15473 Tasting Notes

Adventageddon Day 12 – Tea 4/4


Bit of a bittersweet session today as this is the final tea in the Tea Thoughts countdown and I’ve really enjoyed exploring all the different teas curated by Nazanin. That said, I’m very excited to star the 52Teas countdown tomorrow!

This company is entirely new to me, so that was a fun way to close things out. I found this tea a bit on the roastier and more mineral side, but not a heavy roast. More in the middle, with a round and golden toasty nuttiness. Notes of different grains, but also hazelnut and macadamia nuts. Quite smooth, with a very gentle grassy hebaceousness. Like a hint of basil or krishna tulsi – in particular because the later has an element to it that I find ever so slightly spicy and clove like. Can’t emphasize enough that’s a delicate element of this tea overall though. We’re not hitting up spice town while brewing this one.

My morning session was a smidge rushed today though, so I look forward to finishing this sample in the future when i can spend a little more time with it.

Today’s Advent Photos: https://www.instagram.com/p/C0xPAg6ulwP/?igshid=YzZhZTZiNWI3Nw==

Song Pairing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H2nTgrFUgDE

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Adventageddon Day 12 – Tea 3/4

Used both of today’s packets to make a giant iced tea with a generous splash of milk. Not quite a latte, but definitely on the verge. I thought this was pretty good! I really, really like the hazelnut flavour that Plum Deluxe is using – I’ve had it in three teas now and (not all in the advent) and they’ve all really delivered on that front. Overall, the whole thing had a sort of iced coffee vibe – in part because of the earthiness of the pu’erh and because hazelnut creamer is a decently standard flavour addition to iced coffee.

I don’t want to beat a dead horse, but I just don’t love hazelnut and chocolate together and so the more chocolate liqueur type of flavour was definitely my least favourite element of this tea. However, it was still very good and I know that a lot of people love that combination. I think many people would be really into this.

Today’s Advent Photos: https://www.instagram.com/p/C0xPAg6ulwP/?igshid=YzZhZTZiNWI3Nw==

Song Pairing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4tIBimP6isA

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Adventageddon Day 12 – Tea 2/4

Another familiar matcha from Bird & Blend! I believe I’ve remarked as much before, but having this in such close proximity to the Mermaid Matcha from earlier in the advent really solidifies for me my opinion that these two matchas are identical aside from the butterfly pea flower in Mermaid. That heavily buttery vanilla cake flavour is pretty darn distinct tasting!! I actually prefer this one though; I know so many people love the blue gimmick but I don’t person think the value add from the colour is worth the slightly meal-y texture from the ground flowers.

Anyway! When I saw this I knew it was the perfect time to pull out the matcha icecream I’ve been sitting on since the start of advent season and make myself a rich, indulgent and oh so creamy matcha affogato! I added in a little scoop of vanilla icecream too for some extra richness, but all in all it was just an explosion of match decadence. Yum!

Today’s Advent Photos: https://www.instagram.com/p/C0xPAg6ulwP/?igshid=YzZhZTZiNWI3Nw==

Song Pairing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tF8g-mPD2mA

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Adventageddon Day 12 – Tea 1/4

We’re halfway through folks!

I’m kind of annoyed right now because my roommate/landlord has gone back to China for several months, and apparently has not paid our wireless internet bill – and it’s just not been possible to get in contact the last few days. I’d pay it myself, but I don’t actually know our account information…

It’s super annoying, and making working from home impossible right now.

As for this tea, I neither loved nor hated it. The vibes are very similar to the Apricot, Honey, and Lavender tisane from earlier in the advent and I really enjoyed that blend so perhaps my expectations were too high. I think my main issue is that the bulk of the sip was really nice. The combination of all three flavours was light, sweet, fruity, and floral in a way that all combined was kind of prosecco or champagne-like and I really liked that. However, the finish was a bit like drinking perfume – overly rosy to the point where it had a slight “baby wipes” chemical floral quality that I was really turned off by. Maybe a lighter steep time would have helped, but unfortunately with only the one teabag I can’t know for sure and I would probably never take the gamble on ordering it again to find out…

Today’s Advent Photos: https://www.instagram.com/p/C0xPAg6ulwP/?igshid=YzZhZTZiNWI3Nw==

Song Pairing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dBqOh8WG__g

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Adventageddon Day 11 -Tea 4/4

Moroccan Mint isn’t super my thing, but it was still kind of nice to see a new flavour profile explored across my advents. Usually, by now, the presence of mint or candy cane is much higher. I had this one for breakfast paired with a bagel with today’s jam: apricot and lavendar, though you couldn’t taste the lavender. It was a pretty standard Moroccan Mint with just a bit of coarseness from the Gunpowder. Most interesting element was that the mint had a sweetness that lingered so prominently that for a split second I could have sworn there was added licorice root in this tea.

Today’s Advent Photos: https://www.instagram.com/p/C0uqf7gOYTS/?img_index=1

Song Pairing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3ogyk6GY_Io

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Adventageddon Day 11 – Tea 3/4

Made this as a large Western style pot of tea today and drank it while working at my desk this afternoon. There was absolutely nothing wrong with the tea, but there also wasn’t anything at all to it that hooked me and drew me in. It feels a bit unfair to compare them, but every other white tea in this countdown has had at least one very memorable and standout tasting note and this one was honestly just a little bit flat and boring. I suppose, in some ways, that made it a good choice to have desk side for mindless drinking. I just really couldn’t get into it though…

Today’s Advent Photos: https://www.instagram.com/p/C0uqf7gOYTS/?img_index=1

Song Pairing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PCEKBwHUc-c

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Adventageddon Day 11 – Tea 2/4

Finally, a new one for me! I made it iced and it was the perfect mid-afternoon refresher. Sweet, dewy and floral pear with a ripe juicy quality to go with the fresh, umami of the matcha itself. There was something so incredibly familiar about the pear flavour and I never did quite place what it was, but I really enjoyed this one regardless. Definitely my favourite of the day.

Today’s Advent Photos: https://www.instagram.com/p/C0uqf7gOYTS/?img_index=1

Song Pairing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mGWxJo6pQ_w

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Adventageddon Day 11 – Tea 1/4

This was not a favourite today, though I absolutely adore the concept of the blend. It’s like a more fun twist on the very overdone Peach Ginger profile. Unfortunately, it was just very earthy tasting – like, past the point of what I would normally expect from ginger. Very raw, kind of musty and just made me think of dirt in a not exactly lovely way. Sort of a shame, because the stonefruit note was pretty nice – it just felt, excuse the pun, buried underneath everything else and I didn’t much love having to dig for it.

Today’s Advent Photos: https://www.instagram.com/p/C0uqf7gOYTS/?img_index=1

Song Pairing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vgVH28g9TLI

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Adventageddon Day 10 – Tea 4/4

Definitely a “middle of the road” sort of tea for me from Plum Deluxe by which I mean there was just enough I liked and just enough I didn’t like for it to even out into something really neutral. Loved the brisk, full bodied black tea base and I’m always a fan of a hazelnut flavour not accompanied by chocolate. I especially thought the light touch of rooibos helped give some foundation for those nuttier notes.

The orange was strange with the hazelnut. Those two flavours definitely don’t go together in my opinion. It was just sort of distracting as I was drinking it. Everything was also really, really even in terms of where the flavours hit on the palate. It gave off this sort of vibe that the tea was flatter and duller than I think it actually was. I don’t know if that makes sense written out (I am exhausted) but that’s what it was like when drinking it…

Today’s Advent Photos: https://www.instagram.com/p/C0sEWVnuQOF/?img_index=1

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

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Adventageddon Day 10 – Tea 3/4

Double digits, baby!!

Today I pretty much just continued my fandom catch up from yesterday, though this time with some comics I picked up ages ago and just haven’t had the time to sit down and read. My favourite thing from the day was honestly today’s bright and zesty jam from Bonne Maman. It was lemon and yuzu, and it tasted like sweet and zingy sunshine!

When I saw the F&M tea today was an Earl Grey I knew they would work well together. I didn’t actually look up what the “twist” on the EG was until just now writing this review, but when I smelled the sachet I could tell it had some kind of extra citrus added to it. I actually thought it might have been lemon, but that may have been me projecting the flavour of the jam onto the tea. Turns out it’s orange! Regardless, I enjoyed this much more than the lasy Fortnum Earl Grey in the advent – the classic. This was fresher and a bit sweeter, with less of that metallic sort of twinge I found off putting.

Today’s Advent Photos: https://www.instagram.com/p/C0sEWVnuQOF/?img_index=1

Song Pairing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nsmLXW05n8Q

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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.


Montreal, QC, CA



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