drank Jungle Crush by DAVIDsTEA
14833 tasting notes

So this is a new tea! It launched back on May 5th (the same date as Watermelon Heat), but as a store exclusive blend…

As I think I mentioned with Peaches & Cream Oolong, which was also store exclusive, I had a lot of mixed feelings with store exclusives. Some of it is, for sure, bias because of course I want the teas that I worked on to have a wider reach and be tasted by more people. It’s tough to set that emotion aside, for sure.

I think this is the first tea we’ve introduced with a Guayusa base since Queen of Tarts, and that was back in (I wanna say) 2013!? Maybe 2014!? So, like, it’s been a long time since we’ve worked with this ingredient again. I was really inspired to create something bright and tropical, but also very lush and juicy as well. Since I was looking at a lot of rainforest and coastal jungle imagery when conceptualizing the blend, guayusa just seemed like such a great addition to lean into that – and of course our Mate/Guayusa section is a little bit on the sparser side so tea wall diversity with types is always something I’m mindful of. Though we did introduce a couple other seasonal mate blends this year to help fill out the category, like Horchata Chai and La Vida Coconut.

As for taste… Well, I’ve already said that I was aiming for tropical fruits! In particular, I ended up going with a bright, sweet combo of mango and guava as the featured flavours. More fresh and sweet versus the very intense and borderline jammy or “cooked down” guava that people might know from Guava Cadabra or Guava Getaway. Also no where near the same level of hibiscus. If I had to make a comparison, Gaba Guava would be closest – but if you crossed it with, like, Mango Fruit Punch. It’s very, very iceable and refreshing!

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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