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Many thanks to VariaTEA for giving me a sample of this to try. It’s been in my cupboard for a while, but I’m trying to do a sipdown spree, so this was perfect.
I have to admit that the flavour of the tea – fairly standard rooibos – doesn’t live up to the beautifully citrusy, creamy smell of both the dried tea and the liquor.
Considering that Della Terra’s sort of in limbo right now (will they come back? They say they will but signs don’t look good to me), I highly doubt I’ll ever get a chance to restock this. Ah well.
Backlog from last night.
I know I’ve had this tea at least once before (thanks, VariaTEA, for the sample) but didn’t log it.
The dry leaf smells really creamy and citrusy, and so does the brewed tea, but it doesn’t actually taste creamy. I get a bit of citrus and a lot of rooibos. While that’s not bad, per se, it didn’t quite live up to the picture I had in my head.
This is the last of my untried Della Terra samples, I do believe. I think the only unopened Della I have now is a full bag of Anti V-Day treat, which I’ll probably dig out next. I really ought to make some progress on my older 52 Teas, though. They should really be next by rights! I used 1.5 tsp of leaf for this cup (my work mug is quite big…) and gave it 3.5 minutes in boiling water. The resulting liquor is a medium golden-brown, and a little oily from the melted chocolate chips. It smells wonderfully of caramel.
To taste, it’s pretty good in the way of most Della Terra “cake” blends. They’re certainly fabulous dessert teas, without a doubt! This one reminds me quite a lot of Red Velvet Delight, which was chocolatier, but which shares the same cake batter notes and broad overall flavour.
This blend tastes mostly of caramel and toffee, with a hint of chocolate. There are both white and milk chocolate chips in this blend, which add a deliciously creamy overtone. It would make a pretty good sauce for sticky toffee pudding, if only it were thicker…The distinctive “cake” flavour shared by many Della Terra teas is also kicking around in the background, although it’s not as prominent here as it sometimes can be. This one is all about the caramel! Sweet, smooth, delicious caramel, with a light coating of milk chocolate. It’s pretty amazing to drink, and the rooibos barely makes itself known. Win-win! I’ll be a little sad when this one’s gone.
Used 1 tsp of leaf today, and a slightly longer brew time (approx. 3 minutes). The raspberry is still great, if a little candy-like, but sadly no white chocolate. There were definitely a couple of chips with the dry leaf, though, and the oily surface scrim to prove it. Perhaps it’s more of a textural thing than a flavour with this one. I’m still enjoying the raspberry, either way, but it falls a little short of my (maybe grandiose) expectations without the white chocolate. Still, can’t win them all!
One of my last few Della Terra blends, which I’ve been hoarding for far too long! These were actually the last few blends that I purchased, so I’ve done a pretty good job of using them up in order. I’m finding that I’m drinking more white and green tea as the weather continues to warm up, and as a white/green blend this one perfectly fits that trend. I used 1 tsp of leaf, and gave it 2.5 minutes in water cooled to around 180 degrees.
The resulting liquor is a medium yellow-green, and the scent is sweet and enticing. The flavour is mostly raspberry, as far as I can discern. It’s a candy-like, sweet, very slightly tart raspberry. A little artificial, but not terribly so. I can’t really taste any white chocolate, which is a disappointment, but it’s possible that I just need to adjust my parameters a little. I have enough leaf left to experiment with my next couple of cups. The base was also a little more prominent that I would have liked. The green tea was okay – fairly unobtrusive – but the white tea tasted dusty and quite drying. I liked the raspberry, though, so it’s not a huge problem. Adjusting my parameters may help with this as well.
This one reminds me quite a lot of 52 Teas Hindbaersnitter Shou Mei. The raspberry flavouring is similar, as far as I can recall it. I like my raspberry teas (even if nothing will ever replace 52 Teas Raspberry Cream in my heart), and this one is enjoyable and pleasant for the most part. Hopefully I can improve on my brewing for my next cup!
Another of my last few Della Terra blends, this time slightly more recent (Feb 2014, I believe). This was was also stored unopened, so it’s kept really well. I used 1 tsp of leaf, and gave it 2.5 minutes in water cooled to around 180 degrees. The liquor is a medium yellow-green, and smells delightfully of strawberries!
To taste, this is pretty nice. The strawberry flavour is front and centre, but it’s quite candy-like and not entirely natural-tasting. The cream flavouring adds a wonderful silky smoothness, and the whole thing tastes pretty much like one of those strawberry Campino sweets I used to have when I was young. The green tea base is smooth and fairly unobtrusive, although it’s possible to detect little flashes of grassiness at times, especially as the cup cools. They don’t work super well with the strawberry/cream dynamic, but thankfully they’re not too distracting.
I can see why this one was released as a Valentine’s blend. It’s sweet and delicious, and it tastes lovely to boot. The little hearts on the label are a cute touch. I’ll not have any trouble finishing off my sample pouch. It’s pretty perfect for summer!
This is one of the last Della Terra blends I have left over from my Autumn 2013 order – kind of old now, but it’s been unopened so it’s come to no harm. The dry leaf smells intensely sweet and fruity, and I’m reminded of tropical fruit cordial. I’m not really acquainted with persimmons, but this to me seems like a cross between mango and pineapple. Not quite what I was expecting, but juicy, fruity and enticing all the same. I used 1.5 tsp of leaf for this cup (my first cup with 1 tsp turned out a little weak). No additions.
To taste, this one is pretty much as it’s scent suggests. It’s very sweet, and has a fairly generic, juicy “tropical fruit” flavour. I’d say mango and pineapple if pressed, in a rather candy-like, artificial sort of way. I’m not really sure that it’s persimmon, but my limited acquaintance might be at fault there. It’s refreshing and very juicy-tasting, though, so it’s hard to pick faults. The rooibos doesn’t make much of an impression on the overall flavour, either, so that’s another point in its favour.
This one’s easy enough to drink, and I can imagine it making a good cold brew. It’s not especially distinctive in the way I’d hoped it would be, but it’s pleasant nonetheless. A tropical treat!
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Ah! I had another Formosa oolong near the same time as another. Whoops. Two teaspoons are a little too much for the flavor. A little too astringent. (The other Formosa was great that way though!) The peach flavor was definitely there, though there didn’t seem to be any actual peach pieces I can see. The peach flavor isn’t the most artificial… but I’ve tasted the lowest of the low of peach flavors. haha. The Formosa and the peach is a nice combination. This one might be great iced.
Another offering from Della Terra that I think may hit the mark. It wasn’t anything I found that I would need to research to find a substitute. I think if the citrus flavor would have been stronger and the floral not so prominent it would have been better. It is ok and very drinkable, just not what I was hoping for.
Flavors: Citrus, Floral, Perfume
Hmmm. . Smells like maple blueberry goodness. The sweetness doesn’t translate over 100 percent but I’ll take it. Its a delightful treat. Almost Blueberry Pancakes with cinnamon on the side.Another one I found too late. . Maybe I can find a substitute.
Flavors: Blueberry, Cinnamon, Maple, Pancake Syrup
Good morning and Happy Easter! I had a very late night, so I sleepily picked something easy and strong. This is the first black tea that I picked up. I really did not like this. The liquor had a very nice golden color. The aroma was mostly malt and with a slight woodsy tone. The flavor, however, was very bland. I used quite a bit of tea leaves, yet the flavor never really sank in. By the end of my pot the taste had become bitter and astringent. I will definitely be doing another tea session today to make up for this one.
Flavors: Bitter, Malt, Wood
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.