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This tea is kind of turning into a nightmare tea for me. First I loved it – greatly, and couldn’t get enough. And then it just tasted horrible and nasty and “turned”, so I dialed back the amount of leaf I was using an it was ‘ok’ – but still not the same wonderful peppermint it was before. And now this…

When I went to make my timolino full of it (I thought it’d be a kinda neat Valentine’s Day themed tea), I was portioning out the leaf when I found ‘shell’, if you will, of a dead maggot. I wish I had taken a picture, but my stomach was so turned that I just acted on impulse and dumped the whole tin worth in the trash immediately. I then remembered I had a 25g package from someone as a gift, and I prepared some of that instead, but the whole time I couldn’t get the maggot out of my head, and I just felt so sick drinking the timolino worth that in the end I dumped the 25g package too, making this a very much unintended sipdown.

I also don’t think I’ll be able to ever get more of this. The experience has really, really ruined this one for me completely and the only satisfaction I have is knowing that I gave about 40g of the “bug infested” batch to that asshole James, whom I was sort of dating a few months ago. He was such a dick, that I think it’d only be right if he ended up drinking some maggot tea.

Anyway, I think it goes without saying that I’ve drastically reduced my rating on this one, though I haven’t made it horribly low either because I want to reflect that this was, at one point, my favourite tea and also the bug thing is a pretty much entirely isolated incident.

Shmiracles

NO. NO no no no no! no bugz nope. but BUT seriously? maybe the story about giving jerkface some of the tea is kinda totally worth it. life is poetry sometimes.

Helena

EEEEWWW!!! well that was just gross! I don’t think I can ever buy that tea again knowing that. I think I’ll inspect my stash of it before I put it in a bag…

Roswell Strange

And I absolutely stored it properly, plus is wasn’t that old. Maybe four months old? In total, I think I tossed about 80g worth of Peppermint Amour. Lets just say, there’s no Amour on my end right now…

Roswell Strange

Also, what really makes me sick is the fact I found “most” of a maggot. Where did the other part of it go? Probably into one of the cups I made…

mrs.stenhouse12

Ew Ew ew……I absolutely hate bugs. I can’t imagine finding one in my tea…and I have 50g of this tea currently lol and I drink it quite often, I will inspect my bag as soon as I get home! Yuck, sorry you had to go through that experience! :(

Daddyselephant

Have you contacted Davids about it? That’s so awful and I’m willing to bet they’ll be willing to make it right to you.

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Shmiracles

NO. NO no no no no! no bugz nope. but BUT seriously? maybe the story about giving jerkface some of the tea is kinda totally worth it. life is poetry sometimes.

Helena

EEEEWWW!!! well that was just gross! I don’t think I can ever buy that tea again knowing that. I think I’ll inspect my stash of it before I put it in a bag…

Roswell Strange

And I absolutely stored it properly, plus is wasn’t that old. Maybe four months old? In total, I think I tossed about 80g worth of Peppermint Amour. Lets just say, there’s no Amour on my end right now…

Roswell Strange

Also, what really makes me sick is the fact I found “most” of a maggot. Where did the other part of it go? Probably into one of the cups I made…

mrs.stenhouse12

Ew Ew ew……I absolutely hate bugs. I can’t imagine finding one in my tea…and I have 50g of this tea currently lol and I drink it quite often, I will inspect my bag as soon as I get home! Yuck, sorry you had to go through that experience! :(

Daddyselephant

Have you contacted Davids about it? That’s so awful and I’m willing to bet they’ll be willing to make it right to you.

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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 – the 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 Stringray: Irwin
Ceramic Horse: Bergamot
Ceramic Snail: Snicket
Ceramic Cat: Saffron
Wood Fired 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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