Happy New Year Steepster!

Hope everyone had a good night, and rang in the new year in the perfect way for them whether that be drunk and out partying or at home with a cozy mug of tea or anything in between or otherwise.

Personally, I spent the evening at a coworker’s (from VV not DT) getting drunk and playing board game with another one of our former coworkers and the host’s sister. It was actually a really, really fun time. Lately my house has filled so testosterone filled that I good “girl’s night” with friends was the perfect thing to really pull me out of a mood/rut I don’t think I was even fully aware I was in.

Most of the evening, my drink of choice was just straight salted caramel Criollu but I also had a couple glasses of this tea/vodka mixed with some cheaper, grocery store pre-made iced tea. The Criollu was better, but this was nice too. It felt appropriate to be drinking something fun and mellow for an upbeat evening of board games and laughter.

Also, something really cool happened. So, Liz, my coworker who’s house we were at, has two sisters who I’ve never met. One of them joined us for the evening, and she was just so fucking awesome. We like instantly hit it off – we just had a million things in common and she was so fucking chill. Well, one of the things that it turns out we have in common is that we’re both asexual! For her, I was the first other asexual person she had ever met and having also had that experience I know the feeling of actually, in a way, getting real validation that you are not alone. It’s so positive and uplifting, and comforting. Also, though, even though I’ve met a handful of asexual people before this is the first time I’ve ever met someone who is also ace, in person, that was just through random coincidence and not through LGBTQIA themed events or at LGBTQIA bars. And that was also such a positive feeling…

My roommate calls me, affectionately, a jellyfish because I’m asexual. At this point, I don’t even know where the nickname came from but it’s always stuck. At the end of the night, Liz’s sister was really determined to not let me leave without one of her art pieces. What was on the picture? The most gorgeously painted jellyfish.

Just.. fate, guys.

PS. I want to point out that I drank this one prior to midnight. I think that picking a good “first tea of the year” is very important and significant – so just wanted to be clear that this was not my first tea of 2017. Still need to steep that special guy up, though I have one picked out already…


Ace love <3
Sounds like a great time!

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Sounds like a great time!

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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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