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’Here’s Hoping’ Teabox Round #4 – Tea #4
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.
A sample from Janelle!
I have all but given up on DTT, but this one just sounded too good to be true, so I asked to try a bit.
Surprisingly, I guess, since I haven’t enjoyed a DTT in a long time (used to love them, but my tastes have evolved, clearly)… i did like this!
It was a half decent dessert tea. Definitely had the artificial flavouring thing going on but it was still a nice cup in the afternoon.
Caramel and spicy pumpkin and marshmallow are 3 flavours that I am down with. Mini marshmallows included!
Doubtful that I would purchase this, but I am glad I got to try it. It’s been awhile, but in my mind I would say it’s as good as Davidstea’s Pumpkin Chai…maybe better.
I think I’m attracted to weirdness in teas, and this one seemed like an ambitious flavour so I pretty much had to give it a try. I also love cherry cola, so it was pretty much a given from the moment I saw it. This one has been in my cupboard for a while, unopened. Today it finally saw the light of day! I used 1 tsp of leaf (plus a whole cherry!), and gave it 2.5 minutes in boiling water. No additions.
I hated my first sip. It made me scrunch my face up, and I’m not really sure why. The sheer oddity of the flavour combination? I’ve been fine from my second sip onwards – clearly I’m acclimatised! It has to be said, though, that this is a bit of an odd duck. The initial flavour is, I’d say, chocolate cake. The malty black tea base helps this effect, I think, and there’s some of Della Terra’s “cake” flavouring kicking around in the background. The thick, almost stodgy one (a la Pineapple Upside Down Cake, Blueberry Crumble, etc.) The cherry cola flavour emerges mid-sip, and it’s actually pretty accurate. It even tastes a little effervescent, although it’s hard to imagine how that is achieved. The cherry tastes pretty natural and juicy; not too chemical or medicinal, which is a relief, but the end of the sip is a little sugary – almost like sugar syrup. There’s some of Della Terra’s sparkly crystal sugar in this blend, so maybe it’s that now it’s sunk to the bottom of the cup. Pretty, though!
On the whole, this is a pretty odd combination of flavours. Cherry cola and chocolate cake are probably not two things I’d consume together. Having said that, I do actually really like this tea, now that I’ve gotten over the initial weirdness. Quite what that says about me, I don’t know!
I love/hate all the colored sprinkly things Della Terra throws in there teas. It’s cut and fun and visually appealing. Fine mesh filters + sticky melted sugar is a special hell, though.
This tastes like a candy cane, though! Sweet and vanilla-y with just a pop of mint. It’s creamy without milk, but far better with.
I don’t know if I’m behind the sentiment, but a satisfying, well-rounded blend and totally covers a dessert-like mint tea craving.
From Ost’s stash sale.
This tastes mostly like marshmallow and black tea to me. Pretty tasty, but I was hoping for more chocolate. I probably wouldn’t buy it again since marshmallow doesn’t really excite me, but it was nice to try.
Flavors: Marshmallow, Tea
From Ost’s Stash sale.
I’m not really a huge fan of artificial cherry flavor, but I don’t mind it so much with chocolate, and I did quite like Stash’s Black Forest tea, so I decided to check this out. I really was not impressed. I couldn’t taste chocolate or cherry here, it just tasted bland and soapy. Someone else said there’s rose in this, so maybe that’s what I’m tasting? I think I’ll be passing this on to someone else.
Flavors: Soap, Tea
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.
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!