drank Orange Blossom by DAVIDsTEA
5553 tasting notes

Got a 10g sample of this today at DT; I passed on it a few weeks ago because I wasn’t sold on the smell, but my tea twin VariaTEA really liked it and for some reason it smelled more appealing today so I walked away with a little to try.

I have to say it is decently good; the rooibos is present in a way which is not unpleasant but not forgettable either – you taste it with each sip but for me it works. But non red rooibos lovers probably want to stay clear of this one. The orange was pretty juicy and the currants faintly present, but the vanilla bean is really the shining ingredient here. It really ties the whole thing together and makes this more calming and soothing. Pretty close to a Creamsicle. As much as I think you can get with a rooibos base.

Overall I thought this was really similar to Tea Desire’s Magical Rooibos blend but much creamier and thicker and without the weird soapy taste. Of the two this is definitely the one I would pick if given the option; but I wouldn’t stock either in quantity honestly. I still have one more cup of this and I think I’ll enjoy it, but I don’t know for sure whether this will make reappearances in my cupboard. Perhaps if the right mood strikes when I’m picking stuff up in store I’d get it again in small sample size amounts like the 10g I picked up today.

I can definitely see why VariaTEA likes this one though.

Flavors: Black Currant, Cream, Orange, Vanilla, Wood


I like this cold brewed/iced best.

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I like this cold brewed/iced best.

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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 about five 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 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. 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.

A personal goal of mine has been to do a proper Gong Fu session every week because it’s something I deeply enjoy doing but struggle to make time for. I can’t say I’ve been doing great staying on track with this goal, but I haven’t forgotten about it!

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.

Favourite flavours/ingredients: Pear, lychee, cranberry, cream, melon, pineapple, malt, roasty, petrichor, sweet potato, heady florals like rose, walnut, and honey, but only in moderation.

Least favourite flavours/ingredients:
Lemongrass, ginger, often Chai spices in general, mushrooms, overly vegetal or marine/seaweed, chamomile, sometimes 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: Shou Pu’Erh or Dark/Roasted Oolong, Sweet Potato flavoured blends or straight teas with strong sweet potato notes, and anything with Goji berries. Also, I need to try ALL the root beer teas!

Tea Pet Reference Guide:

Clay Pixiu Dragons: Zak & Wheezie
Clay Monkey: Enzo
Ruyao Carp: Splashy
Ceramic Rabbit: Rupert
Ceramic Horse: Bergamot
Ceramic Snail: Snicket

I also have two real life pets:

A skinny pig hairless guinea pig named Eilert, after Henrik Ibsen’s play Hedda Gabler, and a fancy rat named Wasabi.

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.


SK, Canada

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