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Geek Steep S2E5 – Buffy The Vampire Slayer: Once More With Feeling

This is the tea I drank while watching the episode for this geek – I think it’s probably pretty obvious that I chose it because it is a Buffy inspired tea. Like, it’s super on the nose. Here’s the crazy part though – this is one of, like, eight BTVS teas I own and I owned all of them back when we did our first episode and I just… completely forgot!? I feel like that’s a hardcore sign I own too much tea, but regardless it’s just funny to me that we went an entire episode last season missing out on the potential to drink Buffy tea while watching Buffy…

Anyway, it was a good tea and not a bad pairing – it’s a spiced pear which is pretty delicious all things considered. I do kind of wish that I’d flipped my recording and “geeking” teas though because I did think this was a little too soft/light and not really vibrant and fruity enough to properly capture the feeling I get inside every time I watch this musical episode.

That said, I don’t regret choosing it!

Lexie Aleah

That’s my favorite episode!

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drank Tropic Tango by DAVIDsTEA
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Geek Steep S2E5 – Buffy The Vampire Slayer: Once More With Feeling!

Cold Brew!

Firstly it feels so good to be returning to Buffy on the podcast! This is the fandom that really started it all for Marika and I, and when I say that I don’t just mean the podcast but our irl friendship as well! So getting to really thoroughly nerd out for an hour about what is, specifically, my favourite episode in the whole series!? Total dream come true.

As our listeners know, it gets hot when we record so I tend to favor steeping cold brews on recording days – and this is one I picked because I felt like it captures the feeling of this episode so well! Despite the actually somewhat darker themes/storylines handled it’s just so vibrant and full of life and fun and this tea!? Well it’s an explosion of super fruity tropical flavours that really just dance and sing on the palate. Perfect for a musical episode, no!?

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.

Flavors: Coconut, Cream, Hibiscus, Mango, Tropical

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Sipdown (1513)!

Finished this one off yesterday morning and, in full transparency, I picked the tea because I knew I was going to be having a highly busy morning and I wanted to both get in a sipdown and pick something that I don’t find super special so that it didn’t feel overly wasteful when I drank it and didn’t get it attention. I just knew I wasn’t going to have the time. So, this was nice – a little fruity and very full bodied. However it wasn’t anything with a wow factor and really was just there to serve the purpose of keeping me caffeinated with a non offensive mug of black tea.


I’ve never tried a Japanese black before. Have you had one you thought was just superb?

Roswell Strange

Camellia Sinensis’ Nadeshiko is pretty outstanding!


(off to check it out)

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I really debated quite heavily if I wanted to order this tea or not, but in the end I decided I would be more frustrated by not trying it and having the taste be this big question mark for me than I would be by buying it and not loving it. Now to be fair I did let my mug steep for much longer than I had initially intended, but my main reservation was that it would be too much lavender since Deb seems to have a really liberal hand when adding lavender to her teas and… well, it’s kind of too much lavender.

It’s just so thick and floral that the heady notes of pungent lavender are really covering everything else except for the briskness of the black tea. I will do my best to not make a snap judgement since my steeping of this mug was not what I’d intended it to be. However, it’s a bit disappointing. Still, better (at least to me) than not knowing.

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Sipdown (1514)!

This tea is bright and fruity with a pleasantly sweet peach top note, but gets a little silkier and creamy in the mid sip with undertones of cinnamon and a light chamomile finish. I’m not a huge fan of chamomile but the name and ingredients were so intriguing that I wanted to try it anyway & I’m glad I did because this tea ended up being really well balanced but still fun and flavourful!

Photo: https://www.instagram.com/p/CVRDorIAmJ-/

Song Pairing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wY0ji9rKB9w&ab_channel=Evergreen

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drank Orangecicle by The Tea Girl
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Sipdown (1515)!

Thank you to Sil and VariaTEA for passing this tea along! I steeped this in a fill your own/drawstring teabag and I feel like I shouldn’t have left the teabag in while drinking. The start of the mug was sweet bright orange sherbet and silky sweet vanilla custard but as the tea kept steeping it got more like a hibiscus dominated orange with chalky tasting cream. Definitely a sad way to finish a mug that started so positively but it feels like it was just on me for not ideal steeping conditions…

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Sipdown (1516)!

Definitely a little bit sad to have finished off this very delicious and unique apple flavoured matcha – it’s definitely the best one I’ve ever come across! I don’t know if another Yunomi order is in my near future, but whenever the next one happens I will be adding more of this tea to the cart!

Photo: https://www.instagram.com/p/CVWLg3jAblq/

Flavors: Apple, Apple Candy, Creamy, Floral, Sweet

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Made myself a very big mug of this a few days ago and I liked it more than I remembered. It’s got such a deep and cooling distinct mint to it but then the body is really juicy dense blackberries and currant and the combo of that jammy dark berry mixed with the crisp mint is so distinct. I felt really alert and refreshed finishing off the mug. Mmm!

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drank Pina Papaya by INI Sips
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From this weekend. A bit more generically fruity and bright but with some more tropical and tangy/tart leaning flavourings. Super pleasant and sippable even if not especially memorable. Love the pineapple notes though.

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drank Crepeshow by Brutaliteas
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Had this one over the weekend and I remember thinking how impressively well balanced all of the flavours were – it definitely distinctly tasted like chestnut, banana, chocolate, and baked goods/pastry in pretty equal ways. Maybe a bit more banana and chestnut. I think it’s a very good recreation of different styles of sweet crepes. The chestnut cream crepes (usually on buckwheat) that are so popular here in Montreal are delicious as are chocolate banana crepes and I think this is a nice combination of those two ideas.

I don’t think I’d go out of my way to get this again because it does feel rather specific to me, but it’s super well done IMO and I enjoyed the cup – it’s not gonna be a problem to finish at all, but more of a pleasure.

Evol Ving Ness

Mm, this sounds pretty great.

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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.


Montreal, QC, CA



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