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I had a busy tea day. And I haven’t even started in on the list of fifteen or so teas from the last week that I still have to log.
As a white-black-green blend, I had no idea how to brew this thing. Whites I like to brew for only about 30 seconds, greens a minute and a half, and blacks two minutes. This one I let go for between green and black time, and that was definitely too long. The underlying tea was so bitter that I couldn’t really get much flavour. When it comes to creaminess, I’ve definitely had better attempts. I will try this again with a shorter steep time and a lower temperature before I give it a rating, but I did not enjoy this cup.
The blends raw scent is of smoky wood and cocoa. Sweet though sour .
1.5 tsp of blend put into an empty tea sac with boiling water for 4 minutes.
Steeped scent is strongly vanilla and malty.
Flavour is medium strength with sweet and creamy vanilla tones, light malt and smoke tones and a minty after taste. Quite a lot going on though at a decent balance. The chocolate is not very noticeable though it may be part of the malt like flavour i can taste. Due to the vanilla and mint it reminds me of hard boiled sweets, kind of like candy cane.
For pictures and a comparative view against the black base and rooibos base please view my blog.
Flavors: Cocoa, Malt, Mint, Vanilla
Not bad at all! It’s a mellow spice blend with a sweetness that really says “Cinnamon Bun” but while the smell is stellar, if anything, the flavor is a bit too mild. I like it tho! A little sugar and milk make it rather delicious for a desert tea. :)
Flavors: Cinnamon, Sweet
I can’t tell if this is me being weird with allergies/lingering cold stuffola, however this is just tasting ‘meh’ to me. There’s cinnamon, and just a hint of something sweet like a cinnamon bun icing -sorta thing… it’s just.. I dunno. I want the flavor to punch more?
This was just a sample from my massive sample purchase last year, and I think I’ll pass the rest of what’s left along so that perhaps someone else can enjoy this more.
Whoops. I’m just trying this now from the Black Friday sale.
Steep #1 // 35 min after boiling // 4-5 min steep
I liked DT’s White Chocolate blend, and this one almost seems the same somehow, or maybe even not as good. The steep color doesn’t look like it has black tea in it at all, but I know it definitely has some in the blend. It tastes sweet, creamy, hints of coconut. But I think the White Chocolate blend had more sweet & creamy. It’s been a while since I’ve had the White Chocolate though…maybe I’m misremembering. There is also a bit of tanginess from the white tea itself in this blend. Maybe I’ll try it at a hotter temp next time.
Steep #2 // half mug full // just boiled // few minutes
This cup had more flavor, and not much more astringency. More coconut! Not much “cream” in either cup. I definitely don’t think this one should be such a low temp, but probably not just boiled either.
This one tastes like it may have been cross-contaminated with other flavours. Still a pleasant tea-drinking experience! Brew has a good thickness in mouth-feel and there is a hint of ginger flavour as well.
Thanks to Kittenna for sharing!
This isn’t bad. I’m getting a light coconut flavor in the background (which tastes more like coconut creme pie—artificial coconut flavor—than actual coconut, let’s be honest). At the forefront there’s white chocolate, a creamy, thick flavor that reminds me of chocolate mousse. They work very well with the tea base. I’m tasting more green and white tea than anything else. It’s smooth, the way the flavors meld, though there is a touch of astringency at the end of each sip. (Might have been my fault because I goofed the water temperature.) I’m actually surprised by how much I enjoyed this. I’m not sure I would buy it again, but I can see myself reaching for it when I’m craving something desserty and can’t bring myself to drink the other teas I’m scrimping and saving.
Thanks for the sample marzipan!
I’ve had more rooibos teas now so I can compare this one a bit more to others I’ve tried. The rooibos here is more of the peppery kind, rather than the woody kind, which is nice. I added a little bit of agave nectar, but not really enough to make it too sweet. This was pretty good, though I really need to sip this down soon.
Today was a pretty good day. I had a job interview, I scored some freelance work, and I applied to some more freelance gigs. I have only one phone interview left to do for today, and I’m just gonna keep mellow with some of this tea.
I really like the peppery attack of this tea. I ate an apple as I drank it, and that was even better. I used some cinnamon honey, but next time I make it I’ll see about adding some lemon honey instead. As long as it keeps my stomach happy…
One thing I’m noticing in my cupboard is a relative lack of caffeine-free blends. So when Kaylee offered this up in a swap after not enjoying this tea, I snapped it up.
Others have said that this tastes like a piece of cinnamon gum. I’ve had others teas that bring up this flavour more strongly (specifically Teavana’s Samurai Chai Oolong/Maharajah Chai blend), but it’s still pretty evident here.
The thing is, I don’t think of it as a drawback. I want a sweet tea for when I’m craving dessert, one which won’t make me stay up late, and this one fits the bill nicely.
The cinnamon and rooibos meld well here. At first sip, it was quite woody, so I added some lemon-infused honey to sweeten and round it out, and it works out. It’s got a bit of a peppery aftertaste, too – not sure where it’s coming from.
All in all, a good tea for the evening.
Many thanks to Kaylee for this sample. I’m glad that it’s found a home!
So this is terrible. There are only two flavors: cinnamon and sweet. And they don’t mesh well. The sweetness is weird – not sugary or honey, but not quite artificial either. I made the rookie mistake of ordering this without checking out the Steepster reviews. Reading the comments after drinking this filled in the blank for what’s off-putting about this tea. It tastes like frickin Big Red gum. Exactly like a stick of gum. I am actively angry about the fact that I spent money on this. Which is completely ridiculous, I know. Bad purchases happen. But it’s still making me cranky. Plus I already put it all in a tin and the bag is gone, so I can’t just put it up for swaps.
I’m honestly surprised. I really like a lot of Della Terra’s teas. I don’t know what happened here. But this is a serious miss.
While there were many samples I wanted to try, I decided to brew this one first. I like that it is not a straight black tea, as I feel it would overwhelm the flavors of the tea. I find it enjoyable, but it’s not one of my favorites. I get creamy coconut notes, but light on buttery notes from the while chocolate. The addition of a touch of cream was helpful in bringing out the flavors. Thank you VariaTEA for the sample!
I had sent this to people but never actually tried this myself. Now having experienced it for the first time I can say that it definitely delivers on its name. It is creamy. It is coconutty. And there is certainly a buttery white chocolate sweetness. It is almost too sweet for me – enough to stop me from ordering it again but not enough to ruin the cup.
Flavors: Butter, Chocolate, Coconut, Cream
I’ve had this one a couple of times trying to decide what I think of it.
It’s an interesting blend, first one I’ve seen with white, green & blacks teas. Looks mostly like black leaves until they start to unfurl.
Dry leaf smells of rich chocolate. Steeped this blend loses the smell of chocolate and smells sweet and comforting. Tastes like a lighter version of the chocolate scent of the dry leaf. At the end of of each sip, and even more so as it cools, I find coconut in the flavor.
At times I think I can taste the tea base flavors along with the chocolate or coconut notes. Probably just my imagination since there are 3 kinds of leaf plus the flavorings going on in this cuppa. My palate isn’t that refined :).
Wow. I had this with breakfast this morning.. a cup of Cinnamon Bun tea with a plain scone. It was a match made in heaven. I am a huge fan of this tea.. strong enough, smooth, just spicy enough. Very true to it’s name.. it was like drinking a cinnamon bun. I will definitely be purchasing more once my 1 oz package runs out.
Yay!!! Coconut!!! A coconut tea that actually tastes like coconut :) I was soooo happy when I took a sip of this just now and it had a nice creamy coconutty flavor. I was a little worried about the chocolate bc I was concerned it would overpower the coconut, but it does not at all, it complements it nicely. I really like this so far! The coconut doesn’t taste artificial, and everything blends together well. I will probably re-order this one, it is a really nice blend.
Labeled “White Winter” as day nine of Della Terra 2013’s 12 Days of Christmas box. At least, I THINK so. If not, I’ll move the review as appropriate.
The loose leaf smells quite sweet and coconuty, so if one or both of those invokes Santa — I mean Satan — himself for you, I’d avoid this one. It still smells pretty sweet once it’s brewed.
Surprisingly, this tasted a bit mild at first, in contradiction to the smell (should have steeped it for another 30-60 seconds or so, perhaps). Initially, I just added a bit of almond milk but no sweetener., so I added a bit of sugar to see if it enhanced the flavors in the blend. It brought out the coconut a touch more but that was about it. I’ll have to make another cup with a bit of a longer steeping time to see if the blend develops a bit more
Sipdown! Finished this one off at work over the past few days. Although it’s a white tea, it has quite a substantial flavour in and of itself. Fortunately, the white chocolate and coconut notes still came over clearly, resulting in a delightfully creamy concoction. One I’d seek out again next winter.
On the ninth day of Christmas, Della Terra gave to me…Winter White!
I was a little confused by this one at first. The leaves look so dark in the pouch, I was convinced it was going to be a black tea. Surprise, then, as I read the card. This one does brew up remarkably dark for a while tea, but you can tell that’s what it is upon tasting. I’m glad I stuck to a short brew time, as the base is slightly astringent. Maybe my water was still a touch too hot, but I can work on that for future cups.
Base aside, the flavour here is brilliant. I can taste white chocolate and coconut clearly, and there’s a hint of creaminess swirling around, too. I like that the teas in this box have been really well flavoured. One of the things that annoys me most about flavoured tea is weak flavourings, but that’s something that Della Terra seem to be able to avoid really well.
Anyway, this tea is a little different from the normal run of Christmas teas, which all seem to feature cinnamon, so it was a welcome find in the box today. One I’ll definitely return to!