13666 Tasting Notes

Somehow I managed to miss writing a tasting note for this tea when it first came out like a month back – oops! I’m really glad that we’re continuing with a gradual expansion of unsweetened matchas though – our first one being the coconut and now a version of our very popular Peach Matcha without the sugar.

I feel like this is pretty much what you’d expect it to be – it’s the same peach flavouring used in the Peach Matcha, though it does come off a little less intense/juicy without the sugar. It’s important to be mindful with unsweetened matchas that they will pretty much always lack the same intensity as a sweetened version because sugar is a flavour carrier and it makes flavouring seem much, much more intense even when the same (or in some cases more) amount is used in an unsweet version. The trade off, of course, is that you get to sweeten to your own tastes (or not sweeten at all) and the rich grassy umami flavours of the matcha itself are a lot more present too.

I will say, because I definitely think it’s worth noting since it’s noticeable in the taste, there is a light cream flavour used in this blend so it’s not really just peach. I wouldn’t go as far as calling this a “Peaches and Cream” flavour, personally, because it’s not anywhere near the same flavour level as the peach. The cream really helps round out the flavour though and gives just a bit more interest and nuance to the profile.

Overall, I like this matcha as lot! Probably more than both the unsweetened coconut and our regular peach. It’s great on its own, but my favourite way to enjoy it lately has been in an iced latte – nothing else added to sweeten it up. It comes off subtle but still really refreshing and distinct when prepared that way.

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 Snow Day by DAVIDsTEA
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DT’s advent calendar is out now so I decided to brew up a holiday tea in honor of that. I had many options I could have pulled out, but this was the first one I found while digging through samples so it’s what I made. Even with lots of added coconut milk to temper the melt your face off level of mint in this tisane, it’s still a very strong chocolate mint profile. Not something I’d ever really view as a regular tea, but festive in the moment and a nice little prelude to advent season.

Also, thanks Cameron B. for starting the yearly advent thread in the DB!

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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This was essentially the reason I ended up placing a recent DF order in the first place. The idea of the combination of blueberry and banana was so appealing to me, and because this is a French tea company I knew the composition would be wildly different from anything North American facing – not heavy and decadent/sweet but probably softer, floral and very elevated in interpretation. I feel like I was super dead on with that expectation, too!

Because of the choice of oolong base, this would be a blend predisposed to tasting floral and slightly “green” already – but I think the exact blueberry flavouring they’ve chosen really leans into that. It’s not a jammy/syrupy or candy like blueberry in the slightest, and has a very fresh and floral natural taste to it. I get blueberry quite a bit more than the banana, but I do think the banana has a nice (but light) natural creaminess to it on top of its own unique greener note. It mostly appears in the finish of the sip, and is a nice way to round out the florals of the body.

Overall, this feels very sophisticated and nuanced and I’m really digging it!

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drank Southern Pecan by Teeccino
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Like I mentioned in a past Teeccino tasting note, I was surprised to see that they carried two different pecan flavours – that seems like such a niche nut for two different options! My hope with this one was that it would be more buttery and creamy as I associated the “Southern Pecan” name with more of a “Butter Pecan” taste/profile. It definitely didn’t match up with that expectation, but more than that it also just didn’t feel distinct enough from Teeccino’s Maple Pecan either!? Neither really taste like pecan, and overall it was just kind of a meh cup. Still tasty because the base ingredients used in all of these blends are really tasty with the sweet carob/date last roasted profile. Just not really stand out like some of their other flavours have been.

gmathis

I’m not sure I’ve seen either pecan option locally — you’ve just given me a reason to hit the tea aisle at Natural Grocers!

ashmanra

Vitacost has teecino at excellent prices! Amazon has some 25 bag boxes that are not too terribly expensive. I used a coupkn and got a couple of boxes at Vitacost for around $4. Going loose leaf next.

AJRimmer

I’ve never seen Teeccino at any stores before! Now I’ll have to go hunting for some!

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Tea Pop!

Made this one into a tea pop at work using the new sparkling water tap in the kitchen and just a little bit of agave to help brighten up and carry the flavours. Because this is a powder, it was the quickest and easiest tea pop I’ve probably ever made. Literally took less than a minute. Tasted great too! Nice and fresh with a zesty bright orange note. I’d totally make this again.

Kaylee

Still not over you having a sparkling water tap in the office kitchen. That’s got to be one of the snazziest office perks I can think of (besides the endless free tea, obviously). I’m duly impressed.

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I was drinking this one at work yesterday and it was honestly really good. The perfect balance of sweet ripe banana and creamy milk chocolate. Of course, I had to go and ruin the mug by knocking it off the edge of my desk with my elbow. I spilled about two thirds of it and created a MASSIVE splash on the ground. Thankfully, I was fast enough to catch the actual mug itself and prevent getting glass everywhere. Still, not my proudest in office moment.

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drank Zong Zi Keemun by ZhenTea
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Like recommended, I made this super cute little reed wrapped parcel of black tea stovetop. The resulting infusion had the most delicious, cozy and comforting thick creamy mouthfeel with a super starchy sweet taste that reminded me of shortbread laced with something like pandan or maybe even just a hint of coconut. Super unique and distinctive, and something I could easily see going through pot after pot of in the colder months. Plus, with the way the tea is wrapped, this would make for one hell of a good option for tea made over the fire when camping.

Tea Photos: https://www.instagram.com/p/ChnJv0IuhKN/

Song Pairing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pNLFPkc69OI

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Gongfu!

Almost immediately I felt like the was a lot going on with this tea on multiple levels: taste, texture, and body feeling. Though initially on the softer side, this picked up asteingency and bitterness steadily with a very strong aromatic and woody taste to match – notes of kale and other bitter leafy greens, slightly medicinal but still somewhat sweet yuzu zest, incense, and bee pollen came to mind while drinking the infusions. Most of those notes are not something that resonate with me typically, though I loved the more pithy citrus elements and there was a floral green sweetness in the back end/aftertaste of some steeps that reminded me of garden peas. This was not necessarily an immediate favourite of mine, but I can really see why there’s a lot of people put there who love this material/region!

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

Song Pairing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kMSu30JswMs

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Gongfu!

Enjoyed this session with some locally grown strawberries! This moment feels very quiet, but in a comfortable way. I think it’s largely because this is one of favourite types of pairings to do with fruit. The really thick and full bodied liquor and notes of very wet, resinous soil mixed with the bright sweetness of the berries creates this really dynamic balance of high and low notes. On top of that, there’s just something about adding an earthiness to strawberry that makes me nostalgic for helping my grandmother in her garden as a small child, and picking all sorts of different berries back home.

Tea Photos: https://www.instagram.com/p/ChhkcPNOWK4/

Song Pairing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AMh7FPlEnSU

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drank 2021 Philtre by white2tea
13666 tasting notes

Gongfu!

This session started off mellow and understated, but I’m finding there’s a slow build to this tea that works well with its very coating and almost film-like liquor. Mostly I’m getting florals, but with a bitter herbaceous undertone and some woodiness as well. It’s not quite hitting the spot today, as fascinating as the slow climb of this profile may have been – though the now warm body feeling in my chest is very pleasant and leaving me with a floaty feeling that I can’t help but enjoy. I would interested to see how this might hit in the future on a day where I have a drastically different mood…

Tea Photos: https://www.instagram.com/p/ChfTRF0OQte/

Song Pairing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oe6JPHZ8us0

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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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