Day 5 – Organic Cream of Earl Grey
Finding time to blog this month is proving to be difficult. I have been updating my 24 Days of Tea collages though on Instagram, so if you follow me there (or on twitter, or facebook) you can see them. I happen to love the tea from Day 5 and I have a can of it in my kitchen already. It was late at night by the time I got to open my calendar and I wasn’t about to have caffeine or tea before bed (awake & peeing all night? No thank you!) I am happy to have a fresher stash of this tea though, since mine is pretty old. I did bring it to work but didn’t drink it because Day 6′s tea is one of my all-time FAVOURITES!
Organic Cream of Earl Grey
Black tea, cornflowers, with natural vanilla and bergamot flavouring.
Day 6 – Glitter & Gold
I LOVE this tea! It sparkles and it tastes like Golden Grahams cereal. I think I have talked about it before on the blog (or maybe on my book blog?) either way, this is one of my favourites! Alas, the sparkle in the tea does not show up in iPhone photos, so you’ll have to take my word for it. This is one yummy tea! Finnegan made sure it steeped properly by keeping the lid on nice and tight with his big ol’ ephelant bottom. He’s getting pretty good at making tea.
Glitter & Gold
Chinese black tea, sugar crystals, gold sugar balls, vanilla, orange peel, cloves.
Day 7 – Organic Crème Brûlée
This was not a favourite. I tried it and drank a cup of it because I promised myself I’d drink one cup of each of these teas, but I can’t say I’ll be buying it any time soon. I had to add sugar and cream because it just didn’t make me all that happy. However I DID have a ton of fun turning my collage into a cheesy 70s type Christmas photo. heh Look at that oval in the middle! And the filter from instagram! At least I am having fun, right?
Organic Crème Brûlée
Green and red Rooibos, safflowers, calendula marigold.
Day 4: Salted Caramel
As much as I wanted to open my tea this morning, I was having a Typical Cat Morning where nothing was going right and I was lucky enough to leave the house wearing clothes. (I am not the best of morning people.) So, since I’d forgotten Finnegan upstairs after going up there TWICE before I left, I just said “Forget it! I’ll do it tonight!” So of course I was spoiled on what today’s tea was by the time I got home, but I’m also happy to see that the teas aren’t coming out of the box in alphabetical order. That was a worry for a while (and takes all the excitement out of it!)
I’m a little weary about having a caffeinated drink in the evening, but I didn’t have a lot of tea – despite how large my mug is. However, I’m falling asleep as I type up this post, so I think I should be fine tonight.
I think this tea would be better if it didn’t have coconut in it. It was VERY coconutty to me and not so much carameley. And on the subject of coconut – WHY DO ALL THESE TEAS HAVE COCONUT IN THEM? I hate coconut. Argh.
Twenty days of tea to go! Perhaps on the weekend we’ll get video-ish with Finnegan. After all, Christmas is Finnegan’s time to SHINE!
Black tea, coconut (argh!), caramel bits, English toffee bits (yum!), sea salt.
Day 3: Coco Chai Rooibos
Finnegan is back in his Festive Hat! I even brought him to work with me today so we could continue this silly idea of capturing my tea of the day through Finnegan montages. I will now have to bring him back and forth to work every day.
What was I thinking?
I know we’re only 3 days in, but I really enjoyed today’s tea! I am very happy there’s enough for a second cup. AND I actually filled my cup up twice with the first half. Yum.
I have a bunch of rooibos (red tea) in the office already and I mix it with mint. It’s decaf and has a light taste. I think red tea is my second favourite after black tea.
As you can see I even have a new festive winter mug from DAVIDsTEA which I shall leave at the office for those tea days. I have my own Christmas mug at home and a ball infuser for the tea.
Trying to find ways to get myself, the mug and Finnegan in the photo is becoming more difficult though. Especially when taking your own photograph. I’d be happy if my phone had a timer. Alas.
You likely all couldn’t care less about my tea of the day, but this is what you’re getting for holiday posting, so deal with it. Heh.
Coco Chai Rooibos
Rooibos, coconut, cinnamon, ginger root, cardamom, cloves, pink peppercorn.
Day 2: Chocolate Rocket
I will admit, that I was sceptical about today’s tea. I don’t like chocolate and I don’t like pieces of nuts in things (and thankfully, this year I discovered that my tree nut allergy seems to have vanished!) But I am game to try each tea from this 24 days of Tea. I will find something new I love and I will undoubtedly discover teas that I do not like. But in the spirit of a surprise tea each day, I shall suck it up and try something even if I don’t think I will like it.
And I didn’t hate today’s tea. It doesn’t taste chocolatey at all. Although it did need a pinch of sugar and a dollop of milk (nowhere near what I put in regular tea!) Yesterday’s tea I had without sugar and with just a smidge of milk. But that was black tea and black tea needs milk, yo.
I will still visiting Monkey this morning so we opened our teas together. I had mine right away since I wanted to have the tea out of my system before I got on the train. Tea makes me pee. I can’t help it. And I hate having to pee every five seconds when I’m traveling!
I realize I will have to bring Finnegan to work with me this week for the rest of these photos. My brilliant idea to have Finnegan’s 24 Days of Christmas Tea is slightly hampered by the fact that I won’t be HOME for 5 days of the week at a time. This will be tricky. Hmm.
Yerba maté (Brazil), cocoa, almonds, roasted chicory root, raspberries.
Day 1: Organic Buttered Rum
Last year I found out about DAVIDsTEA‘s 24 Days of Tea too late. I believe each of the stores in Montreal only received 3 boxes each and I didn’t even know you could order online (maybe last year you couldn’t?). This year I was following DAVIDsTEA on every social media platform I could and as soon as I saw them post about the advent calendar on facebook I went and looked it up. A friend mentioned ordering it online and I thought, YES! That is exactly what I’ll do since who knows if I’ll find it in the store and who knows when I’ll get to a store!
I was thrilled when it came in. It smells so wonderful. And of course, I packed the ENTIRE THING when I came to visit Monkey for the weekend because it’s December 1st today (hello, Christmas blog theme!) and there was no way I was a) going to miss out on the first two days of December and b) open it EARLY. I’m persnickety about calendars that way.
And who better to help me go through all 24 days of tea, than the Internet Sensation Finnegan D Ephelant himself! I am going to try and get a Finnegan photo each of the 24 days of tea. I make no promises, but I need an excuse to blog about something, so why not this?
The tea was delicious! Finnegan enjoys the fact that it comes in a tiny container that he can wear as a hat.
Who knows what tomorrow’s tea will bring?
Organic Buttered Rum
Organic black tea, coconut flakes, vanilla beans, cornflower petals. With organic and natural flavouring.