Sipdown (133)!

The pool finally opened for the evening today, so Cathryn and I went down and swam for a few hours. Now I’m tired again, so I’ve resigned myself to the couch for the evening and will probably just write tasting notes and maybe watch a movie with Kyle at some point.

Once again, I’m enjoying this one as a cold brew. The profile is much like the first time I had it so I wont go into greater detail. Suffice to say it’s a good balance of base and flavour with natural, fruity sweetness and some floral traits too. There’s still some leaf left but I think I’m gonna add it to the Great Canadian Travelling Tea Box; so this is only kind of a sipdown.

Kind of in a bad mood right now though, if I’m being honest. My swim was great but then as I was checking out and grabbing my keys the receptionist said something to me that I definitely interpreted in a rude way.

“Do you own a bathing suit?”

“Umm, pardon?” Not sure I heard her right – I’m standing in front of her in a bathing suit.

“You’re not allowed to swim with shorts on. You’ll need a bathing suit next time.”

“I’m wearing swim trunks and a bikini top? Shouldn’t that be fine?”

“Oh, those are swim trunks? Well I suppose…”

Basically, fuck you counter lady: It definitely felt like she was either commenting on the fact I was not following some kind of idiotic, self created ‘code’ of what was acceptable for a woman to wear OR she was being snide about my weight. Either way; totally uncalled for. I see absolutely no reason why my swim trunks do not count as a bathing suit! Kind of ruined my swim, if I’m being honest…


Ugh, yeah, if the issue were truly about whether or not they were swimming trunks and not normal shorts, she could have just asked you that nicely.

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Ugh, yeah, if the issue were truly about whether or not they were swimming trunks and not normal shorts, she could have just asked you that nicely.

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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.


Montreal, QC, CA



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