Day 7: English Breakfast

Goood morning!

We’re waking up to a beautiful day here in Ottawa and it’s time for some tasty tea to get things started. We popped open the door to Day #7 and were content with what we found: a classic that we had reviewed last year. Get your kettle going and join us for a cup!

Tea: English Breakfast

Description: There’s nothing better than waking up to a genuinely fabulous cup of English Breakfast tea. Which is why we took great care in choosing our signature blend. We were looking for the perfect balance. Something with body and a satisfyingly full flavour, without being overpowering. The winner? A flowery pekoe from Sri Lanka. You’ll find yourself drinking it all day long.

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

Since our previous post just last year, DAVIDsTEA apparently changed the way they want us to experience the brew. Down from 1.5 tsp per cup, they now recommend 1.25tsp and rather than having it at a piping hot 98°C, they suggest a slight decrease to 96°C. Will this difference drastically change our opinion on this “coal-miner” tea? Let’s find out…

*sip*

Stacey: Hmph.
Brooke: Was that a hmph?
Stacey: Yeah. It’s nothing special.
Brooke: It doesn’t claim to be!
Stacey: I guess that’s a good thing?
Brooke: I dunno, at least this one doesn’t have any added flavours just for the heck of it. Sometimes DAVIDsTEA does get a little flavour happy.
Stacey: Yeah. It’s just that… it tastes like it’s from Tim Horton’s or Second Cup… it’s just an English Breakfast. I guess when you think DAVIDsTEA, you think of something you couldn’t get anywhere else. I don’t mean to harp on this one, it’s just not radically different.
Brooke: I’m thinking of the woman who runs her Take Charge Tea booth in the Farmer’s Market at Lansdowne Park. Her ingredients were added to provide health benefits for the drinker and were all completely natural.  DAVIDsTEA isn’t like that, they’re only really focused on the taste and aesthetics of their tea.
Stacey: Yeah, sometimes even with artificial flavours!
Brooke: English Breakfast is one of their only “pure” teas with no added flavours, so I at least appreciate that. *Sip*. Oh man, though, definitely still needs almond milk. That is bitter. [Brooke contemplates pouring some of her cereal milk into her tea, then bails and gets some from the fridge]. Ahh much better. What does this tea make you think of, Stace?
Stacey: Uh.. *sip*, going for tea with my colleagues at work before starting my day? Yeah, just a standard morning at work.
Brooke: *snore* Yep. Not doing much for me, either. Even with the strange change in brewing instructions!

Tea Vibes:

Using Stacey’s “voice-type” feature on her phone, we let it decide we said with fabulous results: 

Brooke: You didn’t impress me and I have many other English Breakfast that I prefer. Sorry, David. To Navan special: 700.

Stacey: Hard for me to give it a ride back and forth, so I give it a nice day. English Breakfast. Oh, I give it an Eon 10.

(We really hope you are enjoying these voice-type translations as much as we are.)

All in all, this tea sparked our thoughts about what really makes a good tea. Its simplicity? Natural ingredients? Health benefits? Caffeine? What do you think? To each their own cup, I suppose!

Until next tea,

Brooke and Stacey

A tea you can ride back and forth.

Sun-Soaked Darjeeling

Hi readers!

Welcome to another episode of tea connoisseurs. Stacey and I have been bustling away and dipping into our nourishtea supply like mad and haven’t even had the chance to tell you all about how much we love it. Here’s a mini post about darjeeling but all we can really say is that you should try it. Because Mmm.

Tea: Sun-Soaked Darjeeling

Nourish Tea’s Description: Our Darjeeling is a wonderful black tea that is grown on the sunny peaks of the Himalayas in India. The labor intensive production process of Darjeeling tea makes it a loved and well respected tea by connoisseurs the world over – as it produces an exceptionally complex brew with a bright and fruity finish. This is the tea for those who desire the finer, fuller-bodied black tea after dinner.  If you love a good cup of black tea (the kind enjoyed with milk and sugar) this sun-soaked tea needs to be in the mix. Although, we recommend that you try it alone. It’s that good.

*Sip*

Stacey: Ooh. I feel like this tea would be the kind that would go very well with milk.
Brooke: We have milk.
Stacey: Not for me, for other people. I don’t like milk in my tea.
Brooke: You’re weird.
Stacey: It’s a good full bodied black tea.
Brooke: Yeah, I think my Dad would approve of this one because he liked the DAVIDsTEA English Breakfast. I don’t want it to be a placebo effect but I can definitely taste the ‘organic’ factor here.
Stacey: Yeah, I agree, it’s like the green we tried from Nourish Tea, it’s very clean and pure.
Brooke: It totally beats the breakfast tea from DAVIDsTEA. It’s nice and smooth.
Stacey: Yeah, I really like how smooth it is, you’re right. Even drinking it black it isn’t bitter at all. It goes down very nicely. It has a nice exotic flavour to it too…not sure if I’m just saying that because it’s from India.
Brooke: It is a good, hearty, wake-you-up-in-the-morning tea that won’t bowl you over.
Stacey: Bowl?
Brooke: You know, bowl. Knock  over.
Stacey: Oh.

Stacey brought out Greek powdered almond cookies to have with the tea. 

Stacey: So… thoughts?
Brooke: It tastes like 300% sugar with the texture of a chalky cloud.
Stacey: So you don’t like it?
Brooke: I don’t dislike it, it’s just weird.
Stacey: Aw.
Brooke: This tea however is fabulous! There is more for another cup, eh?
Stacey: Yes! Me too!

Tea vibes:

Brooke: I wouldn’t want this mix every day because I am not necessarily a huge fan of simple black tea but it is the perfect black tea. It is so clean, nothing added, nothing modified and no extra bits in there. I do really enjoy it; I am looking forward to offering it our guests. 8/10

Stacey: How often do we have guests? In any case, this is simple and delicious. I’m happy. ‘Nuff said. 8.5/10

Sorry it’s a short one, but we honestly just drank our teas and grinned the whole time while I choked on my Greek almond cookie. Be safe with your food, people!

Until next tea,

Brooke and Stacey

A mouthful of chalk or a tasty treat?

Organic Breakfast

Hi readers,

Happy New Year!! Hope you all had a great time with friends and are looking forward to the new year ahead. Let’s celebrate with tea!

I got a text from Stacey the other day saying that she and her mum were going to try Organic Breakfast. When I suggested it to my mom, she answered with “oh sure! We just got those sausages from the market and our eggs are local, too, so …” I had to interrupt with “oh, sorry! It’s a tea, Mom! Just the name of the next tea”. Pause. “Pah! Well then. Get the kettle!” It’s going to be a good post, people. I can feel it.

David's Organic Breakfast from DAVIDsTEA

Tea: Organic Breakfast

 DAVIDsTEA description: It’ll change your life

This is the kind of tea that puts you in a great mood, inspires harmonious relationships and makes you outrageously productive. How did we do it? First we selected our favourite organic and biodynamic black teas from Yunnan, Assam and Darjeeling. And then we sipped different variations until we’d created the ultimate balance. Could there be a better way to start your day?

 Ingredients: Organic black tea from India (Darjeeling), China (Yunnan) and Sri Lanka (Ceylon).

Mom and I each made a big mug and poured steaming hot water onto about 1.5tsp of loose leaf. We let it steep for 6 minutes before removing the infusers.

In Bolton, Stacey and Lorie did the same and basked in the memories of teas past.

Lorie: It reminds me of Twinings English Breakfast Tea. I should have had this in a tea cup rather than a mug!
Stacey: Oh yes, it’s the type of tea you would have at a tea party.
Lorie: Or one you would drink at a bridal shower. I picture little tea cups with saucers, finger sandwiches, and petits fours.
Stacey: Petits fours?
Lorie: Yes and we’d have something like this at my Granny’s house.
Stacey: Mmm, yes sipping on this tea reminds me of an afternoon with Grandma.
Lorie: The tea is mellow, it has a nice aroma. It’s a nice blend of all three—it’s a not overpowering. Yum!

Back in Halifax, Mom and I were surprised with how “normal” the tea turned out to be.

Cathy: Hmm… I don’t know if it’s going to do all those things it claims…
Brooke: Why not?
Cathy: Because it’s just a black tea. It is what it is! What do you think about it?
Brooke: I find it heavier than Glitter and Gold and because of that I like it more. Nice and strong.
Cathy: It doesn’t have the bitter aftertaste that black teas do, though, no need for milk and sugar.
Brooke: Sorry mum, I wanted to do a fun flavour with you but this is kind of … simple!
Cathy: Well wow, I just love it anyway! Mm!
Stewart: Hmm… are you going to finish that mug, Cathy?

Tea vibes:

Stewart: That’s a right tasty tea! My Cape Breton roots fully approve. I don’t know about the claims for exuberant productivity but I could drink this any time. It’s certainly more refined that Red Rose but no less tasty. This suits those people who do not enjoy the perfumed and flavoured teas but want a genuine black tea experience. This brew certainly delivers. 8/10

Lorie: I would definitely buy this tea, because its flavour is very mild and enjoyable. The tea brings back happy memories of my Granny and Nana. The teas they would offer me were often too strong for me with almost an iron taste but this tea is not like that at all! I feel like I’m energized for the day now—time to do some cleaning! 9/10.

Cathy: I frequently find that teas smell better than they taste but this one tastes just like it smells. I don’t want to say it’s not as exciting as the others, there’s not much to explore with it, but I like it. If someone served it to me I’d say “thank you very much!”  7.5/10

Brooke: What a wonderful change of pace. I feel like I’m at home. Not physically, (though I am, heh) but just… this fits. Suits me very nicely, yes! I don’t even have to think about it, it doesn’t stress me out, I like it. 8.5/10

 Stacey: It’s a good staple tea to have; I would give this tea to our guests. I can’t quite pick out the three teas, but I feel very worldly for having sipped on tea from China, India, and Sri Lanka. It’s a very nice blend. Well done, David! 9/10.

Well, this tea sure was a hit with both parties- Dad even got some in his stocking because of how much he enjoyed it!

Only one more tea until Stacey and I reunite back in Ottawa. Up next- Detox!

Cathy: And may I just say thank you for inviting me into tea land and thanks to Stacey and her mum, too. How fun!

Until next tea,

Brooke and Stacey

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