Gongfu!

I slept away basically my entire morning – which I guess is good because it was less time overall where I was just sweating like a pig; but I usually use my Saturday mornings to catch up on tasting notes from the week, so I feel like I’ve lost some time…

Anyway; this was something I drank Gongfu during my staycation – I think I drank it on the hottest afternoon of the week!? I was basically in my room surrounded by fans, with all of the lights off in my underwear trying not to die of heat exhaustion. It’s terrible; I don’t think I’ve ever experienced a summer this hot before – not a fan!

The tea was weird; I was drawn to it because of the rose aroma element and I was pleased that came through – but I was getting some strange notes too. After eight infusions I just really wasn’t sure at all whether or not I actually liked the tea and that’s a strange way to end a session. Here’s what I wrote on instagram to sum it up:

I feel like this Rose Aroma Dancong is giving me flavour whiplash; starts off with a beautifully aromatic, lightly sweet floral rose note – medium bodied, fresh & heady. Sort of the perfect rose note, tbh. However, the body of the sip is aggressively astringent and the finish has a mineral note and salinity that I’m not vibing with today…

Photos: https://www.instagram.com/p/BzTok1JghQw/

Song Pairing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x1VfNUjzQ_0

Kittenna

I can’t imagine not having a/c. The only thing keeping me going when I’m out and about and hot/sweaty is that I’m coming home to a house that’s about 24 degrees, with vents blowing cold air and ceiling fans for extra cooling power when needed.

Roswell Strange

So jealous of that!

Kittenna

It’s great. You’d be less jealous of the price tag for replacing it last year, though! Yikes. Thankfully, our furnace died in the winter when it wasn’t super cold out, so we replaced the a/c at the same time before we were into hot weather. The previous summer, it had struggled mightily to keep the house liveable (but I didn’t live here at the time), so odds were good it was going to kick the bucket entirely. Being pregnant, that would have reaaaallly sucked.

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Kittenna

I can’t imagine not having a/c. The only thing keeping me going when I’m out and about and hot/sweaty is that I’m coming home to a house that’s about 24 degrees, with vents blowing cold air and ceiling fans for extra cooling power when needed.

Roswell Strange

So jealous of that!

Kittenna

It’s great. You’d be less jealous of the price tag for replacing it last year, though! Yikes. Thankfully, our furnace died in the winter when it wasn’t super cold out, so we replaced the a/c at the same time before we were into hot weather. The previous summer, it had struggled mightily to keep the house liveable (but I didn’t live here at the time), so odds were good it was going to kick the bucket entirely. Being pregnant, that would have reaaaallly sucked.

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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 – 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.

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 Horse: Bergamot
Ceramic Snail: Snicket
Ceramic Cat: Saffron
Wood Fired Old 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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