11417 Tasting Notes

Cold Brew!

This is pretty good! I actually didn’t think I was going to enjoy it based on the smell but I’m happy to be proven wrong. The aroma is definitely very strawberry forward with some creaminess but it also smells a bit plastic-like and artificial. Did anyone else have those strawberry scented Strawberry Shortcake dolls from the 90s? That’s what the smell reminded me of and, while it _was) nostalgic, nothing plastic smelling usually tastes that good…

Here’s a photo of the dolls if anyone wants to take a trip down nostalgia lane: https://allisonveneziowrites.files.wordpress.com/2020/02/snapshot6-2.jpg?w=640

The steeped taste is very soft and refreshing though – also not plastic tasting at all. I would say I get some of the grassiness on the front of the sip first from the green tea, and then it’s a light to medium bodied whipped strawberry and coconut sort of medley. Not necessarily “cake” but confectionery in a lot of regards. It’s still refreshing though, and not sugary/too sweet. It’s working well for me tonight!

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I totally remember those dolls! My sister had a few of them and I can still picture the smell in my mind’s eye…

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I remember once one of the books in our library’s children’s collection was scented with the “little girls pink plastic stuff” smell. I am not a fan of it… (but, it also wasn’t the worst smell I’ve found on a book, either).

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oh but I like those strawberry cake rolls…finished a box recently actually. haha :X

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Okay, now this is a tea that I had fairly high expectations for – it won VariaTEA’s March Madness tournament so that’s high praise in an of itself!

I can’t remember if it was here or on instagram but I remember someone described the taste as either “strawberry cream” or “strawberry marshmallow” – something like that, anyway. I think I agree with the latter; I didn’t expect this to be as fruity as it was but I kind of liked it!? It’s candy fruit, and light/sugary with some creaminess. I suppose if the inspo cereal was something like Lucky Charms then the strawberry marshmallow direction would make sense/line up!? For a blend with so much coconut in it, I thought it actually didn’t translate that much in the cup aside from an oiliness. I mean, it does still have coconut notes – but light ones.

I find myself perplexed because this doesn’t line up with my expectations but I’m also not really sure what my expectations were in the first place!? Is it a nice flavour profile though!? Yeah, it’s pretty good! Not mind blowing, but solid. Need to mull this one over a bit; I have a feeling it might be more one of those teas that slowly grows on you over time instead of sweeps you off your feet right away.

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I definitely feel like I didn’t appreciate this tea enough when I worked in store. Hell, I’m still not sure I appreciate it fully – it’s never one of those tea blends that jumps top of mind for me but I always love it so much when I have it. The cardamom note is simply unparalleled in how warming and cozy and aromatic it is while being matched by notes of maple, cinnamon, nutmeg, and custard. It’s a full package, well balanced tea that perfectly rides the line of “sugar and spice”, Why does it never stick in my head!?

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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Cold Brew!

Alright – I will be the first to admit that as a cold brew this was weird. The lavender was nice and cozy, and not too strong. However the buttercream was pretty thick and heavy handed – especially with the mouthfeel!? The thick coating mouthfeel caught me offguard because that wasn’t a quality I remembered this tea having. It was a bit like a vanilla and lavender fondant, and y’all know that I am a fervent hater of that nasty sugar dough. This wasn’t as bad as fondant, but it was dipping into that territory in a way I didn’t love. Also, the finish was almost cooling in a “sweet mint” kind of way!?

What happened here!? This was just so bizarre and atypical of this blend.

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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drank Apple Custard by DAVIDsTEA
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I had a mug of this one on friday night while I was writing some podcast outlines. I won’t give away what fandom I was outlining for, but I will say that this was the first outline that I actually got emotional about while writing – and I definitely teared up. Not even the Princess Jellyfish podcast got me like that, so I needed a comforting favourite to sip on. This creamy and delicious vanilla and golden apple blend was right on the money.

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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I’m usually really good about labeling my bags of tea but I happen to have two unmarked silver “refill” bags of tea in my white/green tea blend sample bin – one that’s filled with Seaberry Spa and one filled with this tea…

I was actually looking for Seaberry Spa today, knowing it was in an unmarked bag, and had forgotten about this bag. So when I found the plain one I grabbed it and then went over to the kettle to measure out the leaf in my waiting mug. Of course I was a bit surprised that I was met with the aroma of cardamom and sweet purple grapes – but I was already here and I love this tea quite a bit already so I rolled with it! It was a very, very tasty and cozy mug. Truly such a unique blend, and I think criminally underrated.

Someday I will remember to label the bags – but today was not that day.

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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Happy Matcha Monday!

I was inspired by my friend Siply Tealicious on instagram to brew this one up as my matcha this morning – I was craving a fruity matcha anyway to combat some of the rainy day blues from the grey and stormy weather but this was just a spot on pick! Usually I find that this is a surprisingly creamy take on Strawberry (not that I mind) but today I found this much sweeter and fresh strawberry than usual. Maybe the doom and gloom outside my window made the flavours feel all the more summery?

Photo: https://www.instagram.com/p/CQG6vrVgSNg/

Song Pairing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1rN1l6SiVK4&ab_channel=HarryTeardropHarryTeardropOfficialArtistChannel

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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Gongfu!

Enjoying two summer favourites yesterday morning! Smoky Lapsang from The Tea Practitioner with grilled & salted watermelon!! The savory, brothy smoke notes work perfectly with the slight notes of char and pop of salt from the melon, while also making all those sweet notes of the watermelon seem even more juicy than usual!! Both flavours are just total explosions of flavour and create such a fun and dynamic contrast of one another.

Photos: https://www.instagram.com/p/CQEHvyugFEu/

Song Pairing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WyiIGEHQP8o

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drank Black Dragon by Tearunners
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Gongfu Sipdown (1402)!

This gorgeous & tippy tea is robust and full bodied with bold and complex notes of bittersweet dark chocolate, burnt sugar, baked yams, smoke, and stewed red fruits – but it’s really the burnt sugar and cocoa notes that stay with you after the finish! Such an interesting balance of bitterness and sweetness made for a very enjoyable tea session this afternoon!!

Photos: https://www.instagram.com/p/CQCGi1gg9ir/

Song Pairing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zmPuKFmAVFA&ab_channel=RunForCoverRecords

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Gongfu!

I practically lost my mind over this tea session! This tea is mouthwatering with notes of sweet breads, amber honey, leather, & dark cacao complimenting a complex range of fruit notes that encompass tropical sweet guava jam, black currant, and candied plums – with a floral and spicy lilac undertone. The liquor is syrupy and smooth with a coating and lingering finish of perfumed sweet ‘purple’ fruit juices. There’s so much to unpack here with each steep; I am so enamored and impressed! One of the best sessions I’ve had this week, easily!!

Photos: https://www.instagram.com/p/CP_Mo5fAkFZ/

Song Pairing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o4qsjmLxhow

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Sounds like a wonderful way to start the week!

Togo

Lovely!

btw, I got tickets for Primavera Sound next year! If (the festival happens and) they won’t clash with something I might be able to see The Strokes live there :)

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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.

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