Hello, my name is McKaila and I am addicted to buying tea. The image above is basically a picture of the tea collection in my apartment. Here in Canada (and I think in the USA now, too), we have an amazing tea store called David’s Tea. The company opened in 2008 on Toronto’s Queen Street. It became wildly popular among tea lovers and it now has 200 stores across Canada, selling over 150 types of tea. You probably can’t think of a tea that they don’t have. No, I don’t work for David’s Tea (since I would spend my entire pay cheque feeding my addiction) — I just love a great cup of tea. Without further ado, here is my David’s Tea top 10:
10. The Earl’s Garden. Organic. MK Kosher. Black tea. Best served hot, steep 4-7 minutes.
Ingredients: Black Ceylon tea, strawberries, blue cornflowers, calendula petals, bergamot.
When he wasn’t in China discovering secret tea recipes, Britain’s second Earl Grey lived at Howick Hall in England, just like his ancestors had done since 1319. And also like his ancestors, he was a keen gardener and outdoorsman. This tea would no doubt have suited him, with the characteristic black tea and bergamot highlighted by strawberries.
9. Cold 911. Organic. MK Kosher. Herbal tea. Best served hot, steep 5-7 minutes.
Ingredients: Peppermint, apple, juniper berries, eucalyptus, orange peel.
I don’t drink this often since it is QUITE powerful. However, when I feel fever-y or a tickle in the back of my throat I drink a cup of Cold 911 and hop into bed. If I catch my sickness early enough (mainly, if I ever stop being in denial about it), this tea usually saves the day.
8. Fantasy Island. Organic. Black tea. Best served hot or cold, steep 4-7 minutes.
Ingredients: Black tea, coconut, raspberries.
This tea is fruity, delicious, and smells like you are sitting on the beach in Mexico. Unfortunately, this tea is not longer available at David’s Tea for some insane reason so if you are ever at your pal’s apartment and you see this, definitely steal it.
7. Queen of Tarts. Organic. MK Kosher. Guayusa/Maté. Best served hot or cold, steep 4-7 minutes.
Ingredients: Hibiscus, guayusa, marigold petals, blackberry.
It’s loaded with tangy hibiscus flowers, which bring their signature deep red colour and lip-puckering taste. Because of this redness, I don’t recommend spilling this tea on your carpet. Fresh, fruity, and tart. Perfect while reading some Lewis Carroll.
6. Love Tea #7. Black tea. Best served hot or in a tea latte, steep 4-7 minutes.
Ingredients: Black tea, chocolate, rose petals, strawberries, vanilla, soy.
If you were ever looking for a tea that tastes like chocolate covered strawberries, this is it. Brew a cup, light some candles, jump in the bath.
5. Coconut Oolong. Oolong tea. Best served hot, steep 4-5 minutes.
Ingredients: Oolong tea, coconut, lemongrass.
Yet another delicious one that David’s Tea doesn’t sell anymore. Coconuts might just be the coolest food on the planet. For one thing, they’ve been around since prehistoric times, making them one of the oldest plants you can find. Since they have so many amazing applications, it’s no wonder people in Malaysia call the coconut palm “The Tree of a Thousand Uses.” So of course all of you coconut lovers out there should steal this from your friends. It is creamy, rich, fresh, and highly addictive.
4. Peach Matcha. Green tea. Best served hot, as a tea latte, or cold.
Ingredients: Green tea, peach, cane sugar.
This tea is so versatile and delicious! It’s already sweetened, so all you need to do is decide what you want to make. You can blend it with milk and ice for a breakfast smoothie, froth it with milk for a latte, mix it into cookie batter, or add a spoonful to your vanilla ice cream. The possibilities are endless!
3. Glitter and Gold. Black tea. Best served hot, steep 4-7 minutes.
Ingredients: Chinese black tea, gold sugar sprinkles, sugar crystals, lemon peel, cloves, vanilla, soy.
If you are feeling fancy, brew this to see the tea sparkle as it steeps! Unlike Lush bath bombs, the sparkles do go away when you wash out your mug.
2. Pumpkin Chai. Black tea. Best served hot or in a tea latte, steep 4-7 minutes.
Ingredients: Black tea, cinnamon, cloves, carrot, lemon peel, pumpkin candies, pumpkin flakes, soy.
Obviously, the best thing about fall is sweater weather and pumpkins. If the next tea didn’t exist, this would be my #1. I have about 3 tins of this at the moment since it is my go-to all the time. It is a seasonal tea so you will only see it in the fall. Load up in September for the entire year because it goes fast.
1. Yes We Cran. Organic. MK Kosher. Herbal tea. Best served hot, steep 4-7 minutes.
Ingredients: Hibiscus, cranberries, rose hips, pumpkin, apple, cinnamon, pumpkin spice.
I thought that this would be a seasonal tea so I didn’t stock up. Rookie mistake. I got one 100g tin of it in September 2014 and it has not been in stores or online since. I could cry right now. I have made one tin last almost three years since I only drink it on special occasions. I have about 5 cups left. David’s Tea, PLEASE BRING THIS BACK! I need to load up before I move to Glasgow! In the meantime, if anyone has this tea and they are willing to part with it, I will be forever in your debt.
- Whenever you buy some tea there will be a recommended steeping time on the package. ADHERE TO THIS TIME if you don’t want your tea to burn/become bitter.
- If you are buying bulk loose leaf, also make sure to pick up a package of tea filters. They are super cheap (100 filters for $10), make your life so much easier (you don’t have to spend 3 days cleaning out your mesh infuser), and they are biodegradable! You can also buy tea that comes in prepackaged little tea sachets for your convenience, and these tea bags AND packaging are biodegradable too!
- When you smell/try a tea that you like, stock up. Some teas are seasonal so you can expect to see them every year, while some disappear forever. However, this is not a risk that you want to take so be sure to grab a couple of tins of your favourites and always be on the lookout.
Order some of these teas for yourself: http://www.davidstea.com
Cover photo: http://www.thirstyfortea.com
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