Tea Desire in Saskatoon, SK
5/5
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Roswell Strange rated this place
5/5
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Had a great experience here! The sales lady was really polite and able to recommend a “to go” thermos with infuser that best fit my needs (a very fine, mesh filter) and was honest about which thermoses were overpriced. I bombarded her with a huge list of teas that I wanted to try based on exploring their website and she was very patient about it and offered some information on certain teas that I hadn’t been able to find on the website. I found that the tea prices were pretty reasonable for the amounts that I got (the most costly tea I purchased was $8 for 50g, and that was a HUGE bag full – also, the sales lady explained that this is one of their more costly teas because the leaves are soaked in champagne). Overall, it was just a really good experience and I ended up leaving with for new teas to try!

Roswell Strange rated this place
4/5
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Staff is really knowledgeable and there is a large variety of tea for very reasonable prices. I was able to find one of the teas I went in specifically looking for, however the second tea I wanted I was unable to purchase because it had been discontinued (which I would have known, had their website been kept up to date). The one thing I really disliked about the store was that the sales lady seemed really impatient as I browsed the aisles, and also seemed fairly impatient while trying to explain to another customer that there is more than one kind of straight green tea (the customer had come in and asked if they sold “straight green tea” to which the sales lady responded “what kind” and was then answered with “just straight” – the sales lady seemed exasperated by this customers general lack of knowledge).

DAVIDsTEA in Regina, SK
5/5
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Roswell Strange rated this place
5/5
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Very friendly staff who’re really knowledgeable about the different types of tea & who’ve been able to help me find new teas to try out really easily just based on my saying things like “maybe something with licorice in it?”. I’ve found they’re really honest too about the type of teas they personally stock and which teas they’ve tried and didn’t like. On a couple occasions I’ve gone in with friends who knew nothing about tea and seemed really disinterested, but by the end of my shopping spree the staff had them involved in smelling the teas and having a nice time.

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Hello;

My name is Kelly. I’m a mid twenties tea drinker and reviewer originally from the prairies, but recently relocated to Quebec. I started drinking loose leaf fairly casually about five years ago, and at some point between then and now that ‘fun little hobby’ turned into a serious obsession and career path.

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

I’m a TAC certified Tea Sommelier!

Typically I drink flavoured blends more than 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. I love black and white tea, but traditional/straight and also flavoured or blended. I also drink a lot of oolong and shou teas. For my oolong, I prefer greener oolong in flavoured blends and darker or more oxidized oolongs more pure and with traditional preparation. For shou, I gravitate towards straight, unflavoured shou teas (the exception being Chenpi) but I drink it about 50/50 Western Style and Gong Fu. I WILL drink all tea types though.

My default for preparation is Western Style with zero additives. The exception to this is matcha which I drink in straight milk with no additives. So unless I mention otherwise you can assume that I’ve prepared my tea Western style without added ingredients/sweeteners.

I like to listen to music when drinking tea, especially when I’m brewing a large pot at a time or steeping Gong Fu. 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, walnut, sesame, honey (in moderation), and very woody shou.

Least favourite flavour notes/ingredients:
Lemongrass, ginger, strong Chai spice profiles,mushrooms, seaweed, chamomile, artificial tasting mango or peach, stevia, saltiness, or anything that reminds me too much of meat that isn’t supposed to taste like meat…

Currently exploring/looking to try: Sheng from Yiwu, straight teas with strong sweet potato notes, Dancong Oolongs, and compressed black teas. Also, I need to try ALL the root beer teas! Searching for a really good caramel flavoured blend, ideally with a black tea base.

Tea Pet Reference Guide:

Clay Pixiu Dragons: Zak & Wheezie
Clay Goldfish: Dot
Clay Monkey: Enzo
Jade Pixiu Dragon: Whitaker
Ruyao Carp: Splashy
Ruyao Frog: Bebe
Sculpted Tuxedo Cat: Pekoe
Sculpted Tabby Cat: Marmalade
Ceramic Rabbit: Rupert
Ceramic Horse: Bergamot
Ceramic Snail: Snicket
Wood Fired Old Man: Leopold

Currently I’m 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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