monday mornings ~ mugs of hot tea ~ overnight snow
I'm so happy to finally see snow down here in Ottawa. I love the first snowfall, especially in late November. We're one month away from Christmas, and we're definitely experiencing the cooler temps this week. I think it's the appropriate time to take out my TNA parka in order to survive this Canadian weather. As long as we get snow for the Christmas time, I'll be happy! I remember last year we were so afraid we weren't going to have a white Christmas, but it snowed a day before. #canadianproblems
Because of the cooler temps, it's essential to keep warm! My parents hate turning up the heating, so in order to stay warm, I drink hot tea all day long and wear my mom's winter sweaters because they're just so much comfier than mine.
Speaking of hot tea... I thought this would be the perfect day to share my recent David's Tea purchases! Getting introduced to these teas has definitely turned me into a tea fiend.
It started with the above teas. First, I picked up 'Oyokuru' green tea. According to the website, "it's one of the highest grades of Japanese tea. The leaves come from single buds and are shielded from the sun for two weeks before harvesting, which results in a sweeter, more nuanced tea." It tastes pure, natural and I feel infused with health through each sip. The middle tea is from the grocery store, 'Banana Cinnamon Spice' and it is delicious! Lastly, we have 'organic - the skinny'. I was intrigued by the name and after I took a whiff, I knew I needed to try it. The tea contains 'delicious traditional digestives like pu'erh, oolong, ginger and eleuthero root.' I enjoyed drinking this tea because it smells like a citrus tea [due to the ingredient orange peel], with a kick of ginger and a fruity note. When sipping, it tastes natural, and soothing.
A few days later I did some online shopping, and I probably bought too much but the 'free shipping after you spend $50' made me want to keep shopping, and so I did! Why am I such a sucker for free shipping?
When opened, there were 3 free samples and a tea menu.
My 3 free samples consisted of Coconut Cream, Cookie Dough and Alpine Punch. As you can see I ripped open the Coconut Cream tea and immediately brewed a cup. It tasted like peppermint tea, with a hint of coconut - almost like a splash of coconut milk was added. I have yet to try the Alpine Punch, but I'm sure it's delicious!
I purchased 100g of the Cinnamon Rooibos Chai, which I was very excited about. They also give you a free metal tin with the amount, and a sticker to label the tin with. I love a good chai tea, and cinnamon is one of my favorite ingredients in autumnal/winter foods and beverages. I have yet to try this one, and I think I'll have to do an update with how this one tastes, as well as Alpine Punch from above.
All of the tea pots we have at home are either for decorative purposes, or too big for my liking. I decided to get the 'forlife tea for one' so that I could brew the right amount of tea that I wanted - usually just one serving. Plus, how cute is the stacked tea cup underneath the mini tea pot? This way I could bring it up to my room and pour at my convenience. They have also included a built-in stainless steel infuser, so you have everything you need to brew the perfect cup of tea!
For some extras, I also purchased agave sticks in a lime flavor. I've never tried a flavored agave syrup, but I do love lemon in my tea, so I thought that I'd enjoy the lime agave as well. Lastly, I got the tea filters, which are basically tea bags that you can put your tea leaves into for quick use. Great for travel, too!
I still have to try the Alpine Punch and Cinnamon Rooibos Chai teas, but when I do I'll let you guys know how they taste, but I already know they'll taste great because I have yet to try a tea from David's Tea that I don't like!
Q: Are you a tea or coffee person? Is there a flavor of tea or coffee that you enjoy the most? Let me know!