15 Dec

Buddha’s Blend | 24 Days of Tea: Day 15

Buddhas Blend - 24 Days of Tea Day 15We don’t like to brag, but we’re pretty sure we just found the key to achieving nirvana. It’s easier than you might think – you’re actually just a cup away. You start with a fresh, delicate mix of white and green tea. Then you sprinkle in a few jasmine pearls for their sweet, floral perfume. Next, you add the unexpected fruity aroma of some beautiful white hibiscus blossoms. Finally? You sit back, relax and take a sip. Heavenly…

- David’s Tea

featured ingredients
jasmine & white hibiscus
steeped at
1.25 tsp @ 80°C for 2 minutes

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aroma:

Buddha’s Blend has a gorgeous floral aroma with lovely, light, and airy green tea scents and a subtle, sweet fruitiness. Tangerine citrus notes fade into the background but add a nice brightness to this brew.

flavour:

Very subtle at first, the flavour of this tea grows into a great balance of white and green teas that is mellow and relaxing. A heavily backloaded flavour, it starts out very subtle before building to a mild citrus green tea. I may have brewed this one a tad too hot for the first try as there is a bit of astringency to this one that feels like it shouldn’t be there. Overall quite nice but be sure not to brew it too hot and bruise the leaves.

 

14 Dec

Sugar Plum Forest | 24 Days of Tea #14

Sugar Plum Forest - 24 Days of Tea Day 14Whether you’re out sledding or just doing some holiday shopping, there’s no better way to stay warm and cozy than a piping hot mug of tea. And this tartly fruity, lightly spiced blend is the perfect winter companion. Just one sip and you’ll have visions of sugar plums dancing in your head. Not to mention apple, hibiscus, ginger and warm winter spices. It’s the perfect shot of warmth on a chilly winter day.

- David’s Tea

featured ingredients
plum & star anise
steeped at
1.25 tsp @ 96°C for 4 minutes

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aroma:

This highly inviting tea has a powerful nose of cinnamon and candied fruit with strong black licorice. Cozy and full of warming winter spice, the aroma alone makes me want to go sledding.

flavour:

Dominated by licorice flavours, Sugar Plum Forest has a lovely backdrop of candied plums with a light spice character and hints of mulled apples. The flavour lives up to the aroma quite well, much better than many herbal teas. I am not usually a huge fan of licorice but the combination of flavours in this tea make good use of it and it is a great blend for cold days.

13 Dec

Read My Lips | 24 Days of Tea: Day 13

Read My Lips - 24 Days of Tea 13Okay, 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.

- David’s Tea

featured ingredients
chocolate & peppermint
steeped at
1.25 tsp @ 96°C for 4 minutes 

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aroma:

Wow. Just wow. The aroma of this tea dry is practically orgasmic and the tea that steeps from it is just as inviting, decadent, and heady. Rich, dark chocolate dominates with a hint of spice and just the right touch of peppermint.

flavour:

The flavour is a bit more complex with a strong black tea base but the semi-sweet dark chocolate is the dominant flavour. The peppermint adds a lovely freshness and crispness to the black tea backbone with the spice is subtle but a nice touch. Perfect for an after dinner treat for the holidays, this tea also makes a great morning feel-good cup.  The nicest part is even though its totally decadent and completely delicious, it isn’t overly sweet so you can drink it all day long without feeling guilty or getting sick of it.

 

12 Dec

Crème Caramel Rooibos | 24 Days of Tea #12

creme caramel rooibos - 24 Days of Tea Day 12There are few dessert teas more satisfying than Crème Caramel Rooibos. Smooth, sweet and creamy, it’s a taste sensation. And the best part is it’s made with South African rooibos, which is caffeine-free, nutty and naturally sweet. So indulge in a caramel dream. With virtually no calories, it might be the healthiest thing you do all day.

- David’s Tea

featured ingredients
caramel & red rooibos
steeped at
1.25 tsp @ 96°C for 4-7 minutes

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aroma:

A rich, creamy aroma dominates this delicious and somewhat sweet dessert tea. Strong notes of caramel are also present, giving the tea an almost crème brulee type aroma with nice spicy notes.

flavour:

Dominated by caramel notes and a nice hint of sweetness, Crème Caramel Rooibos is a rich, earthy rooibos with just a touch of creaminess. A lovely grown-up dessert blend, it is full-flavoured and is great for day-to-day drinking or as an after dinner treat.

11 Dec

Mother’s Little Helper | 24 Days of Tea: Day 11

Mothers Little Helper - 24 Days of Tea Day 11Need a little relaxation? Try running for the shelter of this mother’s little helper. It’s got organic valerian (aka “nature’s Valium”) to take the edge off your 24/7 reality. Plus there’s chamomile, peppermint and lemongrass for an added dose of tranquility. And pretty blue cornflowers just to make you happy. One sip and you’ll feel like you’ve spent the day at a spa. (MK Kosher)

- David’s Tea

featured ingredients
valerian root & chamomile
steeped at
1.25 tsp @ 96°C for 4 minutes 

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aroma:

This colourful tea features an aroma of mint leaves and strong chamomile. A hint of lemongrass breaks through to give it a clean, fresh edge but the dominant scent is the calming, inviting chamomile.

flavour:

The flavour is a bit more balanced between mint and chamomile with much more prominent lemongrass notes. A really nice combination of flavours, Mother’s Little Helper is just what it claims to be: soothing, cozy, and the perfect little escape from a hectic day. This snowy day is also demonstrating the powerful nesting instinct such a delicious and relaxing tea can provide as I want very much to curl up with a blanket and just watch the snow fall.

10 Dec

Bubbie’s Baklava | 24 Days of Tea: Day 10

Bubbies Baklava - 24 Days of Tea Day 10Just 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.

- David’s Tea

featured ingredients
walnuts & pistachios
steeped at
1.25 tsp @ 85°C for 4 minutes

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aroma:

This highly aromatic tea features a great spice character with strong hints of walnuts and pistachio. A touch of rum and mulled apples is complimented by light, sweet, creamy notes and there are also hints of honey and floral.

flavour:

Less intense in flavour than aroma, this is another tea I would stick to the higher end of the steeping instructions for. It made a very nice eggnog latte in store so I assume it does get a fair bit stronger if left longer. Despite the weaker-than-expected flavour, it is pretty nice with definite walnut and pistachio notes and a great spice profile strong on cinnamon. A touch of honey and creamy sweetness bring out flavours of mulled apples and rum.

09 Dec

Genmaicha | 24 Days of Tea: Day 9

Genmaicha - 24 Days of Tea Day 9Some people call Genmaicha popcorn tea because it contains whole roasted grains of brown rice, some of which have popped. Others call it the Rice Krispie of green teas. Either way, genmaicha was originally drunk by poor Japanese who used the rice as a filler because they couldn’t afford enough tea leaves. It soon became all the rage. Today, everyone is addicted to its sweet, toasted rice flavour. (MK Kosher)

- David’s Tea

featured ingredients
roasted brown rice
steeped at
1.25 tsp @ 85°C for 3-4 minutes 

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aroma:

This fresh green tea has gorgeous roasted rice scents with a touch of sweetness. Cozy and inviting, it is a fantastical everyday green tea.

flavour:

Genmaicha does not have an overly complex taste but it is an extremely nice one. Delicious and mildly sweet roasted rice dominates and is buoyed up by a great, light green tea flavour. Great with food or on its own, this is a particularly good blend of this Japanese staple.

08 Dec

Cocomint Cream | 24 Days of Tea: Day 8

Cocomint Cream - 24 Days of Tea Day 8Coconut and mint might not be a familiar combo, but trust us. It’s seriously addictive. As soon as you open your first tin and experience its fresh, sweet-mint aroma, you’ll understand. It’s the kind of tea you always want to have within arm’s reach. It makes a sweet little afternoon pick-me-up. Or a perfect finale to any meal. Or a midnight snack that won’t keep you up all night. Refreshing, creamy, sweet and comforting, it’s everything a tea ought to be.

- David’s Tea

featured ingredients
peppermint & coconut
steeped at
1.25 tsp @ 96°C for 4-7 minutes

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aroma:

A strong mint aroma rises from this tea the instant you pour hot water over it. Actually, the instant you open the tin it seems to unfurl throughout the immediate area with a clean, fresh, and somewhat sweet scent that is highly inviting. The powerful aroma features a touch of floral but is dominated by the initial peppermint deluge and the more subtle coconut notes.

flavour:

Mostly mint up front, the flavour of Cocomint Cream is more equally balanced than the aroma with coconut breaking softly through to bring a sweet creaminess. A highly refreshing brew, it is very crisp and clean and a great remedy for stuffy sinuses. Perfect as is, I imagine it would also make a very tasty and extremely refreshing  iced tea as well. Cozy and comforting, it is a great blend to offer with desert or on Christmas morning around the tree.

07 Dec

English Breakfast | 24 Days of Tea: Day 7

English Breakfast - 24 Days of Tea Day 7There’s nothing better than waking up to a genuinely fabulous cup of English Breakfast tea. Which is why we took great care in choosing our signature blend. We were looking for the perfect balance. Something with body and a satisfyingly full flavour, without being overpowering. The winner? A flowery pekoe from Sri Lanka. You’ll find yourself drinking it all day long. (MK Kosher)

- David’s Tea

featured ingredients
Sri Lankan black tea
steeped at
1.25 tsp @ 96°C for 4 minutes

ranking_4_of_5

aroma:

This aromatic English Breakfast has strong floral scents and a faint vanilla sweetness breaking through the rich, earthy pekoe aromas. The aroma is energizing and gorgeous, just as inviting as a freshly brewed pot of coffee. (I rarely drink coffee but there is something so perfect about the smell of a fresh pot of really good coffee that always makes me feel cozy somehow. This is just as good.)

flavour:

A solid black tea, English Breakfast is dominated by a rich, earthy flavour that is a tad bitter with just a touch of floral. Not a huge fan of straight black tea, I initially tried this blend as it was and then added some milk and sugar – just a bit – to see if that would improve my opinion of it. It’s odd to think that I love bitter beer but bitter tea is… not my thing. (Nor coffee, I load that stuff up with sugar, part of the reason I don’t drink it much.)

The teaspoon of sugar I added nicely negated the bitterness and brought out the warm vanilla and aromatic floral notes. Unfortunately the milk somewhat subdued the wonderful rich earthy notes. In future I think I will try this one with rice milk instead, or skip  the milk altogether.

Overall this tea is not really to my taste (although the aroma is, as stated, fantastic). I tend to prefer flavoured black teas or rooibos blends day-to-day but this is a great example of the style for those who love a good morning wake-me-up tea.

06 Dec

Coco Chai Rooibos | 24 Days of Tea: Day 6

Coco Chai Rooibos - 24 Days of Tea Day 6If you’re into spice-based chais, this one is for you. It’s got a smooth base of caffeine-free rooibos, and a satisfying kick of cinnamon, ginger, cardamom and piquant red peppercorns. Plus there’s a strong hint of coconut, for a slightly exotic twist. Try it straight up or infused in hot milk for a truly fabulous chai latte. It’s the kind of thing you get addicted to.

- David’s Tea

featured ingredients
coconut & pink peppercorn
steeped at
1.25 tsp @ 96°C for 4-7 minutes

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aroma:

Dominated by a strong spicy character of cinnamon, ginger, cardamom, and pepper, this tea has rich earthy notes from the rooibos base. A hint of vanilla and coconut sweetens the aroma for a fresh, inviting impression.

flavour:

The flavour is much more heavily dominated by its rooibos character with the coconut sweetness taking a more subdued role. A decent spice character lingers after sipping with a touch of vanilla also noticeable. The subtle coconut shines through more strongly at the end of the flavour and has an interesting kind of layering affect that brings it out the more you drink. I could see this tea being improved somewhat by just a touch of agave to bring out the sweetness and maybe even a splash of milk to give it the creaminess it so desperately seems to want. The recommendation for making this into a latte seems like a solid one and I intend to try that method with the rest of it.