Day 22: Snow Day

Hello fellow tea connoisseurs!

Today Brooke and Andre are up bright an early to start their Christmas journey to visit with Andre’s Mum in Penticton. Which means we get to have the tea at normal morning time for me! Hurray! Well, I do feel bad that they have to wake up so early, but is nice to have the tea so early in the day. Today’s tea isn’t really fitting for most of the country, but hey, at least we can have a snow day in tea form!

Tea: Snow Day

Snow Day

Description: Got a blizzard on the way? Score! There’s no better excuse to cozy up inside with a great cup of tea. And this all natural chocolate-mint tisane is the perfect way to warm up on a chilly winter day. With peppermint, cacao nibs and dark chocolate drops, it’s sweet, creamy and oh-so comforting. The best part? Cute little snowflake-shaped sprinkles that add a touch of sweetness. Bring it on, winter!

Ingredients: Peppermint leaves, cocoa beans, cocoa husk, chocolate drops (sugar, cocoa mass, cocoa butter, cocoa powder, sunflower lecithin), white chocolate pieces (sugar, cocoa butter, whole milk powder, sunflower lecithin), sugar sprinkles

5:42am PT, 8:42am ET

Brooke: Up with the tea.
Stacey: Whoa! Good morning!
Brooke: After my root canal I had an overwhelming metalic taste in my mouth. Even after a few hours rest and multiple tooth brushing I still taste it, so this tea may taste bloody awful.
Stacey: Oh man, this is so early for you. You poor thing. I hope it tastes good for you too, maybe the tea will bring in some good flavours.
Brooke: It smells lovely. I’m disappointed it’s an herbal though. I’m gonna need the caffeine, seeing as it is 5:45am.
Stacey: I also have a caffeinated tea. I am double fisting! Can we sip now?

*sip*

Brooke: We’re both making gross faces. Stevia and mint. Ick!
Stacey: There’s no stevia in this tea though! I think it has a creamy, minty taste. I like it!
Brooke: We all do not! Andre said he would drink it but he didn’t say he’d like it.
Stacey: Aw man! So just me then?
Brooke: Honestly, for me, the metallic is dampening everything else.
Stacey: It reminds me of cocomint cream, but without the coconut.
Brooke: I don’t think I liked that one either. I am going to eat this candy cane instead. Except not bite it because I have a mummified tooth now. 😦
Stacey: Aw you poor thing. I’ll keep sipping the tea though!

Brooke and I also had a chance to ask our Moms what they thought:

Lorie: It smells like peppermint chocolate! I’m currently crushing candy canes to go on my Candy Cane Shortbread Bars, so this the perfect tea to compliment the smells! Mmm I like this tea! Very cozy, like you are in front of a fire looking outside at the snow falling on a snow day. We can only wish for that this year unfortunately.
Cathy: I think I like it! Peppermint-y and fun! Traces of chocolate for the sweet tooth, yet calming.

Eric also had a few things to say:

Eric: I’ve never had a full cup before, it really feels like it is coating my mouth with warmth. I wonder if it would be good as a sore throat tea.

Finally, here is what the people of Twitter had to saw about today’s brew:

Day 22: Snow Day. This one smells delish. Mint and white chocolate with snowflake sprinkles! #24DaysOfTea
#24daysoftea snow day for day 22! minty chocolate-y goodness!
Today’s offering in the #24daysoftea is an herbal infusion that tastes like mint hot chocolate. What a delightful way to start the day!

Final Thoughts:

Unfortunately Brooke and Andre didn’t care too much for this one. I, on the other hand, thought it was a nice warm, creamy brew that was a good mix of chocolate and mint. And it sounds like Lorie, Cathy and Eric agreed! Eric and I also thought it was neat that the snowflake sprinkles went up and down in the water as the tea was steeping. Anyone else experience this effect? It was almost like it was snowing in the cup!

Well, only two more teas left folks! Who would have thought December would go so quickly! We hope you’re all ready for the holidays or almost ready so you can enjoy the season with loved ones. See you tomorrow!

Until next tea,
Stacey, Brooke, Andre, Eric, Lorie, and Cathy

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Looks like Brooke and Andre are in a real life Snow Day on the infamous Coquihalla Route.

Day 24: Santa’s Secret

Hello readers!!!

It’s Christmas Eve and you know what that means….WE DID IT!  After this post we will have officially reviewed every tea from DAVIDsTEA 24 days of tea AND put out a blog every day! Go us! And just like last year Brooke and I have thoroughly enjoyed the process. Although it was a bit difficult at times with our busy schedules, we are so glad we completed the set! So without further adieu let’s get down to it, let’s taste Santa’s Secret brew!

Tea: Santa’s Secret

Santa's Secret from DAVIDsTEA

Description: Need a little helper?

Ever wonder how Santa manages to deliver all those presents in just one night? Well here’s the hush-hush formula. He uses a special combination of Chinese black tea, peppermint leaves and spices – all sprinkled with real little candy canes. It’s both energizing and remarkably soothing. All Santa needs is one cup and his motto changes from “ho ho ho” to “go go go”

Ingredients: Chinese black tea, peppermint leaves, candy cane sprinkles.

Steeping Instructions: 1.5 tsp, 98°C, 4-6 min

I was a little late coming into the tea review yet again (this one hour time difference is tough!), so Brooke’s Mom, Cathy started us off:

Cathy: Wooof! That’s a smell. Is that ever pepperminty! If it tastes as good as it smells, I’m going to love it!

*sip*

Cathy: Cough, splutter, cough. Oops!

Cathy: Mmm!

Cathy: It’s really good! I don’t really like black tea but with all those sugary candy canes…yum! Maybe I just need to put a candy cane in all my teas?

Cathy: I quite like it! It inspires me to do my Christmas recordings for 107.7FM.

Back in Bolton, my water finally boiled so I  was able to hop on Skype just in time to review the tea with Brooke while Cathy ran a few errands.

Stacey: Mmmm.
Brooke: Ahhhh!
Brooke: I love that this is a black tea.
Stacey: Yeah, because often times peppermint tea is a herbal.
Brooke: Mmm, the black tea weighs down the peppermint quite nicely.
Stacey: So glad we are enjoying this on the day we are supposed to, unlike last time when we were having it in March.
Brooke: I am going to make short work of this cup, oh boy.
Stacey: Mhmm, a perfect Christmas blend!

Those who were with us last year will remember that we enjoyed this tea quite a bit the last time around…only we sipped on it closer to Easter than Christmas. So it’s a bit more fitting that we are actually sipping this tea on Christmas Eve.

Brooke: This is good- I like how the black tea rounds out the flavour.
Stacey:  Mhmm. It is quite tasty and adds something quite festive to the black tea.
Brooke:  A bit too sugary though.
Stacey:  Oh really? From the candy cane?
Brooke: Yes.
Stacey: Hmm, I don’t really get that. I just get nice hint of it, like I stirred my tea with a candy cane. Delish!

Tea Vibes:
Brooke: What a great way to end the set! And how lovely that we get to enjoy Santa’s Secret on his special day. This is a great tea to wake up to and enjoy its smooth tones mix with lovely mint. Merry Christmas to ME! Oh, and you. 4/5
Stacey: This was a lovely tea–so lovely in fact that I will be enjoying a cup of this tomorrow morning as well. It makes you feel more Christmassy with every sip. Mmm, mmm! Santa did well with this brew. 4/5
And that’s a wrap (pun intended)! Thank you so much for joining us on this wonderful journey! We are hoping to follow these posts up with a review of our favourites from the set, so look for that in the New Year. For now, Brooke and I are going to take a much needed break from writing. But not a break from tea–never a break from tea, goodness no. We hope that you and your family have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
Until next tea,
Stacey and Brooke
 
Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good tea!