drank Cranberry Pear by DAVIDsTEA
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Today sucked! This was the only day I have off for maybe the next 10-12 days (yay being a manager with a crazy busy schedule…), and instead of sleeping in and enjoying the French Toast breakfast that my roommate Tre, who is studying to be a professional chef), had promised to make I was instead awoken by a phone call asking me to come in to work today to fill a shift for someone who had called in sick. I mean, I guess it was my choice to accept or not – but I felt like it would have looked sort of bad if I (soon to be manager at my own store) wasn’t able to be flexible/come in when people were sick. Part of this new promotion is putting in a lot of time outside of work hours and sacrificing what little social life I have. I wouldn’t have minded – except I really wanted to sleep in until like noon and then have an awesome French Toast breakfast…

But oh well, at least I have my tea!

This was very nearly a sipdown for me. I think I have enough for, say, two more cups? That’s good because this is one I definitely wanted to ‘upgrade’ to a tin instead of just a little sample bag – but bad because there’s still lots of tea in the tin I was hoping to use for it.

For preparation, I used a heaping 1/2 tbsp. which I steeped in boiling water for 5 minutes (10 oz. mug), and then poured into my water bottle. At the time of drinking this, it was cold. Very smooth and creamy with a strong but balanced taste of both pear and cranberry. I love this blend and can’t wait to have a tin of it so I can drink it more frequently without worrying about using up the last of the sample.

I really like this hot too (even though I haven’t had it hot in a while) – it makes a great switch up from my other fruity teas which are typically either herbal, citrus, or lighter white teas.

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My name is Kelly. I’m a twenty something tea drinker and reviewer living in Saskatchewan, Canada. I started drinking loose leaf fairly casually three(ish) years ago, and at some point between then and now that ‘fun little hobby’ turned into a serious obsession.

You know you’ve got it bad when you get your hobby tattooed to your arm.

I’m a TAC trained Tea Sommelier!

Typically I drink flavoured blends more that straight but one of my mini goals is to get that ratio to a more 50/50 level. I do a daily cold brew, and have at least (but usually a lot more) two hot cups of tea every day. Naturally I lean towards black or white blends and as of late oolongs but I WILL drink everything; the last half year or so I’ve been challenging myself by further exploring Oolong and Pu’Erh which are the tea types I know the least about overall.

My default for preparation is Western Style with zero additives (the exception being matcha which I drink in straight milk with no additives) so unless I mention otherwise you can assume that’s how I’ve prepared my tea!

Favourite flavours/ingredients: Pear, Lychee, Cranberry, Cream, Melon, Pineapple, Malt, Roasty, Petrichor

Least favourite flavours/ingredients:
Lemongrass, ginger/“Chai” in general, raisins, overly vegetal, chamomile, sometimes mango or peach

I also have a severe allergy to mushrooms; as such I do not drink Kombucha teas (just to be on the safe side)!

Currently exploring/looking to try: Straight Pu’Erh or Dark/Roasted Oolong, Sweet Potato flavoured blends, and anything with Goji berries

I’ve got four Tea Pets:

Two Pixiu Dragons named Zak and Wheezie, a monkey named Enzo, and a carp named Bergamot. If you see me writing about sharing tea with any of them that’s what I’m talking about ;)

I also have one real life pet:

A skinny pig hairless guinea pig named Eilert, after Henrik Ibsen’s play Hedda Gabler. He’s pretty chill, but a greedy little fella who’ll rip food right out of your hands. Sometimes he joins me for tea time even though he never gets to participate.

Currently I’m seasonally employed at DAVIDsTEA. While I’m still reviewing DAVIDsTEA blends I am no longer numerically rating them due to the obvious conflict of interest. Any tea blends you currently see with a numeric score that are from DAVIDsTEA were reviewed prior to my being hired there.

The URL to my tumblr blog is: guyfierithirdandfinalantichrist


Regina, SK, Canada



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