DAVIDsTEA Advent Calendar 2014 – Day 10

I love discovering new products through advent calendars and I was really excited to see what was in store for Day 10!


Bubbie’s Baklava!

Ingredients: Oolong tea, roasted chicory root, pineapple, papaya, cinnamon, walnuts, apple, ginger, roasted almonds, cardamom, rose pepper, pistachios, rose blossom, artificial flavouring.

Too bad I can’t have any of it yet because I CAN’T OPEN THE GODDAMN TIN.

Seriously, I just struggled for 20 minutes with my three coworkers to try and twist open the cap but it just wouldn’t budge! I even put it under running warm water and I still can’t get it open AND the tea inside didn’t get wet at all!

I’ve already reached out to DAVIDsTEA on Twitter to see what can be done, so I’m hoping I can get my hands on it soon. It sounds soooooooo good!



DAVIDsTEA Advent Calendar 2014 – Day 8

I haven’t been able to get pictures of the actual sample tins of the new ones, so that’s why I didn’t post yesterday. But, I did manage to get to taste some tea!

So what was for Day 8? Well, it was…

Cocomint Cream!

From the DAVIDsTEA website

Ingredients: Apple, coconut, sweet blackberry leaves, peppermint, spearmint, natural coconut flavouring*.

The colouring was very similar to most other teas, giving off a clear, dark amber colour. It was a little bit less red, but it’s nothing too crazy!

I’m actually pretty surprised that they put two coconut-based teas only a day apart in the Advent Calendar. I’m not the most familiar with DAVIDsTEA’s selections, so maybe they have a lot of coconut-based teas in general?

The tea’s balance is pretty nice! I could taste all of the different flavours separately, but there was a little bitterness in the background from the boiling water that I used. I think the blackberry leaves got a bit burnt! (Oops. It turns out that I’m a pretty terrible tea maker!)

Cocomint Cream’s texture reminds me of Coco Chai Rooibos where the coconut oils are pretty obvious, but I feel like Cocomint’s profile is more balanced since mint cuts the richness from the coconut.

I’m starting to realize that I prefer spiced or “savoury” teas over the fruitier ones… Hmmmm.

I’ll also update the post with proper pictures once my nose stops leaking bodily fluids.

I wonder what’s in store for Day 9!



DAVIDsTEA Advent Calendar 2014 – Day 1

I finally cracked open the Advent Calendar and the first one is…

Forever Nuts!

David's Tea Forever Nuts

Ingredients: Apple, almonds, cinnamon, beetroot and artificial flavouring*

The apple bits actually made the tea clump together in this tiny tin, so it was a little difficult to get it out into my teabag.

David's Tea Forever Nuts

I also started steeping it without really looking at the ingredients, so I was really surprised when it started turning pink! At first, I thought it had hibiscus or another type of flower petals in it, but it’s actually coming from the dried beetroot.

I usually don’t drink teas with nut or fruit bases without some sort of leaf or flower in it, so this was a first for me! I really like the almond flavour in it and it has a nice balance between all the flavours. Plus, it turned a nice shade of pink!

David's Tea Forever Nuts

I tend to use my teabags twice in a day to get as much use as I can without compromising too much on taste, but Forever Nuts definitely isn’t one that can double steep…

What’s for Day 2? (aka, today’s slot?) Find out tomorrow along with Day 3!