Tasting note 7500!!! Whhaaaaatttt!

Stopped by Camellia Sinensis after work yesterday; I picked up a yixing pot as a birthday present for myself and a teacup, along with some tea.

This was something that a coworker of mine actually really likes from Camellia Sinensis and I had never tried it so I told her that if they still had it in stock I’d pick some up to try. It actually smelled delicious from the tin, which made me even more interested in trying it. I’m sipping on the very last bit of a mug of it currently and it’s been super tasty but also just a touch weird. I’m finding it very full bodied, brisk, and malty – but the thing that’s most prominent to me is how much it reminds me of Orange Chicken.

Let me clarify; I’ve never actually had ‘real’ orange chicken since I’ve been a vegetarian since I was like nine years old – but there’s a company that makes a Vegan “Orange Chicken” and it’s my absolute favourite “instant” vegetarian/vegan dish that I’ve ever had. I eat it probably once a week. This doesn’t taste at all like the fake chicken, but it’s startlingly similar to the mandarin/orange sauce. Sweet, but also savory and softly spiced – orange notes, some warming spices (ginger, cumin maybe?), heck even a hint of something that reminds me of the garlic in that sauce. It’s SO GOOD though; the perfect mesh of fruity notes and savory elements in a black tea.

I’m not sure if this is what my coworker is getting from the tea that she likes so much, but regardless I’m very happy that she recommended this tea to me as it’s pretty incredible.

Evol Ving Ness

Hey, happy birthday to you, Ms. Strange!

And congrats on all that tea drinking!

mrmopar

Go Ros!

Kittenna

3/4 of the way to 10,000! Impressive :D

Roswell Strange

Someday I’d like to go back and figure out when my 1st tasting note was, then do the math and find out what my average number of tasting notes per day, month, and year works out to be – it’s definitely more than 1,000 yearly since I’ve only been drinking tea for six(ish) years.

Mastress Alita

Congrats on 7.5k! I’ve had black teas that reminded me of orange chicken sauces or sweet and sour sauce, as well. It’s a very tasty flavor note!

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Evol Ving Ness

Hey, happy birthday to you, Ms. Strange!

And congrats on all that tea drinking!

mrmopar

Go Ros!

Kittenna

3/4 of the way to 10,000! Impressive :D

Roswell Strange

Someday I’d like to go back and figure out when my 1st tasting note was, then do the math and find out what my average number of tasting notes per day, month, and year works out to be – it’s definitely more than 1,000 yearly since I’ve only been drinking tea for six(ish) years.

Mastress Alita

Congrats on 7.5k! I’ve had black teas that reminded me of orange chicken sauces or sweet and sour sauce, as well. It’s a very tasty flavor note!

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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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