13129 Tasting Notes

Sipping on this one currently while I multi task and write tasting notes while watching some Critical Role streams…

I picked it up because even though I remember not loving it I couldn’t remember exactly what it tasted like and in the moment I was really craving some watermelon. It’s definitely not something I’m enjoying a whole lot though. The watermelon note itself is lovely; it’s reminding me loosely of DT’s “Sour Watermelon” tisane because of the tangy kombucha vinegar and sweetness but it’s not quite as intense as that tea.

The mint doesn’t sit right though. It might, were it not for the pronounced acidity of the kombucha vinegar – but it’s too menthol heavy and cooling and it’s creating a cacophonous feeling as I drink it. It’s a little too much going on.

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drank Coconut Eggnog by 52teas
13129 tasting notes

Cold Brew Sipdown (1601)!

As a cold brew this is mostly just a coconut tea in terms of taste, but a lovely buttery and creamy coconut note that verges the fine line between coconut water and more of a coconut pastry. The finish is just a hint creamy and custardy and that fleeting note grounds the blend and pulls it back towards the Coconut Eggnog profile.

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Gongfu!

It’s a sheng puerh kind of afternoon and today I’m dipping into a fresh cake of Demon Slayer. I think the 2018 pressing was pretty slept on; the unique combination of punchy lemon rind notes with vegetal bell pepper undertones isn’t something I’d have thought I’d enjoy but I love it dearly. This more recent pressing really channels a lot of those same flavours, though more sweetly lemon in the early steeps before shifting into the more pithy lemon zest I’ve experienced from the 2018 cake when it was younger. I’m enjoying the more green and astringent vibe it’s settling into as I hit the climax of the session – never too much for me, as someone who usually opts out of vegetal and bitter flavours.

Tea Photos: https://www.instagram.com/p/CaIWXk1OHjy/

Song Pairing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DEoVBwa-4xk

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Started yesterday morning with this matcha that was kindly gifted to me! This is definitely one of the most buttery tasting matcha cultivars that I’ve tried and the rich creamy texture and refreshing crisp vegetal flavours and fleeting hint of nuttiness are just so perfect for this rainy morning that feels like it’s maybe starting to single the first hints of Spring! With just a hint of astringency to balance out the very indulgent buttery richness, it’s an overall delicious tea! Also, I would be remiss to not acknowledge how wicked fast this arrived! Seriously; the original shipping quote on tracking predicted these samples would arrive on the first of March and, well, here I am whisking up my matcha nearly two weeks earlier…

Tea Photo: https://www.instagram.com/p/CaFX7pcu-aM/

Song Pairing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XauUnJyGQHw

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drank Big Red Robe by Volition Tea
13129 tasting notes

Gongfu!

This tea was the sample for the final day of Lunar New Year and the Tiger Box! I was a little surprised to see an oolong since all the selections had been in order of tea type so far – I just assumed that meant we would be finishing with a pu’erh. However, despite the surprise, I’m certainly not disappointed! This was a very lovely yancha with a deep roast and woody mineral intenseness to it! Awesome grilled stonefruit notes right off the bat! However, it softened slightly over the steeps and the floral plum undertones continued to slowly build. A really beautiful way to close out this experience!

Tea Photos: https://www.instagram.com/p/CaA52RTON_c/

Song Pairing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7tanz2wHqNQ

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Picked up one of these in my last grocery shopping haul. It wasn’t something I really liked in the moment when I last had it, but I found myself thinking back on it more fondly than I’d expected. It’s more like a ginger beer than a kombucha and I think I just needed to shift that mentality a bit in order to appreciate it more.

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This was one of my favourite teas from the Brutalities advent calendar and, thankfully, it was one that I already owned even if I hadn’t yet tried it. It’s really lovely. The sweet pineapple juice note comes through exceptionally well over a white tea base and the coconut creaminess is gentle and balancing. I liked it more with the milk addition, but still awesome!

Daylon R Thomas

Going into my list for my next order. I was waiting for someone else to review it. Sounds pretty similar to Dragonfruit Force.

mrmopar

Love the name on this one. Remember the song too.

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drank Grilled Pineapple by 52teas
13129 tasting notes

Mmm…

This tea tasted like coming home. Which of course is weird because there’s not really anything about smoky Lapsang or pineapples that particularly makes me think of home. It’s just that both of those flavours are just highly comforting and safe feeling for me – and this is a perfect combination of these two very well paired and personally beloved tastes. Just the best waxy golden pineapple!

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Cold Brew!

Not as cucumber forward as I’ve tasted in the past but still highly nostalgic and familiar tasting with that lovely mix of different sweet tangy red fruit and citrus notes and the undertone of sweet ripe tomato. It’s just a fruity umami explosion and one of the most unique herbal blends that I own. Revisiting really hit the spot. I’m definitely noticing a trend in some of my tea making the last few weeks (this one in particular) where I’m leaning towards more bright fruity or crisp vegetal notes that sort of signal a change in season for me. It’s maybe, kind of, sort of starting to be Spring…

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drank Self Care Elixir by Tease
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Steeped this up during an evening a couple nights ago but I felt like the taste was a little jumbled and non descript. There’s a fruity, almost strawberry, aroma on the nose of the dry leaf but the actual brewed tea was more herbaceous with some of that moringa green bitterness and a little cinnamon. Not a clear direction, but not a half bad flavour either.

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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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