Day 24: Santa’s Secret

Merry Christmas Everyone!

It’s Christmas Eve and thus we get to sip on Santa’s Secret! This tea isn’t much of a secret anymore since we’ve had it on the 24th of December for three years in a row now (see here and here). But as much as we’ve been harping on DAVIDsTEA for using repeats in their 24 days, this is one tea that we were were glad to see return again this year. MmmMmm!

Tea: Santa’s Secret

Description: Ever wonder how Santa manages to deliver all those presents in just one night? Well here’s the hush-hush formula. He uses a special combination of black tea, peppermint and spices – all sprinkled with real little candy canes. It’s both energizing and remarkably soothing. All Santa needs is one cup and his motto changes from “ho ho ho” to “go go go”

Ingredients: Black tea, peppermint, sprinkles, natural and artificial flavouring (vanilla maybe?)

Steeping Instructions: 1.5 tsp, 96°C, 4-6 minutes

Before heading off to visit Brooke’s sister, Lisa, Brooke and her parents were able to sit down with Stacey for a little Skype session to review the tea:

Stacey: It’s supposed to be spiced black tea this year…that’s new.
Brooke: I can smell the peppermint, mmm!

*sip*

Stacey: I love this tea!
Brooke: Mom, what do you think?
Cathy: It’s too hot to drink!
Stewart: The first note is a hint of butterscotch.
Brooke: Hmm, but there’s no butterscotch in here. There is vanilla though…
Stewart: Yes, it must be the vanilla that I’m tasting.
Brooke: I really love that this tea has a black tea base because usually peppermint teas are quite strong. The black tea mellows this brew out though so that the candy cane doesn’t hit you in the face.
Stacey: Ha ha, candy cane hitting you in the face.
Stewart: *Bonk*
Brooke: “Santa, his abuse is no secret.”
Stacey: Do you get any of the spice?
Brooke: Not really, but the sprinkles are adorable!
Stacey: I could drink this all year round! So minty!
Brooke: That’s the beauty of this tea, the peppermint is in the background acting as a supporting character.
Stacey: Agreed!

With that, Brooke and her family were off to the airport, ready to spend a Christmas in North Carolina. A little later in the day, Stacey’s parents came home from work and were in the mood for a cup of something hot:

Ken and Lorie (simultaneously): We’re ready for tea!
Stacey: I’ve got just the one! And we can add it to the blog!
Ken: So as you know, I don’t usually don’t read your tea blogs but I did read one this year. I wanted to tell you there were so many spelling mistakes!
Lorie: They are supposed to be like that, it’s the voice type feature. It’s supposed to be funny!
Ken: Oh!

*sip*

Lorie: It’s very smooth tasting…like eggnog.
Stacey: But that was yesterday’s tea!
Ken: It tastes chocolate-y to me.
Lorie: It’s very relaxing for Christmas Eve, I’m glad I get to have it after a day at work.
Ken: I like it but it smells better than it tastes. It tastes like one tea that we’ve had before, maybe Read My Lips?
Lorie: Yes, this tea is making me feel very mellow.
Stacey: But now you’re supposed to be all “go-go-go”.
Lorie: No-no-no.

Tea Vibes:

Using the voice-type feature on our respective devices, we were able to provide our thoughts on today’s tea:

Stacey: I absolutely love this city! It’s so christmas to me and I love doing it every year. It’s just perfect! So tell me, I know that’s a lot but seriously can I test.

Brooke: This, he’s pretty good. I’m probably a favorite of the whole box! So we’re happy to have them overall. I think that the government gets to stay on the bench in this. To you and I think that’s great. Merry Christmas! No I don’t, N.

Well folks, that’s a wrap! Thank you so much for joining us on this wonderful tea tradition of ours. This year may very well have been the last 24 days of tea that we were able to spend in the same apartment, so it’s been extra special for us. Thanks again for following along and keep your eyes peeled for a few more special tea reviews in the New Year.  Merry Christmas to you and yours!

Until next tea,
Stacey and Brooke

Sorry Santa, I think your secret’s out!

 

Advertisements

Day 23: Eggnog

Hello tea lovers!

Today I’m bringing you the blog post from Halifax where my Mom and I are having a sit down and skyping with family (who were also drinking tea). Stacey enjoyed her brew with a tea lover, too, so it was a tea-filled day across the country! Second last tea in the calendar, here we go!

Tea: Eggnog

Description: We’re pretty strict about certain holiday traditions. Especially the delicious ones. So it should come as no surprise that we insist on sipping eggnog at every festive occasion. All things considered, it’s almost crazy that it took us this long to find the perfect eggnog tea. But trust us, this rich and creamy rooibos blend was definitely worth the wait. With white chocolate, mini meringues and a hint of nutmeg, it’s a brand new tradition we can’t believe we ever went without.

Ingredients: Green rooibos, white chocolate chips, meringue powder, natural and artificial flavouring (that must be the nutmeg…).

Steeping Instructions: 1.25 tsp, 96°C, 4-7 minutes

As I busily worked away on my thesis, Mom came in and handed me the tea.

Cathy: You’ll have to have a look at the looseleaf tea at some point, dear!
Brooke: Why?
Cathy: It has eggnog buttons in it.
Brooke: WHAT?
Cathy: I can’t describe it any other way- there are eggnog buttons in it!
Brooke: Mom, those are the white chocolate chips.
Cathy: No, dear.
Brooke: Fine. What does the water look like in your glass mug, Mom?
Cathy: It’s murky! Kind of like the toad’s water, but I’m sure it tastes better!
Over in Ottawa, Stacey is joined by fellow tea lover, Eric.
Stacey: It looks very creamy in the cup….I’m not sure how I feel about that. It also smells…kind of like burnt.
Eric: Really?
Stacey: Yeah, you know when they burn meringue with a torch? Kind of like that.*sip*

Stacey: Oddly, I think I taste more of the nutmeg at the beginning.
Eric: Mhmm, I think it has quite the rooibos taste to it. The chocolate rounds out the taste.
Stacey: Very creamy, but in a good way.
Eric: I’m not sure how I feel about this one. It seems pretty regular to me.
Stacey: Yeah, almost like it would be a holiday blend at the grocery store.
Eric: Oh, it does get sweeter the more you drink it!
Stacey: Ah yes, there are drudges of chocolate at the bottom on my cup. Very interesting indeed!

Back in Halifax, we also took our first sips.

Cathy: I don’t care for it. Very bland. It was excitedly named, but it doesn’t give back!
Brooke: Doesn’t give back?
Cathy: I didn’t take the tea blogging course! I don’t know what to say! *achoo!*
Brooke: Ah! That went right into my tea!! (15 minutes and two skype calls later) Now that’s it’s cooled, what do you think?
Cathy: I like it better, I finally taste the sweetness, which is what I was looking forward to! Still a bit strange, though. Have mine, since I sneezed in yours!
Brooke: Thank you! Yeah, it tastes like watered-down eggnog, very very strange. It just.. doesn’t fit like a tea for me.

Tea Vibes:

Everyone used their voice-to-text feature on their devices to say their final thoughts on today’s brew:

Stacey: It’s very creamy and you. It’s very spicy to buy, also just his can. I buy a regular events but as you get through the end, forget. Sweetheart, I’m thinking before the early part. 7 and 10.

Eric: I was hoping for a dog with a delicious christmas tree. But that I found out you had more rc taken with darwen. And I was surprised when you get to the end with sweetness. I would give it a six out of ten, lenovo vista.

Cathy: It’s a novel PT and Christmas oriented which is nice. I did like the eggnog buttons. Give it a 6 on 10.

Brooke: This team is watered down version of the real thing. All of the guilty pleasures without the calories. I don’t think I want to cup but that’s okay. That’s why I haven’t yet. Sixty-two.

And there you have it- if you really crave eggnog but don’t want the calories, this strange blend is for you! Will Eric get his dog with a Christmas tree? Will Stacey think after the early part? Will Mom realize eggnog buttons don’t exist? As for me, I’m going to go and have a massive lunch with a friend, so calorie-counting is out.

One more tea left!

Until next tea,
Brooke (and Cathy) and Stacey (and Eric)

For Eric.

Day 22: Sleigh Ride

Hello Readers!

We were a bit disappointed to discover what tea was behind door # 22, because it’s a tea that we’ve had twice before (here and here) and is one that we don’t particularly like very much (sorry!). And don’t get us wrong, we want to like it (we really do!). In fact, we’ve tried numerous things to make it fit our tastes: not steeping it for long, adding cinnamon sticks, using the dredges of someone else’s brew, eating fruitcake with it, etc. But every time, we end up throwing it down the drain. So this year, we thought it best to not to even try (*spoiler alert*or so we thought…).

Tea: Sleigh Ride

Description: Falling snow, popping chestnuts, cold hands and noses…yep, winter has arrived. But don’t worry, we have the perfect tea to warm you up all December long. Cinnamon, apples, raisins, almonds, and hibiscus combine for a tea that is sweet, tart, and earthy. And beet pieces make it as nice and rosy as a caroler’s cheeks. So hop in your sleigh, snuggle up, and pass a thermos around. It’s lovely weather for a Sleigh Ride together.

Ingredients: Apple, hibiscus blossoms, pineapple, papaya, beetroot, cinnamon, raisins, coconut, roasted almonds, popped rice, artificial flavouring.

Steeping Instructions: 2 tsp, 98°C, 5-7 minutes

Stacey: Did you see what the tea is today?
Brooke: Yep. No way!
Stacey: Agreed!

*A little later that morning, Stacey receives a surprising text from Brooke.*

Brooke: Hold the phone! Game-changer…Mom and I made an iced version. Whoa.
Stacey: Ohhhh! Much better???
Brooke: Yes!!

Well this is indeed a game changer! After creating a cooler version, Brooke and her Mom, Cathy sat down to review this brew:

*sip*

Brooke: It still comes out strong, but it just makes more sense as a cool tea. Even the cinnamon found a place to fit in!
Cathy: Do you get any other flavours from it, now that it’s chilled?
Brooke: It kind of makes me think of a fancy vitamin water.
Cathy: The cinnamon is odd, isn’t it? I continue with my theory that these teas can be better cooled. You can still steep it hot, of course! Can you cool teas quickly?
Brooke: The pouring the water into another cup method!
Cathy: I often feel like I want to add sugar to my teas but I find the sweetness comes out when it’s cooler. All teas are better this way!
Brooke: At least herbals are, they’re just fruits and flowers after all! This poor tea deserves better!

Tea Vibes:

Stacey:  Make sure you have no idea. Didn’t have it, it’s gone gross. Sorry.

Well there you have it folks, Sleigh Ride seems to be a bit better when it’s over ice. What you all think? Do you like Sleigh Ride hot or cold, or not at all? Either way, we’ll see you all tomorrow for the second last tea (oh my!).

Until next tea,
Brooke and Stacey

Smashed: The Santa is helped from the wreckage of his sleigh after his wild ride through Ustrzykach Dolnych

The carnage of one bad sleigh ride

 

Day 21: Lime Gelato

Hello tea lovers!

Brooke is heading home to Halifax today so I am all by my lonesome for today’s tea (hopefully I can make it interesting for you!) So without further adieu let’s get to it!

Tea: Lime Gelato

Description: Remember the summer you spent in Italy? Sipping espresso on the terrace, catching a ride on the back of a stranger’s Vespa, and of course, trying your first taste of tart, creamy lime gelato. With its fresh, fruity aroma and smooth flavour, this deliciously creamy mix of fruit and green tea will bring you right back. Try it iced. On a terrace. While the moon hits your eye.

Ingredients: Apple, Sencha green tea, pineapple, lemongrass, artificial creamy lime yogurt flavouring

Steeping Instructions: 1.25 tsp, 85°C, 3-4 minutes

Stacey: It smells like lime creamisicle.

*sip*

Stacey: Mmm. I tend to not like lime desserts, but this is really nice! The lime is very subtle. Quite the tasty treat! It’s so odd just thinking to myself. Maybe I should talk out loud?

Stacey: I really this tea! *looks around at empty apartment.*

*text received from MK*

MK: Brooke wants me to text you in depth about the tea. So I woke up as groggily as humanly possible.
Stacey: Oh thank god! 
MK: Last night I dreamed a favourite band was attacking a tea farm.
Stacey: Oh?
MK: Anyway, I wandered downstairs and found that no one was home. Feeling slightly abandoned, I opened the window and saw that it was Lime Gelato. I struggled to get it open but when I finally did I thought, “oh no, lemongrass”. But I smelled it and was quite impressed. I also tried to pour the water into one cup and then into another but the first cup had floaties (I then cursed the person who didn’t clean the cup).  It better be good after this struggle.
Stacey: I think you’ll like it!

*sip*

MK: Hmm, I think it lives up to its name. My brother said it smells like lime pudding (does such a thing exist?). First bit of the sip is creamy, but then the lime hits the back of your tongue. I don’t know if I would drink it everyday but I like it.
Stacey: Agreed! I was pleasantly surprised by the mix of flavours, there’s apple and pineapple in there!
MK: Oh, apple?! I would never have known! They seem to throw that into everything…makes me suspicious because sometimes you can really taste it and other times you can’t. So what exactly do they do to these apples, why the difference?
Stacey: Yeah, DAVIDsTEA is quite sneaky…
MK: I think I’m impressed when a tea is creamy without the cream.
Stacey: Yeah…I wonder how they do it…
MK: Me too. Secretssss! However, I doubt I’m going to be mixing my own tea concoctions any time soon, so DAVIDsTEA can keep their secrets. Although, I wonder how someone even gets on that career path…

While MK and I were wondering about DAVIDsTEA’s secrets, Brooke was able to sit down with family Halifax to review the tea:

Brooke: What does it smell like Mom?
Cathy: Well, I wouldn’t say I smell lime if I didn’t know that’s what was in it! Did I tell you that I like my teas cooler? I don’t like them hot at all, I can suck it right back when it’s cooler. Don’t say suck!
Brooke: Dad, do you want to try?
Stewart: No, no, I’ll pass.
Cathy: Oh! But you like main squeeze and this is citrusy! And it only steeped for 4 minutes!
Stewart: Alright, okay. Oh, that’s pleasant and refreshing! I like the tanic tang of a black tea so I’m not being drawn to this one though.
Brooke: You guys are talking too fast!

Tea Vibes

Stacey: This is quite a tasty treat. I am pleasantly surprised the line was lovely and saddle. And yeah really free but also works as a heart. To you I was really would be bad. Yeah everything electrical.

Well folks, although I thought I would be all on my own today, turns out lime gelato really brings people together. What did you all think?

Until next tea,
Stacey (and MK) and Brooke (and Cathy and Stewart)

a basket full of puppies just for kicks! Because puppies!

 

Day 20: Apple Custard

Hello readers!

Today is Brooke’s birthday!!! Hurray! And as is customary on someone’s birthday (?) we will be doing a birthday lunch, a climbing session, and a little jazz to top it all off. Oh and of course a tea blog. So let’s get this birthday started!

Stacey: You do the honours, birthday girl!
Brooke: Oh boy! Apple custard!
Stacey: How perfect! It’s like they knew it was your birthday.
Brooke: Mmm it smells like…trail mix? And raisins. Is that chamomile in there, too?
Stacey: Oh no! I guess I’ll just have a sip. 😦

Tea: Apple Custard

Description: We hope you’re sitting down. Because we’re about to make a pretty bold claim. This might just be the most decadently creamy blend we’ve ever tasted. Seriously. It’s almost crazy how much it tastes like a warm and comforting custard or pudding. It blends sweet apples, golden raisins and honey-scented chamomile with a rich and creamy hint of vanilla. Go ahead, indulge. With this in your cupboard, who needs dessert?

Ingredients: Apples, golden raisins, coriander, chamomile, natural and artificial vanilla flavouring

Steeping Instructions: 1.25 tsp, 96°C, 4-7 minutes

Brooke: It smells like a caramel apple…

*sip*

Brooke: …and it tastes like a faint apple cream pie.
André: It’s got a creaminess to it like yesterday’s cream of earl grey.
Brooke: It’s not at all bitter, I would say it’s more hollow than yesterday’s tea.
André: Mmm, very enjoyable.
Stacey: Darn chamomile.
Brooke: The more I drink it, the more it tastes like forever nuts.
Stacey: Sure smells like apple custard.
André: It tastes like awesome. I really do love this one.
Stacey: I guess I’ll have a small sip.
André: Does it taste like scratchy?
Stacey: Thankfully no, hmm, it’s very light. Not as much flavour as I thought it would be.
Brooke: It’s my birthday!

Tea vibes:

For our final thoughts, we used Stacey’s voice-to-text feature on her phone with wonderful results:

André: Fantasy has a white creamy taste. You and I really enjoy it at all, so I will be free. I give it out of 10.

Brooke: This 1 is basically like forever nuts, Ernie. Except for the creepy pink parrot, so I like it. Ok, bye. I wanna buy it direct. TV 7 aberdeen.

Stacey: My throat is scratchy and I don’t like Kayla mail. 4 on demand. Well I’m in my throat scratchy, you’re right phone on time for that.

Well folks, that’s a wrap. We’re off to a birthday lunch now that Brooke has open some gifts. Have a wonderful and custard-filled day!

Until next tea,
Stacey and Brooke (and André)

Displaying 20141220_105309.jpg

Harry the face hugger tries to give Brooke a birthday hug.

 

Day 19: Cream of Earl Grey

Hello friends and family!

Welcome back to another day of 24 days of tea. Today is the last Friday before Christmas, which means there are lot of parties underway all of the city. But before we were allowed to get into the Christmas spirit, we sat down this morning to have a pot of tea together, as promised.

Brooke: Oooh, Cream of Earl Grey!
Stacey: Oh yay!
Brooke: I’m going to add eggnog to mine to be cute.
Stacey: Ick! Eggnog!

Tea: Cream of Earl Grey

Description: Lovers of Earl Grey adore this creamy alternative to the original blend. You’ll recognize the same high-quality black tea, the same citrus burst of bergamot oil, the same beautiful grey-blue petals. However this version adds a touch of vanilla, and the result is an unexpectedly rich, creamy taste experience.

Ingredients: Black tea, cornflowers, marigolds. With natural flavouring (Guess that’s the vanilla)

Steeping Instructions: 1.25 tsp, 96°C, 4-7 minutes

—-

Brooke: The smell is so nice! It is obviously not your typical Earl Grey, it has a little something extra.
Stacey: It’s got to be the cream!

*sip*

Stacey: Mmm it is creamy!
Brooke: What do you think of the tea André?
André: I’ve had it before (Ah yes, check out our blog post from last year, here. Oh and what I surprise, we also had it the year before that), but it’s one of there better ones. It’s not as in your face as a regular Earl Grey.
Stacey: Did you say invasive?
André:  “In-your-face”. The regular Earl Grey really hits you in the face.
Stacey: Ah, that makes more sense.
Brooke and André take a few minutes to discuss the possibility of Earl Grey tea invading something.

Later in the day, our friend MK texted Brooke to provide her and her brother’s opinions:

MK: What do you think of the tea Doug?
Doug: It tastes creamy but I dunno. I normally get steeped teas from Tim Hortons–2 cream 2 sugar..
MK: It’s wonderful!
Brooke: What makes it wonderful?
MK: It’s fragrant. Simple, vanilla-y and creamy. I could drink this everyday!

Tea vibes:

We used our favourite feature on Stacey’s phone to describe our thoughts, and here is what the voice-type feature provided:

Brooke: Evening with creamy rendition of a classic. Rather than having a better x or black g h s. Sale through your sips, lake huron. Ocean cruise but like a wintry, iran, air house, london.

Stacey: I’m really clingy (Stacey: I swear this voice-type feature has it out for me). Really tasty just so smooth and delicate adults. If you have a great way less harsh am. Eon 10.

And so ends another tea. We hope you all have a wonderful Friday evening, full of laughter and cheer. If you’ll excuse us, we have to go get ready for our parties!

Until next tea,
Stacey and Brooke

It’s hit you like a pink balloon!

 

Day 18: Silk Dragon Jasmine

Good evening, tea drinkers!

With the bustle of December and our lives rarely overlapping these days, we reviewed today’s tea via text yet again. We promise tomorrow we will sit down in the morning and share our cups together again. Right, Stacey? Good. For now, enjoy our banter on a floral brew with a mythical name and an elegant taste!

Tea: Silk Dragon Jasmine

Description: Made from premium green tea, our Silk Dragon is a limited-edition treasure. To create it, night-blooming jasmine is gathered in the morning and kept cool all day. In the evening, when the flowers burst open and release their scent, they are placed with the tea until midnight. This is repeated with fresh flowers over the course of five nights, infusing the tea with a most magical flavour.

Ingredients: Organic Chinese green tea from Jianxi Province, naturally scented with jasmine flowers.

Steeping Instructions: 1.25 tsp, 80°C, 2-3 minutes

*Sip*

Stacey: Very earth today!
Brooke: Yeah? I just like that it has the word ‘dragon’ in it.
Stacey: Mhm, very majestic. You taste the green tea base and the jasmine hits you hard.
Brooke: Does it ever smell like grandma perfume! I mean, I would never wear it or want the scented lotion… but it’s quite comforting.
Stacey: We had this tea last year and you said almost the exact same thing.
Brooke: WELL. At least the tea and I are consistent.
Stacey: Oh. Well, yes.
Brooke: Last time I thought it was a little bitter but today I steeped it perfectly and it’s just right! Earthy is a great way to describe this base.
Stacey:  I think my water was too hot again.
Brooke: But what about the pour-it-into-another-cup-and-then-back-again-to-cool-it-down technique?
Stacey: I didn’t do it, last time I burnt myself. : (
Brooke: Aw, poor boo.
Stacey: You know, this tea makes me feel more exquisite somehow.
Brooke: I totally get you, gurl.

Tea vibes:

Brooke spoke the final texts into her tablet and they were translated as such:

Brooke: With the amount of flowers in this planned, it really hits you like a bouquet. It’s been an iced tea and I have it again if I was meeting someone coming with no spices and fruits.  Seven and a half on 10.

Stacey: The key is cozy and sweet potatoes but flowery. Really, its green tea base live in the up a simple flavour and brings it to something exquisit, he taunted.

With a few days left until the roomies split up for the holidays, hopefully we can get in a few more brews together (we taunted).

Until next tea,

Brooke and Stacey

Day 17: Peppermint Amour

Hello tea lovers!

As many of our loyal fans will know, our December morning routine usually involves Stacey getting up early to turn the kettle on and Brooke following suite once she hears Stacey shuffling around the apartment. But alas, this morning the whistle of the kettle didn’t act as a wake up call for Brooke. Afraid she would be late for work and not wanting to wake up her roomie, Stacey opened the door for Day 17 and this is what she found:

Tea: Peppermint Amour

Peppermint Amour (organic) from DAVIDsTEA

Description: Peppermint is said to enhance your dreams. It’s also said to stimulate passion and creativity. Not to mention its fresh, cool flavour and aroma. This peppermint tea is organic, for great taste and good karma. We didn’t want to compromise when each cup has so much potential to enhance your life.

Ingredients: Organic peppermint leaves from Oregon state.

Steeping Instructions: 1.25 tsp, 96°C, 30-60 seconds (Whoa, that’s a concentrated tea!)

A little later in the day the two were still able to discuss the tea a little via text:

Brooke: Weird, your shuffles didn’t wake me up today!
Stacey: Yeah, I was wondering if I should have woken you up. What are you thoughts on the tea?
Brooke: I haven’t had it yet, but I think I’m going to have in the afternoon at work.
Stacey: Good plan! It’s supposed to enhance creativity…or something to that effect.
Brooke: Ohohoh! Merry fishmas! That’s as creative as I can get with my thesis.
Stacey: Ha ha, oh Brooke you crack me up.

A little later that day:

Stacey: This tea tastes like straight up peppermint to me. No ifs, ands, or buts about it. Tasty!
Brooke: Agreed! Not much to report here!

Tea Vibes

Using Stacey’s voice-type feature, here are our overall thoughts on today’s tea:

Stacey: York peppermint. Oh really good. Can probably get it a lot of places. It’s refreshing and it give me a little bit of focus during the day now and then. 9 and 10.

Brooke: Rock is dead again. So here’s what I think of your face. Pure peppermint tea, can probably get this at the local pc shop. 20th udo.

And there you have it, another one bites the dust! Only 7 teas left until Christmas everyone!

Until next tea,
Stacey and Brooke

All hail scissors and peppermint! Er, paper!

 

Day 16: Main Squeeze

Hi readers!

Stacey and I are apart again this morning but we still managed to have an eventful day together via text. I caused some trouble when I took the tin last night and got a confused text from Stacey early in the morning.

Stacey: The box was on the floor and I thought the tin had rolled away, I had no idea why it was gone! Then I thought I wouldn’t be able to have it… until I clued in.
Brooke: Morning adventures for Stacey!

I had taken the tea tin with me to Andre’s place knowing full well that we had a large stash of this one from Christmas past (thanks, Mom!). Stacey was able to have her brew on the way to work without any trouble.

Tea: Main Squeeze

Description: We all know the classic morning ritual: a cup of coffee and a glass of orange juice. But what if you could get your energy boost and fresh-squeezed fruity taste all in one cup? We’re serious. Shake up your old routine with this fruity maté blend, and you may never go back. It’s got the juicy flavour of orange, papaya and pineapple, plus the high-energy punch of green yerba maté. Just one sip and you’ll feel alert, refreshed and ready for anything. Say hello to your new main squeeze.

Ingredients: Green yerba maté, papaya, pineapple, safflower, natural flavouring

Instructions: 1.25 tsp, 80°C, 4-7 minutes

Over here, André and I were chatting about the lack of new teas in this year’s 24DaysofTea while he made us some pancakes (I am spoiled).

Brooke: There haven’t been many new teas so far in this year’s box, it’s kinda sad.
André: Yeah, but in a normal advent calendar, all you get is the same kind of boring chocolate!
Brooke: Oooh so true. This is much better!

*sip*

André: Hm. I’m not usually a fan of fruity teas but this one’s nice!
Brooke: Yeah, I liked this one so much last year that I asked for it for Christmas and so did my Dad! MmMmm.
André: It’s not as fruity as I was expecting it to be… You can taste the maté in it quite distinctly.
Brooke: Yeah, one reviewer on steepster said she tried to brew it cold but all she tasted was the maté so she had to throw it out.
André: That’s really unfortunate.
Brooke: Maté has quite a strong taste!
André: Uh oh, mine’s getting on the not-warm side. Wait, what’s in this again? Papaya? Mango?
Brooke: Papaya and pineapple!
André: Okay, I got one right. It just tastes tropical, like a vacation from winter!
Brooke: But not sour or too sweet, like other fruity teas we’ve had.
André: Nor tart like a lemon! This is smooth.

After settling into thesis writing, I thought I would check in with Stace to get her thoughts:

Brooke: How do you like the tea?
Stacey: Good, oddly tastes like warm orange juice though.
Brooke: I think it tastes like a pineapple.
Stacey: Yes, but a less sweet version. Like pineapple candy!
Brooke: PINEAPPLE CANDY! YES!

Stacey’s colleague Amélie also gave it a try and our friend MK wanted to provide her thoughts as well. Here’s what they had to say:

Amélie: It still tastes like thick water to me, but it’s one of the better tasting teas I’ve had. It kind of smells a bit gross though.
MK: Today’s tea is an orange covered in dirt. (We don’t know if this is a good thing or a bad thing.)

Tea Vibes:

Stacey spoke some final thoughts for the two of us on her phone, and this is what it typed for us:

Brooke and Stacey: Too busy for tea bags today. Candy, but make some changes to pets in the advent calendar. Elan 10.

We hope you can make it to your own tropical paradise to escape the oncoming winter. If not, why not have some Main Squeeze to tide you over until you do?

Until next tea,
Brooke and Stacey

 

Day 15: Buddha’s Blend

Hello Readers!

As the days until Christmas continue to dwindle we seem to be getting busier and busier and that means that we unfortunately have very little time for tea reviewing!  Luckily, DAVIDsTEA seems to be in the habit of repeating a few teas from last year’s advent calendar, as was the case with today’s tea: Buddha’s Blend. So if you’d like to see what Stacey’s family thought back in 2012, click here and if you want to hang out with Brooke and her Mom while they enjoyed this brew, click here. Or click both (we really recommend clicking both). Here we go, bring on day 15!

Tea: Buddha’s Blend

Description: 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…

Ingredients: White tea, green tea, jasmine pearls, white hibiscus blossoms, natural and articifial flavouring

Steeping Instructions: 1.25 tsp, 80°C, 4-5 minutes

We did manage to get a few quick texts in throughout our busy days, here were our thoughts on this flavourful white tea:

Stacey: Mmm, fruity and light this tea is a good one! What do you think?
Brooke: My lab and I agree, it smells peachy but tastes like flowers (Stacey: And they would be right, made with jasmine pearls and white hibiscus blossoms. They sure now their flowers! They are biologists after all).
Stacey: Agreed, I’ve always liked this one. It’s one of my Mom’s favourite’s too. Bloody expensive though.
Brooke: Yeah, Buddha would not be pleased.
Stacey: Darn white tea! Why must you taste so good but cost so much!
Brooke: Because capitalism.

Tea Vibes:

Stacey: Additive, light, and rule 34. Really, just all around a good tasty EP. 9 and 10.

Brooke: Misty is exactly the same as last year and I have absolve lute nothing new to add. Tate, smells like peaches, taste like flowers. Too expensive. Elan 10.

And they were go, a third tea review for Buddha’s Blend. Now to go do some bouldering (that’s fancy talk for rock climbing without a rope, we’re so adventurous)! Goodnight fellow readers!

Until next tea,
Stacey and Brooke

Wait, it’s how much?!