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Made the last of this one in my timolino to take for work – it was just as delicious this second time as it was the first time around. Definitely worth note that this one travels well! Though there were some flavor differences, there was less of a coconut flavor but the mango flavor was much stronger. It was equally pleasant to the flavor first time around!

I was working a file maintenance shift yesterday; one of the things I put sale tags up for was this new line of Gelato we’re carrying. What was one of the flavours? Mango Sticky Rice! Of course I 100% bought a tub. I haven’t tried it yet – but look forward to it!

Today’s word of the day is… Whodunit: “a narrative dealing with a murder or a series of murders and the detection of the criminal”.

Fjellrev

It that gelato made by Chapmans by any chance?

Roswell Strange

So I’m trying it out now; it tastes delicious and actually really similar to the tea (minus roasty notes); but the occasional piece of rice mixed in is weirding me out. Like, I KNOW it’s “Mango Sticky Rice” gelato but I didn’t expect the texture of actual rice.

Fjellrev

Would you say it’s worth trying? I tried their Amaretto Biscotti and it was pretty good, although I would have liked more flavour.

Roswell Strange

So I bought both Amaretto Biscotti and Sticky Rice Mango (‘cause sales!) and both are good (I REALLY love the pistachio in the biscotti one) but I think Sticky Mango Rice is better. But only if you’re cool with coconut ’cause I thought the coconut flavor was pretty strong.

Fjellrev

Yes! I wanted more pistachio in that one. Have you tried Compliments pistschio ice cream? It’s SO good.

And I love coconut, so you’ve talked me into picking it up sometime. :)

Roswell Strange

Yes! It’s perfection. I’ve tried a lot of the Compliments/Sensations ice cream/sorbet/froyo products ‘cause they’re just so easily accessible. Right now I’m also really big into the Pineapple/Lychee and Saskatoon Berry sorbet they sell…

Fjellrev

I haven’t seen those at my Sobey’s since it’s so freaking tiny but those both sound awesome.

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Fjellrev

It that gelato made by Chapmans by any chance?

Roswell Strange

So I’m trying it out now; it tastes delicious and actually really similar to the tea (minus roasty notes); but the occasional piece of rice mixed in is weirding me out. Like, I KNOW it’s “Mango Sticky Rice” gelato but I didn’t expect the texture of actual rice.

Fjellrev

Would you say it’s worth trying? I tried their Amaretto Biscotti and it was pretty good, although I would have liked more flavour.

Roswell Strange

So I bought both Amaretto Biscotti and Sticky Rice Mango (‘cause sales!) and both are good (I REALLY love the pistachio in the biscotti one) but I think Sticky Mango Rice is better. But only if you’re cool with coconut ’cause I thought the coconut flavor was pretty strong.

Fjellrev

Yes! I wanted more pistachio in that one. Have you tried Compliments pistschio ice cream? It’s SO good.

And I love coconut, so you’ve talked me into picking it up sometime. :)

Roswell Strange

Yes! It’s perfection. I’ve tried a lot of the Compliments/Sensations ice cream/sorbet/froyo products ‘cause they’re just so easily accessible. Right now I’m also really big into the Pineapple/Lychee and Saskatoon Berry sorbet they sell…

Fjellrev

I haven’t seen those at my Sobey’s since it’s so freaking tiny but those both sound awesome.

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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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