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Spill The Tea: DavidsTea English Toffee

Looking for a tea with a jolt of caffeine? Try DavidsTea’s English Toffee!

I was recently in a bind I think we’ve all been in: I needed a hot drink to fuel my study session, but I was getting pretty sick of coffee. In a bid to get a jolt of caffeine, I dug around my tea cupboard and picked DavidsTea’s English Toffee on a whim. As it turned out, this blend was the perfect choice.

The smell of English Toffee was sweet, and immediately filled the room I was in. I was originally going to add milk, since that’s how I usually drink tea, but after taking the first sip I found milk to be unnecessary. This tea is made with cocoa beans and bits of caramel, which helps offset the bitterness of the tea itself nicely. Best of all, English Toffee contains about 40mg of caffeine per eight-ounce cup — not quite as much as the average cup of coffee, but enough to give you a decent boost. 

As a bonus, DavidsTea makes their English Toffee blend with loose pu’erh tea, a rare type of fermented tea I had never tried before. Needless to say, it made a good first impression: it was smooth and not too bitter. I’ll definitely be looking for more of it next time I go tea shopping. 

The one major drawback of this particular tea is the price: the canister in my cupboard is 100g, which will cost you $19.96 at the store. For that reason, this might be something to buy when you have a little extra money and want to splurge a bit. But I’d say the price is worth it. If the end of term is hitting you like a truck and you need a comforting drink with an energy boost — this is the tea for you.

Christine McManus

Christine McManus was the Managing Editor for 2019-2020 at The Gateway. When she's not writing articles or at choir rehearsal, she enjoys spending quality time with her cat, Scotty.

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