One of the teas I got in my first Della Terra order.

I was quite anxious to try Della Terra once my Fall-sweet tooth kicked in. (Which is now essentially over. Now I want spicy things. Chai teas, and homemade speculaas cookies!) since people seemed to have far more respect for them than they do for DavidsTea.

While I will say that the quality is better than that of Davids, to be honest, I’m still not a gigantic fan. Don’t get me wrong, the flavoring itself is quite good, but after being spoiled rotten by the quality of Butiki and Verdant for the past several months, I find I just don’t really enjoy it as much as I would’ve a year or two ago. The flavoring is quite good, but the base tea tastes really cheap. It gets bitter if I steep it any hotter than 185 degrees, and I’m accustomed to either boiling or 200 degree temperature for my blacks.

It’s a shame, because the flavoring is REALLY good. It’s so apple-y and real tasting. It doesn’t taste like candy apple, it tastes like APPLES loaded with cinnamon which is major YUM but the base tea just isn’t up to the same standard as the quality of the flavoring. If this flavoring was to be paired up with a quality of tea like Butiki or Verdant, we’d have a real winner here.

Regardless, this still helped my sweet cravings earlier this month, so even if it wasn’t as enjoyable as I hoped, mission accomplished at least. :)

185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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Hello! I’m a 24 year old Canadian, currently working at Starbucks while I figure out what I want to do with myself in life, haha.

Like most everyone else, I grew up with teabags, and then discovered the grass really WAS greener on the other side with loose leaf. Nowadays I drink nearly exclusively loose, but will drink a bagged tea if I don’t care what I’m having.

My favorite kind of tea is black, and unflavored, although I do enjoy an occasional dessert black. I like whites second best. I’ve recently been dipping my toes into honeybush tisanes, greens and oolongs.

My favorite vendors are Butiki Teas and Verdant Teas. Both have fantastic teas, above and beyond customer service (especially Butiki), and fair prices for their very high quality teas. I can’t recommend them enough.

Purely for tasting notes references, I don’t use any additives for my teas. Older tasting notes for blacks was with milk+sugar, and then with just milk. Whites, oolongs, greens and herbals are all drunk straight unless otherwise specified in the notes.



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