drank Destiny's Chai by DAVIDsTEA
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Another new tea – this one from the Organic collection!

Fun Fact: When I started working at head office this tea was in the process of being officially named and it literally took me over six months to understand the name reference/pun. I was that odd one out who was like “But whhhyyyy Destiny’s Chai? What part of this blend relates to destiny or fate AT ALL!?!??”. When I finally got it, I felt like a moron. What can I say, I didn’t listen to a lot of Destiny’s Child growing up.

I think it’s a bit strange to release such a classically “chai flavoured” chai in March, but I’ll forgive it if it means one less Chai in the fall to be bogged down with. Plus, I like the idea of an all organic tea collection – working in stores, organic teas were something we always got asked about and I always wished we had more diversity in our options. This collection, to me, feels really diverse! I actually wish it was bigger – though, maybe not in conjunction with all the other teas that came out today.

To be completely honest, this Chai is a little bit much for me. It’s pretty heavily spiced and does have some heat to it – though not to the level of the newly released Guarana Chai which is INTENSE. It’s also really classic in terms of flavour, in my opinion, despite having a few less conventional chai ingredients like ashwaghanda – which I’m still not 100% certain I’m spelling correctly. While I think which spices will stand out the most will very a lot depending on your own individual preferences for spice, the ones that I taste the most are ginger, cinnamon, clove, and cardamom. In that order. It’s a touch sweet, from the cinnamon namely, but I would not describe it as a “sweet chai”.

It’s nice to have more herbal chais too – Cinnamon Rooibos Chai and Super Ginger are each good in their own way, but sometimes you want something caffeine free that’s more nuanced/layered in its flavours and less direct/one note.

I’m personally passing on this one; but I’m pleased to see something a touch different and (in my own opinion) needed in terms of chai teas in the DT line up.

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

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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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