Went out for ice cream yesterday afterwork to Kem Coba (a fancy ice cream place here in MTL I guess?) with a coworker – which was actually an amazing experience and delicious. I got a scoop of Pandan icecream and a scoop of Salted Butter, both were amazing but there was actually something surprisingly magical about the salted butter!?

On the way home I stopped at a Depanneur for something iced/cold to drink on the way home and I noticed a bright orange kombucha in the line up of flavours of RISE Kombucha. Now, I thought that I’d tried all of the flavours RISE carries (minus the ginger, ’cause no…) so seeing something BRIGHT ORANGE threw me off. Well, I guess they put out new flavours! So, I grabbed a bottle to introduce myself – orange and turmeric, sounds lovely right!? So I had kombucha for the metro ride home.

I’m a bit thrown by this one – I think I’d need to drink it again to make my mind up. It’s got a weird ingredient list; the orange/vanilla/oolong with a hint of spice from the turmeric and ginger!? Quite a lovely mix, one that I’m really into. However, there might be just a bit too much turmeric because I was getting that bitterness that’s hard to avoid from lots of turmeric. There’s also lots of carrot in this; I’d wager that’s intended to both add orange colour visually but also for sweetness, since carrot is naturally sweet and often used in tea blends for subtle sweetness. However, when you use a lot of carrot it can taste earthy – so that and the turmeric might have been a bit much. Also there’s a floral undertone, clearly coming from the inclusion of chamomile and lavender – it’s weird and I don’t think it goes with that sweet orange/warming spice vibe. I didn’t enjoy that element.

So overall… Lots of nice qualities, really cool concept but a few interesting ingredient choices that I’m not into. Will try this again, though!

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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.


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