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. 

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

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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.

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.