When we recently went into David’s Tea to see if Santa’s Secret was in stock (it wasn’t then, but is now!), my husband and I fell in love with the Winter Collection. There was something in the collection for both of us, so we decided to pick it up and give it a go. Even if the tea cupboard is already full to the bursting.
The David’s Tea Winter Collection has five recently released teas inside: Sweet Almond Green, Hot Chocolate, Cardamom French Toast, Mulled Wine and Snow Day. It’s a nice mix of different kinds of tea with one each of a black, pu’erh, green, oolong and herbal tea.
The box is beautifully designed with a sweet winterscape that fits right in with the adorable penguin Nordic mug and the color changing mug, both of which are on my wishlists. (Not that I need any more mugs…I’m starting to see a theme here…) It also comes with 20 filters, which is standard for these collection boxes and also so handy. Dylan and I were starting to run low, so I’m glad to have a few more to tide us over a little longer.
The first tea I tried in the David’s Tea Winter Collection was Cardamom French Toast. It was the tea of the day at the time so I of course tried a sample and I was immediately hooked. Black tea is my favourite, so already that was a win, but the spiceyness of the tea just makes it even more perfect for winter. It reminded me immediately of a chai, but with something a bit extra, which I think is the Cardamom. I can’t wait to try this one as a latte!
One of the teas that my husband was the most excited about was Snow Day. It’s a herbal tea (perfect for chilly winter nights) that is chock full of peppermint. I knew we would both like this one from first sniff – it smells like mint chocolate chips, which is one of Dylan’s favourite flavours ever. There are actual chocolate pieces in this tea – white snowflakes and milk chocolate chips – that melt when you pour hot water over it, giving the minty sweetness that is so irresistible.
Sweet Almond Green is my least favourite of the bunch, but it’s one of Dylan’s favourites. It’s by far the prettiest to look at with the cornflowers and merrigolds interspersed throughout the rest of the tea leaves, but it’s just a little bit to sweet for my liking. Actually, it smells exactly like marzipan, which could have something to with my aversion.
Mulled Wine had me a bit confused when I smelled it – it smells exactly like gum balls. I don’t know what ingredients are combining to make that smell, but there is a slight after taste of gum balls as well. It’s strange, but still delicious! This oolong does taste and smell like mulled wine and it’s a much faster way to get that delicious taste than actually making mulled wine. 😉
I’ve saved my favourite of the whole Winter Collection for last. Hot Chocolate is actually my absolute favourite tea right now, even beating out Santa’s Secret which I’ve been looking forward to for months. The tea tastes exactly like hot chocolate. I don’t know how David’s Tea did it, but they did and it is perfect. I’m just curious now how it tastes with a splash of Bailey’s…
What’s your favourite winter tea?