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Pukka love tea

Before I get started with posts about the food and treats I tried in Iceland, I thought I’d post about Pukka tea.  Pukka tea comes from Pukka  organic herbs in the United Kingdom.

Pukka "Love" tea

Pukka “Love” tea

Some of Pukka’s organic herb teas have won “Great Taste Awards” in competitions in London, and they have also received several industry awards and commendations.

They describe Love Tea as:

“Love tea is a unique blend of fragrant herbs with fantastic soothing properties. Drink Love tea to help you feel cherished and well nourished, night and day.

• Rose and lavender warm the heart
• Elderflower and chamomile relax and soothe
• Marigold petals are beautifully balancing”
They say that their tea ingredients are organically grown and fairly traded.

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Posted by on August 1, 2014 in Tea & Beverages

 

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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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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: Mother’s Little Helper

In my ongoing attempt to cut down some of my massive tea collection by drinking up some of these samples (it’s hard work indeed!) I tried out Mother’s Little Helper – an organic herbal tea from David’s Tea. 

Mother's Little Helper

Mother’s Little Helper

Obviously this is an incredibly PRETTY dry tea – with organic peppermint, lemongrass, rosehips, chamomile flowers, cornflowers, and valerian root.  It also has natural peppermint flavouring, though I found the scent of this tea was really much more lemony than minty; perhaps this is another good tea for my lemon-loving aunt! 

Mother's Little Helper

Mother’s Little Helper

Here’s the ‘tea’ steeping away in my Teavana Perfect Tea Maker. 

The tea is billed as a ‘relaxation’ tea – with “…organic valerian (aka “Nature’s Valium”) to take the edge off your 24/7 reality”.  I don’t know if I’d go that far, but it definitely is a very soothing, relaxing tea – and having no actual ‘tea’ in it means it’s also caffeine free, so it is a good tea before bed (with or without little ones to tuck in!). 

I really liked the blend of these flavours, though it didn’t seem like a unique enough tea to worm its way onto my ‘must buy’ list – I have other herbal teas that I’ll enjoy first before needing a refill.  (Unlike some of the other teas I’ve reviewed in the past which have been replaced even before I run out!)  I think that if you’re a big herbal-tea fan, this is an easy one to love… but if you are interested in bold or complex flavours, or use your tea as an energy and wake-up shot in the morning, you might want to skip this one – or just save it for those evenings when you are curling up in a window seat, watching the snow fall in the lamplight, reading a really good book while a cat purrs in your lap…

 
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Posted by on April 26, 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: Sleigh Ride

When I first opened the tiny container (part of a package of many small containers of tea) from David’s Tea of Sleigh Ride, the scent (and to a smaller extent even appearance) reminded me instantly of Forever Nuts. I love Forever Nuts – it’s a great tea with a bright pink-red hue that is instantly both warm and cheery.  I expected, based on scent alone for this tea to be similar to Forever Nuts, but perhaps with some minor change to give it the wintery name.  Perhaps a touch of peppermint to remind me of breathing in cold, crisp air, or cranberry making me think of turkey dinner…

Visually, Sleigh Ride is fun to look at, with large chunks of stuff (I didn’t bother reading the ingredient listing before steeping up my tea) and small pieces of popped popcorn – not too different from Gen Mai Cha (aka Popcorn tea) but a herbal alternative.  I imagined the tea to be warm and soothing.  The big chunk of cinnamon stick teased me with the promise of sweet-spicy flavour.

Sleigh Ride

Sleigh Ride

Steeping the tea – the beetroot in the ingredients became incredibly obvious.  Like Forever Nuts and Red Velvet Cake, the beetroot gives the tea a bright pink-red colour almost instantly as the water swirls around the ‘tea’ in the strainer/infuser.  The smell, well, once again it smelled a lot like a slightly spicer version of Forever Nuts.

Sleigh Ride

Sleigh Ride

Unfortunately the taste on the first infusion was not Forever Nuts.  (Don’t worry, I have a big tin of Forever Nuts in my tea stash; I won’t be disapointed long…) I would say the first infusion was overly complex.  I was picking up a sweet, juicy, fruity taste to start, then the spice, then something mellow and nutty in the background.  It was pleasent enough, but just too many different flavours for me.

The second infusion was a bit better – returning closer to the taste I had been expecting; the mellow, warm, slightly spicy flavour I had anticipated from the scent of the dry ‘tea’. Unfortunatly by the third infusion the tea was nearly exhausted, and the flavour was barely recognizable.

Have you tried Sleigh Ride? How do you think it compares with Forever Nuts? Let us know in the comments below!

 
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Posted by on April 12, 2013 in Tea & Beverages

 

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