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While in Winnipeg, I bought a ton of teas to take home – but this is actually part of a care package that my mom brought me of different Saskatoon flavoured things to bring back to Montreal; you know, to remind me of home.

Now, I’ve actually had this tea before – years and years ago. So not only does this remind me of Saskatoon/Saskatchewan, but it’s also deeply nostalgic for me since these tea bags were one of the very first teas I ever owned back when I was really first beginning me tea exploration journey. I loved them back then; and I hoped I’d still enjoy them but I was also terrified that my palate might have changed to a point where what was once a very significant/impactful tea for me would taste awful. I brewed a mug up on the Saturday I flew back to Montreal; added a little splash of oatmilk and got ready to take my first sips…

So, it’s nice – but not as world changing as it might have been six years ago. That makes sense; it’s dust/fannings and flavouring, and my tastes in tea have changed a lot over six years. I was immediately washed over with some much nostalgia though; and just terribly homesick. The tea is not awesome quality, and is rather tannic/brisk but that sweet Saskatoon berry note is lovely – like Saskatoon berry jam! Delicious. I missed Saskatoon berry flavoured things before, but now I’m just aching for a really, really good Saskatoon berry pie or milkshake.

Blessing and a curse.

Martin Bednář

I can imagiine your feelings, returning to tea bags, especially when it is some blend with good memories – then it must be, as you wrote, blessing but as well a curse.

Kittenna

I just finished off a litre mason jar of Saskatoonberry jam from Costco… it was so good. I ate it by the spoonful. I also really miss that flavour – it’s harder to get around here (though not impossible, as some specialty shops carry it). This reminds me, though, of the Berry Barn in Saskatoon, and their delicious pie…

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Martin Bednář

I can imagiine your feelings, returning to tea bags, especially when it is some blend with good memories – then it must be, as you wrote, blessing but as well a curse.

Kittenna

I just finished off a litre mason jar of Saskatoonberry jam from Costco… it was so good. I ate it by the spoonful. I also really miss that flavour – it’s harder to get around here (though not impossible, as some specialty shops carry it). This reminds me, though, of the Berry Barn in Saskatoon, and their delicious pie…

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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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