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Iced at work last night…

You know, I really thought that I’d be all over this one. The only ingredient, aside from the base, that I’m not big on is the ginger and even that is a flavour I’ve become a lot more tolerable of throughout my tea exploration.

There were aspects of this that I really liked though, like the strong fennel notes and refreshingly minty finish. I couldn’t taste the base tea a lot either, and that was a big plus for me too. However, I just felt that as a whole there was something really drying to the tea mouthfeel wise and that the ‘completed’ flavour profile was sort of… boring? Like, it just didn’t excite me at all and even the parts of the tea which were good weren’t great. Nothing inherently wrong or undesirable with it though, in my opinion. It just didn’t quite work for me for whatever reason.

Though, I think I DID have a bit of an epiphany while drinking it about my relationship to ginger. Recently, I’ve been more tolerable of ginger in some blends even though it’s a flavour I’m not huge on. I think I finally found the connector between the blends I like with ginger in it; when paired with other spices or on its own I find it rather overwhelming and unpleasant, but with something softer in flavour or fruity I think it can be quite nice! So, it’s all about what it’s paired with, I suppose…

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It was a night of finishing off tea categories yesterday, I suppose, because this was the last oolong on the tea wall I had left to try as well and I crossed it off last night on shift. Well, last if you don’t count the two with kombucha in them which I can’t have because of allergies.

I have, of course, had Tie Kwan Yin/Iron Goddess of Mercy before from other companies but I’d just never tried DT’s offering. I got this one iced; all of the teas I had yesterday were iced because I like taking advantage of the convenient iced tea set up we have at work. It’s much easier to make iced tea there than with the equipment I have at home. Eventually I’ll need to invest in a gravity steeper…

This was good though; I wasn’t 100% sure I’d like it iced but I thought the softer roasty/nutty notes translated well to iced preparation. Or, at least, a lot better than I’ve found other roasty tasting teas, like Genmaicha, tend to. It was also a bit grassy/vegetal with some lighter peach and floral notes in the finish. Mostly nutty, though. It was nice to try a familiar tea in a different style, that’s for sure.

Friendly reminder that I’m not currently numerically rating DAVIDsTEA blends as I’m currently seasonally employed there and it would be an obvious conflict of interest. Any blends you see with numerical ratings were rated prior to my employment there. These reviews are a reflection of my personal thoughts regarding the teas, and not the company’s.

VariaTEA

You don’t have a gravity steeper?! I have 3. One of the better tea investments I have made

Roswell Strange

I know – it’s shameful ;) I’ve always meant to get one; but it always gets pushed back in favor of other things. I’m sure that’s part of the reason why I gravitate so heavily to cold brews over iced teas; much easier to cold brew without a gravity steeper than it is to make iced tea.

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drank Sweet Lime by DAVIDsTEA
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So, we finally got more Sweet Lime back in stock after it being back ordered for like a month!!! I worked last night, so of course my immediate plan of attack as far as on shift tea drinking goes was to finally brew this up so I can actually say I’ve tried every white tea on the tea wall!

Drank this one iced ‘cause it’s how our ASM recommended it and it was really good. It definitely tastes very strongly of lime, as it should. Compared to Lime Gelato, the other lime tea we sell, I’d definitely say this is more of an intense and bold lime flavour than that tea; although the latter has some creaminess to it and this is a bit more sour/tangy. It took me like two thirds of the cup to figure out exactly which lime thing it was reminding me of, but I finally nailed it: it 100% tastes like Lime Skittles with a bit of an apple-y undertone. Really pleasant and delightful overall, and hella refreshing.

Friendly reminder that I’m not currently numerically rating DAVIDsTEA blends as I’m currently seasonally employed there and it would be an obvious conflict of interest. Any blends you see with numerical ratings were rated prior to my employment there. These reviews are a reflection of my personal thoughts regarding the teas, and not the company’s.

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Stopped in at Job #2 today after I got off Job #1; I didn’t work at DAVIDsTEA today but wanted to say hi to everyone and cross something off the list for Project Tea Wall to drink on the way home…

Sadly, I goofed a little bit and I got this one when I meant to get Sweet Dreams. I just couldn’t remember which of the two I’d tried before; but alas it’s this one. Revisiting never hurts though; especially since it was three years ago that I tried this one. So it definitely wasn’t ‘fresh’ in my memory.

So I got this one hot without any additives, and while I have to say I’m not mad at it by any stretch it’s definitely not my favourite either. I can taste most of the ingredients in the blend pretty clearly, especially the hibiscus, chamomile, and peppermint. The peppermint is great, really nice and refreshing. The other two? Not really preferred flavours of mine but not the worst either. However, all together I just don’t find the flavour profile relaxing like it should be. There’s just this massive flavour disconnect for me, and it actually made me feel a little more stressed out than I think I would’ve felt without drinking anything at all…

But half an hour after finishing the mug? I’m about ready to pass out. Maybe it wasn’t a relaxing experience in the moment, but that Valerian root sure has worked its magic and has me ready for bed at seven! Wizardry, I tell you!

Friendly reminder that I’m not currently numerically rating DAVIDsTEA blends as I’m currently seasonally employed there and it would be an obvious conflict of interest. Any blends you see with numerical ratings were rated prior to my employment there. These reviews are a reflection of my personal thoughts regarding the teas, and not the company’s.

Kristal

I remember this tea. The Hibiscus ruined it for me.

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Sipdown (143)!

After putting off trying it for nearly a year, I decided it was finally time to brew up this tea.

I’ve been sipping away at a pot of it for over an hour now, just contemplating the flavour. Honestly, I haven’t really been able to settle on whether or not I like it. I think the problem is that I can’t stand the finish, which is really intensely spicy from the chili in the blend. Like, when I swallow the liquor my throat burns and it’s SUPER unpleasant. However, despite hating that element of the tea… the rest is really good.

For starters, when you discard the chili spices, it actually does taste exactly like pancakes smothered in maple syrup with a side of bacon. The beginning of the sip is definitely where the pancake element of the tea shines through the most: there’s a rich maple sweetness followed by a very thick, buttery quality that to me captures the idea of pancakes very well. The little dash of cinnamon thrown in with that buttery note blends in with the pancake flavour near seamlessly, and gives it more of a ‘made with love and care’ sort of vibe. The evolution of those two flavours, one after the other, works perfectly too because I feel like I’m realistically taking a bite and getting the sweetness of the syrup I’ve added just before the pancake that makes up the bulk of the bite.

The bacon isn’t super direct, like 52Tea’s Bacon teas, but more a “sum of the parts” type of flavour. In this case, the combination of smoky notes from the Lapsang, a touch of the already experienced maple, and the earthy/brothy flavour of the Pu’erh come together to create the idea of bacon in a convincing way.

But that damn chili though… It truly ruins what would otherwise be a good tea.

And so I’m finishing this one off a little sad, because I got the flavour I’d hoped for but at the same time it wasn’t a relaxing pot of tea either. So, I’m not really satisfied overall which is frustrating ’cause I feel that without that one ingredient I really could have been.

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drank Pink Lemonade by DAVIDsTEA
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This morning’s cold brew!

I liked this one so much hot when I started Project Tea Wall that when I finished up Buchu Superfruit and found myself with more tin space for another rooibos blend this is the one I immediately knew I wanted to grab more of.

Of course, I tried it hot last time so this time I needed to cold brew it because a drink like Pink Lemonade is obviously going to be suited to iced tea or cold prep. It just has to be, right!? And it is – the citrus notes are lovely and bright and the flavour is a nice harmony between sour, acidic lemon/citrus and the sweetness of the lemon. It really does taste exactly like pink lemonade juice. And, I’m getting some of the lime notes this time as well; but subtly. It’s crazy smooth and refreshing.

That said, I don’t know if I like the cold brew better than the hot cup? Both were really solid in my opinion, and had very comparable flavour notes. Versatility is good, though. I bet this is gonna become a summer staple/go to; still nice in Winter, don’t get me wrong. However I think come summer it’ll be totally in its element and more what I’m going to be instinctively what I’m reaching for.

Song Pairing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yd9p4n5hLEg&list=LL1M1wDjmJD4SJr_CwzXAGuQ&index=75

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Trying this one back to back with August Uncommon’s Midnight In The Garden, though no added honey in this one like I did with that one…

I have to say that the contrast between the two different teas is REALLY highlighted. Midnight In The Garden was really sweet and fruity, and this is much more vegetal with very strong snow pea and cucumber skin notes. It’s a bit more cooling and refreshing overall; with more of that traditional hay/straw note in the finish. It still has its own sort of natural sweetness, but it’s no were near as fruity as the former was.

Not gonna lie though, as much as I adored the peach notes in Midnight In The Garden I’m actually finding that the cucumber peel notes I’m getting in this cup are better satisfying the craving I had that made me want to drink some white teas in the first place.

Song Pairing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VHoT4N43jK8

I can’t even explain why, but I really find myself craving listening to French music when I drink this tea. There’s no logical reason for the connection between the two, but it works for me. I think I even paired this with a MIKA song when I put together my music pairing/sampler for VariaTEA. Je Chante, if I remember correctly? I still stand by that pairing as really beautiful/peaceful.

I get the same vibes from this one.

Actually, I was introduced to this song by one of my DAVIDsTEA coworkers who’s fluent in English and French; she was showing me some of her favourite French music. We’re both pretty into MIKA, but I think this was the first time I’d heard something by this artist? I like it though, I’ll probably further explore his music even if I don’t speak French myself. Sometimes it’s bit less about the words and more about the beat/music that goes with them…

Friendly reminder that I’m not currently numerically rating DAVIDsTEA blends as I’m currently seasonally employed there and it would be an obvious conflict of interest. Any blends you see with numerical ratings were rated prior to my employment there. These reviews are a reflection of my personal thoughts regarding the teas, and not the company’s.

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It’s not quite midnight, but getting there…

I found myself with a real craving for some late night white tea so I made myself a few different small teacups in close succession, starting with this one. On a whim, I added a drizzle of honey to the cup as well.

I have to say, this is really good with the honey. It draws out the sweetness of the peach notes a lot more so that the tea is less of a soft, nuanced peach and more of a medium to full bodied, stronger solid peach note. Like biting into a fresh, ripe peach and less like the gentle floral sweetness of peach skins. That said, even though the flavour is a little more juicy and rich, that doesn’t stop this from being a more tender tea overall.

Song Pairing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t-8H-vRXjyU&index=1&list=LL1M1wDjmJD4SJr_CwzXAGuQ

Recently rewatched Les Miserables, so probably gonna be listening to the soundtrack a lot while enjoying my tea over the next few days. It’s just what I do; I’ve been singing the songs to myself all day now. I like Cosette’s melodic, beautiful and tender voice paired with this tea. It’s kind of haunting in a very, very pretty way.

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Revisiting this one as a cold brew…

I used a bit less leaf this time, though I didn’t adjust the steep time. I don’t know if it was the head space I was in today or the slight change in how it was prepped but I found today’s cold brew much more agreeable than the last. Mostly it was sweet, smooth chocolate with faint undertones of puffed brown rice as well as maple and molasses. In a way, what it reminded me of was a more intense Puffed Wheat Cake. Yummy!

Song Pairing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NMLhdYjxbCs&index=6&list=LL1M1wDjmJD4SJr_CwzXAGuQ

Perfect vibes.

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Tea Eggs!

I took a really pretty picture of them this time, but I haven’t downloaded it from my phone yet so I’ll edit that in tomorrow when I do so…

These were for the staff potluck at DAVIDsTEA yesterday; they’re easily my favourite tea infused dish to make. I did have to switch things up a bit because one of our Tea Guides is REALLY allergic to cinnamon, so instead of traditional tea eggs I made these ones with soy sauce, the juice from four mandarin oranges, the juice of one lemon, vanilla, peppercorn, and of course lots of Lapsang Souchong. I was going for a “smoked orange” sort of flavour…

Definitely nailed the smoke flavour; when you bite into the egg whites of the tea eggs there’s a really smooth, smoke note that clearly comes through as well as some saltyness from the soy. The mandarin didn’t come through quite so clearly, but it is faintly present, but I think you sort of have to know you’re looking for it to taste and appreciate it. I really enjoyed this batch, though!

Sadly, they didn’t go over super well at the pot luck. It wasn’t so much that people didn’t like them; but so many of our employees are vegan (three or four) and the rest of the food was various dessert items and other snack type foods. So, the eggs were a bit out of place, I guess. Which is kind of sad. But I mean, if you have the choice between a tea egg or a green tea macaroon you’re probably gonna pick the macaroon though, right?

I mean, I definitely went for the macaroons…

Eh, just means more eggs at home for me!

twinofmunin

eggs make such a good foundation for macaroons though! XD they sound delicious.

Rosehips

The tea eggs sound really good! I should try to make some, sometime.

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Hello;

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.

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