Tuesday evening was bad.

I left my office just after 5PM and walked down to the metro – this was probably the hottest day that it’s been in Montreal so far this year and while I was dressed pretty appropriately for the weather I was also hauling my laptop and a bunch of teaware in my backpack. Plus, I’ve still not gotten used to the “wet heat” here in Montreal that feels so much more different and unpleasant compared to the dry heat of the prairies.

When I got to the metro I learned that due to an incident at the stop just ahead in the line that service had been paused and would not be resumed until 6PM – I live verrryyyy far away from the metro stop I get on and had not brought a debit/credit card with me to the office that day so walking or taking a cab was not an option, and I don’t know the bus system at all so I didn’t feel confident trying to catch a bus. So I waited, and the station slowly became like a pack of sardines as people funneled in. Then 6PM rolls around and the announce the delay has been extended to 6:30PM… then 6:45PM… and finally 7PM…

Eventually I finally boarded at about 7:05PM, which meant I got home at around 8PM. I was sore, overheated and sweaty, and pissed at having lost so much of my evening. The last thing I wanted to do was cook, so I ordered in Thai Express. I noticed they had a new pandan iced tea, so I tossed that into my order too. It’s very sweet, very creamy – probably too much sugar for me under normal circumstances. However the flavour of the pandan was strong and cozy – like a big hug after a fucked up evening. The fact it was iced!? Heaven! I pretty much chugged this, and I loved it so much in that moment.

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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.


Montreal, QC, CA



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