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. 

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.

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.