Day 4: Sweet Almond Green

Salut steepers,

Day 4, happy Friday! The rain continues as December trudges on, and we pull open drawer number 4 and find… our first green tea of the month! The leaves smell like play-doh to me… but maybe I’ve been cooped in the basement too long working on unit plans and have gone a bit off. Ah well- Here we go!

Tea: Sweet Almond Green

Sweet Almond Green

Description: Our favourite part of the holiday season? The treats, of course. And those little almond-scented cookies have an extra-special place in our hearts. Buttery and sweet, with the nutty crunch of an almond on top, they’re a dangerously delicious part of any festive cookie spread. But with a nutty kiss of almond and an organic base of green tea, this sweet and subtle tea is our guilt-free version of the classic treat. Because indulging yourself should have no strings attached.

Ingredients:  Green tea, almonds, marigold flowers, cornflower petals. With natural almond flavouring.

Stacey: I’ve been dying to drink this tea all morning while you were asleep on the other side of the country, you know. This has been a test of my willpower. The tea calls to me but I’m not supposed to drink it until we Skype. It’s such a tease.
Brooke: I’m sorry!! This smells like play-doh.
Stacey: What the- I smell almond, with a little bit of fruit. Can I have it now?

*sip*

Brooke: Hm.
Stacey: …Fruity Almond- just like it smelled! Yum!
Brooke: Hm. It just… kind of tastes like a green tea to me. I don’t taste much almond at all!
Stacey: I find you get it afterwords. You get the marzipan flavouring as it lingers. My Mom said it tasted like an almond cookie, she and my Dad liked this one!
Brooke: Hmm… not me! It’s like.. green tea play-doh. Andre agrees but also says it tastes a little medicinal.
Stacey: I don’t get that at ALL! What?!
Brooke: I thought there were fruit pieces in this, but it’s just almond! I’m so confused this morning.
Stacey: Oh, let’s do some hypothetical questions. When would you drink this tea?
Brooke: I wouldn’t. I don’t really like it.
Stacey: Well that answers that.
Brooke: What about you?
Stacey: This one would also be a good iced tea, with a bit of honey in it or something. I’d have this with a marzipan croissant.
Brooke: I would LOVE a croissant right now. Like with cream in it.
Stacey: Sigh.

Final thoughts:

Stacey: You know, I think we need to take what our friend Spencer said a few years ago and really run with it- we need to let these teas cool down before we really can taste all the fantastic flavours. I found that certain sips have more almond flavour than others- it switched between tasting more green, then more almond, then both. I don’t think I’ll have it again, because it’s not that special to me, but I am enjoying it.

Brooke: It kind of makes me feel nauseous. I don’t think I will have any more. I am a grump today.

WHAT A WILD RIDE- two totally different takes on Day 4. Twitter was less divided:

Day 4 of @DAVIDsTEA#24daysoftea is Sweet Almond Green. One of my favourites so…Yay!! 🙂
#24daysoftea oh my god, today’s sweet almond green tastes like marzipan! I’m in love!
Looks like I need to get my taste buds checked, as I’m the only one who really thought this was like play-doh. Don’t mind me, folks.
What did you think?
Until next tea!
Brooke and Stacey
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This is what my mouth feels like. It is weird.

 

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Day 4: Pink Flamigo

Another early morning, and the two roomies are having a quick breakfast and a hot tea to start their day.

Brooke: Day 4! Day 4! It’s all ready for you open, Stace!
Stacey: Yay!!! … …. ….Awwww, man. Pink Flamingo? But… that’s a summer tea.
Brooke: It’s true, Pink Flamingo was in the collection of iced tea Andy got me…
Stacey: But.. but.. aw. I didn’t want this. 

Tea: Pink Flamingo

Description: Ready for spring break? Try this sweet, citrusy cocktail of oranges, tangerines and lemongrass. It’s got hibiscus and beetroot to turn it a natural shade of hot pink, plus blackberry leaves for a sunny burst of Vitamin C, apple and carrot for extra sweetness, and eucalyptus leaves for kick. Sound irresistible? Try it iced. In a martini glass. With a splash each of cointreau and gin. And a paper umbrella. Caffeine-free.
Ingredients: Hibiscus blossoms, apple pieces, carrot flakes, blackberry leaves, eucalyptus leaves, lemongrass, beetroot pieces, freeze-dried tangerine/orange slices and artificial flavouring.
Steeping Instructions: 1.25 tsp, 96°C, 4-7 minutes

Brooke: See, it’s pink! Just like forever nuts!
Stacey: *grumble* It smells too sweet for me.
Brooke: Reading the description Pink Flamingo sounds like a V8… but in tea.
Stacey: YUP.
Brooke: Oh, Stacey is PISSED.
Stacey: I just wanted a nice, comforting black tea today. Oh shoot, I need to leave soon.
Brooke: Are you going to use that mug?
Stacey: Yeah, why?
Brooke: Because that mug looks dirtaaay!
Stacey: *sigh*

*sip*

Stacey: Oh! Hmm, is there lemon grass in here?
Brooke: Yep.
Stacey: I can taste that…Not as sweet as I thought it would be. But it’s not supposed to be a hot tea.
Brooke: Stace, it can’t NOT be a hot tea, that’s not how it works.
Stacey almost drops her mug, clearly losing it. 
Brooke: Well, so much for any of the other flavours they listed. LEMONGRASS FOREVER. Not bad, I’m just not feeling that flavour right now. I could try putting it into my smoothie later.

Unfortunately at this point Stacey had to leave for work.

Stacey: (while walking to the bus to work, thinking to herself) I know I was being a bit negative about this tea, but it was rather lovely on my walk to the bus. As the cold nipped my thighs (Brooke: jeez, a little much?), I would take a sip and be immediately transported to a beach. It could be just me but I thought the tea had quite powerful imagery. And it made my walk much more tolerable.

Tea Vibes

Brooke: This tea is weird and really shouldn’t be a 24 Days of Tea tea, it’s not really evoking the sense of coziness, more of sunburns and sore throats. Ice cubes ONLY, people! 6.5/10

Stacey had fun with her voice-type feature again and had this to say:

Stacey: No one excited for this day!! However it did grow on me and I enjoyed it on a walk to work and it is quite delicate I’d give it a 7 on 10.

Well, there you have it. Pink flamingos may have a spot on the cold icy roads of Ottawa in the eyes of Stacey. Brooke and her pal MK agreed that it tasted more like neocitrin, though. Bring on the throat lozenges!

Until next tea,
Brooke and Stacey

At least THEY’RE happy!

 

Day 12: Kokomo Green

Hello readers!

Brooke and I are doing another quick review today because of course we are running around to our various activities. Phew, putting out a review a day is tough! Not to mention this is my third caffeinated tea today. Weeee!

Tea: Kokomo Green

Kokomo Green from DAVIDsTEA

Description: Ooh We Wanna Take Ya

Want to get away from it all? Somewhere exotic, perhaps? Try heading for a little place called Kokomo, where the sun is always hot and the drinks are always ice cold. Where fresh green tea mingles with the fruity, tropical flavours of pineapple, mango and papaya. A place where every aroma is intoxicating and every sip ends in a smile. Yes, this magical place really exists…and we’ve got your first class ticket right here. Down in Kokomo, you’ll be falling in love.

Ingredients: Green tea, papaya, mango, pineapple, rose petals, marigold petals, cornflower petals.

Steeping Instructions: 1.25 tsp, 93°C, 5-7 min

Stacey: Ooo, this smells fruity and nice.
Brooke: Yes, there’s papaya and mango. Real AND artificial! It kind of smells weird when it’s steeped though.
Stacey: Oh…yeah…kind of smells like…throw up.
Brooke: It’s a weird mixture of green tea leaves and fruit.

*sip*

Brooke: Oh. It’s not bad.
Stacey: That didn’t sound too exciting.
Brooke: Nope. (goes back to typing)
Stacey: It’s kind of…bland.
Brooke: I mean it’s not bad. You get a really nice rush of citrus, but nothing too sour. It’s just a bit of an odd mix, when you throw in the green tea leaves with their signature taste.
Stacey: I don’t really taste the citrus though or anything really.
Brooke: Green tea often has a soft taste.
Stacey: But it doesn’t even taste like green tea to me.
Brooke: I think you’re being a little harsh. It’s no coffee cake.
Stacey: No. *sigh*
Brooke: I don’t know. It would make a fantastic iced tea in my opinion.
Stacey: I agree. As an iced tea you could add some honey if you wanted to add a bit more flavour. It would probably quite refreshing on a summer rollerblade or something.
Brooke: Yeah, I think it shouldn’t really be in the 24 days of tea though. It’s a little inappropriate if we are going to stick with the theme of winter and holiday teas. You need a couple of ice cubes and straw if you are drinking this. I don’t dislike it, I just think it’s not the right season for it.

Tea Vibes:

With all this talk of Kokomo Green being a good iced tea, Brooke and I decided to try it out.

Brooke: Hmm. I would be nice on a hot summer day but not now. 2.5/5 from me.
Stacey: Better, but it would still need some honey or something. 2.75/5 But only if it’s iced.

Well everyone, this may not be the right tea to drink today (given that it is -22°C (feels like -27°C)), but hey, at least we’re halfway through the countdown! Christmas is almost here–hooray!

Until next tea,
Stacey and Brooke


Bundle up out there! Brr!