After a late night of bouldering (indoor rock climbing without the ropes- we’re wild!), we settled in for Day #2 of DAVIDsTEA’s 24 Days of Tea. Are you excited?
Stacey: ALPINE PUNCH!
Cheers ALL around on this one. André made some kind of a Sherpa comment, which confused me until Stacey confirmed that something similar to Sherpas were in this tea’s description. Here we go!
Tea: Alpine Punch
Tea Description: High altitude taste
Have you heard of the barbegazi? According to Swiss lore, they are a group of furry little men that live high in the Alps. They are known for their long, icy beards and enormous feet, which they use to ski down hills and surf on avalanches. But how do they stay warm up in the frozen mountains all year round? We like to think it’s with a fortifying brew like this almond-scented rooibos, with apple, cinnamon, and ginger. If you see some very big footprints next time you’re out hiking, follow them to the barbegazi’s cave and see if they offer you a cup. Limited edition.
Tea Ingredients: Rooibos, coconut chips and rasps, apple pieces, cinnamon pieces, ginger bits, cardamom, black pepper, rose blossoms, almond flakes, artificial flavouring.
Tea Instructions: 1.5tsp, 98 degrees, 4-7 minutes. Perfection.
Stacey opted to shower as the tea boiled. Drinking tea with pjs on is a good way to go to bed, she said.
Stacey: Can I skimp out on the loose leaf?
Brooke: NO YOU MAY NOT.
Stacey: GOSH DARNIT BROOKE WHY DO YOU MAKE IT COMPLICATED. Oooh! There’s a just little bit left!
Brooke: André, what you remember about your previous Alpine Punch experiences?
André: Well, considering I had some last night, I remember it being delicious, wonderful, and tasting like winter. I remember it has the happiest smell.
The kettle blew its whistle and André ran off to pour the water in to the teapot.
Oh man, Stacey and I are excited to be doing these reviews again. We missed having late night teas together and we missed our lovely readers.
André brought out our mugs just as Stacey was coming out in her pjs.
Stacey: TEA! But… I want to go to bed.
THEN Stacey nearly flashed us with a hole in her pjs. “Oh no, don’t write that! But seriously, do you see it? Is it okay if I still wear them right now? Cause… okay. Good.”
Brooke: Ooooh this tea smells delicious! Cinnamon, coconut, almond oh my!
Stace: I really need to get another container of this. We had TWO containers of this last year and we finished it.
André: Me too!
Stacey: Hands down…
André: …Best tea ever.
Stacey: Really sad it’s just a winter tea.
Brooke: Why are we even reviewing this tea if we all agree that we totally love it?
André: It’s like you said- it’s a gulper. Wait for it to cool down and gulp it.
Stacey: I’m trying to remember the first time I ever had this tea- honestly the description got me. It’s one of the only rooibos teas I enjoy. It’s jam packed full of amazing flavours that just go so well together. The almond is delicious.
André: You know, the thing is, I forget what I was gonna say.
Stacey: Welcome to our tea blog, André.
André: It IS a very winter tea, couldn’t have it in warm weather, though it would make a very nice iced tea. But I really associate this tea with snow.
Stacey: It’s reminiscent of our last tea blog experience. Put in a thermos on any winter day and it would be golden.
André: I agree- it actually DOES make me want to be a Sherpa.
André: Put it in your mouth and enjoy.
Stacey: Buy this tea. What’s our rating system? 5/5, done.
Stacey: Bow to the tea.
André: Touch down.
Stacey: I like Joseph Gordon-Levitt.
And there you have it! Alpine Punch- it’s a keeper! Those subtle hints of ginger and cardamom keep this tea from being too sweet while the coconut and almond rounds it out perfectly. Wait, there was apple in there? Ack! Get the Benadryl!
Until next tea,
Brooke and Stacey (and André)