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drank Lychee Noir by Octavia Tea
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Sipdown (101)!

Had this one in a timolino, and it was pretty good – definitely traveled a little better than I thought it would. I was pretty sure the subtle juiciness of the lychee wouldn’t translate but it did. I still echo my first impression though that this is just a relatively average lychee black. Good, for not exceptional.

Two stories today: One involves a coworker. And one involves Tre…

A couple nights ago me and another coworker were kind of playfully teasing/bantering with this 15 YO cashier named Matthew. He’s actually one of my favourite cashiers because he’s so sarcastic/witty and so am I so we both just kind of constantly play off each other, and it’s entertaining and fun.

So point is we were teasing him because his sideburns are CRAZY PUFFY and we were mocking him saying we could see his sideburns sticking out all the way from Customer Service, which is quiet a distance from the till he was working out. I THOUGHT we were being obviously sarcastic like usual but, uhh, the next day he came to work without sideburns. Welp.

So, I sorta directly influenced a 15YO who was probably super proud of his facial hair to shave it off. Even though I in no way meant to! And honestly, people who know me well know I’m the last person to persuade someone to shave; I have such a thing for facial hair. Every man should be bearded…

And now the Tre story.

I came home from work, and walked into the house – and immediately onto a whole bunch of pieces of lego. Not even getting started on how much it hurt. But, the big dork bought about $300 in Star Wars Lego battleships for himself as a Christmas present, and now there’s Lego literally everywhere in the apartment. Living room floor, kitchen floor, kitchen table…

Getting ready for work in the morning is like navigating a minefield.

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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.

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