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This tea is kind of turning into a nightmare tea for me. First I loved it – greatly, and couldn’t get enough. And then it just tasted horrible and nasty and “turned”, so I dialed back the amount of leaf I was using an it was ‘ok’ – but still not the same wonderful peppermint it was before. And now this…

When I went to make my timolino full of it (I thought it’d be a kinda neat Valentine’s Day themed tea), I was portioning out the leaf when I found ‘shell’, if you will, of a dead maggot. I wish I had taken a picture, but my stomach was so turned that I just acted on impulse and dumped the whole tin worth in the trash immediately. I then remembered I had a 25g package from someone as a gift, and I prepared some of that instead, but the whole time I couldn’t get the maggot out of my head, and I just felt so sick drinking the timolino worth that in the end I dumped the 25g package too, making this a very much unintended sipdown.

I also don’t think I’ll be able to ever get more of this. The experience has really, really ruined this one for me completely and the only satisfaction I have is knowing that I gave about 40g of the “bug infested” batch to that asshole James, whom I was sort of dating a few months ago. He was such a dick, that I think it’d only be right if he ended up drinking some maggot tea.

Anyway, I think it goes without saying that I’ve drastically reduced my rating on this one, though I haven’t made it horribly low either because I want to reflect that this was, at one point, my favourite tea and also the bug thing is a pretty much entirely isolated incident.

Shmiracles

NO. NO no no no no! no bugz nope. but BUT seriously? maybe the story about giving jerkface some of the tea is kinda totally worth it. life is poetry sometimes.

Helena

EEEEWWW!!! well that was just gross! I don’t think I can ever buy that tea again knowing that. I think I’ll inspect my stash of it before I put it in a bag…

Roswell Strange

And I absolutely stored it properly, plus is wasn’t that old. Maybe four months old? In total, I think I tossed about 80g worth of Peppermint Amour. Lets just say, there’s no Amour on my end right now…

Roswell Strange

Also, what really makes me sick is the fact I found “most” of a maggot. Where did the other part of it go? Probably into one of the cups I made…

mrs.stenhouse12

Ew Ew ew……I absolutely hate bugs. I can’t imagine finding one in my tea…and I have 50g of this tea currently lol and I drink it quite often, I will inspect my bag as soon as I get home! Yuck, sorry you had to go through that experience! :(

Daddyselephant

Have you contacted Davids about it? That’s so awful and I’m willing to bet they’ll be willing to make it right to you.

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Shmiracles

NO. NO no no no no! no bugz nope. but BUT seriously? maybe the story about giving jerkface some of the tea is kinda totally worth it. life is poetry sometimes.

Helena

EEEEWWW!!! well that was just gross! I don’t think I can ever buy that tea again knowing that. I think I’ll inspect my stash of it before I put it in a bag…

Roswell Strange

And I absolutely stored it properly, plus is wasn’t that old. Maybe four months old? In total, I think I tossed about 80g worth of Peppermint Amour. Lets just say, there’s no Amour on my end right now…

Roswell Strange

Also, what really makes me sick is the fact I found “most” of a maggot. Where did the other part of it go? Probably into one of the cups I made…

mrs.stenhouse12

Ew Ew ew……I absolutely hate bugs. I can’t imagine finding one in my tea…and I have 50g of this tea currently lol and I drink it quite often, I will inspect my bag as soon as I get home! Yuck, sorry you had to go through that experience! :(

Daddyselephant

Have you contacted Davids about it? That’s so awful and I’m willing to bet they’ll be willing to make it right to you.

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Hello! My name is Kelly, though many people in the tea community call me Ros.

I am a twenty five year old 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/prepare 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.

Tea Pet Reference Guide:

Clay Pixiu Dragons: Zak & Wheezie
Clay Goldfish: Dot
Clay Monkey: Enzo
Jade Pixiu Dragon: Whitaker
Ruyao Carp: Splashy
Ruyao Dragon: Pablo
Ruyao Frog: Bebe
Sculpted Pig: Nelly
Sculpted Tuxedo Cat: Pekoe
Sculpted Tabby Cat: Marmalade
Ceramic Rabbit: Rupert
Ceramic Stringray: Irwin
Ceramic Horse: Bergamot
Ceramic Snail: Snicket
Ceramic Cat: Saffron
Wood Fired Man: Leopold
Brass Mouse: Stilton

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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