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This is a queued tasting note.

The first Farmer’s Market of the year was last week, and I happened to have the day off so I decided to get out of the house and go to that. I like the idea of buying local as much as possible, and admittedly I was hoping I’d scrounge up a Saskatoon Berry pie or something along those lines. Damn do I love me a Saskatoon Berry pie.

Instead of pie, however, I wound up bringing home a different haul: several different kinds of flavoured honey, this tea, and some locally grown Beluga Lentils which wound up becoming a solid tea infused meal, which I’ll write about at a future time. My honey haul was pretty large too – coffee honey, chocolate honey, cinnamon honey, spiced orange honey, and a regular creamed honey.

As for the tea? The idea of finding tea was actually not even remotely on my mind when I went there but I saw this and then got especially excited when hibiscus and rosehips weren’t ingredients in it even a little bit. I had to get it.

I tried it with some of the normal creamed honey because that seemed appropriate for my Farmer’s Market themed day/trip. This was actually really good. I was honestly taken aback by how unique of a blend it is overall too. The cherry comes though well, and is playfully tart and then the addition of both apple and cinnamon almost give this a sort of “cherry cider” vibe all in all. The seabuckthorn leaf is a weird ingredient for me: I have had it before, but I’m not familiar enough with it to really be able to totally isolate the flavour of it from the other notes in the blend.

But honestly – for what seemed like a mildly gimmicky find I was REALLY pleased with this tisane. If the vendor ever showed up with other tea flavours, I know it wouldn’t take much to talk me into trying those too.

Rosehips

Oooh, what a wonderful farmers market haul! I love the local farmers market, and am always tempted by local honey and veggies.

Evol Ving Ness

Hurray for farmer’s markets! And well done with this haul. It all sounds quite magnificently delicious. Those honeys sound like good ones to have on hand to flavour all the things.

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Rosehips

Oooh, what a wonderful farmers market haul! I love the local farmers market, and am always tempted by local honey and veggies.

Evol Ving Ness

Hurray for farmer’s markets! And well done with this haul. It all sounds quite magnificently delicious. Those honeys sound like good ones to have on hand to flavour all the things.

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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.

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