Sipdown (141)!

I almost feel like this is the most my cupboard has swollen up to in like half a year, though not sure if that’s factually accurate. I do know that my cupboard number of “141” doesn’t factor in any of the teas I’ve received for my Sommelier course; if it did I’d definitely be over 150. I have to step up my sipdown game!

This tea comes from Liquid Proust! It’s an incredibly different, interesting looking chai and despite the presence of ginger in it I was very excited for the chance to try it out purely ‘cause it’s so unconventional. In particular, I love that there’s pineapple in this! While I’m not too big on Chai in general fruitier Chai have been better received by me, and pineapple is my favourite fruit so…

I cold brewed my sample; Chai to me is more of a fall/winter thing and I’m not waiting that long to try this so I had to find a way to make it seem more summery and “in season”. Cold prep was the easiest solution.

Initial thoughts when having my first few sips were that this was quite sweet, with a bit of a ‘peppery’ fennel sort of flavour? After I got over the initial wave of sweetness and ticklish spices I thought that there was a nice even level of pineapple, cinnamon, ginger and cardamom notes along with that sort of sweet licorice/fennel note. I wish the ingredients were more specific and didn’t just like “flavour” as an ingredient; I don’t really know how off base I am for tasting fennel (and to a lesser extent cardamom) since it’s not a listed ingredient but because of how general “flavour” is that could very well be an added flavour…

As for other elements of the blend, like the base(s), visually I didn’t really see much rooibos in the dry leaf but I definitely felt like I was tasting it more than the white tea. Red rooibos, to me, sometimes comes off as very peppery and this was something I definitely observed through much of the blend. The white tea contributed a little sweet hay flavour but compared to all of the other elements of the blend it was very mild.

The last few sips were horrible though; for whatever reason it was like all of the cinnamon had ‘sunk’ to the bottom of the tumbler and I was drinking super dry, concentrated cinnamon water. BLECK! But apart from that gross finish I thought this was quite nice and interesting. A very unique take on Chai!

Side Note: Can I just point out how much it frustrates me that the option in the flavours list is “CardaMON”! This isn’t Digimon folks; the ingredient/flavour is CardaMOM!!

Flavors: Black Pepper, Cardamom, Cinnamon, Fennel, Ginger, Hay, Licorice, Pineapple, Sweet Potatoes

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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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