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.

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

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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.

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.

 

11 Dec

Mother’s Little Helper | 24 Days of Tea: Day 11

Mothers Little Helper - 24 Days of Tea Day 11Need a little relaxation? Try running for the shelter of this mother’s little helper. It’s got organic valerian (aka “nature’s Valium”) to take the edge off your 24/7 reality. Plus there’s chamomile, peppermint and lemongrass for an added dose of tranquility. And pretty blue cornflowers just to make you happy. One sip and you’ll feel like you’ve spent the day at a spa. (MK Kosher)

- David’s Tea

featured ingredients
valerian root & chamomile
steeped at
1.25 tsp @ 96°C for 4 minutes 

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aroma:

This colourful tea features an aroma of mint leaves and strong chamomile. A hint of lemongrass breaks through to give it a clean, fresh edge but the dominant scent is the calming, inviting chamomile.

flavour:

The flavour is a bit more balanced between mint and chamomile with much more prominent lemongrass notes. A really nice combination of flavours, Mother’s Little Helper is just what it claims to be: soothing, cozy, and the perfect little escape from a hectic day. This snowy day is also demonstrating the powerful nesting instinct such a delicious and relaxing tea can provide as I want very much to curl up with a blanket and just watch the snow fall.

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

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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.