drank Peach Matcha by DAVIDsTEA
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Merry Christmas Steepster!!

I made myself a giant breakfast in bed today, for no particular reason other than it’s Christmas and I wanted to make something more elaborate with the free time I had this morning. So I made over easy eggs with cheese and chives, some hashbrowns cooked in sesame oil (new cooking obsession, for sure) and topped with a mango salsa, and a bagel with some peach matcha infused marscapone for my “cream cheese” type spread.

The whole meal was delicious, but a highlight was definitely the bagel. This isn’t the first time that I’ve made a sort of matcha cream cheese, but it’s the first time I’ve used marscapone as my cheese of choice. I like it a lot as a bagel topping even when there isn’t matcha in it – it’s very light and airy, and super creamy. The peach was a great addition though because it added a lot more flavor to the topping, but maintained that insane freshness/airy quality and the out of this world level of creamy taste.

My instant thought upon finishing it was that I needed to make more, but with strawberry matcha and blueberry matcha. Of course – I didn’t: no one needs three bagels in one morning. However, definitely something that I’m going to be keeping in mind for the rest of my breakfast prep during my vacation…

Also; total side bar but what is it with Montreal and Blueberry Bagels!? For a city that is kind of known for having amazing bagel-game, I can’t seem to find a blueberry bagel in this damn city to save my life! I fucking love blueberry bagels and I’m definitely feeling quite sad without having any in my life right now. Common Montreal!

Friendly reminder that I do not numerically rate DAVIDsTEA blends as I’m currently 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.

Cameron B.

Merry Christmas!

I am also obsessed with sesame oil. Also salted sesame seeds (roast sesame seeds and then mix with salt water, then evaporate the water). I cook a lot of Japanese, but those two ingredients carry over into other cuisines as well!

Evol Ving Ness

Merry Christmas to you, Ms. Strange! And to you, Cameron B! (Thanks for the sesame seed tip. I’ll be putting that in my toolbox.)

VariaTEA

Fairmont makes them and while I dont love Montreal style bagels, a fresh blueberry bagel from fairmont is awesome!

Nattie

Merry Christmas!! That breakfast sounds AMAZING!

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Cameron B.

Merry Christmas!

I am also obsessed with sesame oil. Also salted sesame seeds (roast sesame seeds and then mix with salt water, then evaporate the water). I cook a lot of Japanese, but those two ingredients carry over into other cuisines as well!

Evol Ving Ness

Merry Christmas to you, Ms. Strange! And to you, Cameron B! (Thanks for the sesame seed tip. I’ll be putting that in my toolbox.)

VariaTEA

Fairmont makes them and while I dont love Montreal style bagels, a fresh blueberry bagel from fairmont is awesome!

Nattie

Merry Christmas!! That breakfast sounds AMAZING!

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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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