1050 Tasting Notes
This tea is soo tasty! I think I have determined that I prefer green rooibos teas, whether blended with mate or red rooibos, doesn’t matter, for my morning cup. It also does ok in the travel mug, which I probably why I like it. This one is so fresh and springy! I should have ordered a lot more of this and less of the peach apricot one by Della terra (still have to make a note on that one I think). I think I will order more of this anyways, I am loving it, especially the lychee flavor that is somehow present, even though not in the ingredients lol. See previous notes!
I’m finally getting the chance to sit down and review this! I’ve already had a cup last week and gave one to my friend (who loved it btw). So now I need to write about it too!
The dry smell is sooo delicious. The lemon-lime tart is definitely identifiable, with the creaminess and citrus goodness. Steeped for around 4 minutes, although I know it could handle longer. The steeped smell retains the cream tart image, just a bit fainter.
Boy, is this ever good! I seem to recall my first cup having a bit more of that bitter lime peel tartness, but this one is very very smooth and creamy, a lot more vanilla and more lemon. In fact, this cup is predominantly lemony, hmm it’s like a more tangy Lemon Chiffon, the lime is still there a bit in the flavor too though, that key lime pie from Lime Chiffon is here too!
Overall, this is a really good combination of the lemon and lime chiffons. The extra vanilla really adds to the creamy aftertaste, and I think it might also be the honeybush that makes for a more cake-like addition, as I just checked out all three rooibos’ ingredients and this one and lemon have honeybush, while the lime has only rooibos. Anyways, I’m getting too technical, this is delicious. Still don’t know my favorite, darn it, but since this one combines the two other favorites, it might take the first place spot. Ah, they’re all good. Thank you Della Terra for another delicious caffeine free tea!
So I was watching LOTR tonight..and wanted a rich, creamy tea to go with it, with a nice golden sun color..yeah, this tea fit the bill to go with the movie lol. It was enjoyable and so smooth as usual, I have enough left for about 2 cups :( ah well, I’ll enjoy it while I can! Oooh and the bf was feeling really gross tonight with regards to his stomach, I chopped up a bunch of fresh ginger and added honey and boiling water straight to it as I usually do, and also decided to add .5 tsp of lemon juice to fight if he’s getting sick. And just leave the ginger in the cup until the cup is finished. He really liked it, and requested another cup, and his tummy is feeling a bit better, as long as he doesn’t move :) sadly, I didn’t try any of my concoction, as if he’s getting sick, I don’t want to get it (it will be inevitable, anyways). But yeah, that might have to be my new cold remedy! But back to this yummy oolong haha, see previous notes :)
I needed a little kick this morning, so into the mug this went! I’m still too scared to try my guayusa lol so I’ll try this a few more times to make sure the caffeine is acceptable. And man, this is so tasty. Fresh melon, love it! I might even end up getting 50 g of this hehe, and i am noticing my focus increasing as I drink it. Excellent for a Monday, and it’s making me wish it was a dewy spring morning instead of still snowing. I’ve had to uncover my car from mass snow twice in the past week already! D:
This tea is much better this time around! I may have steeped 30 s less or something, but this is not nearly as overpowering as the first time I had it. It still packs a wallop of coconut and has that weird, oily, sunscreen smell, but the taste I can handle much better tonight and I am enjoying this cup. Maybe I was just in the mood for coconut! :) anyways, this has improved for me, so I will up the rating a bit. Definitely prefer this as it cools off, has an enjoyable flavor! I might even try a re-steep tonight, I’m not coconutted out yet :D
ETA – the second steep was very good, much nicer, more oolong and not as much coconut :) so if I can get by the first steep, it’s a fairly delicious tea! Lol
Mmmm yes, my St. Patrick’s day tea. It would be kind of nice if this became a permanent in the DT collection, even if the shamrock sprinkles have to go. I really like the creaminess of this tea, and this cup has a bit more mint that the first one I had, I think. I much prefer this over Swiss Mountain, the vanilla just adds the perfect touch to the flavor! See previous notes :)
Top o’ the mornin’! Happy St. Patrick’s Day steepsters! I am going to try to just drink green teas today! (with a notable exception being my Shamrocks & Shenanigans black tea, which I would have had for my first cup but it’s too sweet this early) So I decided to brew up this green! I don’t drink this one too often, I’m not sure why, I think because my go-to straight green is Laoshan green. But this one is still very good! I should have used my finer infuser, there’s a few too many green bits that made their way into my cup and it’s affecting the taste, but it’s still a nice and refreshing first cup of the day. Hopefully I don’t overcaffeinate today lol, I did a bit yesterday oops. Anyways, see previous notes on this tea, and I will continue my green tea day (and maybe have to have some green alcohol later as well lol)
My friend had a cup of this yesterday when she was over, so I stuck the leaves in the fridge until a few hrs ago to see how cold brewing would turn out. I didn’t use a teabag this time, just the leaves in the giant mug with a covering on top. The flavor was mild, then I added some sugar and there’s quite a bit of strawberry flavor coming out! This will be delicious in the summer, I think I will hold off on cold brewing for a while here, it’s just too cold outside for it. But come summer, yes, this will hit the spot perfectly.
I’m very close to a sipdown for this one! One, maybe 2 cups left :P I did a small boo boo with this cup, I rinsed my cups earlier with vinegar to try to remove some tea stains, must not have rinsed the one good enough, because after steeping this I smelled vinegar! I quickly transferred it to another cup and thankfully the flavor has not been affected and it smells normal again lol. This is still a smooth, sweet rooibos, but now that I’ve had Lime Chiffon and Lemon Lime Cream Tart, I can definitely taste the differences. This one is a lot sweeter and more like cake, not as much of a tangy citrus flavor. I’m still having a tough time deciding which one is my favorite of the three! This one might not be as flavorful because it’s at the bottom of a bag I’ve had for a while, but it’s still holding it’s own! Oh, and I decreased the rating a tad just so it’s on par with the Lime Chiffon becaues I’m not quite sure about which one I prefer now lol. I just love the citrus rooibos Della Terra makes I guess. I saw they made an Orange cream now too, haha definitely going to try that one too! Anyways, back onto this tea, still an awesome rooibos, and I will be sad when I finally finish this bag, but at least I have two other good ones to sip :) see previous notes on this tea!
Yess, the matcha I had earlier did the trick – my stomach is not hating on me for eating too much pasta and now I am going to get started on a Verdant black! I’ve been craving some malty goodness, probably because I’ve been having lots of flavored teas lately, I just need some simplicity.
This one is a sipdown – I had just enough left in my pack to try this in my gongfu pot. Now, there was no way I could manage a 1 sec rinse with a gongfu teapot, it takes too long to pour it out, so I had to do a mini rinse, not the full pot, just enough to cover the leaves, and pour out as fast as I could lol. It was about 6 seconds or so. Lol, I need to invest in a gaiwan at some point!
So I probably had about 4-5 g of tea in the packet, so I tried to steep as quick as I could as well. Ended up being around 8-10 seconds. The resulting liquor is a lovely deep gold, a hint of red in it. It smells HEAVENLY. I couldn’t quite recall the smell of the tea from the dry leaves, but now I get that sweet potato, honey soaked barely scent. Mm it smells pretty delicious!
As for the taste, this one is hitting the spot perfectly today! A nice malty chocolate, and honey aftertaste with an almost wheaty taste. This tea doesn’t seem as thick as some others, which is a nice change, just a light, luscious black tea. The honey notes aren’t as strong either, but the maltiness is excellent. Oh, and as I just finished my cup, the smoothness of this tea really became noticeable. I think the smoothness is maybe more pronounced with gongfu brewing!
Overall, this tea is good both western style and gongfu. I am looking forward to seeing how the flavor changes as I do multiple steepings of this one this afternoon. A bit of a sad sipdown, but I am pleased I had the chance to try this tea while it was available! And maybe another batch will come out this spring or summer :)