So, I was pretty pissed at my city’s transit a few nights ago…

I bus basically everywhere; and with the way scheduling works at my job when I’m working a closing shift I finish work about ten minutes after the bus has left – and the buses run once an hour at that time of night, so I have about a 50 minute wait downtown for the next bus. I usually just hang out in the store, and prep things for the next day to save the opener some time in the morning or I’ll watch Youtube Videos on my phone or write tasting notes…

Well, a few nights ago I was waiting for the bus and about forty minutes has passed so I decided to go walk down to my bus stop and wait for the bus. I get downtown, and as usual there’s like twenty or so other people waiting for the bus. This is downtown, and it’s the ONE spot in my city where every single bus route intersects/every bus stops. So it’s a pretty main transit hub. I’m waiting, and I realize it’s been like twenty minutes; the bus should have shown up and left ten minutes ago! So, I call the transit hot line for an ETA on when the bus is going to be arriving – and the hotline says there’s no expected buses for the rest of the evening at my stop number. That’s really fucking weird, right!? So I ask a couple people downtown – hey, should your bus have shown up already? What bus were you waiting for? Shit like that. Everyone is confused – no one’s buses have shown up. As we’re all talking to each other and figuring this shit out, a representative from the transit station walks over to the stops and tells us that all bus routes have been redirected for the rest of the evening because there’s a parade that is going through the main block downtown.

People are pissed – why was there nothing posted at the bus stop to let anyone know? Or, no message on the transit hotline saying that all routes were going to be effected!? Usually when something it up with the routes it’ll say something when you call in. Either “routes will be running on the Sunday schedule due to the holiday” or like “The #1 Broadstreet has been rerouted due to the construction, please use the alternate bus stop located at INSERT STREET ADDRESS HERE” – but there’s been NOTHING posted. All twenty some of us waiting downtown have been here, waiting for the bus totally clueless. It’s BAD communication…

So of course I ask her what the alternate transit stop is for my route – and it’s TWELVE BLOCKS AWAY. In the opposite direction of where I’m trying to go home. So that’s MIGHTY frustrating. Next question; what time is the next bus? She looks down at her clipboard. It’s ten minutes from now. I can’t walk that distance in ten minutes. The next one is an hour later. If there had been something posted downtown I could have walked to the rerouted stop by now, and caught the bus that is about to leave…

So I’m fuming. Just FUMING. But I start walking to the stop, ‘cause what other option do I fucking have!? As I’m walking, I pass the parade – the main street to get to the rerouted stop goes through the parade route. I have to stand there for like ten minutes waiting for a gap in the parade and run across the street. It’s bullshit. Such bullshit.

Finally, I get to the stop. There, posted on the bus sign, is a piece of paper typed out that simply reads “Route #1 Alternate Bus Route”. Are you fucking kidding!? In what way does it make sense to post it THERE and not on the stop that you’re rerouting it from!? Next to the stop is a Starbucks. I still have like twenty minutes to kill until the bus gets here, so I walk in and order the first tea related thing that I see on the menu – a rooibos tea latte.

It tastes like hot milk and sawdust, and more than half the cup is milk foam so I feel a little ripped off that I basically paid for half a cup of sawdust latte. I dowsed it in nutmeg powder, to cover the sawdust taste, and it helped a bit…

I finally got home, almost three hours after my shift had ended for the evening. Fuck you, Regina transit… Fuck you.

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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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