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.

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.

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.

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.