Another new tea – it’s in some Valentine’s Day kits and things, but otherwise it’s currently exclusive to this first Spring subscription box!

DT has done strawberry and cream profiles before – Strawberry Fields immediately comes to mind as an example of that. It’s been a while though, and I like that this is on an oolong tea base because I haven’t really seen that a whole lot before from DT or otherwise. What I think is really cool about this blend is that it’s a milk oolong tea base, so in addition to the sweet cream flavouring you get an added layer of velvety creamy oolong as well – making for a blend where you can actually taste the oolong used in it quite distinctly. It’s a cool way to play into the natural flavour notes of the tea base that’s been used. That milky/creamy silkiness is my favourite part of this blend.

The strawberry is nice but not nearly as cool to me – though you can’t really have a strawberries and cream without there being any strawberry, can you? It’s similar to strawberry flavours we’ve seen in other tea blends from DT before – at this moment Strawberry Moringa is coming to mind, but not at the same intensity. Similar just slightly under ripe but sweet strawberry notes though. I don’t like the use of hibiscus here; I understand it’s meant to add a level of acidity to make the strawberry come off as especially juicy and flavourful but to me it sometimes just feels a bit sharp. It also means I can’t add milk to the tea either, and that’s sad for me.

It’s one of those things where, in using the hibiscus, you get what is arguably a more “accurate” strawberry flavour because real, fresh strawberries do have a slight pop of acidity to that. However, at least personally, when I see something is “strawberries and cream” flavoured I don’t know that I necessarily expect the most natural/accurate strawberry flavouring? Like, I’m craving the super lux and creamy “Strawberry Campino” yogurt candies or a thick, double churned strawberry ice cream. Those do not have that pop of acidity, and that’s my personal preference for this flavour profile.

So for those reasons I enjoy this tea, but it’s not likely to be a cupboard staple for me any time soon either.

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.


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