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I am not a fan of Lipton; when I try to describe the difference between some of the really, really nice loose leaf teas I drink and cheap, poorly made bagged teas to non tea drinkers I almost always use Lipton as my example of bad bagged tea/grocery store tea. Really, it’s the difference between a fishstick or caviar, I think.

That said, I do appreciate this sample from MissB because of the thoughtfulness, if not for the tea itself. And, I’ll admit to being a little conflicted because it’s caramel and I love caramel. And you know what; it wasn’t bad. It certainly wasn’t great, but for what it is it certainly could have been so, so bad. Definitely not what I’ve come to expect/associate with Lipton.

What it reminded me of was those little five cent cube caramels they sell at Bulk Barn or convenience stores/gas stations and that you sometimes get around Halloween.

I used to love those when I was a kid; I’d eat handfuls of them in one sitting. However, they’re not really my think anyone. They taste oddly ‘woody’ to me now, and are almost borderline rubbery. But for a few short minutes while I drank this tea I tasted my ‘childhood version’ of those cube caramels – and it was great. Pleasantly nostalgic.

On another note…

My chawan arrived! WAY earlier than anticipated too; only took seven days to get here from Japan instead of the expected two weeks to a month! Holy smokes; that’s faster than pretty much anything I’ve ever ordered from the states. And guys, it’s gorgeous. I’ve been showing it off to anyone who’s at the house; my landlord, his GF and daughter, Tre, and the friends I had here today.

It makes me so sad that no one gets it. Tre instantly asked how much it was and then seemed visibly upset when I told him (if we’re counting the shipping it was approx. $168CA). But, it’s one of a kind, authentic, and basically just a piece of art. Sadly I haven’t had a chance to try it yet because I’ve been feeling really under the weather – but when I do you’re all gonna hear about it!

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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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