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94

I’m surprised I’m the first to review this one!

This is a true gem for minty and spicy tea fans – as I am. I purchased this recently while obtaining the Sleepy Bear tea (which has a koala on it, so I had to get it). I wanted to round out my order so I got a few teas to sample but put my faith in my love of mint and spice (and green tea) for this one. I wasn’t disappointed!

This has a light taste – thanks to the green tea – but the mint and spice combo is out-of-this-world! It’s unique but refreshing. I taste anise and cinnamon, two of my fave spices. The blend of peppermint is sweetened with spearmint, which is light but there.

This is a great after dinner tea, and I’m sure it’s amazing iced! Will try that out soon as spring/summer are approaching (YAY – finally)! :)

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86

I purchased a tin of this in sachet-form from The Red Bird Tea Shoppe in Brockport, NY, while on vacay. (Review of the tea house to follow soon.) My grandmother and I enjoyed a cuppa or two.

This is a great marriage of flavors: chocolate and mint. (Aptly named, then.) Not much more to say about it, although I did leave the bag in the cup for the length of the cuppa, and the flavor stayed throughout. I couldn’t reinfuse but that wasn’t expected with a tea sachet, after all.

I love lifting off the tin top and breathing in the rich aroma of the bags, though. Delish!

Tommy the Toad

I’ll have to get some of that one, sounds good :)

KeenTeaThyme

Definitely! It’s the right blend of both flavors – not too much choco, and not too much mint. Done right! :)

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91

I can’t remember enjoying this in recent times. It’s possible I haven’t had it. Maybe I didn’t want to buy the whole box. At any rate, I enjoyed this recently from a fresh box my grandmother stashed from the last holiday.

We enjoyed several cups of this tea together while I was on vacay.

The taste is light but pronounced – and it’s cookie dough to the full extreme! I enjoyed it because of the lack of caffeine (as did Oma). While it’s brewing, the aroma is just like freshly baked cookies. This is so delish, I wish it was available year round! Oma hooked me up with the rest of a box, so I’ll dole it out when I want a special no-caff treat.

K S

I wish our Wal-mart carried this. It sounds good every time someone reviews it.

gmathis

I know where there are a few boxes locally—-I was pathetically poor at the time I saw them (who am I kidding? I’m pathetically poor still :) but I would like to nab one or two before they’re gone till fall. Maybe I should have hid them on the shelf till I could get back…..

KeenTeaThyme

KS – remind me in the fall/winter, if you want a box. I can always grab one for you and send it along.

K S

Thanks. There is a store about 30 miles from here that I know would order it for me in the fall if I ask. Just hate having to go up there twice in a row. I would also like to get some Twinings Winter spice and that is where I get most of my Ahmad tea… so come to think of it, I need to make a fall list :)

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86

OK, this really does taste like melted strawberry ice cream…or what I remember of my childhood treat, considering I can’t eat ice cream anymore.

The strawberry is a terrific punch of flavor, and I enjoy the ice cream flavoring. There is a funny aftertaste, which reminds me of freezer burn – you know, that sticky stuff that forms on older-freezed goods? Apropos, but kind of icky.

The ingredients list chocolate but I don’t really taste it. Maybe that’s the after taste? IDK

I’d love to try this iced, especially with these infused ice-cubes. I did that once for Swampwater, and once for Strawberry Lemonade (Teavana) and it rocked!

Sil

Wonder how this will compare to Walter bishop

KeenTeaThyme

The 52 Teas blend? I’ve shied away from those blends because of the funny taste of recent blends, and the use of red rooibos (my foe). I would be curious to see what others think though!

Sil

i think this one is on it’s way to my house eventually so if so, i’ll do a copmarison heh

Kittenna

Tis en route to teamule. :D

Sil

LOL while i want my order NAAAO…i also kinda hope it’s not coming up with her this weekend..more time to catch up to dinosara!

No Time Like Tea Time

Sounds delicious! I wonder how bad shipping to Canada is? I really want to try this! haha

Sil

I’m not sure if they’re planning on doing it occasionally or if it’s totally off the table but Della used to have free shipping to canada at a certain threshold.

No Time Like Tea Time

Hmm, I will have to keep an eye out for that!

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I know I’m one of the few to like this one, but I still love it. I’ve loaded up since it’s being discontinued. This is one of my “I don’t know what I’m in the mood to drink” teas.

Please see previous notes; this is a fave!

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83

I’m a nut for anything gunpowder (tea or otherwise…), and I’m a huge fan of the Game of Thrones TV show. I’m working through the Song of Fire and Ice books…slowly.

Anyway, my fave House is Targaryen. I’d pick Stark for Arya, but they’re so nasty to Jon Snow and I hate Catelyn – both in the books and show – so I side with the dragons.

Oh, the tea. Right. This has a fragrant and spicy flavor, mixed with the slight smoky flavor of Adagio’s gunpowder green. Their gunpowder green isn’t my fave, but it’s decent enough. The spices of this mix well with it. Overall, it’s a decent cuppa.

Stephanie

I agree with ya about Game of Thrones :) Also that tea sounds pretty good!

KeenTeaThyme

It’s definitely worth a try – the tea is. Game of Thrones rocks, although I definitely miss Mark Addy and Sean Bean.

Barbara

Turned the tv show off after about 15 minutes. Really not up to the level of the books, esp. psychological depth wise. Just love the books though. Presently in part 3.

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Need a bold cuppa to get my body moving. It’s supposed to be spring, but Maryland isn’t listening.

Barbara

Same here. Coldest easter in 25 years!!

Anyanka

Word. I’m in MD and I’m still wearing winter boots.

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100

Hello one of my faves, Miss Cinna Crackle! I really do enjoy this tea and hope it returns in the fall. In the meantime, I think I might need to stock up… and it’s my bday next week so I should treat myself anyway!

This really is an Aries tea too – spicy and feisty!

Please see other notes; this is one of my cupboard essentials.

TastyBrew

I just ordered it since it’s 40% off! I can’t wait to try it. (You know it’s being discontinued for awhile, right?) Time to stock up!

KeenTeaThyme

I’ve been debating on ordering it… but it’s such a good price and I do love it… OK I will! :)

KeenTeaThyme

It’s sold out. Boo. I’ll have to wait until the fall again…but I have plenty of other teas to keep me company.

TastyBrew

Shoot! I just ordered mine yesterday. Just in time too. I was going to wait (I’ve never had it before) but the price and fear of never getting to try forced my hand. I LOVE hot tamales, cinnamon bears, redhots and of course pop rocks so I can’t wait to try it :-)

KeenTeaThyme

I still placed an order, though, so don’t feel too sorry for me! ;) I’m a cinna nut too – I love those cinnamon bears too! No one knows what I’m talking about when I say that…haven’t seen them in ages. Anyway, I think you’ll love it! But if you don’t, let me know, and I’ll buy it from you. :)

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95

This is up there with my fave of Della Terra Teas! It’s so crisp, lemony, and peppery. It’s a unique flavor for a tea, but familiar for anyone who likes lemon pepper. I bought this more out of curiosity but I’m pleasantly surprised. Very delish!

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I’m surprised I’m the first to log this one. The pressure’s on! ;)

First off, before I say anything else, I should confess: I’m a grapefruit fanatic. I love them far more than a human being should love fruit. Before you’re ready to commit me, let me explain. (Bear with me, the review is below)

I grew up in San Diego, CA, but thanks to my dad’s job, we moved to the East Coast. One thing I miss most about CA (besides the weather and palm trees in my front yard, and I mean the happy palm trees, not the barely breathing cotton-swab-looking ones of FL and Los Angeles) – is the fresh fruit. Fresh pineapple, strawberries. And fresh grapefruit. I still remember the first grapefruit my mother and I shared when we landed – reluctantly – in Maryland – it was horrid. Bitter, tear-inducing. We both threw tantrums and demanded Dad to move us back. It didn’t work.

Now I’m used to the East Coast grapefruit – I had to be. I still love it, and the one time I revisited San Diego I loaded up on my fresh fruit. Like fresh pineapple on pizza – how delish!

Anyway, I’m very biased about grapefruit, so I may have rated this lower than it deserves.

On to the review: I’m not in favor of the flavor. The grapefruit taste is far too light, and the citrus fusion is…lacking. I’ve loved most teas from Della Terra Teas, so one dud out of the bunch isn’t bad.

This was from the custom try-me pack, and I’m glad I just bought that small amount. It won’t go to waste and my wallet is happier without this purchase.

Time to enjoy some Blueberry Crumble or Rabbit’s Garden or quite frankly anything else from Della Terra.

But even Della Terra’s worst tea (IMO) isn’t as bad as some offerings from Adagio and David’s Tea, among others. That says something, right?

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Hello fellow tea fans!
I’ve been a tea enthusiast for years but just recently started brewing my own. I’ve created some blends, and enjoy researching about new teas. I combined my love of tea and writing to create a tea-devoted blog, Keen Tea Thyme. I have been writing for most of my life and am a former journalist with a degree in Communications and Social Psychology, and a minor in Writing. Journalism is in my blood, so that means I’m inquisitive by nature, will double-check sources and/or get a second opinion as needed, but also fair and balanced in my reviews. If my reviews seem more positive, energetic and have high ratings, it’s because I love tea. :)

If you are a tea company, I’d love to review some your tea! Free samples are always welcome so I can fully enjoy the freshest selections. I’m also open to tea swaps as I always have too many teas on hand to drink & would love to share with other tea enthusiasts! :)

My Simple Rating Scale (as of Feb. 2011)
>50: I’m NOT a fan. I could barely finish the cup, if I even did. I wouldn’t even recommend this to my worst enemy. Not worth my time nor yours.

51-65: Good aroma, good flavor. Just nothing pops to give the tea that special kick. Recommended to try; our tasting palates differ.

66-79: Yes, finally, tea – unique flavor profiles, great aroma & flavor. Recommended to try; our tasting palates differ.

80-99: These are cupboard essentials – delicious, aromatic and perfect everyday teas. Re-steepable (beyond at least one steeping). Highly recommended, fun for all ages.

100: These are my favorites, the ones I would take with me if stranded on a desert island. Beyond Highly Recommended.

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