24 Days of Tea: Day 24

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If you do not want to know the types of tea or order that the teas come up in this advent calendar than don’t read any further 🙂

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For those of you who don’t know, this is a loose leaf tea advent calendar made by the Canadian tea company, David’s Tea. Each day has a different tea flavour that comes in a little tin and can make about 2-3 cups of tea per day. It is my mom who drinks the tea so these will be her opinions about the tea itself.

The day has finally come (only 4 days late) for our very last tea of our calendar! Let’s see which flavour it was:

Santa's Secret

Santa’s Secret

Ever 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 Chinese black tea, peppermint leaves 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”.

Ingredients: black tea, peppermint, sprinkles, natural and artificial flavouring.

How to Prepare: 1.5 tsp, 98°C (208°F), 4-6 minutes

Santa's Secret Tea Ball

One thing we really liked about this tea was the cute factor of the little candy cane sprinkles in the mix. It just adds a nice little touch. I have to say that I really liked the smell of this tea. I don’t think any of the peppermint teas we have had have been black so it was interesting to see the difference. This smelled like a much sweeter, more candy-like mint than the other ones we have had. If you have read my other David’s Tea posts, you will know that my mom is not a fan of mint teas so I didn’t think she would like this one.

Santa's Secret Steeped

This was apparently quite a sweet tea with just a hint of mint, nothing like the other mint teas we have come across through our 24 Days of Tea. It still wasn’t one of moms favourites though so I think that she is going to give it away. I was kind of hoping this might be the one that changed her mind about some minty teas but no such luck. That is okay though, no harm in trying.

I do have to say that I am a little bit sad the 24 days are over. It has been really fun after dinner every day (or at least most days) being excited about which kind of tea we would get that day. I also think I was way too excited considering I don’t even drink tea, but it was nice to see mom so enthusiastic about it. I think that this is definitely a wonderful introduction to loose leaf teas and an amazing way to try many different flavours without investing too much money.

I think that this is something mom would probably do again and something I would really enjoy blogging about again. It was tough to keep up with it on a daily basis but I was glad to do it. Thank you so much to everyone who kept up with my 24 Days of Tea posts and I hope you will find some other posts of mine to enjoy!

xo Amanda

Disclaimer: Tea description taken from the David’s Tea website. Advent calendar was paid for with my own money and all pictures and opinions are my own/my mom’s

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24 Days of Tea: Day 23

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!!! SPOILERS !!!

If you do not want to know the types of tea or order that the teas come up in this advent calendar than don’t read any further 🙂

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For those of you who don’t know, this is a loose leaf tea advent calendar made by the Canadian tea company, David’s Tea. Each day has a different tea flavour that comes in a little tin and can make about 2-3 cups of tea per day. It is my mom who drinks the tea so these will be her opinions about the tea itself. Let’s see what we had today:

Eggnog

Eggnog

We’re pretty strict about certain holiday traditions. Especially the delicious ones. So it should come as no surprise that we insist on sipping eggnog at every festive occasion. All things considered, it’s almost crazy that it took us this long to find the perfect eggnog tea. But trust us, this rich and creemy rooibos blend was definitely worth the wait. With white chocolate, mini meringues and a hint of nutmeg, it’s a brand new tradition we can’t believe we ever went without.

Ingredients: green rooibos, white chocolate chips, meringue powder, natural and artificial flavouring.

How to Prepare: 1.25 tsp, 96°C (205°F), 4-7 minutes

Eggnog Tea Ball

After steeping, this tea looked relatively unappealing to be honest. To be it kind of looked like the wet bottom of a hamster cage (sorry!). It was more mushy than most of them are but this may have been from the white chocolate melting into the small bits of tea.

Eggnog Steeped

The actual tea itself had a rather cloudy look to it, almost like chicken broth or a cloudy apple cider. It didn’t have too much of a smell to it, just a slightly sweet scent. Unfortunately, this one apparently didn’t really taste like anything. I am told that it had a very subtle taste but nothing too noticeable. Fortunately, I do know of a work friend who likes the Eggnog tea so this may go to her.

My apologies, I meant to post this last night but was feeling awful so I put it off. Stay tuned because day 24 will be posted very shortly!

xo Amanda

Disclaimer: Tea description taken from the David’s Tea website. Advent calendar was paid for with my own money and all pictures and opinions are my own/my mom’s

24 Days of Tea: Day 22

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If you do not want to know the types of tea or order that the teas come up in this advent calendar than don’t read any further 🙂

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For those of you who don’t know, this is a loose leaf tea advent calendar made by the Canadian tea company, David’s Tea. Each day has a different tea flavour that comes in a little tin and can make about 2-3 cups of tea per day. It is my mom who drinks the tea so these will be her opinions about the tea itself. Let’s see what we had today:

Sleigh Ride

Sleigh Ride

Falling 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. 

Ingredients: apple, hibiscus blossoms, pineapple, papaya, beetroot, cinnamon, raisins, coconut, roasted almonds, popped rice, artificial flavouring.

How to Prepare: 2 tsp, 98°C (208°F), 5-7 minutes

Sleigh Ride Tea Ball

In the tin, this tea smelled quite sweet. Personally, I thought it smelled quite good but mom didn’t love the smell of it which usually means she won’t like the taste of it. I was a little worried because this tea had apples and raisins which she isn’t a fan of as primary tastes in a tea. It did have beetroot though which makes her happy because the tea ends up being bright pink!

Sleigh Ride Steeped

According to mom, this tea has a sweet apply cider kind of taste. She says it did have a nice flavour and it would probably be a good tea to sip while hanging out by the fire. Although it is a sweet taste, it doesn’t taste as sweet as it smelled like it was. This means she broke her own rule in liking the taste when she didn’t like the smell too much! This is one that she is going to keep the tin for herself and will finish but isn’t sure yet if she would buy it or not. Overall, a better result than I was expecting!

Sorry to be so far behind on these posts. It gets a little hectic with Christmas time and having company over! Hopefully we are back on track because we only have 2 teas left after this one. See you next time so we can pretend that it is still December 23!

xo Amanda

Disclaimer: Tea description taken from the David’s Tea website. Advent calendar was paid for with my own money and all pictures and opinions are my own/my mom’s

24 Days of Tea: Day 21

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If you do not want to know the types of tea or order that the teas come up in this advent calendar than don’t read any further 🙂

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For those of you who don’t know, this is a loose leaf tea advent calendar made by the Canadian tea company, David’s Tea. Each day has a different tea flavour that comes in a little tin and can make about 2-3 cups of tea per day. It is my mom who drinks the tea so these will be her opinions about the tea itself. Let’s see what we had today:

Lime Gelato

Lime Gelato

Remember the summer you spent in Italy? Sipping espresso on the terrace, catching a ride on the back of a stranger’s Vespa, and of course, trying your first taste of tart, creamy lime gelato. With its fresh, fruity aroma and smooth flavour, this deliciously creamy mix of fruit and green tea will bring you right back. Try it iced. On a terrace. While the moon hits your eye.

Ingredients: apple, Sencha green tea, pineapple, lemongrass, artificial creamy lime yogurt flavouring.

How to Prepare: 1.25 tsp, 85°C (185°F), 3-4 minutes

Lime Gelato Tea Ball

This was one that I was worried about. I didn’t think lime in a tea would be interesting to mom so I was definitely concerned. However, as soon as she opened the door, she seemed quite excited! This tea smelled quite nice in the tin and puffed up to be a nice little salad.

Lime Gelato Steeped

As soon as this tea had been steeped, you could smell the lime so much more! It smelled really yummy. Mom seemed to really like this one! She said it really did taste like you were having a lime gelato which is neat. I would be interested in seeing if this was any good as an iced tea like the company suggested. This is one that mom is going to keep for herself. We keep track on a David’s Tea menu of the teas that she would purchase again or not and this one received a yes! Very successful. We are still 2 days behind, so we have 3 teas left. The ones that are left are the 3 holiday teas for this year so I am interested to see what she thinks of those!

See you tomorrow for day 22!

xo Amanda

Disclaimer: Tea description taken from the David’s Tea website. Advent calendar was paid for with my own money and all pictures and opinions are my own/my mom’s

24 Days of Tea: Day 20

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If you do not want to know the types of tea or order that the teas come up in this advent calendar than don’t read any further 🙂

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For those of you who don’t know, this is a loose leaf tea advent calendar made by the Canadian tea company, David’s Tea. Each day has a different tea flavour that comes in a little tin and can make about 2-3 cups of tea per day. It is my mom who drinks the tea so these will be her opinions about the tea itself. Let’s see what we had today:

Apple Custard

Apple Custard

We hope you’re sitting down. Because we’re about to make a pretty bold claim. This might just be the most decadently creamy blend we’ve ever tasted. Seriously. It’s almost crazy how much it tastes like a warm and comforting custard or pudding. It blends sweet apples, golden raisins and honey-scented chamomile with a rich and creamy hint of vanilla. Go ahead, indulge. With this in your cupboard, who needs dessert?

Ingredients: apples, golden raisins, coriander, chamomile, natural and artificial vanilla flavouring.

How to Prepare: 1.25 tsp, 96°C (205°F), 4-7 minutes

Apple Custard Tea Ball

Sorry for the blurry picture on this one, my hands were horribly shaky tonight. This is one of those teas that you can see each individual ingredient in the tin and I love that. Unfortunately, mom took one look at it and said “oh no, there are so many raisins!” She isn’t the biggest fan of raisins. Or apple teas.

Apple Custard Steeped

This one really didn’t colour the water all that much and you had to get your nose right up close to smell anything. It did have a nice desserty smell. Mom described it as the scent when you walk into Marble Slab and smell the fresh waffle cones being made. I am all for that kind of scent, its delicious. As for the tea, mom said it tasted like vanilla ice cream in a way. This does make sense because ice cream and custard have the same kind of base so that is what they were going for. Unfortunately, it isn’t one of moms favourites and she will be giving it away. She says that if you like really sweet teas than this one may be for you!

Stay tuned tomorrow for day 21!

xo Amanda

Disclaimer: Tea description taken from the David’s Tea website. Advent calendar was paid for with my own money and all pictures and opinions are my own/my mom’s

24 Days of Tea: Day 19

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If you do not want to know the types of tea or order that the teas come up in this advent calendar than don’t read any further 🙂

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For those of you who don’t know, this is a loose leaf tea advent calendar made by the Canadian tea company, David’s Tea. Each day has a different tea flavour that comes in a little tin and can make about 2-3 cups of tea per day. It is my mom who drinks the tea so these will be her opinions about the tea itself. Let’s see what we had today:

Organic Cream of Earl Grey

Organic Cream of Earl Grey

Lovers of Earl Grey adore this creamy alternative to the original blend. You’ll recognize the same high-quality black tea, the same citrus burst of bergamot oil, the same beautiful grey-blue petals. However this version adds a touch of vanilla, and the result is an unexpectedly rich, creamy taste experience. (MK Kosher)

Ingredients: organic: black tea, cornflowers, marigolds. With natural flavouring

How to Prepare: 1.25 tsp, 96°C (205°F), 4-7 minutes

Organic Cream of Earl Grey Tea Ball

In the tin, this one smelled quite aromatic. I wasn’t sure whether mom would be happy about this one or not but she was quite excited because she likes earl grey tea! Most black teas don’t become salad-like but this one sure did! It was nice to see the pretty flowery bits in the tin, it makes it look really pretty!

Organic Cream of Earl Grey Steeped

This one had a really nice black tea colour to it once it was steeped! It didn’t smell as strongly as it did when it was in the tin, but it still smelled nice. Mom said that it had a slight fruity flavour and you could definitely taste the vanilla! At first, mom said that it was a really nice tea, especially for after dinner. She came to me a little while later though to tell me that it is one of her favourite teas that she has had so far from the calendar!

This was definitely a win and I did a little happy dance when she told me that! We are a couple of days behind, because things get busy this time of year. I think mom is kind of interested in the fact that she will have a Christmas day tea so that is still great! Hopefully I will be bringing day 20 to you tomorrow!

xo Amanda

Disclaimer: Tea description taken from the David’s Tea website. Advent calendar was paid for with my own money and all pictures and opinions are my own/my mom’s

24 Days of Tea: Day 18

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For those of you who don’t know, this is a loose leaf tea advent calendar made by the Canadian tea company, David’s Tea. Each day has a different tea flavour that comes in a little tin and can make about 2-3 cups of tea per day. It is my mom who drinks the tea so these will be her opinions about the tea itself. Let’s see what we had today:

Organic Silk Dragon Jasmine

Organic Silk Dragon Jasmine

Made from premium green tea, our Silk Dragon is a limited-edition treasure. To create it, night-blooming jasmine is gathered in the morning and kept cool all day. In the evening, when the flowers burst open and release their scent, they are placed with the tea until midnight. This is repeated with fresh flowers over the course of five nights, infusing the tea with a most magic flavour. (MK Kosher)

Ingredients: organic Chinese green tea from Jianxi Province, naturally scented with jasmine flowers

How to Prepare: 1.25 tsp, 80°C (176°F), 2-3 minutes

Organic Silk Dragon Jasmine Tea Ball

We had another salad tonight! Absolutely amazing. This tea had such a nice scent to it both in the tin and while it was steeping. I guess it was a floral scent, although without knowing it was floral, I’m not sure if I would have described it this way.

Organic Silk Dragon Jasmine Steeped

Although this one did smell nice, it wasn’t one of moms favourites. I guess that some teas can leave a sort of filmy feeling in your mouth and this was one of them. Mom said this was a little bit like drinking perfume (not that she has actually drank perfume) because of how floral it was. However, she wasn’t sure if that was because she was smelling it more or if it actually tasted that floral. This will be given away and I’m sure she will find someone who will really like it!

We will see what day 19 brings us tomorrow!

xo Amanda

Disclaimer: Tea description taken from the David’s Tea website. Advent calendar was paid for with my own money and all pictures and opinions are my own/my mom’s