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Cold 911 tea from David’s Tea

Organic Cold 911 tea from David's Tea

Organic Cold 911 tea from David’s Tea

Feeling the winter sniffles? David’s Tea would like you to consider their Cold 911 organic tea which includes peppermint, juniper berries, and orange peel along with oils of eucalyptus and orange oil.

If you click the “mint” category tag, you’ll see some other mint teas (and just other instances where mint has been mentioned in our Happy Sushi Belly posts) including Midsummer Night’s Dream – a tea I reviewed back in May – a tea also combining orange and mint – a tea that I really wasn’t that fond of.

Organic Cold 911 tea from David's Tea

Organic Cold 911 tea from David’s Tea

With that in mind, I didn’t have high expectations of Cold 911, but it’s actually pretty good. The mint, eucalyptus and orange flavours really weren’t that noticeable (mind you, I did have a cold when I tried it…) and it just seemed like a nice, simple peppermint tea.

Organic Cold 911 tea pouring through my steeper

Organic Cold 911 tea pouring through my steeper

While it’s a pleasant enough tea, since it’s not much different than a plain peppermint tea – I’d say save your money and skip this one in favour of cheaper bagged peppermint teas unless you’re a loose leaf tea purist.

Organic Cold 911 tea from David's Tea

Organic Cold 911 tea from David’s Tea

 

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Posted by on December 30, 2013 in South-West Calgary, Tea & Beverages

 

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Piña colada tea slushie

I picked up a small amount of piña colada tea from the Banff Tea Company when visiting the beautiful mountain town in August. It was the sample of the day, and was delicious!

Piña colada tea

Piña colada tea

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Posted by on September 18, 2013 in Out of town - Alberta, Tea & Beverages

 

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Tea: Goji Pop

I’m going to interupt some of my Finland posts for a little bit. Now that I’m well back in Calgary and have settled into my regular non-vacationing routine, it’s back to tea, sushi, and the other goodies that make my belly happy!

Since it’s summer, I’ve found myself drinking a lot less tea, especially at work where my office has very poor air circulation and it can get pretty warm.   Of course, this means that I have to change up my tea routine and select something to have as iced tea instead.

Davids Tea Goji Pop just seems to be meant for drinking iced!  Described as a “hot pink tea fill ed with sweet, sweet goji berries, rosehips, citrusy lemon olil,  apple, melon, marigold and hibiscus.  It’s probably the most delicious longevity formula ever.  Which is key, since you’ll be popping it for the next two centuries. Caffeine-free“.  The site lists the ingredients as: “Apple, goji berries, hibiscus, rosehips, honeydew melon, marigold petals With artificial flavouring”

Goji Pop tea

Goji Pop tea

The package recommended brewing up the tea extra strong, and simply pouring it over a glass full of ice when it was ready.  I did exactly that, though I took a sip while it was hot too….

Goji Pop tea

Goji Pop tea

Hot, it didnt’ strike me as anyting special.  Already the taste was really weak.  Poured over ice, it wasn’t much better – a slight apple flavour, but only after I added some sweetener.

I tried another glass a few days later and used way more tea (pretty much filling up my Tuffy strainer to the top) and the result was similar.  The iced tea was vaguely fruity, with the most dominant taste to me being the apple, but not really the POP of flavour that I was looking for.  It’s not like I waited for all the ice to melt and water-down the flavour either… it’s just not an especially flavourful tea. Luckily I didn’t mind the goji beries, as normally I don’t really like them.

There are a lot of teas that taste great iced or hot, and I wouldn’t recommend this one – even with twice as much tea as i usually use (which means twice the per-cup price too…) there still wasn’t a lot of flavour.

What’s your favourite?

What’s your favourite tea to drink iced? Let us know in the comments below!  While you’re at it… who’s going to Taste of Calgary today? I posted about it a few days back if you missed the post, but it starts today!

 
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Posted by on August 15, 2013 in South-East Calgary, Tea & Beverages

 

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Tea: Bingo Blueberry

Even in a closed pouch, the blueberry scent of this tea from the Banff Tea Company seeps out, making your mouth water with the promise of those sun-warmed summer berries…

When I first saw it, and gave the sample tin a little sniff, I was immediately reminded of their Lady Hannah’s Whole Fruit, but with that dark, rich, blueberry scent alongside the fruity goodness.  It visually reminds me of Lady Hannah’s Whole Fruit as well, with big chunks of berry and fruit, this time accented with pink hibiscus petals and blue cornflower petals.

Bingo Blueberry tea from the Banff Tea Company

Bingo Blueberry tea from the Banff Tea Company

The ingredients of this tea include: apple pieces, dried elderberries, dried currents, dried blueberries, cornflower petals, hibiscus petals and natural flavour.  It’s a very heavy tea, so unfortunately a little doesn’t go as far as some other teas. I only picked up a small 50 gram bag of the tea on my last visit, and it’s not nearly enough!

The tea smells delicious, and tastes fantastic too – juicy and flavourful – highly recommended!

 
 

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Tea: Pom Tango

I popped into David’s Tea in March (on my way back from a Kumihimo braiding class and though I’d sample one of their spring teas.  Of the two that appealed to me by name, I ended up picking Pom Tango, though I only got a small (50 gram) package.

The look of the tea is awesome – though for those of you who use tea balls or slotted tea spoons for your tea, you’ll have some extra work to do – the tea has HUGE pieces of fruit which would provide a challenge.  The smell is also amazing – it smells super fruity – mostly a scent of mango (and maybe a slight scent of pear and berries?) so I hoped that the taste would translate into the tea as well….

Pom Tango

Pom Tango

Steeping up, the tea smelled less wonderful (and having lived for a week in my purse, there was some crushing involved that resulted in some fannings) but still ok.  There was still a fruity smell, but also something vaguely acidic – sort of a yummy smell to start, with a bit of a harsh ‘after-smell’.  (Is that a thing?)

Without sweetener, the tea was ok – a black tea with a slightly fruity taste. However, since I usually add sweetener, I gave it a second chance, and the fruit flavour exploded! The sweetener definitely helped bring out all the fruity flavour. The end result is very much like the smell of the dry tea – lots of mango flavour with a bit of a berry or pear flavour as well, and a bit of the black tea smokiness.

Pom Tango

Pom Tango

The David’s Tea website describes the tea as a “cross between your favourite breakfast tea and the best juice ever” and excellent either hot or cold (hmm I will have to try it iced soon too!) and it contains mango cubes, black tea (though it doesn’t indicate the country of origin), pomegranate seeds, and artificial flavouring. There isn’t a lot of black tea in this one, so it’s rated being low in caffeine.

I’d highly recommend giving Pom Tango a try if you like fruity teas – and I hope it’s just as good chilled!

 
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Posted by on July 2, 2013 in South-East Calgary, Tea & Beverages

 

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Tea: Chocolate Orange

I had thought all of the tea samples had been used up from the staff kitchen, but a visit to the kitchen’s tea stash a while back brought a happy surprise – more samples!  I’m not sure why, but there must be a tea-fairy in my office!

This time around, I didn’t pay much attention to what kind of tea the sample was, and only to the delicious-sounding name – Chocolate Orange from David’s Tea.  When I saw the name, and looked at the tea – I was expecting something like a Terry’s Chocolate Orange…and the smell was similar, although more on the orange peel smell, rather than the sweet tangy yumminess I had hoped for.

Chocolate Orange tea

Chocolate Orange tea

Steeping up the tea, the tea smelled more… baked.  I don’t think I’ve ever had a baked orange – but I think that it would smell a little like this. The tea steeps up very dark, and has a warm taste, with sort of a coffee-like richness.  It was only when I went online to grab a link for the blog that I realized that the reason for the ‘baked’, coffee-like taste was that this is a pu’erh tea!  The chocolate and orange tastes are both there, but not the way I had anticipated. The chocolate is more like a dark chocolate than my far-preferred milk chocolate.

Chocolate Orange tea

Chocolate Orange tea

The David’s Tea website describes the tea as “rich, sweet and decadently dark”. The tea definitely is dark, (perhaps this was meant to mean both the colour and the chocolate!) and once I added sweetener and milk, there was some sweetness, and a bit of creaminess (though it could have been creamier…) The website goes on to describe the tea as a “pu’erh blend [that] has it all: big chocolate curls to satisfy your dessert craving and zesty orange peel for a touch of fruitiness and spice.” Although the chocolate is more of a chocolate chip rather than a curl, and it settles at the bottom of the mug as the tea cools.

If you love the idea of Jazz Cat’s Meow, White Chocolate Mousse, or Red Velvet tea, but want something less sweet, this is a great option. For me, it was good, but just not as special.

Do you have a favorite chocolate tea? Let us know in the comments below!

*Update* I tried the tea later on, and since I didn’t expect a “Terry’s Chocolate Orange” taste, I was much happier with the end result.  I’ll still stick with my favorites, but if you like chocolate teas, give this one a try!

 
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Posted by on June 12, 2013 in South-East Calgary, Tea & Beverages

 

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Tea: Midsummer Night’s Dream

Midsummer Night’s Dream is another tea from David’s Teas that I received in a caffeine-free sample pack during the holidays, and in my attempt to start shrinking my collection of teas, I wanted to use it.

I didn’t read the ingredient listing before giving it a sniff – and dry it smelt like both oranges and mint, which I’ll admit made me a bit worried.  It was morning, and all I could think of was drinking orange juice with freshly brushed teeth. Ew.  However, I boiled the water, popped the tea into my Tuffy strainer, and prepared to give it a try.

No matter how good this tea might sound otherwise, I really don’t recommend giving this tea a sniff while it’s steeping.  Honestly, it looks and smells… wrong.  It looks mushy and kind of gross – the colours which look fine when they are dry together looks pretty icky when they’re wet, and it smells terrible.  (I can’t even nicely describe what it smells like steeping… all I could bring up is an incident involving way too many Screwdriver cocktails…)

However, what it lacks in steeping appearance and scent, it almost makes up for in the final taste.  The tea is alright, but honestly nothing special. I tasted more of a lemon and mint flavour in the final brew rather than oranges.  I was glad not to have that toothpaste-orange juice sensation, but I can’t also say that I really like this herbal tea either.

Midsummer Night's Dream

Midsummer Night’s Dream

The ingredients are listed on the David’s Tea website as: “Apple pieces, spearmint, freeze-dried whole cape gooseberries, marigold blossoms, safflowers, rose petals. With artificial flavouring.”  The description also includes orange oil, so I suppose that is the artificial flavouring (or at least one of them).

One thing I was reminded of when the tea steeped up, is that these sample tins are pre-packaged, and then shipped.  This means they are tossed around a lot and there is plenty of opportunity for the ‘tea’ to break down into smaller and smaller pieces.  There was a LOT of ‘dust’ that made it through the holes in my Tuffy strainer.  It made the tea much less appealing when steeped up – though I’ve found this is a consistent problem with pre-packaged loose leaf teas.

Midsummer Night's Dream - lots of bits got through the strainer

Midsummer Night’s Dream – lots of bits got through the strainer

While the crushing isn’t really a problem with the tea itself (rather I could have popped the tea into a T-sac and not worried about the fannings/dust) I did have another problem with the tea- longevity.  Normally from most of David’s Teas I can make at least 3, sometimes 4-5 infusions before the tea looses its strength.  This time around I made two good infusions, but the third was so weak it wasn’t even worth drinking. I poured it down the sink and made up a fresh cup of Buttercream instead. (Another tea I’m trying to use up…)

 
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Posted by on May 30, 2013 in Tea & Beverages

 

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Tea: Mulberry Magic

I’ve been trying to make a real effort to bring down my tea ‘stash’ at home, mostly by trying to finish up near-empty bags and tins, as well as get to some of those small samples that came with collections I got at Christmas.  One of those little tins of sample-size tea I recieved was from David’s Tea – and it’s Mulberry Magic.

This tea contains mulberry leaf, organic macadamia nuts, and ‘natural flavoring’ according to the website.  It’s Caffeine-free, since there isn’t actually any TEA in this ‘tea’; instead mulberry leaves are used. I’ve always known mulberry leaves as the primary and prefered food for silkworms, but apparently the leaves have also been used to heal snakebite wounds, treat specific poisonings, treat coughs and colds, as well as to aid in the treatment of high blood pressure. It has also been used as an antioxidant and to treat constipation, and a host of other things.    (Source: Herbs2000.com http://www.herbs2000.com/herbs/herbs_mulberry.htm)

Of course, David’s Tea doesn’t make ANY of these claims, instead, this is just an interesting new tea to try…

Mulberry Magic

Mulberry Magic

The tea is slightly grassy – like a green tea, with a vague fruity taste (likely due in large part to the sweetener that I added to the tea) that reminded me a bit of either apples or pears.  There is also a slight smokey or ‘dark’ tasting to the tea as well which is similar to some black teas – though this smokiness is very faint.

Mulberry Magic

Mulberry Magic

Have you tried Mulberry Magic yet? Let us know what you thought of it in the comments below!  Or, if you want another perspective, read Leaves In Water’s review!

Also….

If you’re interested in a blogger give-away for some free David’s tea goodies – check out Delightfully Dishy! She’s giving away some David’s Tea goodies tomorrow on her blog. Just click the link and take a look! Though if you win, you’ll have to share with me! 😉

 
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Posted by on April 24, 2013 in Tea & Beverages

 

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Tea: Orange Blossom

The dry scent of David’s Tea Orange Blossom rooibos when dry doesn’t give a great idea of the amount of flavour  awaiting you!  Steeped up, the tea smells juicy, and has an almost ‘orange-drink’ scent, and the taste is similar – juicy, but a bit of a fake orange taste.  The tea itself also tastes similar to a black tea with a dark, smoky flavour (and just a slight bitterness) rather than a bright, crisp taste. There is a lot of flavour in this tea though, and if you like fruit-flavoured teas, you might really like this one.

Orange Blossom

Orange Blossom

The colour of the tea is dark, and almost ruby-red.  This is a very pretty tea steeped up, and I added a bit of sweetener to bring out the juicy flavour of the orange.

The tea is described as a “subtly sweet rooibos blend” with orange peel, orange blossoms, currants, “kissed with vanilla bean creaminess”.  Other ingredients include marigold blossoms, safflower petals,  and artificial flavouring.  Perhaps it’s that artificial flavouring that gives the tea a slightly fake orange taste?

Orange Blossom

Orange Blossom

 
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Posted by on April 20, 2013 in Tea & Beverages, Uncategorized

 

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Tea: Sweet Orange Spice

I don’t usually buy bagged teas for myself anymore (unless I’ve tried it elsewhere and loved it) but I am always thrilled to try something new that is a gift!
I was given some bagged teas as a gift, by Tea forte, and one of the teas included in the set was a spiced black tea, Sweet Orange Spice.

The most important part is the taste of course – I had the tea as a morning tea with sweetener and skim milk, and it was definitely sweet (although I didn’t use a lot of sweetener) and spicy in the way that chai tea is spicy. I didn’t taste any orange though, which was a bit disappointing, but it still tasted good, and I could smell a tiny bit of citrus fragrance. As far as bagged teas go, it had lots of flavour on the first infusion. (Since I had just dumped out a weak bagged tea at work that didn’t have any flavour at all, this was a very good thing…)

Forte tea

Forte tea

The second infusion had considerably less flavour (which isn’t unusual for a bagged tea) but still had a bit of a sweet taste with a mild spicy tang. I would say that the spice overpowered the spice a little bit – but really the whole thing had very little flavour. If I hadn’t been so lazy (and crazy-busy!) I would have gone and made a fresh cup instead of drinking the weak tea.

Less important than taste, but what makes this a cute tea for a gift or for entertaining is the packaging. It’s not just a plain boxed bagged tea – instead each of the tea bags is individually packaged in a little tall, skinny paper pyramid. Topping off the pyramid is a wired paper ‘tea leaf’ – super cute! Inside the bag is a mesh fabric (rather than paper) tea bag pyramid with LOTS of room for the tea to expand as it steeps. The tea inside is fairly large pieces of tea leaf – rather than just the tiny flecks of tea dust (fannings) often found in bagged tea. The individual tea bags are not labelled though – so if you did have multiple flavours all steeping away in individual cups, it would be tough to know which flavour was which.

Comparing the wet and dry forte tea bags - look at the expansion!

Comparing the wet and dry forte tea bags – look at the expansion!

Tea Forte describes this tea as “an enticing rich black tea with the sweet, exotic taste of mandarin oranges, accented with zingy notes of cinnamon.” http://www.teaforte.com/store/gourmet-tea/black-tea/sweet-orange-spice/ The ingredients are Chinese black tea, Indonesian cinnamon, orange peels (from Spain), and cloves. Really, I’d say that after the flavour of the tea itself, the cloves are the most dominant taste, and the oranges the least.

If you like a mild change from a warm cup of chai tea, this one might make a great alternative – but if you are looking for a juicy, fruity tea – this isn’t for you.

Have you tried any other teas from Tea Forte? Which ones are worth checking out? Let us know in the comments below!

 
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Posted by on April 8, 2013 in Tea & Beverages

 

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