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So, all the reviews I’ve seen for this tea thus far have commented on how strong the Lapsang Souchong base is. However, it’s preciously because of that base that I was interested in this tea in the first place and asked Christina to send a sample when she passed along Teavivre things!

I made it last night when I got home from work, and it was splendid! However I can absolutely see why people have been commenting on the base because it was really strong. I’d argue that the tea was like 80% Lapsang Souchong with the last 20% (the finish) being a nice mix of nutty notes, cinnamon, and nutmeg which was quite lovely! For me, such an abundance of smoky/ashy Lapsang notes is a really nice, enjoyable thing because I quite like LS to start off with: but anyone who was hoping for more of the inverse ratio (80% nutty notes and spices, and 20% smoke) is going to struggle with this for sure. Oh, and for the record I added a splash of milk to this one. That may have also helped smooth out some roughness for the LS…

Thanks again Christina! I really liked this one a lot.

Flavors: Ash, Baked Bread, Chestnut, Cinnamon, Nutmeg, Nutty, Smoke

Christina / BooksandTea

I kinda wish I had given you more, now! I know that this will be only an occasional tea for me. Are you taking part in the TTB?

Roswell Strange

I am! Depending on how things play out I may be the first or last person with the box, because I’m in the same city as both Lala and tigress_al.

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Christina / BooksandTea

I kinda wish I had given you more, now! I know that this will be only an occasional tea for me. Are you taking part in the TTB?

Roswell Strange

I am! Depending on how things play out I may be the first or last person with the box, because I’m in the same city as both Lala and tigress_al.

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

I am a twenty five year old 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/prepare 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.

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Ruyao Dragon: Pablo
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Brass Mouse: Stilton

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