Day 20: Vanilla Orchid

Hello friends!

This blog post comes to you on the train from Ottawa to Toronto! I’m headed home for the holidays and Brooke is busy with birthday celebrations, so a solo post will have to do! I promise I’ll make it interesting. Here we go!

Tea: Vanilla Orchid

Vanilla Orchid from DAVIDsTEA

Description: A Sweet Romance

We’re still searching for the secret to eternal bliss, but we’re pretty sure one cup of this blend will get you at least five minutes’ worth. It all starts with the very best leaves: a premium oolong from China’s Fujian Province called Huang Jin Gui. A popular wedding gift in China, Huang Jin Gui is prized for its pretty yellow colour and romantic floral scent. Here we bring out this special leaf’s orchid aroma with a touch of vanilla. The result? A perfectly balanced, subtle cup that’s equal parts rich, creamy and floral. Feeling blissful yet?

Ingredients: Huang Jin Gui Oolong from Anxi in Fujian Province, natural vanilla flavouring.

Steeping Prep: 1 tsp, 92°C, 3-5 min (or hot water from a train station and a guesstimate on the amount of tea leaves)

Stacey: Well it smells like vanilla. And it also has a very stong earthy tone to it. Hmm I hope I can carry this thermos along with my luggage…

*sip*

Stacey: Oooh that’s some smooth vanilla. Very smooth indeed. And subtle too! The oolong really comes through and the two flavours work nicely together. My train ride is going to be quite pleasant sipping on this brew!

Stacey: Brooke would like this one a lot I think. Her mom and my dad would probably want to add some sugar though. It’s not very sweet at all. Just the way I like it!

Stacey: I feel like I’m talking to myself. Or I suppose I’m thinking to myself. That’s not weird right?

Stacey: Oh! Just read the DAVIDsTEA description. They were right on the money–I am feeling quite blissful! I had a busy day playing with, I mean testing kids all day (I know, I have a tough job), so I am quite tuckered out. But this tea is a perfect way to unwind. Oh I just love it! And I’m headed home for the holidays! What could be better? Hmm…there’s an empty seat beside me…maybe a handsome man will sit there at the next stop. Let’s wait and see!

*we arrive at next stop*

Stacey: Nope…an empty seat it remains. Oh well, at least I have this tea and Nelson Mandela’s autobiography ‘Long Walk To Freedom’ to keep me occupied. (A MUST read by the way)

Tea Vibes

Stacey: I’d put this in the category of ‘zen-out tea’. It would be the perfect drink for after yoga or unwinding after tough day at work. The subtleness of the vanilla makes me want to curl up and take a little ‘me-time’…or take a nap, but that could be because I was running around with 2-year-olds all day. If you want to treat yourself, I’d give this specialty tea a try. 4.25/5

Well readers I’m going to unplug and veg out on this relaxing train ride. I hope you have a lovely evening and if you have not done so already, wish Brooke a happy birthday.

Until next tea,
Stacey

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Happy birthday Brooke!’

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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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