Iced Tea Sipdown (719)!

Had this one iced on like Thursday? Which was this MASSIVE storm/rainfall in the city where it rained for like nine straight hours – I don’t own an umbrella so between walking to the metro and then walking from the metro to the office I arrive just drenched! I normally wouldn’t mind being caught out in the rain – I fucking love the rain. That’s a huge part of why I don’t own an umbrella – but I’m not used to being able to change into fresh clothing after spending my glorious moments in the middle of a storm, spinning around in the rain like a lunatic…

So the work day kind of sucked, until I dried out anyway.

So why did I choose to make an iced tea then? And of such a tropical flavour? Because I though I’d initially grabbed a different Snarky Tea sample flavour from my stash in the morning to try out, but since I only took like two samples to work that day I just rolled with it anyway despite it feeling like a weird pick for the day. I mean, it feels like a weird flavor to fit the name of the tea regardless, right? Pineapple/Coconut for something that comes off as a sort of “Hey, don’t stress out!” type of blend/usage!? That’s weird. Until you read the copy writing anyway – which is more ‘Rest, relax w/ a cocktain on the beach!" kind of vibes. It’s still a stretch, but less of one… I guess…

The dry aroma smells very good – really sweet/juicy pineapple and hints of coconut. It’s like an overripe pineapple kind of pineapple smell. The coconut smells like it might be a bit of that lotiony coconut, but not so strongly to think it couldn’t be fine when steeped. And it is fine – brewed up I don’t find this lotion-y tasting at all and that’s a huge relief. In fact, it’s pretty great! It’s not overly sweet, which is good, more just the natural sweetness of the coconut in combination with that really fresh pineapple taste, which I’m sure is actually coming from flavouring and not the pineapple itself. It’s bright though, and very lively like the tangy/fresh taste you would get from just slightly overripe pineapple. With the coconut it’s incredible pina colada like in terms of taste – but doesn’t have the more dense creaminess I would typically associate with something pina colada flavoured.

Overall, this is a winner in my books!

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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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