05 Dec

Organic Detox | 24 Days of Tea: Day 5

Organic Detox - 24 Days of Tea Day 5Need a system reboot? Got a new years resolution to live up to? Try this tasty blend of traditional ingredients, like rooibos, sencha, ginger, ginkgo, lemongrass, and juniper berries. Trust us, even buying it will make you feel like a new person. Not working? Just go back to bed. (MK Kosher)

- David’s Tea

featured ingredients
ginger & juniper berry
steeped at
1.25 tsp @ 85°C for 3-4 minutes 

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aroma:

This lovely blend of rooibos and sencha teas features a very clean aroma full of earthy and fresh notes of lemongrass, ginger, and juniper. Hints of citrus round out the scent with notes of fresh-cut grass and just a touch of florals, making it smell like all the best parts of Spring!

flavour:

The best way to describe the flavour of this tea is fresh and clean. Definite lemongrass notes break through the base of rooibos and sencha which combine beautifully for a rich, earthy flavour. Faint citrus notes and a touch of ginger round it out and bring a lovely touch of spiciness.  A highly energizing blend, I recommend this tea for early mornings and busy days.

04 Dec

Pink Flamingo | 24 Days of Tea: Day 4

Pink Flamingo - 24 Days of Tea Day 4Ready for spring break? Try this sweet, citrusy cocktail of oranges, tangerines and lemongrass. It’s got hibiscus and beetroot to turn it a natural shade of hot pink, plus blackberry leaves for a sunny burst of Vitamin C, apple and carrot for extra sweetness, and eucalyptus leaves for kick. Sound irresistible? Try it iced. In a martini glass. With a splash each of cointreau and gin. And a paper umbrella. Caffeine-free.

- David’s Tea

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

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aroma:

Pink Flamingo has a great aroma with a rich tangerine and orange presence complimented by some grapefruit and other tropical citrus scents. Sweet, floral notes of hisbiscus and orchid are also strongly represented while the hints of lemongrass and blackberry aromas play an excellent backdrop.

flavour:

The flavour of this tea is, in my opinion, a touch disappointing (at 4 minutes at least) compared to the rich aroma but it is nicely citrusy and a bit sweet. The light floral presence adds interest to the brew while the lemongrass and tart berry backdrop balance the flavour, preventing it from being overly sweet or floral.

I agree with the recommendation to try it iced, it seems like a tea that would make a great mixer. You might need to try a few times to get the steeping time just right, however, as it will likely take a rather more concentrated steep than recommended. I think I will save the rest of this one for summer and try it as a teapop, perhaps with a touch of vodka or the gin & cointreau suggested.

note: Having tried it again brewed for 6 minutes instead of 4, it definitely has a stronger flavour that is quite nice and fruity. I highly recommend sticking to the higher end of the suggested brewing time with this one.

03 Dec

Quangzhou Milk Oolong | 24 Days of Tea: Day 3

Quangzhou Milk Oolong - 24 Days of Tea Day 3This ultra-rare oolong from the Wuyi Mountains of China is velvety smooth and lightly creamy, with a subtle hint of orchid. It’s said that it came about when the moon fell in love with a comet. The comet passed her by, as comets will do. The moon cried milky tears, which chilled the tea fields, withering the leaves and giving them a delicate creaminess. It’s been a rare luxury ever since.

- David’s Tea

featured ingredients
Chinese oolong
steeped at
1.25 tsp @ 85°C for 4 minutes

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aroma:

Quangzhou Milk Oolong has a sweet, fresh aroma with strong grassy notes. Featuring hints of lemongrass and orchid scents it is light but complex.

flavour:

Smooth and creamy, this oolong is one of my favourites. Lovely grassy green tea notes are balanced perfectly by subtle floral orchid hints while a faint sweetness provides a great compliment to the milky flavours.

Have you tried Quangzhou? If so, what did you think of it?

02 Dec

Vanilla Chai (Organic) | 24 Days of Tea: Day 2

 Vanilla Chai - 24 Days of Tea Day 2There’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.

- David’s Tea

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

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aroma:

This rick black tea has a strong aroma of cinnamon and vanilla with hints of mulled apples and licorice.

flavour:

Featuring strong spice notes of cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger, this black tea includes notes of licorice and a backbone of molasses and nuts. While I usually don’t use milk or sugar in my tea, I could see how this one may be improved by adding a bit of milk to add to the natural creaminess. Sugar seems unnecessary in this brew as it is already pretty sweet from the vanilla and licorice notes. Steeping for 4 minutes was quite sufficient for this tea and I would not recommend letting it sit much longer than that.

01 Dec

Forever Nuts | 24 Days of Tea: Day 1

Forever Nuts - 24 Days of Tea Day 1

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.

- David’s Tea

 

featured ingredients
almonds & beetroot
steeped at
 1.25 tsp @ 96°C for 4 minutes

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aroma:

With strong aromas of sweet almonds and caramel, this tea smells like all the best parts of a circus: beer nuts, candy corn, and cotton candy.

flavour:

Grown-up, sophisticated, and sweet, this herbal tea is completely caffeine-free and tastes just like almonds with a flavour much less sweet than the aroma suggests. Hints of apple and cinnamon with a touch of natural peanut flavours make this a delicious treat that reminds me of beer nuts and candy corn.