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drank Woodsman by TeaTaxi
8734 tasting notes

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How’d everyone make out for Black Friday? I’m pretty proud of myself for sticking to budget; I ended up placing four orders total, though only with two different companies. I started with an order at both Liquid Proust and White2Tea and then later in the day caved and ordered more stuff from both sites that I’d considered getting the first time around and then passed up.

Finishing this one off hot; probably gonna be the last tea I drink tonight. The evening has really gotten away from me tonight…

There’s definitely something really familiar about this one to me; part of it is definitely that the berry notes and semi-tartness remind me a lot of DAVIDsTEA’s Bear Trap blend. That’s not too surprising though given the similar “theme” when it comes to the blend name and overlapping ingredients, though. There’s something else super familiar about it too that’s different though – and it’s killing me I can’t quite put my finger on it.

The flavour’s nice though: it’s tart but not too tart and I’m getting a lot of elderberry and currant, but not too much raisin which works for me. I definitely saw both the labrador tea and wintergreen in the leaf, but I can’t really taste either of them though and that is a bit saddening because I thought the inclusion of them in the blend was pretty unique/interesting. Doesn’t count for much if you can’t taste it, though.

I’ll need to do a price comparison between this and Bear Trap though ‘cause I was thinking about buying some Bear Trap for at home but if this is more cost effective then I could see myself getting this one instead of Bear Trap if I was gonna be placing a Tea Taxi order anyway. It’s hard ‘cause beating 50% off for staff pricing is challenging; but I’m not gonna be employed at DT forever since I’m only seasonal, so I’m thinking more long term stocking options rather than immediate ones.

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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 – those 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 Horse: Bergamot
Ceramic Snail: Snicket
Ceramic Cat: Saffron
Wood Fired Old 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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