Day 3: Orange Pekoe

Hello Tea Drinkers!

Welcome to Day 3 of 24 days of tea! With an herbal and a white tea already under our santa belts, what might be in drawer #3? Why it’s good ol’ fashioned Orange Pekoe. Time to divulge in a classic!

Tea: Orange Pekoe

Description: We’ve polled the entire country and this is, in fact, the perfect pekoe. The classic of all classics. The ultimate pick-me-up. The blend to turn to when you crave a good, honest cup of tea. Some say it evokes thoughts of warm comfort and familiar friends, others go off on tangents about doughnuts and red roses. Either way, everyone falls hard for this all-organic tea from top estates in Sri Lanka and Assam.

Ingredients: Fine black teas from Ceylon, Sri Lanka

Brooke: I should warn you, my sister thinks that she couldn’t tell the difference between this and a name brand! What do you think? Will we be able to tell?
Stacey:  I don’t know! I’m excited to see if it tastes like DAVIDsTEA base blend…My mom said she really likes this tea because she felt like she was sitting at her Nana’s while sipping it. I’m going to try it!

*sip*

Stacey: Oh my! I can taste the DAVIDsTEA! I can tell it’s not Tetley, the generic brand, like your sister mentioned. This tea doesn’t taste as strong, it’s a bit more delicate.
Brooke: But maybe that comes down to steeping. How long did you steep yours?
Stacey: 5 minutes?
Brooke: Me too. Hey, where are you Skyping from today?
Stacey: I’m Skyping in the cafeteria at work! Now I’m one of those people who Skype is public.
Brooke: Neat. Aw man, my tea’s still way too hot to taste.
Stacey: *cough* *sputter* My tea is very drinkable.
Brooke: But you just sputtered!
Stacey: Because I’m laughing at you! I can still see the steam coming off of your tea.
Brooke: Stacey!!
Stacey: Either way, this tastes better than a name brand. What did you smell first when you smelled the tea out of the tin?
Brooke: *sniffs the tin* Licorice?
Stacey: Oh, Eric and I smelled lemon!
Brooke: I think we’re both wrong.
Stacey: Hey, you sipped it! What did you think?
Brooke: No, I  just blew on it. Here let me try now.

*sip* (#2)

Brooke: Oooh!! I don’t have a bitter after taste with this one!
Stacey: The generic brand totally does!
Stacey: One person on twitter used eggnog to make a latte (re:)
Brooke: I WANT THAT.
Stacey: You can do it!!
Brooke: It’s playing with me- it’s saying “I’m a black tea, but you can barely tell!” It doesn’t have that smokey taste.
Stacey: Yeah, it juts cuts off at some point.
Brooke: We really should do a blind taste test.We’ll have to make sure they’re steeped the same amount of time. Must be a scientific inquiry. You know what, I don’t want egg nog with mine right now. I’m feelin’ this vibe.
Stacey: I wonder if she tried it first then added eggnog.
Brooke: We should tweet her! So innovative.

Final thoughts

Stacey: I feel pleasantly surprised that DAVIDsTEA created something so simple and nice. Usually it’s ridiculous and colourful but this one doesn’t need anything. No eggnog needed.
Brooke: But you don’t like eggnog!
Stacey: Well…
Brooke: I really enjoy this one. I’d buy it except it’s probably stupid expensive and I could probably buy an orange pekoe at the grocery store for literally a quarter of the price.
Stacey: Ya, fur shur.

Here’s what the twitterverse had to say about today’s tea:

: Enjoying an orange pekoe eggnog latte this morning #24daysoftea from @DAVIDsTEA

Day 3 is a classic orange pekoe, and I love it. #24daysoftea #davidstea #adventcalendar #orangepekoe
@DAVIDsTEA My very first cup of tea was orange pekoe. I was 9. #childhoodmemories#24daysoftea
So what did you think? Better than the generic or will you stick with your trusted brand?
Until next tea,
Stacey and Brooke

“Does this have licorice in it?”

 

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Glitter and Gold

Hi readers!

We hope you’ve been enjoying your Decembers so far. In Ottawa, it’s been cold and rainy but the Christmas tunes have started and lights are up! It’s a groggy morning and after doing a quick grocery run, we figure having a tea after breakfast was just right. Today’s tea is a toe-tingling, sparkly brew that is sure to dazzle up anyone’s morning. Visually, at least.

Glitter and Gold

Tea: Glitter and Gold

Ingredients: black tea, sugar crystals, gold sugar balls, vanilla, orange peel, cloves

DAVIDsTEA description: see below.

Since I had a meh sleep, we decided to brew a pot with the whole loose leaf tin. Stacey was only allowed to have one cup, of course. As we munched on our breakfast of croissants and blueberries and waited for our teas to cool, we were delighted to see glitter and shimmering gold in our mugs.

I was just heading out of the kitchen into our family room with my brew, ready to set up my laptop for our tea time, when SLAM. My pointer toe made contact with our arch in the hallway. AAARGH! My poor new white sock never stood a chance. The burning feeling of pain is still strong as I type this, so Stacey suggested we try the teas to distract me.

*sip*

Stacey: It’s a black tea, mhmm, but there’s something there.
Brooke: I’m getting a creamy feel but I don’t know why.
Stacey: I taste the cloves. They come out nicely. Ahh!
Brooke: Urgh, my toe still hurts.
Stacey: Hmm, let’s read what DAVIDsTEA has to say about this one…

“Sophisticated seduction…

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…”

Brooke: WHAT?
Stacey: Um.. Your toes will tingle…
Brooke: WAIT… WAIT. WHAT? WHAAAAT?
Stacey: The universe just knew, Brooke. Oh my God. Oh wow.
Brooke:  HOW DID THEY DO THAT?
Stacey: That is too perfect. I am crying laughing over here…
Brooke: Are you kidding me?
Stacey: K, wait, the rest goes…

“[…] 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?)”.

…Is your toe tingling yet?
Brooke: Oh, it’s tingling alright. MAN!
Stacey: HAH! There are definitely fireworks; this blows my mind, oh man.
Brooke: Well, DAVIDsTEA, kudos. I didn’t think it was possible but you’ve done it. This is no coincidence. You broke my toe.

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Stacey: Wait, the description also says “Allergens: Not vegan”? Um.. what’s… what’s in here that’s animal product?
Brooke: Beats me.
Stacey: Well, the feature ingredients are orange and vanilla. I definitely taste the orange, yummy!
Brooke: It reminds me of orange pekoe; it’s like our last one that was simple but had a fun sweet swing to it.
Stacey: It DOES just taste like orange pekoe. I think they might have just put glitter and orange in here and then went “oooh! You’ll love it!”
Brooke: With a hint of “take THAT, toes!”

Tea Vibes:

Stacey: I think I get what you were saying earlier; DAVIDsTEA has a black tea base and this is it. I’d like to try this one with my grandma, I think, because it reminds me so much of orange pekoe which she loves. It’d be fun to have a clear glass to get the whole effect of the ‘glitteryness’, too. This tea is another not-too-crazy-pretty-solid-wouldn’t-scare-anyone-off tea. Simple, relaxing, and sparkling. 7.5/10

Brooke: Yep. I love the glitter, I think that’s really unique… but I think without the visual, this tea is quite normal. It’s a good breakfast tea; it’s got some sparkle… but dang. If I have to stub my toe every time I want a cup, I’ll pass. It’s not worth the throbbing ache I get to deal with for the next day or two. In all seriousness, it’s a decent tea, but the “ooh ahh” factor is in the sparkle, not the taste. 6.5/10

Phew. A stubbed toe didn’t seem to stop me from going on a skate with Stace at our uni’s ice rink but it did make for a more delicate climb when I bouldered later in the evening. Hopefully if you feel like trying it, you won’t have such a tingly toe experience. Instead, sit back and let it make your morning just a little more dazzling.

Until next tea,

Brooke and Stacey

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I’m sure I said something as delicate as this…