So it’s been a week since I last wrote a tasting note, and man what an INSANE high stress week it’s been. Eventually I’ll get into that as I try to post some tasting notes from my queue over the next few days, but the gist of things is that…

A) my internet is crap and I’ve had an INCREDIBLY shaky internet connection all week. Seriously, it lasts like 10 min. tops and then just drops. Everyone else in the house isn’t having problems in the slightest, though – and that’s just frustrating. I’ve tried basically every form of trouble shooting I can but no luck. I don’t know, this has happened before and I’ve just had to wait it out – eventually it stopped being an issue.

B) Not only do I now NOT work at Dollarama, I have two jobs: a part time job at Calendar Club – they asked me back for the season, and a part time job at a new Sobeys branch opening up in my city. That’ll be expanded upon sometime later, but lets just say I’m really happy to be moving on to another job. Many of you know I’ve had issues with my racist manager before and there’s been a lot of frustration about the lack of respect the company has with its employees, and the high turnover rate. I think this is just better for me overall.

But anyway, the tea…

When Stacy announced she was closing up shop I tried to think of some of the most unique teas she sells out of my favourites and I tried to focus on stocking up on those blends. Obviously Potato Pancakes is one of those teas you just wont find anywhere else, you I made sure to grab a lot of it. Unfortunately, it sold out but to my delight, Stacy put together this batch instead so, trusting her completely, I ordered about 4 oz. of it! That should definitely last me a while, right!? Right.

I’m gonna have to do a side by side comparison sometime since I still have some of the original Potato Pancakes, but just going on smell this one seemed more “apple-y” to me, and maybe fresher but obviously this is a much newer batch compared to the Potato Pancakes I’ve had the last couple of months.

Steeped up, I was actually surprised because I did expect (based on the smell) for this to be a little fruitier than the original, but it was actually much more starchy/savory than apple like, and definitely pretty soft/gentle. That said, I know I got at least four potato cubes in the leaf I measured out so I’m not discounting the fact that could totally have skewed the balance between flavours. Even though there are definitely differences between the two blends and even though some slight fiddling may have to be done, this was very enjoyable and I am, of course, a happy customer!


Good luck with your new jobs! This tea sounds really intriguing :)

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Good luck with your new jobs! This tea sounds really intriguing :)

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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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