drank Eye of Newt by DAVIDsTEA
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Last new Halloween tea!!

This one is also really neat – and fun fact it was one of the first unreleased teas that caught my eye when I started at the SSC. In anticipation of it being released for Halloween, I actually ended up exploring several different styles of this tisane – which is traditionally called Jiaogulan or Five Leaf Gynostemma – from other companies ; including My Cup of Tea, based here in Montreal, and Yunnan Sourcing.

It’s so strange, and I really liked learning more of the history behind this super traditional style of Chinese herb/tisane. I had never seen it before starting at the head office! So now that it’s officially launched, I feel like I’ve already gone through a whole journey of discovery and exploration – I hope I get to watch other people try this one out and go through the same discovery! Plus, what a fun name! This totally looks like some sort of weird tumbleweed-y type potion ingredient, and Eye of Newt takes what might actually be an intimidating traditional tisane and puts a fun and very DT spin on it!

So, here are some of the notes that I’ve taken on this tea, and held onto, from the last few months of my exploration of it…

Large Glass Teapot: Really light/mild. Sort of a sweet (cane sugar) grassy vibe?

Nordic Mug: Stronger/thicker with a more pronounced grassy/lawn clipping note and under ripe green melon. A bit bitter; one ball is probably too much for a Nordic…

Gong Fu: Actually brews very nice when prepped that way; sweet, herbal, kinda has a fennel bulb note? Smooth!

I will definitely be picking up some of these to have on hand! I hope other people find them as weird and interesting as I did and give them a try – it’s a cool way of exploring something traditional and also incorporating a herbal tea into your tea assortment that feels a little more “tea like” than, say, something like Caribbean Crush. I do find these sort of comparable(ish) to green tea, so if you’re a green tea fan this could be a nice caffeine free evening alternative? Or if you just don’t always want to go for that more rich/dense and sweet profile with your evening teas…

Also there’s some traditional wellness/functional aspects of this herb – but that’s never really the focal point for me personally. Still, I know that appeals to some people so worth pointing out…

Friendly reminder that I do not numerically rate DAVIDsTEA blends as I’m currently employed there and it would be an obvious conflict of interest. Any blends you see with numerical ratings were rated prior to my employment there. These reviews are a reflection of my personal thoughts and feelings regarding the teas, and not the company’s.

Dustin

This is the one tea that looked interesting in the DT Halloween collection and I love the name! The prints on the Halloween tins are super cute too. I wish they had done a travel mug with those designs!

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Dustin

This is the one tea that looked interesting in the DT Halloween collection and I love the name! The prints on the Halloween tins are super cute too. I wish they had done a travel mug with those designs!

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My name is Kelly. I’m a twenty something tea drinker and reviewer originally from the prairies, but recently relocated to Quebec. I was introduced to DAVIDsTEA and started drinking tea fairly casually about six years ago. At some point, that casual hobby became an ingrained part of my daily life; I became a part of a greater community, incorporated tea into my daily routine, and it became my career.

You know you’ve got it bad when you get your hobby tattooed to your arm.

I’m a TAC certified Tea Sommelier!

I drink a balance of flavoured tea and straight/traditional teas – in all formats. I prefer to have a wide, and general knowledge over many types of teas and catagories rather than focus on any one specific tea: a jack of all teas, master of none. Loose, bagged, matcha, Western style, iced, latted, Gong Fu…

You name it, I probably drink it.

In that vein, I’ll drink just about any type of tea – those only ones I have a particularly strong distaste for are green teas and Chai, with some exceptions of course. I have a weird relationship with Sheng pu’erh, but have been gradually increasing the amount of it I consume – currently I have a particular fascination with Yiwu Sheng. Other types of tea that I greatly enjoy are Yancha and other dark, heavily oxidized or roasted oolongs, most shou, black tea, and compressed/aged white teas. I’ll absolutely try anything once though; and I like to have an open mind and explore lots of tea types, even if I have reservations. I’ll probably never leave that “Exploratory” phase…

Usually I drink my tea straight, but I’m not opposed to additions if I’m in the right mood. If I ever add something to a tea, I will ALWAYS call it out in the tasting note though. If I’ve not mentioned an addition, you’re safe to assume it’s been prepared straight up.

I like to listen to music when drinking tea, especially when I’m brewing a large pot at a time or steeping Gong Fu. 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, walnut, sesame, honey (in moderation), and very woody shou.

Least favourite flavour notes/ingredients:
Lemongrass, ginger, strong Chai spice profiles, mushrooms, seaweed, chamomile, artificial tasting mango or peach, 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 Dragon: Pablo
Ruyao Frog: Bebe
Sculpted Pig: Nelly
Sculpted Tuxedo Cat: Pekoe
Sculpted Tabby Cat: Marmalade
Ceramic Rabbit: Rupert
Ceramic Horse: Bergamot
Ceramic Snail: Snicket
Ceramic Cat: Saffron
Wood Fired Old Man: Leopold

Currently I’m employed at DAVIDsTEA. While I’m still reviewing DAVIDsTEA blends I am no longer numerically rating them due to the obvious conflict of interest. Any tea blends you currently see with a numeric score that are from DAVIDsTEA were reviewed prior to my being hired there.

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