Sipdown (669)!

So, a while back I ordered the “complete sampler” from Lazy Cat – basically a sampler with every single tea that they carry on their website. I’ve never ordered from Lazy Cat before, but I’ve heard really nice things about the yancha they carry (a favourite tea type of mine) and a bunch of the people from the Tea Friends slack group really like them, so I figured this was the best way to try what they have to offer and make my own mind up!

My goal with this sampler, aside from enjoyment, is to hopefully find five really stand out teas that I could see myself ordering large quantities of!

This was the first tea that I tried from the sampler; I was drawn to it because of the website description and the fact it’s one of very few non-yancha teas that Lazy Cat carries. I was actually deeply impressed with this tea; I thought that the leaf was very beautiful to look at and it infused quite deliciously. In fact, while I didn’t think it was super complex, I did pick out a few tasting notes that are really uncommon (at least for me) in black teas! Here’s my instagram write up:

Mesmerizing to look at, but with a very interesting flavor profile. I’d call this one light to medium bodied & very, very smooth. Not super complex; a bit of a marriage of mellow malty notes and sweet honey, with later infusions showing just a HINT of flavour progression, revealing a delicate citrus note like mandarin or candied orange. Most interesting and noteworthy, though, was the consistent undertone of refreshing and sweet melon I picked up through the entire tea session – like perfectly ripe cantaloupe!?

I’ve been thinking about that amazing and unique cantaloupe note for days now!

Photo: https://www.instagram.com/p/B0GVlcFgNNH/

Song Pairing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Yenes0MSzg

Short listing this one for my “top five” from the sampler…

Martin Bednář

And the song is great too. It’s like it is about me :D (sad though)


Never heard of this company, but I want to try them for the cool packaging alone

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Martin Bednář

And the song is great too. It’s like it is about me :D (sad though)


Never heard of this company, but I want to try them for the cool packaging alone

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Hello! My name is Kelly, though many people in the tea community call me Ros or Roswell.

I am a mid-twenties tea addict, blogger, and all around nerd. 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 preparation 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.

I’m also one half of the “tea and fandom” podcast GeekSteep where, weekly, we discuss newly explored fandoms over tea as well as try to figure out the perfect tea to pair with each fandom. You can find us on Spotify and Apple & Google podcasts.

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.


Montreal, QC, CA



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