Della Terra Teas

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84
drank Lime Chiffon by Della Terra Teas
379 tasting notes

Samples-Only Small TTB

So I took the end of this tea from the box and stuck it in my fridge in a mason jar to get a cold brew out of it, after I was amazed at how good it was hot. It’s way better hot. Not to say it’s not good cold, because it’s nice, but not nearly as tasty as it is hot. It just doesn’t seem to have as much of the limey flavor.

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84
drank Lime Chiffon by Della Terra Teas
379 tasting notes

Samples-Only Small TTB

This is creamy and limey and delicious. I really like this one. So much more than the Lemon Lime Cream Tart. This mug is hot, but I think I’m going to cold steep the rest of the sample. It’s really tasty. It’s really nice.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 15 OZ / 443 ML

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I’ve had this for a while now and haven’t written a note on it yet. I’ve actually made it twice before, but both times I came out weirdly bitter so I figured I’d give it a couple more tries before rating it. It’s a mixture of chamomile flowers, cinnamon bark, and pieces of dried apple with peel. It smells very strongly of apple and only lightly of spice. I steeped it for 5 minutes.

The aroma is nice. I get a lot more cinnamon than in the dry leaf, then chamomile and the sweetness from the apple. Unfortunately, I got the same odd bitterness this time as I have before. I can only assume it’s from leaving the peel on the apple pieces, although no one else has mentioned this in their notes so… I’m not sure what’s going on there. It makes it hard to drink, even with sugar added. So disappointed… :(

Flavors: Apple, Bitter, Cinnamon

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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73
drank Carrot Cake by Della Terra Teas
581 tasting notes

Is that a raisin in my tea!??! Ahhaha ahh well, anything to get the best flavours out!!

Oh, it smells very rooibos-y, but sweet and caramel-y. This reminds me a whole lot of Oh, Canada from DT! Good tea. Not so much carrot cake, but more like rooibos with a touch of cinnamon and caramel :)

Thank you VariaTEA for sending me a sample of this. It was lovely :)

I haven’t been drinking a whole lot of tea lately mainly because Disney :( But I try to drink as much as I can on my days off!!

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86

The maple comes through this tea in a big way both in aroma and flavor. The smokiness of the bacon paired with the maple flavor makes this a perfect breakfast tea. Yes, it’s a little unusual, but you won’t be disappointed.

Flavors: Maple

Preparation
1 tsp

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This was received in a swap, but I don’t remember from who, sorry!

So, this is supposed to be orange, right? Because unless my swap buddy accidentally sent lime or lemon chiffon instead of this, I’m only getting lime/lemon, no orange. So I think I might have gotten one of the chiffons and not the orange & cream. Not that I’m complaining or anything. Since the chiffons are some of my favorites, but I am not getting orange at all…. hmmm… mysterious mysteries.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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68

This is from my swap with TeaBrat. Della Terra’s teas are kind of hit-and-miss in my opinion, a lot of times the flavor is quite weak for my tastes. Dry, this looks like a mixture of red rooibos and honeybush with some dried lemongrass and a few pieces of citrus peel. It smells good, although a little heavy on the cream flavoring. It promises to be sweet and lemony! Steeped 5 minutes.

The aroma is quite yummy! It smells lemony and sweet, with an almost marshmallowy edge. The taste, however, is not great. There’s a weak lemon flavor and some sweetness, and then rooibos. Maybe a slight tang from the lime. I don’t really get cream or pastry at all from this. I added some sugar and it improved it a bit, but when I added milk it smothered the flavors instead of making the cream taste come out. Oh well!

Flavors: Lemon, Lemongrass, Lime, Rooibos, Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
TeaTiff

Cameron I am the same way with Della Terra. I have determined that the blacks are too weak for me, and always taste like burnt sugar. The honeyboush blends, Lemon Chiffon and Winter Nog are pretty good though.

Cameron B.

Apparently I like my flavors stronger than others… I found Lemon Chiffon to be weak, similar to this one. :(

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62
drank Blueberry Creme by Della Terra Teas
144 tasting notes

This just tastes like blueberry and rooibos to me. Compared to the Blueberry Crumble I had before, this one is definitely the loser. I liked how the Crumble tasted like a pastry, it was amazing! But this one is just plain old blueberries and rooibos. xD
Not terrible, But I wouldn’t buy it.
Thanks for the sample, Cameron B!

Flavors: Blueberry, Rooibos

Cameron B.

I should try the Blueberry Crumble sometime! I love blueberry teas. :D

Ost

Yeah! Not sure if it’s available yet or when it will be, but you should definitely try it. It’s just like a blueberry pastry! ^^

Cameron B.

Well it’ll probably be a while before I order anything else from Della Terra. I wasn’t super impressed with most of their teas and I have a lot of other places I want to try. :P

Ost

Bummer you weren’t a fan! But least there are lots of other places to try stuff from!

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Small Big Traveling Tea Box

Oh la la… You guys, this tea is so darn delicious. I almost felt the urge to scoff at the ice cream man as his musical sugar van paraded by because this cup is better than what he could have given me:P “Yummy in my tummy!” content belly pats :D ← yep, I have just reverted back to the phrase I used to use all the time as a kid when something was just so so good.. This tastes like orange ice cream with the creaminess teasing my taste buds at the end of the sip.

Now, please excuse me as I dance about the house with my cup of happiness :D

Flavors: Cream, Orange

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 g 2 OZ / 59 ML

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Small Big Traveling Tea Box

As a child, baseball games, fairs, and parades always meant one thing for me-cotton candy. It was so delicious and satisfying to my little tastebuds, I really couldn’t get enough. Usually when a family member went to an event without me and they found cotton candy there, they would bring me back a bag or tub. It was glorious!^.^So now I was hoping to relive my childhood, at least a little bit.

At the very least, this tea is quite adorable!^.^ It has flecks of colorful sugary goodness-much like the dregs left in the bottom of a cotton candy bag. Also, it smells really quite magnificent. The cup tastes very much like a rooibos tea with afterthoughts of sugar and vanilla. Luckily, I do rather enjoy the flavor of Della Terra’s rooibos base, but it is not hitting home with the idea of fairy floss.

Now, I’m dying to try 52teas cotton candy blends (both black and white). Just read a ton of reviews on those and apparently it is done much better. Why must they be out?! :O

Flavors: Rooibos, Sugar, Vanilla

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 45 sec 1 g 2 OZ / 59 ML
Marzipan

The limited edition Ben & Jerry Cotton Candy ice cream is really good too.

albertocanfly

There is ice cream that is Cotton Candy flavored?? Oh man, this is good news!:D

Kaylee

OMG cotton candy ice cream sounds amazing!

Marzipan

It has little hunks of cotton candy in it!

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80

I finished my first pouch of this off at work today. I have another in my cupboard from Valentines Day, so it’s not a sipdown. I don’t mind that, though, because this is a niiiiice tea. It took me three tries to get my cup this afternoon, though. The first time I boiled the water and left it to cool in my cup, and then forgot about it. The second time I actually got as far as adding the leaves, and then I forgot about it again. It was third time lucky! Clearly work is distracting :) It was good tea, though. When I got it.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp

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80

I used hotter water today, and was rewarded with a slightly stronger orange flavour. The creaminess is still there, along with the sweet sugariness of a brulee! The oolong is nowhere to be found. I was hoping I’d like this one as much when brewed at proper parameters, and I do! A wonderful dessert replacement (or mid-afternoon treat, as the case may be!)

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp

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80

I have two sample pouches of this one, so I’m rather pleased that it turns out I like it. I gave 1 tsp of leaf about 2.5 minutes in cooled water, and the resulting liquor is…orange! The scent brewed is mostly of cream and caramel, which is as unlike the dry leaf as it’s possible to be. The dry leaf smells strongly of orange zest, and reminds me a little of hard boiled orange candy sweets.

To taste, the orange is a little candyish and chemical. It’s also fairly mild. The creaminess is amazing, though! Together, the two flavours do make me think of a brulee. Sweet, a little rich, creamy, a touch of caramel. All I’m missing is the crunchy caramelised sugar! I can’t taste the oolong base at all, which is always a bonus in my book.

I have a feeling I let the water cool a little too much, but I’m at work and I got distracted. Next time I’ll leave it a little hotter and see if that brings out more orange flavour. I can see myself getting along with this tea quite well, though, which is a rare thing for an oolong.

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 2 min, 30 sec 1 tsp

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75

I forgot I left this in the fridge to brew, and thought it was another tea altogether, and I just couldn’t believe that an apple pie tea could taste so completely off. Then I realized it was this one and thought “Ah, well that explains it” and proceeded to feeling a bit dumb.

It probably did not stay in it’s little mason jar long enough, but the peach flavour is already intense, in a fuzzy peach candy kind of way. I couldn’t taste the base and I get no mango at all. I’ve had other herbal blends that taste exactly like this one, and I would probably not restock on this one as opposed to the herbals, since I can give the latter to my baby :P

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From Another TTB?!? round 2

I’ve been rifling through this box all day looking for something to tempt me, but this is only the 3rd tea I’ve tried today. And it’s pretty far off my normal spectrum because I really really am not a fan of rooibos. But it is 10:30pm and I’m hoping to reset my sleep cycle this weekend. I’m likely to send it off Monday or Tuesday. If anyone had any standouts still in the box, pleaseplease let me know. Admittedly I haven’t heard of MOST of these teas and have been going off of names and scent of dry leaves and pure fickleness.

Persimmon, ah love I love this fruit. This tea despite the rooibos smelt pretty good. A little too sweet of an aroma to the dry leaf to be believably persimmon, but DT has such admirers that I am willing to just try it. Maybe it’s more reminiscent of soft persimmons? Admittedly I’m much more a fan of hard persimmons and hardly ever have tasted the soft variety unless it’s preserved.

Brewed it smells like candy and rooibos. UGH.
It tastes better than it smells, the rooibos taste is covered well, but I wouldn’t call it persimmon. Some other fruit maybe, but not persimmon. Disappointing from a persimmon aspect, but not a bad tea. At least it doesn’t taste of the dreaded rooibos.

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Ok, I’m just going to come to terms with the fact that I love the idea of cake tea, but don’t like cake tea itself at all. This reminded me a lot of David’s Tea Birthday Cake, with a bit of added coconut and better altogether because the base is black tea. Chocolate, vanilla, coconut, odd “cake” flavour, maybe a bit of butter…It is overly sweet, and has that typical pungent sort of smoky sweetness that seems to dominate all these cake teas. That odd taste I can’t quite pin down is what I don’t like. It tastes like batter, but not delicious home-made batter. Oh no. Sickeningly sweet and artificial boxed cake mix. What is that about? Seriously. Stop it.

I won’t give it a bad rating, it is not BAD. Not the tea’s fault that I can’t work out my issues with cake flavouring.
Disclaimer: I actually enjoy cake from a box once in a while, for that awesome trip down memory lane: kid’s birthday parties in my childhood, or bake sales at school, when all the mothers just brought that to pass off as their own and all the kids gobbled it down as fast as they could because SUGAR. I have nothing against cake mix, but I find the combination of tea and that flavour god awful.

Ost

Haha I am the exact opposite! I am not a big fan of cake but I love cake teas. :P Bummer you didn’t like it though, hope you didn’t buy tons! XD

Cameron B.

I’ve been disappointed by cake teas so far as well. I still want to try Butiki’s version though. :D

Virginia

I actually bought Butiki’s version as one last try before I give up, and it is on it’s way :P . I know it will be great. Stacy knows her teas, and has good taste. I have nothing but faith in her. Hear that Stacy? I’m counting on you to restore my faith! lol

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80
My hair got a nice trimming today. Turns out that having an asymmetrical cut when you have very thick, wavy, fluffy, hair will just end up as a progressively fluffier mound of hair, much like cumulonimbus clouds on a summer day…just with water vapor and not hair. I did notice that my hair is really faded and needs some new blue, I think I will go with turquoise rather than cobalt this time around, for summer!

Today we have Della Terra Teas’ Organic Makaibari Darjeeling, a black tea hailing from the Makaibari Estate in West Bengal, Darjeeling, India. This specific Darjeeling is a FTGFOP Autumn Flush, or Finest Tippy Golden Flowery Orange Pekoe (or Far Too Good For Oridinay People, because tea drinkers are full of wit) that ridiculously long winded (or short acronym) term refers to the grading system set up back in the day, with some debate by Sir Thomas Lipton. The aroma is sweet and muscatel, with a bit of a sharp leafy aroma, similar to that of grape leaves and oak wood. It is mild and pleasant, an enjoyable sniff that is reminiscent of nature and plants and a slight sweet finish of raisins.

Once the tea has been brewed, the wet leaves are much lest muscatel and more brisk. The aroma of oak wood is more prevalent, and there is a touch of loam as well. Have no fear, I found all the muscatel sweetness, it is in the liquid. The liquid has a great aroma of fresh grapes and raisins with a drizzling of honey. There is a tiny undertone of brisk oak wood, but you almost have to stick your nose all the way into the teacup to notice it. (Note, I do not recommend this, from experience, it is a good way to get a singed nose and tea in one’s sinus cavities.)

Tasting time, I am excited, I have come to greatly love Darjeelings, especially after I learned that boiling the tea leaves will give you a cup of gross. That was a great lesson to learn about a year ago! I know, with every Darjeeling I review I have to mention the ‘do not boil’ thing, I do this because for years bad tea instructions had me believing that Darjeeling was bitter death and all those people who tasted sweetness and grapes were bonkers. The taste of this tea is deliciously mild and muscatel with notes of freshly mown hay and new vegetation. This fades to a rich, brisk, oak wood taste that really wakes up the mouth (and the me.) After this burst of wood it fades to a honey sweet raisin that that lingers as a delightful aftertaste.

For photos and blog: http://ramblingbutterflythoughts.blogspot.com/2014/06/della-terra-teas-organic-makaibari.html

Flavors: Hay, Honey, Loam, Muscatel, Oak wood, Raisins

mj

A. Love the cumulonimbus reference
B. You have blue hair?? So cool! I’m not brave enough for that, but I’m currently reading a book in which the heroine has blue hair

Amanda 'SoggyEnderman' Wilson

Hehe, thank you! I do! It has pros and cons, the pros are it looks awesome and it makes me feel like a bird. The cons are it fades pretty quickly (in comparison to ‘normal’ colors) it tends to turn everything my wet hair comes in contact with blue for at the very least a week, and the post dye clean-up is a giant pain!

Totally worth it though :)

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From Another Traveling tea box?!?!

It’s a small teacup saturday! Mostly because I want to get through as many teas as possible before I ship it back out and I take up less tea this way. Only about 1/3-1/2 a tsp. It’s also the first time I’m tasting anything from Della Terra Teas!

It smells odd when dry, like some sort of tropical fruit blend. But brewed it smells exactly like a PIna Colada with black tea. OMG soo nice! The dry leaf had exactly what it says on the label: black tea, coconut bits. I didn’t see any pineapple bits, or maybe they were just too small for me to differentiate. Admittedly I wasn’t looking very closely.

It tastes like a coconut black tea, a very nice one. There’s only the slightest hint of sour at the start of the sip, but then it’s all smooth coconut. The coconut taste is of the unsweetened dessicated coconut variety, if you’ve had that. Otherwise it’s like unsweetened coconut macarons. i’m tempted to keep it, but I probably wouldn’t be able to give it the love it deserves. If I ever get around to order from DT though, I’ll probably put it on my list.

The disadvantages of a small cup is wanting more after it’s all gone. Now I want to second steep but I also want to rummage though the box for another tea. Decisions, decision….

Flavors: Coconut, Pineapple

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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

This little dude came in the mail today and as soon as I opened the bag, I started salivating. You just don’t get how much I love marshmallows. The texture, the flavour, the shape, the feel : everything! If you ever want to make me super happy, buy me tea or handmade artisan marshmallows. I swear. I love them.

My cup smells of gooey melted marshmallows, and it makes me smile. But taste wise, this fails. Black, there may be a bit of marshmallow in there. Maybe. Then I added half and half and sweetener to try to make it more marshmallow-y and although it did help, it really wasn’t what I expected. Chocolate? Where?

Don’t get me wrong, I mean, it is a pleasant cup of tea. But would I have named this tea smores? No. I would call it black tea with KIND OF marshmallow. But I guess that’s not really good marketing now is it?

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65
drank Carrot Cake by Della Terra Teas
144 tasting notes

Got this as a sample from my last DTT order. This is pretty woodsy, not as strong as Tea Guy’s Carrot Cake. Definitely taste the spice of the cake part, just not really the icing which, of course, is the best part of a carrot cake. So a bit disappointing.
Not a terrible tea, but Tea Guys definitely made a much better blend of tea on this one.

mj

Totally agree…the only reason to eat carrot cake is the cream cheese icing. I was missing the icing component in DT’s red velvet cake too

Ost

I felt that way about DT’s red velvet too. :/ Such a bummer. Do people not realize that’s the best part?

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I am working on some of my older teas and I found this sample package from December that I haven’t even tried. I don’t know why I have put it off for so long as this tea is not bad. It is not something I will be stocking either but I doubt I will struggle getting through the sample. It definitely has the warming fall flavours of pumpkin pie but nothing is particularly distinctive – it is like a slightly spiced black tea with subtle notes of chocolate every now and again. Not bad. Not great. Drinkable.

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73
drank Blueberry Crumble by Della Terra Teas
144 tasting notes

First off, this is a pretty tea to look at. (:
Secondly, this totally smells like a blueberry muffin. Which I totally love the smell of.
And third, this totally tastes like a blueberry pastry. DTT knows how to do it right!
Thanks for the sample, JennyFur! (:

Flavors: Blueberry, Pastries

JennyFur

I’m glad you liked it. I really enjoy a well done blueberry tea, I was hoping you did too. :)

Ost

Thanks again! :D

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