Drinks · Reviews

24 Days of Tea (2017) – 24 Days of Happiness

I had so much fun opening last year’s 24 Days of Tea by David’s Tea that I knew I had to get it again. And if you’re curious about what I thought about last year’s version, click here.

Because I love writing almost as much as I love tea, each evening, from December 5th through 24th (today, on the 4th, I’ll post about the first four days), I’ll add my thoughts on that day’s tea, together with a brief description and link. I’m also chronicling my tea journey over on Instagram (@CindyinTO) if you’d like to follow there as well.

You see, the 24 Days of Tea advent calendar is perfect for any tea lover – I get to explore new teas, all of which are different from last year’s teas so far, without adding to my extensive tea collection. (Although if last year was any example, I’ll end up buying a couple of my favourites). Plus it’s a nice, relaxing way to wind down the day each evening. Of course, I’m lucky that caffeine doesn’t bother me so I can drink it in the evenings but as some of the teas do have caffeine, you might want to open it in the morning if you’re sensitive to caffeine.

The other bonus of writing about the teas is I get to share my love of tea with you all. So if you’re also opening 24 Days of Tea, I’d love to hear your thoughts. But let’s start talking about the teas… and don’t forget to stop back everyday to find out about the next tea.

Just for the record, this isn’t a sponsored post – I bought the 24 Days of Tea calendar and I’m not affiliated with David’s Tea. I just love tea… a lot. Plus I’m a writer so this is what I do… write about what I like.

20171201_195717Day 1 – Let It Snow

Let It Snow is a creamy, slightly chocolaty green tea that’s best served hot.

I love chocolately black tea but I will admit, I was a little leary about a chocolately green tea as I wasn’t sure the flavours would work well together. And this was one time I was happy to be wrong. Let It Snow is a delightful tea with a subtle chocolate flavour that works well straight or as a latte. I totally want to try it with brandy next.

20171202_154030Day 2 – Chocolate Macaroon

Chocolate Macaroon is a mildly sweet medium caffeine black tea.

This was a tea that didn’t wow me but was a nice after-dinner tea (caffeine doesn’t bother me at night) with a mild, slightly nutty flavour. Would I buy it? Probably no but I’d definitely drink it again.

20171203_133050Day 3 – Strawberry Rhubarb Parfait

Strawberry Rhubarb Parfait is a caffeine-free tisane (another word for ‘herbal tea’ which has no actual tea leaves) that’s equally good hot or cold.

I’m a huge fan as this is one of my favourite summer drinks. It’s delicious, fruity, just a bit tart and very refreshing on a hot summer day. And equally yummy hot but then I may be a bit biased as I love strawberry rhubarb anything. Full disclosure: I already have this one in my tea pantry because it is already a favourite.

20171204_195919Day 4 – Organic Silk Dragon Jasmine

Organic Silk Dragon Jasmine is a medium caffeine green tea with a lovely scent.

I’ve never been that partial to straight green teas, so while this tea does have a lovely scent, it’s really not the tea for me. After adding a little honey, it wasn’t bad though.

20171205_192117Day 5 – Glitter & Gold

Glitter & Gold is a medium caffeine black tea with a hint of cloves.

After the first sip, I went back for a second and third and just kept sipping until half the cup was gone. It’s like a warm hug. I loved it straight (and hot) but I suspect it would also be a lovely latte.

Day 6 – Organic North African Mint

Organic North African Mint is a low caffeine minty green tea.

I’ll be the first to admit, I’m not usually a fan of mint teas but this was a nice, refreshing tea whose spearmint was tempered with spice and green tea and that had a delightful scent carrying a hint of licorice root. I actually went back for a second cup.

Day 7 – Organic Saigon Chai

Organic Saigon Chai is a medium caffeine black tea with Saigon cinnamon (hence the name) among other spices.

I love chais. The spicy flavour, the scent, the fact that they make great lattes. I really do love chai, and the Organic Saigon Chai is a nice one which makes a good latte. I brewed it a bit longer than it recommended but then I like it strong. A nice, comforting tea.

Day 8 – Day 24

Coming soon…

Sorry for not completing this but I came down with a bad cold and temporarily lost my sense of taste (and energy) so I stopped opening the advent calendar. Will complete it this month (January).

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