Chocolate Orange Slice

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205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 8 oz / 236 ml

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  • “Again, I'm just not getting the orange in this one. Or rather i get a bit of chocolate and some orange but nowhere near the intensity that I'd love. Especially disappointing since i doubled up on...” Read full tasting note
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    Silaena 4942 tasting notes
  • “I won this very generous amount of tea in one of the Della Terra giveaways. Unfortunately, it arrived at my school mail box just after I had left for the holidays. I was very interested in trying...” Read full tasting note
    Molybdenum 252 tasting notes
  • “Just gotta write a couple super quick notes. I got my Della Terra order yesterday!!!! Just in time to be able to hit up weekend sales if I so choose :D Got started immediately, and brewed this up...” Read full tasting note
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    kittenna 2246 tasting notes
  • “I closed my eyes and pointed and ended up with another Della Terra Teas blend. I gotta say, I'm getting really spoiled here. I also kind of feel like I'm starting to sound like a broken record with...” Read full tasting note
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    bleepnik 117 tasting notes

From Della Terra Teas

Have you ever had one of the chocolate oranges, the delicious, milk chocolate and orange flavored chocolate balls? The flavor of that classic confection has been captured in our Chocolate Orange black tea. The perfect blend of orange and chocolate will exist in your cup. If you’ve not had this citrus fruit and chocolate together, you are missing out! Get some today!

Ingredients: Black tea, orange bits, rind bits, chocolate bits, chocolate and orange flavor

Suggested brewing tips:
- Serving Size: 1 level tsp./6oz serving
- Water Temp: 210°F
- Steep Time: 2-3 minutes

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31 Tasting Notes

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4942 tasting notes

Again, I’m just not getting the orange in this one. Or rather i get a bit of chocolate and some orange but nowhere near the intensity that I’d love. Especially disappointing since i doubled up on the tea to see if that would help. Again, not a bad tea but it’s just kind of alright.

Kittenna

How long did you infuse it?? I definitely got chocolate orange from this one!! So good!

Sil

Uh I usually infuse them for about 3 mins….

Kittenna

I’ve found that the Della Terra teas are better when infused for 4-5 mins. The base typically doesn’t get bitter even after the longer infusion, and the flavour definitely improves IMO.

Sil

yeah i’ll have to try it. Love that their sample/try me packs give you so many opportunities to play with the parameters.

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252 tasting notes

I won this very generous amount of tea in one of the Della Terra giveaways. Unfortunately, it arrived at my school mail box just after I had left for the holidays. I was very interested in trying this, as one of the first loose leaf teas I ever tried was David’s Teas Chocolate Orange Puerh. I was really interested in how this compares with that, so ended up drinking this before trying all the winter Della Terra teas I received from my mom for Christmas.

It smells really good in the bag. When I first opened it, I was hit with a wonderful smell very much like the chocolate oranges you see at Christmas time. Unfortunately, I let it steep while working on homework, and let it go for much too long. I’m not sure exactly how long, but it was definitely enough to become bitter. I’m really excited about this one, so I’m sure I’ll try it again soon and pay special attention to make sure I do it properly! Hopefully it tastes as lovely as it smells.

Kittenna

This one is pretty resilient to long infusions, but if you forgot about it, that was probably too long. I think I may have infused mine for around 7 minutes the first time, and it was great!

Emilie

I felt like I didn’t forget it for too much longer than the time I intended, but I must have. Or I used too much, because all I had was a bitter black tea taste and none of the flavors. Though that’s interesting and I’ll keep in mind that it stands up to long infusions.

Kittenna

Well, I have only had it once, and I would likely stick to a 5-minute infusion the next time I have it, but there was definitely flavour in mine! Granted though, I drink my teas warm, not hot, and flavours often develop more as the temperature drops.

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2246 tasting notes

Just gotta write a couple super quick notes. I got my Della Terra order yesterday!!!! Just in time to be able to hit up weekend sales if I so choose :D Got started immediately, and brewed this up last night. I have to say… it’s EXACTLY what I was hoping for! Chocolatey and orangey. More like a Terry’s dark chocolate orange than milk, but it was completely true to the name. It’s pretty much what I wanted DavidsTea’s Oh Christmas Treat/Chocolate Orange to be, but there’s no risk of fishiness here! And I even oversteeped this one by accident, and it was still great. I used ~3 heaping tsp to a Timolino full of water, and it was perfect.

Also, this wwasn’t even a tea I ordered in my Try Me packs – it was a free sample! Awesome!!

Preparation
Boiling
Indigobloom

that sounds SO tasty!

Cavocorax

Hmmm. Maybe I need a Della Terra order!

gmathis

Mmm! I have some chocolate-ish rooibos and some orange-ish rooibos, wonder if I can concoct a faux in decaf…something about Thanksgiving triggered my cravings for sweet candy teas.

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I closed my eyes and pointed and ended up with another Della Terra Teas blend. I gotta say, I’m getting really spoiled here. I also kind of feel like I’m starting to sound like a broken record with my unbridled glee. Every time I feel like a blend couldn’t be better, couldn’t be more accurate, I get one that is. This is such a blend.

For the third time in two days, I wanted to eat the tea. It just smells so much like those chocolate oranges that it’s hard to resist the temptation. I haven’t had one of those chocolate oranges in years, either, which makes it even harder! But I resisted and patiently brewed my tea. The balance was way off in the blend’s fragrance, and this worried me: where the dry tea smelled just like a chocolate orange, the brew smelled mostly (maybe entirely, now that I think about it) like chocolate. I was worried that the orange would be absent from the flavour, as well.

My experience is that DT blends don’t re-steep well. At least, the past two black tea blends that I’ve tried to steep for a second time (Oatmeal Raisin Cookie1 and Dubbele Chocolade2) were both really weak, even after steeping for 10 minutes. My experience is also that the recommended 3-minute steep time really doesn’t pack the flavourful punch I expect. Therefore, I’ve decided to steep just once for about 5 minutes and call it a day.

The chocolate-orange balance was restored in the flavour (and actually appeared in the brew’s fragrance, too, after it’d cooled a bit). It’s quite good unsweetened (my sweet tooth prevents me from thinking any tea can be “amazing” unsweetened, but this is really pretty good), but it’s delicious after being sweetened a bit. I’m going to be thinking about it until tomorrow, when I can next have more caffeinated tea.

Tea amount: 1 level tsp/~4.75g
Water amount: 6oz/~175mL
Additives: ¾ tsp demerara sugar

1 http://steepster.com/bleepnik/posts/137359

2 http://steepster.com/bleepnik/posts/137472

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 30 sec
Sil

haha so glad you reviewed this one. Was totally looking at picking up a sample of this one to try. I LOVE chocolate orange. I steal those ones first out of the boxes of pot of gold every christmas when work has them lol

Nik

I used to hate the flavour when I was little, but now I love it! And now I really want one of those chocolate oranges. I know what people on Steepster say about DT and 52T blends, but man, no beverage is ever going to replace a proper dessert for me. I guess that’s why my scale cries when it senses my approach. :D

Alphakitty

Ooh, I have to try this! Chocolate oranges are the best thing about the holidays.

DaisyChubb

I hear ya Nik. Speaking of, I made some chocolate orange cookies last night ;0 We don’t have a scale… lol

Nik

lol, that’s the ticket, get rid of the scale! :D Mmm…chocolate orange cookies…

Babble

Hmm.. I’ll have to consider the steeping only once about DTT blends. I was thinking of resteeping the chocolate chai pu-erh from last night, but now I wonder if all the flavor is gone..

Nik

It doesn’t hurt to try. I just have so much tea that, well, it’s not that I’m rushing through them or intentionally wasting leaf, but I’m also not willing to try so hard to extract every bit of flavour. Two blends with a weak second steep are enough for me to not bother again, unless I hear otherwise. But y’know, both blends were black tea; you might have better luck with the pu-erh.

Unrelated: I now want a tea-shirt that says “Got leaf?”

Tea Sipper

Do you use a hotter temperature for your second steeps? If I remember right, I had the Dubbele the other day and the second steep was just as great as the first because I used just boiled water. With the first steep, I waited for it to cool a while before steeping. Using just boiled water on anything other than black teas might ruin the tea, but most of the time I have at least two cups of tea with the same leaves and try to get the water temp higher.

Nik

I used just-boiled water both times.

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okay. sigh. i just had to write this here because this is where i come to say everything i wanna say.
and i wanna say that i just ordered a long navy silk robe online.
it will be perfect for tea drinking.

della terra,
you make the most wonderful chocolate teas. i don’t care if they all kinda taste the same because it is the exactly chocolate tea that i will love forever. i am forever in your debt.

TeaBrat

A tea drinking robe! I love it…

Shmiracles

er, maybe i should call it a dressing gown?

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So, being a tea snob? Not always that great. I decided that to finish up my pack I should ‘cheat’ and add cream/sugar to this.

WOW. So I guess I should just do this with all my chocolate teas when they taste too thin. Just a dash of cream and this has plumped right up. It actually tastes like a milk chocolate orange. I’ll bump my rating up a little with the caveat that cream is essential.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 15 sec
Becky

Ugh, don’t you just hate that? I prefer my teas naked too, but sometimes wonder if I’m missing out. I guess I should just start trying it now and then to make sure.

Shmiracles

ya, i’m joining you too. i guess my compromise is to drink half the cup straight and then add milk to the second half. but only on weekends. and only with chocolates or pie types. you know the ones. :)

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This blend smells like cooking chocolate with a gentle sour orange rind scent behind it. Not as strongly orange as I was expecting.

It tastes: sweet, dry, darkly chocolatey, rich, and a little smoky. The orange is extremely subtle, I can only taste it for a second or two in the after taste. As far as chocolate flavoured teas go they have the chocolate factor down nicely, it’s just missing a sweet yet sour, juicy, orange flavour that is implied by this teas name. It’s disappointing when a tea states two main flavours and you can only taste one of them. Still at least it’s drinkable, I might have to re blend this myself so that it has some orange flavour at least.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 30 sec

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612 tasting notes

Had for afternoon tea yesterday with the husband. The trademark Della Terra chocolate smell, but stronger and better somehow (strangely, I get a peppermint chocolate candy vibe from it…might be the brightness of the citrus?). The flavor doesn’t live up to the smell, but hey, it rarely does. A pinch of sugar helps. One of the better DT chocolate teas, I think.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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Chocolate!! and Orange! Oh yes this is good. I can taste it quite clearly despite being sick!! Mucho thanks to Sil for the sample :)
It’s a little heavy for my liking, I may have overleafed the cup. Next time, less leaf, longer infusion!
I love that there is no sugar required, yet I’m getting quite a bit of smooth citrus rind, along with an overall impression of chocolate.
Can’t wait to have a second cup now :)

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 15 sec

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Cavocorax sent me a sample of this to try :D I was hoping to compare it to DT’s Chocolate Orange pu’erh which I hadn’t enjoyed at all because of the earthy/fishy taste. :S

Steeped 5 minutes and tried it unsweetened. I taste a lot of orange but not so much the chocolate. It’s still really nice though, although a bit weak? I wouldn’t want to add cream to this because then it would taste like nothing, but I do like it. :D

Preparation
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Cavocorax

Too bad this one didn’t work out for you, but that’s how I felt too. I was hoping to blame my travel mug…

Valerie

It’s still nice! It’s just not very strong! Maybe it’s just a combination that doesn’t work as well in tea!

Kittenna

Try a longer infusion? I forgot about this one while brewing it, so it probably got 6-7 mins, and I was impressed! Also, perhaps be sure not to underleaf. If anything, overleaf a little (2 tsp per 8 oz).

Valerie

Ooo, thanks for the advice! I will try again tomorrow. :D

Cavocorax

Thanks! I’ll have to do the same!

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