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This is from the little sample I stole from my Step Mom’s Christmas gift. If no one here tells her, then she never has to know that it’s not exactly 50g I’m giving her!

Made this as my morning mug to drink while walking to work. I’ve had a couple incarnations of Ginseng Oolong now, and somewhat shockingly the DT version has been the best IMO. This one is $15.00 for 50g, so if I hadn’t picked some up as a present for someone I never would have spent so much on it for myself when DT’s is only like $8 for the same amount.

It was really good though; essentially it tasted like ginseng. Kinda just like ginseng, but with a very subtle licoriceyness or anise flavour (3338) to it. I always struggle describing ginseng because it’s rich and sugary, but so natural and almost “earthy” tasting. It reminds me of trees. Big, lush trees. Someone should tell me how to describe ginseng so I can do it for myself. That’s a good plan.

I saved the leaf, so if Tre doesn’t toss it out I’ll eventually try a second infusion. This version has the oolong really solidly coated in it and one infusion wasn’t enough to wear it all down and let the leaves really expand.

Flavors: Anise, Licorice

Cameron B.

I have a hard time describing it, too… It’s so sweet but it tastes mineral to me at the same time, sort of like fresh water from a stream.

Kittenna

I can handle ginseng sweetness much better than licorice, for some reason. And though I haven’t had any in ages (not even sure if I have any hiding somewhere), I recall it lasting for quite a few rather tasty infusions.

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Cameron B.

I have a hard time describing it, too… It’s so sweet but it tastes mineral to me at the same time, sort of like fresh water from a stream.

Kittenna

I can handle ginseng sweetness much better than licorice, for some reason. And though I haven’t had any in ages (not even sure if I have any hiding somewhere), I recall it lasting for quite a few rather tasty infusions.

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

I am a twenty five year old proudly queer 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/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 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.

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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.

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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.

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