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I don’t remember what I thought of this one when I first tried it, but judging on Steepster scoring I’d say I was probably decently impressed. I’m conflicted with this cup of it though because I did enjoy the combo of hot turmeric, the hint of ginger, and the bulk of the lemony notes. They all complimented each other really nicely. The conflicting part, this time at least, is that as nice as the profile was and as complimentary the flavours were the brew was also just very weak/watery seeming to me.

Also; I think I’m going through some sort of “awakening” right now in terms of spicy things. Like, until pretty recently I was the kind of person who HATED spice. Not just in terms of tea, but like in all things. Something must have clicked a few weeks ago though, because I’ve been deeply craving spicy food as of late. I’ve been ordering tons of Indian food – and the last time I ordered with my mom she took a bite of the masala dish I was eating and wouldn’t stop complaining about the burning in her mouth for like an hour. Plus, I’ve been adding banana peppers to basically everything that I’m offered them on; pizza, sandwiches, fries, wraps, etc. The weirdest thing? I’ve been craving chai!

I mean, I’m far from being able to handle any sort of “real” spice and wouldn’t consider myself like a ‘spice aficionado’ or anything – but my point is that I went from wanting nothing to do with spicy food to actually consistently craving it. It feels weird.

derk

Welcome to the pleasure pit that is this fiery hell. Your whole concept of caliente will soon be reborn, emerging from the pyre of sacrificial Anglo-Saxon palates. The process has begun. There is no turning back.

Forgive me, it’s late. I hope you enjoy your budding tendency toward spice.

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derk

Welcome to the pleasure pit that is this fiery hell. Your whole concept of caliente will soon be reborn, emerging from the pyre of sacrificial Anglo-Saxon palates. The process has begun. There is no turning back.

Forgive me, it’s late. I hope you enjoy your budding tendency toward spice.

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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.

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