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drank Myrtle's Tea House by 52teas
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Wasn’t sure what to think of this tea, but I do really enjoy blends like this that aren’t really meant to replicate/mirror the EXACT taste of something but are more just a harmonious pairing of different flavours creating a unique profile. I’m talking something like a basil, peach, cinnamon, and pineapple blend with a more abstract name versus something that’s like “Peach Sorbet” which is a defined and preexisting thing. Does that make sense? At all?

As for this blend, it’s a mix of different spices, strawberry, bergamot and vanilla. I found the spice elements to be the strongest things in the blend – the cinnamon and nutmeg primarily, with a bit of the clove in the finish. It’s a little astringent/drying, but the sweetness of both vanilla and strawberry in the forefront of the sip definitely counter balance the spices really well. I actually wise there was a little more strawberry, though. I think strawberry and cinnamon are a really nice pairing together – and one that it often ignored. It reminds me of breakfast foods though – cinnamon pancakes/waffles/French toast with strawberry compote as a topping. Something you might get from a really goof Waffle House, for example. The bergamot feels like the weirdest addition to the blend, but not a bad one. Just a little competitive with the spices – they’re all really defined and commanding flavours in terms of presence. The little bit of floral orange from the bergamot in the undertones marries nicely to the sweetness of the strawberry, though.

It’s not one of my favourites (just based on first impression) from 52Teas overall, but I do think it’s one of the most unique/creative teas that Anne has come up with and I love that it’s based on something so meaningful to her.

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Recently learned that Myrtle’s Tea House will be closing for good – and instead, the wonderful lady who runs Myrtle’s will be opening a home decor place where in the mornings, you can come by for some tea and scones – but the full afternoon tea will be no more. I’m very sad about it but I am happy that she found the thing that she wants to do so I can’t deny her wanting to change direction. I will so miss that strawberry soup. I will have to beg her for the recipe.

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Recently learned that Myrtle’s Tea House will be closing for good – and instead, the wonderful lady who runs Myrtle’s will be opening a home decor place where in the mornings, you can come by for some tea and scones – but the full afternoon tea will be no more. I’m very sad about it but I am happy that she found the thing that she wants to do so I can’t deny her wanting to change direction. I will so miss that strawberry soup. I will have to beg her for the recipe.

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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.

Tea Pet Reference Guide:

Clay Pixiu Dragons: Zak & Wheezie
Clay Goldfish: Dot
Clay Monkey: Enzo
Jade Pixiu Dragon: Whitaker
Ruyao Carp: Splashy
Ruyao Banana Man: Pheobo
Ruyao Dragon: Pablo
Ruyao Frog: Bebe
Sculpted Pig: Nelly
Sculpted Tuxedo Cat: Pekoe
Sculpted Tabby Cat: Marmalade
Ceramic Rabbit: Rupert
Ceramic Stringray: Irwin
Ceramic Horse: Bergamot
Ceramic Snail: Snicket
Ceramic Cat: Saffron
Wood Fired Man: Leopold
Brass Mouse: Stilton

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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