818 Tasting Notes

This is a really delicious tea and it is true to its name. I first tried it in my timolino on our second trip up to Apple Hill this year. Yes, we wanted more apple strudel, and apple chipotle grilling sauce! Yum!

This tea was great in my timolino, and that’s saying something, because it usually makes tea taste thin. Although I do have to say that Della Terra’s teas tend to do well in the timolino.

So, the smell is amazing. And as far as the taste, you get a little spice at first, and then the sip transforms into creamy caramel apple. I love it! Definitely a winner. :)

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I was lucky enough to get a sample of this tea in my last order, before it’s even in stores! I was intrigued by the name of this tea, even though I’m not big on herbals. Just like the previous reviewer, the sample I got was really small. I suppose it’s because the samples are measured by weight, and being a fruit tea, it’s heavy, so you get less. I steeped it for the full 7 minutes in a little over 8 oz. of water. It came out pretty weak. Kinda fruity, but weak. I thought I tasted a little fig and a little spice, but it was very faint. I guess I’ll have to pick up some more if I want to try it properly, but knowing my general lack of enthusiasm for herbals, I’ll probably skip this one. I still feel special that I got to try it early!

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Stacy kindly added a sample of this with my last order, and oh man, I did myself a disservice not buying a bag of this tea! It’s amazing! It’s so much like banana nut bread. The banana flavor is just like a baked banana flavor, rather than that artificial banana you sometimes get. I can taste the walnut too, and the black base is absolutely perfect, solidifying the tea into liquid banana nut bread. Yum!!!! This is definitely going on my shopping list! Thanks, Stacy! I don’t know how you do it! I’m definitely resteeping these leaves. ;)

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drank Pumpkin Chai by DAVIDsTEA
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First cup of the morning and happy to have this back in my cupboard. Not that I really need more pumpkin teas! I think when I get my order from Della Terra, I will have at least half a dozen pumpkin flavored teas. That’s right! Mmmm, pumpkin. :)


Pumpkin flavor is great. I love that its so abundant in the fall!

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drank Mom's Apple Pie by DAVIDsTEA
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This was an “almost” sipdown, since I still have a little leaf, but not enough for a cup. Fortunately, I just ordered more, so it’s all good! I’ve been kind of on an ordering binge because there are all these great fall teas out from different companies, and I want to get some before they’re gone. I also justify this binge by saying that fall is my favorite season of flavors, and I’ll be drinking these well into winter. It may take me that long, honestly!

This tea really surprised me. I don’t love green teas as much as I want to. I really like genmaicha, but that’s pretty much where it ends. This tea really tastes like baked apples, so it’s kind of cheating, but I still get the benefit of less caffeine, and all the other benefits green tea is touted for, I suppose. I’m really looking forward to having more of this around, as well as more pumpkin chai, sugar and spice, and all the other teas from other companies I ordered. ;D Yay for Fall!


I was so surprised with this when I tasted in store. It was so good that I had to buy 50 grams! I also am on an ordering binge. Della Terra needs to stop releasing a couple new teas every week plus the percentage off sales. It is killing me.

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drank Oriental Beauty by Butiki Teas
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This oolong is really delicious! Yum! And I’m saying that with the pathetic taste buds I have right now, that I suspect are due to allergies. Kind of bad timing, since I have all these fabulous teas from Butiki to drink.

This tea is sweet, a little fruity, complex, well-rounded, and incredibly smooth. I’ve just finished my third steeping of the first leaves I used. I’ve gotta make that 5 cups-worth last!!

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drank Pumpkin Chai by DAVIDsTEA
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Sipdown! And honestly, I’m a little sad. This tea got better and better the more I drank it. I think I might pick up some more, and now that I’m back to work, maybe I can stop by the shop soon! Oh wait, possible transit strike tomorrow. I just can’t get a break! :P


dang! That’s rough!


Yep! And the strike did happen, so I’m working at home today. I’m really fortunate to have a flexible boss, though!

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Oh joy! It is in my grasp!

I was so excited to get my Butiki order today, I stalked my mailman, and when he didn’t ring the door, I thought, that package better be in the mailbox! And, to my relief, it was! Along with the Lupicia newsletter and an issue of Tea Time magazine, which my mother surprised me with! Yay!

I had a really hard time deciding which tea to try, but decided to go with this one, since I had basically waited until this one was on the website before placing my order. It was especially hard because the box smelled like the sample of Foxy Roxy’s Banana Walnut Treat that Stacy sent me. Yum!

Anyway, I steeped this one up as recommended, and decided to only make 8 oz. of tea, so as to not drink up the little 1 oz. bag too fast. I gotta savor it!

Oh, the dry leaf smells like carrot and spice, and not chemical, like the DavidsTea carrot cake oolong tea. I gave that one away because of that.

Once steeped, the first thing that hits you is the carrot. Bam! And then you taste some nice subtle spice. Mmmmm. I made the first cup with a splash of soy milk and a little white sugar, which is how I typically roll when it comes to black tea. It was good, but I was a little distracted, making pumpkin cookies. ;) So, I resteeped, and added a little brown sugar instead of white. Definitely preferable. The brown sugar helped it become more bake-y. Be careful though, because it can overpower the subtle flavors in the tea. So, I didn’t feel like I had enough to savor, so I resteeped again. Yum. I think this is a winner! Let me go drink some more and find out! ;)


Tea Time is nice. I am too cheap to subscribe (or too commitment phobic) but keep buying issues when I’m at the bookstore.


I’m jealous! I hope she still has some of this left around Black Friday, and that it isn’t quite limited time only. (What if we buy it like crazy?) I’m happy you enjoyed it!


Cavo – if it looks like it’ll be selling out, i’ll be getting some. I make it my life’s goal to try all of stacy’s teas lol. So you can certainly have some if you miss it.


Nxtdoor – ya, I’m enjoying Tea Time right now! Would definitely continue the subscription, since it’s like the only magazine that keeps my interest!

Cavo and Sil – maybe she will be persuaded to keep this one around! ;)


i’m not worried… i only have 40 more sipdowns to get to my goal and i have lots of little teas left. I’m laughing, so even if i screw up and place a tiny order with stacy i’ll still be in a decent position to get to my black friday goal.

Terri HarpLady

Did I hear you say you might place a tiny order, Sil? ;)


Terri….ONLY if this tea looks like it might be getting low in stock. I resisted all weekend! Getting so close to 150…

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Sipdown! I had this in a try me pack. I like the size of Della Terra’s samples…enough to enjoy a few cups, but not too much. This tea took a little time to grow on me and give me that buttery bake-y flavor that I was hoping for, instead of the plain cinnamon tea I tasted in the first cup. I would definitely drink it again.

On another note, lately there has been an off smell to any tea I make in my perfect mugs. I thought maybe it was the water, so I used the filtered water from the fridge, but I still had it. Now I’m thinking it’s the newer dish soap I’ve been using. It’s a more environmentally friendly dish soap, but if this keeps up, I may have to go back to the other brand. Bummer. I really hope this doesn’t mess up my tasting of the Butiki teas I’m supposed to get in the mail today!

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I got to try a sample of this recently (Thanks, DianaK!), and it was fairly pleasant. I got a lot more spice than honey, though. I think it was the clove that overpowered the flavor. It smelled delicious! I just wish there had been more honey flavor. Maybe the number of spices was too much. Maybe something simpler would have been better. Anyhow, it was fun to try.

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Another profile facelift! My tastes have changed a lot from when I first discovered loose leaf tea.

I can trace my tea journey back to October 2012, when I discovered DavidsTea. Before that, I had the occasional cup and enjoyed high tea at An Afternoon to Remember, which has since closed.

I went through a period of wanting to try all the teas, and was really into flavored teas, especially dessert blacks, but my tastes have substantially changed over time.

I still enjoy the occasional flavored black or rooibos, but I’m more into unflavored black teas right now and recently, puerh. Chinese black teas are amazing…with their notes of chocolate or sweet potato, who needs a flavored tea? I had a much steeper learning curve when it came to puerh. I used to dump out cups of puerh for tasting like leather. Now, I am really enjoying them. I think it took finding good quality puerh and steeping them gong fu style to really enjoy them.

I also, on occasion, enjoy a good oolong, white, or green tea.

Favorite tea companies right now include: Mandala, Teavivre, Butiki, Golden Moon, Lupicia, and DavidsTea (for teaware mostly).

Just a note: I don’t rate my teas numerically because my iPad doesn’t like the scroll bar. Maybe someday that will change…hint hint, steepster! ;)

P.S. My profile picture is of one of my 2 cats, Holly, who is a little princess but very photogenic, and she loves boxes, including those that bring me tea! :)


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