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.

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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 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 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 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 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 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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