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Today’s sick tea of choice.

Three large mugs; two normal ones, and one double bagged. This was a good choice; I burned through teabags I wouldn’t have touched otherwise, and the mint was soothing on my throat and made it a little easier to breathe!

Slightly tea related; Face Eater Guy text me today. I still haven’t written the tasting note from our 2nd date yet (it’s in the queue guys!) but one of the things I was gonna talk about was that we made him a “DAVIDsTEA’s ‘worst hits’ Sampler”. Which is as bad as it sounds; based on his suggestion (I guess maybe we’re both a little masochistic) I helped him pick out around five of DT’s “worst teas”/most commonly disliked teas as an introduction to tea for him.

It’s probably the best worst way I could introduce the guy to the world of tea. But hey, it can only get better from there! Right!?

Tonight he made his first cup; Lapsang Souchong Star. Definitely was NOT a fan. Which made me a wee bit giddy. Am I a terrible person for that? Maybe. Probably. Best rest assured tea frens’ – the damage done with these bad, bad blends will be corrected with good ones! And he knows full well I picked some of the nastiest ones I could think of so it’s not like this is gonna shape his opinion on all tea.

carol who

LOL! Oh, you are evil! :)

DeliriumsFrogs

That’s absolutely hysterical. lol

OMGsrsly

OMG. Did you get the Cola tea? Is it even still available?

Anlina

Did you get Aloha Puer in there? Because that is spectacularly bad.

I actually enjoy their Lapsang Souchong, though it’s not my favourite.

Roswell Strange

We ended up getting these ones:

- Lapsang Souchong Star
- Hibiscus Punch
- Queen of Tarts
- Coffee Pu’Erh
- Genmaicha
- Garcinia Goodness

And then he got 50g of Mint To Be for himself since he actually liked it. I helped pick all of them except for Genmaicha; that was the sales associate’s suggestion because he figured since Face Eater has like no clue how to properly brew tea it’ll get gross ‘cause it’ll go bitter super quickly. I think there could have been other green teas that’d do that better, but I guess this one was cost effective…

Roswell Strange

If Aloha Pu’Erh or the Cherry Cola were still available, I definitely would have picked those ones out too :P

OMGsrsly

I think I have some Cherry Cola, Roswell. I’ll try to remember to check when I get home. (Also, Face Eater! Ahh! What a hilarious nickname.)

Kaylee

Maybe Davids just shouldn’t try to do pu’erh blends…

Roswell Strange

It’d probably be a hilarious nickname if he knew about it… Which he doesn’t. But pretty well everyone calls him it; you guys on Steepster, Tre, and coworkers too. Oops.

OMGsrsly

It looks like I either got rid of it or sent it away. Actually, I think I sent it to someone in the tea group. I don’t remember who, though.

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carol who

LOL! Oh, you are evil! :)

DeliriumsFrogs

That’s absolutely hysterical. lol

OMGsrsly

OMG. Did you get the Cola tea? Is it even still available?

Anlina

Did you get Aloha Puer in there? Because that is spectacularly bad.

I actually enjoy their Lapsang Souchong, though it’s not my favourite.

Roswell Strange

We ended up getting these ones:

- Lapsang Souchong Star
- Hibiscus Punch
- Queen of Tarts
- Coffee Pu’Erh
- Genmaicha
- Garcinia Goodness

And then he got 50g of Mint To Be for himself since he actually liked it. I helped pick all of them except for Genmaicha; that was the sales associate’s suggestion because he figured since Face Eater has like no clue how to properly brew tea it’ll get gross ‘cause it’ll go bitter super quickly. I think there could have been other green teas that’d do that better, but I guess this one was cost effective…

Roswell Strange

If Aloha Pu’Erh or the Cherry Cola were still available, I definitely would have picked those ones out too :P

OMGsrsly

I think I have some Cherry Cola, Roswell. I’ll try to remember to check when I get home. (Also, Face Eater! Ahh! What a hilarious nickname.)

Kaylee

Maybe Davids just shouldn’t try to do pu’erh blends…

Roswell Strange

It’d probably be a hilarious nickname if he knew about it… Which he doesn’t. But pretty well everyone calls him it; you guys on Steepster, Tre, and coworkers too. Oops.

OMGsrsly

It looks like I either got rid of it or sent it away. Actually, I think I sent it to someone in the tea group. I don’t remember who, 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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