Day 2: Alpine Punch

After a late night of bouldering (indoor rock climbing without the ropes- we’re wild!), we settled in for Day #2 of DAVIDsTEA’s 24 Days of Tea. Are you excited?

Stacey: ALPINE PUNCH!

Cheers ALL around on this one. André made some kind of a Sherpa comment, which confused me until Stacey confirmed that something similar to Sherpas were in this tea’s description. Here we go!

Tea: Alpine Punch

Alpine Punch from DAVIDsTEA

Tea Description:  High altitude taste

Have you heard of the barbegazi? According to Swiss lore, they are a group of furry little men that live high in the Alps. They are known for their long, icy beards and enormous feet, which they use to ski down hills and surf on avalanches. But how do they stay warm up in the frozen mountains all year round? We like to think it’s with a fortifying brew like this almond-scented rooibos, with apple, cinnamon, and ginger. If you see some very big footprints next time you’re out hiking, follow them to the barbegazi’s cave and see if they offer you a cup. Limited edition.

Tea Ingredients: Rooibos, coconut chips and rasps, apple pieces, cinnamon pieces, ginger bits, cardamom, black pepper, rose blossoms, almond flakes, artificial flavouring.

Tea Instructions: 1.5tsp, 98 degrees, 4-7 minutes. Perfection.

Stacey opted to shower as the tea boiled. Drinking tea with pjs on is a good way to go to bed, she said.

Stacey: Can I skimp out on the loose leaf?

Brooke: NO YOU MAY NOT.

Stacey:  GOSH DARNIT BROOKE WHY DO YOU MAKE IT COMPLICATED. Oooh! There’s a just little bit left!

Brooke: André, what you remember about your previous Alpine Punch experiences?

André: Well, considering I had some last night, I remember it being delicious, wonderful, and tasting like winter.  I remember it has the happiest smell.

The kettle blew its whistle and André ran off to pour the water in to the teapot.

Oh man, Stacey and I are excited to be doing these reviews again. We missed having late night teas together and we missed our lovely readers.

André brought out our mugs just as Stacey was coming out in her pjs.

Stacey: TEA! But… I want to go to bed.

THEN Stacey nearly flashed us with a hole in her pjs. “Oh no, don’t write that! But seriously, do you see it? Is it okay if I still wear them right now? Cause… okay. Good.”

Brooke: Ooooh this tea smells delicious! Cinnamon, coconut, almond oh my!

Stace: I really need to get another container of this. We had TWO containers of this last year and we finished it.

André: Me too!

Stacey: Hands down…

André: …Best tea ever.

Stacey: Really sad it’s just a winter tea.

Brooke: Why are we even reviewing this tea if we all agree that we totally love it?

André: It’s like you said- it’s a gulper. Wait for it to cool down and gulp it.

Stacey: I’m trying to remember the first time I ever had this tea- honestly the description got me. It’s one of the only rooibos teas I enjoy. It’s jam packed full of amazing  flavours that just go so well together. The almond is delicious.

André: You know, the thing is,  I forget what I was gonna say.

Stacey: Welcome to our tea blog, André. 

André: It IS a very winter tea, couldn’t have it in warm weather, though it would make a very nice iced tea. But I really associate this tea with snow.

Stacey: It’s reminiscent of our last tea blog experience. Put in a thermos on any winter day and it would be golden.

André: I agree- it actually DOES make me want to be a Sherpa.

Tea vibes:

André: Put it in your mouth and enjoy.

Stacey: Buy this tea. What’s our rating system? 5/5, done.

André: Boom.

Stacey: Bow to the tea.

André: Touch down.

Stacey: I like Joseph Gordon-Levitt.

And there you have it! Alpine Punch- it’s a keeper! Those subtle hints of ginger and cardamom keep this tea from being too sweet while the coconut and almond rounds it out perfectly. Wait, there was apple in there? Ack! Get the Benadryl!

Until next tea,

Brooke and Stacey (and André)

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Forever Nuts

Hello tea lovers!

I’m writing to you from my quaint little hometown just northwest of Toronto. As Brooke mentioned in our last post, the next few entries are going to be a little different since we’ll be kilometers apart. Of course, that just means we get to have fun guest bloggers! Today we are joined by my Mom, Lorie, and Brooke’s friend, MK as we investigate Forever Nuts!

forever nuts

Tea: Forever Nuts

Ingredients: Apple, almond, cinnamon, beetroot.

DAVIDsTEA 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.

At home, Mom and I mixed 3 tsp of tea into a pot of 98°C water and let it steep for five minutes.

While waiting for the tea to brew, Mom swore she could smell the cinnamon. After I read the ingredients out to her she noted that she was right on the cinnamon being a prime ingredient (looks like making meaningless bets runs in the family Brooke).

In Ottawa…

Brooke and MK had their cups of tea whilst discussing Master’s degrees in biology, boys, and Brooke’s next gig as a beaver in the upcoming comedy festival, Cracking-Up the Capital.

MK: Oooh it smells like pecan pie!! And I can smell the apple! Oh, and the colour is pink!
Brooke:  Jolly Rancher pink!
MK: I wasn’t expecting that.

Back in the GTA…

*sip*

Lorie: It’s very mellow and earthy, but there’s not much of an almond taste.  [Mom steeped it longer because she said it was a bit weak]. Oh yes, now the almond flavour comes out a bit more.

[I waited until the tea wasn’t still steaming before I took my first sip]

Stacey: Mmm, I always like this one, it’s just so nice.
Lorie: Yes, it’s very relaxing after the stress of Christmas. It’s like an almond cookie!
Stacey: The flavour doesn’t match what you see but it totally works.
Lorie: Yes, it reminds me of another tea, Pink Flamingo, but only the look. I thought it was going to be sweet and tart but it’s not. I don’t taste the beet root, though.

Meanwhile, in Ottawa…

MK: Mmm, this tea is really pleasant. I wonder why they put beetroot? Must be for the colour.
Brooke: I love this one. It’s totally a favourite of mine.
MK: Really nice aftertaste; you can taste the nutty-ness.
Brooke: Yes! And the cinnamon is so nice and subtle; it doesn’t hit you too hard at all.
MK: As it cools, the apple gets more fragrant. When I go in for a sip, it’s just like “aah” then it transfers to the nut taste after. It’s really interesting.
Brooke: Yes! This tea is so soothing. Its flavours don’t over power you; it just sits nicely in your mouth and you don’t even need to think about it.
MK: It’s one of those teas you can drink with no sugar, no milk. That’s always nice. …Is this Mariah Carey?
Brooke: …Yes.
MK: I always find that when things start to cool down, you can start to taste things better. The tea definitely gets more flavourful as you drink it.
Brooke: What scene does it make you think of?
MK: In a cabin, outdoors. Then again, you could say cabin about almost any tea.
Brooke: This reminds me of a classy carnival. People selling fudge, apple pies, and home baking.
MK: Mm, thanksgiving tea.
Brooke: It’s like liquid fudge, but without the chocolate. Or the high calories.

Tea Vibes

Lorie: I would definitely buy this one! It’s relaxing, something you want to drink after a big meal to sooth your stomach. And I like the almond flavour, because it’s just like baked cookies. It is a nice holiday tea; it is getting me in the Christmas spirit! I’d say Forever Nuts is a very good to tea to enjoy after a long day of hustle and bustle or while curling up with a good book. The smell is staying with me; I really like this one. Now I just want to bake! 7.5/10

Stacey: This tea has been one of my favourites from the start. The combination of  the ingredients definitely works. The almonds give you this full flavour and the apple gives you a touch of sweetness that lingers in the mouth. The colour of the beetroot is just the cherry on top of a great tea. This tea has been a staple in our tea shelf for a long time now so I recommend this tea to anyone and everyone. 9/10 hands down.

MK: I first thought it smelled like a pie, then when it was really hot it tasted mostly nuts. Now as it cools I get more of the cinnamon and apple and it reminds me of a nutty apple cider. The pink colour makes it very appealing. It’s fun. And soothing and happy. Happiness in a cup. : ) 8/10

Brooke: As I said, Stacey and I do have this in our cupboards and I can never turn this one down. It’s one of my favourites, I love it. It’s… the best. So good. Mm. Yes. I will be forever nuts about this tea. Ohoho. 9.5/10.

There you have it! Forever Nuts will have you going nutty no matter what end of Ontario you’re on. Those in others parts of Canada (or the world!) should enjoy it too!

Until next tea,
Stacey (and her Mom) and Brooke (and MK)


“Oh Jerald, don’t be such a nut-tea rabbit! Pour me another cup, will you?”