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drank Nestea by Nestle
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This could end up being a weird tasting note…

So Pizza 73, which is my and Tre’s go to pizza restaurant started carrying funnel cake and it’s fucking delicious so we’ve been ordering A LOT from them this week. Last night’s order was funnel cake and pineapple and banana pepper pizza, which as always comes with Nestea! And that’s kind of perfect because it gives me the perfect non-tea (well pretty non-tea) note to use to go off about a sort of non-tea related experience I had today which got me SUPER excited!

I had to stop at the bank today to take out rent, and so I went to the branch that’s in the same mall as Tea Desire to pick up something for the bus ride home. I noticed that the associate was someone I’d never met before – and I’m familiar with most of the employees at not only Tea Desire but both DAVIDsTEA locations in town. She seemed nice; backed down when I said I was just looking, and kind of let me do my own thing.

This older woman came into the store, marched up to the counter and asked if they carried “Green tea from Kelowna”. In my head I asked myself if she meant British Columbia. Seemed like the sales associate had the same thought because she patiently explained that Tea Desire gets its tea from a manufacturer in Germany, but the teas themselves were from China and Japan – and that she’d never heard of tea grown in Kelowna because the environment here in Canada doesn’t really support the growth of the Camellia Sinensis plant. The woman looked and sounded so offended; “Tea from China!? No there is 100% green tea in British Columbia and it’s the best tea in the world!”. “Alright,” she agreed, “I just haven’t heard about it”. I know I was making an ‘are you fucking kidding me’ face, I didn’t hide it well. The associate must have saw, because she kind of looked at me like “Yeah, I know”.

But after she left, I went and picked up 50g of a blend to restock, and something to go, which I’ll write about later in a more focused and less lengthy note. It definitely took me a long time to pick something because of how many Tea Desire blends I’ve tried off their wall, and while trying to figure something out I ended up talking to the associate who turned out to be a fucking amazing person!

Seriously, without a word of exaggeration, we talked for a solid three hours! I kept worrying I was keeping her from her job, but thankfully it was pretty slow in the mall. To try and summarize the conversation would be futile – SO MUCH ground was covered. It was honestly the most profound and immediate connection I’ve ever had with a stranger, and the best in person tea related conversation I’ve ever had. I honestly feel like I got to know her better in three hours than some of the people I’ve been following here on Steepster for over a year or the coworkers I see pretty much every day.

Plus she is such a hard core tea drinker and hoarder like the majority of us here; it wasn’t like having a ‘tea conversation’ with someone who’s interested in tea but has limited exposure to it (like some DT employees; you know the ones) – nah, she knew tea companies that really only people who drink tea the way most Steepster uses do would know about: Kusmi, Mariage Freres, Dammann Freres, Nina’s Paris, Red Leaf Tea, Butiki, etc.

And some cool things were brought up; before working at Tea Desire she worked at DAVIDsTEA; and probably left her job there just months before I moved to Saskatoon! We know the same employees really well too! Also, as I sheepishly brought up Steepster early on in the conversation, I found out that she was active on Steepster briefly (based on her reviews I’m guessing in between working at DT and Tea Desire) but sadly fell out of it. Not only that, but when I mentioned my user name she knew who I was! Freaky, well sorta. I’m really, really hoping after our conversation she looks up the site again (and if you do I’m sorry I’m basically waxing poetic about you; but it was an AWESOME conversation), because the community here is awesome and I know she’d fit right in so damn well. Besides, you should really try swapping; at the very least I’d love the opportunity to share some of the blends we talked about today: Lupicia’s Golden Honeydew or anything from Butiki!

Also, I nearly pissed myself reading her old reviews: she’s got one for Red Leaf Tea’s Eggnog matcha that mentions finding a sample packet of it and I’m 99.9% sure she’s referring to the sample packets that I brought in to the DT store she used to work at. So we even have a sort of indirect connection from over a year ago! It’s also funny because we totally talked about Red Leaf Tea and matcha at some length today – and I think I’m probably a big part in what got her interested in it in the first place…

Tl;dr I had the best trip to the bank ever and met the wonderful loveaduck whom I really hope finds herself back on Steepster, and isn’t weirded out by this tasting note.

Oh, and I totally looked up “Kelowna Green Tea” when I got home. Couldn’t find anything for Kelowna Green tea but I DID find a website for “Wild Tea” from the Okanagan. Further exploration of the site reveals all of their tea is herbal tea. Sorry woman, but you’re crazy.

Roswell Strange

Yeah, three hours…

Liz K

And now she’s going to have a bunch of random people following her…

Kristal

Sounds like a great convo! Green tea from B.C.? Hahaha… reminds me of a convo I had with my cousin in law. She says she doesn’t want to support DAVIDs TEA because it’s not a local company (I am from Northwestern Ontario, in a town of about 100k people). I have nothing against supporting local businesses, but the thing is if you are a business that sells NO local products (tea being a good example since it’s all from China, Japan, etc) while the owner of the store may be from my town, a lot of the revenue still goes towards international companies that export the teas. Besides, companies like DAVIDs TEA were once small, local companies that simply were so successful that they largely expanded- that doesn’t make them “the bad guy”. I do believe in supporting local businesses, but in order to more “truely” support local businesses, one should support where the owners, products, and manufacturing are as local as possible.

Rant over, lol.

Kristal

*should support a business

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Roswell Strange

Yeah, three hours…

Liz K

And now she’s going to have a bunch of random people following her…

Kristal

Sounds like a great convo! Green tea from B.C.? Hahaha… reminds me of a convo I had with my cousin in law. She says she doesn’t want to support DAVIDs TEA because it’s not a local company (I am from Northwestern Ontario, in a town of about 100k people). I have nothing against supporting local businesses, but the thing is if you are a business that sells NO local products (tea being a good example since it’s all from China, Japan, etc) while the owner of the store may be from my town, a lot of the revenue still goes towards international companies that export the teas. Besides, companies like DAVIDs TEA were once small, local companies that simply were so successful that they largely expanded- that doesn’t make them “the bad guy”. I do believe in supporting local businesses, but in order to more “truely” support local businesses, one should support where the owners, products, and manufacturing are as local as possible.

Rant over, lol.

Kristal

*should support a business

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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.

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.

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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