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drank Le Melon by Boba Boba
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A bunch of us at the office ordered bubble tea as an end of the week treat and I decided to use it as a chance to try another of Boba Boba’s new summer menu items.

Honeydew isn’t really a weird “bubble tea” flavour – most places will offer one as part of their milk tea menu, generally prepared from a sweet candy-like honeydew powder. This is really different from that style of honeydew though – it has the same almost watery sweet note of somewhat over ripe honeydew with enough of that sort of sharp and vegetal green note of the rind coming through. It’s very, very clearly actual honeydew juice that’s been used in the beverage prep and not an instant powder/syrup.

It does taste good, but it also tastes kind of weird!? Like, it’s sort of too authentic. I find it not really meshing very cohesively with the milky base of the bubble tea, and while it’s certainly more realistic/better quality than a honeydew bubble tea powder I find myself conditioned to be more used to and expecting the artificial candy honeydew taste.

I’ll finish it, and appreciate how beautifully natural the honeydew flavour is, but it’s just a bit too “uncanny valley” for me to want to order it again.

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Sipped on this one as my morning cuppa – I’m actually getting much closer to a sipdown than I thought I was! It was nice and brisk with a strong malty tannic black tea note coupled with a more “candy style” strawberry flavour. I actually liked the balance; I felt like it could have easily comes off as cloying were it not for the body and faint astringency of the black tea to keep everything in check.

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drank Sheila tEa by Hella Tea
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This was the first cup of tea I made after getting my tooth fixed last week and this was also the proper first cup of tea I had steeped in probably around four days. I will absolutely have to make it again because I don’t remember a lot of the flavour – I was very tired following that appointment and also overcome with emotion from the combination of no longer being in pain and also getting to drink hot tea for the first time in a while. Like, “tearing up as I sipped the tea” level of emotion. It tasted so, soooo good but I don’t know if that’s because it actually was that good or if it’s because I had gone so long without a nice cuppa…

Flavors: Cinnamon, Fruit Punch, Hibiscus, Lemongrass

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drank Piña Elektra by Zappyo
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Started my morning with a mug of this tea yesterday – it was a good pick because I got to enjoy something energizing and fruity but it was also pretty mellow and soft. Kind of a creamy coconut crossed with coconut water type of flavour, with the fresher green yerba mate and some hints of sweet pineapple. Light to medium flavour and round, coating body. Yummy!

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Hot cuppa with some oat milk splashed in and it was simply divine! Very decadent, creamy and rich with some truly standout white chocolate notes. I was thinking about it as I was drinking the tea a few nights ago and I really think this is one of the best white chocolate teas I’ve ever had – certainly the nicest in recent memory. It’s very trick to make a white chocolate blend without it just tasting like a generic “sweetness” or “creaminess” and this blend manages to do that.

I only have one cup left – but I’m looking forward to it!

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I had forgotten that this oolong was a bit spice tainted, so when I pulled it out of the advent box to focus on sipping down it caught me off guard how much it smelled of cardamom and other aromatic spices. Translates into the steeped cup as well – this was a smooth and pleasant mug with notes of crunchy autumnal leaves, sweet bread, and hints of prune. But also cardamom/spice in a way that shouldn’t have been there. At least it compliments.

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Cold Brew Sipdown (1411)!

I really didn’t want to finish this one off plain/straight so I cold brewed it and then mixed it with a third of lemonade and that made a world of different. Much sweeter with that fresh tart lemon note, but didn’t lose all of the more natural and woody sweetness of the eleuthero/ginseng. Plus green tea just goes well with lemonade, so it was like having a fancy green tea lemonade. Not a favourite but nice and much more drinkable/enjoyable than if I had just steeped it plain.

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drank Caramel Brownie by Pudtea
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Sipdown (1412)!

Like I figured I would in my last tasting note, I added some oat milk to this last mug when I finished off the tea. It was predictably not quite as good as having it as a latte but it was much better than the plain cup I had not too long ago which was thin and a bit oily. Very happy middle ground with more of that “brownie batter” flavour. Little caramel, though.

I don’t think I’d repurchase this because I don’t really like keeping teas around that need to be made in really specific ways to be enjoyable but I’m glad I figured out the trick to this tea and had some pretty nice cups!

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Thank you VariaTEA for the share!

I pulled this one out on the weekend to sip while watching some late night streams and the smell really spoke to me even though I couldn’t entirely figure out what it was supposed to be. Steeped up I was a bit weirded out because it had that “banana candy” style banana flavour along with some other fruitiness to the undertones while also tasting pleasantly of walnuts. That seems like such a strange combination of flavours to me that, even though I liked it a lot, I was worried that my palate was completely off and misinterpreting whatever was actually in the blend. I take a lot of pride in my ability to name flavours blindly – and this mix was leaving me confused.

However, I just looked up the ingredients before writing my tasting note and… I kind of nailed it!? So now I’m just feeling proud of myself for putting together all of those flavours despite the fact they felt so discombobulated when I was tasting.

I look forward to the last cup of this soon – if it’s good too then I’ll definitely be adding this to my growing list of blends from Happy Turtle that I need to order larger amounts of.

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Cold Brew Sipdown (1413)!

I’m finishing this one off currently and I’m enjoying it a lot. I’ve always found the name of it so weird compared to the flavour – spirulina is so vegetal/oceanic in taste but this blend is sweet and pleasantly spiced. It’s always been like drinking a liquid apple pie – that syrupy sweet baked apple filling and a slight tart edge with warming cinnamon notes. That exactly how this tastes, though leaning more tartly apple, and it’s very nice.

I would 100% buy this again if I found myself back at Cornelia Bean.

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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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