12484 Tasting Notes

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drank Plum Pryanik by 52teas
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Steeped this one up as a late night cuppa a little while ago. The problem I always seem to have with the teas I drink very late at night is that I rarely remember the details of this because I’m so tired at that point in the day. I know it hit the spot though; the balance of different fruit notes and spices was spot on, and I liked it a lot in that moment!

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As I mentioned in another tasting note earlier this week, I’ve been really channeling a lot of cozy kind of vibes with my tea selections this past week. Especially when I’m working from home. This was something I began a work day with, and it was lovely! Just a gentle roast with that nutty and warm rice note.

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On one of the days I was working from home this week I woke up with a slightly stuffy nose and a bit of a sore throat. I groggily steeped this up to drink as my first tea of the day while I was waking up – letting it steep for a very prolonged time. It was definitely intense and had a strong punch of eucalyptus to it. That hit of menthol, tinged with the notes of citrus/yuzu, was exactly what I needed and was hoping to get from this tea and within minutes my throat felt fine and I could breathe super clearly!

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I was a little hesitant to buy this tea because of the green tea base but the flavour description really made me curious enough to give it a shot. I don’t care much about the “blue” gimmick of the butterfly pea flower in this blend, which is probably good because it steeped up a green/grey colour. However the taste was lovely! Sweet and punchy lemonade flavour that tastes like the kind of sugary tart and refreshing lemonade you pick up at a summer carnival after a packed hour of rides. Pretty delish!

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Delicious funky little grape drank.

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drank House Blend by Geek + Tea
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I can’t remember what the context was, but Marika brought this tea up in a conversation recently as just being perfect and cozy and it made me want to pull out my sample of it to revisit. I’ve been hard core channeling the “cozy” feeling with my working from home tea selections lately and she was dead on that this reaaalllyyy fits well with that! Rich black tea with notes of malt, walnut, and honey mixed with silky vanilla and warming cinnamon undertones.

As I sip this tea I can definitely picture myself in the Gryffindor common room over the winter break, all curdled up with a mug of tea in a jumper made by Molly Weasely.

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Sipdown (1596)!

This was something I received from Sewwie in a swap quite a while back and I’m kind of just getting around to trying it. It’s very good and I can’t help but really feel amazed at how perfectly it captures all of the qualities I would want and expect in a shortbread tea. The mouthfeel of the liquor has this lovely soft buttery quality to it and that buttery element is true of the taste as well. It mixes with a soft biscuit-y taste and hints of cocoa to make for this light to medium bodied yet indulgent profile on a rich black base. Fantastic!

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We had a blizzard here in Montreal on Monday so I kept nice and cozy working from home with this super frothed up cup of matcha. Love how deep the woody cassia notes are with that more bark-y taste and the unsweet almost ‘heat’ of it. It was perfect for that suppppeeerrr cozy vibe I was going for. Warms you from the inside out!

Tea Photo: https://www.instagram.com/p/CY1ruFlu3x2/

Song Pairing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GFumHG4Wt1g&ab_channel=LizzyMcAlpine

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drank 2019 WTCCCTV by white2tea
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Gongfu!

Finished off the last of this sample over lunch while also breaking in a new cat teacup!! Took a while for this chunk to really open up, but it made for a pleasantly rich and brothy liquor with malty notes of dark buckwheat honey & cocobolo wood supporting a dense and syrupy mixture of saturated fruit notes – black cherry, plum, and warm baked pears. It continues to be very cold and snowy out here in Montreal, so this heavy but fruity black tea was a perfect afternoon tea break!

Tea Photos: https://www.instagram.com/p/CY4t0ssu818/

Song Pairing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9W_Tl1B41uY&ab_channel=RecHall

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drank 2018 Sugar Rush by white2tea
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Cracked into this new cake yesterday afternoon because, well, what better to make it through the day with than a sugar rush!? It’s definitely a very aptly named tea as, steeped Grandpa Style, it produces such q sweet syrupy liquor!! Though, that’s no surprise as you can smell the sweetness coming off the dry leaf too!

Tea Photo: https://www.instagram.com/p/CY7ha_Uu2Yb/

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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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