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Woah! This was a share from Kittenna and it’s one I was so stoked to try because I very nearly ordered it this summer on a few occasions because it intrigued me so much…

This is suupppeeeerrrr aromatic and sweet smelling; I had the tea bag of it on my desk in the lab earlier today and when I walked in after lunch I could smell it clear across the room. It’s pretty candy sweet smelling, and very juicy/artificial in the watermelon notes but damn if I don’t adore it! Seems right up my alley in terms of watermelon profiles…

The infused cup is SO sweet!! It’s one of the strongest watermelon flavours I’ve probably run across – and clearly artificial, but I don’t personally mind that at all. It’s really juicy, exactly like a watermelon flavoured Jolly Rancher, or a watermelon slushy. The flavour is practically sticky, and after the sip it lingers in the mouth for ages in a really pleasant way. When I breath out it almost feels like I’m breathing out a watermelon sugar/mist in my breath. There’s a whisp of floral oolong right at the beginning of the sip that does break up some of the sweetness candy profile but this is basically all juicy, “florescent pink” hard candy.

I don’t know if this is still on the T By Daniel website, but if it’s back next summer then I think I’ll probably be all over this tea as a sweet melon oolong for icing or cold brewing…

Kittenna

I was very pleased with this one! Might even say I like it better than Lupicia’s.

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Kittenna

I was very pleased with this one! Might even say I like it better than Lupicia’s.

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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.

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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