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drank Walnut Truffle by Tea Desire
10233 tasting notes

Sipdown (182/188)!

So I just got up from a fifteen hour sleep. Sometimes I think I have a small “sleep problem” because I don’t think normal people are supposed to sleep that long. But then, I realized the bigger problem is the tea problem because I woke up looked at the clock and immediately thought “Fuck, that means I’ve missed out on a few hours worth of tea drinking!”.

Anyway, this is backlog from yesterday. I cold brewed it as per VariaTEA’s idea and that was enough to finish it off. I’m very happy to report to you VariaTEA that the cold brew for this? Phenomenal. In fact I was especially worried because I had forgotten it was cold brewing so this cold brewed in the fridge for about 28 hours. Yeesh!

But no, this was the most intense and flavourful maple walnut flavour with just a touch of chocolate! It was as rich as I can possibly imagine it could have been, and it was insanely thirst quenching too. It really almost makes me want to go buy 50g more just for cold brewing; and maybe I will someday but I definitely wont be right now because I also got VariaTEA’s package for me today which pushed my cupboard up by 22 more blends! Yikes!

They all look awesome though, and I’ve worked a few into the rotation for today. I’m sheepishly admitting too that while I love you essentially sent me the Adagio Firefly sampler I haven’t actually watched Firefly, so I feel guilty considering drinking the teas when I have no point of reference for how they match the characters…

EDIT: Oh, I bumped the rating on this up because of how awesome the cold brew version is.

Flavors: Maple, Walnut

VariaTEA

Yay!!! I am glad the cold brew was tasty. I had a feeling it would be good.

VariaTEA

And I thought you had seen firefly. No worries though. Now you will just have to drink the teas as you watch the show so you can see how you feel about them.

Roswell Strange

I’m gonna try watching the first episode once I’m done making my (very late) supper. But yeah, I thought that since I haven’t seen it there could be some fun in drinking the teas as I get to know the characters. I think I’m going to be prejudiced towards Zoe though; I took one whiff of her early today and couldn’t stop scowling (except for when I was sneezing) – way too much ginger. Funnily, I thought Inara smelled awesome. That’s probably what I’ll try first.

Cavocorax

Heh. I bet Inara DOES smell awesome! :O
Time for a Firefly re-watch!

Roswell Strange

Watched the first episode last night and loved it. So far I’m loving Inara, Mal, Simon, Kaylee, and Jayne (mostly because the actor plays my favourite character on Chuck). I want to love Wash because I love the actor, but so far he kinds bores me. Same with Zoe. Haven’t seen enough of River – and just based on the first episode I’m not liking Book.

VariaTEA

Yay for firefly! And I love wash though I think Alan tudyk has a lot to do with that.

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VariaTEA

Yay!!! I am glad the cold brew was tasty. I had a feeling it would be good.

VariaTEA

And I thought you had seen firefly. No worries though. Now you will just have to drink the teas as you watch the show so you can see how you feel about them.

Roswell Strange

I’m gonna try watching the first episode once I’m done making my (very late) supper. But yeah, I thought that since I haven’t seen it there could be some fun in drinking the teas as I get to know the characters. I think I’m going to be prejudiced towards Zoe though; I took one whiff of her early today and couldn’t stop scowling (except for when I was sneezing) – way too much ginger. Funnily, I thought Inara smelled awesome. That’s probably what I’ll try first.

Cavocorax

Heh. I bet Inara DOES smell awesome! :O
Time for a Firefly re-watch!

Roswell Strange

Watched the first episode last night and loved it. So far I’m loving Inara, Mal, Simon, Kaylee, and Jayne (mostly because the actor plays my favourite character on Chuck). I want to love Wash because I love the actor, but so far he kinds bores me. Same with Zoe. Haven’t seen enough of River – and just based on the first episode I’m not liking Book.

VariaTEA

Yay for firefly! And I love wash though I think Alan tudyk has a lot to do with that.

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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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