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drank Choco Blues by TeaTaxi
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So, I got a whole bunch of tea mail from VariaTEA today which included tons of samples from TeaTaxi – a company she’s been quite into recently but that is new to me. I definitely knew that the first thing I was gonna try out of the samples she sent was something from the company, and this is what I settled on.

I should probably mention, that my all time favourite blend from DAVIDsTEA is Blueberry Jam despite the stevia in it, and that Blueberry Jam is my most logged tea here on Steepster (and possibly my most consumed overall, as well) so this tea had a lot to compete with…

However, that said, it was a real contender and definitely gives Blueberry Jam a run for its money. It was just the perfect level of sweet with a really, really well rounded flavour. The blueberry notes were SUPER enjoyable with this absolutely bright, fresh sweetness that perfectly sat on the line of realistic/natural and delicious candy goodness. The chocolate was creamy, and a very nice complimenting flavour although light enough overall that I really did get the feeling like the blueberry was the star of the cup.

If I’m being completely honest, I think the blueberry flavour in this tea is totally better than the blueberry in Blueberry Jam. It just delivered the same qualities I love in that blend but better/smoother. Is the blend better overall? Eh, it’s kind of iffy? It mostly boils down to the fact that I’m really not the world’s biggest fan of chocolate or chocolate teas. Don’t get me wrong, I like chocolate but it’s something I’m usually more neutral towards and don’t typically crave too much. So I’d probably opt for the blend without chocolate over the one that does have it.

I can’t think of a better first taste of this company though! If the rest of their blends are able to touch the same level of tastiness this one did, even if it’s only barely, I’m sure I’ll be very happy drinking them.

VariaTEA

Glad you liked this one. And I definitely agree with you…I enjoyed the blueberry notes in this a lot but was not super into the chocolate.

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VariaTEA

Glad you liked this one. And I definitely agree with you…I enjoyed the blueberry notes in this a lot but was not super into the chocolate.

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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.

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