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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.
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.
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.
Revisited this a couple of nights ago, and was reminded of how good it actually is. I think it’s basically Swiss Mountain with bat sprinkles, but I can live with that. I like chocolate mint teas any day of the week, and this is a good one. Not overpowering on the mint, sweet creamy chocolate…I’m glad I have a 2oz bag of this one!
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
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!
On the fourth day of Christmas, Della Terra gave to me…Cinnamon Diletto!
This one smells absolutely and completely of cinnamon, both dry and brewed. I guess that’s the point, which is fine, and it’s nice to see a rooibos blend appear in the box. They’ve all been black so far! Cinnamon really is pervasive in Christmas teas, though – there’s really no escaping it. Probably a good thing I like cinnamon, really!
The cinnamon and the rooibos pair pretty well here, as they’re both quite earthy, warming flavours. The rooibos is quite strong, and is definitely detectable underneath the cinnamon flavouring. That in itself is quite strong, and the whole thing comes over a little harsh. I added milk, and that improved things a little, but I might try adding some sugar as well next time. It’s just a little overwhelming on its own, although is more palatable when softened down with milk.
This isn’t my favourite of the selection so far, although you can’t argue that it’s Christmassy!
On the first day of Christmas, Della Terra gave to me…Spiced Pear!
This is really christmassy. Dry, it smells strongly of cinnamon and mulling spices, and I can see pieces of pear among the black tea. Brewed, my experience is much the same. I elected to drink this without milk, and I’m glad because I think the flavours come over really well like this. The cinnamon comes through first, perhaps understandably, but there’s a definite pear taste. It’s almost perfumey, but the two flavours somehow work together really well. I’ve not had many pear teas before, and the only one that springs to mind is 52 Teas SBT Pear from back in the summer. That one tasted almost like a pear drop, sweet and very candy-like. This is jucier and a touch more natural, with the soft scentedness that an actual pear possesses. It’s the spices that are making me think of Christmas most of all, though. This might actually be a good one to drink on Christmas day, preferably by an open fire (although that’ll only happen in my dreams!) Snuggled and warm, anyway! A great start to the festive countdown!
This has a taste and even mouthfeel akin to Big Red gum, right down to that powdery texture left on the tongue. It’s not as hot as, say, fiery red hots (and honestly I’m glad; I’m not nuts about that white sugar+dry heat flavor in tea…don’t mind in candy occasionally but not tea), but it’s definitely on the spectrum of cinnamon sweets. I don’t dislike it, but I’m not sure I’d reach for it again. The gum association is quite strong, and there’s an artificial sweetener aftertaste (nothing’s listed though; it might be a case where it evokes the gum so much I then just start phantom-tasting the gum and not just the tea) I don’t really think I want to drink in tea. Not terrible, but I’d be fine having sampled it just this once.
Somehow some tea leaves escaped the filter this morning and ended up in my mug, and of course made their way into my mouth. So gross. I’m already irritable today, so that didn’t exactly help.
And I do like this tea, I really do, but I think I might already be starting to “get over it” so to speak. I think chocolate in tea mostly annoys me, so I’m always having to tell myself to ignore it. Or maybe i’m just annoyed in general and shouldn’t be rating tea when I’m in a bad mood haha. But yeah, not cool that the leaves escaped the bag. Eww.