Another one of the new teas from the most recent collection – Reset/Recharge.

This one is online exclusive, and I actually tried it for the first time yesterday despite having been around for the entirety of its development. Why only just now? Well, people here on Steepster who know me well will know that I’m allergic to mushrooms. There are two kinds of mushroom in this tea; the chaga as well as reishi. However, I’ve tried both other mushroom teas DT has released in the past – just, carefully and only once. I have a sort of sip, swish, and spit technique that I use. I also do it in an environment that I have control over, with antihistamines and plenty of water at the ready.

I just know that it would REALLY bother me to not know what the tea is like, especially if it does well, and to no longer be able to truthfully say that I’ve tried every tea that DT has released since I started working there. However, this is an ADDED level to why I want to try this tea – I actually named it. This is the first tea from DT that I have ever named; and it’s a VERY cool feeling being able to say that. It was always something, when I started at the SSC, that was on my “dream DT things” bucket list, and now I’ve done it. Yes, it is a Lady Gaga reference. I just think it’s really fun, and more in the spirit of the older cheeky/pun heavy names that DT used to use frequently – like Quince Charming.

Also yes, for those reading between the lines, I named a tea that I am allergic to and had never tasted before. Such is my legacy.

Obviously I can’t do much to describe the tea given such a brief experience with it – but it’s better than nothing. I know this is meant to be a simpler flavour, and more of a rich and creamy one as well. I think, based on the aforementioned sip, swish, and spit technique, that I kind of agree with that? It seemed quite full bodied, with a lot of earthiness – I imagine that’s probably a step up from the normal earthy quality of shou too because you also are getting some earthy and umami notes from the two mushrooms. I experienced a brothy and slightly salty quality too, which I want to attribute to the mushrooms but I’m definitely not the expert on that. However, after that initial wave of loamy earth notes and umami bomb I was hit with a creamier vanilla and supple sweetness. That’s the flavour I think is what we were trying to achieve – and I think, especially with milk, it would probably make for a really decadent feeling latte. I’m not going to put that to the test, though.

Based on this snap impression/tasting, I don’t think this would be a blend that I would personally gravitate towards if I wasn’t allergic and could actually drink it. Something about the cream note didn’t sit perfectly with me; and that’s definitely something I’ve had issues with in the past when it comes to cream flavouring – from DT and otherwise. However, I appreciate the simplicity of the flavour. It feels straight forward in its intentions.

Someone else who can drink a full mug will need to tell me if they agree with my assessment, 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.

tea-sipper

Congrats on naming a tea! That is awesome. And I’m happy to see Davids has another chaga tea (I like chaga teas despite hating mushrooms.)

tea-sipper

Also, did you notice the rosehips the description mentions?

Roswell Strange

Didn’t notice them at all – hard to say if they’d come through or not in a proper cup, though.

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tea-sipper

Congrats on naming a tea! That is awesome. And I’m happy to see Davids has another chaga tea (I like chaga teas despite hating mushrooms.)

tea-sipper

Also, did you notice the rosehips the description mentions?

Roswell Strange

Didn’t notice them at all – hard to say if they’d come through or not in a proper cup, though.

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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

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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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