10119 Tasting Notes


Sipdown (1008)!

Another “sipdown” where I’m really just adding the last of this to the STTB instead of finishing it off. It was a VariaTEA share, so it a round about way it’s kind of like she’s adding it to the STTB


This was a late night mug yesterday and it was fine – smooth but flat/lacking defining characteristics/flavours. It’s honesty not unpleasant at all but it’s just something that simply doesn’t stick in my brain and for that reason I decided to pass it along.

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Samurai Travelling Tea Box – Tea #14

As I expressed in another tasting note today, I had a stressful/bad day today. So, I wanted to pick something Grandpa style that I could have throughout the afternoon with no fuss. This was what I settled on, but it definitely didn’t make the day any better. The buttery floral orchid and elderflower type notes were welcome but it quickly got very bitter and very astringent quite fast and once that happened I just wasn’t able to recover the cup…

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Samurai Travelling Tea Box – Tea #13

Finished off the single serving that was in the box, and it was very good.

Definitely reminded me of French Toast – the good brioche kind! Sweet with maple and brown sugar notes, the perfect amount of warming cinnamon and a kiss of sweet apple. This is a tea that I would totally want in my cupboard for a decadent fall/autumn type of sweet flavour profile!


Another Apple Cinnamon French Toast convert. YES

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Sipdown (1009)!

Another sipdown that’s not really a sipdown because there are about two more cups worth of this left – but I’m including it in the STTB for anyone who might have missed this blend then.

- Tastes like grenadine and lemon
- With soft white tea
- Calming overall

I thought this was a nice blend typically – it lacks some “wow factor” that other AQ2T blends sometimes have for me but I can’t really fault it for much either.

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Iced Tea!

I had a bad day, so I’m trying to disengage from what was stressing me out so much. Sometimes that’s a little hard to do when what you do for work is often also the thing you normally do to destress…

This came with the Tea Please (from the Black owned tea company list) order that arrived today and I made it to drink on my way home – it was very refreshing/tasty. I’m not in the mood right now for long winded tasting notes but I also don’t want my queue to get backed up so I’m sticking with jot notes tonight.

- Tasted like three main things: Strawberry, Prosecco gummy bears from Squish, and AJ
- AJ as in Apple Juice, not the Steepster user
- I have no clue what the Steepster user tastes like but I’d wager it’s probably not this tea


Oh I love the Angry Tea Room version of this tea!


I might be laughing about this tasting note for the rest of the night. Your bullet points are priceless. :)


Bahahaha haha to those last points and also I’m jealous because my dad is holding my 2 Tea Please orders hostage. Pud Tea should arrive soon though…and myteabox.ca sub box for July

Mastress Alita

@AJRimmer: They are the same tea, that is to say, this one: https://steepster.com/teas/dethlefsen-and-balk/90162-strawberry-slash-type-sparkling-wine

Dethlefsen&Balk is a big wholesaler that sales to smaller teashops (Tealyra is another shop they sale to). This tea is one of my all-time favs, though I sipped it down some time ago!


Yeah, I had to buy more of this blend due to a sample from Mastress Alita. :D

Roswell Strange

+1 for Mastress Alita’s comment

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Cold Brew!

As I mentioned earlier this week, recently my mom really kindly sent me a care package that included a bunch of teas (some I requested and some I didn’t) from Saskatchewan. This is from a tea shop in Saskatoon, and it’s a little nostalgic not because I’ve had the tea before but because it’s a shop that I used to go to pretty regularly back when I was still living in Saskatoon…

Sadly they pack their teas in what are basically ziplocs and when my mom mailed everything she just sent them in a Canada Post box shoved together. I had another tea in the box that has some INSANELY potent watermelon flavouring and now the rest of the ziploc teas taste a bit like watermelon. So, the “bones” of the tea here definitely have that heavy mineral oxidized oolong flavour profile and note of citrus oil and orange rind/peel but it’s just kind of over-arched by that watermelon flavouring that got in everything else.

So… an okay tea overall? Even without the flavouring contamination it’s a bit rough around the edges and astringent/choppy but it’s a drinkable enough blend for a mindless type of cuppa.

Song Pairing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EKtVan-btVM

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Sipdown (992)!

Not a true sipdown though because I’m just have a last cup of it before I add it to the Samurai TTB for someone else to enjoy. Today’s infusion came out very pretty and blue, and in terms of taste is smooth and fruity while being overarched by a potent almond extract flavour. It’s nice.

I hope the next people who try it enjoy it as well.


Blue Moon ice cream is a favorite of my children! I’ll have to find this tea and try it with them.

Roswell Strange

Sadly AQ2T isn’t operating anymore, so outside of swaps it probably isn’t available anymore.


I have never heard of Blue Moon Ice Cream, but I LOVE ice cream so off to google!


I’ve never heard of Blue Moon ice cream either. I love that it is also called “puffo” or “Smurf”.. but Wiki mentions the flavors as Fruit Loops and almond and it just doesn’t seem like the flavors go great together?

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Samurai Travelling Tea Box – Tea #12

I’ve had other violet blends from Petali before, so I was so excited to try this one since it’s a flavour that I think they typically do very well. I was sad when my mug steeped up though because the flavour was pretty flat and not really the same level of violet I’ve experienced in the past. A little sweet and fruity, and a little floral but just didn’t really land there fully.

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drank Rocky Road by 52teas
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Samurai Travelling Tea Box – Tea #11

I’m hoping Anne will be able to clarify this for me, but I know she doesn’t work with sunflower seeds anymore – this blend had sunflower seeds in it but I feel like I recently saw it on the site without them? Was this reblended recently(ish)?

I’ve wanted to try this tea basically since I knew it existed though, so I was insanely excited to have the chance – and I absolutely loved it as well! Something about the dry leaf visual seems to perfectly “Rocky Road” too, from the different types of mixed chocolate (the white ones look like marshmallow globs at a glance!) to the sunflower seeds. Plus, adding marshmallow root!? Genius!!

The flavour is really good – it’s creamy and rich but not cloying, and I get both the white and dark chocolate notes along side a maltier black tea base and hints of nutty sunflower seeds. It could maybe be more marshmallow-y, but it’s very close to being right on the money! I want to try it with milk next to push that ice cream element to the next level.

This is the first tea from the box that I’m keeping for myself – it’s just so good.


Yes, it was reblended earlier this year – without the sunflower seeds so if you have a batch with the sunflower seeds in it, that’s from my original batch from 2017.

Roswell Strange

Thanks for clarifying – this would be the 2017 batch then, which makes it all the more impressive how delicious it was!

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drank GABA Oolong by QNTM Leaf Tea
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Samurai Travelling Tea Box – Tea #10

Drinking this one today Grandpa style – I wanted to make sure I tried it because this company is from the Black Owned tea company list, and I was debating ordering from them already…

I don’t have a ton of time right now, so we’re going bullet point tasting notes:

- Drank Grandpa style throughout the late afternoon/lunch
- Prune/plum undertones to the flavour
- Thick and syrupy liquor
- Deep woody/oaky notes and lots of minerality (petrified wood)
- Hint of spices like clove; especially on the “inhale” post sip
- Sandalwood notes

Song Pairing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SXYA3-z_JH8

Really loved it; making a mental note to order myself some!

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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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