First tea of the morning – had it during a Microsoft Teams meeting right at the start of my day. If I haven’t said it before, I hate remote meetings – it’s always hard to hear people, and I feel like I work in an office where everyone is so communicative with their hands and facial expressions that some of the meaning is always a little bit lost…

But, you do what you’ve gotta do.

I’m continuing to love this blend – that initial wave of adoration of the cherry flavour really hasn’t faded for me at all. It reminds me, as a hot cup, a lot of Cherry Nibs but juicier and tangier. Undercut with that licorice-y note though. Red licorice, to be clear, not black licorice/anise/licorice root type flavours.

With Goji Green being discontinued now, this may be my closest thing to a replacement. I loved that red licorice/raspberry note in Goji Green and I feel like it’s here too.

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.

LuckyMe

I’m used to remote meetings as my office is geographically dispersed but we just moved to Microsoft Teams and it sucks. Give me Zoom or the old Skype any day.

Roswell Strange

I’ve never used Zoom before; it’s probably a miracle I’ve navigated the pandemic so far without it… It’s interesting that you prefer it though – what do you think the advantages are?

Shae

Teams would be great if my company hadn’t disabled all of its best features.

Sil

teams has visual, so you should be able to have face to face meetings. We do it all the time at work. I despise skype vs teams…..zoom would be fine, though teams has a lot of collaboration tools we use, now that people are getting used to things

Roswell Strange

Usually only the presenter will have visual (and shared screen versus their face) – with meetings that sometimes have 10+ everyone having their screens on at once can mess with the flow too…

OMGsrsly

I think we’re getting Teams at work soon, but right now we mostly use Zoom for meetings and for classes. It really sucks because something about Zoom keeps disconnecting my Bluetooth headphones. I hate being plugged in when I’m in a group meeting.

Martin Bednář

We use(d) only Teams for classes, my brother uses it in work every day andd haven’t heard any complains, only that it’s different than Skype. But I think it is what are you used to use ;)

I would rather not even to try work with those programms, but what we can do, right?

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LuckyMe

I’m used to remote meetings as my office is geographically dispersed but we just moved to Microsoft Teams and it sucks. Give me Zoom or the old Skype any day.

Roswell Strange

I’ve never used Zoom before; it’s probably a miracle I’ve navigated the pandemic so far without it… It’s interesting that you prefer it though – what do you think the advantages are?

Shae

Teams would be great if my company hadn’t disabled all of its best features.

Sil

teams has visual, so you should be able to have face to face meetings. We do it all the time at work. I despise skype vs teams…..zoom would be fine, though teams has a lot of collaboration tools we use, now that people are getting used to things

Roswell Strange

Usually only the presenter will have visual (and shared screen versus their face) – with meetings that sometimes have 10+ everyone having their screens on at once can mess with the flow too…

OMGsrsly

I think we’re getting Teams at work soon, but right now we mostly use Zoom for meetings and for classes. It really sucks because something about Zoom keeps disconnecting my Bluetooth headphones. I hate being plugged in when I’m in a group meeting.

Martin Bednář

We use(d) only Teams for classes, my brother uses it in work every day andd haven’t heard any complains, only that it’s different than Skype. But I think it is what are you used to use ;)

I would rather not even to try work with those programms, but what we can do, right?

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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.

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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