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drank Buddha Bamboo by Tea Desire
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I actually made this earlier in the day when I was talking to VariaTEA about Fruit Loops tea/David’s Bamboozled. I made a cup and then stuck it into the freezer to enjoy later as an tea slushie. I think it was Sil whom I got that idea from…

Anyway, lets just say I forgot it was in there until I went into the freezer to grab some FroYo. At first I thought it had frozen solid, but after poking it a whole lot with a spoon I cracked the thick, top layer of ice open only to realize a thick layer had frozen solid all around the edge of the cup but the inside was still liquid – albeit very, very fucking cold liquid.

Not really so much of a success as my first tea slushie because I sorta just made a crappy Popsicle, sans the stick, but it was cold and refreshing anyway. Now that I’ve drank all the liquid, I just have a thick “Buddha Bamboo” flavoured shell of ice in the cup which I’m waiting for to melt…

EDIT: I pulled out a few more I thought would be interesting to try as slush. I’ll experiment with a couple tomorrow…

Yvonne

Now I’m craving some sort of slushie! Wish there was an easy way to go about making one.

Sil

hahahaha “crappy popsicle, sans stick”

another thing you could try that someone else..uh i think it was the teafairy does, is make the tea into ice cubes and then use a blender to make it a slushie once the ice cubes are frozen

Roswell Strange

This might sound sad, but I don’t actually own an icecube tray… When we were buying kitchen things before moving in we missed a few things, including an ice cube tray, oven mitts, Tupperware containers, strainer, wooden spoons for cooking, and a can opener. We’ve bought all those now, minus the ice cube tray.

keychange

You guys are so hardcore when it comes to different ways to enjoy your tea! :D

VariaTEA

So I messed up when prepping the bamboozled to cold brew and forgot to take some water out of the bottle. I was only able to fit 3 tsps instead of the 4 that was needed to make it the right amount of leaf. Also, that only leaves me with 1 tsp which is 1/2 of what they say to use for a cup so now I am stressed that my bamboo tea experience won’t be awesome. Basically I am saying all this because it seems we both messed up out bamboo teas today :P

Roswell Strange

Make a really small hot cup? Like – really small…

VariaTEA

I made it in a normal sized cup because I am dumb. It turned out weak but what flavor I could taste was pretty good.

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Yvonne

Now I’m craving some sort of slushie! Wish there was an easy way to go about making one.

Sil

hahahaha “crappy popsicle, sans stick”

another thing you could try that someone else..uh i think it was the teafairy does, is make the tea into ice cubes and then use a blender to make it a slushie once the ice cubes are frozen

Roswell Strange

This might sound sad, but I don’t actually own an icecube tray… When we were buying kitchen things before moving in we missed a few things, including an ice cube tray, oven mitts, Tupperware containers, strainer, wooden spoons for cooking, and a can opener. We’ve bought all those now, minus the ice cube tray.

keychange

You guys are so hardcore when it comes to different ways to enjoy your tea! :D

VariaTEA

So I messed up when prepping the bamboozled to cold brew and forgot to take some water out of the bottle. I was only able to fit 3 tsps instead of the 4 that was needed to make it the right amount of leaf. Also, that only leaves me with 1 tsp which is 1/2 of what they say to use for a cup so now I am stressed that my bamboo tea experience won’t be awesome. Basically I am saying all this because it seems we both messed up out bamboo teas today :P

Roswell Strange

Make a really small hot cup? Like – really small…

VariaTEA

I made it in a normal sized cup because I am dumb. It turned out weak but what flavor I could taste was pretty good.

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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.

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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.

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