Midday cuppa, which I sipped on while watching some stupid highschool romcom type movie on Netflix – I just needed something a little light hearted…

This was good, but artificial. I mean, I really enjoy AQTT’s white tea base because it’s light, fluffy and had a nice gentle sweet hay taste to it. However, the pistachio feels very fake even though it’s still enjoyably sweet and nutty. There was some cream in the body of the sip, but I’d have liked more – and in a more distinct way. Maybe some vanilla would have been nice here? Apart from that, there was just a bit of a general perfume-y floral vibe. It’s not a stand out blend by AQTT but it’s not a bad one either.

VariaTEA

Did you watch To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before?

Roswell Strange

That is 100% what I watched. I couldn’t resist; I’m also binge watching The Fosters right now, and the romantic leaf in the movie is the same actor as my current favourite character on the show. That was enough to sell me.

VariaTEA

Hahah that’s why I watched. Jesus caught my attention and Peter K stole my heart :P

Roswell Strange

**romantic lead…

I’m nearly done The Foster (like ten more episodes left) and I just don’t understand how anyone could NOT like Noah Centineo. Sure, the recast after season two was a little jarring but he’s honestly just such an amazing actor. It was a really good movie though. Plus, the soundtrack!!! I don’t think there was a single song that wasn’t somewhere in my giant tea drinking/music playlist.

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VariaTEA

Did you watch To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before?

Roswell Strange

That is 100% what I watched. I couldn’t resist; I’m also binge watching The Fosters right now, and the romantic leaf in the movie is the same actor as my current favourite character on the show. That was enough to sell me.

VariaTEA

Hahah that’s why I watched. Jesus caught my attention and Peter K stole my heart :P

Roswell Strange

**romantic lead…

I’m nearly done The Foster (like ten more episodes left) and I just don’t understand how anyone could NOT like Noah Centineo. Sure, the recast after season two was a little jarring but he’s honestly just such an amazing actor. It was a really good movie though. Plus, the soundtrack!!! I don’t think there was a single song that wasn’t somewhere in my giant tea drinking/music playlist.

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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.

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