15662 Tasting Notes

Sipdown (2583)!

I was reorganizing my desk a few days ago and I can across a mug with a couple of these different Adagio “portions” stuffed in that, I’m gonna honest, I had totally forgotten I still had. So I figured I’d brew this one up and put the others somewhere a little more visable where I will hopefully not forget about them…

I’m not at all familiar with the fandom this tea is inspired by, so I’m drinking it and judging it on flavour alone. It steeps up bold and brisk with strong nutty notes of roasted almond. I like that there’s an almost chicory root kind of dark, “burnt” edge to it. Not enough to be, like, bitter – but it’s just so clearly not a sweet amaretto or marzipan style of almond. The finish is a little creamy and vanilla-like in a way that makes me think of coffee creamer. It’s nice, though there’s something about the almond and vanilla combination that feels eerily familiar. I’m confident that I must have had it in more than a handful of other Adagio fandom blends.

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Gongfu!

It’s been pretty rainy the last couple of days and, like clockwork, I’m finding my cravings have shifted to darker and more cozy teas like this session of chenpi shou pu’erh!! It’s incredibly smooth with a dense, heavy woody and earthy flavour and a clean, medicinal aged citrus note. However, most striking is the very brothy and savory taste that runs like a current throughout the sip and lingers in the back of the mouth and throat after each swallow. It made for a really calm and grounding session with all the forest-y and petrichor aromas in the surrounding area.

Tea Photos: https://www.instagram.com/p/C5yjY9gOsyZ/?img_index=1

Song Pairing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XzeoOUGvVgU

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Gongfu!

Today I’m enjoying some raw pu’erh from a new to me tea company!! This beauty is 2017 Honey Water, a Lincang sheng that settlingtea was kind enough to gift me to try along with several other tea samples that I’ll be tasting throughout the next week. The dry leaf was sweet smelling with notes of honey and ripe fruit. Those notes only intensified after the rinse, really show casing exactly where the name of this tea comes from. In addition to bright, sugary notes of golden honey this tea also has playful red berry notes, floral undertones and a finish that tastes of beeswax candles in the best sort of way. Very, very soft and smooth liquor without lacking in flavour department one bit. As a first showing from this company, it’s very impressive. Cannot wait to keep sampling!

Tea Photos: https://www.instagram.com/p/C5vsqHWu0xq/?img_index=1

Song Pairing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YtjuAStxd2o

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drank Yuzu Sencha by Momo Tea
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oday seemed like a perfect day to enjoy some kōridashi (aka “ice brewing”), so I’ve got some tea all set up and steeping!! The wait is the hardest part, but when I’m finally able to enjoy my first sips of that silky smooth green tea with the pop of bright and citrusy yuzu top notes it will be well worth it!!

For my tea friends who more frequently brew kōridashi style tea, have you ever tried it with tea types other that green teas? I’ll be the first to admit this is a method of brewing I’m less well versed in, and I’ve really only ever seen it done with Japanese green teas. However, as most of y’all know, I don’t exactly drink a lot of those – so I’m just wondering before I go and get too experimental if anyone has had success trying a something else!!

EDIT: And, once all the ice had melted, it sure enough was a ultra refreshing and velvety smooth brew with that perfect sunny and complex yuzu citrus flavour. So good!

Tea Photo: https://www.instagram.com/p/C5tNkN1Oe5X/

Song Pairing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iUw3LPM7OBU

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Sipdown (2584)!

Polished the last of this off over the weekend and it was one of those cups of tea that kind of tasted really ethereal in its strange makeup of flavours? A little nutty and toasty from the rice, but also tropical with a more generic “yellow/orange” leaning fruit flavour and a soft, hard to pin point spice note. Sometimes I find teas that hit so many flavour points without really leaning heavily into any of them kind of “middling” in taste and a little generic, but this one was just soul soothing. Exactly the kind of tea I needed for a drizzly, low energy sort of Sunday.

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Sipdown (2585)!

A bit of a bittersweet sipdown since this is such a pleasant and deeply unique tasting blend. It’s got one of the nicest and most accurate orange blossom notes I’ve come across in a tea with that perfect balance of floral and citrus elements that riff off the natural honeysuckle and creamy cucumber pulp notes of the white tea. It’s also got a wickedly smooth and nutty note of almond that’s jussssttt sweet enough. Makes me think of whipped or otherwise more creamy marzipan? Not as rich though. But similar idea. I love the way the almond and orange blossom interact – so sophisticated and complimentary!!

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drank Radiance by Pukka
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Sipdown (2586)!

Not something I’d probably seek out since I have many similar things in my stash already, but I found this to be a pretty in offensive blend of peppermint and other herbs. In particular I like the sweetness and kind of licorice-y depth that the fennel inclusion adds to the cup, and the nettle was very inoffensive. Not spinachy like it could have been. Made for a smooth and soothing cup with a light medicinal sort of feel to it. Medicinal, in this case, in a good way where it felt like it was doing something positive for me.

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Sipdown (2587)!

I like the inclusion of spearmint in this blend because it adds more dimension and natural sweetness to what is otherwise a very basic and straightforward peppermint. However, I think leaving this tea sachet to steep in the mug while I drank may have been a mistake because near the end of the mug it ended up getting very potent and savory with a herbaceous element that almost felt like tulsi or even dill??

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In my head I was remembering this tea as a bit more medicinal tasting, so I was surprised when I took my first sips of this mug and was met with more of a creamy yogurt sort of note. Strawberry, too. Fresh with a hint of a tart snap to it. Very “strawberries and cream” as an overall profile with a nice mix of bright top notes and silky vanilla/cream in the finish. Rooibos forward to be sure, but just not quite as medicinal as I think I experienced my first go round.

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Weekend cuppa! Very strong, aromatic and sweet notes of roses. Not light and delicate, but the kind of rose that makes me think of giant bouquets of deeply pink roses that fill the whole room with that potent but pleasant perfume-y sorta smell. The caramel note was present (especially in the finish), but something about it almost read more as a thick golden honey. Very delicious, regardless.

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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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