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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.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp

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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!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp

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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

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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.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp

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drank S'mores by Della Terra Teas
38 tasting notes

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.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Jasmint by Della Terra Teas
290 tasting notes

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!

TheLastDodo

Jasmintilla?

Mikumofu

I spent a long time trying to figure out if this was a pun or reference, and then realized you were probably trying to say jasmint + vanilla. D’oh!

TheLastDodo

hahahaha. I was trying to create a new name for it :P
That is, if it had vanilla in it intentionally.

Mikumofu

I think the vanilla note is part of the tea itself, but it’s a catchy-sounding name (and better than the dreaded Jasmintilleul) :p

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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

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Eight Candles by Della Terra Teas
291 tasting notes

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

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
carol who

I enjoyed this one too. It is very pretty and tasty.

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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

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Kittenna

I enjoyed this one too, if I recall correctly. They seem to do cream flavouring well, in my experience (which is why this one is good – the strawberry could be improved, I agree).

Inkling

I haven’t tried a lot from Della Terra, but I’m impressed so far! Thanks for the tip on the cream flavoring.

rosebudmelissa

I really enjoyed 52teas Strawberry Milkshake Honeybush, so I should probably check this out at some point.

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Sipdown!

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.

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Backlog from whenever:

This is a really nice, clear, smooth vanilla tea. However, it works better if you add a tiny bit of sugar. I don’t have any cream in the house, but I bet this would work very well with cream (I used milk but it was too thin).

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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.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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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.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Orange Brulee by Della Terra Teas
475 tasting notes

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!

Flavors: Orange

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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.

Plunkybug

I agree that chocolate and pu erh go together.

AllanK

Its hard to find something that chocolate doesn’t go well with, unless you are talking a steak or something like that.

Maddy Barone

I want to hit “like” here!

OMGsrsly

Oh, but mole sauce. It’s soooo good!

Plunkybug

Mmmmm, mole!!!

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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!

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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

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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….

Ysaurella

Do agree with your comment Dexter.

Sil

yeah there are maybe 3 teas i like from della terra but not enough to have ordered in…over a year?

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drank Root Beer Float by Della Terra Teas
6499 tasting notes

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…

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drank Root Beer Float by Della Terra Teas
6499 tasting notes

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!

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drank Sunshine by Della Terra Teas
355 tasting notes

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Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank S'mores by Della Terra Teas
1294 tasting notes

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.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp
Fjellrev

I agree that this is an excellent dessert tea. Used to be one of my favourites, but I’m afraid I over S’mored myself and it just doesn’t taste the same to me anymore.

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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.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp
Dustin

I just had this this morning as well and found it the same. Too light on the flavor. I didn’t bother finishing the cup. DT is very hit or miss for me.

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