SSTTB: Pick #15

Last night’s bed time tea. I’ve almost finished trying the ones I’m interested in from The Box and will most definitely be ready to send it back out again by the weekend (if OMGsrsly is ready to receive it).

This one smells very interesting; definitely floral but also a lot like ripe fruit. It also has Lapacho in it; I’ve tried one Lapacho tea from the box and was kinda let down by it so I wasn’t sure if this would be the same sorta thing but I liked having the ability to try another Lapacho blend so soon after the first for comparison so i couldn’t pass up the chance to try this even though I felt it might have been like the Orange Cream Lapacho in that it smelled good but didn’t deliver.

Taste wise, there’s sort of a lot going on with this one. It’s super fragrant and smells really heavenly, and taste wise it’s definitely very floral. Like, it’s super closely treads that line between enough floral to be calming/relaxing and perfume/chemical/potpourri levels of floral. But it didn’t pass my “comfort level”. It could totally pass other people’s very easily, though.

In addition to the robust floral flavours there was also a strong presence of juicy, ripe fruits. Nothing too super specific but maybe leaning a little bit more towards stone fruits? There was no noticeable ginger, despite that being a listed ingredient. As always, I’m perfectly ok with an absence of ginger. There was also a natural “earthy” like flavour that was probably the Lapacho. It seemed very fresh and airy.

Overall I thought this one was very calming and soothing, and a really nice last cup for the evening. Taste wise it tread a very fine line but for me it really worked in the moment and I quite enjoyed the floral sweetness of it. I might take a few more cups worth out of the box; there’s a ton of it in there.

Flavors: Earth, Floral, Flowers, Stonefruit


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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.


Montreal, QC, CA



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