This came with a sampler pack I picked out from Della Terra. I’m just getting into tea, and trying TONS of varieties out there. Yay!

In the sample bag, you can see ton of red powder – either dried raspberries or raspberry flavoring? I steeped this once, and gave the cup to my very eager boyfriend. I took a sip of his, but did not drink the entire cup of the first steeping. And since I’m lazy, I just re-steeped the tea for my own second cup.

Very diluted, doesn’t re-steep well at all. But! It was still pleasant, but the flavorings got washed out in the first steep.

So I’ll try to judge based on the first cup. It was very sweet, and raspberry-y. But there was something kind of… off about the flavor. I’m wondering if it’s just how Della Terra flavors their tea. I’ll see if the others in my sample pack taste similar. I’m thinking it has to do with the white chocolate, coming across as a fake-candy taste that coats my tongue a little strangely. This also happened with the Smores blend, but again it’s a sweeter blend.

This was enjoyable to drink, and the boyfriend really really loved it. Just not my personal favorite.

165 °F / 73 °C 2 min, 15 sec 3 tsp 14 OZ / 414 ML

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I discovered a love for tea when I started a Ketogenic diet (http://www.reddit.com/r/keto). Cutting carbs/sugars meant I needed a daily caffeine fix in another form. I don’t like coffee by itself (and I dislike fake sweetners if possible), Mountain Dew is out of the question. Tea?

I started with very little tea knowledge. I grew up with my mom’s herbal tea blends that I hated – and every so often I’d get something from the grocery store to try out. No good. So when I went on my keto journey, I threw myself into learning about teas. I grabbed samples from all over the web and changed everything I knew about tea.

Now – I only drink tea by itself. No addins at all. I prefer black blends, or single-note greens. I like robust teas that don’t taste like flavored water, instead are a whole entity to themselves. I love matchas, masalas, and genmaichas. I’m learning about all kinds of teas – the possibilities seem endless. Yum.

My rating system, roughly:

100 = I will Marry You.
90-99 = Adore. Stockpile time!
70-89 = Good. Wishlisting this stuff!
50-69 = Decent, will finish my stock but not likely to buy again.
40-49 = Not a fan. Will try to sell/trade/give away my stock
00-39 = Crap. Maybe I’ll give it away. Maybe I’ll use it as fertilizer.


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