Of the three apple flavored teas that I purchased from Della Terra recently, I think that this is my favorite. I haven’t logged the Spiced Caramel Apple yet because when I had it, I had just finished eating mac and cheese sprinkled with cajun seasoning, so my mouth was still feeling the burn and I couldn’t tell what part of the spice was from the tea. :p I don’t know when/if I will get around to trying that one again as Caramel in tea hasn’t been a favorite yet, but anyhow. . .back to the tea of this post:

Can’t go wrong with “classics” Smells and tastes like apple, not excessively artificial and no detectable flavored-tea aftertaste. Odd enough, I don’t actually like Apple pie. In fact, I don’t like any fruit pies. The texture of soggy extra-sweetened fruits covered in sticky fruit residue always grosses me out. I have a huuuuge texture issue with foods. I love the smell of apple pies baking and as far as slimy fruit goes, apples are more tolerable than berries. Well, so, my point is, this tea is a rare case of liking the tea better than the food it imitates. In fact, I think this would have to be the first case. As much as I love the attempt of teas imitating desserts, they never compare to the real thing in any way other than for health benefits :)

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Name: Shelley Lorraine Limegrover
Location: Thornton, Colorado
Occupation: Evil Genius
Ward: 2 Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, 1 Cocker spaniel, 1 super cranky but lovable siamese cat, one bipolar black turkish angora, and my husband’s black and white cat.

Hobbies: Learning, reading books, math, physics (have a degree in it), literature (have a degree in it too), anthropology, traveling, piano, and making TEA, of course (^o^)

Future plans: World domination >-)

Favorite teas: Kukicha, Green teas in general, aged oolongs, charcoal roasted oolong, taiwanese oolongs, Assam . . .

Don’t like: Genmaicha, Earl Grey, Darjeelings, ginger, coconut, smokey teas (even mild ones), nut flavors, overwhelmingly strong floral flavor (esp. Jasmine), most della derra and adagio teas. . .

My Rating System

100 My happiness absolutely depends on it

95 Will definitely repurchase

85: Might repurchase (teas that depend on my mood)

75 Won’t repurchase (but I would drink it again if offered).

65: meh

45: I reluctantly finished a cup.

15: Couldn’t finish a cup.

I simplified my ratings to single numbers rather than ranges because I can’t precisely compare so many teas with a system more detailed than this.

An unrated tea is most often one that I recognize as having significant notable quality, but that does not suit me personally. Sometimes, I leave teas unrated for other reasons, such as I am undecided or I brewed it wrong, etc.

Note: Boiling temp. barely reaches 200 where I am (and a few times it sticks at 195, I assume due to unexplainable shifts in altitude or the position of the moon. . .aliens?. . .).





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