1212 Tasting Notes

drank Professor Grey by Della Terra Teas
1212 tasting notes

I don’t understand what went wrong with this tea. I bought it expecting a chocolate and cream Earl Grey. Instead it tastes like a slightly sweet lapsang.

The other disappointing thing is that listed on the bag is black tea, bergamot oil, and chocolate. There’s also a ton of sprinkles of various types in here but they aren’t listed. There’s also some weird dried small flower I guess? There is chocolate in the form of very small chocolate chips.

And it does taste smoky. I don’t like it. And it isn’t what I ordered. No chocolate, not really any bergamot either.

Just wanted to edit this to note that Della Terra brought it back according to their FB page and properly marked it this time. It DOES contain lapsang souchong, and I’m pretty disappointed that they didn’t feel the need to say anything about that anywhere in the description? Black tea is one thing, lapsang is like, another thing entirely if you’re a person like me who can’t stand it.

I’ve properly labeled my bag now and I’ve stuck it in traveling tea box A so if it gets to Sil with it still in there, hopefully it can find its way then to Kittenna LOL or if anyone else gets it along the way it has two warnings of containing lapsang souchong.

Emily M

This one sounds ew. Sorry you had a disappointing cuppa.


Did you end up getting a response from DTT? I don’t like complaining, but damn, I don’t know how I’m going to get through my 1 oz. bag.


Not yet, completely forgot about it until I saw your note

Della Terra Teas

Momo. Sorry! We didn’t get a message from you concerning the tea. :( I did make sure on Facebook to explain the issue. A miscommunication between the blender and the webmaster. Our mistake and we will make sure anyone that ordered the tea before we fixed the mistake will get a credit to their account if they would like. Make sure you send us an email to sales@dellaterrateas with your first and last name so we can do that for you! Thanks. :)


Wooo, sounds great to me, momo! If someone beats me to it, that’s totally ok, but whatever’s left will be removed when it makes it to Sil :) Since I only picked up a Try Me of this one, and did like it, I’m fine with vacuuming up other people’s leftovers, haha.

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drank Candy Cane by 52teas
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For the age of what this one probably is, it wasn’t bad. Something was just off for me in the way I think the candy cane combined with the black tea. It just made a weird aftertaste I guess. I think I am having a candy in tea off day.

I prefer the Adagio one that I have a giant bag of, so this one will also continue on its traveling tea box journey.

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I can’t figure out if I thought this was a green tea or I just accidentally hit the green tea button on my kettle this morning. Either way, I ended up steeping it as a green tea based on that button pressing error. Oops.

Once I started drinking it I was honestly glad I made the error. Holy cinnamon! That’s about all I could taste because it really wasn’t enough time to steep the black tea, although I might not believe there is black tea underneath all this cinnamon.

There is one more sachet, so I’ll be using it and steeping it like a black tea and seeing how that goes for me. Or maybe I’ll try to get my boyfriend to drink it since it’s cinnamon.

Also I probably should have realized before that Harney sachets are always 12 oz cups so two in a 16 oz travel mug would have been tongue torture if I steeped it right.

PS this is note 1000!!! woooo~

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Woo congrats on 1000! Mine is coming up soon. :)


Congrats on 1000 reviews Momo!! I’m almost there as well.


Congrats on 1000!

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drank Carrot Cake Rooibos by Fusion Teas
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I was waffling over making another cup of tea last night as it was midnight, but I was still yelling at my microeconomics homework, claiming it had calculus when it did not. So this being a rooibos, it made sense.

I honestly do not know why I even made this. Carrot cake is the only cake I would ever turn down, except in cases where I really want cake then it doesn’t matter. I’m not sure why I thought carrot cake tea might be better.

It. Was. Not.

First I knew we were going to be having problems because the smell of red rooibos was overpoweringly medicinal in this one. And now I can’t remember if I was doing well with dessert rooiboses or not…I think I was. So I had thought I’d be fine.

And then I took a sip. And it was just too much grossness for me. It first tasted like it’d be good but I don’t know where we went wrong. I could only take that sip and then I made a mad dash for the sink.

That one that comes up with a green rooibos base sounds like something I could do, this one will be returning to a tea box as it is not for me.

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drank Three Kingdoms Mao Feng by Teavana
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Another teabox selection, I have only ever had one other mao feng and I was not impressed. They are waaaaay too light for my tastes.

This one still is, it’s at least kind of better because it doesn’t just taste like hot water to me. There was sweetness for sure, and maybe I could get just a little hint that it was grassy.

There’s a bunch of mao fengs between the two boxes which is kind of funny. I think there are two others and I will probably try them all.

This one I’ll definitely give at least one more shot, I think I will try it with a shorter steep and maybe a bit more tea.

Ahhh I am just so grumpy today which doesn’t work when you should be in a good mood about going to Florida in four days, right?


Ah, Florida! I hope you have a great trip!

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drank Phoenix Pearl by Zen Tea
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I know I have a sample of this but when one comes along already open, might as well try it. I love black pearls so I’ll just consider it having more.

These are really tasty, they aren’t entirely wrapped up so the expansion doesn’t take the entire steep which I think really helps the flavor. Last time I had some it wasn’t until the second steep that they really tasted good.

This is definitely cocoa, with just a little bit of honey, malt, and even a little woodsy…in a way I can stand!

I had two steeps of this before moving on to something else. It seemed like the second steep was even sweeter than the first one.

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drank Red Sunset by Red Leaf Tea
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The good thing about box A is that I have less things to try that’d go back in the box. But since it’s been awhile, probably since it came, I figured I’d try something else.

This is SO strongly rose in the bag I was worried it would taste like soap, because it sure smells like soap.

I followed the recommendations on the bag and it turned out just fine, as long as you drink it while it’s hot. Once it cools a bit, it does start to get that soapy rose taste. I didn’t really get much of a fruit flavor, but I guess it’s what helps keep the rose under control, because it is a rather nice rose black.

I may give it one more try, but it’ll probably continue on in a tea box.

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drank Creme Earl Grey by Element Tea
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First tea I’m trying from tea box B, I really should also get back started on box A now that I think about it! This one though has very few teas I don’t want to try.

I thought this might be something good for having this morning, plus I wanted to try making a EG cream without over steeping it.

At first sip this was almost terrifyingly bergamot tasting. Since I had to make a ton of bread last night and we got whole milk for the purpose, there’s still a cup left so I added a little to the cup and now it’s a lot more tolerable.

I think this one is just a bit too strong for me, I like Earl Grey but some of them just are way too much flavor for me. It actually feels like the vanilla is increasing the strength of the bergamot oil! The milk did kind of smooth it out, and it is definitely creamy tasting, but the way it switches over to this strong citrus note is a bit too much for me.

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Aw, I was hoping including this one in the tea box would convert you to an Earl Grey Cream fan! I am glad to hear that you’d like to try most of the teas in the box though.

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drank Cocoa Canela (organic) by DAVIDsTEA
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Ahhhh I really should have used the entire sample and added milk. This seems like one of those that’s just flat and nasty unless there’s a stronger background for it.

It wasn’t too bad like say, cococaramel sea salt, but it just seemed like it could have been so much better if there was something creamy about it. For chocolate cinnamon, it really would have made sense but I wasn’t really awake yet when I made it. Bah.

I guess I can do it with the tiny bit I have left, mixed with something else.

Thanks Kittenna for the sample~


It definitely needs the milk. Without it tastes like diet instant hot cocoa. I was very bad when I brewed it and added milk and an extra tablespoon (or 3) of Ghirardelli cocoa mix. I figured, why not?

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drank Grape Oolong by Butiki Teas
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Ok hopefully steepster stops hiccuping right now so I can write this.

I don’t think I had enough of this for the size cup I made. I steeped it half a minute longer because of it but I don’t think that was enough to help.

It smelled super strongly of grape, that’s for sure. I wasn’t even drinking it and my boyfriend walked by the mug and asked if I was drinking grape flavored tea.

I really am kind of particular about grape flavored stuff…nothing really beats actual grapes if that’s the flavor you want and really, I don’t often find myself wanting grapes.

In scent, it seemed more like sweet grape bubblegum/koolaid type of grape to me, I didn’t sweeten it so because of that I am really unsure if that would have helped or hurt it for me. It wasn’t too strong flavored because of probably using too much water to tea, thankfully. I just think maybe grape doesn’t work for me at all hot, I should have tried it cold, but alas what can you do.

Thanks Kittenna!

Aimee Popovacki

that one sounds intriguing haha…. i don’t think i’ve ever had a grape tea….even bubbly by davids has pineapple rather than white grape


That one and then this ESP Emporium White Grape are the only grape ones I’ve had, I get a little white grape from Bubbly, but I’ve never had either one hot, only iced. I don’t think I could do it hot for either

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