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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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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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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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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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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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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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I joined Steepster in 2012 and at this time everybody was drinking and reviewing Oatmeal Raisin Cookie. I added it to my wishlist. And only requested a sample 2 weeks ago to Sheherazade who so kindly shared some with me.

It evocates christmas to me, holidays. Cinnamon for sure is for something in this feeling.
As for other Della Terra Teas I am not conquered by the black tea base kind of neutral, ordinary base. But the flavours seduce me. This is a lovely cookie.
Cooling it works even better and becomes a velvet cookie. Yummy.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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Caffeine-Free/Decaf Traveling Tea Box

I “stole” this out of the traveling tea box without trying it first since I figured I would like it. I was right. It’s a lovely creamy dessert rooibos. Is it eggnog? It’s close because of how creamy it is, but it’s not quite there for me, but close enough for zero calories.

3tsp+sweetener

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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Sipdown!! (167)

Good bye tasty caffeine-free blueberry tea. You will be missed. Thank you TraceyC for sharing!

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TTBC2 #9

This one was largely a miss for me. It just tasted like a bland black tea with some very vague sweetener in it. I was a little wary of it in the first place, because I am not a fan of salted sweets, but I didn’t even get any salted notes here. Or caramel notes. Or chocolate notes.

It was okay to sip without paying attention to it, but once I went “What is it I am drinking?” I didn’t feel like having any more and finishing the cup.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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So I think I must come to the most unfortunate conclusion that green tea simply isn’t for me, at least the majority of the time. But I have yet to taste a green tea that I don’t have to force myself to finish, and sadly this was no exception.
This sample came to me from VariaTea, who very thoughtfully combed my wish list and sent me like everything on it. I had wanted to try this for a long time, because other people who also weren’t huge green tea fans were liking it. Alas, I got a hint of delicious marzipan followed by a green base that kind of drowned out any enjoyment I could get from the almond flavouring. I thought of adding some sugar to it, and might just do that with my next cup to see if I can’t tame the base a bit, but we’ll see.

Thanks again, variaTea!

VariaTEA

I am sorry this wasn’t the exception to your green tea dislike. Also, I think your wallet might thank you for eliminating a whole type of tea because now you want be as tempted to try ALL the teas. Now, just MOST of the teas.

donkeytiara

I’m with you on the green tea thing….always seem to taste like…well, leaves!! Lupicia has a strawberry & vanilla with macha that tolerates milk well (and tastes like cap’n crunch on a picnic) but I’ve pretty much passed on all of the green teas except the Lupicia one. I tried…..

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Sipdown.

I am officially down to 60 teas. Most of what I have left is in larger quantities but…60! Seems like hardly anything. I need to place an order for some more variety if nothing else but the problem is there’s no one company I want to order from – I want 1 or 2 teas from 4 or 5 companies. And I don’t want to place that many small orders. Ugh, I sound so whiny, even to myself.

Can you tell I’m in need of my vacation next week?

Anyway, as the weather seems to finally be warming up for good I’m going to enjoy this last vestige of fall/winter comfort. The spiced apple still smells fantastic and with creamer it is positively lush – it actually kind of reminds me of a hot bowl of apple cinnamon oatmeal, which I think justifies it nicely as a breakfast option.

Come fall, I will definitely be seeing this one again. On the wish list it goes!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Suziqzer

Sounds like a good heart warming one! I need to find something in my cupboard like that today as it’s rainy and dark out.. Urgh… I could take snow & sunshine back instead of this grey & gloom.

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Sipdown (322/304)

I was sad that I hadn’t accomplished any sipdowns today, so when I ran out of coldbrews, I made two cups of this one.

It was…okay. Just okay. The first cup I only doctored with sugar and while I got some vanilla, I mostly got astringent black tea. The second cup, I added a splash of milk hoping to up the creaminess and round off the bite, but instead it just weakened it. I’ve got too many other vanilla blacks to waste my time with a reorder of this.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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Thank you TraceyC for such a generous sample of this delicious blueberry tea. Della Terra does rooibos well it seems and this is one I would consider restocking. Luckily, I don’t need to worry about that right now because I have at least a few more cups left and I am sure I will enjoy every last one of them.

In other news, DAVIDs now has COLORED mason jars!! And, they are cheaper than the original. DO WANT! Although, I would probably get killed if I buy anymore mugs.

keychange

but no steeping basket! :(

Suziqzer

Yeah, hey, what’s the point? No basket!?

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drank Root Beer Float by Della Terra Teas
941 tasting notes

I think (?) with this tea, I will have tried all the root beer teas out there. This is also the strangest in the bunch, to me. Cotton candy root beer anyone?

Thanks to Janelle for sharing this with me!

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 45 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Suziqzer

Weird combo for sure !

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drank Ginger Snap by Della Terra Teas
1359 tasting notes

Sipdown!! (173)

Thank you Satsuma for sharing this with me!! I am sad to see it go. Weirdly enough, this tea is tasting like delicious cinnamon apples. I am not sure why that is the case but I am really, REALLY liking it. I think I would get more of this tea in the future if every cup I had was just like this one.

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drank Winter Nog by Della Terra Teas
1359 tasting notes

Sipdown!! (177)

So long creamy eggnog tea. You are certainly very tasty but seeing as winter is on its way out (it was actually above 0C today), it is only fitting to say goodbye to this winter tea too. Thank you Satsuma for sharing this with me :)

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This is yet another tea shared by the wonderfully generous TraceyC. I have had a couple Della Terra blueberry teas before and enjoyed all of them so I was intrigued by their caffeine free version. Tasting it now, the rooibos mutes the blueberry flavor just a bit but it still remains sweet and present. Personally I think Blueberry Creme is my favorite Della Terra blueberry teas but this is a nice alternative and one I am glad to have more of in my cupboard. Thank you TraceyC!

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 45 sec

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I have had Della Terra’s Upside Down Pineapple Cake. You, my friend, are no Upside Down Pineapple Cake. Nope. You are a sweet, creamy, vanilla blend with a touch of tartness. Now that others have mentioned it, I am also noticing a touch of maple syrup flavor. You have the same mouthfeel as Autumn Leaves. Sort of a sweet, pleasant film that builds on the roof of the mouth. But pineapple? Cherry? Cake? Nope nope nope. Which is both disappointing and just fine. You are delicious. You just have the wrong name. It’s ok. I like you anyway.

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I’ve had this bag for ages, and I found it last night at the back of my cupboard, unopened. What?! So, I made some before sending out some larger-than-normal packages of tea, just in case I needed to share some with others. ;)

I was a bit surprised brewing this up – had to double check it’s a black. By far the lightest flavored black I’ve come across – it brews up looking like a green. The sprinkles added a bit of granularity to the brew, and it’s definitely creamy and sweet. I want to love it, and yet it’s just meh for me. I feel like I’ve already tasted this, like many of Della Terra’s offerings are the same.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Marzipan

Suddenly I can’t “like” any tasting notes – anyone know why?

Michelle Butler Hallett

Noticing the same thing. I’m having several issues with Steepster today.

MissB

It does happen sometimes. There’s usually a thread in the discussion boards to post these sorts of issues.

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I wasn’t sure what to expect from this one, other than I expected from others notes, and the description that I would enjoy it… I was right … & so was EvaGrimm… Thanks for the sample ! I haven’t been avoiding your samples by the way, just trying to save them for when Hubby is available too so he can join me in trying some of the ones he might be interested in.

Dry it smells of sweet vanilla. Steeped it is buttery, creamy vanilla, with just enough cakey flavor to round it out. I don’t get the chocolate and very little of the coconut, but it’s tasty without those being in the forefront.

I actually feel like this is very much like their Pineapple Upside Down, which I think is so good, but this is w/o the pineapple. Not sure which I like better, but have to admit I’ve been hoarding the little bit I have of the Pineapple one. I would be happy I think, to stock either one in my cupboard.

Hubby said this one’s ok… Translation: I like others better.
That’s ok… I like it… It’s dessert in a cup!

Flavors: Butter, Vanilla

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Sipdown of this morning… with all of the new teas I’ve acquired over the last week it’s good to be finishing something off.

Today I noticed if you steep this for 4 minutes, it really helps to bring out the strawberry notes, but then it also has an intense tartness which I’m not sure I like.

I won’t really miss this but would consider getting more if I place another order with Della Terra. See previous notes for more details.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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