Day 13: Read My Lips

Hello everyone!

Day 13 is here and we are busy bees this morning! Luckily, we’ve already this brew before–TWICE! Check out our past two reviews here and here. Seriously, DAVIDsTEA, you have at LEAST a hundred different teas, you couldn’t give us a bit of diversity? Sorry, early morning Brooke snark. Okay, on to Read My Lips, 2014 style (stress-free)!

Tea: Read My Lips

Description: Okay, this is probably the world’s best chocolate tea. Honestly. (Brooke: Yeesh!) Better than dessert. More reliable than sex. It’s a totally decadent combination of China black tea, vanilla, peppermint, chocolate bits and spicy red peppercorns. Plus it contains little red candy lips for a kiss of sweetness. In other words, it’s a completely satisfying spring experience with no guilt or strings attached.

Ingredients: Chinese black tea, peppermint, chocolate, pink peppercorns, sprinkles, natural and artificial flavouring

Steeping Instructions: Same old, same old. I mean, 96C, 1.25tsp, 4-7 minutes.

Brooke: Why do they have to have artificial flavouring? Hmm? Harumph!

*Sip*

Stacey: Mmmm. Oh, what a wonderful flavour, though! Velvet-y smooth and it smells so good too! Mmmm!
Brooke: I’m mad that this is a tea we’ve had three times now. THREE TIMES. They have, like, a billion other teas to choose from!
Stacey: I know, it does suck. But it IS a good tea, though. They probably just wanted to keep one that people really like.
Brooke: Yeah, I guess. *Sip*. Hmph. It’s too minty.
Stacey: But it’s like an After Eight!
Brooke: Didn’t you say that last time?
Stacey: Yep!
Brooke: Also, dang, re-reading our first post about this, I should have steeped it for longer, too.
Stacey: Oh no! I feel the same way I did last year about this one. More of a chocolate flavour but the hints of mint and peppercorn give it such a wonderful kick!
Brooke: In some ways this tea tastes pretty simple, considering it has so many flavours in it. Though for the first time ever, I *think* I taste the pepper corns. Yes, at the very very end. Maybe I’m imagining them. But with a minty chocolate base, it does round things out nicely. Did you taste the peppercorn?
Stacey: Yes! I feel like this a chocolate tea with hints of mint.
Brooke: I’d say it’s a mint tea with hints of chocolate!
Stacey: Fine. : )

Tea Vibes:

Recently, we started saying our finals thoughts out loud to Stacey’s voice, that then translates it to text with hilarious results. Here are today’s tea vibes:

Stacey: Unfortunately, I have to go, but I’m taller than android. The chocolate mint peppercorns- so good. 9 and 10.

Brooke
: I want to get their act together and start putting brand new diwan here, babe. To be honest, even grumpy Brooke liked this. An idiot the peppercorn in it really did come out this time, which is a first for thanks.

Ah yes, if grumpy Brooke can get behind a tea, then it’s worth keeping on the shelf. Hope you’re all enjoying your Saturday and hope your teas are just as reliably tasty!

Until next tea,
Brooke and Stacey

A tea that could even please the grinch!

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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.