Happy new year, everyone! It was quite nippy out on Wednesday so for those of you who par-tayed that night, I hope you had fun! And for those who stayed inside (like me), I hope you kept toasty and also had fun. I’m not much for new year’s eve celebrations (eating pizza and watching the adorable Anderson Cooper on tv are about the most exciting things I do and that suits me just fine) but I’m not going to lie: I “celebrated” on the inside when I kicked 2014 out the proverbial door and slammed it shut when the clock struck 12 and the big, shiny ball dropped. Good riddance. Teeth-grinding frustration, anger, and emotional agony is the only way to accurately describe this past year. There were definitely some really wonderful, happy moments throughout the year that I clung onto like little life preservers but as a whole, 2014 was terrible. At this point I don’t know if 2015 will be better, but all I can really do is hope for a brighter year. It’s Ate by Ate’s first post of 2015 and we’re starting the new year on a yummy, tealicious note: David’s Tea winter and holiday haul post!
At this very moment I am both excited and miffed. Excited because I just got David’s Tea’s new e-mail about their brand spankin’ new Sunshine collection (nothing like hitting us hard with more “oh-my-god-I-need-these-in-my-life” tea products after the holiday rush, huh? Seriously, no mercy) and all the new stuff on their website looks so fun and colourful and vibrant (squee!). However, I am also miffed because the content of this post is now soooo last year. Like, we’ve totally moved on and little Deb over here is still playing with last year’s toys. In hindsight, I really should have made this post on Wednesday but in my defence, I had no idea that they were going to steal my thunder.
No matter. I am totally enjoying all of my holiday and winter goodies to the fullest and all of it makes me smile, especially my “snowy village” latte mug which is just so darn cute. I loooove all my new stuff. I think I did a pretty good job with my haulage this season if I do say so myself. Granted, half of the things you see in the photos were Christmas gifts, so I wasn’t a total crazy maniac who bought out the whole store. Just some of the store.
For me, my favourites from the holiday and winter collections are the Eggnog, the Cocomint Cream, and the Apple Custard and as you can tell from the photos, I was totally spoiled in all three flavour categories. I picked up the ginormous Eggnog collectible tin, the Eggnog Christmas ornament, and the cute little stackable tin. Not only do I think the tea is delicious but I adore the beautiful bright blue colour the tea products are outfitted in.
Next, the Cocomint Cream. The Cocomint Cream tea is included in the “Christmas Morning” trio set AND I was able to take advantage of a very limited edition product that I only found at Yorkdale Mall: tea and cookies!! I was so shocked when I found the adorable little tea and cookies set at Yorkdale and while I’m still confused as to why the product availability was so limited, I am ecstatic that I was able to get my hands on a set before the holidays were over. The tea and cookies set comes with a little tin of Cocomint Cream tea as well as half a dozen chocolate chip cookies. Um, hello, DEB IN A NUTSHELL. LOVE.
Finally, the Apple Custard. Oh how I love this tea to itty bitty pieces. This is probably my favourite out of all the holiday and winter flavours. It smells divine and you should taste it cold/chilled/iced too. It is yummylicious. Thank goodness it’s part of the winter collection that is still available in stores until the spring collection replaces it come March. My best friend got me the cute-as-a-button Apple Custard tea house (equipped with a nice big baggy of tea and bottle of vanilla agave) for Christmas and I picked up the little yellow stackable tin from the boxing week sale.
And speaking of which, I couldn’t resist adding one more item to the holiday haul during my last David’s Tea visit on new year’s eve: the Earl Grey trio collection! It was marked down as a boxing week sale item, both my brother and mum love Earl Grey tea, the box is really pretty, AND – get this – there’s a Star Trek reference on the box. Now, I’m no Trekkie, but my boyfriend is and I do have some knowledge of the series from my TNG-watching days so I can appreciate the very cheeky Star Trek quote on the packaging: Tea. Earl Grey. Hot. *waves to Patrick Stewart, aka. Captain Picard*
The holidays are sadly coming to a close, but winter is definitely sticking around so I’ll be happily enjoying these teas for weeks to come.