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Another one that someone requested get added to the Discovery Tea Box that I felt like I should revisit while I had it pulled out of my cupboard and super accessible. I realize I’m making my cupboard sound like some sort of complex, hard to navigate filing system but, well, it kind of is!?

I should drink this one more often though; it’s really full bodied and flavourful which I know describes a lot of straight black teas – or at least a lot of the straight blacks that I own in larger amounts. But, in addition to that it’s also nice and sweet. Lots and lots of natural chocolate notes, but then also a really nice handful of other notes like oak wood, cinnamon, and allspice. I added a little cherry infused honey into this cup also, and that really mild hint of sweet cherry added this excellent little undertone of fruit flavour to what is normally a darker, more decadent leaning profile. Plus, with how chocolate-y this tea tastes I think cherry is a REALLY good pairing flavour.

Song Pairing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bf8Tda6rmi4&index=13&list=WL

Mastress Alita

My “cupboard” is also a complex, hard to navigate filing system! It is organized, but that organization spans between two kitchen cupboards, one shelving unit in the living room, a set of kitchen drawers, tins across the top of my stove, and a set of drawers located in my bedroom… and all this in a little one bedroom/one living room apartment… I have problems!

derk

The first step is to recognize the problem. The next is to drink the problems away.

tea-sipper

YES, that is exactly it, derk. :D

Todd

Nice song pairing! I like the cherry honey idea. I helped Mastress Alita set up part of that cupboard, and it’s a glorious tea selection to sample from. Like an underground tea shoppe. I also agree with derk.

Roswell Strange

Nearly all of my 600+ teas I keep in the same room – within that room I have a section for ‘cakes’ of tea, then I have two book shelves with all my tins of tea which are sorted by tea type. I have A LOT of samples of things though; so those are sorted into a series of boxes on top of two different desks. One desk has all straight/unscented teas which are then sorted into mini boxes of black tea samples, aged white samples, sheng samples, shou samples, and then green/oolong are together since I have such a small amount of both. Flavoured teas are in boxes of herbal/fruit infusions, rooibos, black tea, white/green together, and then pu’erh/oolong/mate. It’s just hard sometimes finding that ONE SPECIFIC tea – even if I know exactly what box it’s in there could still be 50+ teas in that box…

Also; there are A LOT of good Lucky covers out there Todd but this is probably my second favourite? This is my number one though: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T5Cp55MvX54 Great song!

Mastress Alita

So true, even when I know exactly where a tea will be because I have, say, all flavored black samplers in a specific drawer, that doesn’t change digging through it to find a specific one when there are so many of them, and though I have all my pure greens in a specific spot on my shelving arranged in alphabetical order, I’ll still have to remove a bunch of bags if I need a certain one that just happens to be located near the back…

Basically, no organization system fixes the “too much” problem, heh. :-P

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Mastress Alita

My “cupboard” is also a complex, hard to navigate filing system! It is organized, but that organization spans between two kitchen cupboards, one shelving unit in the living room, a set of kitchen drawers, tins across the top of my stove, and a set of drawers located in my bedroom… and all this in a little one bedroom/one living room apartment… I have problems!

derk

The first step is to recognize the problem. The next is to drink the problems away.

tea-sipper

YES, that is exactly it, derk. :D

Todd

Nice song pairing! I like the cherry honey idea. I helped Mastress Alita set up part of that cupboard, and it’s a glorious tea selection to sample from. Like an underground tea shoppe. I also agree with derk.

Roswell Strange

Nearly all of my 600+ teas I keep in the same room – within that room I have a section for ‘cakes’ of tea, then I have two book shelves with all my tins of tea which are sorted by tea type. I have A LOT of samples of things though; so those are sorted into a series of boxes on top of two different desks. One desk has all straight/unscented teas which are then sorted into mini boxes of black tea samples, aged white samples, sheng samples, shou samples, and then green/oolong are together since I have such a small amount of both. Flavoured teas are in boxes of herbal/fruit infusions, rooibos, black tea, white/green together, and then pu’erh/oolong/mate. It’s just hard sometimes finding that ONE SPECIFIC tea – even if I know exactly what box it’s in there could still be 50+ teas in that box…

Also; there are A LOT of good Lucky covers out there Todd but this is probably my second favourite? This is my number one though: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T5Cp55MvX54 Great song!

Mastress Alita

So true, even when I know exactly where a tea will be because I have, say, all flavored black samplers in a specific drawer, that doesn’t change digging through it to find a specific one when there are so many of them, and though I have all my pure greens in a specific spot on my shelving arranged in alphabetical order, I’ll still have to remove a bunch of bags if I need a certain one that just happens to be located near the back…

Basically, no organization system fixes the “too much” problem, heh. :-P

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Hello! My name is Kelly, though many people in the tea community call me Ros.

I am a twenty five year old 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/prepare 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 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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