drank Green Spiral by DAVIDsTEA
8325 tasting notes

Yay new straight teas!

These are almost always my favourite collections to come out during the year – something about the idea of introducing a whole new range of tea drinkers to what are often some pretty classic types of tea is just… thrilling!

We all know I’m not generally a huge green tea person, but if I’m gonna drink a straight green it’s gonna be a Chinese one and this is a type (Bi Luo Chun) that I haven’t had horrid experiences with. In fact, ever since I had my first cup of this one I’ve found myself craving a second. Which is definitely weird for me.

I found it very smooth and crisp, with clean flavour notes and a sturdy finish. The main taste I got was actually the one that DT uses to describe the flavour profile – lettuce. They say romaine lettuce, I say a mix of romaine and more water heavy iceburg lettuce. Almost all the vegetal notes were ones I’d say are more water based – like celery. Finish had some sweetness to it, which DT describes as ‘fennel’. I think that’s a little bit of a stretch (anise is a little more accurate to me; the green bulbs of it and not star anise_ but I can see the comparison even still.

I think fans of green tea will really enjoy this one.

Friendly reminder that I do not numerically rate DAVIDsTEA blends as I’m currently 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.

Arby

I’m really happy to see straight teas again. I liked their last selection and am excited to try these.

eastkyteaguy

What a coincidence that I was drinking a Yunnan Bi Luo Chun as I was reading this note.

eastkyteaguy

On an unrelated note, I often wish that DAVIDsTEA would do a little more to emphasize their straight teas. I know that they don’t really make their money from them, but still it would be nice.

Roswell Strange

It’s definitely not our main selling demographic, that’s for sure – but I definitely echo your sentiment. I think the people who these teas generally already appeal to often do a decent job of keeping themselves informed; I have the same handful of people who are VERY into the straight & traditional teas who always seem to gravitate back into the store during straight tea collection launch week, and they always already know all about the new straight teas. They’re some of my favourite people to talk to because I always get to have really, really thorough conversations with them & you can always feel the mutual appreciation of having someone to talk to who is just as into tea as you are.

If they were better advertised, I think you’d have more people converting from flavoured to straight teas though – or at least just incorporating them into their rotation of favourites.

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Arby

I’m really happy to see straight teas again. I liked their last selection and am excited to try these.

eastkyteaguy

What a coincidence that I was drinking a Yunnan Bi Luo Chun as I was reading this note.

eastkyteaguy

On an unrelated note, I often wish that DAVIDsTEA would do a little more to emphasize their straight teas. I know that they don’t really make their money from them, but still it would be nice.

Roswell Strange

It’s definitely not our main selling demographic, that’s for sure – but I definitely echo your sentiment. I think the people who these teas generally already appeal to often do a decent job of keeping themselves informed; I have the same handful of people who are VERY into the straight & traditional teas who always seem to gravitate back into the store during straight tea collection launch week, and they always already know all about the new straight teas. They’re some of my favourite people to talk to because I always get to have really, really thorough conversations with them & you can always feel the mutual appreciation of having someone to talk to who is just as into tea as you are.

If they were better advertised, I think you’d have more people converting from flavoured to straight teas though – or at least just incorporating them into their rotation of favourites.

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My name is Kelly. I’m a twenty something tea drinker and reviewer originally from the prairies, but recently relocated to Quebec. I was introduced to DAVIDsTEA and started drinking tea fairly casually about six years ago. At some point, that casual hobby became an ingrained part of my daily life; I became a part of a greater community, incorporated tea into my daily routine, and it became my career.

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

I’m a TAC certified Tea Sommelier!

I drink a balance of flavoured tea and straight/traditional teas – in all formats. I prefer to have a wide, and general knowledge over many types of teas and catagories rather than focus on any one specific tea: a jack of all teas, master of none. Loose, bagged, matcha, Western style, iced, latted, Gong Fu…

You name it, I probably drink it.

In that vein, I’ll drink just about any type of tea – those only ones I have a particularly strong distaste for are green teas and Chai, with some exceptions of course. I have a weird relationship with Sheng pu’erh, but have been gradually increasing the amount of it I consume – currently I have a particular fascination with Yiwu Sheng. Other types of tea that I greatly enjoy are Yancha and other dark, heavily oxidized or roasted oolongs, most shou, black tea, and compressed/aged white teas. I’ll absolutely try anything once though; and I like to have an open mind and explore lots of tea types, even if I have reservations. I’ll probably never leave that “Exploratory” phase…

Usually I drink my tea straight, but I’m not opposed to additions if I’m in the right mood. If I ever add something to a tea, I will ALWAYS call it out in the tasting note though. If I’ve not mentioned an addition, you’re safe to assume it’s been prepared straight up.

I like to listen to music when drinking tea, especially when I’m brewing a large pot at a time or steeping Gong Fu. 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, walnut, sesame, honey (in moderation), and very woody shou.

Least favourite flavour notes/ingredients:
Lemongrass, ginger, strong Chai spice profiles, mushrooms, seaweed, chamomile, artificial tasting mango or peach, 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.

Tea Pet Reference Guide:

Clay Pixiu Dragons: Zak & Wheezie
Clay Goldfish: Dot
Clay Monkey: Enzo
Jade Pixiu Dragon: Whitaker
Ruyao Carp: Splashy
Ruyao Dragon: Pablo
Ruyao Frog: Bebe
Sculpted Pig: Nelly
Sculpted Tuxedo Cat: Pekoe
Sculpted Tabby Cat: Marmalade
Ceramic Rabbit: Rupert
Ceramic Horse: Bergamot
Ceramic Snail: Snicket
Ceramic Cat: Saffron
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.

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