Going to be doing some backlogs here (ok actually only 2 haha). Had a delicious cup of this while my friend had a cup of Lemon Lime Cream Tart yesterday, so tasty! See previous notes :)
377 Tasting Notes
Another from my try me pack. I love finding new green rooibos blends! The dry and steeped smell was very much the same, a juicy, tropical fruitiness that I just could not place. I went on steepster and read the other review, yes!! That’s what it is! LYCHEE. It reminds me of SoHo. I don’t get very much peach in the aroma, just pure lychee, hm I wonder if cactus flowers smell like that? It smelled delicious, anyways!
I am sad that I am first trying this in a travel mug, because it usually is mean to green rooibos blends. This tastes very smooth, once again lychee! It’s a bit light, but very fresh and yummy. The green rooibos goes well with the flavor, even if it’s a tad overpowering. It could just be my travel mug though. But I quite like this.
Overall, this is a really good green rooibos blend. I could see myself drinking this and green and fruity as staple green rooibos teas. Another tea that embodies the essence of spring! A welcome thought on this really cold day here. Also might have to pick up some SoHo liqueur and make a summery drink with this!
New tea #4! Another from the try me pack. This smells like a strawberry milkshake to me when I opened the bag, quite sweet and creamy. I steeped for about 2 minutes, and the water temp was either 175 or lower, I’m not sure, my kettle was set to hold at 175 but it hadn’t started up for a while. The steeped smell is like a candy strawberry, sweet and tangy.
As for the taste, this is very light and fresh. I get a nice green tea flavor, and the aftertaste is tangy strawberry, a bit candy like rather than fresh berry, but the tang makes it a more realistic. As it cools, the bit of creaminess is coming out more. I will probably steep at an even lower temperature in the future to try to coax out a bit more cream, but I had lots of creamy teas already today, so I’m ok with the freshness of this one.
Overall, this is a very nice mellow green/white blend with a strawberry tang. It is enjoyable, I prefer this green blend better than the Jasmint by Della Terra, it’s not quite as bitter to me. Maybe the temperature played a factor in the other as well? Anyways, this is light, sweet, and fresh. A very nice spring tea. Not sure if I will re-order, but I will see if that status changes by the time I finish my little bag :P
New tea #3! Picked this up on Monday because it just smelled too good to not get. I only got 15 g however, and the mango pieces are pretty weighty, so there’s not a whole lot left in my bag. Ah well, enough for 2 or 3 cups.
The dry smell is so much mango! I don’t smell very much pomegranate, will have to see if it comes out in the flavor. I steeped for about 3 minutes, a bit shorter as this is a black tea and I tend to prefer shorter steeps. But there was mostly mango in my infuser lol, so it might be more fruity than black tea anyways. Steeped it smells sooooo juicy! Almost entirely mango again, there might not be a whole lot of pom in this tea, maybe I just didn’t get too many in my bag this time around.
So this is a very good fruity black! Very mango and fresh! I think there might be a tiny bit of pomegranate flavour, but mostly pure, juicy mango. There is not a lot of black tea taste either, but it does make a nice base for the punch of mango I think! Yum this is pretty good, I wish it was sunny here today because this screams spring leading into summer! It is a bit similar in flavor to Green & Fruity, but more mango and no rooibos adding in its own flavor. This would be a nice morning tea with the black tea kick of caffeine. Oh, and I am also trying my first attempt at cold brewing! With the leaves of this tea that were left over! I hope it goes good, I put it in a filter bag in my biggest mug in the fridge, with my perfect mug lid on it, I’m not sure if a lid is required, but since I don’t have a glass jar I hope this will work!
Overall, this is a pretty good fruity black tea. If you are into fruity black teas, you MUST get this, as it is excellent. I think the slight pom taste is coming out a bit more as it cools too. I will try to remember to update with how the cold brew turns out (if it is good haha).
ETA about cold brew – I let this cold brew for over 12 hrs, probably around 18? It wasn’t bad, but a bit weak, probably did not have enough tea leaves. The tea bag worked well though, I am going to use cold brewing to use up a bunch of the 100 pack of my teabags from Davidstea. Can’t wait to do more of these!!
So today I am trying a bunch of new teas that I have had sitting here since earlier this week and just haven’t had time to get to! So here’s another Della Terra one I am trying today :) earlier this week I tried the Lemon Lime Cream tart and was quite impressed, I didn’t log a note on it though. Maybe I will try it after this one to compare these two, and maybe my Lemon Chiffon while I’m at it!
This one smells sooo limey and good in the bag. Definitely key lime pie. Not much lime bitterness either. I steeped for 4 minutes. The steeped smell is not quite as lime and a bit more of the cream (yay cream!) but the lime is definitely there. There isn’t a strong rooibos smell in this one either.
Ooh, this is another really good rooibos. Lemon Chiffon definitely has some competition! This is smooth and very much natural lime tasting, with the lovely cream to tone it down and make for a sweeter aftertaste. I will definitely have to brew up some Lemon Lime Cream Tart to see how the lime tastes compare. This is delicious and pie-like, while Lemon Chiffon was more cake like to me. Maybe because there’s more lime pies than cakes? Lol, all these creamy, delicious teas are making me sleepy! Might have to have a little nap, as I am finally relaxing from the week. Anyways, back on track here…
Overall, another stellar rooibos from Della Terra. I’m not sure which of the three lemon/lime rooibos’ (sp?) is my favorite, but after a few more steeps of each of them, maybe I will have come to a decision about which one will be the one to keep in stock. Or I’ll just keep them all in stock. :D
Oh, and as this tastes like lime pie, Happy Pi Day!!!
So I was going to wait until St. Patty’s this weekend to have a taste of this, but I am craving a chocolatey tea right now so I am making a cup! I received this in my try me pack this week. The dry smell is very much reminiscent of Swiss Mountain, with a touch more creaminess. I steeped for around 3 minutes. The steeped smell is very good, chocolate and mint with cream! Yes, the creaminess definitely is present, especially when the water first hits the tea. This tea reminds me more of a milk chocolate mint with all the creaminess, rather than dark chocolate. It smells so yummy, pretty excited to try this cup!
So as for the taste, yeah, this is pretty darn good. I very much like this over Swiss Mountain, as the vanilla in here adds just enough sweetness that it makes the cup seem fuller and not as watery. The start of the sip is where the mint and chocolate are the most prominent, the chocolate being not very strong but enough to make its presence known. Then the aftertaste…mmm, this is my favorite part. The mint fades into the delicious vanilla and it lingers on and on, a wonderful, cool sweetness. I am very impressed with the cream flavor Della Terra makes, whether it be in their flavored rooibos or other blends like this one! It’s so creamy and light and sweet, perfectly done. This is actually reminding me a bit of baileys and hot chocolate with mint! And maybe it’s that I’m comparing this to Swiss Mountain, or that it’s snowing here, but I totally feel like I’m at the top of a mountain in a ski chalet sipping this down after being coated in snow from skiing! :D
Overall, this is really good, and while I’m not sure this is really a chocolatey tea, it is very tasty for me! But then again, I am definitely a vanilla ice cream fan over chocolate ice cream :P but this was a very good one to try!
Ugh it is snowing here and – 17 C today! The warm weather spell had to end :( so I wanted a warming tea, almost cracked open my chai spice but i want to try it first in a regular cup not my timolino lol. So this, my old standby, is in my mug today with honey. Warm, soothing, fresh, and wonderful on the stomach. I wish I was curled up at home rather than in class, this week has been nuts! Need sleep.. See previous notes on this tea :)
Ahh I’ve tried 3 other of my new Della Terra teas but didn’t have time to write notes for them! All were very good :) I will get around to writing notes once I have cups of them again! Anyways, I am writing a note for this one haha. I got it in my try me pack because I love rooibos and vanilla.
The dry smell is very vanilla, like, a lot of vanilla. I think there may be some vanilla bean bits in the bag making it very rich, it definitely smells like very strong vanilla bean ice cream. Not bad :) I steeped for somewhere around 4 minutes. The steeped smell initially was very vanilla, but at the end of steeping, I get mostly rooibos. Hmm, where did the vanilla go? Ah! The vanilla returned a bit after the cup had time to cool!
Now for taste…yes, it did not disappoint! At first all I got was rooibos, then the aftertaste hit…yep, lots of vanilla! I can definitely see the likening to cream soda with this one, it has a very sugary aftertaste that is almost spot on to it! You still get a vanilla-beany taste though in the earlier aftertaste.
Overall, I’ll admit, I was a bit skeptical on this one, but it turned out to be a rich, vanilla creamy filled dessert rooibos. I shouldn’t have been worried, Della Terra knows what they are doing with rooibos flavoring! This is a nice decadent treat, very nice as a dessert or before bed, or during homework, as I am doing right now.
Having a few cups of this with a good friend today! I only did one rinse today, so hopefully it’s not too strong, cups are still fairly warm to drink :P see previous notes on this delicious black tea!
This is my first mate tea! Unfortunately the first taste is in my travel mug because I don’t want to have this in the afternoon until I see what the caffeine does to me lol. The dry smell is very melony which I quite like, I don’t have any melon teas so it’s nice and fresh. I steeped for 5 minutes with just under boiling water.
The steeped smell is not as pleasant to me, more of a bubblegum smell and i really hate that smell. Thankfully the taste is much better. The honeydew tastes really like a melon! It’s light and fresh, and i can taste the green rooibos in there, it reminds me of green and fruity a bit, which is my favorite green rooibos. Not sure what the mate tastes like, but we’ll see how much of a buzz i get lol. A bit apprehensive as sometimes caffeine completely messes with my stomach, but this blend sounded too good to pass up, and hey, I had to try it lol. So far so good! :)
ETA – so far my stomach is happy! Not feeling much of a buzz yet either, maybe it got more green rooibos in my spoonful this morning. I am enjoying this, it’s very light and refreshing!
I picked up 15 g of this because it smells sooo good. Toasty coconut. It’s not quite as intoxicating as the coco lemon thai to me, but still good. I was going to do a 3 minute steep, but I decided to go closer to 4 minutes, with 190 degree water. The steeped smell, to me, is not quite as pleasant. It’s such a strong coconut smell that it even smells a bit off to me..I’m not sure what it is, it’s just a bit too coconut in scent. Oh, and this brews up the palest of yellows, it almost looks like a white tea!
Luckily, the taste is a lot more on target. It is a nice toasted coconut, very rich and creamy. There’s a small hint of the oolong, but I am looking forward to the second steep to see if that comes out a bit more. Currently it is a very coconut flavored tea, but mostly just coconut. I think the butteriness is due to the oolong base, and I really enjoy it.
Overall, this is very coconutty and very delicious, but definitely a sweet tea. It isn’t very artificial, which is awesome, but it is on the sweet side. I will have to drink this one sparingly haha, it has that rich coconut that I can’t take a lot of at a time. Almost too much coconut, it’s on a fine line. Looking forward to a second steep.
ETA – I didn’t get to a second steep tonight, then first cup was just too rich, i actually didn’t finish it. If you like really coconut blends, this is definitely the tea for you, but im actually finding it a bit much.
Gah so I went to go pick out a tea this afternoon and spilled a bit of my brand new Honeydew Mate all over the floor! Was not impressed..the boyfriend thought it was something serious that I had forgotten, like handing in a major assignment, but no, I just spilled my tea leaves. Sigh haha, steepsters understand this.
Anyways, it’s too late in the day to try my new mate or guayusa, so I decided to brew up a cup of this! Dry, it smells soo tasty, like fresh strawberries and blueberries and mmm just berries. I steeped for 5 minutes with boiling water. Oh, and I should mention, I have only had one other pu’erh from Davidstea, and that was in a blend, the Skinny, which has grown on me and I actually really enjoy :)
The steeped smell is also very strawberry, and I can get a twinge of the hibiscus making a tart scent, which is ok, it adds to the berry smell. It reminds me both dry and steeped of a wildberry juicebox that I really like haha, I drank it quite a lot when I was in grade school.
So this has a very nice berry taste, mostly strawberry, with a tart aftertaste that is not unpleasant, it actually adds to the fresh berry flavor. Hmm, I know there is pu’erh in here, but my untrained palate doesn’t really know what it tastes like haha. This blend is good at least! It actually slightly reminds me of a wildberry teabag I had a while ago, can’t remember who made it, maybe celestial seasonings? But this one has more flavor and less tartness, which is nice. As this cools, I get a hint of earthiness, which I am assuming is the pu’erh poking out. It adds quite nicely to the flavor in my opinion, the earthiness is a bit like a fresh garden strawberry, and it nicely tones down the brightness of the blend, which could easily get overwhelming.
Overall, this is pretty smooth and tasty. I’m not sure if I will pick more up once my sample’s gone, we’ll have to see how much I crave it. But I am pleased with this, and very happy I picked some up to try. My foray into pu’erh continues with success!
ETA- My untrained palate is getting better! I can definitely pick out the pu’erh a bit more as the tea cools. It it mostly present in the aftertaste. I like it so far :)
ETA again – this resteeps not too bad, it’s a bit more muted and a bit more pu’erh tasting maybe, but I am actually quite enjoying this. Maybe it will have to be a reorder, it’s definitely a good flavored pu’erh!
Yay! Picked up the spring collection except for copabanana and daydreamer, and i got a few other teas as well, such as this one. The smell was soooo good i splurged on 50 g without even trying the tea lol. It smells like lemon meringue pie and coconut cream pie combined to me :D
I’m trying to go easy on caffeine as it’s the day before my midterm (again) so I decided to try this one. The steeped smell is very good, I get a bit of the ginger with the lemony coconut. I steeped for 4 mins at 185 degrees.
Now this is a coconut tea i quite like. Cocomint cream was too heavy and sugared for me, but this is awesome! The citrus and ginger balance the coconut perfectly with tangy and sweet. The blend is not as strong in ginger, but that could be because there weren’t many pieces in the spoonful. I’m not sure where the white tea flavor is, but I think it’s providing a nice base for these flavors. I might try steeping the full 5 minutes next time to bring out the ginger a bit more. This is sweet yet refreshing. I also can’t eat much thai food due to the prevalence of peanuts in it, so this is a nice flavor and it seems like I’m having something thai – related! Yay I like this tea :)
ETA – this tea is a bit heavy once it cools, i think it’s more that I find coconut so sweet and rich that I can’t have it too often. This is still delicious, but I will drink in moderation. Oh, and i bet this is unreal iced. Will definitely have to try it hehe.
Trying to drink through some of my least favorite teas, as I think I am going to David’s today to finally get the spring collection! Yay! It will have to be fast, I need to study for my midterm tomorrow. This tea is still nothing remarkable, it’s not bad, but it’s nothing special. Just a mildly tart herbal blend, like a light grapefruit herby thing. I don’t mind it, but it’s nothing exciting, so I don’t drink it too often. See previous notes on this tea :)
Ehhh..I’m still disappointed with this tea. Tried a 4 minute steep – oops saw I did that last time too, my bad, maybe will try 3 next time – and I get the faintest taste of pear/apple, but mostly just rooibos. It’s a very nice smooth rooibos, woody tasting which I don’t mind, but I wish the flavoring was a bit better on this one. Whenever I feel like a super lightly flavored rooibos, I will drink this one, but definitely won’t repurchase. :( and I remember it tasting so much better in the summer! Ah well, it is still tasty, just not flavored enough for me. Dropping rating a bit as well. See previous notes.
Backlog – I had a cup of this last night in hopes of finishing off this bag. Alas, I still have enough left for one more cup. This tea was one of my first DAVIDsTEAs, and it is still rather tasty, but I have found other ginger teas that catch my fancy more often. I like the honeybush in this, it makes it taste unique, and it is very refreshing, but I won’t stock up on this, even though it is a last chance blend now. It was an excellent tea for one of my first ginger ones though, and I’ll gladly sipdown the bag soon :) see previous notes on this tea.
Another blend of blueberry and french vanilla matcha. I’m almost finished my blueberry matcha, which is probably a good thing, it is getting a bit more bitter every time I have it, just getting a bit old lol I’ve had it since December..but it still is tasty, don’t get me wrong! I made this with hot water as usual, I suppose I could add some sugar, but meh, it still is pretty good, and I don’t feel like moving. 7 hrs of lab = one tired me. This will rejuvenate and help me feel balanced. Gotta love matcha! See previous notes.
Drinking this as I have been working on my lab all day. Ugh wanted to go get the spring collection from davidstea tonight, looking unlikely. This tea is still tasty, wish I had more of it today lol. See previous notes.
So after reading about the new genmaicha made with this, I just couldn’t resist..I needed to have a cup. I got 1 oz of this in my last order, I am planning on using some of it to mix with my Chai Spice (which I still haven’t tried) but I definitely will drink about half of it just plain. Mmmm pure chocolatey goodness, breadiness, cake. Totally tasting like a brownie today, yess. I did a 10 second steep and probably won’t get in many more this evening (going out with friends) so it may have to wait until tomorrow for the resteeps. I love the short steep time with this though! So much flavor! See previous notes on this tea :)
Sipdown! I’ve done quite a few of those this week :D anyways, I thought I could sip this one away because today it has been reblended, so if I get a strong desire for it, I can order more before it sells out! This is usually my tea for bad days, and today wasn’t actually that bad, I’m just burnt out from school and I need a pick me up. I could have made matcha, but eh maybe later, this feels like the tea for today because it’s bright and sunny out and warm, just like this tea!
Ohhh this is soo creamy, bright, delicious. I might just have to reorder more of this in my next Verdant order…and some of that Laoshan Black Genmaicha too of course! I will try to wait until April at least…lol
Resteep of the bag from yesterday this morning. I didn’t want to take it in my travel mug cuz I thought it’d be too light, so I am actually having a cup of tea before going to class! I rarely do this lol, maybe I will have to start haha. Anyways, tasty as always, a bit muted as it’s the second steep and the bag sat out all day yesterday. But a nice start to the day, I am returning my signed job offer today!! I had been waiting for one more company to get back to me and they did yesterday saying they didn’t have time for a second interview before I had to reply to my other job offer. So now I can accept that one and I have my first full-time job in my familiar city and my boyfriend is here for the summer too!! I’m so happy :)
Oof, too much caffeine this afternoon lol, so time for my tried and true tummy tamer! Hehe, I added honey as this tea is THE BEST with honey, and hoping it will settle my churning stomach. Still love this tea so much! See previous notes :)
Sad sipdown :( but not too sad, I found a sample of the Autumn version of this in my sample drawer! So hurray! I will last until the spring or summer batch of this comes out :) I love this tea, it’s probably my favorite green tea, although Mrs. Li’s dragonwell is also amazing. I think I neglected to make a note on that one, oops, well I have a full bag of it waiting for me to jump into, so the time will come. Anyways, this is beany, fresh, savory, buttery..haha buttery tea afternoon? Had a milk oolong and now this, I will have a bunch more steeps of this and hopefully get focused on my giant lab I need to get going on and an assignment due tomorrow. Oh, and I did a 10 sec steep for the first one with about 190 degree water in my little gongfu pot today, first time I use it for this tea and it is pretty tasty :) See previous notes on this tea!
I haven’t had a cup of this in ages, and would like to slowly narrow my cupboard as I have some teas I would like to try, but I am going to hold off on buying more until I do more sipdowns, have about 5 teas that are near the end of their bag, so I should finish them off. This one has enough for another few cups, but man does this brew nicely. The leaves were giant in the infuser, and the liquor is a beautiful golden color. Buttery yumminess, I love the smell of this. I need to drink more straight oolongs! See previous notes on this tea :)
ETA – Oooooh this tastes even better than I remembered it I think. Yummy. I miss my plain oolongs.