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Made a mug of this for myself and one for my mom late in the evening on Christmas Eve…

Originally, I bought this one from Q2T because I was hoping the flavour pairing would taste similar to DAVIDsTEA’s now retired Cranberry Pear blend with a black base. Cranberry Pear is my all time favourite blend to ever be released by DAVIDsTEA and I was crushed when it was retired. I’ve been searching for an alternative similar to it for a while now…

It is funny I made this one on Christmas Eve though, I’ve always loved cranberry teas year round but I do tend to think of them as more of a Christmas-y flavour as well. So definitely appropriate on that front, at least.

But damn – drinking this was just so overwhelming nostalgic. If it weren’t for the woody rooibos notes poking through the flavours I say this is a dead wringer for my beloved Cranberry Pear! The cranberry is bright and sweet, and the pear is decidedly creamy and silky, and the two come together in the most melodious way highlighting the differences between the two fruit notes and making those differences all the more enjoyable because of the beautiful contrast between them.

I just felt lost in this mug… In this most beautiful way.

And of course this one is limited edition – so it’s not going to be viable as a replacement tea for my beloved. It’s as close as I’ve gotten though – and it was amazing getting to relive the beauty of my beloved when it’s fresh, compared to the flatter, stale(ish) leaf I’ve hoarded since it was retired…

EDIT: For the record, my mom called this one the “best tea I’ve ever served her”. High praise, indeed…

Maddy Barone

I am hoarding my last 40 grams of Cranberry Pear. I almost don’t want to drink it because when I do, it will be gone. But maybe I’ll brew up a pot of it tonight. I won’t like it if it becomes stale…

VariaTEA

Well this makes me even more excited for my Q2T order.

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Maddy Barone

I am hoarding my last 40 grams of Cranberry Pear. I almost don’t want to drink it because when I do, it will be gone. But maybe I’ll brew up a pot of it tonight. I won’t like it if it becomes stale…

VariaTEA

Well this makes me even more excited for my Q2T order.

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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.

Tea Pet Reference Guide:

Clay Pixiu Dragons: Zak & Wheezie
Clay Goldfish: Dot
Clay Monkey: Enzo
Jade Pixiu Dragon: Whitaker
Ruyao Carp: Splashy
Ruyao Banana Man: Pheobo
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

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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