Day 20: Moment of Zen

Hello friends!

It’s Brooke’s birthday today! And since it’s her birthday and she’s a busy little bee, we texted what we thought of today’s blend. And what do we have today? Moment of Zen…how fitting!

Tea: Moment of Zen

Description: Whatever life throws our way, we can always find comfort in a great cup of tea. Especially when it’s scented with dreamy, night-blooming jasmine. Its delicate, floral aroma is as relaxing as it gets – like aromatherapy in a cup. First created during China’s Song Dynasty, jasmine tea has been improving moods, relieving stress and just making people happy for over 1000 years. In this oh-so soothing blend, we mix jasmine green tea with sweet blackberries and pretty cornflower blossoms. It’s the perfect little escape.

Ingredients: Green tea scented with jasmine, blackberries, mallow blossoms, cornflower blossoms, natural blackberry flavouring.

*sip*

Andre: It reminds me of warm welches grape juice. It’s not bad!
Stacey: I taste a lot of the jasmine.
Eric: It definitely has a leafy taste from the green tea. But yeah, I would agree taste a lot like grape juice.
Brooke: Mmm, another spa like tea! The blackberry is a great addition to the jasmine.
Stacey: Yeah, this tea would be nice to take this in a thermos to spa nordik.
Eric: I like the roundness of it. You taste the healthy flavour of the green tea, but without the bitterness. The jasmine and blackberry add a nice sweetness.
Brooke: It tastes a lot like the jasmine green we had earlier, the one my mom said reminded her of distinct perfume.
Eric: It has a nice flavour profile, so much so  that I can still taste it even after I swallow.
Brooke: I think Davids tea has really shown me how much I love floral teas. Lavender, jasmine, and rose hip…mmm I really love those scents. This tea is very neat.
Stacey: I like the aroma. So floral and fruity!
Brooke: I may not crave it and demand more but if I was visiting a friend and they made a pot, I would have a cup or two.
Stacey: Agreed! We are drinking a pot and having it with the little green tea cups from DT. It is definitely completing the experience.
Brooke: Not as delicious as the ciders we tried at a gorgeous cidery on the island just now. Oooh wow!

Here’s what the people of Twitter had to say:

@DAVIDsTEA today’s #TeaOfTTheDay was so good! Moment of Zen #24DaysOfTea one of my new favourites!
#24DaysofTea – Day 20 – Moment of Zen, exactly what I need in the midst of holiday preparations @DAVIDsTEA
Jour20! On comment la journée avec un Moment Zen @DAVIDsTEA davidstea #24DaysOfTea

Final Thoughts:

This tea is a perfect match for the hustle and bustle of the holiday season. Nicely rounded and good mix of green tea, jasmine, and blackberry. We’d recommend if you need some relaxation time. Unless you can get yourself to a cidery, then we recommend that!

Well another tea has come and gone folks! Only 4 teas left, which means only 4 more days until Christmas! Remember to take a moment for yourself this week, oh and if you haven’t done so already wish Brooke a happy birthday. Happy Birthday Brooke!

Until next tea,
Stacey and Brooke (and Eric and Andre)

Cup of Tea Birthday Card | page 1

I don’t know who Kayley is but I like her card.

 

Day 18: Silk Dragon Jasmine

Good evening, tea drinkers!

With the bustle of December and our lives rarely overlapping these days, we reviewed today’s tea via text yet again. We promise tomorrow we will sit down in the morning and share our cups together again. Right, Stacey? Good. For now, enjoy our banter on a floral brew with a mythical name and an elegant taste!

Tea: Silk Dragon Jasmine

Description: Made from premium green tea, our Silk Dragon is a limited-edition treasure. To create it, night-blooming jasmine is gathered in the morning and kept cool all day. In the evening, when the flowers burst open and release their scent, they are placed with the tea until midnight. This is repeated with fresh flowers over the course of five nights, infusing the tea with a most magical flavour.

Ingredients: Organic Chinese green tea from Jianxi Province, naturally scented with jasmine flowers.

Steeping Instructions: 1.25 tsp, 80°C, 2-3 minutes

*Sip*

Stacey: Very earth today!
Brooke: Yeah? I just like that it has the word ‘dragon’ in it.
Stacey: Mhm, very majestic. You taste the green tea base and the jasmine hits you hard.
Brooke: Does it ever smell like grandma perfume! I mean, I would never wear it or want the scented lotion… but it’s quite comforting.
Stacey: We had this tea last year and you said almost the exact same thing.
Brooke: WELL. At least the tea and I are consistent.
Stacey: Oh. Well, yes.
Brooke: Last time I thought it was a little bitter but today I steeped it perfectly and it’s just right! Earthy is a great way to describe this base.
Stacey:  I think my water was too hot again.
Brooke: But what about the pour-it-into-another-cup-and-then-back-again-to-cool-it-down technique?
Stacey: I didn’t do it, last time I burnt myself. : (
Brooke: Aw, poor boo.
Stacey: You know, this tea makes me feel more exquisite somehow.
Brooke: I totally get you, gurl.

Tea vibes:

Brooke spoke the final texts into her tablet and they were translated as such:

Brooke: With the amount of flowers in this planned, it really hits you like a bouquet. It’s been an iced tea and I have it again if I was meeting someone coming with no spices and fruits.  Seven and a half on 10.

Stacey: The key is cozy and sweet potatoes but flowery. Really, its green tea base live in the up a simple flavour and brings it to something exquisit, he taunted.

With a few days left until the roomies split up for the holidays, hopefully we can get in a few more brews together (we taunted).

Until next tea,

Brooke and Stacey

Day 18: Buddha’s Blend

Hi readers!

Well it’s a stormy one out there in Halifax. My flight was turbulent as I made my way home for the holidays, so a good warm tea after picking up our Christmas tree was JUST what the momma and daughter duo ordered. Mugs up and zen out to Buddha’s Blend, friends!

Tea: Buddha’s Blend

Buddha's Blend from 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…

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

Instructions: 1 tsp, 82°C, 3-4 min

Mom was worried she wouldn’t make a good substitute for Stace.

Cathy: Okay, I’m not Stacey. I’m not Stacey, I’m not a tea maaker… dee dee deeee!

Brooke: Did you just sing that last part?

CathyI’m prone to siiinging… unexpected tea songs! Deee dum dum.

Brooke: It’s good to be home.

Cathy: You said this has jasmine in it like that green tea? Doesn’t smell nearly as grassy. Smells good!

*sip*

Brooke: Did you just take a sip?

Cathy: I did.

Brooke: And?

Cathy: … I didn’t have a thought!

Brooke: Hm.

Cathy: Okay, let’s see. It’s more about the smell, I think. It’s pleasant, it’s not sour. I don’t know the real difference between white and green tea, I just like herbals, that’s what this reminds me of. I don’t particularly like black teas, you see. I want to know what you think now!

Brooke: I really taste the base leaves more than the extra flavours… I taste the green tea leaves and not so much the jasmine. It seems… just a bit dull!

Cathy:  You are so refined! I like it and I will drink it. It isn’t a crazy tea. Although, I do like that you can smell it and taste it and get lots from it at the same time.

Brooke: Yeah, and the dullness is kind of good- you don’t want the flavours to overpower you with a ‘zen’ tea after all.

Cathy: Yeah, it’s relaxing!

Brooke: White teas are steeped for less time, too, compared to black due to the leaves being so delicate. That may be it.

Cathy: Wow, Superstore is selling lobster for $5.88/lb!

Brooke: Soo pleased to be home. Seriously.

Tea vibes:

Cathy: I don’t know Brookie, I like this tea! It tastes just as good as it cools. 3.5/5

Brooke: This as an odd fruity hint from the hibiscus that I really enjoy, though I do think for a ‘flashy’ DAVIDsTEA, it’s not my favourite. It certainly zen’d me out as I watched little birdies dancing on the snow covered trees outside (oh, so poetic). It was nice, but since white teas are expensive and it didn’t thrill me, I wouldn’t need to buy it. Loved sharing it my ma, though! : ) 3.5/5

No Stace in this one, but she’ll be back tomorrow for a google chat. For now, we will continue to zen out (but might switch to rum and eggnog…)

Until next tea,

Brooke (and Cathy)

“He had a broad face and a little round belly,
That shook, when he laughed like a bowlful of jelly.”

Day 9: Silk Dragon Jasmine

Happy Monday Tea Lovers!

It’s a snowy one out there here in Ottawa, so why not join us for a cup of tea? Today we’re joined by André and Brooke’s Mom, Cathy, who is visiting from Halifax. We’ll be sipping on Silk Dragon Jasmine, which might just transport us somewhere warm and flowery–perfect for today’s weather!

Tea: Silk Dragon Jasmine

silk jasmine

Description: A Magical Scent

Made from premium green tea, our Silk Dragon is a limited-edition treasure. To create it, night-blooming jasmine is gathered in the morning and kept cool all day. In the evening, when the flowers burst open and release their scent, they are placed with the tea until midnight. This is repeated with fresh flowers over the course of five nights, infusing the tea with a most magical flavour.

Ingredients: Organic Chinese green tea from Jianxi Province, naturally scented with jasmine flowers.

Steeping Instructions: Steep 1 tsp per cup of 82°C water for 2-4 min

Stacey: Oooh! It smells like jasmine!
Cathy: Oh that’s a familiar smell.
André: It smells like a summer meadow!
Cathy: YES!
Brooke: It smells like lupins.
Stacey: What are lupins?
Cathy: It reminds me of a cologne that I used to like when I was younger…97-11. Let me look it up.
André: Can we taste it now or are we all still smelling it?
Cathy: FORTY SEVEN ELEVEN!

*Sip*

Cathy: It does have those flowery tastes in there doesn’t it? Hmm not bad, I would drink that again.
André: This would be a summer tea for me.
Brooke: It would be an old lady tea for me.
Cathy: Do you like it?
Brooke: I don’t not like it. But I feel like I’m drinking perfume.
André: I still get the earthy tones to it. But it still tastes floral.
Cathy: It’s really got a strong fragrance…back to the meadow!
Brooke: There is a bit of bitterness to it. It might have been steeped too long.
Cathy: It might be nice chilled.
Stacey: I haven’t said anything yet. It’s a nice twist on a regular green tea…I like it!

Tea Vibes:

Cathy: I’m consistently shocked when I smell it, because it doesn’t smell like tea to me. It’s so floral that it makes it a different beverage somehow. But I like it. 3.5/5
André: I really like it. It’s a very nice and light tea. It has a strong fragrance but it has a light taste to it. When I need something in the summer this would be the tea for me! 3.5/5
Stacey: I find that you can either be a lover or hater of jasmine, so depending on which camp you’re in you will find this tea delicious or decide to give it a pass. Either way, it’s something interesting to try. 3.5/5
Brooke: Hooray! 3/5

Happy December 9th everyone! And be careful on those roads out there for all of our friends in Ottawa!

Until next tea,
Stacey and Brooke


I’d frolic through that any day.