drank Magic Summer by RiverTea
13965 tasting notes

Sipdown (152/158)!

Not a true sipdown; there’s still a cup worth but I’ve set it aside to share with my tea twin VariaTEA. I’d really love to drink it myself; but I also really want to share it with her because it was so good and it was her suggestion for me to get a sample of it in the first place!

Firstly, this smells amazing dry! There is a familiar hibby sour smell but the melon does a very good job competing with it which I find impressive because hibby is such a dominating flavour. Steeped up; the first taste is like a sour peaches/light hibiscus tartness but not in an over the top way where all you’re getting is the hibiscus. There’s a nice balance here; though I can see how the hibiscus might get to be too much if you oversteeped. This fades into a very spectacular and strong melon flavour.

But man this melon flavour; I’m really impressed because to me it tastes distinctly like sweet green honeydew melon with sugar sprinkled on top! There aren’t a lot of Honeydew blends that really deliver a strong juicy honeydew flavour because it’s such a subtle flavour, but this one manages to do it an a way that can compete with hibiscus of all things.

So this is already back on my shopping list! It’s probably going to be a while since I do another RiverTea order because I literally just got this one today but I imagine this’ll find a place in that order whenever it happens. Definitely going to be a long while down the road though. I look forward to having this again, though! It really impressed me and I very much hope that VariaTEA finds something special in it too!

VariaTEA, I’m just going to compile samples of things for you until my most recent Butiki order gets here and then I’ll add the Tamarind Pop into whatever else I’d gathered and send it off! So it’ll likely be several weeks but I’ll make sure you get the RiverTea blends we decided on, and probably samples of each 52Teas blend I got in my most recent order…

Flavors: Apple, Green Melons, Hibiscus, Melon, Peach, Tangy


Drink it if you want to! I can always sample it if/when I place my own RiverTea order. Seriously, don’t deprive yourself!

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Drink it if you want to! I can always sample it if/when I place my own RiverTea order. Seriously, don’t deprive yourself!

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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.


Montreal, QC, CA



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