Hello tea people!
Brooke and I may have finished our 24 Days of Tea but we can’t stay away from DAVIDsTEA for too long. As a special “Easter egg”, we bring you a special guest appearance by my extended family as we consider “Buddha’s Blend” . Enjoy!
Tea: Buddha’s Blend
Ingredients: White tea, green tea, jasmine pearls, white hibiscus blossoms.
DAVIDsTEA Description: Heaven can’t wait.
We don’t like to brag, but we’re pretty sure we just found the key to achieving nirvana. It’s easier than you might think – you’re actually just a cup away. You start with a fresh, delicate mix of white and green tea. Then you sprinkle in a few jasmine pearls for their sweet, floral perfume. Next, you add the unexpected fruity aroma of some beautiful white hibiscus blossoms. Finally? You sit back, relax and take a sip. Heavenly…
Tea Prep: We let 1.25 tsp of tea leaves steep in 84°C water for 3-4 minutes.
In Bolton over Easter weekend my family contemplates their tea experience…
Dad: Oh yeah, this is the tea I like.
Stacey: Why do you like it, Dad?
Dad: I’m not doing your blog, Stace.
Kyle: …It honestly just tastes like hot water.
Poppa: It tastes like dish soap!
Peter: Two thumbs up for the cheesecake, Lorie!
Stacey: No, no, guys. What do you think of the tea? What do you feel?
Pete: I would describe it as a white wall with no pictures.
Lorie: When I drink this tea, it reminds me of sitting under a tree on a nice summer day. I always relax when I drink Buddha’s Blend. I’d give it 9.5/10
Iris: I normally don’t like really fruity teas but this one is similar to my favourite lemon honey tea. I think it would be good cold as flavoured water. 8/10
Grandma: There is a flavour… I don’t know what it is…but I like it! I’d say it tastes like water and smells like peach. You don’t need sugar with it that’s for sure. 8/10
Holly: It’s a very subtle taste. It’s a bit too mild and not strong enough for me. 5/10
Kaelyn: I think that it tastes citrusy. 8.5/10
Mikela: When I sipped it, I pictured cherry blossoms. It was soft but there was a hint of fruitiness. I can’t tell what it was but it wasn’t peaches. This was the perfect tea to pair with dessert; the tea balanced out the sweetness from the dessert. It is a nice tea to have right before bed. 7/10
Back in Ottawa on a cold spring morning…
Brooke: It definitely smells like peach just like your Grandma said. Kind of like one of those Tim Hortons drinks that you get.
Brooke: Oh but it delightfully does not taste that way! Mikela was spot on with the cherry blossoms! I’m with her with the tea being more floral than citrus.
Stacey: This has been a staple at my house and I have always enjoyed it! The name definitely fits here.
Brooke: Yes, I think it would make a good iced tea. I can understand what Holly was getting at; it is definitely not a strong tea. It doesn’t hit you like, say Alpine Punch would. Not sure what your Poppa meant with the dish soap.
Stacey: Just imagine a non-tea drinker tasting this for the first time, you can kind of see how they might think it tastes like dish soap.
Brooke: What do you think of the tea Stace?
Stacey: It has a stronger aroma than taste for sure. But that isn’t a bad thing; I think the flavor could have been way more powerful and sweet, so I’m glad it’s toned down.
Brooke: It’s an herbal?
Stacey: No, it’s a white tea.
Brooke: Well then, I don’t want it.
Stacey: Yeah it’s more on the expensive side. But I think it would be worth getting a little bit though.
Stacey: I really like this tea. It has everything I want in a fruity tea: smooth, mellow, and not too sweet. You can taste a lovely flowery concoction that brings about a calm and soothing feeling. I would definitely recommend! 8/10
Brooke: Each of your family members got something right. They all touched on an aspect that I agreed with. Overall this tea is rather fluffy; I’m actually kind of full after a few sips, it was very filling. Its tones are surprisingly deep for such light flavours. As much as it would be nice to have, I don’t like the price of white tea. 7/10.
Lorie: Buddha’s Blend is an Easter treat!
Dad: You have it every day, how is it a treat?
Grandma: It’s a treat for me; I’ve never had it before!
I love my family. 🙂
Until next tea,
Stacey and Brooke