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 

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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.

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.

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.

 

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

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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.

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.