12 Jan

Alpine Punch Tea Review

alpine punch_davids teaThis is the kind of tea we imagine they serve in fabulous ski chalets in the Swiss Alps. With apple, cinnamon, ginger and the heady scent of almonds, it’s warm, comforting and totally decadent. What better to sip after a long day of skiing, sledding and snowball fights? Just cozy up in front of the fire and warm up with this sweet, fortifying brew. And if a little splash of brandy makes it in there too, all the better.

- David’s Tea

featured ingredients
coconut & apples
steeped at
1.5 tsp @ 98°C for 4-7 minutes 

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aroma:

With an aroma dominated by mulled apples and warming spices, this rooibos based tea has a great sweet almond presence with just a hint of coconut. Crisp but sweet and decadent, it is a perfect blend for long winter days by the fire.

flavour:

Alpine Punch is one of my favourite teas of all time for a few reasons: First, its truly delicious and comforting. Second, it is virtually impossible to over-steep; I have completely forgotten about it for easily 20 minutes or more at points and, as long as it is still hot, it is completely drinkable.

Dominated by warming spices and a strong almond character, it reminds me of a mulled cider mixed with Amaretto. A good rooibos body provides a rich, earthy backbone for the decadent coconut and almond flavours.

24 Dec

Santa’s Secret | 24 Days of Tea: Day 24

Santa's Secret - 24 Days of Tea Day 24Ever 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”.

- David’s Tea

featured ingredients
black tea & peppermint
steeped at
1.5 tsp @ 96°C for 4 minutes 

ranking_4_of_5

aroma:

Dominated by strong, sweet peppermint, the aroma of Santa’s Secret has a very inviting black tea backbone with a great hint of warming spices.

flavour:

The flavour did not come out as strongly as the aroma so I stuck the steeped back in for a bit. The extra steeping brought out some nice peppermint notes that were subtle but sweet and fresh. Unfortunately the spice notes remained fairly understated and the earthy black tea flavour dominated.

23 Dec

Eggnog | 24 Days of Tea: Day 23

Eggnog - 24 Days of Tea Day 23We’re pretty strict about certain holiday traditions. Especially the delicious ones. So it should come as no surprise that we insist on sipping eggnog at every festive occasion. All things considered, it’s almost crazy that it took us this long to find the perfect eggnog tea. But trust us, this rich and creamy rooibos blend was definitely worth the wait. With white chocolate, mini meringues and a hint of nutmeg, it’s a brand new tradition we can’t believe we ever went without.

- David’s Tea

featured ingredients
green rooibos & white chocolate
steeped at
1.25 tsp @ 96°C for 4 minutes

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aroma:

The subtle aroma of this blend is full of bright green rooibos and a sweet creaminess. A hint of vanilla and nutmeg come through but the overall affect is fairly mild.

flavour:

Eggnog’s flavour is just a tad too heavily weighted in the nutmeg department for my tastes. However, the fresh green rooibos backbone is lovely and mellow with subtle white chocolate notes and a nice creaminess. Overall its not a bad blend but I have a suspicion it would be better as a latte.

22 Dec

Sleigh Ride | 24 Days of Tea: Day 22

Sleigh Ride - 24 Days of Tea Day 22Falling 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.

- David’s Tea

featured ingredients
apple & hibiscus
steeped at
2 tsp @ 98°C for 5-7 minutes

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aroma:

This herbal tea has a gorgeous spicy and inviting aroma that is very festive. Dominated by cinnamon and warming spices, it also features candied fruit, nuts, and a light floral whiff with some creamy vanilla.

flavour:

Sleigh Ride’s flavour is much fruitier than the aroma with a lot more apple and raisin. A decent mix of spice gives it a lovely mulled cider quality with just a touch of tartness. A good nut presence tempers the sweetness of the candied fruit while the florals are so subtle they are barely noticed.

Note: I brewed this tea according the directions I found on the 24 Days of Tea box but the directions on the website are a tad different. For one thing, the box only says to use 1.25 tsp which, in retrospect, might be a little small of an amount to have enough of each ingredient to get the full intended effect of this tea. As an herbal blend, it is pretty hard to over steep it so I recommend following the website instructions (above) instead. 

21 Dec

Lime Gelato | 24 Days of Tea: Day 21

Lime Gelato - 24 Days of Tea Day 21Remember 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.

- David’s Tea

featured ingredients
pineapple & lemongrass
steeped at
1.25 tsp @ 85°C for 3 minutes

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aroma:

Lime Gelato has a sweet, fresh, and juicy key lime pie aroma with a hint of peppermint. A bit nutty, it has a subtle backbone of good green tea scents and a soft vanilla presence.

 

flavour:

After a three minute steep this green tea was quite soft in flavour so I put the steeper back in for another minute but it remained fairly subdued. The flavour is smooth and creamy with a nutty presence at the start that turns into a stronger lime presence towards the end. Subdued vanilla notes and a touch of grassy green tea also make their presence known. I suspect this tea may be more enjoyable brewed in larger quantities than a single serving, it was hard to get much green tea into my scoop around the larger pieces.

20 Dec

Apple Custard | 24 Days of Tea: Day 20

Apple Custard - 24 Days of Tea Day 20We 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?

- David’s Tea

featured ingredients
apple
steeped at
1.25 tsp @ 96°C for 4 minutes

ranking_4_of_5

aroma:

The welcoming aroma of this tea is heavily dominated by candied apples with a strong honey presence and a touch of warming spices including cinnamon. Vanilla notes add a lovely sweet creaminess to the blend while a bit of raisin balances it out. The chamomile is barely noticeable under the heady honey.

flavour:

Slightly more subdued than the rich aroma, the flavour of Apple Custard is still one of strong candied fruits and a powerful honey presence. More to the raisin side than the apple, the opposite of the aroma, it is nicely balanced between sweet and slightly tart with great warming spice notes. A lingering sweet raisin flavour brings the vanilla more to the foreground and the honey is strong throughout. The flavour of the chamomile is very subtle but provides a great backbone for the decadent and sweet flavours.

19 Dec

Cream of Earl Grey | 24 Days of Tea #19

Cream of Earl Grey - 24 Days of Tea Day 19Lovers 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. (MK Kosher)

- David’s Tea

featured ingredients
bergamot oil & vanilla
steeped at
1.25 tsp @ 96°C for 4 minutes

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aroma:

The rich, earthy aroma of this tea has a great bergamot presence with light citrus sweetness and just a hint of bitterness. Some floral notes and a bit of vanilla round out the aroma nicely.

flavour:

A tad bitter, Cream of Earl Grey is a rich and earthy tea with a lovely, lingering bergamot flavour of slightly sweet citrus, almost a tangerine flavour but more bitter. Not usually my favourite type of tea, this blend is quite nice with the additional of the subtle vanilla notes.

18 Dec

Silk Dragon Jasmine | 24 Days of Tea #18

Silk Dragon Jasmine - 24 Days of Tea Day 18Made from premium green tea, our Silk Dragon is a limited-edition treasure. To create it, night-blooming jasmine is gathered in the morning and kept cool all day. In the evening, when the flowers burst open and release their scent, they are placed with the tea until midnight. This is repeated with fresh flowers over the course of five nights, infusing the tea with a most magical flavour. (MK Kosher)

- David’s Tea

featured ingredients
green tea & jasmine
steeped at
1.25 tsp @ 80°C for 2 minutes

ranking_4_of_5

aroma:

This aromatic green tea is full of lovely grassy green tea notes with just enough floral to dress it up a bit. Light and airy, it is a welcoming and mellow treat.

flavour:

The flavour of Silk Dragon Jasmine is more robust with a stronger green tea presence and just a touch of subtly sweet jasmine florals. I don’t know whether I just happened to steep it perfectly or if it is the effect of the jasmine flowers but this tea has no hint of astringency and is just a touch bitter, enough to balance the floral notes without overpowering them.

17 Dec

Peppermint Amour | 24 Days of Tea #17

Peppermint Amour - 24 Days of Tea Day 17Peppermint 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. (MK Kosher)

- David’s Tea

featured ingredients
organic peppermint
steeped at
1.25 tsp @ 96°C for 30-40 seconds

ranking_4_of_5

aroma:

Peppermint Amour is, unsurprisingly, dominated by a fresh, soothing peppermint aroma. Entirely un-complex, it is nonetheless highly inviting with a clear, crispness perfect for cold winter mornings.

flavour:

This tea is almost entirely what you would expect with a light sweetness that does not overwhelm and a soothing, calming and yet invigorating peppermint flavour. Caffeine-free, Peppermint Amour is relaxing without inducing sleepiness making it the perfect cup of tea for any time of day. A touch of this added to less interesting teas is also sure to spruce them up quite effectively, bringing a lovely burst of freshness to almost any blend.

16 Dec

Main Squeeze | 24 Days of Tea: Day 16

Main Squeeze - 24 Days of Tea Day 16We 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. (MK Kosher)

- David’s Tea

featured ingredients
papaya & pineapple
steeped at
1.25 tsp @ 85°C for 4 minutes

ranking_4_of_5

aroma:

Dominated by juicy citrus aromas like tangerine and mango, this tea has a somewhat subtle mate backbone with nice hints of floral. Robust and energizing, it has slightly grassy notes and just a touch of vanilla and mint.

flavour:

The flavour of main squeeze runs much more to the mate side with a good touch of citrus but much less juicy than the aroma. Somewhat earthy and robust with a touch of grassy notes, it is flavourful and highly energizing. A great tea for mornings, this blend has a fantastic balance of sweet and bitter notes.