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79

So I am on the hunt for the perfect pear tea, and when I saw that Della Terra had this one in their spring collection, I had to get some. I only got an oz to see what it was like before ordering more.

The dry smell is very pear-like! I do get a bit of a floral scent as others have mentioned, but it is predominantly pear, which I quite like :) oh, and the dry mix is so pretty, little sparkly balls and white pear bits contrasting with the black leaves. Quite beautiful in my opinion! I steeped between 2 and 3 minutes. The steeped aroma is a bit less pear, but it is still there!

As for the flavor, this one is the best pear tea I have had, but I have only had one other one haha. It is very juicy and nice, I would like a bit more punch to it maybe, but it is not bad at all! In this cup, the black tea is also present, making for a warmer taste than just crispiness. I am curious as to how this would be cold brewed, but my one large vessel I use for cold brewing (a giant tea mug) is already in the fridge with Sunshine in it, so it will have to wait until another day.

Overall, this is a nice little tea, it is the closest to pear flavor yet, just a bit perfumed and not quite as sharp of a flavor as I would like. But I will gladly finish off this bag, and maybe even order another! Oh, and the other day, I was going to try this with pear vodka…that may be on the agenda again haha just to see what it tastes like! Happy to have a bag of this tea :)

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 45 sec
Sweet Canadian

Have you had perfect pear from Davids? How does it compare?

MissLena

I unfortunately missed out on that one :( the only other pear tea I’ve had is a rooibos and it definitely wasn’t anything special lol, mostly rooibos not much pear, I’m hoping DAVIDsTEA has another pear tea this summer for me to try!

Sweet Canadian

Yeah my friend and I loved perfect pear, and they got rid of it before we could order more :( Which was sad because they didn’t give any notice. I also hope so, maybe they will bring it back!

MissLena

Yeah they got rid of way too many too suddenly :( but at least most of the new ones have been tasty!

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81
drank Sunshine by Della Terra Teas
1128 tasting notes

Darn it!! I accidentely lightly tipped over glass perfect mug from DAVIDsTEA with the branch on it, it was empty, but it cracked. A very large crack right in the middle of the mug almost the whole way around. :( my favorite mug! So I will have to get a replacement at some point..maybe an elephant one, but it won’t be the same :( anyways, I had this tea after I broke my mug in a different one, it was tasty at least. See previous notes.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec
Dinosara

Boo on broken mugs! Sorry to hear about it… I always fear breaking my favorites!

JoonSusanna

I had the exact same mug (clear with branches) and the same thing happened…it tipped but completely split in two. I was surprised that it broke so easily, but I guess it hit the countertop at just the right angle?

It was my favorite mug, too. I wish they still offered it. :(

Cavocorax

Awww! Too bad about your mug. I know that pain. :p

Tealizzy

Oh no! That would really upset me. Definitely get an elephant mug :)

MissLena

Yeah I was surprised it was so fragile JoonSusanna, it might be the type of glass it was made of too though.

In a way it’s not too bad, because I was planning on getting an elephant mug anyways at some point haha but im very sad because it was a clear mug and i don’t like any of the new clear mugs as much. :( oh well what can you do..

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81
drank Sunshine by Della Terra Teas
1128 tasting notes

Woot first one to review! I received this tea in my Try Me Sampler and it’s now a sunny day and I feel like having it! The dry smell is very tropical and sunshine-y, with a lot of flower petals around the top of the bag. And the little sample pouch is certainly stuffed full of tea! I like full samples :D I steeped this for 2 minutes with 175 degree water.

The tea is a pale golden yellow color, and man, the petals really expanded and they are full petals! I took out a sunflower petal and showed it to my boyfriend, who though it was pretty weird that I was drinking a tea with THAT in it haha. I will have to steep this in my glass gravity infuser next time to watch it unfurl! The smell is again very tropical, with mango and peach at the forefront.

The taste is pretty darn good! Very light, fresh, and fruity. The main flavor is mango, with some peach in there and something a bit more tropical, I again want to say lychee, but I don’t think it’s that. Anyways, this makes me think of Mexico and hot weather, so it is definitely doing the job! And it is very aptly named!

Overall, this is a delicious green tea! I am very pleased with the fruitiness, and it’s all a very natural fruit flavor to me as well. I am definitely going to put the leaves in the fridge for some cold brewing, and I can see myself ordering more of this for summer, it seems like a perfect iced tea candidate. I like it!

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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80

I’m not sure what a sugar plum. Don’t remember if I’ve ever had one.

This tea has a nice aroma of fruit and spices. The flavour is sweet and fruity, but needs a little more spice. Otherwise, pretty good.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 15 sec
Dustin

I ate a sugar plum for the first time not too long ago. It was small and just tasted like a plum. I’m really not sure what makes it different from other plums aside from the smaller size.

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84

Posting my first tealog in months, due in part to the heroic efforts of Best Buy to return my laptop to me in working condition! Love those guys.

Anyway, on to the tea! This tea smells divine… The pumpkin is an afterthought to the chocolate, which smells very dark and strong, but also almost cloyingly sweet. The scent actually fills up my whole room better than my scented oil warmer, and it makes me very excited to taste!

The flavoring of this drink is strong, and the black tea base is a bit weak… It gets stronger at the tea cools. The chocolate flavor is pretty strong, and the most strong flavor in the tea. The pumpkin is different than any other pumpkin tea I’ve had… It has more of a roasted pumpkin flavor, when most teas taste of raw squash. I wouldn’t order from Della Terra specifically FOR this tea, but if I were ordering already, I’d pick up some.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
Terri HarpLady

Welcome back!

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65

Another “retry all of my old favorites” entry.

Basically a slightly different version of Pineapple Upside Down Cake, replacing the pineapple with blueberries.

I didn’t notice any tartness lingering in the background with this one, (likely due to the lack of pineapple flavoring), so this was even sweeter if that’s possible.

It didn’t make the cut, I’m no longer in love.
Toooo sweet for my newly morphed tastebuds. Great for a lover of dessert teas!

Adjusting my previous rating of 88 accordingly.

So long and thanks for a good time!

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65

This was really good y’all. Very blueberry and definitely cakey. Not sickeningly sweet cakey, but genuinely blueberry crumble up in here.

I brewed it as per the directions but given that everyone seems to find it more of a green than a black, I am wondering if I should lower the temperature and possibly the steeping time for the next cup I make.

It didn’t get bitter when made with boiling water so that was good! I’m not the biggest fan of green tea (more so because I always oversteeped it and used boiling water before I knew better, not because it’s got problems), but I really loved this.

Another Della Terra Tea for the win. I will have to compare with my other DellaTerra fave, the Blueberry Creme. Yum.

(what’s with tea companies spelling it like “Creme” vs “Cream” anyway? Is that an American thing?)
((That isn’t related to this tea whatsoever but it’s midnight so I’m ramblin’ on.))

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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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