Day 17: Mulled Wine

Good morning (afternoon) tea drinkers!

Today poor Stacey stayed home with a headache while André and I slept in far too late. All of us were a bit groggy as our teas were steeping but we still managed to enjoy ourselves once we got sipping. Who would have thought mulled wine was a nice tea to enjoy at breakfast? Read on!

Tea: Mulled Wine

Descriptions: Maybe you spent the day on the slopes. Maybe it was a frantic afternoon of holiday shopping. Or maybe you’re coming in from an epic snowball fight. No matter what you did on this chilly day, there’s no better way to warm up than with a great cup of tea. And it doesn’t get more comforting than this mulled wine-inspired all natural oolong, with orange zest, cinnamon, cloves and ginger. Whether you’re sipping it at the ski chalet, in front of a roaring fire or just between errands, it’s the perfect way to warm up your winter. 

Ingredients: Oolong tea, apple, orange peel, cinnamon, clove buds, ginger, natural flavouring.

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Stacey: I feel like we’ve had something like this before… the smells seem familiar.
Brooke: Sleigh Ride, maybe?
Stacey: Probably? It’s an oolong tea, though. It’ll be different!
Brooke: When I saw which tea it was today I was really excited … but then I smelled the loose leaf tin and was completely turned off. I almost got a headache from the smell- urgh. Far too fruity.
André: Was Sleigh Ride the one I couldn’t even finish?
Brooke: Yep. Here we go!

*Sip*

Stacey: Oooh! I like it!
Brooke: Wow, me too!
Stacey: It’s like Sleigh Ride without the tartness at the end!
André: *cough* It’s in my air pipe!
Stacey: The oolong tea did something to this one.
Brooke: Like what?
Stacey: It made it taste good.
Brooke: Ah.
Stacey: None of the tart flavours come through in this, the base is stronger and keeps them at bay.
Brooke: The spices are the strongest part of this tea, like clove and ginger- yum!.
André: I find it almost medicinal, it has that slight taste of cough syrup.
Brooke: In a good way?
André: Yeah… Yeah in a good way!
Brooke: It kind of reminds me of Cold 9-11, or the Sore Throat tea. Maybe because of the ginger.
Stacey: I taste the orange peel- so nice!
André: The ginger is a great compliment to the fruit, that’s for sure.  It’s very nice and delicate, I like that it was cool so I could drink it right away.(Steeping it at 85 degrees is important!)

Our discussion veered off and we began discussing mail and packages and the vastness of Canada and the USA, but we did have a few final thoughts to say on this one:

Final thoughts:

Stacey: I like this tea! The ingredients all work well together to create a nice flavor. The cinnamon, orange peel, cloves and ginger really come together nicely. I can get mulled wine when I taste it. Reminds me of when my friend Kara brought a mulled wine kit to a pot lock and the wine was warming on the stove. Yum!

André: I like how light and delicate this tea is, I like it surprisingly a lot for a fruity tea but it’s because the fruit flavours aren’t overly strong. No one ingredient comes to the foreground for too long, nothing is overpowering in this one. All around it’s a very nice tea.

Brooke: I was happily wrong about this tea when I first made judgements. I’m still amazed when the smell is so different than the taste. This one is nice and spicy but not in the way that The Spice is Right was. DAVIDsTEA did really well with this one, and I’ll happily have another cup as we devour our gingerbread house today.

Twitter was also quite impressed:

Mulled wine is an oolong tea with a heady clove and ginger flavor. Perfect to add a shot of whiskey for a hot toddy!
Day 17: Mulled Wine. Please steep responsibly 😉
Today’s is mulled wine, it smells pretty lovely sitting here steeping!
Did you have a sip of this one today? What did you think? For us, it put us right in the mood to get out and do some last minute shopping. Wish us luck!
Until next tea,
Brooke, Stacey, and André
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Drink up!

Day 2: Mango Madness

Hey tea drinkers!

Stacey here to bring you on day #2 of our 24 day tea journey! Today Brooke and I were able to Skype over my lunch break allowing Brooke to wake up at more decent hour.  And with Ottawa being pretty dreary and Victoria being its rainy self, today’s tea was the perfect fit to add a little sunshine to our day.

Tea: Mango Madness

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Description: 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, white tea, candied pineapple (pineapple, cane sugar, citric acid, sulphur dioxide), orange pieces and peel, safflowers, strawberries, calendula petals, mango (mango, sugar, citric acid, sulphur dioxide), stevia extract and natural mango flavouring.

Brooke: Does this tea have apple in it? (Looks back to find our previous post from 2013) Ah yes, I only had a sip of this last time because I worried about my apple allergy.
Stacey: Do you want to risk it this year?
Brooke: Yeah, let’s do it! André is here if I need to go to the hospital.
Stacey: Can you drink it yet or is it too hot?
Brooke: I think we can drink it, here we go!

*sip*

Brooke: ARGH my throat!!… Oh actually , it’s quite smooth!
Stacey: Mmm, I think it has a lot of flavour but it is also very soft and delicate.
Brooke: This tea would make a good iced tea, but not in the same way sleigh ride would because this one is delicious and sleigh ride was not!
André: I agree. I think white teas make great iced teas, especially with coconut. This one tastes like coconut.
Stacey: It tastes very tropical. When I was talking to my Mom earlier it made her think of relaxing on an island.
Brooke: I love that your mom is playing along with us, too! Tropical may be too strong of a word, but it does calm me down and soothe me.
André: Hmm…You do taste the mango but it’s not overpowering. Very mellow.
Stacey: Do you taste a sweetness at the end of this?
Brooke: I wouldn’t have overtly noticed it, no.
Stacey: I didn’t either until the last sip….just as I suspected- they put stevia in it!
Brooke: It wasn’t in the old version of mango madness, I wonder why DavidsTea added it?
André: Now that you mention it, I do notice it is sweeter than it should be.
Stacey: Oh no, now all I taste it the stevia. It might be because my tea is cooler now, it wasn’t as obvious when it was warmer.
Brooke: Well, at least my throat hasn’t closed up!

 

Final thoughts:

Brooke: I really like how soft of a this tea is. It’s not harsh or too sweet, just a delicate reminder of the warmer days that once were.
Stacey: Aren’t you still having warmer days in Victoria?
Brooke: Well certainly warmer than Ottawa but unfortunately we’re not tropical here.
Stacey: Mango Madness doesn’t really make me think of December but it does make me think of the tropics. Good choice for the second day of December with all this wet weather.
Brooke: It’s like DavidsTea knew it would be raining!

We checked in with fellow #24daysoftea followers on twitter to see what they had to say:

Seems like Mango Madness, brought a touch of the Caribbean to this gloomy day. What did you all think? Did the tea add some sunshine to your day or was it too sweet for your taste buds? Let us know on twitter or in the comments! We’d love to add a dialogue to the blog this year.

Until next tea,
Stacey and Brooke (and André)

Like the sun peaking though the clouds, Mango Madness might just brighten your day.

Day 5: Stormy Night

Hey readers! Day 5 comes to you in true Brooke and Stacey fashion:

After a busy day and two hours in a cold hockey rink, I came home to find Brooke chatting on the phone. As not to disturb I mimed drinking tea, to which she gave me the nod. After her call, she hurried out to see what was behind door #5. And what do we have? Stormy Night! Ohh boy!

Tea: Stormy Night

Stormy Night (organic) from DAVIDsTEA

Tea Description: As good as it gets

It was three o’clock in the afternoon on a rainy Friday. David was hungry. He needed a nap, a shave, and a hot meal. What he had was a kettle, a pack of matches, and a bag of black tea. So he grabbed some ingredients and threw them in the water. Chocolate, cinnamon, coconut, vanilla – this drink was a real piece of work. He lifted his cup, took a drink and then another. It was hotter than an inferno and smoother than silk. It was good. Almost too good.

Ingredients: Ingredients: Organic: Black tea, chocolate, cinnamon, coconut, vanilla. With natural vanilla flavouring*.

Steeping steps: 4-6 minutes, 1.25 tsp, piping hot water

Tea is prepped, and our apartment is still making the transition from Fall to Winter. Our little scarecrow by the front door now sports a Santa cap and the wreath of fall leaves and berries now has a gingerbread candle in its middle. We’re well on our way.

Brooke: Ooh I love the smell of the spices in this one!
Stacey: Mhm! I like that it’s just simple! Chocolate, cinnamon, vanilla, and coconut. That’s all you need. I like that the cinnamon floats on top, too.
Brooke: Yeah, no infuser could catch all the ground cinnamon in this mix.
Stacey: *sigh*
Brooke: ?
Stacey: I just was thinking of how nice this is to do. And I want my hands and feet to be warm. Maybe I’ll go put on comfy socks. (And I also came back with a big woolly blanket. Bad idea…definitely gave myself a big shock when I turned on the TV)
Stacey: Damn these socks! I can’t decide what I like about this tea so much! Is it the chocolate? The cinnamon? I love it all!  And it’s kind of a good alternative to hot chocolate, too.
Brooke: It’s not rich like chocolate, you don’t get weighed down like you would with a mocha or a hot chocolate. Its cinnamon flavour also keeps it rather light.
Stacey: And it’s doing wonders to warm me up.
Brooke: Not those staticky socks?
Stacey: It’s a combination! Ooh let’s have some Christmas songs. Also, this would be perfect for the canal. And hey, if the weather keeps up we’ll be on it sooner than you think!
Brooke: Yep, wow, this tea is such a keeper. I’m glad we have more of it in our kitchen.

Tea vibes:

Stacey: It’s one of my favourites from DavidsTea, it gets a 4.5/5. You can get your chocolate fix without the sugar.

Brooke: I agree, roomie. A touch of cinnamon and soft hints of coconut, this is such a delicate and yet filling brew. 4/5

Sometimes it’s the simple things that are truly the best. Stormy Night is one of those things. Oh. and chatting over tea with your roommate, of course.

Until next tea,
Stacey and Brooke


Beware the static shock!

Day 4: Forever Nuts

Here we are at Day #4! Look at us go, being on time. That really won’t last… But for now- enjoy! This is how Day #4 started off:

Brooke: Tea?

Stacey: Yes!!

Brooke: WOO! FOREVER NUTS!

Stacey: Awesome! Can we just link to last year’s post…?

Brooke: NO WAY! That’s not fair. We have to see what we want to say about it this time around!

Stacey: Oooh fine!

Tea:Forever Nuts

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Tea Description: For almond lovers

It looks all normal when it’s loose. But steep it and you’ll see that it’s nuts. Within seconds, this tempting jumble of almond slices and chunks, apple bits and cinnamon bark starts turning a crazy shade of pink. Why? Because it contains a hint of beetroot. That’s what gives this rich almond tea its earthy depth and its all-natural signature colour. Deliciously nutty, decidedly addictive. Caffeine-free.

Tea Ingredients: Apple, almonds, cinnamon, beetroot and artificial flavouring.

Tea Instructions: 1.5tsp, 98C, 5 minutes.

Stacey: I forgot it was pink! : )

*sip*

Brooke: Hmm… It seems more sour than I remember.

Stacey: Yeah, a little bit, but… hm… Now that you mention it… yeah!

-quiet typing noises as we both work on presentations-

Brooke: …Still say it’s sour!

Stacey: But it’s so nutty! I always like forever nuts; it’s just one of those teas that isn’t too sweet from davidstea. It’s just… nutty and awesome. I always really like the pink colouring- it’s so unexpected!

Brooke: That’s from the beet root! I remember!

Stacey: That’s probably the sour you’re tasting? Maybe we steeped it for too long today.

Brooke: Oops!

Stacey: I like that it’s an herbal tea, too. Sometimes you just want to have a tea before bed and this is perfect for that.

Brooke: Yeah. I usually LOVE this tea! I feel kind of ‘meh’ about it today, though.

Stacey: It could be that our pallet changed ever since our Nourish Tea experience. This is supposed to be a “pure” tea but after Nourish Tea’s simple teas, this probably tastes differently to us.

Brooke: I would say that this tastes best at the end. It’s not quite what I remembered but good none the less. Oh NO! Apples again?? WHY DO THEY DO THIS?

Stacey: I’ll get the Benadryl…

Tea vibes

Brooke: This tea is definitely worth a try if you’ve never had it. Nuts, beets, and floral tones keep your mouth guessing as to what flavour takes centre stage. I’ll always accept a warm mug of this any day (with an allergy pill, too, just to be safe)! Its pink glow adds a nice touch.  3.5/5

Stacey: This has always been one of my favourite teas because it’s one of those fruity teas that isn’t too sweet.  This is definitely a regular tea, you could have it any day of the week. The smell is amazing. I really like how well the nutty and fruit combination works well. Hooray! 4/5

Well, hm! Seems quite different from our post last year  where we went on about cinammon and almonds and Mariah Carey. Ah how times have changed.

Stay tuned for Day #5 tomorrow! : )

Until next tea,

Brooke and Stacey

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Forever nutty,  forever together! ❤

Kiwi’s Big Adventure

Good afternoon tea folks!

Spring is (kind of) in the air; the birds are chirping, the clocks are an hour ahead, the snow is melting (and then snowing again), and Brooke and I are almost done our “24” days of tea. Hurray! Today we bring you Kiwi’s Big Adventure.

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Tea: Kiwi’s Big Adventure

Ingredients: Green tea, freeze-dried kiwi, apple, lemon peel, lemongrass.

DAVIDsTEA Description: Fasten your seatbelt

There’s something about a kiwi fruit that just makes us smile. It could be their cute round shape, or their fuzzy skin, or their bright green colour. But we think the best think about a kiwi is the taste – like a cross between a peach and a melon, only better. So it goes without saying that this kiwi-spiked green tea is a real treat. From the second the aroma hits you, you know you’re in for something special. Sweet, fruity, tart and lively, it’s an adventure you won’t soon forget.

Brooke and I warmed up 2 cups of water to 82°C and combined it with 2 tsp of tea leaves. We let the tea steep in a pot for 3 minutes before pouring into our  cups. Let the tea review begin!

Brooke: Yep, I can smell the kiwi, it’s nice.

*Sip*

Brooke: Hmm, very floral.
Stacey: It’s a nice warm tea… but I can also see it as an awesome iced tea.
Brooke: I really get the kiwi. It reminds me of Strawberry Long Island Tea from the Tea Store, both of which would be very good as iced teas.
Stacey: Yes, agree. Mmmm, this one tastes like a good one.
Brooke: It kind of comes in two steps, you really taste the green tea when you first take a sip and then after you’ve swallowed you get this perfume of kiwi.
Stacey: Very different to that last green tea we had. Toasted Walnut had more of a wooden flavour to it whereas this tea is much more fruity and floral like you mentioned.
Brooke: Yeah, it has a citrus taste to it.
Stacey: It reminds me of rollerblading along the canal, because I did that a lot last summer—rollerblade back from DAVIDsTEA, iced tea in hand. Makes me really want summer…Argh, WHY would this put this in a 24 days of tea pack?
Brooke: Not sure- I think it would be much, much tastier as an iced. We could get it, but I would only serve it in the summer. Most guests who would ask for green tea want something grittier, like Toasted Walnut.
Stacey: Yeah, I have to agree.
Brooke: Wait, is it snowing outside?
Stacey: *Sigh*

Tea Vibes

Brooke: The main thoughts that come to mind when I drink this tea is citrus and sour-ness. I picture someone sitting on a patio with a glass all covered in condensation… ice jiggling in the glass, a cool breeze floats by…a perfect summer day in Ottawa. [Brooke and I have a moment remembering summers in Ottawa…Sigh] Right now I don’t really think it suits our environment, though. I wouldn’t give it to someone as a warm tea to be honest. But I am going to rate it as if it’s an iced tea, and so it gets 8.5/10

Stacey: It’s the kind of tea that has almost a dull sweetness that isn’t too overpowering. I personally think it makes a pretty good warm tea on its own. It wouldn’t be a regular for me, but I don’t really have anything bad to say about it. This is the kind of tea that will make you think of fond memories of summer, though. Be warned! 8/10

Final Thoughts

After being blasted with more snow, this tea was a welcome taste of summer. Now if only mother nature would drink some…

Until next tea,
Stacey and Brooke



Not quite what the canal looks like yet but we can dream, right?