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drank Sansia Black by Butiki Teas
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Sipdown (110)!

Celebratory Butiki sipdown because I quit Dollarama!

This was in my timolino, and unfortunately at a weirded luke warm temperature by the time I got to it, but still I thought it tasted very good. Like a lot of the straight blacks I’ve had recently, it was really naturally sweet with a wide range of fruitier notes, and then a bit of a caramel/honey quality to it. Looking at what others have written, I can see how baked bread notes could have been in there too, maybe more a French Bread with more sweetness to it?

I wanted to resteep, but tre tossed out the leaves I had sitting on the dishwasher in the strainer during a cleaning spree while I was out. Oh well. I am really happy I had the chance to try it! So thank you muchly VariaTea!.

Anlina

Congrats on quitting!

carol who

It seems wrong to congratulate someone for quitting a job but I know you were unhappy with the boss and your hours being cut. So… I’m glad you didn’t stay in such a negative environment.

Jennkay

Onward and upward! I just dodged a potentially unpleasant work environment as well recently.

Roswell Strange

Bobbi put in her two weeks notice today as well! She, like me, went from 40H/week to 26 and now again they cut her down to 14. She just couldn’t justify that bullshit either. So congrats to her too!

OMGsrsly

OMG, that’s awful! Here’s hoping she also get a good new job!

Roswell Strange

Well she’s at Sobeys with me too but she’ll probably need another part time…

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Anlina

Congrats on quitting!

carol who

It seems wrong to congratulate someone for quitting a job but I know you were unhappy with the boss and your hours being cut. So… I’m glad you didn’t stay in such a negative environment.

Jennkay

Onward and upward! I just dodged a potentially unpleasant work environment as well recently.

Roswell Strange

Bobbi put in her two weeks notice today as well! She, like me, went from 40H/week to 26 and now again they cut her down to 14. She just couldn’t justify that bullshit either. So congrats to her too!

OMGsrsly

OMG, that’s awful! Here’s hoping she also get a good new job!

Roswell Strange

Well she’s at Sobeys with me too but she’ll probably need another part time…

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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/prepare 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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