10104 Tasting Notes

This was my first tea of the day this morning!

The #SeptemberSipdown prompt for the day was a teabag that you’ve taken from a hotel, but I’ve never taken a teabag from a hotel before so to keep in the spirit of the prompt I went with a teabag that I’ve taken from my office. I don’t have many teabags I’ve nabbed over the last few years, because if I’m going to grab tea from work it tends to me LLT, but this is one of probably about four different sachets I’ve stock piled over time…

It was a nice mug – I loved this tea when it initially came out as part of the Wellness Collection (in 2019), but I didn’t get nearly enough LLT for myself so I grabbed these sachets because it was the only available format I could get this tea in at the time. It did recently make a reappearance with a Cold & Defense collection this year though, so I’ve since topped up my LLT tin with some fresh tea.

It’s just a nice soothing and coating honey note though with the extra bit of sweetness from the ginseng, that hint of red fruit, and a lovely floral and woody oolong. It all works well for me.

Friendly reminder that I do not numerically rate DAVIDsTEA blends as I’m currently employed there and it would be an obvious conflict of interest. Any blends you see with numerical ratings were rated prior to my employment there. These reviews are a reflection of my personal thoughts and feelings regarding the teas, and not the company’s.

Tiffany :)

LLT? Was trying to go through my mental list of DTs and know what that was is?! LOL.

Roswell Strange

Sorry – something I forget that not everyone knows my abbreviations! It’s short for “Loose Leaf Tea”.

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drank Juniper Joy by DAVIDsTEA
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Another cold brew, because I love a good cold brew!

I drank this one while watching a new TV show – but I can’t tell you what TV show because it’s connected to a future Geek Steep podcast episode. I really like having a big ass cold brew for a good binge though – it’s way better than drinking something like soda, and it’s refreshing/hydrating.

I enjoy this tea a lot, but to be honest it fell off my radar for a while and it’s been a bit since I last enjoyed it. I thought this brew was excellent though because it really capitalized on that sweet and juicy strawberry note that I think DT does so well (you see it in blend like Strawberry Rhubarb Parfait and Strawberry Moringa) while also leaning pretty heavily into more of those botanical flavours, like the pine-y juniper berries and herbaceous nettle, that really keep is differentiated from more of the juicy red fruit profiles carried. I adore a good mix of sweet fruits and savory herbs! I find this to be just such a delightfully balanced mix of those two – and with the intensity of the juniper I do really get the gin inspiration as well.

Friendly reminder that I do not numerically rate DAVIDsTEA blends as I’m currently employed there and it would be an obvious conflict of interest. Any blends you see with numerical ratings were rated prior to my employment there. These reviews are a reflection of my personal thoughts and feelings regarding the teas, and not the company’s.

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drank Berry Burst by DAVIDsTEA
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Cold Brew!

From last week… I think!? Working from home makes day blur together more than they used to before, and that was already pretty substantial in this pandemic landscape.

I love this as a cold brew, but I pushed this brew really far this time by letting it steep for around twelve hours – I think we advertise this as fully steeping in like two hours in the fridge. So, suffice to say that this brew was an intense one! Sweet and puckering sour strawberry and raspberry notes, with a Swedish Berry type of undertone. So yummy!

Friendly reminder that I do not numerically rate DAVIDsTEA blends as I’m currently employed there and it would be an obvious conflict of interest. Any blends you see with numerical ratings were rated prior to my employment there. These reviews are a reflection of my personal thoughts and feelings regarding the teas, and not the company’s.

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drank Butterscotch Blondie by Tazo
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Crazy morning today! I’m working from home and fielding a bunch of different cross department type things, but also it’s officially a week from when the podcast I’ve been working on for the last few months officially launches!!

More details, and also a sneak peak for Steepster friends, here:
https://steepster.com/discuss/42133-geek-steep-a-new-tea-and-fandom-podcast

I’m drinking mostly bagged teas this morning – in part because of the September Sipdown prompt but also because they’re fast and easy in a very chaotic morning of managing all these different things! Plus, this is honestly the best butterscotch flavour that I’ve ever had in any tea and while I’m sometimes annoyed that this delicious flavour is on a bagged tea instead of something loose leaf, today I’m very appreciative of having such a delicious bagged option!

Inkling

Love the concept of your podcast, Ros! Looking forward to tuning in. :)

Roswell Strange

Aww, thank you! :)

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drank Baklava by A Quarter to Tea
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Sipdown (1076)!

I wasn’t really sold on the “Baklava” profile this time around – perhaps because I’ve very recently had some seriously good baklava! The cup was still nice though, with a really strong and thick floral/rose and pistachio profile, with honey notes. Almost more of an intensely flavoured Turkish Delight vibe!?

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Thank you VariaTEA for sharing!

I don’t know why, but in my head I was sure that this was supposed to be an Earl Grey Cream type of profile. It didn’t taste like that at all, so I am glad that I was wrong because I was about to be all “Uhhh… definitely missed the mark”. As it stands, I think it only slightly missed the mark from it’s intended flavour. What it does get right is that very lovely sweet and creamy coconut profile – this is basically just a smooth and silk vanilla coconut and it was lovely! I didn’t really taste any of the other advertised flavours, but as a stand alone coconut tea I’m into it!

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Sipped on this earlier in the day – I just filled a drawstring teabag and left it in the mug. The tea never got bitter, so big props for that! In fact, it was almost like the peach notes ended up being a little sweeter and more syrupy, while still having that nice warmth from the ginger.

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drank Bubble Gum by DAVIDsTEA
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Cold Brew!

This was my commute tea today – I actually thought the sweet notes of juicy bubble gum and slight apple-y undertone really hit the spot perfectly this morning, but I deeply regret not having prepped something with caffeine last night. It’s been a loonngggg day and I feel like I’m hitting a wall that could have been prevented by more caffeine intake.

Friendly reminder that I do not numerically rate DAVIDsTEA blends as I’m currently employed there and it would be an obvious conflict of interest. Any blends you see with numerical ratings were rated prior to my employment there. These reviews are a reflection of my personal thoughts and feelings regarding the teas, and not the company’s.

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Gongfu Sipdown (1068)!

It’s only a temporary sipdown though because I’ve already ordered some more of it for myself!! I’m happy I did so because this Lapsang was reeaaalllyyyy weird but also really damn good!! Firstly, the name is accurate! There’s an acidic sharpness to the top of the sip, and sweeter red fruit note in the body that combined taste eerily like a just slightly under ripe strawberry. It’s also a bit malty and a little woody, with a floral undertone that really picked up a steep or two into the session! Pretty thick liquor, good longevity overall and honestly just unique and interesting! I would totally recommend this to fans of Fruit Bomb, or anyone who just wants to try a really unique and tasty unsmoked Lapsang!

Photos: https://www.instagram.com/p/CFDaNYuAfEG/

Song Pairing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V9hX1o508XI

teaqueen

I’ve never tried an unsmoked Lapsang, but I am intrigued, and the application of strawberry to it sounds like a stroke of genius :)

CrowKettle

Love your teaware, and that photo in general! I don’t even love strawberries and I want to check this one out! :)

Martin Bednář

While I have opened the W2T website few days back, I saw it in stock and was curious, if it is actually strawberry like. Now… I want to give it a try :D

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My friend Helen very kindly brought this in to the office for me to try because she thought it was weird and that would interest me – and of course she was right. Canned bubble tea is exactly the kind of thing that seems out there enough to tick that “I HAVE TO TRY IT” urge that I often get…

Normally I think I would have low expectations for something like this – but I recognize the company “Ocean Bomb” from a line up of Pokemon Sparkling Beverages that they do. I’ve had over half the line up of those now, and they were surprisingly good. So I think my expectations were a little bit raised. My reaction is honestly two fold…

Fold number one is that the drink itself is HELLA sweet. Like, it tastes like someone made a Thai Milk Tea, which is already extremely sweet, and then sweetened it some more and that’s the drink. It’s not bad, but it’s extremely cloying and finishing a full can would be hard for me to do. Fold Two is that there are actually “pearls” in the can so the first time I drank one was very shocking and because you’re drinking a milk based beverage your mind automatically goes into curdled milk/unnatural clumping of things territory and it’s perturbing. However, pausing a beat and realising what you’re drinking is a lot better. They don’t taste bad – but they’re clearly agar based and not tapioca, so the texture is more of a tendon-like texture than soft and chewy/gummy. I hate agar based pears because of that texture (I think it’s because, as a non-meat eater, it puts me in an uncomfortable mindset) so I didn’t enjoy the presence of the pearls at all.

Ultimately – would I drink this again? Nope.

Very glad I tried it though because it’s weird and interesting in the best way.

tea-sipper

Imagine if someone isn’t expecting the pearls in the can AT ALL.

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Hello! My name is Kelly, though many people in the tea community call me Ros or Roswell.

I am a twenty five year old proudly queer tea addict, blogger, and all around tea geek. I grew up in the Prairies, but a few years ago I relocated to Quebec to pursue a career with DAVIDsTEA in the tea industry! I’m still working on getting my French language skills down…

My first introduction to tea, in any form outside of instant and bottled iced tea, was about seven years ago when I happened to stumble upon DAVIDsTEA while looking for a birthday present for a friend! I tried their Birthday Cake rooibos blend, and I’ve been hooked on tea ever since! In those seven years; I was introduced to the online tea community, expanded my interest in flavoured teas to include a deep love and appreciation for straight teas and traditional brewing methods, got a tea themed tattoo, started reviewing teas, amassed a sizable tea and teaware collection, became a TAC certified Tea Sommelier, & even came full circle by beginning a career in the tea industry with DAVIDsTEA!

I consider myself a Jack of all Teas, and strive to have a knowledge and appreciation of all tea types, formats, and styles of drinking. I don’t like to feel boxed in to just being a “flavoured tea” or “straight tea” drinker – my expectations may vary depending on the type of tea or how it’s been processed/prepared but if it’s good tea, it’s good tea no matter how it’s been made!

You name it, I probably drink it- and I’ll absolutely try anything at least once.

My default method of preperation is hot, Western style, and straight – but I’m not opposed to additions if I’m in the right mood. If I ever add something to a tea or use a different method of preparation I will ALWAYS call it out in the tasting note though.

I like to listen to music when drinking tea, especially when I’m brewing a large pot at a time or steeping Gongfu. Often I curate very intentional tea and music pairings, and sometimes I share them here in my tasting reviews. Music is something that I find can deeply affect the experience of having tea.

Favourite flavour notes/ingredients: Pear, lychee, cranberry, cream, melon, pineapple, malt, roasty, petrichor, sweet potato, heady florals like rose, hazelnut or walnut, sesame, honey (in moderation), and very woody shou.

Least favourite flavour notes/ingredients:
Lemongrass, ginger, strongly spiced profiles (and most Chai in general), mushrooms, seaweed, chamomile, stevia, saltiness or anything that reminds me too much of meat that isn’t supposed to taste like meat…

Currently exploring/obsessed with: Sheng from Yiwu, Yancha (Qilan in particular), anything with a strong sweet potato note. Also, I need to try ALL the root beer teas! Searching for a really good caramel flavoured blend, ideally with a black tea base.

Tea Pet Reference Guide:

Clay Pixiu Dragons: Zak & Wheezie
Clay Goldfish: Dot
Clay Monkey: Enzo
Jade Pixiu Dragon: Whitaker
Ruyao Carp: Splashy
Ruyao Banana Man: Pheobo
Ruyao Dragon: Pablo
Ruyao Frog: Bebe
Sculpted Pig: Nelly
Sculpted Tuxedo Cat: Pekoe
Sculpted Tabby Cat: Marmalade
Ceramic Rabbit: Rupert
Ceramic Stringray: Irwin
Ceramic Horse: Bergamot
Ceramic Snail: Snicket
Ceramic Cat: Saffron
Wood Fired Man: Leopold
Brass Mouse: Stilton

Please contact me at the instagram account listed below if you would like me to review your teas.

Currently I’m employed in the tea department of the DAVIDsTEA head office. While I’m still sharing my own personal thoughts on new & existing DAVIDsTEA blends, I am no longer numerically rating them due to the obvious conflict of interest. Any comments expressed are a reflection of my own thoughts and opinions, and do not reflect the thoughts and opinions of the company. Any DAVIDsTEA blends you currently see with a numeric score were reviewed prior to my being hired there and have not been adjusted since becoming a DAVIDsTEA employee.

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