I wrote a tasting note for this one last week when it launched, but I realized earlier tonight while I was steeping myself up a mug that it never posted. It hasn’t happened in a long time for me, but I guess that note was eaten by Steepster. So, this probably wont be as detailed a tasting note as the one I first wrote up. Oh well.

I was thinking tonight as I was sipping on this tea that despite seeming so straight forward, there’s really quite a lot of “customization” when it comes to brownies and everyone has such distinct preferences. Are you a nuts in brownies person? Chocolate chips or chunks in the batter? Frosted on top? Edge or middle brownie? Firm or really chewy?? If I were to describe my own personal perfect brownie it would probably be a simple unfrosted chewy middle brownie without any add-ins. However, that’s not really what I’d want in a brownie tea.

A plain chocolate tea, which is essentially what a brownie tea would be, just feels really boring to me. Maybe that’s because I’m not big on chocolate teas in general? Honestly I’m not sure. So, I really like this interpretation of a brownie tea because it’s not overly sweet and has more of those just a bit bitter dark chocolate fudge-y cacao notes and then quite a distinct walnut flavour. Of all the nuts you see used in tea, walnut is definitely one of the least common – and when I personally think of walnut teas that I really enjoy my list is super small: Toasted Walnut from DT and I remember a walnut truffle type of blend from Tea Desire that I’ve enjoyed in the past. So there’s enough interest to this blend for me to get a bit into it and understand the appeal.

If I had to describe the kind of brownie this tea is, it would obviously have walnut mix ins but I’d also call it a more “baked”/firm unfrosted darker chocolate edge brownie.

Now, it does take a lot for a chocolate tea to make it’s way into what I consider my “permanent” collection and I’m not totally sure if I’m there yet with this blend, but I do like it and I grabbed myself a smaller bag of it shortly before it launched so that I could gauge how fast I might go through it/find myself reaching for it.

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 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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