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drank Hearts & Roses by Della Terra Teas
2246 tasting notes

Sipdown(s)! (798 – I missed noting down my Black Cherry Matcha sipdown yesterday)

I didn’t have quite enough of either this tea or Pineapple Upside Down Cake for a full travel mug’s worth… so I decided to combine the two! There was a bit more tea than I really needed for a full mug’s worth, but I used it all anyways as Della Terra Teas don’t have strong enough bases that it would cause problems (I was right). The result was pretty decent – caramelly sweet like PUDC, but with the chocolate of Hearts & Roses. I never did taste pineapple or cherry, respectively, when I previously tried each of the teas, so unsurprisingly can’t pick either out here as well.

Either way, pretty enjoyable! I wouldn’t pick up Hearts & Roses again (Love in a Cup was better), but I’d probably pick up Pineapple Upside Down Cake, possibly for blending. I like having “sweet” teas to tote along with me :)

Preparation
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Sil

no more tea ordering for you. no more.

Starfevre

798? seriously? With my trades added in (which I don’t count in my cupboard or as sipdowns usually) I don’t break 300. I can’t imagine having almost 800 teas.

Kittenna

Mmhmm… I’m a bit of a tea hoarder, sigh. As in, I hate drinking the last of any samples, which leads to perhaps slightly inflated numbers.

Starfevre

I’m a hoarder as well (of…a lot of things. Like empty used envelopes. Useless things), but I’ve felt better about not hoarding tea since I encountered the term sipdown as something to be proud of.

Sil

starfevre – yeah 300 is too much (imo) totally overwhelms me

Cavocorax

Woah. That blows my mind! How much space does that take up?

Kittenna

Probably less space than you’d expect, because about 325 of them are from swaps, and of the remaining 475, I’d say at least half are sample sizes. If I organized things better, it would probably just take up… a large cupboard, haha.

Cavocorax

Haha. Well that’s not so bad then if you look at actual ounces of tea, right? (Except… except it’s probably more tea than you would ever drink in your life!)

Kittenna

Oh, haha, no, it’s definitely possible to get through it all, especially if I stop buying tea :P I’m not sure of the timeline, but it’s certainly less than a year. I only have >100g of maybe 3 or so teas, and >50g (or about 50g) of maayyyybe 25 more? If that? So they are all fairly small sizes. :)

JoonSusanna

OMG I thought 798 was a typo. Have you got photographic evidence? :)

Kittenna

Ahahaha. A select few people have seen a messy picture of my stash, but I’m not letting the rest of the world see it :P Hopefully when I get settled into my new place, I’ll have some time to organize things and take a pic that I’m willing to show to people :)

Sil

cough

Kittenna

Don’t even!

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Sil

no more tea ordering for you. no more.

Starfevre

798? seriously? With my trades added in (which I don’t count in my cupboard or as sipdowns usually) I don’t break 300. I can’t imagine having almost 800 teas.

Kittenna

Mmhmm… I’m a bit of a tea hoarder, sigh. As in, I hate drinking the last of any samples, which leads to perhaps slightly inflated numbers.

Starfevre

I’m a hoarder as well (of…a lot of things. Like empty used envelopes. Useless things), but I’ve felt better about not hoarding tea since I encountered the term sipdown as something to be proud of.

Sil

starfevre – yeah 300 is too much (imo) totally overwhelms me

Cavocorax

Woah. That blows my mind! How much space does that take up?

Kittenna

Probably less space than you’d expect, because about 325 of them are from swaps, and of the remaining 475, I’d say at least half are sample sizes. If I organized things better, it would probably just take up… a large cupboard, haha.

Cavocorax

Haha. Well that’s not so bad then if you look at actual ounces of tea, right? (Except… except it’s probably more tea than you would ever drink in your life!)

Kittenna

Oh, haha, no, it’s definitely possible to get through it all, especially if I stop buying tea :P I’m not sure of the timeline, but it’s certainly less than a year. I only have >100g of maybe 3 or so teas, and >50g (or about 50g) of maayyyybe 25 more? If that? So they are all fairly small sizes. :)

JoonSusanna

OMG I thought 798 was a typo. Have you got photographic evidence? :)

Kittenna

Ahahaha. A select few people have seen a messy picture of my stash, but I’m not letting the rest of the world see it :P Hopefully when I get settled into my new place, I’ll have some time to organize things and take a pic that I’m willing to show to people :)

Sil

cough

Kittenna

Don’t even!

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I have always been a tea fan (primarily herbals and Japanese greens/oolongs) but in the last year or so, tea has become increasingly more appealing as not only a delicious, calming drink, but as a relatively cheap, healthy reward or treat to give myself when I deserve something. I should clarify that, however; the reward is expanding my tea cupboard, not drinking tea – I place no restrictions on myself in terms of drinking anything from my cupboard as that would defeat my many goals!

My DavidsTea addiction was born in late 2011, despite having spent nearly a year intentionally avoiding their local mall location (but apparently it was just avoiding the inevitable!). I seem to have some desire to try every tea they’ve ever had, so much of my stash is from there, although I’ve recently branched out and ordered from numerous other companies.

I like to try and drink all my teas unaltered, as one of the main reasons I’m drinking tea other than for the flavour is to be healthy and increase my water intake without adding too many calories! I’ve found that the trick in this regard is to be very careful about steeping time, as most teas are quite pleasant to drink straight as long as they haven’t been oversteeped. However, I tend to be forgetful (particularly at work) when I don’t set a timer, resulting in a few horrors (The Earl’s Garden is not so pleasant after, say, 7+ minutes of steeping).

I’m currently trying to figure out which types of teas are my favourites. Herbals are no longer at the top; oolongs have thoroughly taken over that spot, with greens a reasonably close second. My preference is for straight versions of both, but I do love a good flavoured oolong (flavoured greens are really hit or miss for me). Herbals I do love iced/cold-brewed, but I drink few routinely (Mulberry Magic from DavidsTea being a notable exception). I’m learning to like straight black teas thanks to the chocolatey, malty, delicious Laoshan Black from Verdant Tea, and malty, caramelly flavoured blacks work for me, but I’m pretty picky about anything with astringency. Lately I’ve found red rooibos to be rather medicinal, which I dislike, but green rooibos and honeybush blends are tolerable. I haven’t explored pu’erh, mate, or guayasa a great deal (although I have a few options in my cupboard).

I’ve decided to institute a rating system so my ratings will be more consistent. Following the smiley/frowny faces Steepster gives us:

100: This tea is amazing and I will go out of my way to keep it in stock.

85-99: My core collection (or a tea that would be, if I was allowing myself to restock everything!) Teas I get cravings for, and drink often.

75-84: Good but not amazing; I might keep these in stock sparingly depending on current preferences.

67-74: Not bad, I’ll happily finish what I have but probably won’t ever buy it again as there’s likely something rated more highly that I prefer.

51-66: Drinkable and maybe has some aspect that I like, but not really worth picking up again.

34-50: Not for me, but I can see why others might like it. I’ll make it through the cup and maybe experiment with the rest to get rid of it.

0-33: It’s a struggle to get through the cup, if I do at all. I will not willingly consume this one again, and will attempt to get rid of the rest of the tea if I have any left.

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