22.9.10

teatime

This is a bit of a departure for me, but I thought this would be an appropriate post for the last day of summer.

It took me a really long time to appreciate tea. When I was little I had a sip of (possibly over-steeped) orange pekoe and decided then & there that tea was not for me. Now I really love it, and while I do love something simple like a Twinings Earl Grey, I enjoy visiting tea shops and picking out loose leaf tea blends. It's overwhelming, and I can't help that I am a sucker for a clever name or a pretty label.

I'm particularly fond of dessert teas, since it's a pretty guilt-free way to indulge in something dessert-like. I love coconut flavours, nutty flavours, and rich, creamy flavours. I don't love fruity flavours, and I'm learning to love smoky flavours. When I want something that I can sip all day, I like The Skinny from David's Tea (but not because I think it will make me skinny! I like warming teas).

Here are a few that I've been enjoying lately. I keep a kettle at my desk at work and in the fall & winter, I get a lot of use out of it. These teas are from two tea shops: David's Tea (a Canadian company founded in Montreal), and Tealish (a Toronto company). For the record, I am absolutely not a tea purist. I don't know nearly enough about it to be.


Double Chocolate Rooibos from Tealish. I'm not a big fan of rooibos but this one is nice. I wanted a chocolate tea to help me kick my Starbucks mocha habit ($4 each and with 30+ grams of sugar!).


Juicy Pear green tea from Tealish. This one is one of my favourites. It smells and tastes like candy. So good.


Vanilla Cream from Tealish. A classic. If I could only choose one tea, it would be a vanilla cream. Taylors of Harrogate used to make an excellent vanilla black tea but it seems to be discontinued.

One of my favourite teas from Tealish is Patisserie, but they happened to be sold out of it when I visited.


Café Mocha from David's Tea. I love coffee but maybe it would be a good idea to cut back on it a bit (I will never cut it out completely, because I love it too much). I had this instead of coffee this morning and it did the trick.


Buttered Rum from David's Tea. It's so beautiful to look at: those are cornflower petals! They had me at "buttered." This one is incredible.


Love Tea #7. Another chocolate tea, which I have yet to try. I'm optimistic!


Toasted Walnut from David's, a green tea with walnut chunks in it. Geoff & I had this one last night and it was really tasty! I wonder how it compares to Tealish's Walnut Avenue blend.

I love reading about tea in the same way that I love reading about perfume. Please tell me about your favourites! I'd love to try them if I can.






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39 comments:

  1. Oh no, I started to write a comment and I don't know if I hit submit or what I said. God, I suck a multi-tasking.

    Anyhoo, I was planning to say that I like tea too and love Tealish and much check out David's Teas. I also like wild Siberian Fruit Tea from Fully Loaded, though they have annoying celeb / press stuff on their website.

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  2. These photos are gorgeous! I'm a big fan of Rooibus tea – love red teas and white teas.

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  3. It looks like you have really similar tastes in tea to mine! I love the Vanilla Cream, but have you tried the Earl Grey Cream? I think it's my favorite from Tealish. And the Patisserie and Walnut Ave Sencha are amazing.

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  4. I'm originally from Boston and there is a great series of cafes there called Tealuxe. They have such a large selection of teas and they have a website where you can order from 10 grams to 300 grams. I place an order every fall for all my favorites, especially the peppermint! I love reading all the wonderful names and descriptions too. www.tealuxe.com.

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  5. yum! i've heard nothing but incredible things about tealish but i have yet to try it out for myself... i think this just pushed me a little harder to make it over there between classes tomorrow! (i especially want to try the juicy pear green)...
    m.

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  6. I love this post, and I want to try every last one of these! That vnilla one in particular, oh man. I curse the fact that I can't tolerate caffeine, even the lesser amount from teas (as compared to coffee and whatnot) every freakin' day of my life.

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  7. This was the most sumptuous post. I'm drooling at my desk over stupid my cup of Lipton.

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  8. when we went to toronto on our honeymoon, a friend said we MUST go to tealish. had a hard time finding it, but so glad we did! i was sad when our tealish tea ran out. and the toasted walnut tea sounds delicious!

    milwaukee has a really great tea company, rishi tea
    http://www.rishi-tea.com/store/tea/

    it's how i fell in love with tea :)

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  9. All of these look amazing. I'd never really considered chocolate tea, but you're right, that might help in becoming less addicted to Starbucks mochas (a problem I have as well)...definitely going to have to give that a try.

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  10. well, i'm odd in that i don't like proper tea OR coffee, i don't know why, i do try them again every so often. although i occasionally drink black tea. i tend to drink camomile, i always steep the flowers, never a bag, so i am purist of sorts! i also love peppermint and various other herbals.

    anyway, if you email me, i'd be happy to send you some tea from England, maybe it'll be a nice surprise to get some of my non-proper-tea favourites!

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  11. I have been trying to love tea for so long! I love the smell and then hate the taste. This week I picked up some rooibos chai by numi, and I think I actually like it! I love spicy flavors, and I like it with milk. I'm going to keep at it, I think it's just something I have to get used to. I would love a rooibos chocolate flavor, I'll have to keep my eye out for it.

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  12. Anonymous22.9.10

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  13. All those tea's seems so good.My favorite one is walnut tea !^^

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  14. who knew a pile o tea could be so pretty? i love it!

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  15. I love tea on colder days, though I'm really a coffee drinker at heart. At night I like decaf green teas with lots of almond milk (a nutritionist friend of mine told me that it's a good way to ensure a good night's sleep), but if I go for a cup in the morning it's usually Lady Grey. I like the citrus addition to good old fashioned Earl Grey. Thanks for the fun post!

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  16. Eeeeeeeeeeeem! I love tea. But! I usually drink black tea such as English Breakfast with a wee bit of sugar and milk. This is inspiring! I must try something new!

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  17. I need to try Buttered Rum and Vanilla Cream, for sure. My favourite of all is a genmaicha tea, which you can find at David's and Tealish -- it's a Japanese green tea with brown rice. You can also get it cheap at Japanese stores. My favourite blended tea is Hojicha Creme at David's. It's a roasted green tea with vanilla, and it's delicious. I picked up a new one at David's recently -- Hot Lips, I think? -- and it's really good as well. It has black tea and chocolate and a bit of a peppery taste.

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  18. julie22.9.10

    I love Cream Earl Grey (obviously a creamier and smoother earl grey) and green tea with toasted brown rice. The brown rice adds such an amazing flavour.

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  19. Wow I love those photos- such a beautiful way to look a tea :) I am quite boring in that for me, nothing beats a cup of Red Rose tea.

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  20. i am not a tea person ... but earl grey is one of my favorite smells in the world! maybe one day i will try and trade my hot chocolate for tea!

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  21. Oh man those teas look amazing! I am obsessed with tea (since I don't drink coffee)and am loving reading through these comments for tea suggestions. I have to second the Rishi tea suggestion. I also really enjoy making a pot with one chamomile tea bag and one peppermint tea bag for a little pre-bed warm up.

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  22. i don't like tea at all, but the chocolate ones look and sound delicious!

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  23. I need to try that chocolat tea!

    Now that it's chilly outside, I have been enjoying tea at work every morning and evening. I love the "Paris" tea from Harney & Sons.

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  24. I also want to chime in for Genmaicha, which I think is a perfect anytime tea. Once, my mom bought me a fancy tin of Genmaicha with POPPED rice which just took it to a whole new level, haha.

    The last time I was at David's I had a White Malibu which was amazing, especially because I don't usually like coconut. I also stopped by a new-ish place called Tsaa on the Danforth and tried their White Peony, which was super-delicate and heavenly...

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  25. I'm a big fan of David's Love tea #7, but there was too much chocolate in it for me (I have a sort of allergy? intollerance is a good word)

    If you like exploring tea shops, Pippins is a quaint little shop locate near Kew Beach! Babara is the sweetest and even keeps a profile for you and how much you buy. After 10 50g bags, you get one on the house. Creamy Earl Grey is a fave of mine.

    I have yet to go hog wild in David's yet.

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  26. I had no idea flavors like this existed for tea! I've been a tea drinker for a long time but always stuck to english breakfast and darjeeling.

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  27. I've never stopped to look at my tea - it goes straight from the ziplock pouch in to my strainer. These all look and sound delicious. My favorite tea is called Evening in Missoula from a lovely place called TeaSource. http://www.teasource.com/

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  28. great post - i only recently developed an appreciation for tea. i'm mainly an herbal tea drinker. one of my favourites is dry desert lime from numi teas. i am planning to become more familiar with the local loose leaf tea shop this winter. but for a cold day or when i'm feeling a bit under the weather, i quite enjoy filling my tea ball with grated lemon zest and chopped ginger, and adding a touch of honey.

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  29. these photos are beautiful! (love teh cornflower petals) i'm typing this comment so late because i accidentally drank caffeinated tea an hour ago. oops! i like a dollop of local honey in my tea. it's been helping me combat fall allergies. oh my goodness, i absolutely need to find that vanilla tea.

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  30. I like very much how you photographed tea:)

    I want to by some vanilla tea, for cold evening..

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  31. I really like this post even if it is a departure. The photographs are beautiful. I've been trying to take the time to linger (not easy) over a cup of tea each day. The pictures are beautiful and both teas with the blue bits sound good as does the chocolate tea. I also am a big fan of the vanilla black tea. So good.

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  32. I love love love tea and this post. Plus, I love the way you've taken these pictures, so professional. I've only been to Tealish the one time with you. But, I go to David's quite often. Today I had the Pumpkin Chai, yum! My other favorites are: Organic White Tiger, Glitter and Gold (last Winter's tea, I hope it comes back!) and Dolce and Banana.

    p.s. I don't think not reading SVH means that you missed out. ha! They always talked about how blond, blue-eyed and beautiful they were. Oi.

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  33. They all sound so tasty! Hope I can find some of the flavours here in holland, especially the pear flavoured one. My all time favorite is Cinnamon tea. Even in summer.

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  34. I just stumbled upon your blog. As a fellow Torontonian, I have a total crush on davids' tea! Lovely pictures and descriptions too.

    I have yet to go to Tealish but I'll definitely be stopping by now. Thanks for this!

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  35. I've been learning to enjoy teas more too. I only drink herbal teas so I feel like I miss out on a lot of the more exotic flavors. There's a jasmine tea I get locally that is so nice. And lavender mint is a an all time fave.

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  36. Chocolate tea?! Why haven't I tried this yet? Sounds wonderful!

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  37. oh my god. i'll be getting that buttered rum tea immediately.

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  38. oh this is great for me to reference! i am also a new tea drinker! i never liked it i think because it was a must if we were sick when i was younger. i'll have to check these out..will really help me make the leap into tea exploration haha. thank you!

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  39. elaine29.9.10

    Yummy - I think I love most of the teas that you do! I also love the sweet apricot tea from the House of Tea (just north of Rosedale station - the lady who runs it is so very lovely!) and the chocolate conspiracy and Paris in April from Tea in the Sahara. I have a fabulous new RED whistling kettle that I think I'm going to go make tea in after reading this! Thanks.

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