Day 17: Mulled Wine

Good morning (afternoon) tea drinkers!

Today poor Stacey stayed home with a headache while André and I slept in far too late. All of us were a bit groggy as our teas were steeping but we still managed to enjoy ourselves once we got sipping. Who would have thought mulled wine was a nice tea to enjoy at breakfast? Read on!

Tea: Mulled Wine

Descriptions: Maybe you spent the day on the slopes. Maybe it was a frantic afternoon of holiday shopping. Or maybe you’re coming in from an epic snowball fight. No matter what you did on this chilly day, there’s no better way to warm up than with a great cup of tea. And it doesn’t get more comforting than this mulled wine-inspired all natural oolong, with orange zest, cinnamon, cloves and ginger. Whether you’re sipping it at the ski chalet, in front of a roaring fire or just between errands, it’s the perfect way to warm up your winter. 

Ingredients: Oolong tea, apple, orange peel, cinnamon, clove buds, ginger, natural flavouring.

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Stacey: I feel like we’ve had something like this before… the smells seem familiar.
Brooke: Sleigh Ride, maybe?
Stacey: Probably? It’s an oolong tea, though. It’ll be different!
Brooke: When I saw which tea it was today I was really excited … but then I smelled the loose leaf tin and was completely turned off. I almost got a headache from the smell- urgh. Far too fruity.
André: Was Sleigh Ride the one I couldn’t even finish?
Brooke: Yep. Here we go!

*Sip*

Stacey: Oooh! I like it!
Brooke: Wow, me too!
Stacey: It’s like Sleigh Ride without the tartness at the end!
André: *cough* It’s in my air pipe!
Stacey: The oolong tea did something to this one.
Brooke: Like what?
Stacey: It made it taste good.
Brooke: Ah.
Stacey: None of the tart flavours come through in this, the base is stronger and keeps them at bay.
Brooke: The spices are the strongest part of this tea, like clove and ginger- yum!.
André: I find it almost medicinal, it has that slight taste of cough syrup.
Brooke: In a good way?
André: Yeah… Yeah in a good way!
Brooke: It kind of reminds me of Cold 9-11, or the Sore Throat tea. Maybe because of the ginger.
Stacey: I taste the orange peel- so nice!
André: The ginger is a great compliment to the fruit, that’s for sure.  It’s very nice and delicate, I like that it was cool so I could drink it right away.(Steeping it at 85 degrees is important!)

Our discussion veered off and we began discussing mail and packages and the vastness of Canada and the USA, but we did have a few final thoughts to say on this one:

Final thoughts:

Stacey: I like this tea! The ingredients all work well together to create a nice flavor. The cinnamon, orange peel, cloves and ginger really come together nicely. I can get mulled wine when I taste it. Reminds me of when my friend Kara brought a mulled wine kit to a pot lock and the wine was warming on the stove. Yum!

André: I like how light and delicate this tea is, I like it surprisingly a lot for a fruity tea but it’s because the fruit flavours aren’t overly strong. No one ingredient comes to the foreground for too long, nothing is overpowering in this one. All around it’s a very nice tea.

Brooke: I was happily wrong about this tea when I first made judgements. I’m still amazed when the smell is so different than the taste. This one is nice and spicy but not in the way that The Spice is Right was. DAVIDsTEA did really well with this one, and I’ll happily have another cup as we devour our gingerbread house today.

Twitter was also quite impressed:

Mulled wine is an oolong tea with a heady clove and ginger flavor. Perfect to add a shot of whiskey for a hot toddy!
Day 17: Mulled Wine. Please steep responsibly 😉
Today’s is mulled wine, it smells pretty lovely sitting here steeping!
Did you have a sip of this one today? What did you think? For us, it put us right in the mood to get out and do some last minute shopping. Wish us luck!
Until next tea,
Brooke, Stacey, and André
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Drink up!

Day 12: The Spice is Right

Welcome to Day 12, folks!

Today Stacey was able to Skype with me and Andre and together we hummed, hawed, and slurped our way through today’s tea. Come on down and read along with The Spice is Right!

Tea: The Spice is Right

Description: Is there any flavour combo more comforting than orange and cinnamon? There’s something about it that’s instantly comforting – like warm spice cake or a glass of hot punch. But nostalgia isn’t the only thing giving you that warm fuzzy feeling. Cinnamon is said to have warming properties, and one sip of this spice-laden green tea is all it takes to get that cozy fireside feeling going. Add some sweet orange peel and a zingy hint of chili pepper, and you’ve got a zesty blend that warms you up from the inside out.

Ingredients: cinnamon, green tea, orange peel, cloves, chili pepper. With natural flavouring.

Brooke: My Dad said it “did not like this one at all” and opted to brew some Nepal Black instead. My mom, on the other hand said she quite fancied it. Smelling it now, all I really get is that blast of cinnamon hearts again, so I’m nervous about how strong the flavour will be.
Stacey: I smell apple!
Brooke: …There’s no apple in it, Stace. Your nose is wrong.
Stacey: What? I…Oh you’re right…Well. Weird.

*sip*

André: This tea is spicy like a chai, mm! It reminds me of a tea my mom used to have called Mandarin Spice. It’s a lot like a chai in the sense that it’s spicy, but you mostly taste the cinnamon and cloves. I like it even though I usually like heavy duty chai teas. This is a lot lighter than a normal chai.
Stacey: The cinnamon hits you pretty hard at the beginning, so the green tea is a bit of an odd combo.
Brooke: What makes a chai tea a chai tea? Hmm.. Apparently it needs to be a “black tea with Indian spice such as cardamom, ginger, cinnamon and clove”, often served with milk. I think I would still classify this as a chai because of the dance between the cinnamon and cloves that plays out on your palate. Although the green tea leaves and the shorter steep time make this one a little less intense. I am wondering maybe if my experience change if I add milk…
Stacey: But it’s a green tea, you don’t normally add milk to a green tea.
Brooke: The internet says that you can add milk to green tea, although apparently the health properties are negated when you add milk- who knew! Sorry antioxidants, not today.
Stacey:  Hmm, I’m tasting more of the orange flavour now. I think the green tea tones down the cinnamon flavour once you sip the tea a bit.
Brooke: I do feel the heat of the chili pepper and I like it!
Stacey: Really? Aw, I don’t taste it at all.

Final thoughts:

André: All my thoughts on this one are positive.
Brooke: Overall, I liked it too. I am still confused as to why they didn’t call it chai… but maybe it’s because it was a green tea. I would probably have it again, for sure.
Stacey: I think it has one of those cinnamon-y flavours that I don’t particularly enjoy. Although it definitely tones down with the green tea pairing, it’s not something I would choose to drink again I think.

Twitter seemed to enjoy this brew, overall:

@bailamefitness Day 12 of . Organic The Spice is Right is a sweet and spiced green tea, great addition to a good book or just reflection on this rainy morning. Happy Saturday! #MorningTea #TeaAddict #TeaADay #simplethings #CalmBeforeTheStorm

@loosy83 Der roch schon durchs Geschenkpapier so gut 😍 #adventskalender #12von12

The Spice Is Right! Tastes like liquid cinnamon hearts!  

What were your taste buds saying? Did they have a ballad playing out on your tongue?

Until next tea,

Brooke and Stacey (and André)

 

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Spice up your life!

 

Day 21: Chocolate Orange

Hello readers!

Today it’s a double review with my Mom, Lorie making a guest appearance and Brooke’s Mom and Dad, Cathy and Stewart, adding their thoughts in too. And with Brooke and I reviewing the tea at different times, things are getting a bit tricky with editing posts. Unbeknownst to me, I accidentally wrote over the post Brooke had written (oops!). Luckily, after some quick thinking on Brooke’s part and a few tense moments, the post was recovered. Thank goodness! So you should consider yourselves lucky that you get to enjoy the post that-almost-never-was…

Tea: Chocolate Orange

Chocolate Orange from DAVIDsTEA

Description: So Happy Together

Some things are just meant to go together. Cups and saucers. Cream and sugar. Tea and cookies. And chocolate and orange. It’s a harmonious combo alright – rich, sweet and decadently dark. And this delicious pu’erh blend has it all: big chocolate chips to satisfy your dessert craving and zesty orange peel for a touch of fruitiness and spice. It’s the kind of thing you could get used to. Which is good, because you and this tea are totally made for each other.

Ingredients: Pu’erh tea, chocolate, orange peel, natural and artificial flavouring.

Steeping Preperation: 1.25 tsp, 98°C, 4-6 min

Cathy: Hmm, I guess I can smell the chocolate. I do not smell the orange but it smells very welcoming and comfortable.
Brooke: Yeah, for the first time the smell isn’t knocking me over. It’s very subtle. I wonder that means for the taste…

Back in Bolton:

Lorie: It smells like some sort of hand lotion.
Stacey: Oh shoot, I dropped some tea leaves on the floor.
Lorie: You better pick it up before Titan eats it.
Stacey: It looks like mouse poop.
Lorie: Don’t even go there Stacey!

*sip*

Lorie: Oh, it has a smooth taste. But no chocolate yet. Or orange.
Stacey: …What does it taste like then?
Lorie: Okay, a tad bit of chocolate.
Stacey: It’s very dark in the cup…kind of looks like beer.
Lorie: Mine looks like coffee. But it doesn’t have an after-taste like coffee. It’s not very harsh on the palate at all.
Stacey: I taste more orange then chocolate. It almost has a tropical note to it…maybe that’s just the citrus.

Back in Halifax:

Brooke: Oh! I like the taste! The orange is peeeerfect in there.
Cathy: You taste the orange? It’s lost on me.
Stewart: Hm! It’s sweet.
Cathy: Do you throw a fit?
Stewart: No, a cow.
Brooke: Parents, can we put down the crossword for a SECOND?

Cathy: It’s lighter, it’s not as satisfying as the others.
Stewart: What kind of tea is it?
Brooke: Pur’eh. It’s a dark tea from China.
Stewart: Hm, I like it! I like dark teas.
Cathy: And I don’t, I think that’s why I’m not as impressed.
Brooke: It’s too sweet for me, too chocolatey. I’m still full from my ice cream cake dessert, though…

Cathy: Where vaults can be seen… well…
Stewart: 4 down is wrong!
Brooke: Well this is going just peachy.

Tea vibes:

Lorie: This is a nice, mellow, smooth tea with just a hint of chocolate and an aftertaste of orange. It pairs well with being cozy inside while it’s freezing rain outside. It’s also a nice wind-down tea after a day of baking and christmas preparations. I enjoyed it very much. 4.5/5

Stacey: I recommend drinking this tea after it’s cooled down a bit. The chocolate flavour really comes through and mixes well with the orange. I don’t think it tastes like a chocolate orange but it’s still quite nice. Not too sweet either! A lovely tea to sip on with Christmas music playing in the background. 4.25/5

Stewart: I like this tea. I like the complexity of the fermented black leaves and the tones. I wondered if the flavour would change over time but for a small cup of tea, it’s just dandy! 3.5/5

Brooke: I think it’s just not what I was in the mood for after eating dessert. It IS a dessert, so  the chocolate and orange were too much for me. If I was in a different mood, I bet I would really like it. 3/5

Cathy: Zzzz

Well, that’s day 21 in the books! 3 more days to go people! I’m hoping that I’ll be able to review a tea with Brooke tomorrow, but apparently we are in for quite the ice storm. Newscasters are even comparing it to the ice storm of ’98, yikes! I better go wrap my Christmas presents while we still have power!

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


I’m not losing you again. You’re going to stay right here with me.

Day 13: Glitter and Gold

Hey tea lovers!

It’s Day 13 and Brooke and I are pooped! Luckily, Glitter and Gold is a tea that we both enjoyed last 24 days of tea… so we had a lazy plan to put into action.  Interestingly, DAVIDsTEA changed the tea description (see below) since the last time we reviewed it. Maybe this time it won’t cause toes to tingle…

Tea: Glitter and Gold

Glitter & Gold from DAVIDsTEA

Tea Description: Twinkle, twinkle

This deep dark Chinese tea is like a gorgeous starry night, glimmering with gold and silver sugar crystals that shimmer as they steep. Take a sip and the slow suggestion of cinnamon will warm your body. Your toes will tingle and your mind will turn to fireworks, falling stars, late-night seduction. It’s basically magic. (Is it getting hot in here, or is it just the tea?)

Ingredients: Chinese black tea, sugar crystals, gold sugar balls, vanilla, orange peel, cloves, natural and artificial flavouring.

Prep: 1.25 tsp, 98°C, 4-7 min

Hey, look, a blog post from last year that was hilaaarious: https://teaconnoisseurs.wordpress.com/2012/12/06/glitter-and-gold/. Click that, pour your tea, and have a laugh.

One thing Brooke and I DO want to note, though, is that clear mugs are a must when enjoying this delectable tea. It’s the only way to see the tea in its full glory. Also, Brooke would like me to remind you to keep your toes safe this Christmas and to bundle them up in warm cozy socks to keep them safe from pesky doorways.

Enjoy everyone! We will be back with more tea tomorrow. : )

Until next tea,
Stacey and Brooke


Everyone deserves a break.