Cold Brew!

So I grabbed this one around Black Friday using some of my points because I thought it’d make a very nice iced tea. I’ve been really fond of the inclusion of Hawthorn in other teas/tisanes I’ve tried it with so I wanted to give it a shot on its own.

Steeped up, this actually ends up being a very, very faintly pink tinted liquor. It was so light in fact that are first glance I was worried it hadn’t really infused well/I’d possibly under leafed it and it wouldn’t taste right. Definitely not the case though; I stained this one and was pleasantly surprised at the punch the flavour had!

I mean, it’s very very sour! Like, the first moments you pop a sour candy like Sour Patch Kids or even possibly a Warhead into your mouth. I like it though because that kind of sourness is so drastically different than the sourness/tartness of hibiscus. And it’s hard to explain how they’re different, but suffice to say if you have a cup of either steeped up and were doing a blindfolded taste test you would DEFINITELY know which is which. It’s like a hibiscus infusion has more body/is thicker, but while this is VERY sour it’s a lighter, thinner sourness? I’m into it though.

I mean, I totally could NOT just drink it whenever – I’d definitely need to be in the mood for something with this kind of punch, but it’s a nice, unique flavour.

Mastress Alita

I’ve never even heard of this, but I love tart and tangy flavors like hibiscus! I definitely want to try this out!

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Mastress Alita

I’ve never even heard of this, but I love tart and tangy flavors like hibiscus! I definitely want to try this out!

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My name is Kelly. I’m a mid twenties tea drinker and reviewer living in Saskatchewan, Canada. I started drinking loose leaf fairly casually about five years ago, and at some point between then and now that ‘fun little hobby’ turned into a serious obsession.

You know you’ve got it bad when you get your hobby tattooed to your arm.

I’m a TAC certified Tea Sommelier!

Typically I drink flavoured blends more than straight but one of my mini goals is to get that ratio to a more 50/50 level. I do a daily cold brew, and have at least (but usually a lot more) two hot cups of tea every day. Naturally I lean towards black or white blends and as of late oolongs but I WILL drink everything; the last half year or so I’ve been challenging myself by further exploring Oolong and Pu’Erh which are the tea types I know the least about overall.

A personal goal of mine has been to do a proper Gong Fu session every week because it’s something I deeply enjoy doing but struggle to make time for. I can’t say I’ve been doing great staying on track with this goal, but I haven’t forgotten about it!

My default for preparation is Western Style with zero additives. The exception to this is matcha which I drink in straight milk with no additives. So unless I mention otherwise you can assume that I’ve prepared my tea Western style without added ingredients/sweeteners.

Favourite flavours/ingredients: Pear, lychee, cranberry, cream, melon, pineapple, malt, roasty, petrichor, sweet potato, heady florals like rose, walnut, and honey, but only in moderation.

Least favourite flavours/ingredients:
Lemongrass, ginger, often Chai spices in general, mushrooms, overly vegetal or marine/seaweed, chamomile, sometimes mango or peach, stevia, saltiness, or anything that reminds me too much of meat that isn’t supposed to taste like meat…

Currently exploring/looking to try: Shou Pu’Erh or Dark/Roasted Oolong, Sweet Potato flavoured blends or straight teas with strong sweet potato notes, and anything with Goji berries. Also, I need to try ALL the root beer teas!

Tea Pet Reference Guide:

Clay Pixiu Dragons: Zak & Wheezie
Clay Goldfish: Dot
Clay Monkey: Enzo
Ruyao Carp: Splashy
Ruyao Frog: Bebe
Ceramic Rabbit: Rupert
Ceramic Horse: Bergamot
Ceramic Snail: Snicket
Wood Fired Old Man: Leopold

Currently I’m employed at DAVIDsTEA. While I’m still reviewing DAVIDsTEA blends I am no longer numerically rating them due to the obvious conflict of interest. Any tea blends you currently see with a numeric score that are from DAVIDsTEA were reviewed prior to my being hired there.


SK, Canada



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