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It has begun!
With a poke through the cardboard and a twist of the cap, we’re off! The first tea we pulled out is the Organic Buttered Rum. The two main ingredients are coconut and vanilla and from the first whiff, we were drunk. Well, Stacey said she smelled “alcohol” but I think she was just excited.
Tea: DAVIDsTEA Organic Buttered Rum
Ingredients: Black tea, coconut flakes, vanilla beans, cornflower petals. Organic and natural flavouring.
DAVIDsTEA’s Description: Hot buttered rum is so delicious we want it all day long. Unfortunately, most employers frown on workplace drunkenness, so we came up with this rich and creamy alternative. Toasted coconut and vanilla beans mingle with black tea in a caramelized caress of flavours. Decadent hot or iced, it also blends perfectly with dark rum, brown sugar and a dash of milk – so go ahead and indulge your inner pirate, off the clock.
Since this is a black tea, we used 1.5 tsp of the loose leaf per cup of water (98°C) and left our cups sit for 5 minutes before taking out our infusers. After steeping time was up, our teas were a rich brown and smelled delicious.
Stacey: I.. I’m trying to taste… anything. (Don’t write that!) It reminds me of their Jolly Jellybean. The smell had hyped me up but now I’m not sure if I can grasp it…
Brooke: It tastes…like caramel. Buttery, yes. Rum? Not so sure.
Stacey: It tastes better with little sips… The taste comes out more that way… Mmm, yes, that was nice.
Brooke: It’s like diluted syrup!
Stacey: Yes! Yeah, that’s it.
Brooke: But in a good way.
We were feeling the thick and buttery part but couldn’t quite get the coconut/rum sense so we re-steeped our cups for about two more minutes. We both agreed that it seemed a little weak and wanted the full effect.
Stacey: Oh, that’s MUCH better. Yes, stronger.
Brooke: What does it make you think of? Close your eyes.
Stacey: I think of outdoors. Fall or winter, out on a country landscape… there’s a fence… it’s… well, it’s not rotten or anything, but the wood is old… Rustic! That’s it. A rustic country landscape.
Brooke: Mm. Like a tea for a blacksmith on a cold morning.
Stacey: Still don’t taste the rum, though. Man, this is hard. I didn’t think it would be so difficult to just describe a tea.
Brooke: Oh my God. I just deleted everything we said. What was that? What were we saying?
Stacey: The taste isn’t as strong as the smell; I think the coconut gets lost in the black tea mix. The flavour they were going for, the buttered rum, is strongest after your sip- it sits on your tongue and sticks to your mouth. It’s a smooth tea, which is probably the vanilla coming through. It’s not a drink I would have every day but it’s a good specialty tea to sip after a brisk evening walk. 6/10.
Brooke: Agreed, what a treat! Overall, this tea has a heavy base with smooth savoury flavour. Though I don’t taste the coconut, the ingredients mixed well together to create a soft blend that reminded me of chocolate without the cocoa. It’s a very sweet tea; no sugar needed. Maybe add a drop of milk but we both drank it black. I usually like my teas a little lighter but overall it was a lovely brew. 7/10
In the end, we both agreed that the tea should be steeped for 6 or 7 minute to get the full essence of buttery goodness. If rum’s the flavour you’re going for, we suggest tossing in a teaspoon of Captain Morgan’s Spiced Rum. Now THAT’s a tea worth having after an evening “walk”.
Brooke: Do you feel like a pirate, Stace?
Stacey: Pfft. *pause*. Yeah. Wait.. yeah. Okay. I do.
So, there you have it. A tea for those with a sweet tooth that like to go “Arrr”.
Until next tea,
Brooke and Stacey
“It’s tea time, John!”