drank Celebration by RiverTea
15678 tasting notes

Sipdown (147/153)!

I have a little bit of backlog to get through; honestly not a lot though. I haven’t done much tea drinking these last few days for a variety of reasons; the primary one being a weird work schedule outside of my normal sleeping pattern which has just resulted in my being completely exhausted the last few days. I’ve almost literally woken up, gone to work, come home and gone straight to sleep… Boo!

But anyway, I’m definitely stealing an idea from aisling of tea here because I totally timed drinking this tea (once it had arrived) with it also being my 1500th tasting note! She did the same thing for her 1000th tasting note because, you know, celebrate with “Celebration”. How crazy is that!? I think pretty crazy. 1500 tasting notes since joining Steepster less than a year ago! When I joined Steepster I had no idea how involved I would get in this community, but I wouldn’t have it any other way!

As for the tea, dry is definitely smelled like juicy strawberries and visually it looked almost identical to Tea Desire’s Buddha Bamboo (my favourite bamboo tea thus far) but with red flowers instead of yellow. And shit are they red! Super red! Steeped up, and it tastes pretty similar to Buddha Bamboo as well but that’s to be expected I think; they’re both strawberry bamboo teas. The main difference that I recall is that this was creamier and BB is definitely juicier/more “punchy”. But both are good! I think it would depend whether you like punchy things or creamy teas on which would be better to stock. In this case I think I lean towards the Tea Desire blend. I think it’s the addition of red currants that sells me.

The rest of this is going to VariaTEA whom I fully expect will enjoy it because I know how much she, too, enjoys Buddha Bamboo. Gotta share the tea wealth!

Flavors: Bamboo, Strawberry, Vanilla


Congrats, you did choose the perfect tea :-)


Woohoo, 1500! :)

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Congrats, you did choose the perfect tea :-)


Woohoo, 1500! :)

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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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