DAVIDsTEA Advent Calendar 2014 – Day 11

I wanted to get another post out a bit earlier, but I soon realized that I couldn’t because of what was in store for Day 11.

It’s…

Organic Mother’s Little Helper!

Ingredients: Organic: peppermint, lemongrass, hibiscus**, rosehips, chamomile, valerian root, cornflowers, peppermint flavouring*.

On their website, they note that valerian root is “Nature’s valium,” which means that this tea is going to relax you until you’re roughly a puddle of goo. This human-to-goo transformation isn’t good during the day when you still need to get work done, so I saved it for after dinner.

It turns a lovely cedar colour when it’s steeped that’s really quite welcoming. It smells like mint, hibiscus and rosehips, so it really draws you into your mug.

David's Tea Organic Mother's Little Helper

The mint flavour comes out right away and lingers on the back of your throat, much like a mint candy or a losenge. It’s a little tart from the hibiscus and lemongrass, and there’s only a slight earthiness from the flowers.

Does it work as a mild sedative at the end of the day? Ohhhhhh, YEAH. I may be falling asleep soon…

xoxo,

B.elle

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!

It’s…

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!

xoxo,

B.elle

DAVIDsTEA Advent Calendar 2014 – Day 9

I got so excited when I lifted the flap for Day 9! Wanna know why?

It’s…

Genmaicha!

Ingredients: Steamed green tea from Japan, roasted and popped rice.

Genmaicha is one of my absolute favourite types of teas ever! The roasted and popped rice gives a delicious, deep, umami flavour to the delicate green tea leaves from Japan.

The genmaicha that DAVIDsTEA stocks has a lot of rice in it, which kind of masked the green tea flavour. For me, it’s really tasty but I can see why some people would be turned off by the strength of the roasted rice flavour.

I love it! I really do! But, I already have a favourite genmaicha brand that I can get at a very competitive price, so I doubt I’ll be getting this from DAVIDsTEA…

xoxo,

B.elle

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!

xoxo,

B.elle

DAVIDsTEA Advent Calendar 2014 – Day 6

You probably thought that I missed Day 6, didn’t you? Absolutely not!

It’s actually…

Coco Chai Rooibos!

Ingredients: Organic Rooibos**, cinnamon, ginger, coconut flakes, cloves, pink peppercorns, cardamom, natural and artificial flavouring*.

Today, I drank the English Breakfast first because I knew that Coco Chai Rooibos is a completely herbal, caffeine free tea so it (theoretically) wouldn’t keep me up all night!

So, I saved the tea for when I got home today and it smells deliciously spiced with a hint of something tropical that I couldn’t quite put my finger on what that flavour was. It turns out that it’s the coconut flakes!

I usually don’t have coconut, so I couldn’t identify it right away, but the coconut scent and flavour comes out really well when you go to take a sip!

The Coco Chai Rooibos really showcases all the spices and the coconut, but I can’t help but think that the coconut changes the texture of the tea a bit too much because of its natural fats.

I’m almost caught up! Check back tomorrow for Day 8 and 9!

xoxo,

B.elle

DAVIDsTEA Advent Calendar 2014 – Day 7

I actually had this one earlier in the day so I wouldn’t get super wired and not be able to sleep again. I’ve definitely learned that higher levels of caffeine is not a good idea after 5pm for me!

Anyway, let’s take a look at Day 7!

English Breakfast!

Ingredients: Sri Lankan black tea.

You really can’t mess around with something as classy and simple as some pekoe black tea leaves from Sri Lanka.

It ends up being a nice darker reddish brown that actually doesn’t get too dark even while oversteeping by a few minutes. From my experience, black teas tend to get really, really dark but this one stays relatively light.

DAVIDsTEA’s version of English Breakfast has some subtle notes of fruit on the nose, but not a lot of smokiness that I associate black teas with. It tastes pretty similar to how it smells, too! It’s quite mild in flavour for a black tea, but it has the characteristic astringency that’s a lot stronger than greens or whites.

I’m still a little behind on my calendar! Bear with me, but at least there’s multiple posts, huh? 😉

xoxo,

B.elle

DAVIDsTEA Advent Calendar 2014 – Day 5

DOUBLE POST!

I tried two Days of Tea tonight for me and my mom, so here’s the second post!

What’s for Day 5? It’s…

Organic Detox!

Ingredients: rooibos**, sencha green tea, lemongrass, ginger, juniper berries, ginkgo. With natural lemon flavouring*.

DAVIDsTEA lists Organic Detox as a low caffeine product and I’ll have to agree with this. It’s giving me a slight kick, but it’s nothing that would keep me up or make me jittery at all!

I’m guessing that the “detox” part of the tea comes from the ginger, juniper berries and ginkgo? I don’t think I really believe in that, but they’re all pretty healthy components although I know that they’re all also pretty strong flavoured on their own.

It’s got a fairly typical green tea colour to it with a dark amber hue, and the sencha, juniper and rooibos scents come out really well.

I’m surprised that the flavour isn’t stronger than it is! I know that ginger and juniper berries can be VERY strong if there’s a tiny amount too much in the formula, so I’m very impressed with the balance that they’ve achieved!

The sencha and rooibos flavours are at the forefront, but the lemongrass and ginkgo provide a subtle woodiness to the tea that balances out the herbal flavours of ginger and juniper berries.

What’s in store for Day 6 and Day 7? You’ll have to find out tomorrow!

xoxo,

B.elle

DAVIDsTEA Advent Calendar 2014 – Day 4

My posts are finally here! I’ve been ultra busy with Christmas preparations, having the Monsieur meet my parents for the first time and generally feeling kind of blah from what I suspect is too much work and burning out.

But, at least I have some delicious tea to help me relax!

Here’s Day 4 of DAVIDsTEA’s Advent Calendar…

Pink Flamingo!

Ingredients: Hibiscus blossoms, apple pieces, carrot flakes, blackberry leaves, eucalyptus leaves, lemongrass, beetroot pieces, freeze-dried tangerine/orange slices and artificial flavouring*.

Yeah, I know my pictures aren’t quite as good as they usually are today, but I had to take my pictures at night and I don’t have a good lighting setup anywhere in the house.

Pink Flamingo sounds delicious! Hibiscus, apple, orange slices… The ingredients sound really good and it’s even a herbal tea for a nice relaxing cup of tea at night.

It even turns a nice shade of pink like Forever Nuts on Day 1 because of the beetroot pieces. But, I was really disappointed by the lack of aroma and a really unexpected flavour profile!

It doesn’t smell like much and I think the blackberry and eucalyptus leaves overpower the delicate hibiscus and fruit pieces in this particular combination. For a tea that looks so vibrant and exciting, it lacks a certain punch that I was expecting.

Let’s hope that Day 5 is better… (Trust me, it is.)

xoxo,

B.elle

DAVIDsTEA Advent Calendar 2014 – Day 3

Okay, I lied yesterday. I forgot to bring Day 4’s offering with me to work so TOMORROW will be a double posting. I promise!

Anyway, take a look at what was for Day 3! It’s…

Buddha’s Blend!

Ingredients: White tea, green tea, jasmine pearls, white hibiscus blossoms, natural and articifial flavouring*.

Holy eff, that’s an interesting blend of white and green tea… DAVIDsTEA lists this as medium levels of caffeine, but I was practically vibrating in my wheelie chair yesterday with the Organic Vanilla Chai. This one might make me want to run across the walls with all the caffeine packed into it!

It’s not quite as dark as the other teas, producing a nice amber infusion, and it smells distinctly of florally hibiscus and jasmine! There’s also another type of scent in the background that I’m not totally sure what it is (I suspect that it’s vanilla), but it lends a nice aromatic detail to the whole tea.

I left my teabag in for too long, so it came out a bit more astringent than I usually like it (oops!). But, it’s still a lot more delicate than most teas that I’ve had even when oversteeped! The hibiscus isn’t overpowering at all, but it lends a nice, slightly tart that lifts the tea to a whole different level!

Also, another good point is that it didn’t make me feel like my heart was going to burst out of my chest a la Alien.

In case you can’t tell, I may be getting a tin of this in the new year.

Come back tomorrow to see what’s in store for Day 4!

xoxo,

B.elle