Della Terra Teas

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80

Thanks to Emilie for sharing this!

Not super wild about the dry smell. Very strong and somewhat unnaturally caramel.

OMG… this is amazing. Still smells super strongly of caramelized brown sugar. I don’t taste pineapple very much, but wow, does this ever taste like cake. This is the only dessert tea I’ve had that tastes so much like a dessert that I could have it and fool myself into thinking I am having a real dessert. I would definitely order some of this.

Now I need to make pineapple upside down cake…

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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76

I’ve been watching Harry Potter tonight and I had just enough left for one more cup of this… so I thought some pumpkin juice with Philopher’s Stone would be an excellent combination.

Sadly, I was wrong.

This tea just really doesn’t do it for me. I think I was spoiled by my first pumpkin tea ever being Butiki’s Pumpkin Creme Brulee, because I was let down by both this one and DavidsTea’s Pumpkin Chai.

I can see why this is so popular, though. It’s got a great pumpkin pie flavor, and the spice is perfect. It’s just not for me.

Preparation
2 min, 30 sec
Stephanie

Yay Harry potter

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76

This is one of the best Della Terra black teas that I have tried.

It’s a very nice blend of pumpkin and spice and a nice overall sweetness. It certainly reminds me of pumpkin pie filling, but I’m not getting much crust. Or whipped cream.

This is much tastier than DavidsTea’s Pumpkin Chai, but still does not compare to Butiki’s Pumpkin Creme Brulee. GAH.

EDIT: As it cools, I am definitely getting more of a pastry-like crust flavor… so the name is fitting! Although I do prefer my pumpkin pie with generous amounts of whipped cream. I could try a splash of almond milk, but I don’t want to ruin my cup. Also, I’m lazy.

Preparation
2 min, 30 sec
ohfancythat (whatshesaid)

I will have to try this sometime?

jessiwrites

I have enough for one more cup, if you want it!

ohfancythat (whatshesaid)

Oops I meant to put an exclamation mark not a question mark, haha. I wasn’t trying to bum for your last bit of tea!! It was late and I was on my iPad, lol

ohfancythat (whatshesaid)

But thank you for offering :)

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97
drank Love In A Cup by Della Terra Teas
219 tasting notes

Chocolate marshmallow awesomeness in a cup. I like this almost as much as Eight Candles. Della Terra’s black base is amazing. Always a good cup and never bitter. For me, the chocolate was the strongest flavor note with marshmallow playing a close second. Beautifully blended! Another win from Della Terra.

I’ve missed Steepster lately. It’s getting harder and harder for me to find time to post and read posts. Hope everyone is well. I plan to spend the next 20 minutes reading tasting notes :)

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90

This is another from ‘tea before I moved’ box. It smells so nice. The creamy lime scent is still very present. There is that lovely key lime flavour. Not really an Autumn tea, but still really good for a warm afternoon. Even if I didn’t have it iced this time.

Flavors: Creamy, Lime

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90

Watching Doctor Who always seems to make me want tea. This still smells awesome. I love the creamy lime flavour. It goes really well with the Witch’s Cauldron as well. In the words of Nine… that’s fantastic!

VariaTEA

I had this last night. We seem to be on the same tea wavelength recently.

Lariel of Lórien

I wanted some after reading your review.

VariaTEA

haha we are each other’s inspirations :)

CelebriTEA

I would have LOVED to have tried this one.

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90

This is from my very first Della Terra order. I’d wanted more Lemon Chiffon, but they were out. So I got this instead.

The aroma is wonderful dry, and still really nice brewed. I like lime, but I’m picky lime flavoured anything. This is like drinking a key lime pie. I really liked the creamy lime flavour.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 45 sec
Lariel of Lórien

And it’s good with the Lemon Chiffon too.

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73

I had high expectations for this tea. I love blueberry teas. And blueberry crumble? YUM! However, for me, this tea failed to deliver. It had a pleasant scent when brewed. I sweetened it and drank it at my normal temperature but for the whole cup, all I got was a pleasant, slightly cinnamony tea. Not a note of blueberry at all, ever. No cake or crumble. Nothing to write home about.

I even left it in my closed Breville overnight by accident, and when I opened it up the next day, I didn’t get any blueberry OR cake smell at all. The only time I got a scent out of it is when I smelled the wet leaf, then I got the cake scent. Normally if I leave a tea sitting in the Breville I have to rinse and rinse to get the smell out. I didn’t have to do that in this case.

I don’t know what to say, except those who like this specific tea should keep an eye on my swap list. ;-)

Kittenna

Strange that you didn’t get any blueberry. It’s certainly not a major player here, but I’m definitely picking it up, like a hot blueberry-in-a-crisp sort of flavour. Less artificial than some I’ve tasted, even.

Rachel Sincere

Kittena, what’s even weirder is that one of the people I swapped it to told me that it had a weird artificial flavor and she could only take two sips before dumping out the cup! She thought it might be rancid. It was a brand new bag. I’m wondering if I got a bad batch somehow.

Kittenna

Weird. Did you message Della Terra about it?

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93

So after finding a bunch of things kleptoed from my work’s supply cabinet, I decided it was time for a nice comforting drink. And what’s more relaxing than sweet cinnamony oatmeal cookie? And this tea tastes amazingly like cookies. Buttery with brown sugar and slightly caramelized edges. Mmm cookie… I don’t taste much raisin but I’m fine with that. This is the most convincing cookie tea I’ve ever had. Love it!

Thanks so much for sharing Alphakitty!

Lala

I hope they didnt get their sticky hands in any of your tea.

Lindsey

This review makes me very excited (well, not the work thieves part)! I just placed an order for a sampler box from Della Terra yesterday and included this tea in it. Can’t wait to try it after reading this!

Mercuryhime

Tea is kept in my own private cabinet. No one better go in there!
Lindsey, if you like cinnamon and cookies, you’ll love this. :)

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75

I ordered this one because several reviews mention liking it better than Lupicia’s Strawberry & Vanilla, which I adore! So of course I just had to try some. I should have known from past attempts though that whenever a blend is compared favorably to one of my faves, my opinion will be the exact opposite. I’ve come to terms with the fact that I have strange tastebuds when it comes to some teas! Like Tower of London: a lot of people like it more than Paris, but I find it kind of flavorless and flat in comparison.

So, this tea… I wish I wasn’t thinking of Strawberry & Vanilla while I was drinking it, I might have liked it more. S&V isn’t very natural tasting I’ll admit, it’s like strawberry quick milk, but this strawberry doesn’t strike me as being very natural either. It’s like strawberry hard candies! I also don’t get a whole lot of creamy flavor either. I think more cream/vanilla might balance it, but at first sip this just reminds me a lot of strawberry chapstick. Kind of takes me back to being 12!

I do like the green/white blend, it makes this tea very light and airy, but it’s weighed down by the candy-sweetness of the strawberry. However everyone else seems to be really enjoying it, so I can’t help but wonder if maybe mine had a bit more flavoring than others? In any case I’m not a big fan of this blend, though I won’t have any trouble polishing off my ounce—I think it would make a great summer iced tea with some lemon slices!

momo

haha strawberry and vanilla reminded me of strawberry chapstick but this one didn’t!

Alphakitty

It’s funny how differently everyone interprets/tastes flavors—sometimes I am amazed that I’m drinking the same tea as other people when I peruse notes! Taste buds are mysterious things.

momo

I always love going through after I write my note to see what other people tasted, it’s one of my favorite things about Steepster.

Alphakitty

Mine too! It’s great how much variety there is in even a single blend. When people seemed perplexed that I have tea as a hobby that’s always the first aspect I point out!

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82

Sample sipdown! I think this one came from teapot1

This one is cinnamony, warming and sweet/sugary. A nice after dinner treat. Very simple, but sometimes that’s what just what I want.
Not much of the black base is present, but that’s ok. It’s a nice, tastey, simple flavored black. =)

Glad I got to try it!

Tasting Note #100! Woot!

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 15 sec
Sil

Yay congratulations on hitting 100!

Emily M

Why, thank you! =)

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75

My very first order from Della Terra was for one of their Mystery Boxes which included this tea. While I can’t say that it was love at first sight (taste?), I grew to enjoy this tea. It’s creamy and walnutty— in fact, I found several walnut HALVES in this tea! The pineapple adds a nice sweetness that rounds out the flavor. That being said, I just didn’t love it enough to finish the full 2 oz., so I swapped the rest away to someone who hopefully will enjoy it more than I did. :)

I noticed that the info posted here suggests steeping at 210, while the package suggested 160. I went with 160 and enjoyed the results.

Preparation
160 °F / 71 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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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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88

Got a bit of this at my meet up swap with Alphakitty and it is yummy! Most convincing marshmallow confection taste to date! Sure, all those teas with marshmallow root taste like marshmallow too, but this one actually tastes fluffy and sticky too. Amazed! And the sweet caramel. Mmm. Tasty! Would be a nice latte but I just had mine plain today. :) also enjoying this base as it doesn’t compete with the flavors. Ideally, the base works with the flavors but this is fine as it is. I think a nice chocolaty yunnan would be amazing with the flavors in this tea.

EDIT: forgot to mention how pretty the dry tea is! Glittery gold balls, blue and white Stars of David, puffy marshmallow balls. So cute! Is this tea kosher? Just curious.

Cavocorax

Now I remember why I wanted to try this one! :O

Mercuryhime

Try it! Second steep still had plenty of flavor. :)

Alphakitty

Della Terra does marshmallow teas so well!

Mercuryhime

Agreed, Alphakitty! I noticed that it made quite an oily mess of my cup and infuser though. might use a paper filter next time.

Alphakitty

Yeah, having sprinkles and marshmallows in a blend can make them kind of oily/filmy which is icky to look at, a fine paper filter usually takes care of it. I find the same thing happens with a lot of DAVIDsTEA blends as well.

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68

Sipdown! I enjoyed the last of this in the afternoon as I’d had too much caffeine in the morning. It was good, but not one thing I need to replace.

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68

More like Blueberry Evening? I bought this as a nice chill-out before bed tea. I wish it tasted more like blueberry though! I really enjoyed Blueberry Jam from DT, but didn’t like the crazy amount of sweetness. I was hoping this would pop, yet be a soothing rooibos.

Oh well. I have lots of Lime Chiffon left!

Also, I brewed this 5 hours ago and threw it in my old timolino so that I wouldn’t wake everyone up when I want my bedtime tea. It’s still piping hot and I’m just pouring it into my little 4oz bubble cup so that it stays hot. Maybe that’s not the most efficient way to do it, but I’m happy!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 15 sec
Kittenna

Their Blueberry Creme (?) is guite delicious, but sadly does apparently contain black tea. However, I don’t think it has very much in it.

ohfancythat (whatshesaid)

I love the blueberry creme!!

Cavocorax

Guess I should give that one a shot! I like creamy fruit teas better. :P (Also, I like ordering from DTT)

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67

There’s lavender in this tea! Its even in the picture! But not in the ingredients. Which I do NOT like one bit. With that said, I didn’t even tell my brother but he tasted it and immediately said “honestly. this tastes like soap” and while I enjoyed the tea I could see where he was coming from. Why is there lavender? Why? Its BERRY. So weird. steeped for 1.5 minute first infusion and 3 minutes second.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 1 min, 30 sec
Kittenna

Odd. I neither noticed nor tasted the lavender (but wasn’t looking for it so it easily could have been in there). Will have to pay more attention next time.

yappychappy

There are blue flowers in it!

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72
drank S'mores by Della Terra Teas
224 tasting notes

This is pretty good, much better than I was expecting since actual pieces of graham crackers in a tea caused a few strange looks. I definitely get the marshmallow and a little bit of the chocolate, but not the graham crackers so much. Not as sweet as I was thinking it would be, so I added a bit of sugar and it was much better.
Next time I might try this with a little cream too, possibly add in a bit of Adagio’s Chocolate Chip to see if I can boost the chocolate flavor.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 30 sec

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90

Another rooibos blend that I was surprised to find I like. Except this one really made me laugh! I’ve been struggling with math homework all day and thought I was seeing things. Green tea?!! Wayyy too many quadratic equations = me going crazy, haha! Once I checked some other reviews and realized that yes, this tea is in fact supposed to be green I calmed down. I like that this tea doesn’t taste like rooibos at all. I’m not getting any of that funny aftertaste at all, just a perfect, light fruitiness. I added a little milk and sweetener and it’s so nice and creamy. The main fruit flavor that I can taste is pineapple, but there’s an overall tropical fruitiness that is making me happy. Thanks KittyLovesTea for a sample of this fun tea!

-Dry blend has small pieces of brown, green and yellow rooibos with orange and black cat sprinkles.
-Dry blend smells sweet and fruity. Tea liquor aroma is tropical and fruity.
-Tea liquor is a thick dark green color with an oily sheen on top.
-Light rooibos and fruit flavor with a pineapple finish.
-Best with sweetener. Milk optional.
-Very good tea. A creamy and lightly fruity cup. No rooibos aftertaste.

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

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82

This is the first I’ve tried this since Spring. I’ve also had a couple other maple teas. This does smell really good. It has a nice flavour too. I added a little vanilla. (Would be good with scones)

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82

Since it is now the Spring Equinox… I’m not having Autumn tea.

I really like the maple aroma of this. The flavour reminds me of these maple brown sugar candies. Now I wonder how it is with vanilla.

Thanks to yappychappy for this.

Lariel of Lórien

I mean… why not have Autumn tea.

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85

Chocolatey sipdown!

Once in a while I crave hot chocolate, but hate that sugar-coated-teeth feeling you get afterwards. But it looks like I’ve found a replacement!

I agree with others that this is not as interesting as their other blends, but sometimes a girl just wants chocolate. Like simple, straight up, get-that-strawberry-off-my-cake chocolate. On its own it was sweet and chocolatey, and adding milk made it creamy but mellowed out the chocolate flavor a bit. Both were tasty in their own ways. I’ll probably wait till later in the year to restock this, cause today is the first official day of spring! (although the weather seems like it didn’t get the memo)

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85

Tragic evening. I skipped brazilian jiujitsu because I was feeling icky.. and Ronda Rousey was in class today. WHYYYYY!??!!! cry

/sips cold steeped Rabbits Garden to feel better

Preparation
Iced
I ♥ NewYorkCiTEA

Who is Ronda Rousey?

Oolong Owl

Oh, she’s the UFC Women’s Bantam Weight champ. Also a US Olympic medalist in Judo.

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85

OMG THIS TEA HAD CORN, PEAS, CARROTS AND PEACHES! I have no fear in trying this tea! (though, in the back of my mind I was worried this would taste like veggie broth). Benson, my holland lop, will be very angry if I didn’t buy rabbit themed tea!

Hot, this tea is quite light tasting that is slightly peachy, with lots of buttery vegetal flavors going on. The corn adds some interesting body to to this tea that I’m not sure if I like or not. It’s kinda weird. Sweetened, it really tastes like corn. Weird.

However, cold steeped is where this tea is at! 2 hours in the fridge = magic! The light Rabbit Garden tea becomes this full flavor garden of super peachy and sugar snap peas deliciousness!

Really hard for me to put a number rating on this tea. Hot, it is okay – really light though. Cold steeped is amazing! I will cold steep the rest of my 1oz stash!

Full review on my blog, the Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.wordpress.com/2013/03/20/a-rabbits-garden-from-della-terra-teas-tea-review/

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more
Stephanie

Yum, I have been very interested in this one!

Kittenna

I think I’ll be picking up a sample size of this one, to split. I’m curious, but… yeaaaahhh…

bookshark

I’ll have to give this another shot and try it cold-brewed! Thanks for the tip.

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