217 Tasting Notes
I order a whole bunch of the seasonal collection from Della Terra during their last sale, due in part to the secret pumpkin that BrewTEAlly Sweet is organizing.
I used nearly 3 teaspoons for my 16oz steeping mug and I let it sit for 4 minutes. What I got (after the candy bugs disintegrated) was a rather unremarkable vanilla rooibos; which, aside from the bit of creamy mouth-feel due to the cream additive reminded me of the cheaper and easily accessible Numi Rooibos that I sampled while at the in-laws.
It’s not super pricey or anything, but I was expecting more oomph. Into the swap box it goes.
I have to say, figuring this tea out was a challenge and also incredibly rewarding. I use two generous teaspoons in my work mug and adding a touch of sweetener rewards me of something close to mexican hot chocolate. Maybe it’s growing on me or maybe my sinuses are so bad that I need the spicy kick. Either way, I’ve warmed towards this tea as it’s gotten colder and I’ve been drinking it over my Davidstea Jasmine Pearls. That’s saying something.
This is a decent dessert tea and I prefer it over the Adagio Valentines that I also have in my cupboard. The only unfortunate difference right now is that this one is discontinued and the Adagio’s is still available. The black tea that Della Terra uses, seems to be much lighter than some of the other brands (also Adagio). I enjoyed my cup of this, but it didn’t really scream sundae to me.
I was packaging up some of this tea for a swap and realized that I hadn’t tried it yet. Silly me. So I brewed up a cup while my husband and I watched the latest DVD release of Castle. I used just under 2 tsp of the leaves since Oolongs tend to go a ways.
I sweetened it as always and it is a very smooth creamy vanilla with a hint of citrus. I’ve heard it’s comparable to Davidstea Vanilla Orchid Oolong which should be coming my way soon so I’ll be able to compare. I got another steep out of it but it tastes like it is losing a bit of flavor. Still, I think I’ll keep one of the two around if they are similar.
Thanks to KallieBoo! for this sample!
I was feeling adventurous tonight and once I discovered this was a white tea and thus low in caffeine, I went for it.
It’s actually not bad! I sweetened it and it basically tastes like strawberry jam though the sample contained quite a few strawberry chunks. I’m not getting the basil really, maybe a hint at the end of the sip. I’m not sure I’d go out of my way to buy this, but I’ll use up the sample.
2 heaping teaspoons in my 16oz steeping mug
During my first ever (!!) visit to a Davidstea, I smelled this and knew I had to purchase some. It’s super light so 44 grams of it absolutely stuffed the usual 50 gram bag that Davidstea uses. I love that it’s an herbal. It’s tastes exactly how it’s named, pistachios and cream. I’m a huge fan of pistachios and this delivers. It doesn’t taste exactly like pistachio ice cream, but it sure is close for zero calories!
2.5 teaspoons for my 16oz steeping mug + sweetener
So another purchase from a Della Terra sale which they apparently have every few weeks, not complaining.
So, this one is nice but I’m not getting an obvious pineapple taste, it’s pretty nondescript. Once you tell me it’s pineapple, I can make it out a bit more. It’s sweet, maple and/or brown sugary and has a fruit flavor, but it doesn’t really come to the forefront. Still it’s tasty and reduces any additional need for sugary caloric foods. I used 2.5 teaspoons in my 16oz steeping mug plus sweetener.
When we were in Halifax, there was a market set up near the dock and I of course had to check out the lone tea company inside.
Instead of buying 75 gram portions, I opted for their sampler which included 6 10g bags of some of their more popular blends.
Maybe a didn’t use enough leaf (or steep long enough), but this has a much lighter flavor than I was expecting. It’s not bad but I was expecting more oomph. Good thing my husband suggested the sampler (even if it was biased to reduce the amount of tea I was bringing home)!
Side note: I’m so happy to be back home and near my tea collection!
Thanks to RogersCK for this sample. We had to rise early to leave the ship and it was raining and I only managed 1 cup of coffee this morning. This was the perfect way to reunite with my variable water kettle and tea!
This tastes really good (I added sweetener). There’s a roasted kind of taste and also some vanilla and cocoa. I used 2 heaping teaspoons in my 16oz steeping mug. I can see why this would attract coffee drinkers but it doesn’t taste like straight up coffee. It’s a bit lighter. Yummy and I would purchase some to have around, for sure.