13250 Tasting Notes

drank What The Flu? by Flyest
13250 tasting notes

Sipdown (1803)!

To be honest I expected this to be a lot more of an elderberry focused blend than it ended up being, but as someone who’s not usually a fan of turmeric or ginger teas I have to say that I was highly impressed with how well balanced the earthiness of the turmeric and the heat of the ginger were with this more medium-ish level syrupy and fruity elderberry taste. Overall, this definitely felt healthful and soothing but it didn’t dip into that unpleasantly medicinal or aggressively muddy and spiced territory that it veeerrrryyy easily could have! By the end of my mug I was sad that I only had the one cup’s worth sample – a good sign, given that I usually just obsessively want to taste one of everything when trying a new company & after that am ready to move on to the next exciting thing…

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drank Mulled Wine by DAVIDsTEA
13250 tasting notes

Had a mug of this one earlier in the day. Today’s cup was just all bubblegum save for a cinnamon note in the finish, but in full honesty I sort of picked it out this morning because I wanted something with that bubblegum note and I was banking on the fact that would come out in this cup.

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!

Sipping on this one currently and it’s just lovely! The texture came out a bit thicker and more syrupy than expected, and that added richness of mouthfeel is giving me life in combination with the more honeyed hazelnut notes of the rooibos base and the stronger flavours of raspberry/red fruit and fresh lavender. It’s such a special blend, and I love how all of these very natural flavours from all the components seem to just click together.

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drank The Glow Up by Blume
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Iced!

Didn’t know what to expect from this powder other than the very beautiful purple colour that’s been so apparent in all of the marketing for this blend. It was, definitely, a very beautiful shade of purple – the result of a perfect balance of butterfly pea flower, hibiscus powder, and different kinds of berries including black currant and maqui.

What I didn’t expect what that, with how much berry actually is included, that the flavour would be so muted. I almost want to call it flat, though it wasn’t exactly flat/stale so much as it was just veeeerrrrrryyyy soft and generic tasting. Like, definitely a berry flavour. However there’s no way in the world I would have called it either currant or maqui or anything else that was included. I think next time I make this I definitely have to up the amount of powder because in my mind I just can’t believe that a drink with this much black currant powder could be so mild tasting….

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Another morning cuppa from earlier in the week! I sweat for a split second this tasted like maple syrup, but then it settled into that really lovely golden caramel apple profile that I’ve experienced with this tea in the past and that I so love and enjoy.

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Hot breakfast cuppa from a few days ago. It wasn’t necessarily the most stand out flavour but the rich full body of the black tea and very round and non-astringent mouthfeel that accompanied it felt lux and worthy of the “breakfast tea” title/classification. If anything I would say I got a sort of raisin-y floral note, but it was just something that couldn’t hold my attention the same way the texture was.

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Grandpa Style!

This is so dark and thick, but with a real creamy earthiness and brothy quality with semi-sweet fruitier undertones of fig jams and date spreads. Definitely a very easy going and approachable ripe puerh but with still enough interest in the layered tasting notes to hold your attention while you sip and not just become a tea that fades into the background…

Tea Photo: https://www.instagram.com/p/Cg4kYW0Opey/

Song Pairing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nGcdvrZ-bqI

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drank Mango No. 5 by DAVIDsTEA
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Cold Brew!

I’ve had off and on acid reflux all week and it’s been very annoying not knowing whether or not a tea I’m going to drink will make it worse or not. This one felt like a coin flip, but it was actually very nice feeling on my stomach/throat. Like, surprisingly. I guess it’s the mint which is pretty cooling all things considered. Still had that super lovely ripe mango flavour those and the hint of citrus and melon. It’s all in all just a gem of a tea, and I was so relieved to find it so soothing as I was sipping on it.

Tea Photo: https://www.instagram.com/p/Cgz_vIQueYz/ (The 6th Photo)

Song Pairing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=11APPYEf9ws

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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Whisked this gem up while enjoying some fresh air outside. I usually like this better iced, but even hot I found the watermelon juicy and quite lovely in the Summer breeze. It just felt like a perfectly quintessentially summer moment!

Tea Photo: https://www.instagram.com/p/Cgz_vIQueYz/ (The 5th Photo)

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

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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This sample is very old so it’s definitely much more flat and mellow tasting than it used to be, but I enjoyed the calmness that came to me as I sipped this very light muscatel and somewhat maltier profile, and the finishing notes were floral in a unique sort of way that reminded me a little of white flowers. What kind of white flowers? I don’t really know because, truthfully, there are a million white flowers with all different tastes and smells. White flowers could mean a million different things. It’s just what came to mind as I drank it, though…

Tea Photo: https://www.instagram.com/p/Cgz_vIQueYz/ (The 1st Photo)

Song Pairing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2w24snUDhPA

Leafhopper

I have the same issue when something tastes like “white flowers.”

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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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