I’m really behind right now on tasting notes in general, but I really wanted to have notes up for this and the other new Mother’s Day tea much earlier than now. I’ve just been having a lot of sleep issues and headaches recently, and it’s very unmotivating with keeping on track with a lot of things, including tasting notes.

In fact, I’m up right now with some pretty bad insomnia, kind of my fault because I had a wicked migraine all afternoon and I decided to try to sleep it off/sleep through it. So I messed up my own sleep schedule a little in doing that.

I’ll be perfectly honest – I’m not a big fan of either of the two new teas so that probably had something to do with my not being as excited with writing about them as well. I prefer this one the least of the new teas – it’s not a bad tea but it’s just a profile that really doesn’t speak to me. It’s essentially a hibiscus rose – and you do get that sort of hibiscus tartness coupled with a bit of a berry profile, but it’s not as sweet and juicy or even tart and punchy as most DT blends with hibiscus tend to be. I find this is more the drier and actually somewhat floral tasting form of hibiscus and while it’s not altogether unfamiliar with how you normally would see hibiscus presented in a blend I do think it’s different feeling. The rose is nice; I like rose flavours a lot in tea and this is the best part of the blend for me – I personally wish it was stronger but I see this rose are probably being right on the line of what most people would be able to handle in a blend if they aren’t rose tea junkies like myself.

I’d say it’s probably more light to medium bodied, and in my opinion better hot than iced. The main thing is that this is just overall quite floral and drying – and ingredients like ashwagandha and shatavari don’t really help the flavour profile in my mind. Both tend to be more herbal, earthy and bitter tasting. Tulsi is also pretty herbaceous, which adds to that flavour. If you’re looking at the blend from a wellness type perspective and you want those ingredients because of their associated benefits then I think all things considered that DT has done a really solid just of presenting them in a more palatable way than they would taste straight up. They’re not completely masked though, and as someone who is not seeking out those ingredients for a wellness function then I just don’t love their contributing flavours. So I guess what I’m saying is that for the ingredients in the blend, I think it’s a good blend but I’m not the customer for it.

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.

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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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