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drank Black Cherry by DAVIDsTEA
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So, when you work in retail the holidays definitely have a different schedule than the rest of the world’s… when it comes to Halloween, in the retail world that kicks off in August. Ugh.

So at the store I work at; we’re doing Halloween set up this week. Basically, a third of the sales floor converts to Halloween stuff. We’ve already done take down last week so this week has just been receiving our Halloween shipment and getting it up. In order to do this, we’re working in two (voluntary, because this is all over time) crews: an evening crew and an overnight crew. I’m on the evening crew which runs from 5PM to 10PM after my normal shift of 7:30AM to 4PM – the overnight crew works from 9PM to 5AM. Instead of sleeping at my place, I’ve been staying at my mom’s because the commute to and from work is MUCH easier: if I was going back to my place I’d get home from work at midnight and then have to get up FOR work at 5:30, like usual. Nope – not doing that.

So last night I came ‘home’ from doing Halloween and my mom saw I was just exhausted from unpacking pallets of stuff and offered to make me a cup of tea. No one ever offers to make me the tea so how could I refuse!?

This is what she picked out: honestly, I don’t actually remember when this tea got released!? DT has been releasing so many teas recently that it’s just hard to keep up with them all but even still I just genuinely have no recollection of this one. It’s from her stash, not mine. Anywho, she made it with milk added which isn’t a choice I probably would have made myself but who am I to complain when someone else did all the work for me.

It was pretty good; I want to say it reminded me a lot of those Sour Cherry Blaster candies but the creaminess of the milk negates that just a little bit. Agh; milk just doesn’t have a place with this blend! I mean, creamy cherry is totally a thing but if you’re going for a creamy cherry flavour you definitely have to commit and this isn’t committed to that profile/geared towards that sort of flavour. The cherry notes were good though! Bright, just sweet enough – a cross between realistic and candy. I don’t know; it’s kind of punchy? I’m looking at the ingredients list right now (which I didn’t have last night) and it’s got licorice root in it – I’m impressed though ‘cause I definitely didn’t taste it. So, you know, it was good for how it was prepared for me…

It’s still hurting my brain that I can’t remember when it was released…

Flavors: Candy, Cherry, Fruit Punch, Fruity, Sweet

Roswell Strange

Always happy to accommodate ;P

Evol Ving Ness

I think DT Black Cherry was released last spring/summer. Could be wrong, but..

tanyasew

Yes, it was Summer of 2015.

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Roswell Strange

Always happy to accommodate ;P

Evol Ving Ness

I think DT Black Cherry was released last spring/summer. Could be wrong, but..

tanyasew

Yes, it was Summer of 2015.

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Hello! My name is Kelly, though many people in the tea community call me Ros or Roswell.

I am a mid-twenties tea addict, blogger, and all around nerd. 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 preparation 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.

I’m also one half of the “tea and fandom” podcast GeekSteep where, weekly, we discuss newly explored fandoms over tea as well as try to figure out the perfect tea to pair with each fandom. You can find us on Spotify and Apple & Google podcasts.

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.

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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