Gong Fu!

Something like eight infusions total, with life left in the leaf for more – I just never want that much Sheng in one go, it seems. I paired this with starfruit, mostly because I had a lot of starfruit sitting in the fridge that was going to go bad soon. I was going to steep one of the “pieces” off the bar, but this ended up being surprisingly tightly compressed and hard to break apart that neatly. So, it was like 2/3 of a piece…

I was a bit taken aback by the upfront/forward sweetness in this tea. I say this completely uninfluenced the starfruit I was also enjoying, but the taste was sort of like drinking a really nice fruit salad, with perhaps a bit of citrus mixed into it and a pinch or two of good quality sugar on top. Definitely lingering sweetness, as described by Bitterleaf themselves, too! It was really damn nice! Broken up by some intermittent bitterness in some of the steepings; not sure if that was a more bitter undertone to the tea coming out or a result of my being lazy with measuring the time for each steeping. Maybe a bit of both? Regardless I was still really pleased with the session as a whole!

Shanie O Maniac

Starfruit is one of my favorites. I should try pairing some with various teas when I get home from the funeral on Wednesday. Also one of my favorites is Dragonfruit. That stuff is wonderful in cottage cheese. I wonder how IT would pair with tea?

Roswell Strange

You’d definitely need to go with a light bodied tea if you don’t want the flavor of the tea to swallow up the taste of the Dragonfruit since it’s such a mild taste. General rule of them in flavor pairings is to match intensities. I’d recommend a Chinese green that’s on the sweeter, fruitier side (less nutty like dragonwell), a white tea like Silver Needle, or something with more floral notes like a jasmine silver needle or pearl tea, or a delicate floral leaning oolong like Baozhong where both the floral and melon notes in the tea would be great complimenting flavors.

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**rule of thumb

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Shanie O Maniac

Starfruit is one of my favorites. I should try pairing some with various teas when I get home from the funeral on Wednesday. Also one of my favorites is Dragonfruit. That stuff is wonderful in cottage cheese. I wonder how IT would pair with tea?

Roswell Strange

You’d definitely need to go with a light bodied tea if you don’t want the flavor of the tea to swallow up the taste of the Dragonfruit since it’s such a mild taste. General rule of them in flavor pairings is to match intensities. I’d recommend a Chinese green that’s on the sweeter, fruitier side (less nutty like dragonwell), a white tea like Silver Needle, or something with more floral notes like a jasmine silver needle or pearl tea, or a delicate floral leaning oolong like Baozhong where both the floral and melon notes in the tea would be great complimenting flavors.

Roswell Strange

**rule of thumb

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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.

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