Day 11: Hot Chocolate

Hello friends!

Brooke is off at a full-day conference today, so it will be just me reviewing the tea. Who knew time change would be so difficult for two roomies who want to enjoy a cup of tea together? In any case, I’ll try to bring some excitement by adding thoughts from my co-worker Poppy, and Eric to round out the post. Let’s see how hot chocolate tastes in tea form!

Tea: Hot Chocolate

Hot Chocolate

Description: We take hot chocolate pretty seriously around here. It’s gotta be rich, decadent and mega-creamy. And after searching high and low for the ultimate hot chocolate tea, we finally found the perfect blend. We took a flavourful base of pu’erh and black tea, then we added real cocoa nibs and fudgy chocolate chips. The result? An uber-chocolately blend worthy of the name Hot Chocolate. Dark, sweet and totally satisfying, it’s the perfect winter treat.

Ingredients: Pu’erh tea, black tea, cocoa nibs, chocolate chips (sugar, chocolate liquor, cocoa butter, soy lecithin, vanilla), chocolate curls (sugar, cocoa butter, whole milk powder, chocolate liquor, whey powder, lactose, soy lecithin, vanilla), stevia extract

Since Brooke wasn’t able to have the tea with me today, that meant that I was able to have it right in the morning. It was quite the change!

*sip*

Stacey: Well this is definitely a pur’eh.
Poppy: It’s kind of got a smokey taste to it.
Stacey: Yeah, not as sweet as I was expecting.
Poppy: I don’t hate it but I don’t know if I love it. It kind of tastes like watered down hot chocolate.
Stacey: Almost tastes like one of those chocolate calcium chews…not sure if that’s a good thing though. Any final thoughts?
Poppy: I probably wouldn’t buy it myself, but I would drink it if someone offered it to me.
Stacey: And that’s exactly what happened!

Later this morning Eric also provided his two cents: 

Eric: It’s a sweet tea that hit its mark in terms of the flavor. Unfortunately it doesn’t quite live up to what a hot chocolate is, especially like the one we had on the canal. I’m sure a foamy late version of it would make it much more enjoyable.
Stacey: Agreed, earlier Poppy and I were saying it was almost like a watered down hot chocolate. I almost prefer this though, mostly because hot chocolate is often too sweet for me.
Eric: Good point, I almost never drink hot chocolate because the sweetness is overpowering. So the watered down might not be a failure but rather a way to make it more enjoyable for us.
Stacey: I would be interested to try this is in a latte format though.

Final Thoughts: 

Stacey: As usually, as the tea cooled down the more flavour notes were present. This tea has a nice smooth creamy factor to it that bring out different layers of chocolate. I really enjoyed drinking this one but probably wouldn’t make it one of my regulars. Glad I got to try it though with 24 days of tea!

 Here’s what the Twitterverse had to say:

@lol_laurabHot Chocolate Pu’erh was the warm hug I needed to wake up on this sluggish Friday. Thanks to @DAVIDsTEA #24daysoftea ☕️

@jfeliciao: today’s @DAVIDsTEA #24DaysOfTea selection is one of my FAVES!!!! #HotChocolate

@megj95: When you start the day with hot chocolate tea it can only be a good day! Thank you @DAVIDsTEA #24daysoftea #heaven

Well, that’s another one for the books folks. What did you all think of this one? See you tomorrow for another round!

Until next tea,
Stacey and Brooke (and Poppy and Eric)

Here’s hoping that this will be open soon!

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 20: Apple Custard

Hello readers!

Today is Brooke’s birthday!!! Hurray! And as is customary on someone’s birthday (?) we will be doing a birthday lunch, a climbing session, and a little jazz to top it all off. Oh and of course a tea blog. So let’s get this birthday started!

Stacey: You do the honours, birthday girl!
Brooke: Oh boy! Apple custard!
Stacey: How perfect! It’s like they knew it was your birthday.
Brooke: Mmm it smells like…trail mix? And raisins. Is that chamomile in there, too?
Stacey: Oh no! I guess I’ll just have a sip. 😦

Tea: Apple Custard

Description: We hope you’re sitting down. Because we’re about to make a pretty bold claim. This might just be the most decadently creamy blend we’ve ever tasted. Seriously. It’s almost crazy how much it tastes like a warm and comforting custard or pudding. It blends sweet apples, golden raisins and honey-scented chamomile with a rich and creamy hint of vanilla. Go ahead, indulge. With this in your cupboard, who needs dessert?

Ingredients: Apples, golden raisins, coriander, chamomile, natural and artificial vanilla flavouring

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

Brooke: It smells like a caramel apple…

*sip*

Brooke: …and it tastes like a faint apple cream pie.
André: It’s got a creaminess to it like yesterday’s cream of earl grey.
Brooke: It’s not at all bitter, I would say it’s more hollow than yesterday’s tea.
André: Mmm, very enjoyable.
Stacey: Darn chamomile.
Brooke: The more I drink it, the more it tastes like forever nuts.
Stacey: Sure smells like apple custard.
André: It tastes like awesome. I really do love this one.
Stacey: I guess I’ll have a small sip.
André: Does it taste like scratchy?
Stacey: Thankfully no, hmm, it’s very light. Not as much flavour as I thought it would be.
Brooke: It’s my birthday!

Tea vibes:

For our final thoughts, we used Stacey’s voice-to-text feature on her phone with wonderful results:

André: Fantasy has a white creamy taste. You and I really enjoy it at all, so I will be free. I give it out of 10.

Brooke: This 1 is basically like forever nuts, Ernie. Except for the creepy pink parrot, so I like it. Ok, bye. I wanna buy it direct. TV 7 aberdeen.

Stacey: My throat is scratchy and I don’t like Kayla mail. 4 on demand. Well I’m in my throat scratchy, you’re right phone on time for that.

Well folks, that’s a wrap. We’re off to a birthday lunch now that Brooke has open some gifts. Have a wonderful and custard-filled day!

Until next tea,
Stacey and Brooke (and André)

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Harry the face hugger tries to give Brooke a birthday hug.

 

Day 19: Cream of Earl Grey

Hello friends and family!

Welcome back to another day of 24 days of tea. Today is the last Friday before Christmas, which means there are lot of parties underway all of the city. But before we were allowed to get into the Christmas spirit, we sat down this morning to have a pot of tea together, as promised.

Brooke: Oooh, Cream of Earl Grey!
Stacey: Oh yay!
Brooke: I’m going to add eggnog to mine to be cute.
Stacey: Ick! Eggnog!

Tea: Cream of Earl Grey

Description: Lovers of Earl Grey adore this creamy alternative to the original blend. You’ll recognize the same high-quality black tea, the same citrus burst of bergamot oil, the same beautiful grey-blue petals. However this version adds a touch of vanilla, and the result is an unexpectedly rich, creamy taste experience.

Ingredients: Black tea, cornflowers, marigolds. With natural flavouring (Guess that’s the vanilla)

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

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Brooke: The smell is so nice! It is obviously not your typical Earl Grey, it has a little something extra.
Stacey: It’s got to be the cream!

*sip*

Stacey: Mmm it is creamy!
Brooke: What do you think of the tea André?
André: I’ve had it before (Ah yes, check out our blog post from last year, here. Oh and what I surprise, we also had it the year before that), but it’s one of there better ones. It’s not as in your face as a regular Earl Grey.
Stacey: Did you say invasive?
André:  “In-your-face”. The regular Earl Grey really hits you in the face.
Stacey: Ah, that makes more sense.
Brooke and André take a few minutes to discuss the possibility of Earl Grey tea invading something.

Later in the day, our friend MK texted Brooke to provide her and her brother’s opinions:

MK: What do you think of the tea Doug?
Doug: It tastes creamy but I dunno. I normally get steeped teas from Tim Hortons–2 cream 2 sugar..
MK: It’s wonderful!
Brooke: What makes it wonderful?
MK: It’s fragrant. Simple, vanilla-y and creamy. I could drink this everyday!

Tea vibes:

We used our favourite feature on Stacey’s phone to describe our thoughts, and here is what the voice-type feature provided:

Brooke: Evening with creamy rendition of a classic. Rather than having a better x or black g h s. Sale through your sips, lake huron. Ocean cruise but like a wintry, iran, air house, london.

Stacey: I’m really clingy (Stacey: I swear this voice-type feature has it out for me). Really tasty just so smooth and delicate adults. If you have a great way less harsh am. Eon 10.

And so ends another tea. We hope you all have a wonderful Friday evening, full of laughter and cheer. If you’ll excuse us, we have to go get ready for our parties!

Until next tea,
Stacey and Brooke

It’s hit you like a pink balloon!

 

Day 13: Read My Lips

Hello everyone!

Day 13 is here and we are busy bees this morning! Luckily, we’ve already this brew before–TWICE! Check out our past two reviews here and here. Seriously, DAVIDsTEA, you have at LEAST a hundred different teas, you couldn’t give us a bit of diversity? Sorry, early morning Brooke snark. Okay, on to Read My Lips, 2014 style (stress-free)!

Tea: Read My Lips

Description: Okay, this is probably the world’s best chocolate tea. Honestly. (Brooke: Yeesh!) 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, chocolate, pink peppercorns, sprinkles, natural and artificial flavouring

Steeping Instructions: Same old, same old. I mean, 96C, 1.25tsp, 4-7 minutes.

Brooke: Why do they have to have artificial flavouring? Hmm? Harumph!

*Sip*

Stacey: Mmmm. Oh, what a wonderful flavour, though! Velvet-y smooth and it smells so good too! Mmmm!
Brooke: I’m mad that this is a tea we’ve had three times now. THREE TIMES. They have, like, a billion other teas to choose from!
Stacey: I know, it does suck. But it IS a good tea, though. They probably just wanted to keep one that people really like.
Brooke: Yeah, I guess. *Sip*. Hmph. It’s too minty.
Stacey: But it’s like an After Eight!
Brooke: Didn’t you say that last time?
Stacey: Yep!
Brooke: Also, dang, re-reading our first post about this, I should have steeped it for longer, too.
Stacey: Oh no! I feel the same way I did last year about this one. More of a chocolate flavour but the hints of mint and peppercorn give it such a wonderful kick!
Brooke: In some ways this tea tastes pretty simple, considering it has so many flavours in it. Though for the first time ever, I *think* I taste the pepper corns. Yes, at the very very end. Maybe I’m imagining them. But with a minty chocolate base, it does round things out nicely. Did you taste the peppercorn?
Stacey: Yes! I feel like this a chocolate tea with hints of mint.
Brooke: I’d say it’s a mint tea with hints of chocolate!
Stacey: Fine. : )

Tea Vibes:

Recently, we started saying our finals thoughts out loud to Stacey’s voice, that then translates it to text with hilarious results. Here are today’s tea vibes:

Stacey: Unfortunately, I have to go, but I’m taller than android. The chocolate mint peppercorns- so good. 9 and 10.

Brooke
: I want to get their act together and start putting brand new diwan here, babe. To be honest, even grumpy Brooke liked this. An idiot the peppercorn in it really did come out this time, which is a first for thanks.

Ah yes, if grumpy Brooke can get behind a tea, then it’s worth keeping on the shelf. Hope you’re all enjoying your Saturday and hope your teas are just as reliably tasty!

Until next tea,
Brooke and Stacey

A tea that could even please the grinch!

Day 2: Vanilla Chai

Evening of December 1st:
Stacey: Oh Brooke, I’m so excited to do 24 days as a proper advent calendar this year! We’ll make the tea in the morning and then I’ll be able to bring my thermos to work.  I can critique the tea on the way, it will be so great!
Brooke: I thought we were going to wake up early and drink it together as roomies? Like the blog post said…
Stacey: Oh… right. Well then, I’m off to bed!

[Way too early in the] morning of December 2nd:
The kettle whistles and Brooke runs down the hallway and pokes her head into the kitchen.

Brooke: I heard the calling!!
Stacey: Bring on Day 2.

Tea: Vanilla Chai


Ingredients: Cinnamon, black tea, licorice root, ginger, vanilla

Description: There’s no better way to warm up a chilly winter day than a hot cup of chai. The combo of rich black tea and exotic spice is like a cup of pure comfort. And this spicy black tea blend turns up the heat even more with a sweet and creamy hint of vanilla. It’s as cozy as a teddy bear wearing a scarf. In front of a roaring fire. While cuddling with a puppy. Try it with milk and sugar for a warming treat that’ll have you wishing for snow.

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

Brooke: TA DA! It’s Vanilla Chai!
Stacey
:
Ohhhh. That sounds interesting…do you think this will taste like a latte since it’s vanilla chai?
Brooke:
No, Stace. You’d have to put milk in it, that’s what makes it a latte.
Stacey: 
Oh, right. I’m still so excited!
Brooke: It smells so good!
Stacey: Mhmmm smooth and spicy.

*sip*

Brooke makes a face and looks up the ingredients of the tea.
Brooke: Oh, okay, wow. Vanilla isn’t even the first ingredient in this! It’s cinnamon,then licorice, then ginger!
Stacey: Yeah, I stand by my original statement: smooth and spicy.
Brooke: I don’t hear the smooth.
Stacey: …You taste it.
Brooke: So it’s a hearing problem today then…eh? Here, André, take a sip. What do you think?
André: Mmm, vanilla.
Brooke: Really? I am bombarded by the ginger and licorice right now! It isn’t really a problem, but… name your teas right, man.
André: Well, I have to go, but enjoy your licorice tea!
Brooke: That’s more like it.

Tea Vibes

Brooke: If I went to to DAVIDsTEA on a cold day and asked, “what kind of tea would warm me up?” they would probably give me this. I would drink it and enjoy it…  but I wouldn’t want to get it second time. Such potent flavours! 7/10.

To make the blogging process a bit easier Stacey decided to turn on the “voice type” feature on her phone. This is what she got:

Stacey: I would have to agree that it does taste like ginger in a Christmas dinner. It is like, soft, like, it’s okay, I’m here. 7/10.

[Brooke: We clearly have to use that feature more often…]

And so ends a successful day 2 of the blog! Roomie time and Stacey still got to bring her tea in a thermos to work. Double win!

Until next tea,
Brooke and Stacey

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Thumbs up for Christmas dinner!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Day 17: Cream of Earl Grey

Good morning readers!

It’s a cold one out there yet again! I don’t know about you, but I would have loved to spend the day to curled up indoors with a good book and a cup of cream of earl grey tea. Instead I had to take ice off my eye lashes…we can dream right?

Tea: Cream of Earl Grey

Cream of Earl Grey (organic) from DAVIDsTEA

Description: A Creamy Twist

Lovers of Earl Grey adore this creamy alternative to the original blend. You’ll recognize the same high-quality black tea, the same citrus burst of bergamot oil, the same beautiful grey-blue petals. However this version adds a touch of vanilla, and the result is an unexpectedly rich, creamy taste experience.

Ingredients: Organic: Black tea, cornflowers. With natural vanilla and bergamot flavouring.

Steeping Prep: 1.25 tsp, 98°C, 3-5 min

André joined us again for another three-way review. We all held onto our mugs for dear life as they warmed up our hands.

André: Mmm, smells great! I love Earl Grey, but I’ve never tried Cream of Earl Grey.
Stacey: Based on the ingredients I think the only difference is that they add vanilla.
André: So it will be like a London Fog?
Stacey: That’s what I thought too last time we tried it.
Brooke: GAH why isn’t there a proper tune to this song?! “No Woman No Cry…”
Stacey and André:

*sip*

Stacey: Mmm, it tastes creamier than I remember.
Brooke: Yep, putting milk into it.
André: I love it already! I like that it’s like their Earl Grey but a little less intense.
Brooke: Oh, much better.
André: Oh boy! I like it. I really like it!
Brooke: The milk just got rid of the bitterness. I wasn’t in the mood for the bitterness today, I’m already bitter.
Stacey and André: …
Brooke: If you could think of a location that this tea reminds you of, what would it be?
André: Late nights working at cafés. Also Picard. “Tea, Earl Grey. Hot.”
Stacey: My Nana’s apartment. She had a lot of cool old furniture and trinkets. And my Mom always talked about how they would always drink tea together. I just feel like she would have really enjoyed this tea.
Brooke: Aw, that’s nice. I think of a fancy hotel, like Lord Elgin. Sitting on cream coloured cushions listening to a piano player.
André: What would the piano player be playing?
Brooke: Hmm, a nice waltz.
Stacey: That sounds like a lovely image.
Brooke: Nooo woman no cry.. 

Tea Vibes:

Stacey: This tea is light and airy and doesn’t bog you down like a regular Earl Grey might. The hint of vanilla is quite lovely and comforting. Not quite a London Fog but a lot less sugar too. 4/5.

Brooke: This is not your usual Earl Grey; the vanilla tones make it a much more sophisticated drink. It’s sweet but not sugary. It’s flavourful but not overpowering. The milk did help mute the bitterness of the black tea though, so I would suggest adding it to your cup. I wouldn’t drink it every day but it did make me feel fancy, and everyone needs to feel fancy every once in a while. 3/5

André: I find that it’s a lot sweeter when I smell it than when I drink it. And it’s lighter than a regular Earl Grey, which is perfect when you are looking for an alternative to the heaviness of a black tea. It would be a nice well balanced afternoon tea. 3.5/5

Another tea down, only a few more to go! With Brooke heading home tomorrow and me leaving on Friday we will try out best to get out our daily tea blogs.  With the help of skype, google chats, and our families, we’ll do it (just for you)! Wish us luck!

Until next tea,
Stacey and Brooke


 This one’s mostly for Brooke.

 

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.

Vanilla Oolong

Why hello kind readers!

We hope that you are all doing well and are enjoying the reemergence of spring (shhh, don’t read that too loud in case Mother Nature hears [Brooke: read that too loud, Stacey?]). With Easter weekend just around the corner Brooke and I thought it pertinent that we bring you our second last DAVIDsTEA box set. So without further ado, we give you Vanilla Oolong.

Vanilla Oolong from DAVIDsTEA

Tea: Vanilla Oolong

DAVIDsTEA Description: Discover the power of vanilla and oolong, with a little hint of orange. It’s temptingly rich. We’ve used Pouchong tea leaves, the least oxidized of oolongs. Which means that it’s almost as high in antioxidants as green tea. A lucky thing, because this tea is really quite addictive. Who would have thought that something this smooth and creamy could be so healthy?

Ingredients: Taiwanese pouchong oolong tea, green tea, lemon myrtle, marigolds.

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Opting for a teapot again, we steeped 3 tsp of tea (for two cups) in water that was 94°C and let it steep for 5 min. You know the drill.

Brooke: It smells wonderful. It’s like a bouquet!

Stacey: Mhmm!

*Sip*

Stacey: Tastes bouquet wonderful?
Brooke: No, it doesn’t taste like a bouquet. I can see—no, taste why this is an expensive tea.
Stacey: Mmmm ooh it’s so smooth and creamy. A lovely vanilla, not over powering at all!
Brooke: This is…YUM! Oolong is somewhere between green and black tea. The leaves are not as harshly prepared as the black, it seems.
Stacey: I almost feel like it has elegance to it. You would not want to drink it every day, it would be more of a special occasion tea.
Brooke: Really? I would drink it every day. Though…I suppose you don’t want too much of a good thing.
Stacey: It tastes so good; it would almost be a treat.
Brooke: Yes, but there is nothing about it that screams “guilty pleasure”, it’s not bad for you in any way.  I really like the fullness, it’s really well saturated.
Stacey: Mhmm, I like that it tastes like oolong when you first sip it and then vanilla takes over after that. It’s not a hint…I don’t know how to describe it.
Brooke: Vanilla is not an afterthought; it’s fully infused in this tea.
Stacey: Yes exactly!
Brooke: What would you do without me?

Tea Vibes:

Stacey: I was a little worried about this one based on my previous vanilla tea experience, but I was pleasantly surprised to discover that this tea is everything I thought it wouldn’t be. It’s light, flavourful, and oh so good! I would have this one again in a heartbeat and offer to anyone who asked. Not sure about the price but I’m glad we got to experience it in the box set. Definitely a keeper! 9/10

Brooke: This is a nice fully bodied tea that fills your belly. Its vanilla flavours are strong throughout the cup but the oolong softens the whole effect. As a frugal person I wouldn’t buy this, but if I had the cash it would be in our cupboard. Very, very nicely put together.  8.5/10

Final thoughts: 

Brooke: Would this be a good birthday gift, Stacey?
Stacey: I don’t know… there are so many teas to choose from!! I love so many.
Brooke: Too many teas, too little time.

Happy Easter everyone!

Until next tea,
Stacey and Brooke


The Easter Bunny has arrived! [Brooke: The Eas-“tea” bunny?]

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!