Day 24: Santa’s Secret

MERRY CHRISTMAS EVE!

Well folks- we made it. For the fourth time, we made it through all 24 days of tea. Now, since we already talked about this three times already (2012, 2013, 2014) we’re not doing it again! Instead, we’re going to talk about our opinions of this year’s #24daysoftea!! Since it’s our fourth in a row, we figured we can discuss how this one compares to those of the past. So, without further ado, here is the information for secret santa, which we then promptly ignore!

Tea: Santa’s Secret

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 Chinese black tea, peppermint leaves 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 (sugar, rice flour, partially hydrogenated vegetable oil, corn starch, natural and artificial flavours, cellulose gum, red 40 Lake, mono and diglycerides, carrageenan, titanium dioxide (colour), polysorbate 60)

Brooke: So, what did you think of this year’s “24 days of tea”?
Stacey: I’m quite impressed with the variety of teas this year. Many of these ones were brand new for us.
Brooke: Yeah, and even the teas that we had before have changed in their ingredients. Mom, for example, didn’t like the Gingerbread tea last year but this year she raved about it!
Stacey: Yeah, they added chocolate chips I think, which made it nice and  creamy!
Brooke: Exactly- they improved the ones we didn’t enjoy and I was impressed.
Stacey: Yeah generally speaking, the ones that we had had years before were also ones that we liked. And they had a few we didn’t enjoy, like Sleigh Ride, out of the way pretty quickly.
Eric: Did you talk about how cool Snow Day was?
Stacey: The snowflakes went up and down like it was snowing in the cup!
Brooke: Neat! But I gotta say, I mourned Glitter and Gold’s shimmer this year.
André: They’re going to have to re-name it. Gold, No Glitter. Gold Sans Glitter. Just Gold Tea.
Brooke: I’ve also gotta say, I was very unimpressed with the amount of tea in each tin this year. Years past our tins were filled to the brim but this year they were barely two thirds full. We paid more for the calendar this year ($40) but we got way less tea in our tins.
Stacey: Well, they were GOLD tins, Brooke!
Eric: I heard that they had someone testing to make sure each tea tin was twistable.
Stacey: Maybe they were taking tea from yours, Brooke!
Eric: Skimming 25% off the top!
André: Tea heist!
Brooke: Those scoundrels!
Stacey: You know what I liked? The drawers instead of doors. Hey, that kind of rhymed! Quit playing with the bells on my hat!
Eric: I can’t help it!
Brooke: I also LOVED the drawers. Clean, simple, so reusable.
Stacey: Yeah, and I liked how you could turn the drawers around to see what each tea was after, so you don’t have to go searching for the tins when you wanted a specific kind after the calendar was over. For example, we’re going to have Cardamom French Toast tomorrow, I think. Mmm! Wait, what if we have French toast for breakfast? Is that too much?
André: Never too much French toast.

Final thoughts: Are we doing this again next year?

Brooke: I’m feeling like I don’t want to do this next year because of the cost and the difficulty of trying to Skype with the ridiculous time difference and schedule conflicts.
Stacey: I want this advent calendar again, I think. I really liked it. But boy, the time change made this really hard to do. Every day, it was tough.
Eric: What if next year you just did highlights on the weekend? Once a week!
Stacey: And we can always text about it…
Brooke: Maybe this blog is finally ready for a rest.
Stacey; Well… I’m not done with #24daysoftea just yet.
Brooke:Oh, alright!

Here’s what the people of Twitter said:
Thanks to @DAVIDsTEA for the amazing #24daysoftea advent calendar. HAPPY HOLIDAYS!
 Jour24! C’est la fin mais, Chut, c’est le Secret du Père Noël! #JoyeuxNoel à tous! 🎄🎅
Last day of my #24daysoftea ! So sad for it to be over but so excited that #christmaseve is here.…

So the question remains, will we continue our blog next year? Only time will tell…stay tuned to find out! One thing is for sure though, we certainly enjoyed skyping and texting with each other daily since we don’t live with each other any more. It was a nice way to catch up with each other and make it feel like old times.

Well, if you excuse us, we have a Christmas Eve evening to enjoy. We hoped you enjoyed following along this year!

Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night!

Until next tea,
Brooke, Andre, Stacey, and Eric

Caught you red handed, you tea stealing Elf!

 

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Day 23: Gingerbread Cookie

Howdy folks!

I’m writing to you from the beautiful town of Penticton, BC, where André and I will be spending our holidays. Snowflakes are delicately falling from the sky, the fields are blanketed in white and the Christmas tree is sparkling in the corner of the living room. No better way to start this festive day than to have a nice tea by the fire. Here we go!

Tea: Gingerbread Cookie

Gingerbread Cookie

Description: Happiness is…the smell of gingerbread cookies baking in the oven. Warming up with a perfect cup of tea. And sharing something sweet with your family and friends. And with this sweet and toasty tea, you can have all three at once. We started with a smooth base of rooibos, then added a sweet hint of maple and molasses. Then we warmed it up with spicy cinnamon and crystallized ginger. Finally, we added a dash of yerba maté for an energizing kick. With this in your tea cupboard, happiness is just a steep away…

Ingredients: Rooibos, green rooibos, honeybush, cinnamon bark, currants, candied pineapple (pineapples, cane sugar, citric acid), crystallized ginger (ginger, sugar), maple sugar, white chocolate (sugar, partially hydrogenated palm kernel oil, whey, milk, mono and dig)

Stacey is a busy researcher with meetings and appointments and a Star Wars viewing, so André‘s mum Cheryl is stepping in and joining the blog today. Our bestie, MK, is also back from her adventures in India and England and her voice is helping out, too.

André: Is this my mug?  The one with the holly on it?
Cheryl: Have a holly, jolly, Christmas!
André: Oh! It smells so good it made me hiccup!
Cheryl: That’s different.
André: It smells very spicy- I can feel the rooibos but I’m trying to pick out all of the spices in this. Cinnamon? Ginger?
Brooke: This smells delicious.
André: Ooh, I just put my nose in it. Now it smells like hot.

*sip*

André: Wow, that’s an awesome tea. Like, this is great. It tastes just like gingerbread with a mild hint of rooibos.
Brooke: Oh yes, this is yummy! Normally rooibos teas are a bit hollow for me, it just tastes like rooibos bark with spices. This one, though, is heavier thanks to the maté. I really enjoy it!
André: Yeah, much thicker than a usual rooibos.
Cheryl: I like it better than a green tea- those taste like grass floating in water.
André: Mm. It’s like having a liquid gingerbread cookie inside my mouth.
Brooke: Where else would it be?
André: In a bath.
Brooke: Of  course.
André: I really enjoy this one.
Brooke: Me too. I love it, even with the awful chemical taste still in my mouth from my bummer of a root canal the other day. MK says that the tea reminds her of a cross between an Indian Chai and a cinnamon bun. And that since the taste isn’t right for me, she will give us some in Kelowna when we visit. What a Christmas miracle!

Final thoughts:

AndréI find this tea is remarkably well balanced. The flavours of the gingerbread and its spices compliment the rich tastes of rooibos. It’s Christmas in a cup.

Brooke: I really, really enjoyed this one. Something about it made it creamy and thick which, as André mentioned, rounded out the rooibos bark quite well. I’m looking forward to having another cup post-Christmas with MK. 

Twitter was also pleased with Day 23:

Today in – Gingerbread cookie rooibos tea – tastes like ginger&cinnamon were added to the Cabane à sucre tea.
, a walk in the woods, and playing with a deer in the back lot.
Day 23 gingerbread cookie!!! Rooibos, ginger, maple and mate!! We’re heating up the eggnog for a latte right now!

We hope you and yours are enjoying your Christmas eve eve just as much as we are and that you have snow (if you want it, otherwise, good riddance!) for snowball fights and fort-building purposes.
One tea left!
Until then,
Brooke, Andre, and Cheryl
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Bathing in Christmas.

Day 19: Dark Chocolate Delight

Hi steepers!

Day 19 brought friends and dental work- what a day! While Stacey and Eric had our friends Des, Kathryn, and Steve over, I had just gotten back from a poke and a prod from my dentist when we settled down to discuss today’s tea. Lots of catching up, chatting, and tangents occurred, but we did talk tea enough for a blog post. Here we go!

Tea: Dark Chocolate Delight

Dark Chocolate Delight

Description: What is it about dark chocolate? Its taste is sinfully decadent, but studies say it might actually be good for you. But wait – it gets better. Now you don’t even have to wait until dessert to get your fix. With this black tea blend, you can treat yourself anytime, anywhere. With cocoa shells, blueberries and big chunks of luscious dark chocolate, it’s a deliciously rich taste of our favourite indulgence. Welcome to the dark side…

Ingredients: Black tea, spiced dark chocolate (cocoa beans, sugar, cocoa butter, ancho chili, nutmeg, cinnamon, salt, allspice, clove, chipotle chili, ground vanilla), blueberries, cocoa shells, natural chocolate flavouring.

Kathryn: It smells like mild chocolate.
Steve: How can it be mild? It either is chocolate or it isn’t!
Brooke: Well, some advent calendars have “chocolate-y treats” in them that aren’t even real chocolate, maybe it smells like that? Either way, it smells delicious and I’m excited.

*Sip*

Brooke: Hm. Chocolate water!
Stacey: It’s supposed to have spice in it. Peppers and stuff…
Desiree: I think there is supposed to be cumin in it.
Brooke: I just steeped mine for 5 mins, but maybe it should have been there longer? I don’t taste any spices.
Stacey: I thought we’d be able taste some sort of spice.
Brooke: Didn’t we have chocolate chili chai once before? Did you know, root canals are expensive?!

A tangent ensues- then we’re back on track.

Stacey: Hm, we only had a few teaspoons for the whole pot I made, I think ours might have been too weak, too.
Brooke: Yeah we need to steep it with more tea and for longer, I say. There are flavors in there that I want to taste!
Desiree: Yep, nothing too special about this one. I can taste the spice a little bit, though. I can tell there is something there but I want more.
Stacey: Yeah, I don’t really taste cloves, cinnamon or any spice.
Kathryn: Yeah, it’s is *okay*
Brooke: Aw man, you’re going to Upper Canada Village- so envious!

Second tangent on time difference, friends, and co-ordinating tea reviews, before final thoughts occurred.

Final thoughts:

Everyone agreed that while this tea had a neat chocolate flavour to it, we all were left wanting more spice. Our next cups of this will be steeped longer and with more loose leaf in hopes of hitting the spot.

Twitter reacted with mixed responses:

Missed yesterday’s so I combined it with today’s. Forever Nuts and Dark Chocolate, it tastes freaking AMAZING!

  DAY 19: Dark Chocolate Delight: not as delightful or chocolately as Hot Chocolate.  Olivia is enjoying her dark chocolate delight tea today 🎅🏼🎄🎁

Well, we may not have steeped our tea long enough today but we certainly had a great time chatting it over with friends. Tangents and all!
Until next tea,
Brooke and Stacey (and Kathryn, Steve, Desiree, Eric, and Andre)

Nothing like a hot tea while enjoying some Christmas lights!

Day 17: Mulled Wine

Good morning (afternoon) tea drinkers!

Today poor Stacey stayed home with a headache while André and I slept in far too late. All of us were a bit groggy as our teas were steeping but we still managed to enjoy ourselves once we got sipping. Who would have thought mulled wine was a nice tea to enjoy at breakfast? Read on!

Tea: Mulled Wine

Descriptions: Maybe you spent the day on the slopes. Maybe it was a frantic afternoon of holiday shopping. Or maybe you’re coming in from an epic snowball fight. No matter what you did on this chilly day, there’s no better way to warm up than with a great cup of tea. And it doesn’t get more comforting than this mulled wine-inspired all natural oolong, with orange zest, cinnamon, cloves and ginger. Whether you’re sipping it at the ski chalet, in front of a roaring fire or just between errands, it’s the perfect way to warm up your winter. 

Ingredients: Oolong tea, apple, orange peel, cinnamon, clove buds, ginger, natural flavouring.

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Stacey: I feel like we’ve had something like this before… the smells seem familiar.
Brooke: Sleigh Ride, maybe?
Stacey: Probably? It’s an oolong tea, though. It’ll be different!
Brooke: When I saw which tea it was today I was really excited … but then I smelled the loose leaf tin and was completely turned off. I almost got a headache from the smell- urgh. Far too fruity.
André: Was Sleigh Ride the one I couldn’t even finish?
Brooke: Yep. Here we go!

*Sip*

Stacey: Oooh! I like it!
Brooke: Wow, me too!
Stacey: It’s like Sleigh Ride without the tartness at the end!
André: *cough* It’s in my air pipe!
Stacey: The oolong tea did something to this one.
Brooke: Like what?
Stacey: It made it taste good.
Brooke: Ah.
Stacey: None of the tart flavours come through in this, the base is stronger and keeps them at bay.
Brooke: The spices are the strongest part of this tea, like clove and ginger- yum!.
André: I find it almost medicinal, it has that slight taste of cough syrup.
Brooke: In a good way?
André: Yeah… Yeah in a good way!
Brooke: It kind of reminds me of Cold 9-11, or the Sore Throat tea. Maybe because of the ginger.
Stacey: I taste the orange peel- so nice!
André: The ginger is a great compliment to the fruit, that’s for sure.  It’s very nice and delicate, I like that it was cool so I could drink it right away.(Steeping it at 85 degrees is important!)

Our discussion veered off and we began discussing mail and packages and the vastness of Canada and the USA, but we did have a few final thoughts to say on this one:

Final thoughts:

Stacey: I like this tea! The ingredients all work well together to create a nice flavor. The cinnamon, orange peel, cloves and ginger really come together nicely. I can get mulled wine when I taste it. Reminds me of when my friend Kara brought a mulled wine kit to a pot lock and the wine was warming on the stove. Yum!

André: I like how light and delicate this tea is, I like it surprisingly a lot for a fruity tea but it’s because the fruit flavours aren’t overly strong. No one ingredient comes to the foreground for too long, nothing is overpowering in this one. All around it’s a very nice tea.

Brooke: I was happily wrong about this tea when I first made judgements. I’m still amazed when the smell is so different than the taste. This one is nice and spicy but not in the way that The Spice is Right was. DAVIDsTEA did really well with this one, and I’ll happily have another cup as we devour our gingerbread house today.

Twitter was also quite impressed:

Mulled wine is an oolong tea with a heady clove and ginger flavor. Perfect to add a shot of whiskey for a hot toddy!
Day 17: Mulled Wine. Please steep responsibly 😉
Today’s is mulled wine, it smells pretty lovely sitting here steeping!
Did you have a sip of this one today? What did you think? For us, it put us right in the mood to get out and do some last minute shopping. Wish us luck!
Until next tea,
Brooke, Stacey, and André
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Drink up!

Day 16: Japanese Sencha

Happy Wednesday, folks!

We hope your December has been filled with peaceful moments and clarity- something that today’s tea almost demands of you from your first sip. Remember to give yourself breaks this holiday season that are just for you. You’re worth it. And so are we- ready?

Tea: Japanese Sencha

Description: Japanese monks were writing about tea in the 9th century, but the world had to wait until 1740 for Sencha, when a tea merchant named Nagatani perfected a new process of steaming, rolling and heat-drying green tea. The result? An emerald-green tea that’s refreshing and smooth. No wonder it’s Japan’s most popular drink.

Ingredients: Steamed Japanese green tea from Mount Fuji, Japan.

The first time Stacey and I had this tea was two years back- it was a cold blistery day and as soon as we took our first sips we immediately craved sushi. So, we did what any sane people do when in the dead of winter in the capital- we bundled up with our hats, mittens, and scarves and hustled into the cold wind to the nearest sushi restaurant. With our maki on its way, we indulged in this simple and delicious, light and caring, perfect green tea (Read about it here).

Today, however, we’re at it again with busy schedules and barely enough time to spend a few minutes together over Skype.

Brooke: Mmm- this one is so zen! I wish I was somewhere more peaceful.
Stacey: I am so brought back to our sushi adventure two years ago in the Byward Market. This is the kind of green tea you want to have in your cupboard.
Brooke: I appreciate its simplicity- very unlike DAVIDsTEA on the whole, yet so exceptional.
Stacey: It’s refreshing, really. Not everyone likes the crazy flavours. Though, not everyone likes this flavour, apparently. My mom said it tasted like smelly socks.
Brooke: What?! Was she drinking the same tea?
Stacey: I have no idea. I thought she would have liked it, it’s a green tea. I love it.
Brooke: Me too. It’s so lightly steeped, and so few leaves are needed to get the flavours you want. Mmm. I would want to have this at Spa Nordik .
Stacey: Oh yes!! You would want to have this in a bathrobe and get a massage afterward. I really like this one.
Brooke: I love how easy going it is. Can teas be easy going?
Stacey: Fun fact- while the tea is the same from two years ago, it looks like it’s from a different part of Japan!
Brooke: They’ve always got to change something…

Final thoughts:

Stacey: This tea is seems good for productivity, it’s a simple green tea which all you really need.  While my family may not enjoy it, I give it a thumbs up. Now I really am craving sushi again…

Brooke: This tea hides nothing and ask nothing in return. It’s simple, delightful, and would go perfectly with a warm hot bubble bath (if you aren’t feeling a glass of merlot). Cheers, David!

Twitter seemed pleased, too:

 Organic sencha is delightfully bright green! Smooth and vegetal, maybe a little fruity?
Day 16! Only eight more days of tea, I’m so sad. Today is a great, light green tea.
Day 16 tea is organic Japanese sencha and it’s a wonderful green tea! ❤
Don’t forget to take a moment for yourself, readers!
Until next tea,
Brooke and Stacey

Ahhhh.

Day 14: Alpine Punch

Tea enthusiasts, hello!

It’s a sunny day in Victoria (a rare occurrence during winter months) and we’ve just had a lovely egg and toast breakfast, courtesy of Dr. Dré. While Stacey is busy today with meetings and anniversaries (congrats, you two!), André and I graciously took on the responsibilities of today’s tea: Alpine Punch. Come along and enjoy this favourite with us!

Tea: Alpine Punch

Alpine Punch

Description: This is the kind of tea we imagine they serve in fabulous ski chalets in the Swiss Alps. With apple, cinnamon, ginger and the heady scent of almonds, it’s warm, comforting and totally decadent. What better to sip after a long day of skiing, sledding and snowball fights? Just cozy up in front of the fire and warm up with this sweet, fortifying brew. And if a little splash of brandy makes it in there too, all the better.

Ingredients: Rooibos, coconut chips, coconut rasps, apple, cinnamon, ginger, cardamom, black pepper, rose blossoms, almonds, natural and artificial almond cream flavouring.

Brooke: They suggest putting brandy in this! Who owns brandy these days?
André: Brandy? Like the alcohol?
Brooke: Yes! Did you know that brandy is distilled wine?
André: I did. I took a wine class in college, way back in the day.
Brooke: Well then!
André: As for brandy, it’s not something I drink on a regular basis.
Brooke: Ah, but Alpine Punch IS! Why, you just had this last night when we went to climb!
André: You bet, I can’t get enough. As I said a few days ago, this is one of my top 5 favourites.
Brooke: Agreed. Something about almond, apple, and ginger that just fits.

*sip*

André: Mmm. I think half of what I love about it is the smell. I totally feel the Swiss chalet getting ready for a summit bid.
Brooke: A what?
André: A summit bid. A mountain climbing attempt.
Brooke: Oh.
André: It’s odd to drink this tea while it’s still so warm out (3°C). I always associate this tea with really cold weather. The hot tea in your mouth paired with the cold snowflakes on your lips.
Brooke: I imagine myself back in Ottawa in the heart of winter, my eyelashes freezing together and wind sneaking its way into my sleeves as I walk to campus. One sip of this in my thermos and all would be well again. What flavours really come out for you?
André: I taste the almond and rose each time. The rooibos bark is well chosen for this tea, it compliments the other flavours very well to deliver a well balanced brew.
Brooke: There’s a really good mix of spices, fruits and nuts and yet it still manages to be delicate and not overpowering. Forever Nuts is fruitier and sweeter, while this one is more of a complex mix of sweet and spice. Mmm Mmm, this one will never get old.


 

Twitter was equally pleased with today’s tea:

Day 14: Alpine Punch. Who wants to go to the mountain!?
. Day 14: alpine punch. A creamy, almond-scented rooibos perfect on a cold winter day.
Today’s is martianradio’s fave, . In a boot because Ich bin eine entzückende Deutsche. #liquidmarzipan #punchalpin

Final thoughts:

Brooke: There has been, and always will be, a tin of this in our cupboard. A perfect winter tea that warms you up, keeps your day sweet, and delivers a pleasant burst of almond and ginger.
André: A five star tea in my books. Alpine Punch is my go-to winter tea. Can we have another cup?

And there you go- an obvious choice for a stocking stuffer or Secret Santa gift. : )

Until next tea,

Brooke and André

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Our Chalet in Adelboden, Switzerland: a perfect place to a cuppa Alpine Punch. 

Day 12: The Spice is Right

Welcome to Day 12, folks!

Today Stacey was able to Skype with me and Andre and together we hummed, hawed, and slurped our way through today’s tea. Come on down and read along with The Spice is Right!

Tea: The Spice is Right

Description: Is there any flavour combo more comforting than orange and cinnamon? There’s something about it that’s instantly comforting – like warm spice cake or a glass of hot punch. But nostalgia isn’t the only thing giving you that warm fuzzy feeling. Cinnamon is said to have warming properties, and one sip of this spice-laden green tea is all it takes to get that cozy fireside feeling going. Add some sweet orange peel and a zingy hint of chili pepper, and you’ve got a zesty blend that warms you up from the inside out.

Ingredients: cinnamon, green tea, orange peel, cloves, chili pepper. With natural flavouring.

Brooke: My Dad said it “did not like this one at all” and opted to brew some Nepal Black instead. My mom, on the other hand said she quite fancied it. Smelling it now, all I really get is that blast of cinnamon hearts again, so I’m nervous about how strong the flavour will be.
Stacey: I smell apple!
Brooke: …There’s no apple in it, Stace. Your nose is wrong.
Stacey: What? I…Oh you’re right…Well. Weird.

*sip*

André: This tea is spicy like a chai, mm! It reminds me of a tea my mom used to have called Mandarin Spice. It’s a lot like a chai in the sense that it’s spicy, but you mostly taste the cinnamon and cloves. I like it even though I usually like heavy duty chai teas. This is a lot lighter than a normal chai.
Stacey: The cinnamon hits you pretty hard at the beginning, so the green tea is a bit of an odd combo.
Brooke: What makes a chai tea a chai tea? Hmm.. Apparently it needs to be a “black tea with Indian spice such as cardamom, ginger, cinnamon and clove”, often served with milk. I think I would still classify this as a chai because of the dance between the cinnamon and cloves that plays out on your palate. Although the green tea leaves and the shorter steep time make this one a little less intense. I am wondering maybe if my experience change if I add milk…
Stacey: But it’s a green tea, you don’t normally add milk to a green tea.
Brooke: The internet says that you can add milk to green tea, although apparently the health properties are negated when you add milk- who knew! Sorry antioxidants, not today.
Stacey:  Hmm, I’m tasting more of the orange flavour now. I think the green tea tones down the cinnamon flavour once you sip the tea a bit.
Brooke: I do feel the heat of the chili pepper and I like it!
Stacey: Really? Aw, I don’t taste it at all.

Final thoughts:

André: All my thoughts on this one are positive.
Brooke: Overall, I liked it too. I am still confused as to why they didn’t call it chai… but maybe it’s because it was a green tea. I would probably have it again, for sure.
Stacey: I think it has one of those cinnamon-y flavours that I don’t particularly enjoy. Although it definitely tones down with the green tea pairing, it’s not something I would choose to drink again I think.

Twitter seemed to enjoy this brew, overall:

@bailamefitness Day 12 of . Organic The Spice is Right is a sweet and spiced green tea, great addition to a good book or just reflection on this rainy morning. Happy Saturday! #MorningTea #TeaAddict #TeaADay #simplethings #CalmBeforeTheStorm

@loosy83 Der roch schon durchs Geschenkpapier so gut 😍 #adventskalender #12von12

The Spice Is Right! Tastes like liquid cinnamon hearts!  

What were your taste buds saying? Did they have a ballad playing out on your tongue?

Until next tea,

Brooke and Stacey (and André)

 

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Spice up your life!

 

Day 9: Cinnamon Rooibos Chai

Hi tea drinkers!

Today was another busy one; Stacey was in meetings all morning and I was off teaching science to grade 8s…in French! Phew! Look at us. To add to the fun, I decided that it would be a great idea to speak about the tea today en francais. Let’s see how it turned out!

Tea: Cinnamon Rooibos Chai

Cinnamon Rooibos Chai

Description: Cinnamon is so much more than just the tastiest spice around. According to aromatherapy principles, it supposedly enhances your ability to concentrate. Plus it has a clean and refreshing taste your breath will thank you for. In in this cinnamon-packed rooibos tea, its benefits truly shine. Amazing hot, iced or as a spicy tea latte, it’s a delicious new way to enjoy a classic spice.

Ingredients: Rooibos, apple, cinnamon. With natural cinnamon flavouring.

Stacey: Brooke I HATE this tea.
Brooke: What?! You haven’t even sipped it!
Stacey: I just remember this tea from one of our previous posts and I think every word out of my mouth was “ick” and “yuck”. It’s just too sweet for my taste buds. But my Mom said that it reminded her of cinnamon hearts that her Dad would get her every Valentine’s Day.
Brooke: Aw, that’s super cute. I love how tea can evoke such vivid memories.
Stacey: And my Dad really liked the tea, probably because it was so sweet.
Brooke: Well it certainly smells like candied cinnamon hearts to me.
Stacey: Ugh, I don’t want to drink it.
Brooke: But maybe it’s different this time, Stace! Give it a chance.

*sip*

Brooke: [Cue the French] Que penses-tu?
Stacey: Oh….It’s not as bad as I remember. I mean, wait, um…
Brooke: Tu l’aimes?
Stacey: Wait why I am I the one typing this? I won’t be able to know what you’re saying. My French is okay but not necessarily “scribe” ready!
Brooke: That is going to make that much better.
Stacey: Er… Ce n’est pas…sweet? (sucré) aujourd’hui.
Brooke: I find it doesn’t really go well with my pickle. I mean…Je pense que le goût…
Stacey: Oh god.
Brooke: …ne vas pas avec ma lunch.
Stacey: Ma lunch?
Brooke: Déjeuner? Parce que j’ai encore le goût de cornichon dans ma bouche. Je suis d’accord avec tes sentiments, Stacey. Ce thé n’est pas aussi sucré qu’on a pensé.
Stacey: Okay, back to English, I can’t handle this.
Brooke: Well, we tried!
Stacey: I think it’s not as sweet this time because DAVIDsTEA changed the ingredients again. Ah yes, no honey or orange peel this time.
Brooke: Yeah, André was harping on the orange zest last time too, so he may enjoy the blend this year! Hooray!

Final Thoughts: 

Stacey: Any other thoughts Brooke?
Brooke: I am going to give this one away.
Stacey: Oh, why?
Brooke: I just I don’t think I would have a craving for this type of tea. Cinnamon has never been a flavour I have searched for in my food. In the same way I don’t much like cinnamon hearts and hot lip candies, this tea really isn’t my jam. It’s neat, though. Just not one I’d reach for.
Stacey: I actually like this one better this time, surprisingly!
Brooke: Well, my Mom approves of this tea, too.
Stacey: Mom and Dad approved! Win!

Twitter was also confused and pleased with Day 9:

@dilaralit   Day 9: cinnamon rooibos chai. Not a big fan of this one but it sure is festive with my sugar cookie 🎄

@joolstothegools I like Day 9, but I’m mixing it with a caffeinated chai because MORNINGS.

Day 9 was a strong & festive tea. Might be in the running for #1. 
This tea shocked us and rocked us (in a mostly good way), how about you? Did it make you feel festive? L’as-tu aimé?
Au prochain thé,
Brooke and Stacey
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Yum! I mean, miam!

Day 8: Cherry Blossom

Hi readers!

Today we were late getting started and barely had time to chat about our brews but wow, this one was worth the wait. What a splendid mix of flavours and lovely aroma for today’s busy schedules. I hope tomorrow is actually today again so we can have more (a la Ground Hog Day). Oops, on to the blog!

Tea: Cherry Blossom

Description: When it comes to making a romantic statement, this alluring white tea simply can’t be beat. For starters, it’s packed with big, juicy cherries, said by some to be an aphrodisiac. Hey, it can’t hurt. Plus it’s strewn with pretty pink rose blossoms – a sure-fire sign of love, friendship and affection. But the real key to their heart? Its delicately bright and fruity taste. Just one sip and they’ll be saying “I do!”

Ingredients: White tea, green tea, cherries, coconut chips, rosebuds, natural and artificial cherry flavouring

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Brooke: My mom quite liked this one, she said it has “a sweet” and she “likes the sweet”. The giant rosehip in the loose leaf worried her but she loved the  cherry taste that gives it its name.
Stacey: My mom said that the smell of cherry blossoms filled the house this morning. She said it reminded her of those cherry chocolates with cream in the middle and it brought her back to her childhood. 🙂
Brooke: We seriously are out of a job when our friends and family review these teas better than we do. How adorable! Let’s drink!

*Sip*

Brooke:  Mmmm! Rosey. I never thought I wanted something to taste like a rose, but this is lovely!

Stacey:  Mhmm, very nice indeed. I don’t even mind that it’s not hot anymore. Actually, again, I think it would take away from the flavour if it was.
Brooke:It’s not nearly as sweet as Sleigh Ride or Mango Madness, it’s less harsh. It reminds me of the jasmine/lavender ones we’ve had before- makes me think I’m in a garden full of flowers!
 Stacey: Mhmm and the white tea makes it so delicate.
 Brooke: Yes- it’s cozy. It reminds me of a tea party/art show that I went to with my friend Hayley and our moms years and years ago. An artist invited guests and customers to her home for a gorgeous tea party as a showing of her works. It was all very special, and this tea would fit in so nicely at that party!
 Stacey: That sounds so sophisticated! I feel like I would want to drink this at a tea party that was outside where everyone is wearing big hats.
 Brooke: Sophisticated big hats? Or Dr. Seuss Cat in the Hat hats?
 Stacey: Like at a party for the Queen! Queen hats!
 Brooke: Absolutely.

Twitter was abuzz with this floral brew, too:

@royalhistorian: Today in #24daysoftea- Cherry Blossom! White tea,green tea,cherries, coconut chips, rosebud-  perfume smell, tastes like cherry candy

@stet_: #24daysoftea @DAVIDsTEA Cocktail adventure day 8: Cherry Blossom. #imbibe #cocktail

@_jfleeve: Well, this one’s a #stunner. #24daysoftea (#day8) features #davidstea #cherryblossom. #Whitetea, #greentea, huge #cherries, #cherryblossoms, and #coconutchips! Super excited to try this one later today!

As we stretch on into week 2 of December, life continues to hurry along. Don’t forget to slow down and sip your tea, folks!

Until next tea,

Brooke and Stacey

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See you tomorrow, DAVIDsTEA!

 

Day 7: North African Mint

Hi fellow tea steepers!

Welcome to Day 7 of #24DaysofTea, where we somehow let a groggy and still-in-bed Andre one-up our review of this tasty blend. Take it away, generic description and ingredient list!

Tea: North African Mint

North African Mint

Description: Explore Northern Africa, from its souks to its deserts, with this intense combination of spices and mint. It combines organic green tea and peppermint with organic cardamom, ginger, licorice root, fennel clove and black pepper. Deliciously sweet, with all the romance of the Maghreb.

Ingredients: Green tea, ginger, peppermint, cardamom, licorice root, fennel, clove, black pepper

Stacey: My Mom said this tea doesn’t really taste like mint, which is odd because this is a mint tea…
Brooke: Guess we will see-  I remember liking this one. It’s one of Andre’s favourites, so it’s gotta be good!

*sip*

Brooke: Mmm..
Stacey:  Oh! Oh. Wow.
Brooke: I love this! Mmm! I mean, it’s not like an herbal peppermint, it’s got some caffeine to it because of the green tea leaves. And is that licorice? No, it can’t be.
Stacey:  Yes, ingredients say there is licorice and fennel in it!
Brooke:Well then, there you go.
Stacey:  I like that it has a nice earthy flavour to it.
Brooke: Mhmm, this is the type of tea that you can’t steep for too long, I bet. I think the flavours would be too strong if you did. This one has to be soft on the palate to be fully enjoyed.
Andre: (Groggily from bedroom, through the door): Are you ….drinking North African Mint? That’s my favourite…. It reminds me of chai tea because of the cloves. ..And I like the pepper in it. The …. added mint really lets you taste the spectrum of flavours, from cool to spicy, you know? Depending on how long you steep it… the spectrum will be hit somewhere different. Mmm.. (goes back to sleep)
Stacey: Wow, I feel like we don’t need to be review the tea any more, Brooke.
Brooke: We’re out of a gig!

Final thoughts:

Brooke: This tea is great because you taste the pepper, cloves, licorice, and ginger. It’s so complex and really comes together quite nicely.
Stacey: I am really digging the mix of flavours.Glad they didn’t change much about it from last time we tried it. I think it’s more than just mint tea, so don’t be fooled by the name!
(Sleepy Andre gives North African Mint 5/5)
Brooke: I like how he contributed most of this post but didn’t even sip the tea.

Twitter was equally impressed with today’s tea:

organic north African mint! Delicious and delicate flavour! This calendar was a great investment~
  – Day 7 – North African Mint – perfect for soothing my sore throat
 Day 7 N. African mint! A complex green tea w/peppermint, cardamom, fennel & cloves. Perfect to soothe a sore tummy!

And there you go! Another winner from DAVIDsTEA from the 24DaysofTea set.

Until next tea,

Brooke and Stacey (and sleepy Andre)

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