Gongfu – trying it out first in something ceramic before I start drinking it w/ my Hojicha dedicated yixing pot. This company was one I found on instagram, and I noticed a few teaple who’s taste I trust had ordered from them, some come Autumn and the change of season I decided to bite the bullet and do a trial order. I actually think they seem well priced, and shipping was very reasonable as well. Order showed up quickly, too!

Does looking at rabbit fur glaze make anyone else emotional or is that just me!? Very happy to finally have a rabbit fur glaze piece of teaware in my collection – picked this one up from Camellia Sinensis! Broke it in this afternoon with this trial run Gongfu session.

This tea is actually amazing though!! It starts off very smooth and toasty, with sort of a medium-ish roast and plenty of grilled peanut/hazelnut brittle notes and caramel sweetness! There’s a mild and pleasant astringency, which hits at the side of the mouth. Soft undertones of a sweet juicy/ripe red currant type of note transition into a more prominent finish. The delicious aftertaste of raw hazelnut and a coppery/mineral taste lingers for so long!! As the session progressed it just got more and more hazelnut heavy in taste. Damn this is gooooooddd!!

Makes me very excited to try out the dark roast, as well!

Photos: https://www.instagram.com/p/B30LSuKgXRb/

Song Pairing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O5XajZNGbHo

Special shout out to my coworker Steven, as well, who has been helping me tackle The Mountain Goat’s very expansive discography…


Rabbit fur glaze is beautiful, especially when deep blue.

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Rabbit fur glaze is beautiful, especially when deep blue.

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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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