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drank #55 And Relax by Tea Revv
8705 tasting notes

So, I ordered an advent calendar from Tea Revv this year and it’s already arrived at the office! As excited as I am to dig in, I’m going to do my best to wait patiently until December hits before I dig in. That said, they did include a free sample of this tea in with the package so I couldn’t resist steeping that one up right away!

I’m honestly surprised how much I enjoy this tea given that it’s a green tea. I suppose that’s because the herbaceous notes and citrus elements are so well balanced and smooth! I really get a nice mix of the rosemary and sage, and while it does add a herbaceous quality to the tea it doesn’t really come off as savory – in fact, it’s more warming and cozy than anything else! The citrus is brilliant; very crisp and sweet without a lot of acidity, more of that dense/full of depth kind of citrus that you see in citrus oils and citrus rind – but not bitter.

I see a lot of people who’ve tried this got bergamot from the taste and I too kind of get that distinct bergamot note from both the aroma of the tea and the taste. Bergamot is not a listed ingredient, which really makes me believe that what’s happening here is one of two things. The first is that the “natural flavouring” listed in the blend is either bergamot oil or, more likely, bergamot flavouring (yes, there’s a difference). Bergamot is actually really expensive, so it’s more common for EG type blends to use either bergamot flavouring or a combination of bergamot oil and flavouring to save on costs, but bergamot flavouring doesn’t look as good on an ingredient’s list so it’s possible Tea Revv is using it but opted not to call it out.

My other theory is similar, and that’s that the bergamot note is coming from the tangerine in the blend or some type of tangerine-like flavouring. Like I mentioned above, bergamot oil is expensive so another alternative that companies sometimes do is use tangerine oil or flavouring in combination with bergamot oil and/or flavouring to reduce their cost. It a weird way, it sort of makes your brain associate that tangerine note with bergamot because you’ve been tasting it alongside the bergamot. The brain is weird like that…

I’m not saying that’s definitely what’s happening here, but that would be my guess. Regardless of what’s causing the bergamot note, I like this blend a lot and I don’t really care where it’s coming from one way or the other.

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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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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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