drank Super Charge by DAVIDsTEA
11125 tasting notes


One of the last Mate/Quayusa teas I need to cross off the list; figured I’d grab it iced at the start of my shift yesterday and get it out of the way. No real reason I’ve left this one for so long; it’s just one of the newer teas I hadn’t gotten around to yet.

To be perfectly honest; I didn’t like it. Like, legitimately, I’m struggling to find a quality about it that was positive other than the fact it’s highly caffeinated. That doesn’t speak to the flavour though, and for me personally flavour is always the highest factor. Since starting Project Tea Wall, this is the only tea I’ve had from the wall that I actually haven’t been able to finish.

Realistically, the reason I disliked it was probably for the most part because of the strong flavour of gaurana. Because of this ingredient, the tea tasted quite a bit like Red Bull which is a drink that I do not like. In fact, as far as energy drinks go, Red Bull is easily my least favourite of the handful of brands I’ve tried; I’m a Fruit Punch Rockstar kind of girl. If Red Bull is your kind of drink and you’re looking for the ‘tea version of red bull’ this is gonna be your jam, though. It just didn’t work for me, though.

The other reason I had issues with this one was primarily the fact I couldn’t discernibly taste either of the fruit notes that are supposed to be present; the blueberry and goji. What I did taste, though, was a lot of licorice root. There are a lot of polarizing opinions of licorice root but I actually feel that I’m sort of neutral towards it. Sometimes it works for me, and sometimes it doesn’t. It all depends on what it’s paired with, I think. And with the intensity of the guarana, the licorice root combined in a way that personally I found rather harsh and artificial/chemical.

So, for a number of reasons, this one is just a pass for me.

Friendly reminder that I’m not currently numerically rating DAVIDsTEA blends as I’m currently seasonally employed there and it would be an obvious conflict of interest. Any blends you see with numerical ratings were rated prior to my employment there. These reviews are a reflection of my personal thoughts regarding the teas, and not the company’s.



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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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