drank Rose Oolong by DAVIDsTEA
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More new teas!

It’s crazy; I literally finished writing about the new Spring/Detox teas yesterday and now there’s even more! I mean, it’s not REALLY crazy – this is about the usual time that the Valentine’s Day Collection comes out and I actually knew the teas were launching online today, but… Well, you know what I mean…

The Valentine’s Collection is actually only launching in stores on the 27th though – it’s earlier online. This is one of two brand new teas in the collection, though it’ll only be online and in select stores that tend to sell more straight and traditional teas than the typical store.

I’m a little conflicted with this tea because on a purely personal level I’m absolutely obsessed with it! For years, one of the only ‘scented’ forms of oolong that I have consistently made an effort to keep my cupboard is rose oolong – it’s a traditional style of tea that I adore, and any time I can get my hands on some I’m on it. Even not great rose oolongs are still pretty good. I mean, we all should know at this point that I have a serious thing for rose teas. So a rose oolong that I have easy and cheap access to!? OH MAN, I AM INTO IT!! Even better is that I actually think it’s a really good quality oolong base used in this tea, and I have the added bonus of having actually met in person the husband and wife who produce this tea for DT which was a deeply cool experience! They were absolutely lovely, and getting to talk to them in person about how they’ve been scenting oolongs in their family for four generations now was an exceptional experience.

So I guess the ‘flip side’ is that I also feel like as much as I love rose it’s also a deeply polarizing flavour, and I know that DT has done A LOT with rose flavours over the last year. Some, including myself, might even say too much. Like, there’s a point where even the people who like a rose flavoured tea are going to hit a wall where it’s just been enough. Not me though, I’m still good!

What I really love about this rose oolong is that the rose itself is very fresh and aromatic but it’s actually pretty mellow and approachable – so the scenting is really good, and consistent but it’s not attempting to mask how beautiful the Four Seasons Taiwanese oolong base actually is. The best way to have it is definitely Gongfu because you get some rose heavy initial steeps but then segway into a creamier, light and greener oolong base. However, it’s also really nice Western style for a light to medium bodied mug that just feels refreshingly floral and a little bit sweet, and if you Grandpa brew it you get more of the rose flavour building up and a touch more body, but less of the nuance of the Four Seasons base. It’s very cool to me how these minor preparation changes can play so much with the flavour profile…

I’ve probably had this about a dozen times now – and I have a nice big bag of it already. I was so excited we brought it into the line up, as I basically said at the start of this tasting note. So, we’ll see how into it everything else is. This was a personal victory for me, though!

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 and feelings regarding the teas, and not the company’s.

Shanie O Maniac

You know, I’ve been meaning to try some more rose teas. I have one on the way that should be here soon, and if I like that one, I think I may well have to pick this up. I’ve wanted to make a DT order for ages now, and I think it may be time to pull that trigger.

orchid

Do you know if this is still available or the name of the family that makes this tea? I’m desperate to buy a couple of lbs but can’t find it online right now :’(

Roswell Strange

Sadly, I believe we’ve run out of stock online. There’s always a chance that any stores with remaining stock will consolidate it to our warehouse and it will be restocked online then, but since stores are indefinitely closed due to Covid-19 that wouldn’t happen for a while. I’m sorry; I totally understand the love for it!!

orchid

Any chance you can share who the tea master is who makes this tea? And can we put in a request that this tea becomes permanent?

Roswell Strange

I’m unfortunately not able to disclose who the supplier was due to my confidentiality agreement – but I can definitely pass along the request to make it permanent! :)

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Shanie O Maniac

You know, I’ve been meaning to try some more rose teas. I have one on the way that should be here soon, and if I like that one, I think I may well have to pick this up. I’ve wanted to make a DT order for ages now, and I think it may be time to pull that trigger.

orchid

Do you know if this is still available or the name of the family that makes this tea? I’m desperate to buy a couple of lbs but can’t find it online right now :’(

Roswell Strange

Sadly, I believe we’ve run out of stock online. There’s always a chance that any stores with remaining stock will consolidate it to our warehouse and it will be restocked online then, but since stores are indefinitely closed due to Covid-19 that wouldn’t happen for a while. I’m sorry; I totally understand the love for it!!

orchid

Any chance you can share who the tea master is who makes this tea? And can we put in a request that this tea becomes permanent?

Roswell Strange

I’m unfortunately not able to disclose who the supplier was due to my confidentiality agreement – but I can definitely pass along the request to make it permanent! :)

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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, Gongfu…

You name it, I probably drink it.

In that vein, I’ll drink just about any type of tea – the 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 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, 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
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Ruyao Dragon: Pablo
Ruyao Frog: Bebe
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