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.

Day 19: Dark Chocolate Delight

Hi steepers!

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

Tea: Dark Chocolate Delight

Dark Chocolate Delight

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

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

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

*Sip*

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

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

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

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

Final thoughts:

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

Twitter reacted with mixed responses:

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

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

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

Nothing like a hot tea while enjoying some Christmas lights!

Day 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!