Day 15: Honey, I Dew

Happy December 15th everyone!

As seems to be a trend this year, our schedules and the time change only allowed me and Brooke to sip our teas together for about 10 minutes. At least we can fit in a few minutes, right? Onward!

Tea: Honey, I Dew

Description: In Vietnam, melons are a sign of good luck. In Chinese medicine, they’re said to help cool the body down. Around here, we think they’re just about the tastiest fruit around – especially when you pair them with fresh, delicate white tea. With fruity hints of pineapple and mango, this melon-packed blend is refreshing, juicy and naturally sweet. The best part? This tea was named by our customers! Is there anything they can’t dew?

Ingredients: Apple, white tea, pineapple, (pineapple, sugar), melon (melon, sucrose, calcium chloride, citric acid, natural melon flavouring), mango (mango, sugar), rose petals, natural watermelon flavouring)

Stacey: I have so many little bitties in my tea. I would show you but I think I would spill tea on my keyboard.
Brooke: Well that certainly wouldn’t be very good. Keep it safe!

*sip*

Brooke: This tea would be SO nice in the summer as an ice tea! It has all the things you would want in an iced-tea, so much so that you wouldn’t even need to put a sweetener it like agave syrup.
Stacey: Agreed, but because it’s a white tea I don’t mind that it’s warm. It has the flavour of sweetness, without being too sweet…if that makes sense.
Brooke: I feel very weird drinking something so fruity at 8 in the morning.
Stacey: I feel less odd because it’s 11 am here.
Brooke: I think DavidsTea did a good job capturing the flavour of honeydew melon. I absolutely taste that.
Stacey: Agreed, I think this is a rare tea where you taste exactly what you smell. Also there’s apple in here.
Brooke: Right, it is the first ingredient. Dang.

Brooke had to head to another Let’s Talk Science event, so we continued our review via text: 

Stacey: I like this tea, but I’m not blown away.
Brooke: I am drinking it now, it’s at room temperature and wow! So much nicer. I would drink this all the time!
Stacey: I’d say it would be an “every now and then” tea.
Brooke: Mmm, Stacey! It’s like calorie-free juice. Still tea-y but fun!
Stacey: Actually, it isn’t calorie free. The website says there are 10 calories per cup.
Brooke: Ack! My blood sugar!

My Mom also had a few thoughts for today’s tea:

Lorie: This tea would be great iced, it tastes exactly like melon. It makes me think of summer and eating melon in my backyard.

Final Thoughts

Stacey: This tea didn’t necessarily ‘wow’ me, but it did have a lot of good flavours. I think I would have to try this one cold to give it a full review, but if you like honey dew this one’s for you!

Brooke: I say have this brew cold, or not at all. It was a very strange feeling to have such a sweet and fruity drink so early in the morning and so darn hot, but when it cooled down- voila! Its existence made sense. 🙂

Well, there you have it another summer tea that some how made its way into the #24daysoftea.

Until next tea,
Stacey and Brooke

 

Honey, I Dew want this on ice

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Day 22: Sleigh Ride

Hello Readers!

We were a bit disappointed to discover what tea was behind door # 22, because it’s a tea that we’ve had twice before (here and here) and is one that we don’t particularly like very much (sorry!). And don’t get us wrong, we want to like it (we really do!). In fact, we’ve tried numerous things to make it fit our tastes: not steeping it for long, adding cinnamon sticks, using the dredges of someone else’s brew, eating fruitcake with it, etc. But every time, we end up throwing it down the drain. So this year, we thought it best to not to even try (*spoiler alert*or so we thought…).

Tea: Sleigh Ride

Description: Falling snow, popping chestnuts, cold hands and noses…yep, winter has arrived. But don’t worry, we have the perfect tea to warm you up all December long. Cinnamon, apples, raisins, almonds, and hibiscus combine for a tea that is sweet, tart, and earthy. And beet pieces make it as nice and rosy as a caroler’s cheeks. So hop in your sleigh, snuggle up, and pass a thermos around. It’s lovely weather for a Sleigh Ride together.

Ingredients: Apple, hibiscus blossoms, pineapple, papaya, beetroot, cinnamon, raisins, coconut, roasted almonds, popped rice, artificial flavouring.

Steeping Instructions: 2 tsp, 98°C, 5-7 minutes

Stacey: Did you see what the tea is today?
Brooke: Yep. No way!
Stacey: Agreed!

*A little later that morning, Stacey receives a surprising text from Brooke.*

Brooke: Hold the phone! Game-changer…Mom and I made an iced version. Whoa.
Stacey: Ohhhh! Much better???
Brooke: Yes!!

Well this is indeed a game changer! After creating a cooler version, Brooke and her Mom, Cathy sat down to review this brew:

*sip*

Brooke: It still comes out strong, but it just makes more sense as a cool tea. Even the cinnamon found a place to fit in!
Cathy: Do you get any other flavours from it, now that it’s chilled?
Brooke: It kind of makes me think of a fancy vitamin water.
Cathy: The cinnamon is odd, isn’t it? I continue with my theory that these teas can be better cooled. You can still steep it hot, of course! Can you cool teas quickly?
Brooke: The pouring the water into another cup method!
Cathy: I often feel like I want to add sugar to my teas but I find the sweetness comes out when it’s cooler. All teas are better this way!
Brooke: At least herbals are, they’re just fruits and flowers after all! This poor tea deserves better!

Tea Vibes:

Stacey:  Make sure you have no idea. Didn’t have it, it’s gone gross. Sorry.

Well there you have it folks, Sleigh Ride seems to be a bit better when it’s over ice. What you all think? Do you like Sleigh Ride hot or cold, or not at all? Either way, we’ll see you all tomorrow for the second last tea (oh my!).

Until next tea,
Brooke and Stacey

Smashed: The Santa is helped from the wreckage of his sleigh after his wild ride through Ustrzykach Dolnych

The carnage of one bad sleigh ride

 

Day 21: Lime Gelato

Hello tea lovers!

Brooke is heading home to Halifax today so I am all by my lonesome for today’s tea (hopefully I can make it interesting for you!) So without further adieu let’s get to it!

Tea: Lime Gelato

Description: Remember the summer you spent in Italy? Sipping espresso on the terrace, catching a ride on the back of a stranger’s Vespa, and of course, trying your first taste of tart, creamy lime gelato. With its fresh, fruity aroma and smooth flavour, this deliciously creamy mix of fruit and green tea will bring you right back. Try it iced. On a terrace. While the moon hits your eye.

Ingredients: Apple, Sencha green tea, pineapple, lemongrass, artificial creamy lime yogurt flavouring

Steeping Instructions: 1.25 tsp, 85°C, 3-4 minutes

Stacey: It smells like lime creamisicle.

*sip*

Stacey: Mmm. I tend to not like lime desserts, but this is really nice! The lime is very subtle. Quite the tasty treat! It’s so odd just thinking to myself. Maybe I should talk out loud?

Stacey: I really this tea! *looks around at empty apartment.*

*text received from MK*

MK: Brooke wants me to text you in depth about the tea. So I woke up as groggily as humanly possible.
Stacey: Oh thank god! 
MK: Last night I dreamed a favourite band was attacking a tea farm.
Stacey: Oh?
MK: Anyway, I wandered downstairs and found that no one was home. Feeling slightly abandoned, I opened the window and saw that it was Lime Gelato. I struggled to get it open but when I finally did I thought, “oh no, lemongrass”. But I smelled it and was quite impressed. I also tried to pour the water into one cup and then into another but the first cup had floaties (I then cursed the person who didn’t clean the cup).  It better be good after this struggle.
Stacey: I think you’ll like it!

*sip*

MK: Hmm, I think it lives up to its name. My brother said it smells like lime pudding (does such a thing exist?). First bit of the sip is creamy, but then the lime hits the back of your tongue. I don’t know if I would drink it everyday but I like it.
Stacey: Agreed! I was pleasantly surprised by the mix of flavours, there’s apple and pineapple in there!
MK: Oh, apple?! I would never have known! They seem to throw that into everything…makes me suspicious because sometimes you can really taste it and other times you can’t. So what exactly do they do to these apples, why the difference?
Stacey: Yeah, DAVIDsTEA is quite sneaky…
MK: I think I’m impressed when a tea is creamy without the cream.
Stacey: Yeah…I wonder how they do it…
MK: Me too. Secretssss! However, I doubt I’m going to be mixing my own tea concoctions any time soon, so DAVIDsTEA can keep their secrets. Although, I wonder how someone even gets on that career path…

While MK and I were wondering about DAVIDsTEA’s secrets, Brooke was able to sit down with family Halifax to review the tea:

Brooke: What does it smell like Mom?
Cathy: Well, I wouldn’t say I smell lime if I didn’t know that’s what was in it! Did I tell you that I like my teas cooler? I don’t like them hot at all, I can suck it right back when it’s cooler. Don’t say suck!
Brooke: Dad, do you want to try?
Stewart: No, no, I’ll pass.
Cathy: Oh! But you like main squeeze and this is citrusy! And it only steeped for 4 minutes!
Stewart: Alright, okay. Oh, that’s pleasant and refreshing! I like the tanic tang of a black tea so I’m not being drawn to this one though.
Brooke: You guys are talking too fast!

Tea Vibes

Stacey: This is quite a tasty treat. I am pleasantly surprised the line was lovely and saddle. And yeah really free but also works as a heart. To you I was really would be bad. Yeah everything electrical.

Well folks, although I thought I would be all on my own today, turns out lime gelato really brings people together. What did you all think?

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

a basket full of puppies just for kicks! Because puppies!

 

Day 16: Main Squeeze

Hi readers!

Stacey and I are apart again this morning but we still managed to have an eventful day together via text. I caused some trouble when I took the tin last night and got a confused text from Stacey early in the morning.

Stacey: The box was on the floor and I thought the tin had rolled away, I had no idea why it was gone! Then I thought I wouldn’t be able to have it… until I clued in.
Brooke: Morning adventures for Stacey!

I had taken the tea tin with me to Andre’s place knowing full well that we had a large stash of this one from Christmas past (thanks, Mom!). Stacey was able to have her brew on the way to work without any trouble.

Tea: Main Squeeze

Description: We all know the classic morning ritual: a cup of coffee and a glass of orange juice. But what if you could get your energy boost and fresh-squeezed fruity taste all in one cup? We’re serious. Shake up your old routine with this fruity maté blend, and you may never go back. It’s got the juicy flavour of orange, papaya and pineapple, plus the high-energy punch of green yerba maté. Just one sip and you’ll feel alert, refreshed and ready for anything. Say hello to your new main squeeze.

Ingredients: Green yerba maté, papaya, pineapple, safflower, natural flavouring

Instructions: 1.25 tsp, 80°C, 4-7 minutes

Over here, André and I were chatting about the lack of new teas in this year’s 24DaysofTea while he made us some pancakes (I am spoiled).

Brooke: There haven’t been many new teas so far in this year’s box, it’s kinda sad.
André: Yeah, but in a normal advent calendar, all you get is the same kind of boring chocolate!
Brooke: Oooh so true. This is much better!

*sip*

André: Hm. I’m not usually a fan of fruity teas but this one’s nice!
Brooke: Yeah, I liked this one so much last year that I asked for it for Christmas and so did my Dad! MmMmm.
André: It’s not as fruity as I was expecting it to be… You can taste the maté in it quite distinctly.
Brooke: Yeah, one reviewer on steepster said she tried to brew it cold but all she tasted was the maté so she had to throw it out.
André: That’s really unfortunate.
Brooke: Maté has quite a strong taste!
André: Uh oh, mine’s getting on the not-warm side. Wait, what’s in this again? Papaya? Mango?
Brooke: Papaya and pineapple!
André: Okay, I got one right. It just tastes tropical, like a vacation from winter!
Brooke: But not sour or too sweet, like other fruity teas we’ve had.
André: Nor tart like a lemon! This is smooth.

After settling into thesis writing, I thought I would check in with Stace to get her thoughts:

Brooke: How do you like the tea?
Stacey: Good, oddly tastes like warm orange juice though.
Brooke: I think it tastes like a pineapple.
Stacey: Yes, but a less sweet version. Like pineapple candy!
Brooke: PINEAPPLE CANDY! YES!

Stacey’s colleague Amélie also gave it a try and our friend MK wanted to provide her thoughts as well. Here’s what they had to say:

Amélie: It still tastes like thick water to me, but it’s one of the better tasting teas I’ve had. It kind of smells a bit gross though.
MK: Today’s tea is an orange covered in dirt. (We don’t know if this is a good thing or a bad thing.)

Tea Vibes:

Stacey spoke some final thoughts for the two of us on her phone, and this is what it typed for us:

Brooke and Stacey: Too busy for tea bags today. Candy, but make some changes to pets in the advent calendar. Elan 10.

We hope you can make it to your own tropical paradise to escape the oncoming winter. If not, why not have some Main Squeeze to tide you over until you do?

Until next tea,
Brooke and Stacey

 

Day 10: Bubbie’s Baklava

Hello Tea Drinkers!

This morning Brooke overslept but hurried into the kitchen after hearing the calling of the kettle then immediately punched open door #10, much to Stacey’s alarm.

Stacey: AhhhooooOo!!
Brooke: Yay!! This is one I was really looking forward to.
Stacey: I’m so excited!
Brooke: Wow, there’s a lot of fruit in this little tin. A pineapple, papaya, some apple… I can hardly fit it into a teaspoon!
Stacey: Yeah, reading these ingredients it looks like this tea is jam-packed full of tastes. I’ll get the mugs!

Tea: Bubbie’s Baklava


Description: Just about every grandma has a secret recipe for special occasions. For David’s Bubbie, it’s baklava – studded with walnuts, almonds and pistachios and scented with honey and rose. And no family get-together is complete without it. This honey-scented oolong is an homage to that deliciously nutty treat. With candied fruit, nuts and spices, it’s rich enough to make any occasion feel special.

Ingredients: Oolong tea, roasted chicory root, pineapple, papaya, cinnamon, walnuts, apple, ginger, roasted almonds, cardamom, rose pepper, pistachios, rose blossom, artificial flavouring.

Steeping Instructions: 1.25 tsp, 85°C, 4-7 minutes

Stacey: It definitely smells good.
Brooke: Smells spicy, like something we’ve already had, you know? It doesn’t smell as unique as its description paints it…

*sip*

Brooke: Oh, but THAT is a new flavour. It doesn’t taste like anything I’ve ever had. Yummy!
Stacey: It tastes like baklava to me! It’s like a liquid dessert!
Brooke: Never had this combination of flavours before, wow!
Stacey: Weirdly, I think I taste the pineapple… and I think it works.
Brooke: Ah, you get where they’re going with their strange flavour additions, do you? We’re growing up!
Stacey: Yum, I’m glad we have a bit left!
Brooke: I wish I had a bubbie who would make me baklava. I can just imagine a sweet little lady making desserts for her big Hanukkah family get together. This is a really special tea- I love it!

Unfortunately time was against our two roomies today and they both had to leave for work before finishing off their brews. Rest assured though, this is definitely a tea for the cupboards, with its rich nutty and fruit blend of flavours, it satisfies the taste buds and the heart!

Tea vibes:

Once again we played with Stacey’s voice-type feature on her phone and here’s what we got:

Stacey: This is such a rush of flavours! You can get there pineapple, the apple, the cinema, mccrimmon; its all real time together. That you remind me so much about a while ago, I feel like I’m taking a bike as a drink 9 and 10.

Brooke:  Totally trade direct. Sometimes weird, but this time is it in the ghetto hand. It brought us um. But it back of that, I am glad we had a couple left in there. It’s mine!

Well folks, that brings us to the end of Day 10! Phew! December is just flying by! We’ll see you again tomorrow (which we are secretly hoping is a snow day).

Until next tea,
Stacey and Brooke

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Go have a tea with your bubbie for us! Gut Yontiff!

 

Day 16: Main Squeeze

Hey tea drinkers!

It was a Grey’s kind of day in the Cameron-Alpous household (oh my god), and we thought that would pair nicely with another tea. But which one would it be?

Stacey: Brooke, what tea do you think it’s going to be today?
Brooke: Um…chocolate orange! You?
Stacey: Main squeeze! …and it’s Main Squeeze! I was right! Score!

Tea: Main Squeeze

Main Squeeze from DAVIDsTEA

Description: Greet the Day

We all know the classic morning ritual: a cup of coffee and a glass of orange juice. But what if you could get your energy boost and fresh-squeezed fruity taste all in one cup? We’re serious. Shake up your old routine with this fruity maté blend, and you may never go back. It’s got the juicy flavour of orange, papaya and pineapple, plus the high-energy punch of green yerba maté. Just one sip and you’ll feel alert, refreshed and ready for anything. Say hello to your new main squeeze.

Ingredients: Green yerba maté, candied papaya, pineapple, safflower, natural flavouring.

Steeping Prep: 1.5 tsp, 94°C, 4-7 min

Stacey: Oh…it smells like juice.
Brooke: Usually the smell is more intense than the flavour, though.
Stacey: I’m just worried that…
Brooke: You’re always worried! Just let the tea do its thing. Oh… that smell is a little frightening.
Stacey: I think it’s going to taste like watered down juice!
Brooke: Just shut up!

*sip*

Brooke: Ooooo. That is cool! Despite its smell, it doesn’t taste like an orange candy. You can taste just a hint or orange and it’s lovely!
Stacey: Mmmm. Yeah, it’s quite subtle and delicate.
Brooke: I was worried when I first sipped it–I was going to try to antagonize you and say it was good even if it wasn’t–but it really is good!
Stacey: It really does remind me of orange juice but in a lovely tea form.
Brooke: Duh!
Stacey: Hey!
Brooke: It’s in the darn description! (Oh I see you’ve censored me). What are the ingredients again?
Stacey: Oh. There aren’t even oranges in here.
Brooke: I think papaya was a great choice, it’s a real mild fruit and it does wonders for this tea.  I’m going to drink this whole cup!
Stacey: It is quite nice. I forgot how nice the maté flavour is, we should really have one for the apartment.
Brooke: It’s probably expensive.

Tea Vibes:

Brooke: Main Squeeze would be a really good morning tea when I had to get science done. The flavours of papaya and pineapple enhance the maté without taking over. Honestly this is right up there with coffee cake but for completely different reasons. Have you tried a maté yet? Try this one! 4.5/5

Stacey: I’m happy to say that this tea does not taste like watered down juice. The flavour is a perfect mixture of earthy and sweet. I would love to add this to my daily repertoire of teas, especially because it doesn’t have the kickback of caffeine. I give this one a 4.5/5 too!

BONUS: Brooke’s parents have this 24 Days of Tea set and have ALSO provided their thoughts on this tea after tasting it this morning. Here’s what Cathy and Stewart have to say:

Stewart: As lover of yerba maté I was pleased to see that the distinctive grassy flavor was not over taken by the addition of the fruit.  This is a delightful tea that would be refreshing for all occasions. 4.5/5

Cathy: I had never heard of yerba maté  but am enjoying it a lot. I know I like all the fruit in it. I see it is the only one  (in the set) classified as a “stimulant”… I wonder what that will do to my afternoon nap! Dad apparently learned about this tea from his grade seven teacher when they were studying Brazil in geography – the gouchos would drink it all day! 4/5

Have a lovely morning everyone!

Until next tea,
Stacey and Brooke


Best to stick with tea I think.

Day 12: Kokomo Green

Hello readers!

Brooke and I are doing another quick review today because of course we are running around to our various activities. Phew, putting out a review a day is tough! Not to mention this is my third caffeinated tea today. Weeee!

Tea: Kokomo Green

Kokomo Green from DAVIDsTEA

Description: Ooh We Wanna Take Ya

Want to get away from it all? Somewhere exotic, perhaps? Try heading for a little place called Kokomo, where the sun is always hot and the drinks are always ice cold. Where fresh green tea mingles with the fruity, tropical flavours of pineapple, mango and papaya. A place where every aroma is intoxicating and every sip ends in a smile. Yes, this magical place really exists…and we’ve got your first class ticket right here. Down in Kokomo, you’ll be falling in love.

Ingredients: Green tea, papaya, mango, pineapple, rose petals, marigold petals, cornflower petals.

Steeping Instructions: 1.25 tsp, 93°C, 5-7 min

Stacey: Ooo, this smells fruity and nice.
Brooke: Yes, there’s papaya and mango. Real AND artificial! It kind of smells weird when it’s steeped though.
Stacey: Oh…yeah…kind of smells like…throw up.
Brooke: It’s a weird mixture of green tea leaves and fruit.

*sip*

Brooke: Oh. It’s not bad.
Stacey: That didn’t sound too exciting.
Brooke: Nope. (goes back to typing)
Stacey: It’s kind of…bland.
Brooke: I mean it’s not bad. You get a really nice rush of citrus, but nothing too sour. It’s just a bit of an odd mix, when you throw in the green tea leaves with their signature taste.
Stacey: I don’t really taste the citrus though or anything really.
Brooke: Green tea often has a soft taste.
Stacey: But it doesn’t even taste like green tea to me.
Brooke: I think you’re being a little harsh. It’s no coffee cake.
Stacey: No. *sigh*
Brooke: I don’t know. It would make a fantastic iced tea in my opinion.
Stacey: I agree. As an iced tea you could add some honey if you wanted to add a bit more flavour. It would probably quite refreshing on a summer rollerblade or something.
Brooke: Yeah, I think it shouldn’t really be in the 24 days of tea though. It’s a little inappropriate if we are going to stick with the theme of winter and holiday teas. You need a couple of ice cubes and straw if you are drinking this. I don’t dislike it, I just think it’s not the right season for it.

Tea Vibes:

With all this talk of Kokomo Green being a good iced tea, Brooke and I decided to try it out.

Brooke: Hmm. I would be nice on a hot summer day but not now. 2.5/5 from me.
Stacey: Better, but it would still need some honey or something. 2.75/5 But only if it’s iced.

Well everyone, this may not be the right tea to drink today (given that it is -22°C (feels like -27°C)), but hey, at least we’re halfway through the countdown! Christmas is almost here–hooray!

Until next tea,
Stacey and Brooke


Bundle up out there! Brr!

Day 10: Coffee Cake

Hi readers!

So, as I was putting on the kettle and prepping our teas this afternoon, Stacey called me on her way home from work wanting to know what tea it was today. Much to her dismay, I kept her in the dark as the teas were steeping. When she finally came in and smelled the apartment, she was thrilled! Then she was worried at how delicious the smell was… Would this tea be up to snuff with such anticipation?

Tea: Coffee Cake

Coffee Cake from DAVIDsTEA

Tea Description: Take the Cake

There’s nothing more nostalgic than a classic coffee cake. Just picture it. That dense, yellow cake, dotted with fruit and topped with crumbled brown sugar. And this sweet, fragrant black tea blend is every bit as satisfying. It has all the aroma of a fresh baked coffee cake, plus an energy boost from rich black tea and a fruity hint of cherry and pineapple. Now getting that fresh-from-the-bakery taste is so simple, it’s a piece of cake. Limited edition.

Tea Ingredients: Black tea, cherries, pineapple, natural and artificial cake flavouring

Tea Instructions: 1.25 tsp, 96°C, 4-5 min

Stacey: Ohh this smell is worrying, what if it’s too sweet?

Brooke: Well there’s no added sugar! Just cherries and pineapple!

Stacey: Isn’t that a bit odd? I don’t think fruit when I think coffee- I think maple or marble. Something that’s a dark cake, not a fruit cake. This combination isn’t what I pictured! Does this smell like something to you? Another tea we’ve had?

Brooke: Yes, it does remind me of one of them. Something with caramel.

Stacey: Salted caramel, yes!

Brooke: Wonder how the tastes will compare…

*sip*

Stacey: Oh! *Sip* Oh! Mmm. *Sip* You can taste that fruity dense-ness. Like a fruity cake. I can taste it! It’s a heavier blend. Oh yum!

Brooke: Mmm- ooh yes. Very tolerable as a black tea- not too bitter at all.

Stacey: As I sip it I can smell the fruity taste and it’s not sweet… just… satisfying!

Brooke: Yeah, not pungent like the kiwi or rhubarb teas we’ve had. Just a soft subtle hint.

Stacey: Yeah, I really like this one!

Brooke: I think we should buy this.

Stacey: I agree.

Brooke: But it’s limited edition!

Stacey: Aw, only the best teas come out at Christmas!

Brooke: Seriously, I am gulping this down- it’s delicious!

Stacey: I think it’s the first time our hopes have been high and our expectations were met, if not exceeded.

Brooke: Though you were a little worried.

Stacey: That’s because my expectations are always so strong and then they get shattered.

Brooke: …Shattered?

Stacey: Well, okay, it’s just that the smell seems to ALWAYS be better than the taste. This, though, oh… Oh man.

Brooke: It’s that odd caramel taste that gets me. Yum!

Stacey: Maybe it’s the brown sugar they talk about…

Brooke: …That isn’t in the tea.

Stacey: Placebo effect? It does taste a LOT like salted caramel, though.

Brooke: I LOVE it! Pour me another cup!

Tea vibes:

Stacey: This is a great after-lunch tea. Not quite a breakfast tea, it seems like it would round your day out nicely instead. I really enjoy the heavy hints of fruit that don’t add any sweet or tartness to it. A definite favourite 5/5

Brooke: This is absolutely hands down my favourite tea we’ve tried since starting 24 Days of Tea last year. The fruits keep this tea light without overwhelming our sense with floral tones. The coffee flavour isn’t big like in mocha rooibos, either, it’s hardly there at all. This is a fantastic tea, and I would highly recommend! Mmm Mmm! 5/5

Well, there we are! Our first tea we both rated 5/5 since starting this blog in December 2012! Quite the compliment, DAVIDsTEA! Take note! No needed extra sugars or special smells to win us over- whew!

Until next tea (how can they top this?!),

Brooke and Stacey

Stacey…. we may need a bigger tea pot…

Day 8: Mango Madness

Hey tea lovers!

Hope you have been enjoying the December weather, wherever you are! Today we had some excellent yoga at Lululemon and popped open this delicious bouquet. A treat for the nose AND the taste buds. Enjoy!

Tea: Mango Madness

Mango Madness from DAVIDsTEA

DAVIDsTEA Description: Go Crazy

One sip of this tea and you’ll do anything to get your hands on more. In fact, we’re a bit worried about letting people get a taste. There might be riots. Looting. Traffic jams. It’s a lot of responsibility! But who can blame you for going crazy over this delicious white tea? It’s fruity. It’s refreshing. It tastes just like a ripe piece of mango. In short, it’s total madness.

Ingredients: Apple pieces, white Bai Mu Dan tea, orange peel, pineapple, mango, orange slices, freeze dried tangerine pieces, safflower petals, freeze dried strawberry pieces, marigold blossoms, artificial flavouring

Tea Instructions: 2 tsp,  94°C, 5-7 min

Brooke: Oh, wait… this tea has apple pieces in it. As the main ingredient. WHY DO THEY DO THIS?

Stacey: Well, this will make for a fun blog post.

Brooke: I can comment about the smell!

Stacey: *sigh*

Brooke: Ooh what a lovely aroma! Reminds me of the Caribbean.

Stacey: Have you ever been to the Caribbean?

Brooke: …No.

Stacey: It’s smells like fruit punch. Er, I don’t know. Yes, fruit punch!

Brooke: Stacey, I’m supposed to comment about the smell!

Stacey: Oh, sorry.

*sip*

Stacey: WAIT! It’s too hot.

Brooke: FINE!

Stacey: Mmmm Mango!

Brooke: Is that seriously the best you can do?

Stacey: Oh I’m sorry, why don’t you take a sip?

Brooke:

Stacey: Mm, yep, it’s a great mixture of a bunch of flavours. Definitely a lot of mango but you can taste all of the other fruits in there. Pineapple, more tropical fruits, I feel like I am so not the person to be doing this. I need your input!

Brooke: Let’s go to the Carribean.

Stacey: Sounds good. Wait, didn’t we already have that option and we picked Timmins?

Brooke: …Yes.

Stacey: Jam packed full of flavour, but not too sweet! It’s nice and subtle, perfect blend!

Brooke: What if I just have ONE sip and don’t drink the whole cup?

Stacey: Well if you do I don’t want to hear a word about it. “Oh, my throat is closing in!”

Brooke: …Okay. : (

Tea Vibes:

Stacey: I really like this one! The fruity flavours are so delicate and the aromas are fantastic. 4/5

Brooke: Bah humbug.

Until next tea,

Brooke and Stacey

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