drank Cola Crush by DAVIDsTEA
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Anyone else feel like pushing themselves to actively work on sipping down teas is simultaneously forcing yourself to look at some of your negative mental health behaviors? No? Just me…!?

I’ve kind of always struggled with finishing off teas in favor of savoring that one last ‘special cup worth’ but actively working on finishing off bags of tea is making me realize that at some point hoarding so many teas sort of became a security blanket/safety net. Like, I have several other cola flavours teas in my stash – I don’t need this one. However, as I was drinking it I felt guilty finishing it off because what if, in the future, I had a craving for this specific cola tea!? And then I felt guilty for feeling that way, because it was more than a little bit irrational.

I guess, what I’m saying is, I like the feeling of security of owning “one of everything” because then when a really specific craving or circumstance pops up I have the tea that is the solution for it. That’s not really true in many other aspects of normal like – I can’t always just whip out an instant fix. This is an area of my life I have control over though. I’m not really sure what to do with this epiphany now that I’ve had it. I guess I keep trying to sip things down, and work on not feeling like I need that sense of control.

So yeah, that’s today in “Roswell Strange maybe needs therapy!?”…

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.

Leafhopper

Ugh, I can relate to this. I also worry that future harvests of certain teas will be unobtainable/too expensive/not as good.

Roswell Strange

Yes! That definitely factors into it as well.

Martin Bednář

I feel same! So many “last session” worth tea! Like “I need to keep it, if one day I need it.” and then it goes stale, weak in flavours, somehow blah. It was the situation today (although not sipped down) with Violet Cream. So long keeping it in the cupboard, untouched, because I felt I needed to be in a “mood” to enjoy it completely. Nope. It’s the tea which brings me to that “mood”!

But on the other hand, this year I decided to drink mostly those “last sessions” and honestly, it works! As of today, 60 sipdowns in two months… I feel bad not finishing that much teas earlier!

Mastress Alita

I gave up this mentality when, going back to these “last sessions” they tasted like crap because of their age. Made me realize I should’ve savored and enjoyed them when they were in their prime, rather than horde them because I didn’t want to “let go.”

tea-sipper

Yep, I’m the same way to all of this! I figure if I made it to the “last steep session” then I did good job sipping it down anyway, and then the hoarding of the last session starts.

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Leafhopper

Ugh, I can relate to this. I also worry that future harvests of certain teas will be unobtainable/too expensive/not as good.

Roswell Strange

Yes! That definitely factors into it as well.

Martin Bednář

I feel same! So many “last session” worth tea! Like “I need to keep it, if one day I need it.” and then it goes stale, weak in flavours, somehow blah. It was the situation today (although not sipped down) with Violet Cream. So long keeping it in the cupboard, untouched, because I felt I needed to be in a “mood” to enjoy it completely. Nope. It’s the tea which brings me to that “mood”!

But on the other hand, this year I decided to drink mostly those “last sessions” and honestly, it works! As of today, 60 sipdowns in two months… I feel bad not finishing that much teas earlier!

Mastress Alita

I gave up this mentality when, going back to these “last sessions” they tasted like crap because of their age. Made me realize I should’ve savored and enjoyed them when they were in their prime, rather than horde them because I didn’t want to “let go.”

tea-sipper

Yep, I’m the same way to all of this! I figure if I made it to the “last steep session” then I did good job sipping it down anyway, and then the hoarding of the last session starts.

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Hello! My name is Kelly, though many people in the tea community call me Ros or Roswell.

I am a mid-twenties tea addict, blogger, and all around nerd. 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 preparation 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.

I’m also one half of the “tea and fandom” podcast GeekSteep where, weekly, we discuss newly explored fandoms over tea as well as try to figure out the perfect tea to pair with each fandom. You can find us on Spotify and Apple & Google podcasts.

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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