drank Witch's Brew by DAVIDsTEA
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#ProjectTeaWall

So, I realized on shift tonight that if I don’t cross this off my list for Project Tea Wall soon I may not ever get a chance to try it again because it was limited edition and my store’s stock is getting relatively low, so when we’re out we’re out.

Instead of iced teas like I’ve been drinking recently at work, I got this one hot instead because one of my coworkers said it was a lot better that way. I trust her opinion when it comes to chocolate-y teas so that’s what I went with. Honestly; this was kind of exactly what I expected it to be. And by that I, of course, mean it was essentially just a chocolate rooibos. Nice, simple, straight to the point – and I suppose appropriate flavour wise for a Halloween tea as well, which is what this was created for originally. What did pleasantly surprise me a little bit was actually that I didn’t find it too cloying or sweet which is what I had anticipated happening given the added sprinkles in the blend and fact it’s basically just a chocolate tea. But no, it was nice and balanced without any weirdness from the melted down sprinkles either.

Overall I’d say it’s a bit simple for my tastes, especially since I’m not too big on the chocolate teas anyway but it was enjoyable overall as a one time sort of thing just to experience it. And I mean, maybe if it was still Halloween ‘season’ I could see myself leaning more towards it for thematic reasons since it wasn’t unpleasant by any stretch.

Friendly reminder that I’m not currently numerically rating DAVIDsTEA blends as I’m currently seasonally employed there and it would be an obvious conflict of interest. Any blends you see with numerical ratings were rated prior to my employment there. These reviews are a reflection of my personal thoughts regarding the teas, and not the company’s.

Nattie

Best. Job. Ever.

Kristal

Although I enjoy chocolate, I’s also not think chocolate teas.

Roswell Strange

@Nattie,

Not gonna lie – so far it’s probably my favourite job I’ve ever had. Only downside, thus far, are that I can’t work more hours ‘cause of my other job and that I’m only seasonal.

Kristal

I dunno how, but I royally screwed up my last comment. I meant to say “I also do not enjoy chocolate teas”. I think I was on my phone. Damn auto correct

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Nattie

Best. Job. Ever.

Kristal

Although I enjoy chocolate, I’s also not think chocolate teas.

Roswell Strange

@Nattie,

Not gonna lie – so far it’s probably my favourite job I’ve ever had. Only downside, thus far, are that I can’t work more hours ‘cause of my other job and that I’m only seasonal.

Kristal

I dunno how, but I royally screwed up my last comment. I meant to say “I also do not enjoy chocolate teas”. I think I was on my phone. Damn auto correct

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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, Gongfu…

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 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, 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
Brass Mouse: Stilton

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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