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 11: Mother’s Little Helper

While the rest of the city was blanketed in snow this morning, the tea connoisseurs sat in their overly-cozy apartment and excitedly started their day off right: with a hot cup of tea!

Brooke: I’m going to open door 11…no wait you should, I punched 10 out yesterday and that freaked you out. Your turn!
Stacey: And… it’s Mother’s Little Helper! Aw, unfortunately I can’t have this one because I’m allergic to ragweed and chamomile is part of that family.
Brooke: Aw, alright Andre, you’re up!
Andre:But this has chamomile! I’m going to fall asleep on the bus!
Brooke: Drink up, me hearty!

Tea: Mother’s Little Helper

Description:Need a little relaxation? Try running for the shelter of this mother’s little helper. It’s got organic valerian (aka “nature’s Valium”) to take the edge off your 24/7 reality. Plus there’s chamomile, peppermint and lemongrass for an added dose of tranquility. And pretty blue cornflowers just to make you happy. One sip and you’ll feel like you’ve spent the day at a spa.

Ingredients: peppermint, lemongrass, hibiscus, rosehips, chamomile, valerian root, cornflowers, peppermint flavouring

Steeping Instructions: 1.25tsp, 96C, 4-7 minutes

Brooke: Oooh it’s pink again! That’s the third tea this month that’s been a rosy colour!
Andre:Mmm, I smell mint.
Brooke: Smart man, that’s the main ingredient!
Andre:Oh, look at me!
Brooke: Yes, yes. Drink!

*Sip*

Andre: Ow, all I taste is hot!
Brooke: Oops.
Andre: Wait, yes, mmmm there’s the mint. The chamomile is there but the cooling effect of the mint is predominant in this one.

Stacey took a quick sip to add her two cents.

Stacey: Hm. Chamomile is weird to have in morning.
Brooke: The things we do for our readers, eh Stace?
Andre: You know, I actually feel less sleepy now!
Brooke: Ugh, all I smell is the lemongrass….. *Sip* oh, wait, yay, the mint protects me! What a great combination of flavours yet again!
Andre: Agreed. Very nice.
Brooke: The mint rounds out the lemongrass and the chamomile so well, it really makes for a perfect evening tea. Take another sip!
Andre: Hooray! I live sips!

Tea Vibes:

Brooke and Andre used Brooke’s voice-speech tool on her tablet, and their final thoughts were detected as:

Andre: I think this TV has a nice floral and sweet flavour due to the lemon grass fire. It has a nice minty finish. I give this to ten ten I see XX.

Brooke: This is the first lemongrass tea I’ve ever had that actually tastes decent and it’s because the mint properly mixes with the lemongrass and makes for a delicious finish! I don’t think I would have again, but it gets the 710.

I guess Brooke’s voice-type feature is a bit better than Stacey’s?

Ah well, another start to another beautiful day here in the capital. Get your work done and get your teas brewing, folks. It’s only 13 days until Christmas!

Until next tea,

Brooke and Stacey (and Andre)

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Give ‘er the ol’ 710, doc.

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 11: Mother’s Little Helper

Hi readers!

Happy Day #11 of 24 Days of Tea! My mother was visiting recently and when we decided to review a tea together; when we pulled this one out- it was perfect! We had just made an asparagus and potato salad and I was a little helper in the kitchen while she did all the hard stuff. Heeeere we go! : )

Tea: Mother’s Little Helper

Mother's Little Helper (organic) from DAVIDsTEA

Description: The Great Escape

Need a little relaxation? Try running for the shelter of this mother’s little helper. It’s got organic valerian (aka “nature’s Valium”) to take the edge off your 24/7 reality. Plus there’s chamomile, peppermint and lemongrass for an added dose of tranquility. And pretty blue cornflowers just to make you happy. One sip and you’ll feel like you’ve spent the day at a spa.

Tea ingredients: Organic: peppermint, lemongrass, rosehips, Fair Trade Certified hibiscus, chamomile flowers, valerian root, cornflowers. With natural peppermint flavouring.

Tea Instructions: 1.5 tsp, 98°C, 4-7 min.

Stacey: Oh no! There’s chamomile? I shouldn’t drink it. I will sniff it.

Brooke: This smell reminds me a lot of their Detox tea, the hibiscus and lemongrass scents especially.

Stacey: *sniff* It has a VERY big floral scent, because of the ragweed, I mean…chamomile.

Brooke: Mom, what do you think it smells like?

Cathy: …Socks?

Brooke: Oh!

Cathy: It’s not like Jingle Bells with all that other stuff..

Brooke: She means White Chocolate Frost

Cathy: Why do I come for a visit just to be teased?

Brooke: Don’t worry Mom, we’re just laughing AT you!

Cathy: Oh, good.

Stacey: It’s kind of like a weird pink… yellowy.. Am I allowed to say pukey colour?

Brooke: This is boding well…

*sip*

Cathy: Oh, you know, it tastes much better than it smells! I like the peppermint. It’s not bad- I don’t feel the need to sweeten it.

Brooke: Oh wow, yes, this IS good! Not as harsh as Detox.

Cathy: It still SMELLS like socks, though. Maybe lemongrass to me smells like socks?

Brooke: I like the lemon and mint mix, it’s so soft.

Cathy: Is that white thing on the floor a skull?

Brooke: We’re still transitioning from Halloween!

Cathy: So that’s why the scarecrow has a Santa hat on?

Stacey: It’s a work in progress.

Tea vibes:

Cathy: I like a tea that I don’t have to add anything extra to prepare it. I will definitely drink it again- the peppermint is fun! I’m going to lay down for a nap… 4/5

Brooke: The peppermint is so nice and airy! The chamomile is soothing and the flavours didn’t assault my senses. Don’t be turned off by the smell (of socks?), just dip in and enjoy! 4/5

Stacey: *Achoo!*

Cathy: Zzzzzz.

Shhh! Until next tea,

Brooke and Stacey (and Cathy)

Sleeping after steeping.

Detox

Hiya!

Oh readers, we’ve missed you. We apologize dearly for the delay in our posts of 2013.  Since returning to Ottawa, Brooke and I have both been quite busy, so much so that we barely even see each other, let alone have a tea together. I started a new job as a research assistant and have been enjoying the freedom of post-student life while Brooke has jumped back into her Master’s, improv practices, and Girl Guide meetings full-force. Thank goodness we both drank a tea while we were at home and I finally had the time to put it all together. Rest assured our next post will be back to the norm of the two of us goofs having a tea and a laugh together. For now- onward to Detox!

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 Tea: Detox

DAVIDsTEA Description:  Restart and restore

Need a reboot? Try this traditional formula. The rooibos will restore your equilibrium with iron, potassium, zinc and manganese. The sencha will pump you full of antioxidants. The ginger’ll zap lethargy and headaches. The ginkgo will clear your mind. The lemongrass will detoxify your liver. And the juniper berries will flush out toxins and any lingering regrets. Not working? Just go back to bed.

Ingredients: Rooibos, sencha green tea, ginger, lemongrass, ginkgo, juniper berries. With natural lemon flavouring.

I drank my Detox on New Year’s Day with my Mom (seemed fitting, given the lack of sleep and consumption of other liquids) and Brooke gave Detox a try when she woke up one morning not feeling so hot back in December. We swapped notes afterward.

Given that this was a mixture of a green and rooibos tea, I was a little shocked when the DAVIDsTEA instructions called for 98° water to be poured over 1.5 tsp of tea leaves, but it seemed to work just fine. I steeped my leaves for a good 5 minutes and Brooke went for 6.

I’m not going to lie, I was kind of  dreading this tea. The description and ingredients just weren’t doing it for me…seemed like a lot of strong flavors in one tea, and the smell…phew, it cleared my nose alright! I felt a little apprehensive when I finally took the plunge.

*Sip*

Stacey: Hmm, this tea actually not that bad. No, it’s not bad at all! The taste reminds me of a ginger tea I really like.
Lorie: Tastes like cough syrup to me…but with a fruity taste afterwards.
Stacey: It has a lighter taste than I thought it would, not overpowering at all. You can definitely taste the ginger and the lemon grass though.
Lorie: It would be good if you had a cold I think.
Stacey: Or after a night of ringing in the New Year!

Meanwhile, back in Halifax, Brooke let her tea settle for a good 10 minutes before taking her first sip. She said that Detox had the overwhelming smell of olives, which is ridiculous.

Brooke: Mmm, It tastes like chamomile; soft and soothing. There is a slight spice that lingers at the tip of your lips and tongue. The reviews made it sound scary, but it’s just another night time tea. The flavour of Detox tea definitely doesn’t bite you or even comfort you… it just sits with you. One thing I will say is this tea is doing wonders for my sore throat.  And it has a strong olive taste too!  [Not gonna lie, no idea what she’s on about with the olives.] After letting it sit for 10 minutes, the flavour dulled a bit but was still lovely. Yummy!

Tea Vibes

Stacey: I found this tea to be a lot less harsh than I thought it would be, which is a good thing. I’ve had a few “sore throat” teas that have been really strong and had an overpowering lemon flavor to them but Detox is not like that at all. I think the ingredients really worked well together and left me with a nice, pleasant aftertaste. I wouldn’t necessarily say this is a staple tea, but I wouldn’t turn it down if it was offered. I give this one a 7/10.

Brooke: Oh I liked this one. It was neat- after I had this tea and went for a walk along the ocean with my parents and we went to a little tea shop down the road. There I tried their version of Detox and had fun considering the flavours. The other tea still had a heavy sense of Chamomile, seemed a little stronger but I may have felt that way because I was cold from our winter walk. No olive taste though [But seriously? Olive? I don’t even know where she is getting that]. Overall, this tea is calm and soothing. I liked it better than a regular chamomile; it made me smile. 7.5/10

Hooray, after a bit of a break ,the two tea roomies are back! We’ll be much more frequent in our posts from now on, we promise. As a nice plus, we finally got our tea together and even had a brew this evening! Brooke is looking forward to sharing our experience with you, so look for that in the next couple of days. Hope you all are having a lovely, mild January. Happy tea drinking!

Until next tea,
Stacey and Brooke

ocean

Brooke wanted me to show you all her lovely ocean walk that she mentioned, so here it is.