11846 Tasting Notes

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Way more emphasis on the cherry than the almond in this cup, which was a little like drinking a flat and hot sour cherry soda. That might sound kind of gross, but I promise I only mean it in the best of ways. It was super flavourful and really punchy and pleasant.

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I still don’t have any oat milk in the house but this blend has been continually growing on me as I’ve had it hot, so I’ve decided to just push on and finish it off as a hot tea. This cup was particularly blueberry forward with a buttery undertone and nice hint of cinnamon. Brisk, flavourful, and starting to feel very familiar and cozy. One more cup to go…

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drank Citrus by Mateina
11846 tasting notes

Cold Brew!

Once strained I mixed this cold brew with a ginger beer, which made for a nice sweet and zests bright orange flavour with a bit of a spicy kick to the finish and the nice smoky green mate notes coming through in the finish. I liked it a lot prepared this way; it was a nice fun spin on this more simple (but strong) blend!

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drank Mai Tai Green Tea by 52teas
11846 tasting notes

Sipdown (1453)!

This was a freebie sample from my last order. It’s not something I probably would have ordered for myself, because of the base tea, which kind of makes it the perfect freebie. I love being challenged in my preferences! The dry leaf aroma was kind of off putting to me; the orange had an almost chalky kind of smell to it that reminded me of children’s chewable vitamins. However, it didn’t translate into the cup at all and the result was a miedum bodied and smooth infusion of sweet orange with a tropcical leaning undertone. Simple, but effective in communicating that “Mai Tai” flavour profile, and I did enjoy it.

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Sipdown (1454)!

Honestly this mug could have probably been two mugs with how much leaf I had left but I underestimated it when I poured it into the strainer – and it was a newly washed strainer so the leaf definitely got water contact meaning there was no going back.

Even with as heavily leafed as this cup was, the flavours weren’t heavy and unpleasant. I feel like the lime came through the strongest and most clearly, but it was crisp and clean finishing – boosted by soft notes of ginger and a bit of a floral undertone. Honestly pretty simple in flavour but with great flavour clarity.

It’s not a sipdown I feel bad about, but for Anne’s first foray into blending with Butterfly Pea Flower I think it was really fun!

52Teas

Thanks. I really love this one cold brewed. I cold brew it for more than 24 hours – and it is so good.

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drank 2020 Fox Down by white2tea
11846 tasting notes

Gongfu!

Friday tea session with some cannolis! I took a wellness day on Friday because I’ve been going through another insomnia batch, so this ended up being a bit of a self care kind of tea session. I didn’t pay any mind to tasting notes as I steep though I did notice subconsciously that this tea is a major malt bomb. However, I mostly just wanted to be in the moment and enjoying the tea for itself and I was able to achieve that!

Photos: https://www.instagram.com/p/CUODINpA6eS/

Song Pairing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DNPDP7Xwkzw&ab_channel=MaePowell-Topic

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Enjoyed this one last week as a “working from home” cuppa. It’s just so nice and smooth with really distinct notes of golden caramelized yams and sweet potatoes with undertones of honey and malt. So, so, so delicious!

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Gongfu!

I took advantage of the gorgeous weather yesterday to enjoy a tea session with a delicious vegan Korean Corn Dog!! Shou is such a perfect compliment with greasy foods like this; and the super syrupy liquor and aptly named flavour is delicious with the more savory flavours of the corn dog!! This was definitely a puerh that just kept giving though, and I enjoyed several additional delicious infusions with brown sugar, molasses, raisin, and sweet earth notes long after my food was gone. Such a good way to spend a Sunday afternoon!!

Photos: https://www.instagram.com/p/CUS69ahLfgg/

Song Pairing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ben9qDbrLYU&ab_channel=MagdalenaBay

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Gongfu!

This was an early morning weekend session for me. I remember when the original 2015 version of this sheng came out; the name and description intrigued me but back then I was intimidated by pu’erh so I passed on trying it. Even if this isn’t the exact same thing, it still feels like a second chance to revisit a tea that I always wondered about – and its good!! Starts off pretty soft and sweet; more so than I would have expected. There’s a floral “flower nectar” vibe to the early steeps, and as it progresses the texture of the soup becomes a bit thicker and slightly astringent but the overall sweetness remains alongside a greener edge and a slight candied yuzu taste. When pushed it can get more bitter and pithy, but the huigan is more intense as a result!

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

Song Pairing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-NWngyxdaCY&ab_channel=RareAmericans

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My first tea of the day!

It’s been far too long since I last had this tea, and I think it’s gotten a little funky with age. There’s a gentle creaminess to the pistachio that is pleasant but overall it’s very floral and the strawberry reads to me as incredibly chemical. I’m a bit sad it’s not holding up to my memory of it, but oh well… You live and you learn.

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

I am a mid-twenties tea addict, blogger, and all around nerd. 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 preparation 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.

I’m also one half of the “tea and fandom” podcast GeekSteep where, weekly, we discuss newly explored fandoms over tea as well as try to figure out the perfect tea to pair with each fandom. You can find us on Spotify and Apple & Google podcasts.

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.

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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