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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.
This was a sample from the lovely VariaTEA, and a very sad sipdown which has gone straight back on my wish list.
I will start it this review by saying that I am biased – I LOVE oatmeal raisin cookies. They are my absolute favourite kind of cookie. I’m getting hungry even writing about them. This tea is a near-perfect replication of an oatmeal raisin cookie in tea form. I don’t know how they did it, but it’s all there. The smell of the tea steeping is as if I’m baking a batch of fresh cookies right there, all warm cinnamon and buttery sugary goodness.
Flavour-wise, the cinnamon comes through first and foremost, just like it would in the real cookie, but it’s mild and not ‘spicy’, but actually quite sweet in the way cinnamon often is in baked goods. There’s a brown sugar flavour which goes with it wonderfully. Next I get the butteriness, which gives it a definite cookie ‘feel’, followed at the end of the sip by sweet and fruity raisin tones. I have drank this plain, with sugar and with milk, and my favourite way seems to be with a splash of milk. To me, it adds the ‘oatmeal’ part of the cookie and makes it pretty much spot on. It’s sweet enough to stand on its own without sugar, and that’s coming from someone who sweetens 99% of her black teas!
Thanks for the sample, VariaTEA! I have a feeling that Oatmeal Raisin Cookie and I will meet again.
Okay no rating for this yet. I want to try it at home (I’m at work at the moment) and possibly as a latte…
This tea smells AMAZING! And its so adorable. I love the little stars, shiny balls and marshmallows. However once I steeped this I got a coffee smell… weird! And uh oh cause I HATE coffee :( So disappointing. I’m not sure if I over steeped as I got distracted with a customer for a few mins, or if that’s just how this tea goes. Upon tasting it I got small hints of marshmallow and very little caramel and a whole lotta black tea. Boo!
I really wanted to love this because it smells amazing and its adorable! Upon reading some reviews It seems that others have noted it can be finicky. So maybe on the next steep It’ll be better.
Nevertheless thank you Ost for the sample!
Side Note: I’m starting to notice my taste buds aren’t too fond of black tea lately… I honestly thought black tea was a favourite, however with experimenting more and branching out, lately I’m finding myself enjoying rooibos and herbals much more and finding that blacks are all tasting the same… And by the same I mean over powering base, and somewhat bitter :(
Flavors: Caramel, Coffee, Marshmallow
I’m not an eggnog fan, and I’m glad I didn’t know this was supposed to be eggnog related because I might have shyed away (even though the name clearly has NOG in it… blonde moment for sure). MMM this is yummy! Thanks Ost for the sample, love being able to try these Della Terra Teas!
For taste, I am getting a slight woody taste, rooibos so understandable, and some cream and spices. Definitely a nice tea for the winter.
EDIT: Finished this sample up! I added some cream to my last cup and it made it so much more creamy and delicious!
Flavors: Creamy, Spices, Wood