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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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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