At some point in December someone I follow on Twitter posted a link to a tea advent calendar from David’s Teas saying she wished she had enough money to justify buying it. At $40 it was a little pricey, but I decided that 2016 has been garbage, I could afford it, and this was a little something to help the year go out on a positive note for me.
Each day has a little jar of a different flavor of loose leaf tea. The little box around the jar tells you what flavor the tea is and the best way to prepare it. Getting this is making me super happy that my husband bought a fancy electric kettle that you can set the temperature on since the appropriate temperature for steeping the tea varies. Based on how much tea there is in each jar and how much I need for my morning tea mug I’ll probably get 3-4 servings out of each jar. That means this advent calendar will probably carry me through the winter, which is the only time I really drink hot tea in the morning making the $40 a worthwhile investment.
My friend Paul asked for a review of each of the teas, so the remainder of this post is for him. Here are all the teas I enjoyed during this advent season.
Day 1: Snow Day
I could tell by the smell of this tea and the little chocolate pieces in it when I scooped the loose tea into my infuser that this was going to be a chocolate mint tea. I am not usually a big mint person, so I was a little disappointed this was the flavor on my first day. However, it turns out that I actually really enjoyed this tea. So kudos to David’s Teas for making a chocolate mint tea that I not only tolerated but enjoying drinking.
Day 2: Jumpy Monkey
David’s Teas may have made me a mint chocolate tea that I managed to like, but they could not pull off making me like coffee. There’s a reason I drink tea not coffee. Today’s tea had coffee beans in it, which I could tell as soon as I opened it. Based on that I was pretty sure today’s tea was going to be a big fail for me and it was. If I wanted to drink something that tasted like coffee I would drink coffee.
Day 3: Genmaicha
Today’s tea is a Japanese green tea that also contains puffed and toasted rice. It’s like drinking a rice cake. I’m not a fan.
Day 4: Organic Serenity Now
This is an herbal tea with lots of berry and flower flavors mixed together. I thought it was tasty.
Day 5: Coffee Cake
I was a little worried when I opened this one up that it was going to be another coffee flavored tea, but it wasn’t. It was a black tea with some sweet flavors to it. Pineapple was listed as one of the ingredients and I could see some chunks of dried pineapple in it, though there wasn’t an overwhelming flavor of pineapple. Another winner.
Day 6: Apple Cider
Based on the name you may have already surmised this tea had an apple cider flavor. I’m here for it.
Day 7: Nutty and Spice
Today’s tea had lots of big chunks of fruit and other things, I’m guessing some nuts? It was delicious. Probably my favorite so far. Sadly the big chunks mean there are fewer servings leftover in the jar than the others I’ve had so far.
Day 8: Organic Ginger Pear
A white tea flavored with ginger and pear. It’s decent, but not my favorite. I probably would never buy it on its own.
Day 9: Forever Nuts
A cinnamony, nutty tea. I like.
Day 10: Green Passion Fruit
I liked the way this tea tasted. I just wasn’t in the mood for drinking something fruity on a cold December morning. It didn’t seem like a good tea to drink cozy under a blanket on my couch staring at a Christmas tree. It’s not the tea’s fault though.
Day 11: Hot Chocolate
The base tea in this was pu’erh, which is a fermented tea. I think this is the first time I’ve ever had it. I had never even heard of it before I read a book centered around it a few weeks ago. This was sweetened with some chocolate, but you could definitely taste the fermentation beneath it. I don’t know that it’s my thing.
Day 12: Bear Trap
Today’s tea is a whole mess of berry flavors. It’s a straight fruit infusion. I think it might have worked better combined with some sort of tea leaves. It’s a bit much.
Day 13: Creme Caramel Roobios
A sweetj Roobios tea. I enjoyed it.
Day 14: Irish Breakfast Tea
Your standard black tea. I’m a fan of breakfast teas, so I liked this. I probably would have enjoyed it more if I added a little bit of milk and sugar as the Irish would have wanted, but that’s my fault not the tea’s.
Day 15: Coconut Cream Pie
Cocoutty. Not my favorite flavor in a tea.
Day 16: Strawberry Rhubarb
Another strictly fruit infusion. It tasted good, but I stand by my point that I like some actual tea in my tea.
Day 17: Chocolate Covered Almond
A black tea with almond and chocolate pieces in it. It was ok. I’ve determined that I don’t care that much for the teas with chocolate pieces in them. They taste too much like watered down hot chocolate.
Day 18: Sleigh Ride
Another fruit infusion. This one had lots of fruit in it, but one of those fruits was raisins and that’s all I could taste. Why would you put raisins in tea? Why would you put raisins in anything?
Day 19: Organic Toasted Almond Green
Green tea with toasted almond pieces in it. It had the almond type flavor that comes with almond extract or in marzipan. My husband and I have a fight every year over spritz cookies at Christmas because I don’t care for the version with almond extract and insist on making them with vanilla instead. So I surprised myself by actually enjoying this tea.
Day 20: Cardamom French Toast
I already knew I liked this tea because I bought a whole bag of it. I needed to spend $10 when I bought the advent calendar to get free shipping, so I bought a couple of bags of loose tea. This was one of the flavors. Even if I hadn’t had it before I would have been pretty confident based on the name that it would be right up my alley. I love me some cardamom.
Day 21: Spiced Apple
Pretty much just what it sounds like. A nice little cozy tasting treat coming up on the holidays.
Day 22: English Toffee
This is another pur’eh based tea. I wasn’t a super fan of the fermented flavor of the last one of these I drank, but this one isn’t as bad. I wouldn’t say it actually tastes like toffee in any way, but it is sweet.
Day 23: Organic Kashmiri Chai
A green tea version of chai. I’ve never had chai with a green tea base before. It pretty much tasted like chai, but was kind of mind-bendy since I’m used to my chai tea looking black.
Day 24: Santa’s Sleigh
A black tea with a peppermint flavor. We kind of come full circle ending on another tea with a mint (though peppermint this time) flavor in it. Again David’s managed to make me enjoy this tea even though I’m not a big fan of mint/peppermint.
This has been fun. I’ll probably do it again next year.