Tea Desire in Saskatoon, SK
5/5
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Roswell Strange rated this place
5/5
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Had a great experience here! The sales lady was really polite and able to recommend a “to go” thermos with infuser that best fit my needs (a very fine, mesh filter) and was honest about which thermoses were overpriced. I bombarded her with a huge list of teas that I wanted to try based on exploring their website and she was very patient about it and offered some information on certain teas that I hadn’t been able to find on the website. I found that the tea prices were pretty reasonable for the amounts that I got (the most costly tea I purchased was $8 for 50g, and that was a HUGE bag full – also, the sales lady explained that this is one of their more costly teas because the leaves are soaked in champagne). Overall, it was just a really good experience and I ended up leaving with for new teas to try!

Roswell Strange rated this place
4/5
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Staff is really knowledgeable and there is a large variety of tea for very reasonable prices. I was able to find one of the teas I went in specifically looking for, however the second tea I wanted I was unable to purchase because it had been discontinued (which I would have known, had their website been kept up to date). The one thing I really disliked about the store was that the sales lady seemed really impatient as I browsed the aisles, and also seemed fairly impatient while trying to explain to another customer that there is more than one kind of straight green tea (the customer had come in and asked if they sold “straight green tea” to which the sales lady responded “what kind” and was then answered with “just straight” – the sales lady seemed exasperated by this customers general lack of knowledge).

DAVIDsTEA in Regina, SK
5/5
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Roswell Strange rated this place
5/5
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Very friendly staff who’re really knowledgeable about the different types of tea & who’ve been able to help me find new teas to try out really easily just based on my saying things like “maybe something with licorice in it?”. I’ve found they’re really honest too about the type of teas they personally stock and which teas they’ve tried and didn’t like. On a couple occasions I’ve gone in with friends who knew nothing about tea and seemed really disinterested, but by the end of my shopping spree the staff had them involved in smelling the teas and having a nice time.

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Hello;

My name is Kelly. I’m a twenty something tea drinker and reviewer originally from the prairies, but recently relocated to Quebec. I was introduced to DAVIDsTEA and started drinking tea fairly casually about six years ago. At some point, that casual hobby became an ingrained part of my daily life; I became a part of a greater community, incorporated tea into my daily routine, and it became my career.

You know you’ve got it bad when you get your hobby tattooed to your arm.

I’m a TAC certified Tea Sommelier!

I drink a balance of flavoured tea and straight/traditional teas – in all formats. I prefer to have a wide, and general knowledge over many types of teas and catagories rather than focus on any one specific tea: a jack of all teas, master of none. Loose, bagged, matcha, Western style, iced, latted, Gong Fu…

You name it, I probably drink it.

In that vein, I’ll drink just about any type of tea – those only ones I have a particularly strong distaste for are green teas and Chai, with some exceptions of course. I have a weird relationship with Sheng pu’erh, but have been gradually increasing the amount of it I consume – currently I have a particular fascination with Yiwu Sheng. Other types of tea that I greatly enjoy are Yancha and other dark, heavily oxidized or roasted oolongs, most shou, black tea, and compressed/aged white teas. I’ll absolutely try anything once though; and I like to have an open mind and explore lots of tea types, even if I have reservations. I’ll probably never leave that “Exploratory” phase…

Usually I drink my tea straight, but I’m not opposed to additions if I’m in the right mood. If I ever add something to a tea, I will ALWAYS call it out in the tasting note though. If I’ve not mentioned an addition, you’re safe to assume it’s been prepared straight up.

I like to listen to music when drinking tea, especially when I’m brewing a large pot at a time or steeping Gong Fu. 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, walnut, sesame, honey (in moderation), and very woody shou.

Least favourite flavour notes/ingredients:
Lemongrass, ginger, strong Chai spice profiles, mushrooms, seaweed, chamomile, artificial tasting mango or peach, 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 Dragon: Pablo
Ruyao Frog: Bebe
Sculpted Pig: Nelly
Sculpted Tuxedo Cat: Pekoe
Sculpted Tabby Cat: Marmalade
Ceramic Rabbit: Rupert
Ceramic Horse: Bergamot
Ceramic Snail: Snicket
Ceramic Cat: Saffron
Wood Fired Old Man: Leopold

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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