excuse to place an order with Della Terra in the future!

Sweet enough to not need any additives – I added half a teaspoon of sugar after a few mouthfuls and regretted it. Definitely best plain. This tea is delicate and juicy and ridiculously tasty, with the spices and sweetness perfectly matching with the apple flavour so much that I would basically kill for a slice of hot apple strudel right now. I bet this would be great iced in the summer, and may have to try that if I manage to get my hands on any more of it.

So so yummy.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML
VariaTEA

I am so glad you liked this one. Hopefully the other samples are this popular as well.

Nattie

So far, I have loved every single one of them. I’m probably almost half way through them now! I’m going to really try to be better at logging when I try new teas, but, life. :/

Your package should be sent tomorrow, by the way! I tried to send it on Friday but the place that sells Teapigs was shut.

VariaTEA

Oh wow. Haha. I am glad you have been enjoying them.

And no rush. I won’t receive it until April 27th (the earliest) anyways since that it when I will be back home.

meldc

Hello Nattie, could you send me your address for the travelling box ? Thanks

Nattie

Oh okay, I might hang on until they have more of the rooibos creme caramel I’m stock then (:

Nattie

Meldc I’ve sent it (:

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40
drank Professor Grey by Della Terra Teas
1527 tasting notes

This came my way via one of the Traveling Teaboxes and it’s been kicking around my cupboard for awhile so I decided to give it a try. Like previous reviewers have said the labeling on this tea is incorrect – it’s such an obvious thing that I’m tempted to say it was genuine error rather than anything deliberate on the company’s part. Either way they seem to have discontinued this blend as I don’t see it anywhere on their website.

The smell of the tea is certainly nice – a mix of smokiness (but not too strong) and chocolate. Unfortunately there not too much chocolate coming across in the flavour, maybe a little bit as it cools but it’s a lot less prominent than the scent would suggest. It mainly tastes smokey, though it’s actually quite mild for a lapsang – more like a Russian Caravan. There’s also a bit of sweetness which provides a nice contrast to the wood-smoke.

My main problem with this tea isn’t the labeling, it’s that there’s so much stuff (for lack of a better term) in this tea – sprinkles, chocolate chips, those round silver sprinkles (whatever they’re called), and what looks like cherry blossoms or some sort of flower. Unfortunately, apart from a bit of a sweet flavour, almost none of these ingredients come through in the tea, like they were mainly added for visual appeal. Also the sprinkles appear to have left a red ring around my mug. Ick.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 45 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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70
drank S'mores by Della Terra Teas
22 tasting notes

It’s difficult – I like this tea but I don’t like this tea, does that even make sense? There is something about this tea that just doesn’t sit right with me (although one of my colleagues at work loved the cup I made them)… sigh! I wish I could put my finger on it! Guess I’ll just sip through this bag (or give it to my colleague) and be done with it.

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86

TTBC2 #17

Oh! Wow! This is a really tasty darjeeling. I don’t think I have ever had a straight tea from Della Terra, who are famous for their flavored blends (that are either hits or misses for me).

The thing about this tea is that it looks, smells and pretty much tastes like a balanced and non-too-sweet Yunnanesque tea. There’s absolutely no bitterness to it, no “bite”. The full-bodied sips hint at earthy sweetness and make you feel like you’re eating caramels outside after some big rainstorm.

I actually can’t get over how good this tea is… Wow, Della Terra, what is your crazy source for this?

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

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86

I was sure that I had already logged this. This came to me through the Secret Pumpkin swap back in the fall from both BrewTEAlly Sweet and RogersCK. Thanks! BTW, BrewTEAlly Sweet has been gone for a while. Anyone know if she’s ok?

This is another fall tea that I’ve been hoarding. It is suuuuper tasty. The chocolate and pumpkin are definitely here, but what makes this shine for me is the pumpkin spices. They are just perfectly balanced. I will miss this tea, for this drink is a sipdown.

teamore

I was actually thinking about BrewTeally the other day and how I don’t remember her posting anything lately. She headed up about three major swaps in a row. I think she is just taking a Steepster break. #steepstterburnout

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86

Sipdown! Having the last of this one from Cavocorax tonight. I meant to have it last night with my Della Terra day, but never got there.

I really like this one, and now I wonder if I ordered this with my joint order with CrowKettle or not. If not, then next time when some of the other items we wanted come back in stock.

This is sweet and nutty, but in a way that is different to Forever Nuts from David’s. It has more body and depth, from the honeybush/rooibos base.

I’d definitely get more to have on hand for nighttime tea. I’m so glad I could try it.

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Oh yeah, sipdown, baby!!

And by sip down, I mean that I had a delicious cup with my breakfast this morning, and then made a cup for my future sister in law when she came over. Then she asked if I could send her home with some and I, um, gave her the rest of the tin because why not?

Grandma, I will have your pumpkin pie again come fall, but as for now, make way for the spring teas! besides, I have finally caved and am adding swap samples to my virtual cupboard now, and it’s getting a little out of control. I still haven’t added everything!

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83

Tea #5 from the tea box. Was quite excited to see how this compared to the apple pie tea from the tea shop near us. It is on par if not just slightly better then the one from Indigo. Both are very good though. Added a bit of honey, probably didn’t need to but it adds a flavor to the tea that I think makes it even better.

Preparation
145 °F / 62 °C 2 min, 45 sec 1 tsp

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35

I’m not sure about this one. It’s not quite what I expected. I wouldn’t go so far as to say I don’t like it, but I don’t love it either. The apple here is somehow floral, and there’s a touch of bitterness in the initial sip that just doesn’t strike the right note. I wasn’t keen on my first cup — black with no additions — at all. Tonight’s second cup — with milk and a chunk of crystal sugar — is a little better but still not quite there.

I think of caramel apple as a sweet thing, and one of the problems here is that there isn’t enough toffee. I can only see two small pieces in the whole (sample) pouch. There are plenty of apple pieces, but, as previously mentioned, the overall flavour is somehow floral and a little weird. The spice, I think, is a step too far, and might be contributing to the initial bitterness. There’s quite a lot of clove, from what I can taste.

I like the idea of caramel apple tea, and I’ve tried a couple of nice ones in my time. This one, sadly, isn’t quite right to my tastes. Still — you can’t win them all. This is by no means a bad cup, but it leaves me feeling mostly indifferent.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp

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