One of the three new teas from this past week’s collection drop!

The theme of this collection is “throwback childhood treats” which is really fun and has really allowed this collection to have quite a bit of diversity to the flavour profiles of the teas. There’s two returning teas (Peanut Butter Cup & Cotton Candy) and counting this tea there are three new teas part of the full collection, with one extra Super Steeper exclusive. Tasting notes for the other new teas will be coming up shortly!

Of the full collection this is my least favourite of the blends – and the only one I didn’t add into my personal collection. It’s a pretty straight forward tea with a wide range of fun coloured sprinkles and chocolates – all naturally flavoured and coloured. In terms of taste I find it’s mostly just this a medium-ish white chocolate/cream flavour with the faintest hint of sweet strawberry in the undertones. The mouthfeel is pretty oily and slick from the melted down chocolates, but that’s normal for that ingredient – especially in this concentration.

The thing is that, for my tastes at least, it’s not an unpleasant tasting tea but it’s also not very complex either and I’m not a fan of that sort of “one note” white chocolate that this leans towards. I also really like the taste of rooibos (though I recognize that some people do not) and I don’t think there’s nearly enough of it in the blend – visually it’s sparse and you definitely don’t taste it in the tea either. However, the biggest thing is just that it reminds me too much of DT’s Birthday Cake – but in a way where they’re not really similar!? That’s sort of hard to explain because directionally they’re pretty different despite having similar enough appearances/names and the same tea type. Essentially, they aren’t meant to be the same tea but my brain cannot help but pit them against one another. Even though I don’t love Birthday Cake, it has a deep and profound personal significance to me (it was my first ever LLT and launched me on this crazy tea journey) so this tea cannot even begin to come close to having that level of significance…

It’s an unfair standard to hold this tea to, but sometimes the world is unfair and so that’s just how it’s worked out.

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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