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51 Tasting Notes

70

This is pretty decent. I feel like all of the elements are well balanced here; people who like their flavoured teas to still taste like tea may like this. The black base is nice, and the chocolate and strawberry are equally present, I’d say (which contradicts the next sentence, but I think I’m just better at picking up chocolate than fruit notes). I get more chocolate and only the suggestion of strawberry (there’s a tartness that lingers in your mouth, and upon first sipping it you get some berry flavour).
So yes, it’s good. A perfectly decent tea and very well executed, but not mindblowing for me. Of course, I don’t think chocolate covered strawberries are anything to write home about either, so your mileage may vary.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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73

I don’t know, this one is yummy but tastes absolutely nothing like any oatmeal raisin cookie I’ve ever had. It reminds me a LOT of DavidsTea Glitter and Gold, because they share the same cinnamon/spice flavour. They smell identical, and brewed the taste the same too except this tea tastes like Glitter and Gold but “more”. G&G is a little weak on flavour for me, but in this tea the flavour is nice and strong. Of course, this one doesn’t glitter, so G&G still has that going for it.
There’s definitely an orange note in here, which makes sense because there are orange peels floating around in the leaf. It’s like that spicy-Christmas-orange taste. Very delicious, but absolutely nothing like an oatmeal raisin cookie.

In sum: Good, but disappointing in that its nothing like you’d expect it should taste. And if you already have Glitter and Gold, don’t get this. However if you WANT Glitter and Gold, get this instead because the flavour is better (although you do lose out on the sparkles).

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec
Kittenna

Haha, we wrote practically the same tasting note for this tea!

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95

So I threw this into my Della Terra order because it had good reviews. I was wary, because the Toasted Marshmallow tea from DavidsTea was fail for me.
I brewed this up one lazy afternoon because I wanted something new. First sip: OMG YUM! MARSHMALLOWS! It’s sweet and chocolatey in the sip, then as you swallow it’s like sugary sweet, marshmallow goodness. Like, EXACTLY like marshmallow. It’s uncanny; this is one of the most accurately flavoured teas I’ve had. I’m going through this bag pretty quickly because I just keep making it and forsaking all my other teas. I can’t say that I get graham cracker from this, but that’s okay with me. Chocolate and marshmallow are nothing to complain about, especially when done this well.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 30 sec
Kittenna

Exciting! DT’s version was a total bust for me too, and I just ordered this one from Della Terra as well – hoping for the same reaction as you!

TheKesser

Is this anything like the Teaopia S’mores?

PatchworkSheep

I’m not sure, I haven’t had anything from Teopia. If you like sweet dessert teas though, I’d definitely try this one.

Kittenna

My suspicion is that this is better than Teaopia’s Fireside S’mores (which is better than DavidsTea’s Toasted Marshmallow!)

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77

Backlogging. I’ve had this one several times now and got it quite awhile ago.
I love mint teas, and I don’t have a lot of greens in my cupboard so I thought this would be a good one to try.
It has a nice sweet mint to it as the main flavour. There’s also sort of a Christmasy spice note in the aftertaste that makes it more warm/cozy than refreshing. I like that the tea itself is mild and doesn’t compete with the mint. It’s really nice and soothing. This is my go-to this season for when I’m not feeling well (it isn’t too rich for an upset tummy, and it feels nice on sore throats). I also gave a few bags of it to a friend who had strep throat; she found it soothing on her throat as well.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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87

Okay, this is extremely good.
I was a bit wary of the honeybush because I’ve never had it before but don’t really love rooibos that much. In this tea, the base isn’t all that apparent and what is there just adds a nice sweetness and depth.
The aroma of the dry leaf had me a little nervous. It smelled good, but more like ginger ale (sweet and gingery) than cinnamon rolls. Once I brewed it up it smelled more like one would expect a cinnamon roll tea to smell. It also had a really pretty clear liquor.
I had this sweetened and it was a very warm tea. There really are all the components of a cinnamon bun here! I didn’t expect frosting, but I got it! I also got sweet dough and cinnamon.
It’s got real warmth to it. The mister, who isn’t really big on tea but agreed to a mug of this, loved it as well. His comment was “this tastes like it’s meant to have a bit of whiskey in it”. He’s right, I actually got a somewhat boozy vibe from it too. It would likely be fantastic with a bit of alcohol, but we don’t really drink.
It tastes like sitting next to the fire in a big blanket. It’s very warm and comforting and I would repurchase this.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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34

Wow, I had really high hopes for this tea. Also, I have a cold so my tastebuds might be off and impaired today. I will definitely try this again and change some things and hopefully increase the rating.

I used 2.5 tsp of tea for my Perfect Mug of this. Somehow though, this is still really weak tasting and is light in colour. There was hardly any tea bits; it was mostly balls of spice and a bajillion mini marshmallows (and yes, I ate one, and it was delicious and spicy and yum). Watching the marshmallows froth while pouring boiling water over them was rather satisfying (I caught myself going “froooooothhhhhh”, and then thinking to myself “good lord Robyn, you can’t even be normal when you’re alone”)

I will say that this is the first tea I’ve ever had that I didn’t feel the need to sweeten. Like I said, it was 75% marshmallows. It’s plenty sweet. It tastes vaguely of cookie dough spices and cinnamon. It’s pretty lacklustre to be honest. If I had to compare it to something, I’d say cookie dough.

Next time: Increase the brewing time to 6-7 minutes instead of 5. Use over double the leaf recommended. Maybe add some sweetener even though it’s already sweet. I’m grasping at straws here, maybe sweetener will bring out some of the flavours. Oh, and next time, don’t be a snuffly sick mess when you drink it.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
Kittenna

This one disappointed me too… :(

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70

Free sample, hurray!
The aroma on this is beautiful. If I could wear this as a perfume or as a bath and body product, I would. It’s appley and rosey all at once; very pretty.
As for the taste, it’s okay. I taste no tea in this, which is fine because I don’t usually love green tea anyways. What I do taste is a sweet, slightly floral apple. They did the rose nicely here, it doesn’t taste like a bath bomb. It’s more like apple slices that were soaked in sugared rose water. I would never guess there was pistachio in here, I can’t detect it at all even though there was a nut in my sample.
I’m drinking it hot because, well, I felt like hot tea. I can see this being absolutely wonderful iced too though.
It’s a very easy to drink tea. There’s not a ton of flavour, but what there is is pleasant. The scent is very uplifting as well.
I don’t know if I would buy a whole 50g bag of this, but if I could buy a smaller quantity to keep on hand I would.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 4 min, 0 sec
Kittenna

I agree, the aroma with this one is great. I didn’t much like the tea itself if I recall correctly, however.

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84

Took my big new Bodum travel press to work the other day filled with this. It was a late closing shift and I needed all the energy I could get.

I was unsure how this would do in the travel press, since the leaves stay in the press until you’re finished the beverage. This seemed like a recipe for oversteeping to me. Luckily it actually melded the flavours together better than a regular steeping. By the time I went to drink this several hours after steeping it, the temperature was perfect and there was SO much berry flavour and the roastiness of the mate really came through.

As a snack with this tea, I ate a cranberry almond granola bar. It was a perfect complement to the tea.

As for the “rocket” part of this blend, I did feel more awake for the rest of the evening (even once I got home and wanted to go to bed, haha)

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Just continuing the Blueberry Jam love.

Giant glass of it iced this afternoon. Yes. SO good.
I won’t wax philosophical about it, because I just did that yesterday.

EDIT: No, I am going to wax philosophical because what’s the point of making a tasting note at all if you don’t talk about what it tasted like?

The thing I like about this iced is that typically when you ice a beverage its because you’re thirsty/its hot out. In other words, you want to be able to gulp down large quantities of whatever it is. The beauty of this is that it isn’t sickly sweet, or overly tart, or overly anything. It’s delicious, refreshing, and naturally sweet.
There. NOW I’m done.

Preparation
Iced
Meowkattack

Blueberry Jam is AMAZING over ice. Yes. I like to make my own ice cubes with blueberries in the ice, serve the tea/cubes in a mason jar. Super cute at picnics. :)

PatchworkSheep

Oh my gosh, that sounds adorable. And delicious.

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Whew, it’s been a few months since I last had this one. I wasn’t blown away by it early on (it was my first red rooibos and I wasn’t sure about it), but I can enjoy it now. It’s good, but I can’t say I’d buy it again.

This is a funny tea, it smells delicious but not really all that much like cake or frosting. Definitely more mapley. It smells sticky rather than gooey and cakey (okay, this is the most nonsensical description ever written). It’s super SUPER sweet smelling, and even a tiny bit of sugar added amps up that sweetness to 1000%. If you add sugar, the only flavours there are sugar and rooibos. Still not sure that I like rooibos, but I don’t dislike it as much as I did the first time I tried it.

TL;DR version: It smells delicious, but has much less flavour than you’d think. Tastes pleasant but not like cake particularly.

Meowkattack

Good to know! I am always tempted to order this one, being a big fan of cake flavor teas, but red rooibos isn’t a favorite of mine. Good to know it isn’t an exceptional tea that I am missing out on.

PatchworkSheep

I’d recommend trying it if you can get your hands on a sample, but I wouldn’t recommend a full bag, especially if you aren’t a big fan of red rooibos. Cake/dessert teas are my favourite too.

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Recently graduated sociology student trying to decide what to do with her life.
I don’t drink tea every day, but I do love tea and trying out different flavours. My favorite is black tea, followed by white and mate teas. I enjoy rooibos and oolongs, but haven’t tried enough of them yet to determine how much I like them compared to other types. I don’t like straight green tea, but if it has a good flavour added to it I can enjoy it quite a lot.
Mostly I drink DavidsTea since its Canadian and they tend to have stronger teas and more interesting flavors than other places I’ve tried. I don’t care for what I’ve tried from Teavana for the most part; their teas seem weak and overpriced in general as far as I can tell. The exception is My Morning Mate, which is incredible.
My city has not a single specialty tea shop, so DavidsTea online ordering is my friend. I highly recommend their Perfect Mug. It really is perfect. Nice thin lip, large hand, larger than average mug without being too big, and I have it in clear so I can see the beautiful colours of my teas as they steep. The strainer that comes with it is my favorite because it doesn’t let any tea through, and its metal and dishwasher safe. Love it.

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