drank Citrus Zing by T2
13100 tasting notes

Cold Brew!

I ordered the three new T2 Cold Brews for myself at the same time as I ordered my advent because, despite seeming like pretty safe/commercial profiles, when I looked at the ingredients lists for the three flavours they all had some pretty interesting ingredients in the mix…

I think this is my second favourite of the three – it’s a zesty lemon flavour that tastes like a combination of lemon oil with a smidge of that pithy rind quality along with lemongrass, but with a cooling sweet mint undertone and just a bit of a herbaceous sage twist as well. I actually got the feeling like the flavour profile would probably be better hot, but that does contradict the idea of cold brew formulated teas a bit…

(I may still try it, though.)

One thing is because of the very short recommended steep time along with the fact these are preportioned sachets for cold brewing… the taste is pretty light. Honestly, in the case of this blend not as light as I’d expected it to be – but there’s an element where it’s a bit more like having a flavoured or infused water versus a proper “tea” and that’s even taking into account these are all tisanes.

It’s very clear that they’re getting away, so to speak, with short steep time (like, less than 10 minutes) because the percentage of flavouring in the blend is so incredibly high. It’s less that the ingredients are truly steeping and more than the compressed flavouring granules are just dissolving.

I’m not really anti flavouring in any way and it doesn’t bug me that this is mostly flavouring, but I’ve never really understood why so many companies seem focused on having QUICK cold brews when, at least in my experience, one of the best qualities of a cold brew is being able to “set it and forget it” and just let the tea go at its own extended pace while you do other things and come back to it hours later…

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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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