15442 Tasting Notes

Grandpa Style!

Today just felt like a smoked tea kind of day. This elevated version of a Lapsang Souchong is thick and intensely smoky with a scotch-like peaty undertone and plenty of malt, bitter cocoa, and leather notes to go around. It was such a grounding cuppa to slurp back in the chaos of the day! Few teas make me smile more than a really, really good smoked black tea!!

Tea Photo: https://www.instagram.com/p/Cx826X2u_2S/

Song Pairing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AprFIej9Cho

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I don’t wanna jump the gun here, but this might be my favourite Magic Hour blend yet – which actually sort of sucks since I think this was limited edition. I was nervous that the earthy pu’erh might be unpleasant with the lemon and cream notes, but this was so smooth with a really bright, sweet lemony top note and a pleasantly creamy finish. It hit all the notes I’d want in a lemon meringue profile and was just overall so well balanced and flavourful.

Daylon R Thomas

Guess I’ll see if I can get that before it runs out. Did you drink it hot or iced?

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drank Butterbotch by BrutaliTeas
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It’s officially October which means time to bust out all the fun and creepy Halloween teas I own!! Starting with… an oversteeped mug of Butterbotch. Womp womp. Even brewed too long it was still kind of good. The initial flavour was rich butterscotch with that caramel-like sweetness and slight salty undertone. Just a shame it was immediately followed by bitterness. Bitter bitter bitter black tea. I thought about trying to salvage the mug with some milk, but I was fresh out.

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I wanted to like this but something about the strong bergamot and very floral jasmine kind of gave me a headache. I don’t know if it was just too much flavouring oil, but whatever the case I didn’t particular enjoy this one. It’s just a lot.

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drank Breakfast in Bed by 52teas
15442 tasting notes

After being slightly disappointed by the strength of the rose flavouring in Trader Nick’s Enchanted Rose blend I decided I needed another rose tea with a more reliable flavour. I opted for this one and was not let done. It’s smooth, aromatic and fresh tasting rose that does a great job at not dipping into that perfume zone. The hint of cozy cinnamon is really pleasant too and it does a nice job balancing out the florals.

52Teas

I’ll be reblending this one soon because it’s the favorite tea of the wonderful lady who helped me with the website (I’m hopeless when it comes to tech) – so to thank her for all her help, I’m going to reblend that tea for her. :)

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drank Peachy Keen by Snarky Tea
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Made this hot with a little bit of vanilla agave. I was going for a loose Peaches & Cream sort of vibe and it kind of worked? The peach flavour itself and the bold black tea base are really enjoyable, but there was something kind of off about the finish to me. It tasted buttery but in a sort of unpleasantly oily kind of way. Also, I don’t think I added enough of the agave as I didn’t really taste the vanilla at all.

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Aaaaah! As expected, this is packed with that sweet, sweet Japanese style honeydew/green melon flavour. I gleefully slurped this back. One of my favourite blends from Lupicia is their Melon Oolong and this is a damn good replacement for it since it’s not very accessible to me anymore!

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Cold Brew!

Possibly the most annoying this about this tea is how much it made every other tea it was shipped/packed with smell and taste like black licorice and, as I’m drinking it right now, how little it actually tastes like black licorice itself. It’s refreshing and vaguely sweet but soooo mildly black licorice. I’m actually kind of shocked.

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As a chai blend this was enjoyable. It had a nice ratio of spices with a pleasantly lingering sweetness from what I imagine was either fennel or anise. Good sweetness, a little bit of a peppery undertone. Not anything with “wow factor” or that read as distinct, but solid. However, as a Rose Chai it leaves a lot to be desired. I really didn’t taste any floral notes at all, and that’s a shame because I quite like the idea of a Rose Chai on a rooibos base. I’ve tasted more than a handful of Rose Chai blends though, and this was for sure the bottom of that list.

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Cold Brew!

This was fine as a cold brew but I think that the somewhat generic rose and berry combo will be a little bit forgettable in the long term. I wish either of those key flavours were a little stronger. Note both though, as that would be too much. I do appreciate how smooth everything was, though.

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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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