2898 Tasting Notes

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This tea was probably not the best choice for last night, given that I burned part of supper but had to eat it anyways… and of course, this smells wicked burnt when infusing. Luckily, the flavour isn’t quite the same, so it was palatable. This time, I think I may have used a bit more tea (2 rounded tsp for 8 oz.), and got a tasty, dark, woody/burny, sweet-ish mug of yum. It tasted particularly good the next day, after it had sat cold next to my bed all through the night!

The second infusion is pretty good too, almost making me think chocolatey, like a very, very dark chocolate, perhaps with roasted cocoa nibs. What’s a bit strange is that it’s reminding me a fair bit of Malted ChocoMate, or more specifically, the taste of roasted mate. Though the two are totally unrelated, and there’s no flavouring here. Interesting!

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 4 min, 0 sec
Sil

i should try this one…might be one that appeals to me :)

Kittenna

Do you have some? If not, chuck it on our swap list. I don’t have very much, but it’s not a favourite, so I could definitely give you a cup’s worth.

Sil

I don’t….I’ve only tried the nilgiri frost oolong..

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drank Buttercream by DAVIDsTEA
2898 tasting notes

Started another delicious series of infusions of this one last night. Still don’t know what it is, but this is just so, so tasty. I’m now half done entering the data I need to finish tonight (and then I have to run stats on it… joy!)

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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90

Still working my way through my packet of this lovely tea. This one, I brewed properly. It’s all rock sugary yet vegetal and absolutely delicious. Pretty flavourful, even above my little attempt at supper. I really need to get through these teas though… so much left to drink, and I feel like I’ll never get through everything (it’s true…)

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 1 min, 0 sec

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93

I have tons of tasting notes to post… but for now, what I’m currently drinking! I’ve been craving a tasty green for a while, so brewed up two from Verdant this evening. Annoyingly, I think I chose the wrong green to eat with sprouted mung beans with lemon/cumin. It’s just too subtle! Alternately, I messed up brewing parameters. So I’ve thrown the leaves back in to hopefully coax out a bit more flavour. Totally my bad :(

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 1 min, 0 sec

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drank S'mores by Della Terra Teas
2898 tasting notes

Sincere apologies for this bombing of everyone with tasting notes. I’m typing things up as quickly as I can before I forget!

Anyhow, this is by FAR the best marshmallowy/s’mores tea I have had. It tastes like a s’more melted in a cup. The marshmallow is quite obvious, and even before remembering what the tea was, I clearly tasted chocolate. Didn’t really get graham cracker, but I don’t really care for them, so that doesn’t matter! I was much more concerned with the chocolatey marshmallow flavours.

Anyhow, for anyone disappointed in DavidsTea’s Toasted Marshmallow, or Teaopia’s Fireside S’mores, try this!! Definitely another big hit from Della Terra! (Oh, also I set the timer for 4 minutes and definitely went over by 1-2 minutes. Good thing these teas aren’t finicky!)

Preparation
Boiling
Kiaharii

Yay, put this in my order this morning. :) I actually liked Toasted Marshmallow so this should be great.

Kittenna

The big difference with this one is that there’s no spicing. It’s chocolate and marshmallow. DT’s toasted marshmallow failed for me in that it was heavily spiced with cinnamon. I hope you like it!

Kiaharii

Haha, I loved it because of the cinnamon. :) I hope I like it too, I went a bit crazy with Black Friday teas but I haven’t ordered in a while so…

Cavocorax

Just ordered 2oz of this! I’m happy you posted all these reviews today as I’d never really heard of Della Terra. Thx!

Kittenna

Awesome! For flavoured teas, they seem to be pretty good, and their blends are unique.

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93
drank Winter Nog by Della Terra Teas
2898 tasting notes

Brewed this up this morning to try and get through as many Della Terra teas as possible quickly! I have… 17, so it will take a while…

Anyways, this one smells delicious! I brewed it up (and it’s been steeping for hours, I used my Timolino infuser basket) and it also tastes delicious! A very good flavoured rooibos. Nothing medicinal, only pure sweetness and creaminess. I will admit that it does not quite taste like eggnog to me :( however, it’s caramelly sweet (akin to DavidsTea’s Creme Caramel rooibos), with some creaminess, and then a hint of spice. It’s really quite delicious. An absolutely perfect caffeine-free dessert tea, even for those who aren’t too keen on rooibos! I’m getting a little worried that by the end of my Della Terra tasting spree, I will want to purchase bags of everything … the only teas I haven’t been super keen on so far are Saveur de Paris (just not unique enough), and Chocolate Almond Coconut, which was ok in flavour but quite weak (and besides, I have some of that one left).

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more
Kiaharii

Glad to hear this is good, I ordered this too. :)

Kittenna

I’m really impressed with this one. A rooibos in a flavour I don’t already have multiples of! Upped the rating because… yum…

Cavocorax

Mmmmm. I wasn’t planning on buying anything today, but I ended up getting this during their sale. Thanks for the rec!

tea-sipper

Yeah, I pretty much want to buy full bags of everything I had samples of… three try me packs. uh oh.

Cavocorax

Uh-oh. That’ll add up quick. Hopefully tomorrow’s sale is comparable to Friday’s.

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89

Enjoyed one of these with Raritea today!! I got to meet another Steepster, which was awesome. Sil and Indigobloom – we were hatching plans for the four of us to meet up for an awesome tea day perhaps in January!

Anyways, this was pretty good, although a touch chalky today in my opinion. And perhaps overly sweet. Ah well, I didn’t have to make it myself :D

Indigobloom

The only green tea latte I really like is from Lettieri though it’s been over a year since I tried it.
So envious you got to meet Raritea!!

Raritea

I would love to meet you! Sounds like you’ve had some pretty fun adventures together!

Sil

for sure! that would be awesome :) Always happy to meet new tea friends :)

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drank Quangzhou Milk Oolong by DAVIDsTEA
2898 tasting notes

Grabbed some hot-ish water running out the door to the soccer game last night (along with a mug and an infuser full of this tea), and steeped the tea at the game. Such a loser! It wasn’t as flavourful as usual because the water was DEFINITELY not hot enough (I’m tempted to say it was between 60-70C or perhaps lower, but good enough! And I kept the leaves, so I can re-steep and not feel bad about wasting tea :D

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91

Yummy Timolino-full of this last night while watching the boyfriend’s soccer game and chatting to another player’s wife. Delicious!

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 45 sec

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89

Just gotta write a couple super quick notes. I got my Della Terra order yesterday!!!! Just in time to be able to hit up weekend sales if I so choose :D Got started immediately, and brewed this up last night. I have to say… it’s EXACTLY what I was hoping for! Chocolatey and orangey. More like a Terry’s dark chocolate orange than milk, but it was completely true to the name. It’s pretty much what I wanted DavidsTea’s Oh Christmas Treat/Chocolate Orange to be, but there’s no risk of fishiness here! And I even oversteeped this one by accident, and it was still great. I used ~3 heaping tsp to a Timolino full of water, and it was perfect.

Also, this wwasn’t even a tea I ordered in my Try Me packs – it was a free sample! Awesome!!

Preparation
Boiling
Indigobloom

that sounds SO tasty!

Cavocorax

Hmmm. Maybe I need a Della Terra order!

gmathis

Mmm! I have some chocolate-ish rooibos and some orange-ish rooibos, wonder if I can concoct a faux in decaf…something about Thanksgiving triggered my cravings for sweet candy teas.

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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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