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drank Fairy Dust by Tealish
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Thank you to VariaTEA for the tea sample!

Apart from the Ceylon tea comparison cuppings that I had to do for class today, this is probably the only tea I drank today that I didn’t pick out because of the rainy weather. And honestly, that’s mostly because I already had the pitcher going in the fridge so it was more a selection driven by convenience.

I think this MIGHT be my first tea from Tealish? I’ve tried over a thousand different teas now and some just don’t make an impression and so they just slip through the cracks of my memory. But I have to say, that this is a company whose name definitely sounded foreign to me when I was prepping the cold brew of this one. I think it was a nice selection for a first offering from them though.

The flavour profile was nice overall, if not rather Spring/Summery in vibes which was admittedly a bit of a mismatch with the weather. I swear; at one time there was a point where I didn’t view teas so seasonally but that has since changed… a lot.

The dry aroma and the smell of the strained, infused liquor is quite potent though: really effervescent notes of green melon/honeydew that takes me back to the vibrancy of Lupicia’s Golden Honeydew. That’s really promising given that they even share a green rooibos base. Now, I do have to say that the same brightness of flavour doesn’t perfectly translate to the taste: the melon is a lot more muted than the aroma would lead you to believe, and it’s cut with other fruity notes like strawberry and kiwi. But the flavour that does come through is smooth, natural and pleasant and I’m really enjoying the strawberry notes accompanying it in particular. It reminds me of something but I’m struggling to place exactly what. Sadly, the base is just a little too potent to completely sink into the cuppa without distractions.

Song Pairing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7QyoRzZrF00&index=4&list=LL1M1wDjmJD4SJr_CwzXAGuQ

So, now that it’s officially October we’ve started playing our Halloween soundtrack over the speakers at work ‘cause holy fuck do thrift stores push Halloween. It’s busier for us than Christmas, by A LOT. This is one of the songs in the Halloween rotation, along with other ‘gems’ like the Adam’s Family theme song, The Monster Mash, the Ghostbuster’s theme song, and Thomas Dolby’s ‘She Blinded Me With Science’. Finding Halloween music is apparently a bit of a stretch. But this song is SUPER catchy; and so I added it into my tea music rotation figuring I’d eventually pair it with a more Halloween like tea; you know a Pumpkin Spice thing or something that reminded me of Halloween candy?

Instead I found it fit the magical, sort of whimsical nature of this blend. I mean, it is named after fairies. That counts! Right…?

Flavors: Green Melons, Strawberry, Tropical, Wood

VariaTEA

I’m surprised you got a lot of base because I don’t get any of it when I drink the tea. Gotta love how everyone tastes things differently.

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VariaTEA

I’m surprised you got a lot of base because I don’t get any of it when I drink the tea. Gotta love how everyone tastes things differently.

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Hello! My name is Kelly, though many people in the tea community call me Ros or Roswell.

I am a twenty five year old proudly queer tea addict, blogger, and all around tea geek. 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 preperation 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.

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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