Monday, November 21, 2011

David's Tea

 This week the lovely people at David's Tea sent me their Holiday Collection to try and review.  I have been looking forward to trying the new teas and am very happy to let you know what I think of them!

The box arrived by priority mail so it got here quickly.  I couldn't wait to get it home from the post office!  Inside was this gorgeous red box, perfect for gifting, and a package of David's tea filters.  I prefer filters over a mesh ball as the filters let the leaves open up much more and can then go right into the compost.

The box is very sturdy and good quality.  The flap has magnets in it so when the lid is closed - it stays closed.  The Holiday set came with a card telling me the names of the teas, descriptions of each one and instructions for each tea ie the amount, temperature and length of brewing time.

The three Holiday teas come in metal tins with clear lids.  It's nice to be able to see the tea without opening them.  The Holiday collection is Oh Christmas Treat, Elf Help and Santa's Secret. 

Each tin has the name on the bottom so there's no confusion.  Such a nice little detail!  I love the little tins as they are easy to pop into my purse with the filters for tea anywhere, anytime.  I will be reusing them for sure!

The filters are a good size for a big cup of tea and fold over the rim of the cup and stay put!  they also work with travel brewers that have screw on caps.   I love using them when I am in a hurry and need to get out the door and in the car.  My tea can brew while I am driving and in my town everyone composts so I can toss it into any compost bin I see along the way. 

I happen to be a big fan of David's Tea and have a few of their other flavours in my pantry.  One of the things that puts David's above all of the other tea bars and companies (besides their tea and awesome customer service) is their packaging.  50 grams of tea is scooped into a zip top bag that is pretty air tight.  It preserves the quality of the tea longer and means I don't have to worry about having an empty tin at home.  100 grams of tea is scooped into a free (!!) airtight tin which can be reused each time a trip is made to the store.  Even if I still have tea left in the tin they 'zero' the scale and only charge me for the amount purchased to top it up.  If you order 100grams online you get the tin for free too!

Each time tea is packaged a little colour coded sticker is put on so customers can quickly spot which type of tea is in each package.  I like to start my day with mate and work down through black, green and end the with something like a chamomile or Valerian tea and the colour codes mean I don't have to read the name and description of each one to know which one to pluck from the shelf.

David's also does custom tins so you can have your own name, logo or anything else printed on tins of tea!  Can we say 'Wedding favours'!?  Fundraising for your child'd school!  Party favours!  Stocking stuffers!

David's can be found all across Canada and now in NYC!  Slowly but surely there will be stores all over the US too!  Don't worry tho...they have online shopping!  David's ships to Canada and the US.  I checked their website for international order and found 'We are seriously dedicated to making our customers happy - so if you are big fan of our teas and you need our products shipped outside of Canada and the US, please contact our customer service department who can provide quotes on shipping costs and coordinate logistics'.  How's that for service!!

Shipping within North America is $5.00 per order and free for orders over $50.00.  Anyone in Canada will tell you $5.00 is a very, very good shipping price!

Oh Christmas Treat

16grams.  Tell Santa not to bother bringing you any chocolate this year. And forget those sweet Christmas oranges. This year, all you need to indulge your festive sweet tooth is this satisfying chocolate orange pu’erh. Just add a splash of brandy, a roaring fire, and some good company. Sorry, sugarplums – the only visions dancing through your head this year will be of dark chocolate, zesty orange peel, and earthy pu’erh tea.  Ingredients: Pu’erh tea (China), chocolate curls, orange peel, flavouring.  * Contains dairy

SP - Oh my!  This really does taste like those chocolate oranges!  Yum!  I highly recommend it in a stocking for Christmas morning!  I preferred this one cold but it was very nice hot too.

11 grams.  Sweet and fruity with a dash of nutty flavour, this green tea is the saviour of elves everywhere. When they’re building to deadline in the workshop, they crave a drink that’s like dessert with a kick of energy. So we made a tea that tastes just like fruitcake in a mug. Add some brandy for the authentic cake experience – those tipsy elves always do.  Ingredients: Sencha green tea, orange peel, apple, papaya, raisins, barberries, cranberries, coconut, natural flavouring. 

SP - Add booze??  OK!  This definitely has the taste of a fruitcake but without the bitterness I find those cakes have but with a nice mellow, fruity flavour.

Santa's Secret

13grams.  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:Chinese black tea, peppermint leaves, candy cane sprinkles, clove, cinnamon, orange peel, natural flavouring.

SP - Seriously...this tastes like a candy cane, but even better!  I like a minty tea and this tastes like a mug of Christmas. 

There are lots of tea collections available for yourself or gift giving...I know a few people who will be getting them this year!  I think the 24 Days of Tea is perfect for any tea lover!

Anytime anyone asks me what I would like for Christmas I tell them I am really into tea...they always ask if I like David's Tea....YES!!  I have a feeling I will be well stocked up come Christmas morning!

You can visit David's Tea at their website, on Facebook and on twitter!

Have a fabulous day!


Janice said...

Wow you make tea sound delis! I am a coffee drinker. Also thought tea was too much trouble. I just might take the extra step and try it. You write the most interesting blogs. Miss reading them...Hope you have a great day.

High Heeled Life said...

Great post .. from one tea lover to another!!! Some of their teas sound tres delish!! xo HHL

...just another preppy shopaholic said...

Nice, I wish they would send me some tea to sample! Ha! Ha! I spent a fortune on tea at Tevana. At least I have plenty of servings, it isn't cheap! ;)

Lily Lemontree said...

Super post and tres informative!
I am popping over there right now, I have a few tea lovers on my Christmas list and they would just love this gift set!!

JulesTX said...

Thanks for posting this review. I am a true tea lover and always on the lookout for new things to try.

Adrienne said...

What a lovely gift for the tea lover in your life. I would love to try Santa's Secret - that sounds delish!

Silver Strands said...

Just wanted to stop in and say a quick HAPPY THANKSGIVING week to you!

Teena in Toronto said...

Gord likes tea ... I'm not sure if he's checked David's out or not.

Pattie said...

My mouth is watering!! These all sound delish :) Enjoy!