Breathe: Everything Will Be Alright

Good morning friends,

No matter what you are feeling after this divisive election, regardless of where your vote falls, or where you live, or what you believe, please, take a moment to breathe.

I stayed up late watching the results of the American election roll in, from the comfort and blessed safety of my home here in Canada, and finally went to bed when at 12:30 it hadn’t been called yet. I feared the worst, and hoped for the best. I woke up at 5:30 this morning and checked my phone for the results. I was shocked, deeply saddened, and scared. Honestly I was in disbelief and ridden with anxiety and emotion. I just want to extend a hand and hug to everyone in America, and say that this is the choice that has been made by the people who voted, and this is now the catalyst for real true change. America you are now faced with the reality; racism, sexism, bigotry, hatred still exist. And now it’s time to turn this around, reflect on this and work towards  a more loving and caring world and home.

With all of this being said, breathe, reflect, meditate. Take pause and do a little self care if you’re feeling like I am. Make a cup of tea, take a bath, go for a run, knit, colour, bake. Time to calm the nerves and come back at the world with a game plan for change, for inclusivity, equality and most of all for love.

Take care of each other.

xoxo

Kayla

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David’s tea Winter Collection 

Good morning folks!

Sorry for my absence. I’ve been adjusting to a new co-op job, knitting socks, ill for a few days, and spending my free time visiting my partner two hours away. So now that I’m back and ready with some reviews for you.

The new winter collection always includes some cozy, warm and spicy tea and include something sweet and dessert like. This year the teas are Nutty and Spice oolong (same recipe as Bubbie’s Baklava from Winter ’14), Chocolate Covered Almond black, Coffee Cake black (a returning favourite from several years ago), sweet almond green from last year, and Apple cider herbal (rumored to be the same as sweet Apple cider from Fall ’14).

The samples I chose from a free shipping redemption order were:

Chocolate Covered Almond

Flavours: chocolate, almond, carob.
This tea has a sweet, cozy chocolate dessert flavour. Definitely reach for this to satisfy those cravings. It tastes like a chocolate chip cookie almost. It’s sweet mildly nutty and very tasty. I will definitely be buying more of this!
Ingredients: Cocoa nibs, roasted carob, black tea, almonds, yerba mate, sugar, natural and artificial chocolate and cream-almond flavouring
Buy Here: https://www.davidstea.com/ca_en/whats-new-2/tea/chocolate-covered-almond

Coffee Cake

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Flavours: sweet, chocolate vanilla cake, dessert
This tea lacks the hint of mocha I’m looking for but it certainly is tasty. I would have this as a dessert tea or with some scones and biscuits. It is almost exactly the same flavour as Red Velvet Cake tea without the hint chocolate.
Ingredients: Black tea, candied fruit (cranberries, sugar, cherry juice, citric acid, natural cherry flavour, elderberry juice, sunflower oil), pineapple (sugar cane, pineapples, citric acid), natural and artificial flavouring.
Buy here: https://www.davidstea.com/ca_en/whats-new-2/tea/coffee-cake-black-tea

Nutty and Spice

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Flavours: chicory, fruit, cinnamon, nuts
This tea is an exact dupe for Bubbie’s Baklava, bit sweet, bit nutty, bit spicy. Will definitely make a good latte!
Ingredients: Oolong tea, roasted chicory root, pineapple (pineapple, sugar), papaya (papaya, sugar), cinnamon, walnuts, ginger, apple, rose pepper, roasted almonds (almonds, caramelized sugar), cardamom, almonds, pistachios, cranberries, rose blossoms, natural and artificial flavours
Buy here: https://www.davidstea.com/ca_en/whats-new-2/tea/nutty-and-spice

Sweet Almond Green

Flavours: almond, amaretto, green tea
I dont like this tea, it tastes too artificial to me and overwhelmingly of amaretto. I’ve tried it in the advent calendar last year, really not my thing.
Ingredients: Organic: Green tea, almonds, marigold flowers, cornflower pe tals. With natural almond flavouring.
Check it out here: https://www.davidstea.com/ca_en/whats-new-2/tea/sweet-almond-green-tea

Apple Cider

Flavours: apple, apple apple, cinnamon
I love apple teas, through and through. I’m hoping this one tastes like sweet aple cider, I would definitely be buying some.
Ingredients: Apple, apple pomace (pomace, citric acid), sweet blackberry leaves, apple flavouring (artificial apple flavouring, concentrated apple juice), artificial vanilla and cream flavouring.
Check it out here: https://www.davidstea.com/ca_en/whats-new-2/tea/apple-cider-tea

Thanks for reading and as always, Happy sipping!

xoxo

Kayla

Fall Giveaway (21st Birthday Giveaway!)

Happy fall! I’m doing a giveaway and there will be five winners announced on Sept 29th!

Here what’s up for grabs: 🍁2 bags of Harvest Spice black tea, 🎃1 bag of Pumpkin Pie rooibos, 🍃1 bag of vanilla matcha, 🍵1 teapot charm teaball infuser! (all from Steeped Tea!)

To enter complete any of the following:

🍁5 entries for reposting this or one of the following giveaway photos (5 per photo) use #teawithkayla

🍁2 entries for commenting on this or any following giveaway photos with your favourite thing about fall!

🍁1 entry per friend you tag in the comments

🍁5 entries for following my blog http://teawithkayla.WordPress.com

🍁5 entries for following my Instagram: http://instagram.com/teawithkayla

🍁10 entries for placing an order in my party, https://www.mysteepedtea.com/TEAWITHKAYLA/shop/eventhome.aspx?eventId=E111222&from=MYEVENTS

🎃Happy steeping!🍵

Rules: Canada only, you can enter or complete any of the above as many times as you wish

David’s Tea Fall Collection Review

Hey Steepers,

David’s released sample packs of the new fall teas this week for 5/$10. I bought 4 if the new teas, 2 of one as I already have pumpkin chai. The fall teas are usually my favourite, read below on how I think they stacked up this year. Here are my thoughts.

Pom Cider

Type: black tea

Ingredients: Fennel, hibiscus, black tea, rosehips, apple, orange, pomegranate, stevia extract, natural pomegranate flavouring.

“When the weather gets cool, nothing beats a hot cup of cider. It’s the kind of drink we look forward to cozying up after a long day of hiking. And this rustic twist on the fall classic is no different. With rich black tea, soothing fennel, apple and a fruity burst of fresh pomegranate, this sweet and slightly tart tea is five kinds of comforting. Hot, it’s a blend that warms the body and soul. Iced, it’s a lingering taste of summer. It’s so good, you’ll want to have it all year round”

This tea is tart, and that’s about it. It lacked the spice a cider should have in my opinion. Couldn’t really taste much other than the pomegranate flavour and hibiscus.

Cuppa tea? Meh. Good but not extravagant

Blueberry Muffin

Type: fruit

Ingredients: Apple (apple, citric acid), raisins, carrot, hibiscus blossoms, beetroot, yogurt bits (milk yogurt powder, sugar, maltodextrin, modified starch, citric acid), blueberries, cornflower blossoms, natural and artificial flavouring.

“How do we like to start our mornings? With a blueberry muffin of course. Rich, crumbly and downright irresistible, it’s the kind of snack that never fails to make us happy. And this fruity tisane is every bit as satisfying as the real thing. It’s got crisp apple, raisins, carrot and fresh blueberries. Not to mention yogurt bits for extra creaminess. Sweet, buttery and slightly tart, it’s the perfect treat to bring along on your next road trip or early work commute. And if you’re really feeling adventurous, try adding it to your oatmeal for an extra pop of flavour. Now that’s what we call the breakfast of champions.”

Tastes a lot like a blueberry muffin actually. It can also steep a bit tart so be careful not to steep too long. Might turn out as a nice latte.

Cuppa tea? If I’m in the mood. Not one I normally go for.

Nutty Granola Crunch

Type: rooibos

Ingredients: Apple, rooibos, almonds, coconut, brittle (sugar, hazelnuts, inverted sugar), natural and artificial flavouring.

“It’s no secret granola and the great outdoors are a match made in heaven. Known as the hippie health food of the 60s, this satisfying treat has quickly become the go-to snack of today’s hikers and backpackers. Why? Because it’s yummy, satisfying and the perfect way to fuel all your wild adventures. So if you go out in the woods today, be sure to bring this rich and nutty rooibos along with you. With apple, almonds, creamy coconut and sweet brittle, it’s like a granola bar in a cup!”

Many tea friends are right, it smells like peanuts. It actually tastes okay though. Very similar to peanut butter cup from last fall. Would make a good latte, and if you mix it with a chocolate tea it would be pretty good.

Cuppa tea? Not mine

Carrot cupcake

Type: rooibos

Ingredients: Apple, carrot, cinnamon, rooibos, cocoa shells, ginger, licorice root, natural whipped cream and apple flavouring

“You know what never fails to remind us of fall? A carrot cupcake. And we’re not the only ones who think so. Thanks to their natural sugar content, carrots have been used to sweeten cakes since the medieval times. And this decadent, creamy rooibos blend tastes just like your favourite carrot dessert. It’s got cinnamon and ginger for an extra zing of warmth. Plus carrots and apple to get that perfect fruity balance. Still not convinced? The rich cocoa shells and natural whipped cream flavour will change your mind. Yeah, we knew you couldn’t resist…”

This tea smells amazing, and I was most looking forward to this one. First cup I made was disgusting. I added milk and sugar and it was sour but not curdled. And I was so disappointed. Luckily I bought 2 carrot cupcake packets and so I tried to make it again, didn’t steep it as long and drank it straight. Its so good! Glad I gave it another shot. Its got a sweet, cinnamon flavour with hints of apple, carrot and nutmeg.

Cuppa tea? Yes

Pumpkin Chai

Type: black

Ingredients: Black tea, cinnamon, cloves, caramel (milk, sugar, glucose syrup, butter, sorbitol, mono and diglycerides), carrot, lemon peel, pumpkin candies (sugar, rice flour, cottonseed oil, soybean oil, corn starch, gum arabic, cellulose gum, yellow 6, confectioner

“Let’s face it, the best thing about fall is pumpkin pie. And this spiced black tea is arguably just as delicious. It’s got all the warmth of cinnamon and cloves, plus the sweetness of caramel and pumpkin candy. For a true autumn treat, top it up with steamed milk and stir in a spoonful of brown sugar. It’ll make you wish it were fall all year round.”

The classic. Nothing new it comes out every year for the last 5 years. Its a black tea with cinnamon, pumpkin sprinkles, and pumpkin bits. This tea always has beautiful collection tins though so definitely check those out.

Cuppa tea? Yes definitely.

Overall this collection sounded great to me, but I’m going to wait for the pumpkin collection. These teas for the most part were not my cuppa tea.

Thanks for reading. What are your thoughts?

Xoxo

Kayla

Order Going In!

Hey Steepers,

I’m going to be placing an order with Steeped Tea, I will be ordering the new matcha shaker and some other teas! Plus some customer orders. If you would like to get in on the matcha shaker deal this month or place an order to stock up on delicious fall teas and hot chocolate contact me! square1

How to order: (its easy I promise!)

  1. Browse the catalog here: http://www.steepedtea.com/catalogs/
  2. Email: teawithkayla@gmail.com with your selections and any questions
  3. I will input your order and send you a screenshot so you know the complete total with tax and shipping.
  4. Choose your method of payment (Credit, Paypal, or E-transfer)
  5. Check your mailbox  because you order will be on its way! (typically 4-10 business days)

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Want to get some matcha for your new matcha shaker? Check out my review of 8 flavours here: Matcha Mania! Steeped Tea Matcha Review

Chocolate Date Night(25g) is free with every order of $50 or greater!

(Sorry I no longer pay for my website so online shopping is not available, you can however send me what you would like to order via email, text or phone,  I input it, Send you screen shots of the order then you can choose how to pay. This way I offer E transfer and Paypal as well as credit. Your order will still be shipped to you directly, Canada Only.)

Placing an order On Saturday August 20!

Thanks for keeping up to date with me! Happy Steeping

xoxo

Kayla

p.s. I will accept orders anytime

 

Review: Steeped Tea Fall Launch Kit

Hey Steepers,

As promised here is my thoughts on some of the new teas coming out for the Fall/Winter 2016 Steeped Tea Catalog. I will be reviewing the teas in the consultant launch kit and then I will do another post in the future when I order some of the other new teas (see French Toast oolong!). Here we go!

Drop That Sweet Beet Green Tea

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This tea smells like a light amaretto. It comes out slightly pink and is a really nice tea to sip. Its very smooth, and I was pleasently surprised. Definitely get your hands on this one. its a very sophisticated flavour, smells amazing, and is a nice balanced tea.  $10/50g

Ingredients: Green tea, sultanas (sultanas, sunflower oil [anti-caking agent]), almond bits, apple bits, date bits (dates, rice flour), beetroot bits, rose blossom leaves, natural flavors. Contains almonds. May contain other tree nuts.

 

Buttered Popcorn Green/Black tea

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This is a green black blend with bits of popcorn and cornflower petals. I love green black blends because you get the best of two classics in a nice smooth blend, thinking about ST Eggnoggin’ tea which combines the two types beautifully. They work very well together. This tea on my first try I thought it was super plain, had very little flavour (honestly in my mind I was comparing it to DT caramel corn, but that’s not a fair comparison as that tea is an herbal/fruit blend plus it has added sugar). So I gave Buttered popcorn another try and Its is much better steeped at a cooler temperature for a little less time. I added sugar and milk but this would be great with cream to really bring out the buttery flavours. $10/50g

Ingredients: Green tea, black tea, black currant leaves, popcorn, natural flavors.

 

Pumpkin Pie Rooibos Tea

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So if you know me you know I absolutely love Pumpkin everything. Last year I was a little disappointed by the DT pumpkin collection aside from the classic Pumpkin Chai but Steeped Tea pulled through for me and I got to enjoy the delicious blends we offer. Pumpkin Spice Latte and Chocolate Pumpkin Chai are some of my favourite fall teas  as well as the exclusive pumpkin matcha and pumpkin spice hot chocolate offerred last year. So naturally I was stoked to try this new rooibos blend incorporating my love of pumpkin pie! I gotta say well done Steeped Tea! This tea has that warm rich taste from rooibos (bonus its caffeine free so you can satisfy that late night craving without the caffeine boost from the black tea pumpkin blends) and has a nice flavour. The fact that it’s a rooibos with the deep orange-red colour makes it all the better. Make this tea into a latte and you will never miss the discontinued DT Pumpkin Cheesecake (one of my all time faves from DT and I am savouring my stash.) This is a must try if you are a pumpkin lover. $8.50/50g

Ingredients: Rooibos tea, safflowers, natural pumpkin flavor.

 

Peach Caramel Cobbler Rooibos Tea

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I am not a huge fan of peach teas in any form, other than herbal/fruit but ST does dessert type rooibos teas very well. See above tea. I also love that there’s popped amaranth in the blend. It just looks so cool. Its a nice treat to sip on this one and its totlly latte worthy. $8.50/50g

Ingredients: Rooibos tea, popped amaranth, white cornflower petals, peach pieces, natural flavors

 

Tutti Frutti Black Tea

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This is the best strawberry black tea I have had in a while, maybe ever. It tastes lovely and frutti, and i would say is a contender with Love Tea #7 from DT. This one really has everything I am looking for with a strawberry tea. it has all the flavour, the black tea keeps it grounded and with a hint of sweetener it really shines. I would also reccomend this tea iced with some cut up strawberries like a strawberry version of classic iced tea. I was very impressed by this blend. $8.50/50g

Ingredients: Black tea, strawberry pieces, natural flavors.

 

Tummy Troubles Wellness Herbal Tea

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This tea smelled amazing When I was scooping it and brewing it. It tastes really nice too. It does however come out a deep purple almost black colour which is kind of neat. It is an herbal tea with literally all the feel good, beneficial herbs for your digestion. Anti Inflammatory, cinnamon, calming ginger, fennel, it really is a winner. Steeped tea does wellness teas incredibly well and they always taste delightful. No dirt flavour like you  might think of a tea that’s purely health beneficial, they all taste warm, and calming. I enjoyed this in a warm bath with epsom salts and lavender essential oil. I am excited to try it when I have an upset stomach to actually feel the benefits. $11/50g

Ingredients:  Cinnamon, hibiscus blossoms, orange peels, peppermint leaves, licorice root, lemon peels, ginger pieces, chamomile blossoms, orange blossoms, fennel seeds, lemon balm, lemongrass, aniseed

 

Lemon Vanilla Mate Tea

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I am not a huge fan of mate teas but usually when they’re mixed with rooibos it goes over well. This tea is a deep, earthy green mate with red rooibos and lemongrass. It tastes almost exactly like DT Detox but has a lighter flavour and I could actually drink this. (DT detox is pretty nasty tasting) I wish this tea was sweeter with a more prominent vanilla flavour but definitely is gonna be some of your cup of tea! $8/50g

Ingredients: Maté tea, rooibos tea, lemongrass, calendula petals, natural flavors.

 

Pumpkin Spice Muffin Mix

We’ve perfected everyone’s favorite Fall treat. Made with black tea. 12 servings. $12
Ingredients: Flour, sugar, baking powder, spices, baking soda, cinnamon, salt, black tea, apple pieces, rosehips, orange pieces, ginger, hibiscus petals, calendula petals, sunflower petals, clove, natural flavors. Contains gluten

Chocolate Chip Pecan Scone Mix

Comfort food comes together in this easy-to-make scone. Serve warm with butter or clotted cream. 12 servings. $13
Ingredients: Flour, chocolate chips (sugar, unsweetened chocolate, cocoa butter, soy lecithin, artificial flavor), sugar, pecans, baking powder, cinnamon. Contains gluten, soy and pecans. May contain other tree nuts.

 

Fall/Winter 16 Catalog

Get ready because the new catalog launches August 1st 2016! What’s new you ask? Well we’ve got a new and hugely improved matcha shaker(pictured below),  Mocha matcha is now available in 100g and 200g quantities (it’s here to stay!), plus a new matcha whisk, new oolongs: french toast oolong and creamy milk oolong-you may have tried this in the customer special,  new lime bubble cup, new Cool Coral Alice teacup, new Sublime stacking tins, a beautiful carafe for both hot or cold tea-perfect for entertaining,  a beautiful new Serendipity teacup and teapot set (pictured below) Wintermint will be around for the season, Red Velvet hot chocolate (Uh Huh!), Papaya Pop top tumbler (pictured below), Chocolate Earl Grey is back to stay as well as new Tropical Earl Grey and Raspberry Cream Earl Grey,  Perfect tea timer from the July customer special, and many other amazing teas!

View the catalog here: http://www.steepedtea.com/catalogs/

To order contact me on here, or by email at teawithkayla@gmail.com . Connect with me on

Previous Launch kit posts:

As always I appreciate all of our feedback, requests and comments! Thanks so much for reading and I hope you enjoy the rest of your summer before the cozy weather and #PumpkinEverything start to take over! Remember I still sell tons of fruity teas all year round to get you through the rest of the summer!

xoxo

Kayla