Day 22: Snow Day

Hello fellow tea connoisseurs!

Today Brooke and Andre are up bright an early to start their Christmas journey to visit with Andre’s Mum in Penticton. Which means we get to have the tea at normal morning time for me! Hurray! Well, I do feel bad that they have to wake up so early, but is nice to have the tea so early in the day. Today’s tea isn’t really fitting for most of the country, but hey, at least we can have a snow day in tea form!

Tea: Snow Day

Snow Day

Description: Got a blizzard on the way? Score! There’s no better excuse to cozy up inside with a great cup of tea. And this all natural chocolate-mint tisane is the perfect way to warm up on a chilly winter day. With peppermint, cacao nibs and dark chocolate drops, it’s sweet, creamy and oh-so comforting. The best part? Cute little snowflake-shaped sprinkles that add a touch of sweetness. Bring it on, winter!

Ingredients: Peppermint leaves, cocoa beans, cocoa husk, chocolate drops (sugar, cocoa mass, cocoa butter, cocoa powder, sunflower lecithin), white chocolate pieces (sugar, cocoa butter, whole milk powder, sunflower lecithin), sugar sprinkles

5:42am PT, 8:42am ET

Brooke: Up with the tea.
Stacey: Whoa! Good morning!
Brooke: After my root canal I had an overwhelming metalic taste in my mouth. Even after a few hours rest and multiple tooth brushing I still taste it, so this tea may taste bloody awful.
Stacey: Oh man, this is so early for you. You poor thing. I hope it tastes good for you too, maybe the tea will bring in some good flavours.
Brooke: It smells lovely. I’m disappointed it’s an herbal though. I’m gonna need the caffeine, seeing as it is 5:45am.
Stacey: I also have a caffeinated tea. I am double fisting! Can we sip now?

*sip*

Brooke: We’re both making gross faces. Stevia and mint. Ick!
Stacey: There’s no stevia in this tea though! I think it has a creamy, minty taste. I like it!
Brooke: We all do not! Andre said he would drink it but he didn’t say he’d like it.
Stacey: Aw man! So just me then?
Brooke: Honestly, for me, the metallic is dampening everything else.
Stacey: It reminds me of cocomint cream, but without the coconut.
Brooke: I don’t think I liked that one either. I am going to eat this candy cane instead. Except not bite it because I have a mummified tooth now. 😦
Stacey: Aw you poor thing. I’ll keep sipping the tea though!

Brooke and I also had a chance to ask our Moms what they thought:

Lorie: It smells like peppermint chocolate! I’m currently crushing candy canes to go on my Candy Cane Shortbread Bars, so this the perfect tea to compliment the smells! Mmm I like this tea! Very cozy, like you are in front of a fire looking outside at the snow falling on a snow day. We can only wish for that this year unfortunately.
Cathy: I think I like it! Peppermint-y and fun! Traces of chocolate for the sweet tooth, yet calming.

Eric also had a few things to say:

Eric: I’ve never had a full cup before, it really feels like it is coating my mouth with warmth. I wonder if it would be good as a sore throat tea.

Finally, here is what the people of Twitter had to saw about today’s brew:

Day 22: Snow Day. This one smells delish. Mint and white chocolate with snowflake sprinkles! #24DaysOfTea
#24daysoftea snow day for day 22! minty chocolate-y goodness!
Today’s offering in the #24daysoftea is an herbal infusion that tastes like mint hot chocolate. What a delightful way to start the day!

Final Thoughts:

Unfortunately Brooke and Andre didn’t care too much for this one. I, on the other hand, thought it was a nice warm, creamy brew that was a good mix of chocolate and mint. And it sounds like Lorie, Cathy and Eric agreed! Eric and I also thought it was neat that the snowflake sprinkles went up and down in the water as the tea was steeping. Anyone else experience this effect? It was almost like it was snowing in the cup!

Well, only two more teas left folks! Who would have thought December would go so quickly! We hope you’re all ready for the holidays or almost ready so you can enjoy the season with loved ones. See you tomorrow!

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

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Looks like Brooke and Andre are in a real life Snow Day on the infamous Coquihalla Route.

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Day 21: Cardamom French Toast

Hi Tea Drinkers,

Happy Monday! Today Brooke and I were able to skype for a few minutes before I had to go back to work and she had to get ready for a trip to the dentist. We probably could have just talked about the smell of this tea, my goodness! Does it ever smell good! We decided to steep it though and give it the ol’ taste test. Here we go!

Tea: Cardamom French Toast

Cardamom French Toast

Description: Something about cardamom just puts us in a festive frame of mind. We love its rich, fragrant taste any way we can get it. One of our faves? The buttery, cardamom-scented Christmas breads popular in Sweden and Finland. And cardamom toast is great, it only stands to reason that cardamom French toast would be out of this world. With black tea, cardamom, cane sugar and cinnamon, this rich, sweet blend tastes just like the decadent breakfast of our dreams. Only this is one brunch item you’ll be wanting all day long.

Ingredients: Black tea, cinnamon, lemon peel, coriander seeds, cardamom, coconut sugar, cane sugar, natural and artificial flavouring.

Stacey: This tea smells amazing!
Brooke: Yeah, it does. It’s all caramel-ly smelling.
Stacey: Caramel?
Brooke: Yeah, almost like a butter smell.
Stacey: Maybe that’s the cane sugar, that’s melted?

*sip*

Brooke: Is there vanilla in here?
Stacey: Nope, no vanilla.
Brooke: Mmm, this is such a Christmas tea. It might even be our Christmas morning tea! I love it!
Stacey: Yeah and it’s not sweet at all, which I love!
Brooke: I would say it’s sweet, but not the fruit sweet we usually taste. The only sweetness is the butter-yness I described.
Stacey: I’m just glad I can drink it, usually if they add sugar I don’t want it.
Brooke: I like that they put sugar in it and not Stevia.
Stacey: Yep, Only coconut sugar and cane sugar in here.
Brooke: Give it to me!
Stacey: It does taste a lot like french toast.
Brooke: Makes me not want to have french toast because I feel like I am already having it.
Stacey: This is seriously very delicious.
Brooke: Uh oh, I am starting to taste a bit too much sugar now.
Stacey: Oh not me, are you further down the cup.
Brooke: Yeah, maybe halfway through.
Stacey: Nope, no sugar for me. Mmm.

Here’s what the Twitter-verse had to say:

Final Thoughts: 

Stacey: I left the drippings out on my desk for the rest of the day and I am so glad I did…it made my office smell delicious! And it tasted just as good! As my Mom said, this is one for the cupboards!

Unfortunately Brooke had to go for a root canal today so she wasn’t able to share her final thoughts. Remember how I said to wish her a happy birthday yesterday? Well today, you should send her some love for her sore tooth. I know she would appreciate it.

Another one for the books! Wish we could have ended it on a happier note, but there’s nothing happy about a root canal. 😦

Until next tea,
Stacey and Brooke

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Day 20: Moment of Zen

Hello friends!

It’s Brooke’s birthday today! And since it’s her birthday and she’s a busy little bee, we texted what we thought of today’s blend. And what do we have today? Moment of Zen…how fitting!

Tea: Moment of Zen

Description: Whatever life throws our way, we can always find comfort in a great cup of tea. Especially when it’s scented with dreamy, night-blooming jasmine. Its delicate, floral aroma is as relaxing as it gets – like aromatherapy in a cup. First created during China’s Song Dynasty, jasmine tea has been improving moods, relieving stress and just making people happy for over 1000 years. In this oh-so soothing blend, we mix jasmine green tea with sweet blackberries and pretty cornflower blossoms. It’s the perfect little escape.

Ingredients: Green tea scented with jasmine, blackberries, mallow blossoms, cornflower blossoms, natural blackberry flavouring.

*sip*

Andre: It reminds me of warm welches grape juice. It’s not bad!
Stacey: I taste a lot of the jasmine.
Eric: It definitely has a leafy taste from the green tea. But yeah, I would agree taste a lot like grape juice.
Brooke: Mmm, another spa like tea! The blackberry is a great addition to the jasmine.
Stacey: Yeah, this tea would be nice to take this in a thermos to spa nordik.
Eric: I like the roundness of it. You taste the healthy flavour of the green tea, but without the bitterness. The jasmine and blackberry add a nice sweetness.
Brooke: It tastes a lot like the jasmine green we had earlier, the one my mom said reminded her of distinct perfume.
Eric: It has a nice flavour profile, so much so  that I can still taste it even after I swallow.
Brooke: I think Davids tea has really shown me how much I love floral teas. Lavender, jasmine, and rose hip…mmm I really love those scents. This tea is very neat.
Stacey: I like the aroma. So floral and fruity!
Brooke: I may not crave it and demand more but if I was visiting a friend and they made a pot, I would have a cup or two.
Stacey: Agreed! We are drinking a pot and having it with the little green tea cups from DT. It is definitely completing the experience.
Brooke: Not as delicious as the ciders we tried at a gorgeous cidery on the island just now. Oooh wow!

Here’s what the people of Twitter had to say:

@DAVIDsTEA today’s #TeaOfTTheDay was so good! Moment of Zen #24DaysOfTea one of my new favourites!
#24DaysofTea – Day 20 – Moment of Zen, exactly what I need in the midst of holiday preparations @DAVIDsTEA
Jour20! On comment la journée avec un Moment Zen @DAVIDsTEA davidstea #24DaysOfTea

Final Thoughts:

This tea is a perfect match for the hustle and bustle of the holiday season. Nicely rounded and good mix of green tea, jasmine, and blackberry. We’d recommend if you need some relaxation time. Unless you can get yourself to a cidery, then we recommend that!

Well another tea has come and gone folks! Only 4 teas left, which means only 4 more days until Christmas! Remember to take a moment for yourself this week, oh and if you haven’t done so already wish Brooke a happy birthday. Happy Birthday Brooke!

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

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I don’t know who Kayley is but I like her card.

 

Day 18: Forever Nuts

Hello tea lovers!

We’re slowly winding down the advent calendar, with today marking 1 week until Christmas! And while there may not be snow in the air, the hustle and bustle of Christmas is definitely present! Luckily, we opened our drawers to find one of favourites teas today. We have enjoyed this tea every year (2012, 2013, 2014) since we started the tea blog and I think this year will be no exception.

Tea: Forever Nuts

Description: It looks all normal when it’s loose. But steep it and you’ll see that it’s nuts. Within seconds, this tempting jumble of almond slices and chunks, apple bits and cinnamon bark starts turning a crazy shade of pink. Why? Because it contains a hint of beetroot. That’s what gives this rich almond tea its earthy depth and its all-natural signature colour. Deliciously nutty, decidedly addictive. Caffeine-free.

Ingredients: Apple, almonds, cinnamon, beetroot and artificial flavouring.

Stacey: So I may have steeped this for 10 minutes accidentally…
Brooke: Oopsie, I steeped mine for barely 4 minutes, so we can compare!
Stacey: I was excited to find out that this was the tea today because I know how much we love it!
Brooke: Andre has his top five teas and this one is in mine. I was introduced to it one year when my Secret Santa in Halifax wanted it for Christmas. I asked my Mom to pick it up for me and she said “It is a tin full of nuts, I don’t know how this could be a tea”. And so began my relationship with DavidsTea.

*sip*

Stacey: Oh yeah, still good.
Brooke: Ohhh! Sooo good!
Stacey: I don’t know why you like it, it has apple.
Brooke: I don’t dislike apple, I love apple! And this is the only way I can get apple without inflamed lips and a scratchy throat!
Stacey: I think I like this because sometimes when you have almond in a tea, it’s too over powering, but here it compliments the apple and cinnamon perfectly.
Brooke: A lot of the teas so far this year are cinnamon or fruit teas. But this isn’t a cinnamon tea or fruit tea. It is more like eating an apple crumble. It reminds me of the nutty granola on top and the cinnamon sweetness from the apple at the centre. Delicious!
Stacey: But it’s not too sweet, which I LOVE. Often with herbals it’ll be too sweet for my taste.
Brooke: I remember when I was doing my Master’s degree last year and I was having an off-day at the lab. I had made a tea for myself but didn’t turn out right and tasted awful. I had texted Andre to tell him my tea woes and about an hour later he texted me to come outside. And there he was looking oh-so-cool in his leather jacket leaning up against his car with a cup of “Forever Nuts” in hand for me. Swoon.
Stacey: I remember that! So cuute!
Brooke: This tea reminds me of so many good memories. And the apple in it is exactly what you want. This is so worth the little scratch in my throat if I get one!
Stacey: We should have these in cute china tea cups at some point, because the pink would look super cute. The pink is so lovely!
Brooke: Yes, good ol’ beetroot at it again.

Final thoughts:

Brooke: This tea is a liquid dessert that you don’t need to feel guilty having at any time of the day. Not too sweet, with just enough apple and cinnamon to warm you right up. 5 thumbs up!
Stacey: The perfect comfort tea. A must-have… except I don’t have any at the moment. But that’s what Christmas is for, right?

Here’s what the folks on Twitter had to say:

Day 18 is Forever Nuts. It looks (and tastes!) more like müesli than #tea! #24daysoftea
#24DaysOfTea#Day18#DavidsTea#ForeverNuts yum!! I will always like this tea!
Nuts about today’s tea. Can’t figure out what it reminds of #mystery
Well folks, that’s it for today. Another day, another favourite. Now if you excuse me, I think I’m going to have another cup!
Until next tea,
Stacey and Brooke

That pink!

 

Day 15: Honey, I Dew

Happy December 15th everyone!

As seems to be a trend this year, our schedules and the time change only allowed me and Brooke to sip our teas together for about 10 minutes. At least we can fit in a few minutes, right? Onward!

Tea: Honey, I Dew

Description: In Vietnam, melons are a sign of good luck. In Chinese medicine, they’re said to help cool the body down. Around here, we think they’re just about the tastiest fruit around – especially when you pair them with fresh, delicate white tea. With fruity hints of pineapple and mango, this melon-packed blend is refreshing, juicy and naturally sweet. The best part? This tea was named by our customers! Is there anything they can’t dew?

Ingredients: Apple, white tea, pineapple, (pineapple, sugar), melon (melon, sucrose, calcium chloride, citric acid, natural melon flavouring), mango (mango, sugar), rose petals, natural watermelon flavouring)

Stacey: I have so many little bitties in my tea. I would show you but I think I would spill tea on my keyboard.
Brooke: Well that certainly wouldn’t be very good. Keep it safe!

*sip*

Brooke: This tea would be SO nice in the summer as an ice tea! It has all the things you would want in an iced-tea, so much so that you wouldn’t even need to put a sweetener it like agave syrup.
Stacey: Agreed, but because it’s a white tea I don’t mind that it’s warm. It has the flavour of sweetness, without being too sweet…if that makes sense.
Brooke: I feel very weird drinking something so fruity at 8 in the morning.
Stacey: I feel less odd because it’s 11 am here.
Brooke: I think DavidsTea did a good job capturing the flavour of honeydew melon. I absolutely taste that.
Stacey: Agreed, I think this is a rare tea where you taste exactly what you smell. Also there’s apple in here.
Brooke: Right, it is the first ingredient. Dang.

Brooke had to head to another Let’s Talk Science event, so we continued our review via text: 

Stacey: I like this tea, but I’m not blown away.
Brooke: I am drinking it now, it’s at room temperature and wow! So much nicer. I would drink this all the time!
Stacey: I’d say it would be an “every now and then” tea.
Brooke: Mmm, Stacey! It’s like calorie-free juice. Still tea-y but fun!
Stacey: Actually, it isn’t calorie free. The website says there are 10 calories per cup.
Brooke: Ack! My blood sugar!

My Mom also had a few thoughts for today’s tea:

Lorie: This tea would be great iced, it tastes exactly like melon. It makes me think of summer and eating melon in my backyard.

Final Thoughts

Stacey: This tea didn’t necessarily ‘wow’ me, but it did have a lot of good flavours. I think I would have to try this one cold to give it a full review, but if you like honey dew this one’s for you!

Brooke: I say have this brew cold, or not at all. It was a very strange feeling to have such a sweet and fruity drink so early in the morning and so darn hot, but when it cooled down- voila! Its existence made sense. 🙂

Well, there you have it another summer tea that some how made its way into the #24daysoftea.

Until next tea,
Stacey and Brooke

 

Honey, I Dew want this on ice

Day 13: Buddha’s Blend

Hello friends!

Brooke and I decided to do a split post today–me enjoying a cup with my Mom over Skype and Brooke sipping the tea with Andre whilst doing some afternoon baking. Let’s see what this Sunday blend had in store!

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 artificial flavouring.

Lorie: I am so excited for this tea, it’s my favourite!
Stacey: Me too! We’ve always loved this one.
Lorie: This is such a nice tea to enjoy on a deary, misty, yucky day like today. It’s perfect because I had a day of baking and now I get to relax, drink a tea, and watch my football.
Stacey: That does sound pretty perfect!

*sip*

Stacey: Hmm, I might have over steeped mine and it was piping hot when I poured it so I might have burnt it.
Lorie: Oh not me, I use my fancy kettle so it boils just at the temperature recommended for white tea.
Stacey: Well la dee daa. I still taste the floral flavours though. And the jasmine pearls are so nice.
Lorie: I don’t normally enjoy jasmine in my tea but in this case, I don’t mind it being there. I LOVE this tea.
Stacey: I remember there being a peach flavour to this last time, but I don’t really taste it.
Lorie: Mine tastes like peach, it’s nice and refreshing. There’s also no after taste, which I like. And I usually have my teas piping hot, but this is one I can have cooler.

Over in Victoria, the afternoon baking had just begun!

Brooke: I’ll let the butter get to room temperature while we sip this one.
Andre: First thing I notice about this tea is its fruity and floral smell. Secondly, this feel very nice in my hands. So cozy and warm.

*Sip*

Andre: I really do taste the floral notes in this- some sort of blossom, maybe?
Brooke: Hibiscus blossom!
Andre: That must be it! I really like it. It’s quite nice, I’ve never really had a tea like it before.
Brooke: Mm, another great flower-tea. Every time I have this one it reminds me of fields of lupins in Prince Edward Island.
Andre: You can definitely taste the oolong in it.
Brooke: Oolong? There’s no oolong in this one!
Andre: Well, then I definitely don’t taste it. It just reminds me of that vanilla oolong they used to have.
Brooke: I get hints of vanilla- I can see that.
Andre: This one reminds me of a tea that I used to bring with me to Gatineau Park where I would rock climb in the winter. Sending a boulder problem in the cold and then sipping a nice warm tea- this one could be it!

Final thoughts:

Lorie: This is a staple in my cupboard. I am always a fan of white teas and this one doesn’t disappoint. I always like having this tea after I’ve finished all my errands for the day and I can just chill out. Definitely recommend this one!
Stacey: I like the delicate flavours in this tea. The mix of white and green teas is very interesting on the palate. Always a favourite, I recommend this tea too!
Brooke: Super happy that this one is a 24 Days of Tea staple. It’s always a delightful blend that gives me the warm fuzzies.
Andre: I think this is a perfect tea for anyone who wants to just wind down and relax, whether it’s coming home from a long day at work or just trying to get into a calmer state of mind- this brew really has a calming effect. If you’re looking to relax, this tea delivers.

Well, it seems that today was a popular day for baking and relaxing, and Buddha’s Blend was the perfect compliment. What a great day to spend a Sunday! Maybe I’ll have a second cup to keep the calm effect going.

Until next tea,
Stacey and Brooke (and Lorie and Andre)

Mmm mmm good.

Day 11: Hot Chocolate

Hello friends!

Brooke is off at a full-day conference today, so it will be just me reviewing the tea. Who knew time change would be so difficult for two roomies who want to enjoy a cup of tea together? In any case, I’ll try to bring some excitement by adding thoughts from my co-worker Poppy, and Eric to round out the post. Let’s see how hot chocolate tastes in tea form!

Tea: Hot Chocolate

Hot Chocolate

Description: We take hot chocolate pretty seriously around here. It’s gotta be rich, decadent and mega-creamy. And after searching high and low for the ultimate hot chocolate tea, we finally found the perfect blend. We took a flavourful base of pu’erh and black tea, then we added real cocoa nibs and fudgy chocolate chips. The result? An uber-chocolately blend worthy of the name Hot Chocolate. Dark, sweet and totally satisfying, it’s the perfect winter treat.

Ingredients: Pu’erh tea, black tea, cocoa nibs, chocolate chips (sugar, chocolate liquor, cocoa butter, soy lecithin, vanilla), chocolate curls (sugar, cocoa butter, whole milk powder, chocolate liquor, whey powder, lactose, soy lecithin, vanilla), stevia extract

Since Brooke wasn’t able to have the tea with me today, that meant that I was able to have it right in the morning. It was quite the change!

*sip*

Stacey: Well this is definitely a pur’eh.
Poppy: It’s kind of got a smokey taste to it.
Stacey: Yeah, not as sweet as I was expecting.
Poppy: I don’t hate it but I don’t know if I love it. It kind of tastes like watered down hot chocolate.
Stacey: Almost tastes like one of those chocolate calcium chews…not sure if that’s a good thing though. Any final thoughts?
Poppy: I probably wouldn’t buy it myself, but I would drink it if someone offered it to me.
Stacey: And that’s exactly what happened!

Later this morning Eric also provided his two cents: 

Eric: It’s a sweet tea that hit its mark in terms of the flavor. Unfortunately it doesn’t quite live up to what a hot chocolate is, especially like the one we had on the canal. I’m sure a foamy late version of it would make it much more enjoyable.
Stacey: Agreed, earlier Poppy and I were saying it was almost like a watered down hot chocolate. I almost prefer this though, mostly because hot chocolate is often too sweet for me.
Eric: Good point, I almost never drink hot chocolate because the sweetness is overpowering. So the watered down might not be a failure but rather a way to make it more enjoyable for us.
Stacey: I would be interested to try this is in a latte format though.

Final Thoughts: 

Stacey: As usually, as the tea cooled down the more flavour notes were present. This tea has a nice smooth creamy factor to it that bring out different layers of chocolate. I really enjoyed drinking this one but probably wouldn’t make it one of my regulars. Glad I got to try it though with 24 days of tea!

 Here’s what the Twitterverse had to say:

@lol_laurabHot Chocolate Pu’erh was the warm hug I needed to wake up on this sluggish Friday. Thanks to @DAVIDsTEA #24daysoftea ☕️

@jfeliciao: today’s @DAVIDsTEA #24DaysOfTea selection is one of my FAVES!!!! #HotChocolate

@megj95: When you start the day with hot chocolate tea it can only be a good day! Thank you @DAVIDsTEA #24daysoftea #heaven

Well, that’s another one for the books folks. What did you all think of this one? See you tomorrow for another round!

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

Here’s hoping that this will be open soon!

Day 10: Nepal Black

Hi tea lovers!

Today was a whirlwind day for me and I actually didn’t get to drink the tea. 😦 I know, what a heartbreak! Seeing as though it is so late in the day and knowing how much caffeine affects me, I thought it best to sit this one out. Good thing André, Brooke, and my Mom all got a taste. Read below to see what they thought!

Tea: Nepal Black

Description: There are good things brewing in the Highlands of Nepal. Like this hand-made black tea, from a small family-owned tea garden named Jun Chiyabari. From the first sip you’ll notice its rich, sweet, honey-like flavour. What doesn’t come through in the cup is how much good this little tea garden does. They’ve set up a ton of amazing community programs to benefit local schools, underprivileged families, and the elderly. This particular tea is a DAVIDsTEA exclusive – now that’s a good thing.

Ingredients: Black tea from Nepal

Lorie: The tea smells like chocolate today! It’s a nice “wake up and start the day” tea. Or if you want to relax it would be a great tea to enjoy while reading a book. I loved that it didn’t have a bitter aftertaste!

Over in Victoria…

André: Mmmm, that’s good tea.
Brooke: Tell me more.
André: Well, Nepal Black is one of the top 5 DAVIDsTEA brews for me, along with North African Mint, Alpine Punch, Saigon Chai, and Darjeeling. It’s like a 5-way tie for the best teas in my books. I don’t know how to describe it; I find it earthier than the Darjeeling, which has a little bit more of a forest-y, sunny, mossy kind of flavour. Nepal Black, though, makes me think of the deep alpine forests. While both are earthy, the Darjeeling is a light and Nepal Black is deep and rich- delicious.
Brooke: Beautifully said. I find it’s also got a caramel-like sweetness to it. Ah yes, the description mentions a honey characteristic, I really get that when I take my first sips. Also, as a black tea, it’s surprisingly free from bitterness.
André: That’s just it- it’s very smooth.
Brooke: But still heavy and full on the palate, what a wonderful weight.
André: Absolutely. I find it a very rich and well rounded tea.
Brooke: Yes, this is just splendid. It’s not hiding anything, it’s not trying to be anything else. It’s rugged but it doesn’t need to prove anything.
André : For anyone who likes black teas, this is the one I recommend.
Brooke: I’m not sure though, it is very sweet for a black tea, no doubt about that. So if someone likes the bitter punch of a smokey black tea, this one wouldn’t be something they would want to reach for. I personally really like this.
André: Well, it’s not like orange pekoe, but I find you get everything you want out of a black tea, with the bitterness removed. Without that bitterness, you get to taste the complexity of the tea more. I kind of wish we had a bag of this… (hint hint).
Brooke: Mmm.. let’s finish this tin off, yummy!
Final thoughts:

André: Often I actually can’t taste how delicious this tea is because I get so excited that I sip it while it’s too hot and burn my tongue. I can’t control myself sometimes! This one’s a keeper.

Brooke: I really enjoy the sweetness of this, it’s subtle and is a good balance to the harshness of black tea leaves. Well done, DAVID!

Back in Ottawa…

Oh man!! Looks like a missed a good one! Hopefully tomorrow will be a herbal tea so I can have this one in the morning…

Until next tea,
Stacey and mostly Brooke and André

Day 6: Glitter and Gold

Hello tea lovers!

Stacey here to bring you day 6 of the 24 days of tea. Today’s tea is one that Brooke and I enjoyed before exactly 3 years ago when, if you remember, Brooke’s toe had an unfortunate accident with our apartment wall. This year thankfully Brooke’s toe went unscathed but there has been a change to the ingredients list. Let’s see if this brew will still have our toes a-tingling!

Tea: Glitter and Gold

Glitter & Gold

Description: Looking for a little star power? This sweet, spiced black tea is filled with pretty little gold star-shaped sprinkles. Take a sip and the slow suggestion of cinnamon will warm your body. Your toes will tingle and your mind will turn to fireworks, falling stars, late-night seduction. It’s basically magic.

Ingredients: Chinese black tea, lemon peel, sugar sprinkles (sugar, rice flour, partly hydrogenated canola oil , shellac, titanium oxide, iron oxide, potato starch), sugar, cloves, natural and artificial flavouring.

Stacey: Okay, so, my parents say the cinnamon is strong with this one, and they kind of think it reminds them of chai. What do we think?
Brooke: The tea isn’t glittering and my heart is broken! What…what happened? There aren’t any glimmering sugar crystals in this one like there were before. The glitter stars have no shimmering effect!

(Brooke: People, this is big. Glitter and Gold was gorgeous- it made your tea look like liquid gold, but this just looks like a regular black tea- I am so sad). 

Stacey: I’m Googling it, apparently there’s a petition (signed by 48 individuals) to bring back the old Glitter and Gold. Wow, people are angry! (Side note: If you are angry too, you can sign the petition here)

*sip*

Brooke: Mmmm at least they didn’t change the flavour!
Stacey: Uh oh, I think I might have over steeped mine. It’s a bit too strong right now.
Brooke: Wow, yeah, not me.  The cinnamon’s nice, the cloves are nice, everything about this tea is nice.
Stacey: Actually, no I didn’t over steep at all. This tea is great! Maybe it doesn’t need to glimmer! It still shimmers taste-wise.
Brooke: What a weird thing to say.
Stacey: My brain’s not working properly yet, Brooke.
Brooke: I bet my Dad’s going to like this one.
Stacey: Yeah, it’s sophisticated like him. It’s not a chai, but it’s got a lot of the same flavours.
Brooke: I think so far out of the calendar, this is my favourite taste and smell wise.
Stacey: I did like the smell, too. The cinnamon and cloves were hitting me in the face. But in a nice way, you know?
Brooke: Of course, I do that all the time!

We then took a little break from the tea review to chat about Christmas shopping, stockings, and stocking fillers. (Brooke: It’s Christmas! It’s December! How exciting! I want to sing carols!)

Brooke: Mm, I am really enjoying this tea! The cloves just make me feel so Christmas-y.
Stacey: Eric said it tasted like fruit cake to him, so that makes sense!

Final thoughts:

Stacey: This tea is toasty and has some really nice flavours. I like it, even without the shimmer!
Brooke: Me too. I find this one to bring back some great memories of DAVIDsTEA Christmases of past, and I’m happy they’re including some good ones this year. I think this tin won’t last long!
Stacey: Ours is already gone…

Here is what the people of Twitter had to say:

: It’s a mild spicy cinnamon flavor & has a pretty,lustrous shimmer to it. Gltr&gold is the Elizabeth Taylor of tea!
Jour6! avec un thé favori le Briller de Mille Feux. Une combinaison parfaite!
Well, even without the shimmer  DavidsTea has us hooked on this one. What are your thoughts? Does the lack of sparkle get to you or are you in it for the flavour? We’d love to hear from you!
Until next tea,
Stacey and Brooke

A refined tea for those with a sophisticated palate.

 

 

 

Day 5: Banana Nut Bread

Happy Saturday tea drinkers!

Today is the first weekend post of December which means both our boys get to join in on the fun and we get to enjoy the tea in our PJs. Can’t get any better than that. Here we go!

Tea: Banana Nut Bread

Description: Like all amazing recipes, this one took years to perfect – and it was totally worth the wait. This tea miraculously captures the flavour of freshly-baked banana bread. The taste of real banana slices blends perfectly with almonds and the sweetness of dates and currants. It’s fragrant, with all the warmth of a loaf hot from the oven. As deliciously comforting as mama’s special recipe, but without the calories.

Ingredients: Dates, currants, almonds, banana, artificial flavouring.

Time: 8:30am PT, 11:30am ET

Brooke:
 Good morning! Just waking up here on the West coast.
Stacey: Eric and I were saying this morning that you should been up at 5am pacific time, like us!
Brooke: Hmm that might be a bit too early. My tea has very little in the tin again. What gives, DAVIDsTEA?
Stacey: Yeah, we used the whole tin to make a pot but it still looks very clear, doesn’t it?
Brooke: Yeah! Hardly any colour to it at all
Stacey: But it has the smell, doesn’t it? I thought I was taking something out of the oven when I poured it into mine and Eric’s cups.
Brooke: Oh, Eric’s there- Hi Eric!
Stacey: Eric did some squats as part of his workout on Wednesday and he is still feeling the DOMS.
Brooke: How many squats did he do?
Eric: 60, with 195 on my back.
Brooke: Well. I could probably two squats with no weight on my back!
Stacey: Me too. We were doing squats in yoga yesterday and it was killing me!
Brooke: Wow you guys are so active.
Stacey: We’ve got a lot a free time! We don’t have Girl Guides, Improv, or School.
Brooke: Good point. I’ll take it.

*sip*

Brooke: Banana!!
Stacey: I taste sweetness… is there stevia in here?
Eric: It tastes like yellow freezies to me. Hmm let me check- ah, as suspected. There’s artificial flavouring.
Stacey: Hey, I like this better than penicillin!
Eric: If I visualize a banana nut bread in my mouth, I can feel the texture, that’s all that’s missing.
Brooke: I like it. But it’s not one that I would go out and get. Here André, why want to try it?
André: Ooh! Water! Wait, this is tea? It’s kind of sweet but doesn’t take like much. I can’t taste much flavour at all…
Brooke: I steeped it forever! Gah!
Stacey: My mom says it tastes better as it cools, but mostly it tasted pretty watered down.
Brooke: Yeah, I want my tea to DO something for me. Invigorate me, excite me, soothe me, calm me…something! But this tea doesn’t.
Eric: It’s just like flavoured water.
Stacey: Yeah, like crystal light but without the sugar.

Final thoughts:

Stacey: It’s just really… flavoured water. The smell is better than the taste, as is often the case with teas. It got me excited, but I was hoping for a bigger flavour. I’m a bit disappointed with this tea, actually.

Brooke: Yeah the big chunks of fruit and nut really excited me. I thought I was in for a treat, but it looks like we would need twice the amount of tea to even get the flavours we were hoping to taste. Again, another one worth considering for iced tea.
Stacey: I don’t want it as an iced tea, either. It’s not sweet enough!
Brooke: But then you add sweetness!
Stacey: But it would still be pretty watered down.
Brooke: That’s why you’d double steep it!!
Stacey: Okaaaay. Fine.

Here is what some folks on Twitter had to say:

Hm. Not sure what to make to today’s . I’m not really getting much of any flavor. Maybe I need a longer steep. (Hah- same idea!)

Today’s is a banana nut bread flavoured infusion-a nice subtle flavour but tea pieces are so small, they get stuck in strainer.

Well it looks like we all would have preferred real banana nut bread today. Did you think the same thing or were you okay having it water form?

Until next tea,
Stacey and Brooke

I think we’ll stick with tea.