Vanilla Oolong

Why hello kind readers!

We hope that you are all doing well and are enjoying the reemergence of spring (shhh, don’t read that too loud in case Mother Nature hears [Brooke: read that too loud, Stacey?]). With Easter weekend just around the corner Brooke and I thought it pertinent that we bring you our second last DAVIDsTEA box set. So without further ado, we give you Vanilla Oolong.

Vanilla Oolong from DAVIDsTEA

Tea: Vanilla Oolong

DAVIDsTEA Description: Discover the power of vanilla and oolong, with a little hint of orange. It’s temptingly rich. We’ve used Pouchong tea leaves, the least oxidized of oolongs. Which means that it’s almost as high in antioxidants as green tea. A lucky thing, because this tea is really quite addictive. Who would have thought that something this smooth and creamy could be so healthy?

Ingredients: Taiwanese pouchong oolong tea, green tea, lemon myrtle, marigolds.

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Opting for a teapot again, we steeped 3 tsp of tea (for two cups) in water that was 94°C and let it steep for 5 min. You know the drill.

Brooke: It smells wonderful. It’s like a bouquet!

Stacey: Mhmm!

*Sip*

Stacey: Tastes bouquet wonderful?
Brooke: No, it doesn’t taste like a bouquet. I can see—no, taste why this is an expensive tea.
Stacey: Mmmm ooh it’s so smooth and creamy. A lovely vanilla, not over powering at all!
Brooke: This is…YUM! Oolong is somewhere between green and black tea. The leaves are not as harshly prepared as the black, it seems.
Stacey: I almost feel like it has elegance to it. You would not want to drink it every day, it would be more of a special occasion tea.
Brooke: Really? I would drink it every day. Though…I suppose you don’t want too much of a good thing.
Stacey: It tastes so good; it would almost be a treat.
Brooke: Yes, but there is nothing about it that screams “guilty pleasure”, it’s not bad for you in any way.  I really like the fullness, it’s really well saturated.
Stacey: Mhmm, I like that it tastes like oolong when you first sip it and then vanilla takes over after that. It’s not a hint…I don’t know how to describe it.
Brooke: Vanilla is not an afterthought; it’s fully infused in this tea.
Stacey: Yes exactly!
Brooke: What would you do without me?

Tea Vibes:

Stacey: I was a little worried about this one based on my previous vanilla tea experience, but I was pleasantly surprised to discover that this tea is everything I thought it wouldn’t be. It’s light, flavourful, and oh so good! I would have this one again in a heartbeat and offer to anyone who asked. Not sure about the price but I’m glad we got to experience it in the box set. Definitely a keeper! 9/10

Brooke: This is a nice fully bodied tea that fills your belly. Its vanilla flavours are strong throughout the cup but the oolong softens the whole effect. As a frugal person I wouldn’t buy this, but if I had the cash it would be in our cupboard. Very, very nicely put together.  8.5/10

Final thoughts: 

Brooke: Would this be a good birthday gift, Stacey?
Stacey: I don’t know… there are so many teas to choose from!! I love so many.
Brooke: Too many teas, too little time.

Happy Easter everyone!

Until next tea,
Stacey and Brooke


The Easter Bunny has arrived! [Brooke: The Eas-“tea” bunny?]

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Thanks to all who’ve been enjoy the tea adventure for these few months. After an out of the blue idea in DAVIDsTEA back in November, we’ve now got a full on tea blog with followers and readers abound as we continue to explore flavours and smells of new teas. Here’s a neat summary of where all of our views are coming from. We’ve got some avid readers in Canada, the States, Japan, Switzerland, Australia, and a bit all over Europe. Someone travelling the world seems to keep a keen eye on us wherever they go, too! : )

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Whether you like your warm greens or your piping hot blacks, we’re happy to know you love tea as much as we do. Or maybe you just like to watch two roommates titter back and forth over a brew. In any case, we thank you for reading and we hope you continue to do so as we start a new chapter into the world of Nourish Tea!! Stay tuned.

Until next tea,

Brooke and Stacey

The Skinny

Hi faithful readers!

Wow, you’re still with us? We’re on tea #22! That’s right, just two more to go and we will have finally completed 24 Days of Tea by DAVIDsTEA. Look for a summary post coming up in early April (thanks to our reader Sonja for this idea back in the early days) where we rank the top teas and provide suggestions based on your tea drinking preferences. Until then, Stacey and I begin to question our feeling about DAVIDsTEA marketing as we review “The Skinny”…

Tea: The Skinny (Organic)

DAVIDsTEA description: Did you just eat and eat and eat? And then eat some more? 2000 years of ancient Chinese wisdom suggest you try this organic blend. It contains oolong and pu’erh teas, both reputed to speed your metabolism and block fat absorption after a heavy meal. Plus it’s got ginger and ginseng, two more traditional metabolism uppers. So go ahead, drink up. The only thing you’ll gain is wisdom.

Ingredients: Chinese oolong tea, Chinese pu’erh tea, ginger, eleuthero root, orange peel.


Brooke: A weight loss tea? Isn’t that… like… all the teas?
Stacey: The more and more we do this, the more I realize how ridiculous their marketing ploys are.
Brooke: It’s just a tea!

*si-* OW! Oh man that is still incredibly hot.

Stacey: Doesn’t smell very orange-y.
Brooke: It smells like a sickness tea because of the ginger.

*sip*

Brooke: WOW Orange. Hello.
Stacey: I don’t think I’d associate orange with skinny… It’s.. round. It’s a round fruit.
Brooke: Um…?
Stacey: I guess I wouldn’t have picked orange, I would have picked apple! Don’t shake your head at me!

Brooke: This is so citriousy. Puts kiwi to shame.
Stacey: It reminds me of something.

Brooke: …What?
Stacey: I was thinking!! I was thinking it reminded me of a Crush orange drink but I had to make sure it did, so I had to sip again! It smells like Orange Crush. It kind of has that similar flavour. Would you agree?
Brooke: … … … … Yes.

Stacey: I don’t like it at all.
Brooke: Me neither.
Stacey: I don’t want to have a tea that reminds me of a carbonated beverage.
Brooke: yeah… this is… um… weird.

Tea vibes:

Stacey: All I can taste is pop right now… it’s not cool. I don’t like that this tea tastes like sugar! It turns me off. I’m glad I tried it, when I was in the store it peaked my interest, but it’s safe to say we will not be getting this. No, no, no. 4/10

Brooke: For those of you with a sweet tooth, give this one a try. It’s packed full of that orange sucker, orange pixie stick, orange jujube, orange jelly bean kind of flavour and it hits you hard. The ginger is nice and soothing in its scent but it gets overwhelmed pretty quickly. I wish I could comment on the oolong and pu’erh mix up, but I’m way too distracted. 4/10

Well that was a quick one. Stacey thinks oranges shouldn’t be considered diet food and we both don’t like soda pop teas. There you have it.

Enjoy your week and we’ll see you soon! Two more to go!

Until next tea,

Brooke and  Stacey

Yeah… we’re going to need you to lose a few centimeters…

Kiwi’s Big Adventure

Good afternoon tea folks!

Spring is (kind of) in the air; the birds are chirping, the clocks are an hour ahead, the snow is melting (and then snowing again), and Brooke and I are almost done our “24” days of tea. Hurray! Today we bring you Kiwi’s Big Adventure.

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Tea: Kiwi’s Big Adventure

Ingredients: Green tea, freeze-dried kiwi, apple, lemon peel, lemongrass.

DAVIDsTEA Description: Fasten your seatbelt

There’s something about a kiwi fruit that just makes us smile. It could be their cute round shape, or their fuzzy skin, or their bright green colour. But we think the best think about a kiwi is the taste – like a cross between a peach and a melon, only better. So it goes without saying that this kiwi-spiked green tea is a real treat. From the second the aroma hits you, you know you’re in for something special. Sweet, fruity, tart and lively, it’s an adventure you won’t soon forget.

Brooke and I warmed up 2 cups of water to 82°C and combined it with 2 tsp of tea leaves. We let the tea steep in a pot for 3 minutes before pouring into our  cups. Let the tea review begin!

Brooke: Yep, I can smell the kiwi, it’s nice.

*Sip*

Brooke: Hmm, very floral.
Stacey: It’s a nice warm tea… but I can also see it as an awesome iced tea.
Brooke: I really get the kiwi. It reminds me of Strawberry Long Island Tea from the Tea Store, both of which would be very good as iced teas.
Stacey: Yes, agree. Mmmm, this one tastes like a good one.
Brooke: It kind of comes in two steps, you really taste the green tea when you first take a sip and then after you’ve swallowed you get this perfume of kiwi.
Stacey: Very different to that last green tea we had. Toasted Walnut had more of a wooden flavour to it whereas this tea is much more fruity and floral like you mentioned.
Brooke: Yeah, it has a citrus taste to it.
Stacey: It reminds me of rollerblading along the canal, because I did that a lot last summer—rollerblade back from DAVIDsTEA, iced tea in hand. Makes me really want summer…Argh, WHY would this put this in a 24 days of tea pack?
Brooke: Not sure- I think it would be much, much tastier as an iced. We could get it, but I would only serve it in the summer. Most guests who would ask for green tea want something grittier, like Toasted Walnut.
Stacey: Yeah, I have to agree.
Brooke: Wait, is it snowing outside?
Stacey: *Sigh*

Tea Vibes

Brooke: The main thoughts that come to mind when I drink this tea is citrus and sour-ness. I picture someone sitting on a patio with a glass all covered in condensation… ice jiggling in the glass, a cool breeze floats by…a perfect summer day in Ottawa. [Brooke and I have a moment remembering summers in Ottawa…Sigh] Right now I don’t really think it suits our environment, though. I wouldn’t give it to someone as a warm tea to be honest. But I am going to rate it as if it’s an iced tea, and so it gets 8.5/10

Stacey: It’s the kind of tea that has almost a dull sweetness that isn’t too overpowering. I personally think it makes a pretty good warm tea on its own. It wouldn’t be a regular for me, but I don’t really have anything bad to say about it. This is the kind of tea that will make you think of fond memories of summer, though. Be warned! 8/10

Final Thoughts

After being blasted with more snow, this tea was a welcome taste of summer. Now if only mother nature would drink some…

Until next tea,
Stacey and Brooke



Not quite what the canal looks like yet but we can dream, right?

Toasted Walnut

Hi everyone!

Oh wow, is it ever March. Can we plleeease finally finish winter and hurry up with spring? The snow keeps falling and the cold keeps holding on to the bitter end. What else to do but drink a tea and cozy up with some Netflix? After throwing together a cabbage casserole and tossing it in the oven, Stacey and I popped open door # 20 and out came one of her favourites: Toasted Walnut. To the kettle!

Tea: Toasted Walnut

DAVIDsTEA description: Drink it fireside

Traditional Chinese medicine says walnuts are a warming food. Which makes sense, because this is the kind of tea you spontaneously want to cozy up to on a cold winter afternoon. The comforting, lightly bitter taste of toasted walnuts is sweetened and deepened with dried pineapple, coconut, almond and organic green tea. Sip it in front of an open fire and chase away the cold.

Ingredients: Chinese sencha green tea, nut brittle, candied pineapple, coconut rasps, almond flakes, walnut bits.

We grabbed two mugs, filled them with 1.5tsp each and steeped them with 84°C water for 4 minutes while our cabbage casserole roasted in the oven.

Stacey: Oh, I haven’t had this one in a while. I forgot how good it smelled!
Brooke: All I get is the green sencha smell- whew!
Stacey: Really? All I smell is the walnut! Hauumm…

*sip*

Stacey: This makes me think of my internship because it’s all I drank in the summer. Yummy!

Brooke: It tastes like it smells… I don’t really taste the walnut yet.

Stacey:  I’m totally getting the opposite! I’m like, yeah, walnut! But there’s a hint of sweetness in it.

Brooke: It really just reminds me of a different version of the one we had with sushi- no major flavours coming through.

Stacey: Mm. There’s more of a woody feel to this one, though.

Brooke: Hehe, woody. Hmm. there’s this flavour I can quite grasp, it’s almost butterscotch-y. Really light tones of that. I could be going in the same direction as those olives in Detox, though.

Stacey: I just think of summer- it has a comforting feel to it. Almost like a warm sun.

Brooke: Are you on a beach?

Stacey: Yeah, I’m on a beach. I don’t know why I’d be drinking tea on a beach but when I think of comfort I think of lying on the beach with the sun warming my face.

Brooke: At least it’s not the default wooden cabin in the snowy forest that we go for.

Stacey: Comfort means familiarity, too… But I’ve really only ever been to five beaches and never one that was warm or tropical.

Brooke: You know, I’m really not enjoying this. My mug has Snoopy and Linus on it and I think I like the mug more than the tea.

Stacey: That’s too bad, I wanted to make this a staple. It’s probably one of my favourites, actually. Mmm Mm!

Tea vibes:

Stacey: The woody flavouring is subtle in this green tea. You can tell it’s toasted walnut, for sure, but the flavour doesn’t punch you. It’s not a sweet tea either, which I really like. This is just a solid green tea that you can really make a regular like I did in the summer. Is there any pineapple? Yeah? I love it. This is one of my favourite greens, I suggest that everyone try it. 9.5/10 [I pushed her to say 10/10 but “nothing’s perfect”]

Brooke:  If you like greens, this one is worth giving a try. Its nutty undertones will really give a nice boost to your favourite blend. I personally wasn’t feeling it this afternoon, but sometimes days are like that. I will have another plate of that casserole, though… 7/10

Final thoughts:

Stacey: I’m… still getting this for our collection.

4 more to go!!

Until next tea,

Brooke and Stacey

“This is really going to take off, I can feel it!”