New Year, More Tea – A Look at Ate by Ate’s Holiday David’s Tea Haul with Eggnog, Apple Custard & More!

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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.

Hmph.

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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.

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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.

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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*

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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.

Warming the Heart and Hands with a Cup of Tea – Ate by Ate’s Top David’s Tea Picks for the “Cup of Warmth” Charity Promotion

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Yes, that’s right, I keep all my tea menus!

In my world, every day is a day for tea.  Most of the folks in my life start their day off with a cup of coffee but for me, I start mine off with the kettle whistling and a tea cup or tea mug raring to go.  And with January being National Hot Tea Month, the weather being so cold and David’s Tea promoting their Cup of Warmth local hunger relief charity donation, there’s never been a better time to grab and enjoy a cup of warm and soothing sweet loose leaf tea while making a difference at the same time.

On January 15, David’s Tea began their Cup of Warmth promotion nationwide, even tapping into several cities across the border, donating the loose leaf tea equivalent for every single cup of tea purchased and every single social media share of the event to a local hunger relief charity and/or food bank in every province in the country and 4 cities in the US (Boston, Chicago, New York and San Francisco).  For us here in Ontario, David’s Tea has linked hearts and arms with Second Harvest.  Buy a cup, give a cup.  It’s that simple.

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Their goal is to reach 150 000 cups by the end of January 28 so if you happen to be out and about and around a David’s Tea this weekend, grab a cup of your favourite flavour or try a new one to help contribute to the rising total!  And if you can’t get out to a shop, you can still get involved and help out by tweeting about it on Twitter @DAVIDsTEA and sharing it through Facebook.  Goodness knows I’ve done my share of tea drinking over the last week, trying out some new flavours and ticking them off in my current David’s Tea tea menu!  If you need some recommendations, here are my top David’s Tea picks (in no particular order!) that will warm you up and keep you toasty!

Ate by Ate’s Top David’s Tea Picks

  1. Toasted Walnut (green tea)
  2. Lime Gelato (green tea)
  3. Long Life Oolong (oolong tea that tastes like Fuzzy Peaches candy!)
  4. Birthday Cake (rooibos tea)
  5. Red Velvet Cake (black tea; quite possibly even better than red velvet cake itself)
  6. Blueberry Jam (black tea)
  7. Chocolate Rocket (mate tea; tastes like a delicious chocolate raspberry almond cake)
  8. Coco-Lemon Thai (white tea)
  9. Mango Lassi (herbal tea)
  10. Fantasy Island (black tea; the most perfect combination of raspberry and coconut, my latest favourite!)

And as for seasonal honourable mentions, try the Choconut Oolong, Coffee Cake and White Chocolate Frost from their Winter collection, they’re terrific!  Out of all the teas I’ve tried so far from David’s Tea’s permanent menu, these are my absolute favourites and I’m always finding myself wanting to default to the list of 8 teas up top.  There are so many others I need and want to try though (including Kiwi’s Big Adventure, Ceylon Star, Jessie’s Tea, Orange Blossom and their latest addition, Mint to Be!) so I have no doubt that list of 8 will grow to 10 or even 12.

Honestly, I look at my growing tea collection in my room and it makes me happy (and leaves my brother in a state of awe.  After walking into my room to pick out a tea to drink one morning, he stopped dead in his tracks and said, “oh my goodness, it’s like walking into a David’s Tea in my own house!”).  So much of my life now revolves around it (trying out recipes that would go great with a tea party menu, eating and drinking my way through afternoon tea spots in the city with my best friend and boyfriend, reading tea literature, learning about tea history, the list goes on) and it’s remarkable just how much joy it’s brought me.  Knowing this makes paying it forward, even if it’s only one cup of tea at a time, that much more meaningful.