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

ranking_4_of_5

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.

17 Dec

Peppermint Amour | 24 Days of Tea #17

Peppermint Amour - 24 Days of Tea Day 17Peppermint is said to enhance your dreams. It’s also said to stimulate passion and creativity. Not to mention its fresh, cool flavour and aroma. This peppermint tea is organic, for great taste and good karma. We didn’t want to compromise when each cup has so much potential to enhance your life. (MK Kosher)

- David’s Tea

featured ingredients
organic peppermint
steeped at
1.25 tsp @ 96°C for 30-40 seconds

ranking_4_of_5

aroma:

Peppermint Amour is, unsurprisingly, dominated by a fresh, soothing peppermint aroma. Entirely un-complex, it is nonetheless highly inviting with a clear, crispness perfect for cold winter mornings.

flavour:

This tea is almost entirely what you would expect with a light sweetness that does not overwhelm and a soothing, calming and yet invigorating peppermint flavour. Caffeine-free, Peppermint Amour is relaxing without inducing sleepiness making it the perfect cup of tea for any time of day. A touch of this added to less interesting teas is also sure to spruce them up quite effectively, bringing a lovely burst of freshness to almost any blend.

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

ranking_4_of_5

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.

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

ranking_4_of_5

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.

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.

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

ranking_4_of_5

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.