Day 24: Santa’s Secret

MERRY CHRISTMAS EVE!

Well folks- we made it. For the fourth time, we made it through all 24 days of tea. Now, since we already talked about this three times already (2012, 2013, 2014) we’re not doing it again! Instead, we’re going to talk about our opinions of this year’s #24daysoftea!! Since it’s our fourth in a row, we figured we can discuss how this one compares to those of the past. So, without further ado, here is the information for secret santa, which we then promptly ignore!

Tea: Santa’s Secret

Santa’s Secret

Description: 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: Black tea, peppermint, sprinkles (sugar, rice flour, partially hydrogenated vegetable oil, corn starch, natural and artificial flavours, cellulose gum, red 40 Lake, mono and diglycerides, carrageenan, titanium dioxide (colour), polysorbate 60)

Brooke: So, what did you think of this year’s “24 days of tea”?
Stacey: I’m quite impressed with the variety of teas this year. Many of these ones were brand new for us.
Brooke: Yeah, and even the teas that we had before have changed in their ingredients. Mom, for example, didn’t like the Gingerbread tea last year but this year she raved about it!
Stacey: Yeah, they added chocolate chips I think, which made it nice and  creamy!
Brooke: Exactly- they improved the ones we didn’t enjoy and I was impressed.
Stacey: Yeah generally speaking, the ones that we had had years before were also ones that we liked. And they had a few we didn’t enjoy, like Sleigh Ride, out of the way pretty quickly.
Eric: Did you talk about how cool Snow Day was?
Stacey: The snowflakes went up and down like it was snowing in the cup!
Brooke: Neat! But I gotta say, I mourned Glitter and Gold’s shimmer this year.
André: They’re going to have to re-name it. Gold, No Glitter. Gold Sans Glitter. Just Gold Tea.
Brooke: I’ve also gotta say, I was very unimpressed with the amount of tea in each tin this year. Years past our tins were filled to the brim but this year they were barely two thirds full. We paid more for the calendar this year ($40) but we got way less tea in our tins.
Stacey: Well, they were GOLD tins, Brooke!
Eric: I heard that they had someone testing to make sure each tea tin was twistable.
Stacey: Maybe they were taking tea from yours, Brooke!
Eric: Skimming 25% off the top!
André: Tea heist!
Brooke: Those scoundrels!
Stacey: You know what I liked? The drawers instead of doors. Hey, that kind of rhymed! Quit playing with the bells on my hat!
Eric: I can’t help it!
Brooke: I also LOVED the drawers. Clean, simple, so reusable.
Stacey: Yeah, and I liked how you could turn the drawers around to see what each tea was after, so you don’t have to go searching for the tins when you wanted a specific kind after the calendar was over. For example, we’re going to have Cardamom French Toast tomorrow, I think. Mmm! Wait, what if we have French toast for breakfast? Is that too much?
André: Never too much French toast.

Final thoughts: Are we doing this again next year?

Brooke: I’m feeling like I don’t want to do this next year because of the cost and the difficulty of trying to Skype with the ridiculous time difference and schedule conflicts.
Stacey: I want this advent calendar again, I think. I really liked it. But boy, the time change made this really hard to do. Every day, it was tough.
Eric: What if next year you just did highlights on the weekend? Once a week!
Stacey: And we can always text about it…
Brooke: Maybe this blog is finally ready for a rest.
Stacey; Well… I’m not done with #24daysoftea just yet.
Brooke:Oh, alright!

Here’s what the people of Twitter said:
Thanks to @DAVIDsTEA for the amazing #24daysoftea advent calendar. HAPPY HOLIDAYS!
 Jour24! C’est la fin mais, Chut, c’est le Secret du Père Noël! #JoyeuxNoel à tous! 🎄🎅
Last day of my #24daysoftea ! So sad for it to be over but so excited that #christmaseve is here.…

So the question remains, will we continue our blog next year? Only time will tell…stay tuned to find out! One thing is for sure though, we certainly enjoyed skyping and texting with each other daily since we don’t live with each other any more. It was a nice way to catch up with each other and make it feel like old times.

Well, if you excuse us, we have a Christmas Eve evening to enjoy. We hoped you enjoyed following along this year!

Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night!

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

Caught you red handed, you tea stealing Elf!

 

Day 7: North African Mint

Hi fellow tea steepers!

Welcome to Day 7 of #24DaysofTea, where we somehow let a groggy and still-in-bed Andre one-up our review of this tasty blend. Take it away, generic description and ingredient list!

Tea: North African Mint

North African Mint

Description: Explore Northern Africa, from its souks to its deserts, with this intense combination of spices and mint. It combines organic green tea and peppermint with organic cardamom, ginger, licorice root, fennel clove and black pepper. Deliciously sweet, with all the romance of the Maghreb.

Ingredients: Green tea, ginger, peppermint, cardamom, licorice root, fennel, clove, black pepper

Stacey: My Mom said this tea doesn’t really taste like mint, which is odd because this is a mint tea…
Brooke: Guess we will see-  I remember liking this one. It’s one of Andre’s favourites, so it’s gotta be good!

*sip*

Brooke: Mmm..
Stacey:  Oh! Oh. Wow.
Brooke: I love this! Mmm! I mean, it’s not like an herbal peppermint, it’s got some caffeine to it because of the green tea leaves. And is that licorice? No, it can’t be.
Stacey:  Yes, ingredients say there is licorice and fennel in it!
Brooke:Well then, there you go.
Stacey:  I like that it has a nice earthy flavour to it.
Brooke: Mhmm, this is the type of tea that you can’t steep for too long, I bet. I think the flavours would be too strong if you did. This one has to be soft on the palate to be fully enjoyed.
Andre: (Groggily from bedroom, through the door): Are you ….drinking North African Mint? That’s my favourite…. It reminds me of chai tea because of the cloves. ..And I like the pepper in it. The …. added mint really lets you taste the spectrum of flavours, from cool to spicy, you know? Depending on how long you steep it… the spectrum will be hit somewhere different. Mmm.. (goes back to sleep)
Stacey: Wow, I feel like we don’t need to be review the tea any more, Brooke.
Brooke: We’re out of a gig!

Final thoughts:

Brooke: This tea is great because you taste the pepper, cloves, licorice, and ginger. It’s so complex and really comes together quite nicely.
Stacey: I am really digging the mix of flavours.Glad they didn’t change much about it from last time we tried it. I think it’s more than just mint tea, so don’t be fooled by the name!
(Sleepy Andre gives North African Mint 5/5)
Brooke: I like how he contributed most of this post but didn’t even sip the tea.

Twitter was equally impressed with today’s tea:

organic north African mint! Delicious and delicate flavour! This calendar was a great investment~
  – Day 7 – North African Mint – perfect for soothing my sore throat
 Day 7 N. African mint! A complex green tea w/peppermint, cardamom, fennel & cloves. Perfect to soothe a sore tummy!

And there you go! Another winner from DAVIDsTEA from the 24DaysofTea set.

Until next tea,

Brooke and Stacey (and sleepy Andre)

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Day 24: Santa’s Secret

Merry Christmas Everyone!

It’s Christmas Eve and thus we get to sip on Santa’s Secret! This tea isn’t much of a secret anymore since we’ve had it on the 24th of December for three years in a row now (see here and here). But as much as we’ve been harping on DAVIDsTEA for using repeats in their 24 days, this is one tea that we were were glad to see return again this year. MmmMmm!

Tea: Santa’s Secret

Description: 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 black tea, peppermint 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: Black tea, peppermint, sprinkles, natural and artificial flavouring (vanilla maybe?)

Steeping Instructions: 1.5 tsp, 96°C, 4-6 minutes

Before heading off to visit Brooke’s sister, Lisa, Brooke and her parents were able to sit down with Stacey for a little Skype session to review the tea:

Stacey: It’s supposed to be spiced black tea this year…that’s new.
Brooke: I can smell the peppermint, mmm!

*sip*

Stacey: I love this tea!
Brooke: Mom, what do you think?
Cathy: It’s too hot to drink!
Stewart: The first note is a hint of butterscotch.
Brooke: Hmm, but there’s no butterscotch in here. There is vanilla though…
Stewart: Yes, it must be the vanilla that I’m tasting.
Brooke: I really love that this tea has a black tea base because usually peppermint teas are quite strong. The black tea mellows this brew out though so that the candy cane doesn’t hit you in the face.
Stacey: Ha ha, candy cane hitting you in the face.
Stewart: *Bonk*
Brooke: “Santa, his abuse is no secret.”
Stacey: Do you get any of the spice?
Brooke: Not really, but the sprinkles are adorable!
Stacey: I could drink this all year round! So minty!
Brooke: That’s the beauty of this tea, the peppermint is in the background acting as a supporting character.
Stacey: Agreed!

With that, Brooke and her family were off to the airport, ready to spend a Christmas in North Carolina. A little later in the day, Stacey’s parents came home from work and were in the mood for a cup of something hot:

Ken and Lorie (simultaneously): We’re ready for tea!
Stacey: I’ve got just the one! And we can add it to the blog!
Ken: So as you know, I don’t usually don’t read your tea blogs but I did read one this year. I wanted to tell you there were so many spelling mistakes!
Lorie: They are supposed to be like that, it’s the voice type feature. It’s supposed to be funny!
Ken: Oh!

*sip*

Lorie: It’s very smooth tasting…like eggnog.
Stacey: But that was yesterday’s tea!
Ken: It tastes chocolate-y to me.
Lorie: It’s very relaxing for Christmas Eve, I’m glad I get to have it after a day at work.
Ken: I like it but it smells better than it tastes. It tastes like one tea that we’ve had before, maybe Read My Lips?
Lorie: Yes, this tea is making me feel very mellow.
Stacey: But now you’re supposed to be all “go-go-go”.
Lorie: No-no-no.

Tea Vibes:

Using the voice-type feature on our respective devices, we were able to provide our thoughts on today’s tea:

Stacey: I absolutely love this city! It’s so christmas to me and I love doing it every year. It’s just perfect! So tell me, I know that’s a lot but seriously can I test.

Brooke: This, he’s pretty good. I’m probably a favorite of the whole box! So we’re happy to have them overall. I think that the government gets to stay on the bench in this. To you and I think that’s great. Merry Christmas! No I don’t, N.

Well folks, that’s a wrap! Thank you so much for joining us on this wonderful tea tradition of ours. This year may very well have been the last 24 days of tea that we were able to spend in the same apartment, so it’s been extra special for us. Thanks again for following along and keep your eyes peeled for a few more special tea reviews in the New Year.  Merry Christmas to you and yours!

Until next tea,
Stacey and Brooke

Sorry Santa, I think your secret’s out!

 

Day 17: Peppermint Amour

Hello tea lovers!

As many of our loyal fans will know, our December morning routine usually involves Stacey getting up early to turn the kettle on and Brooke following suite once she hears Stacey shuffling around the apartment. But alas, this morning the whistle of the kettle didn’t act as a wake up call for Brooke. Afraid she would be late for work and not wanting to wake up her roomie, Stacey opened the door for Day 17 and this is what she found:

Tea: Peppermint Amour

Peppermint Amour (organic) from DAVIDsTEA

Description: Peppermint is said to enhance your dreams. It’s also said to stimulate passion and creativity. Not to mention its fresh, cool flavour and aroma. This peppermint tea is organic, for great taste and good karma. We didn’t want to compromise when each cup has so much potential to enhance your life.

Ingredients: Organic peppermint leaves from Oregon state.

Steeping Instructions: 1.25 tsp, 96°C, 30-60 seconds (Whoa, that’s a concentrated tea!)

A little later in the day the two were still able to discuss the tea a little via text:

Brooke: Weird, your shuffles didn’t wake me up today!
Stacey: Yeah, I was wondering if I should have woken you up. What are you thoughts on the tea?
Brooke: I haven’t had it yet, but I think I’m going to have in the afternoon at work.
Stacey: Good plan! It’s supposed to enhance creativity…or something to that effect.
Brooke: Ohohoh! Merry fishmas! That’s as creative as I can get with my thesis.
Stacey: Ha ha, oh Brooke you crack me up.

A little later that day:

Stacey: This tea tastes like straight up peppermint to me. No ifs, ands, or buts about it. Tasty!
Brooke: Agreed! Not much to report here!

Tea Vibes

Using Stacey’s voice-type feature, here are our overall thoughts on today’s tea:

Stacey: York peppermint. Oh really good. Can probably get it a lot of places. It’s refreshing and it give me a little bit of focus during the day now and then. 9 and 10.

Brooke: Rock is dead again. So here’s what I think of your face. Pure peppermint tea, can probably get this at the local pc shop. 20th udo.

And there you have it, another one bites the dust! Only 7 teas left until Christmas everyone!

Until next tea,
Stacey and Brooke

All hail scissors and peppermint! Er, paper!

 

Day 8: Cocomint Cream

Hello tea lovers!

We started our days of in different parts of the city but we managed to meet up after work to chat about today’s tasty brew: Cocomint Cream! Oohohhhhh yummy. Here we go!

Tea: Cocomint Cream

Cocomint Cream from DAVIDsTEA

Description: Coconut and mint might not be a familiar combo, but trust us. It’s seriously addictive. As soon as you open your first tin and experience its fresh, sweet-mint aroma, you’ll understand. It’s the kind of tea you always want to have within arm’s reach. It makes a sweet little afternoon pick-me-up. Or a perfect finale to any meal. Or a midnight snack that won’t keep you up all night. Refreshing, creamy, sweet and comforting, it’s everything a tea ought to be.

Ingredients: Apple, coconut, sweet blackberry leaves, peppermint, spearmint, natural coconut flavouring (Stacey: But there is already COCONUT in the tea! Sometimes I don’t understand this “flavouring” business, hmph!).

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

Earlier in the morning, Stacey was able to take her tea in a thermos on her way to work and enjoyed the cup throughout her morning. Here are her thoughts:

Stacey: Oohhh yummy!! Minty, smooth and quite fresh. It has a lovely hint of sweetness at the very end. There’s a tropical taste to it, almost like a warm pina coloda. Yum, yum!

Brooke turned on the kettle after her busy day in the lab and fell in love the with smell of her steeping brew.

Brooke: Ohohoh, that creamy smell is incredible! *Sip* Ugh, wow, that is way too sweet!
(Stacey was home at this point)
Stacey: Really? I liked the little hint of sweetness at the end!
Brooke: No, maybe I steeped mine for longer, but its flavour is NOT subtle this time! Definitely taste the mint and the coconut… but kind of taste artificial sweetener, too.
Stacey: Oh, I found the apple brought the sweetness to it! There is “natural” flavouring that could be disguised!
Brooke: Apple? I don’t get the apple. Just feel like someone melted down a creamy mint bar and I am drinking it. It’s more like a dessert than a tea to sip on while you work.
Stacey: It *was* a little odd to have in the morning. But I still liked it!

Tea Vibes: 

Since Stacey was home, the voice-type feature on her phone let us say our final thoughts on the tea in its warped understanding of our spoken words: 

Stacey: It was a 40 and 90, yeah! Give me images of having pina coladas. I give  it a 9 and Hannah.

Brooke: This TV is way too sweet for my taste. I do with a 60 and tenor.

And with that, we’re already into our second week of December! Our friend MK was with Stacey on this one, she absolutely loved it. Brooke’s sister, on the other hand, was apprehensive about the sweet smell. What were your thoughts?

Keep those kettles going and join us tomorrow for Day 9!

Until next tea,

Brooke and Stacey

Our mantra on busy days like today.

 

Day 19: Read My Lips

Hello readers!

Day #19! You’re still with us! Today Stacey had to review the tea on the bus on her way to work, so Mom and I incorporated her thoughts in with ours and had a laugh as we drank a hot cup of this chocolatey brew- Read My Lips. Will it be as good the second time around?

Tea: Read My Lips

Read My Lips from DAVIDsTEA

Description: Kiss me, kiss me

Okay, this is probably the world’s best chocolate tea. Honestly. 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, dark chocolate, red lip sprinkles, pink peppercorns, natural and artificial flavouring.

Steeping Prep: 1.25 tsp, 96°C, 4-5 min

Stacey (on the bus, alone): This tea smells fan-freaking-tactic! I think it’s the chocolate and peppermint combo that makes it smell so delicious!.
Cathy: Oh she’s right, you can really smell that, it’s great!
*sip*
Cathy: Oooh it’s sweet- I like the chocolate, yummy!
Stacey:This tea is too hot! Yep. Just burnt my tongue.
Brooke: Oooh the mint comes out strong in mine!
Cathy: That’s funny, I didn’t even think of mint… I’m going to go sniff for it. Oh yes, there is it! I like it.
Stacey: Mmm, this is a lot smoother than I remember.
Brooke: So many different flavours to pick out in this one.
Stacey:  Each sip gets creamer and smoother. This is lovely! Especially heading to work.
Stacey: This is so weird typing to my self on the bus without any response… 
Stacey:  Also, Christmas Shoes (the song) is playing on the bus. I now have a mental image  of Brooke singing in the movie.
Cathy: Awwww, haha, gawd. Haven’t seen THAT in a long time.
Brooke: Moooom!
Cathy: You were so young!
Brooke: You know, I’m still having trouble finding that peppercorn I want. Bah!
Cathy: Brooke, help me with the tree!
Brooke: But the tea!
Cathy: It’s Christmas!
Tea vibes:
Brooke: Well, I’ve ordered my birthday cake for tomorrow, helped mom put on Christmas lights, written more on my microRNA paper, and now I”m off to my sisters. Oh, tea vibe? Too sweet and not spicy enough! Prooobably won’t have it again. 2/5
Cathy: Gee, I haven’t gotten into this one because I’ve been putting the lights on our tree!  I didn’t taste the peppercorns, but they make me think of steak so I’m glad I couldn’t taste that in the tea. I would have this again but I wouldn’t go and buy more. I like all of the extra stuff in it, so that raises it above my normal opinion of black teas. Mm! 3/5
Stacey:  I’ve said it all–this tea is creamy and smooth and just plain tasty. Last year I made fun of the DAVIDsTEA description but I’m changing my tune this year. If every cup tastes like this one, I’d say it was quite reliable. 4/5
Oops- gotta run readers. Happy day #19!
Until next tea,
Brooke and Stacey (and Cathy)
Christmas classic shot in Halifax back in 2002! 

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.

Day 1: White Chocolate Frost

Happy December 1st one and all! It is that time of year again: winter is in the air, Christmas music can be heard from every corner, and Brooke and I are back for another round of 24 Days of Tea!

Brooke: We’re doing it!
Stacey: But we don’t even know! (hugs the box)

We excitedly opened the box and took out tea #1.

Stacey: Oh my god!! I’m so excited! White Chocolate Frost!
Brooke: Ooo they are started off in luxury!

Tea: White Chocolate Frost

white chocolate frost

Tea Description: Warm up to Winter

Say what you will about winter, but it might just be our favourite season. We love getting good and chilly out in the snow. And warming back up with a comforting drink is even more fun. So we created a cool, creamy drink that brings together everything we love about the season. It has peppermint for a burst of freshness. White chocolate for comfort and warmth. And pretty peppercorns just to make you smile. Sweet, comforting and refreshing, it’s a warm hug and a cool winter’s day – all at once. Limited edition.

Ingredients: Peppermint, white chocolate, pink peppercorn, stevia leaf, natural sugar flavoring, natural and artificial white chocolate mousse flavoring.

Tea Instructions: 1.25 tsp of tea in 96 degree water and let it steep for 3-5 minutes.  *Stacey disclaimer: this tea is a herbal so feel free to enjoy as many cups as you like!

*Sip*

Stacey: Oo that is such a Christmas tea, why are they doing that to us so early? It really does make me think of winter. I just want to go outside and jump in the snow…
André (oops! He’s here, too!): Well, I like it!
Brooke: But…but…you want your peppermint teas to be refreshing! The creaminess knocks me off.
André: I kind of like that though, it’s like drinking silk.
Brooke: I like the idea of a creamy tea, but I just like my peppermint teas pure. And this tea is too sweet!
André: Yeah I would never want to put anything else in this. Imagine making this into a latte.
Brooke: Gag me with a spoon.
Stacey: Do you taste the peppercorns at the end? The flavour really stays in your throat.
Brooke: Hmm yeah. it starts with peppermint, then the creaminess, then ends wih the peppercorns.
André: I think the peppercorns on a winter day would be kick ass.
Brooke: Yeah, you know, I’m thinking if it was a winter day and I had a 20 minute walk ahead of me this would be nice in a thermos.
Stacey:  I thought it was going to taste like peppermint white hot chocolate… definitely not what I thought it would be. Wait…is there stevia in this?! No wonder it’s so sweet! Whew!

Tea Vibes:

Stacey: White chocolate frost makes me think of playing in the snow and coming inside to enjoy something warm. Unfortunately, I think the sugar is just too much for me and I would prefer something that was the basic ingredients of peppermint, white chocolate, and peppercorns. If you’re someone who likes their teas on the sweeter side, I’d give it a go—it’s just not for me. 1 star/5. (That’s right, we’ve moved to the star system this year, people!)

André: I agree that it’s an extremely sweet tea but with the right ambiance it could work. Walking outside in the snow with a thermos, for example, would pair nicely with this tea. I also think the ingredients are well balanced: you have the peppermint, the creamy chocolate, and the heat of the peppercorns. I like that progression of flavours, but I can see what Stacey means that she wants it to be simpler. I don’t think it’s one I would buy a tin of but if I was walking home and wanting a tea I might buy it. Maybe 2 stars.

Brooke: This tea would be great for someone who enjoys exploring new flavour combinations and wants to try something new. Starting refreshing and ending smoothly it’s a delight to anybody who enjoys the sweet side of tea. Sadly, that wasn’t us! 3 stars.

Well dear readers after our long hiatus it feels great to be back! We are going to try our best to review as many teas as we can this month and hopefully we won’t end up with Christmas in July!

Until next tea,
Stacey and Brooke (and André)


“Honey, have you heard? The Tea Connoisseurs are back!”

Santa’s Secret

Readers!! Readers!!

We’ve DONE it! We are on the LAST DavidsTea Day of Tea! That’s right, with this final post, our 24 Days of Tea venture will be complete. Stacey and I realize that we’re three months overdue and that “Christmas” is a little passé but hey. Bring it on Santa. We’ve got this.

Santa's Secret from DAVIDsTEA

Tea: Santa’s Secret

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.

We each scooped 1.5tsp into our mugs and added 98°C water, letting them steep for a total of 6 minutes. We were a bit apprehensive what with the mini candy canes and holiday spirit.

Brooke: Huh. Weird, it smells like chocolate mint but there’s no chocolate ingredients.
Stacey: It smells like Read My Lips! Wait, is it sacrilegious to have Christmas tea at Easter? Not that we’re religious.
Brooke: Nah, Santa and the Easter bunny won’t mind.
Stacey: Cheers!

*sip*

Brooke: Whoa. Christmas.

Stacey: Yup! Oh man, this would have been really good to have on Christmas eve! Hey, at least it’s cold out today…

Brooke: No seriously, this is a 100% perfect Christmas tea. The flavour is really specific. This isn’t just a mint tea, it’s a candy cane tea.

Stacey: Why didn’t we just cheat and have this on Christmas eve? Aw, I feel jipped.

Brooke: STACEY!

Stacey: Does it say that it’s smooth?

Brooke: No, it says it’s soothing.

Stacey: I’d change it. It’s smooth, there are no harsh flavours.. just.. candy cane..

Brooke: 

Stacey: I guess I’d call that soothing then. Oh.

Brooke: It’s such a nice and sweet feeling.

Stacey: Saving the best for last, DAVIDsTEA, wow. Next Christmas, this one is coming out early.

Brooke: I love it. I just… I love it! It’s so perfect for the holidays, you’re right. It’ll be a must have next season.

Stacey: Mhmm! Mmm.. Mhmm! All of the images from Christmas are flooding in right now.

Brooke: Yeah if we closed our eyes we could imagine all of the decorations are still up on the mantle, our lights are shining on our porch…

Stacey: Yep. It reminds me a lot of that other minty tea Read My Lips… but I like it better.

Brooke: Why?

Stacey: I don’t know… it’s more subtle. It doesn’t throw all of these different flavours at you.

Brooke: Oh Santa, you sly dog, you! Can I have some more?

Tea Vibes:

Brooke: Ahh. This tea is a delightful reminder that there are perks during winter. Its smooth and creamy texture brings the warmth right into your centre and its candy cane flavours bring out all the Christmas cheer you didn’t even know you had. I would happily recommend this to all when it comes out again next winter (but let’s not think about that right now). Deliciously delightful. 9/10

Stacey: I would say that if I were Santa, I would definitely choose this tea over a glass of milk. [Brooke: But Stacey! You don’t like milk!] That’s beside the point!  This is a really good tea and I would recommend it to anyone for the holidays. It gives you that Christmas imagery you so often crave when you lack the white Christmas. It reminds you of spending time with the family. It’s a very nice smooth black tea; not too harsh. The mint is wonderfully delicious- it stays with you the entire sip, not very strong, just constant comfort. Merry Christmas. 9.5/10

And with that, our 24 Days of DAVIDsTEA journey is now complete. We did it! Look forward to a special Easter Egg post coming soon, featuring Stacey’s extended family, as well as a summary post with our favourites and recommendations from the set.

Thank you so much for following along for these past few months. As we begin our next adventure with Nourish Tea in the next few weeks, we hope you stick around to try them with us. : )

Until next tea,
Brooke and Stacey


Read My Lips

Hi lovely readers!

With Stacey and I both back in our respective homes, joint tea drinking has come to almost a complete halt. Still, we’ve kept our promise and last night we skyped over a delicious brew- Read My Lips. We attempted to do this tea a week ago when Stacey was visiting my sister and niece but the conversation dwindled down to “Oooh isn’t she the cutest? Look at that smile! What a chubby bub!” and not much discussion occurred about the tea itself.  Here, we attempt the tea yet again with delicious results.

Read My Lips

Tea: Read My Lips

DAVIDsTEA description:

Kiss me, kiss me

Okay, this is probably the world’s best chocolate tea. Honestly. 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, dark chocolate, red lip sprinkles, pink peppercorn

Read My Lips is a black tea, so I used 1.25tsp in my cup and Stacey made a pot for her and her parents using thrice the amount (my Mom didn’t know she was allowed to try the tea too and was disheartened I hadn’t invited her- next tea, I promise). I steeped mine extra-long, for about 10 minutes, because the last time I had this tea I felt it was too weak.

Stacey: I smell chocolate and mint.
Brooke: It smells like a steamy sauna.
Stacey: Oooh yes! A eucalyptus smell.
Brooke: How does that…?

*sip*

Stacey: Mmm. I get more mint than chocolate in this flavour.
Brooke: I taste more chocolate, actually.
Stacey: Maybe because you steeped it for ten minutes?
Brooke: Maybe. Oooh I definitely taste a bit of the mint now.
Stacey: Look at my phone! Look how big it is!
Brooke: Stacey, the tea! The tea!
Stacey: I’m sorry we just haven’t seen each other for so long! So much to say!

Stacey takes a sip and chokes during conversation. “It’s because my sip wasn’t enough and it just…” “Maybe the tea wants you to get back on subject!!”

Brooke: What social situation does this tea remind you of?
Stacey: Uh… what… what do you mean? Like… First day of school? Wedding?
Brooke: Like, awkwardly talking to an old friend at the grocery store or going on a date with your husband of seven years.
Stacey: That’s… an interesting question. It’s hard, any social situation I’m thinking of is all about my own experiences.
Brooke: I think it reminds me of having a conversation with the hotel desk clerk as you check in for the night. You’re excited for the evening.
Stacey: I keep thinking, like, going skiing. Coming in after tubing with close friends in tow.

Tea vibes:

Stacey: It’s minty and chocolatey, that’s for sure. Any lip vibe? Not really. I don’t get the whole “more reliable than sex” part. It’s not more reliable! [Brooke: hehe] I don’t taste too much peppercorn, if any at all. On the other hand, I’ve had this tea a bunch of times and every time I’ve enjoyed it. I’ve never regretted a sip.  If you’re a fan of those minty-chocolate candies then you’ll like it. 8/10

Brooke: This whole tea is like that mint. It’s minty, you like it, you bite down and taste chocolate and are confused, you chew, you swallow. It’s nice! Not like sex, though. No. And the little lips in the loose tea flakes are cute- a super sweet little touch. The loose leaf smells amazing, too. Couldn’t really get the vanilla but I did get a little hint of peppercorn spice at the end! I’d give it a 7/10. It’s not bad, it’s simple, smart, and delicious.

Mmm Mmm, another tea for the books. Ooh! Wait, before we go, we have a special announcement! Stacey and I both entered Nourish Tea’s Grand Holiday Giveaway recently and WE WON! That’s right, on my birthday we were told that we are the proud new owners of EIGHT 100g tins of tea!! Once we’ve finished with 24 Days of Tea, we now have our next batch to review for you! Be excited.

Well, readers, with Christmas right around the corner, we hope you all have a happy and festive holiday with your friends and family. Grab a tea, snuggle up by the tree, and enjoy your well-deserved break. Hey, at least this tea is more reliable than snow on Christmas day.

Until next tea,

Brooke and Stacey

Happy Christmas, Harry. HAPPY!