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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. 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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