Day 21: Lime Gelato

Hello tea lovers!

Brooke is heading home to Halifax today so I am all by my lonesome for today’s tea (hopefully I can make it interesting for you!) So without further adieu let’s get to it!

Tea: Lime Gelato

Description: Remember the summer you spent in Italy? Sipping espresso on the terrace, catching a ride on the back of a stranger’s Vespa, and of course, trying your first taste of tart, creamy lime gelato. With its fresh, fruity aroma and smooth flavour, this deliciously creamy mix of fruit and green tea will bring you right back. Try it iced. On a terrace. While the moon hits your eye.

Ingredients: Apple, Sencha green tea, pineapple, lemongrass, artificial creamy lime yogurt flavouring

Steeping Instructions: 1.25 tsp, 85°C, 3-4 minutes

Stacey: It smells like lime creamisicle.

*sip*

Stacey: Mmm. I tend to not like lime desserts, but this is really nice! The lime is very subtle. Quite the tasty treat! It’s so odd just thinking to myself. Maybe I should talk out loud?

Stacey: I really this tea! *looks around at empty apartment.*

*text received from MK*

MK: Brooke wants me to text you in depth about the tea. So I woke up as groggily as humanly possible.
Stacey: Oh thank god! 
MK: Last night I dreamed a favourite band was attacking a tea farm.
Stacey: Oh?
MK: Anyway, I wandered downstairs and found that no one was home. Feeling slightly abandoned, I opened the window and saw that it was Lime Gelato. I struggled to get it open but when I finally did I thought, “oh no, lemongrass”. But I smelled it and was quite impressed. I also tried to pour the water into one cup and then into another but the first cup had floaties (I then cursed the person who didn’t clean the cup).  It better be good after this struggle.
Stacey: I think you’ll like it!

*sip*

MK: Hmm, I think it lives up to its name. My brother said it smells like lime pudding (does such a thing exist?). First bit of the sip is creamy, but then the lime hits the back of your tongue. I don’t know if I would drink it everyday but I like it.
Stacey: Agreed! I was pleasantly surprised by the mix of flavours, there’s apple and pineapple in there!
MK: Oh, apple?! I would never have known! They seem to throw that into everything…makes me suspicious because sometimes you can really taste it and other times you can’t. So what exactly do they do to these apples, why the difference?
Stacey: Yeah, DAVIDsTEA is quite sneaky…
MK: I think I’m impressed when a tea is creamy without the cream.
Stacey: Yeah…I wonder how they do it…
MK: Me too. Secretssss! However, I doubt I’m going to be mixing my own tea concoctions any time soon, so DAVIDsTEA can keep their secrets. Although, I wonder how someone even gets on that career path…

While MK and I were wondering about DAVIDsTEA’s secrets, Brooke was able to sit down with family Halifax to review the tea:

Brooke: What does it smell like Mom?
Cathy: Well, I wouldn’t say I smell lime if I didn’t know that’s what was in it! Did I tell you that I like my teas cooler? I don’t like them hot at all, I can suck it right back when it’s cooler. Don’t say suck!
Brooke: Dad, do you want to try?
Stewart: No, no, I’ll pass.
Cathy: Oh! But you like main squeeze and this is citrusy! And it only steeped for 4 minutes!
Stewart: Alright, okay. Oh, that’s pleasant and refreshing! I like the tanic tang of a black tea so I’m not being drawn to this one though.
Brooke: You guys are talking too fast!

Tea Vibes

Stacey: This is quite a tasty treat. I am pleasantly surprised the line was lovely and saddle. And yeah really free but also works as a heart. To you I was really would be bad. Yeah everything electrical.

Well folks, although I thought I would be all on my own today, turns out lime gelato really brings people together. What did you all think?

Until next tea,
Stacey (and MK) and Brooke (and Cathy and Stewart)

a basket full of puppies just for kicks! Because puppies!

 

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Day 15: Buddha’s Blend

Hello Readers!

As the days until Christmas continue to dwindle we seem to be getting busier and busier and that means that we unfortunately have very little time for tea reviewing!  Luckily, DAVIDsTEA seems to be in the habit of repeating a few teas from last year’s advent calendar, as was the case with today’s tea: Buddha’s Blend. So if you’d like to see what Stacey’s family thought back in 2012, click here and if you want to hang out with Brooke and her Mom while they enjoyed this brew, click here. Or click both (we really recommend clicking both). Here we go, bring on day 15!

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 articifial flavouring

Steeping Instructions: 1.25 tsp, 80°C, 4-5 minutes

We did manage to get a few quick texts in throughout our busy days, here were our thoughts on this flavourful white tea:

Stacey: Mmm, fruity and light this tea is a good one! What do you think?
Brooke: My lab and I agree, it smells peachy but tastes like flowers (Stacey: And they would be right, made with jasmine pearls and white hibiscus blossoms. They sure now their flowers! They are biologists after all).
Stacey: Agreed, I’ve always liked this one. It’s one of my Mom’s favourite’s too. Bloody expensive though.
Brooke: Yeah, Buddha would not be pleased.
Stacey: Darn white tea! Why must you taste so good but cost so much!
Brooke: Because capitalism.

Tea Vibes:

Stacey: Additive, light, and rule 34. Really, just all around a good tasty EP. 9 and 10.

Brooke: Misty is exactly the same as last year and I have absolve lute nothing new to add. Tate, smells like peaches, taste like flowers. Too expensive. Elan 10.

And they were go, a third tea review for Buddha’s Blend. Now to go do some bouldering (that’s fancy talk for rock climbing without a rope, we’re so adventurous)! Goodnight fellow readers!

Until next tea,
Stacey and Brooke

Wait, it’s how much?!

Buddha’s Blend

Hello tea people!

Brooke and I may have finished our 24 Days of Tea but we can’t stay away from DAVIDsTEA for too long. As a special “Easter egg”, we bring you a special guest appearance by my extended family as we consider “Buddha’s Blend” . Enjoy!

Buddha's Blend from DAVIDsTEA

Tea: Buddha’s Blend

Ingredients: White tea, green tea, jasmine pearls, white hibiscus blossoms.

DAVIDsTEA Description: Heaven can’t wait.

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…

Tea Prep: We let 1.25 tsp of tea leaves steep in 84°C water for 3-4 minutes.

In Bolton over Easter weekend my family contemplates their tea experience…

Dad: Oh yeah, this is the tea I like.
Stacey: Why do you like it, Dad?
Dad: I’m not doing your blog, Stace.
Kyle: …It honestly just tastes like hot water.
Poppa: It tastes like dish soap!
Peter: Two thumbs up for the cheesecake, Lorie!

Stacey: No, no, guys. What do you think of the tea? What do you feel?

Pete: I would describe it as a white wall with no pictures.
Lorie: When I drink this tea, it reminds me of sitting under a tree on a nice summer day. I always relax when I drink Buddha’s Blend. I’d give it 9.5/10
Iris: I normally don’t like really fruity teas but this one is similar to my favourite lemon honey tea. I think it would be good cold as flavoured water. 8/10
Grandma: There is a flavour… I don’t know what it is…but I like it! I’d say it tastes like water and smells like peach. You don’t need sugar with it that’s for sure. 8/10
Holly: It’s a very subtle taste. It’s a bit too mild and not strong enough for me. 5/10
Kaelyn: I think that it tastes citrusy. 8.5/10
Mikela: When I sipped it, I pictured cherry blossoms. It was soft but there was a hint of fruitiness. I can’t tell what it was but it wasn’t peaches. This was the perfect tea to pair with dessert; the tea balanced out the sweetness from the dessert. It is a nice tea to have right before bed. 7/10

Back in Ottawa on a cold spring morning…

Brooke: It definitely smells like peach just like your Grandma said. Kind of like one of those Tim Hortons drinks that you get.

*sip*

Brooke: Oh but it delightfully does not taste that way! Mikela was spot on with the cherry blossoms! I’m with her with the tea being more floral than citrus.
Stacey: This has been a staple at my house and I have always enjoyed it! The name definitely fits here.
Brooke: Yes, I think it would make a good iced tea. I can understand what Holly was getting at; it is definitely not a strong tea. It doesn’t hit you like, say Alpine Punch would. Not sure what your Poppa meant with the dish soap.
Stacey: Just imagine a non-tea drinker tasting this for the first time, you can kind of see how they might think it tastes like dish soap.
Brooke: What do you think of the tea Stace?
Stacey: It has a stronger aroma than taste for sure. But that isn’t a bad thing; I think the flavor could have been way more powerful and sweet, so I’m glad it’s toned down.
Brooke: It’s an herbal?
Stacey: No, it’s a white tea.
Brooke: Well then, I don’t want it.
Stacey: Yeah it’s more on the expensive side. But I think it would be worth getting a little bit though.

Tea Vibes:

Stacey: I really like this tea. It has everything I want in a fruity tea: smooth, mellow, and not too sweet. You can taste a lovely flowery concoction that brings about a calm and soothing feeling. I would definitely recommend! 8/10

Brooke: Each of your family members got something right. They all touched on an aspect that I agreed with. Overall this tea is rather fluffy; I’m actually kind of full after a few sips, it was very filling. Its tones are surprisingly deep for such light flavours. As much as it would be nice to have, I don’t like the price of white tea. 7/10.

Final Thoughts:

Lorie: Buddha’s Blend is an Easter treat!
Dad: You have it every day, how is it a treat?
Grandma: It’s a treat for me; I’ve never had it before!

I love my family. 🙂

Until next tea,
Stacey and Brooke