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

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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

3 Teas – Organic Roman Rooibos

Okay, so I forgot my DAVIDsTEA advent calendar samples today so I went back to my usual tea for lunch.

3 Teas’ Organic Roman Rooibos!

3 Teas Organic Roman Rooibos

Ingredients: Rooibos, Rosehip, Rose petals, Lavender blossoms, Currants, Elderberries, Natural flavours

I’m starting to wonder if it’s standard practice in the tea industry to put in additional flavouring. If it is, I wonder if it’s to extend its shelf life and freshness?

Anyway, I bought this tin earlier in the year at a food show and it’s a wonderful, super flavourful and caffeineless tea to have in the afternoon! It eventually turns into a dark, rusty red and has a robust, herbal flavour.

3 Teas Organic Roman Rooibos

It smells strongly of berries from the currants and elderberries, but it’s not sweet at all! It also holds up really well for a second steep and it’s actually quite refreshing in the cold winter.

Do you have a favourite go-to tea for the afternoons?

xoxo,

B.elle