So I’m just a teensy bit more obsessed with tea since the last time we talked. Just a teensy bit. I’ve been daydreaming about all the luxurious things I want to order from Harney & Sons, like the Orange Spice Gift Set with the white polka-dotted orange teapot (how freakin’ adorable is this??), white “knitted tea cozy” mug (even CUTER OMG) and about 6 tins of loose leaf tea (because, you know, I eventually want to swim in all of it). I’ve been hemming and hawwing over what flavours of tea to order from Tea at the White House (I’ve been putting things in and taking things out of my shopping cart for DAYS now – this is why being an indecisive person is the pits!). I’ve spent the last 2 weeks researching tea houses all across our beautiful province of Ontario and keeping a run list in a word document on my desktop and freaking out my boyfriend with discussions of GO bus rides to Cambridge (“you’ll come with me, right? RIGHT??”). Oh, and I have an order of tea magazines from Tea Times and Victoria Bliss from Hoffman’s Media on route to my magical mail box and I am so darn excited I could burst!
So I’m totally just a teensy bit more obsessed.
I know. There really is no saving me. Sigh.
Tea has become such a passion of mine and I am loving it. I have such sweet memories of drinking tea with my grandparents and playing with tea sets my aunt gave me as a little girl but I feel like I’ve been introduced to a whole new and exciting world these past few years learning about and experimenting with it (getting the perfect cup each and every single time is quite the task – it’s seriously an art all on its own!), discovering tea houses, looking up events, and just immersing myself in the fun of it all. Which is why this little David’s Tea haul of mine is only just the beginning! I had to use every ounce of willpower not to pick up every last thing I wanted from their adorable fall collection because 1) part of me dreaded having to carry the heavier items on the subway and bus rides back home, and 2) I really wanted to be a good friend and wait for my bestie to go crazy tea shopping with me. What fun would it be if I bought everything on my wishlist and just stood around the next time we went frolicking? I think ahead, people.
I am dying to get the so-cute-it-makes-you-squeal forest animals tea mug and the cute-as-a-button bubble tea cups from David’s Tea’s fall collection as well as some loose leaf of Blueberry Jam, Long Life Oolong and Lime Gelato, but I was a good girl and stuck to picking up a bottle of their vanilla agave, 50 g of their new Cocoberry tea and 2 packets of their Mom’s Apple Pie tea along with their snazzy new fall tea menu! And yes, that is my ultra-cool, super awesome sparkly pumpkin prop in the photo! Hee!
I haven’t tried my apple pie one yet but I have tried the Cocoberry one and what attracted me most at first was its chocolate-raspberry scent. It smelled so luscious and decadent. Its taste was so much more complex than just a simple chocolate-raspberry combo though. For those who love the taste of currants with a subtle hint of cocoa and chocolate, this tea is for you. The currant flavour comes out very strong in this tea and if you find it a little on the tart side, sweeten it up with a little bit of sweetener. It’s not your typical berry tea as it’s much more earthy in flavour and that’s what I actually appreciate about it. Berry teas have never sat well with my tastebuds because I’ve always found them to be either too sour or too artificial in taste, but this one is different from anything I’ve ever tried so if you love currants, go for it and try it out!
For a list of all David’s Tea locations in and around Toronto, check out their store locator HERE (they are constantly expanding!). So far I’ve been to these locations:
- 336 Queen St. W (just east of Spadina)
- 2389 Yonge St. (intersection of Yonge & Eglinton; north of Eglinton)
- 10 Dundas Street E. (Yonge & Dundas; it’s actually just north of Dundas facing Yonge St.)
- 100 King Street West (First Canadian Place in the underground PATH)
- 424 Bloor Street West (in the Annex, between Spadina and Bathurst)
- Yorkdale Shopping Centre (Dufferin & Hwy 401)
- Dufferin Mall (intersection of Dufferin Street and Bloor Street West, just south of Bloor)
- Scarborough Town Centre (between McCowan and Brimley Rd. off Hwy 401)
- Promenade Mall, Thornhill (Bathurst and Centre St.)