16038 Tasting Notes

So far I’ve found all of the teas from Australian Tea Masters that I picked up from World Tea Expo memorable in some way or another, but this one was kind of… mid?

I made a cup of it earlier today, but aside from an initial observation that the body of the black tea base was nice a brisk I don’t particularly recall much in terms of the flavour. There’s a lot of interesting ingredients in the blend and in particular I was really excited about the combination of cocoa and lime – but, dare I say it, this mug was very forgettable tasting.

I’m not writing it off though. I was in a kind of weird head space this morning and I found a few of my cups of tea kind of missed the mark, so I think this might be more of a me thing today. Future cups will tell.

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drank Iced Cappuccino by DAVIDsTEA
16038 tasting notes

Cold Brew!

The last new cold brew of the year is here and it’s a flavour that I feel has been very, very long awaited. I mean, it’s kind of nuts to think that DT has been releasing cold brew tea collections for more than five years and we’re only just now releasing a coffee inspired flavour!

In terms of taste, I would call this most comparable to our Vanilla Cappuccino tea but there are a few differences. I find this blend a lot less sweet and creamy, though it does have some sweetness to it due to the presence of chocolate. It’s not a super chocolate-y profile, but that inclusion does sort of nod to more of the original mocha inspiration during development. Overall it’s very smooth with a coffee-forward flavour I find complimentary with the malty black tea base.

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!

I know there are other ingredients in this blend that should be contributing to the overall profile, but if I’m being honest I’m really just tasting the lavender here. It’s a fucking fuck ton of lavender and though the cold brew method makes it a little smoother and more palatable I do find myself wishing for half as much florals and an actually distinct lemon/citrus note.

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Made a cup of this in the morning but I wasn’t being super attentive while drinking it, so it mostly just registered to me as a typical Earl Grey but with a little bit of a lighter hand when it came to the bergamot and the faintest hint of coconut. Maybe I should have gone with a longer steep time? Or more tea leaf? It was a fine “backdrop” kind of tea but I was sort of craving something bolder.

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Made this one today and it was smooth and inoffensive. I did find it a little bit light at first, but thankfully I took my first sips before tossing the sachet so I ended up just popping it back in the mug and leaving it there the whole time I drank it. The tea was more flavourful that way. Citrusy though not distinctly lime with a fresh and mildly spicy combo of crisp mint and earthy ginger. Semi mojito or moscow mule type vibes which I did enjoy. Would have personally liked a little more mint, and a bit more acidity.

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Deep, dark and juicy berries with a pop of wonderfully tangy apple cider vinegar powder. I think I’ve decided that when I finish off my last bit of these three Superbelly flavours that this is the only one I’m restocking. They’re all very good, but this one is incredible.

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I typically drink these Superbelly powders in sets of three, so it should come as no shock that I whisked (well, shook) this one up the day after I had the Strawberry Hibiscus. Iced, of course. I’m back to feeling like the ginger is very, very mild and that this is more of lemonade type of flavour. Still wild to me how unpredictable that ginger note is.

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Had this one yesterday. It was simple but very smooth and creamy with a really nice Irish Cream type of flavour that suited the brisk black tea. I still need to catch up on the whole season of Ncuti’s Doctor Who, and I want to drink all Doctor who inspired blends while I do it so another cup of this tea may very well be in my near future sooner rather than later.

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drank Galactic Grape by DAVIDsTEA
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Had this as a tea pop again yesterday because I’m just on such a grape kick right now. I love the citrusy edge that this otherwise deep purple grape flavoured blend has though. I wonder how many more times I’m going to end up making this over the coarse of the summer. Can’t stop. Won’t stop.

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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