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.

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.