Sipdown (146)!

Oh boy; story time…

First off, let me just thank MissB for the sample.

But man; I had a crazy Wednesday night. And this is probably gonna get kinda graphic here. When I got off work I just had this ridiculous feeling of restlessness. I wanted to leave, but I didn’t want to go home. My friend Billi suggest we have some drinks, and I had promised to do something with her this week and that seemed to fit the mood so I agreed.

We, ‘we’ being Billi, her fiance Dylan, friend Kailey, and I, started drinking at about 8PM and the night started off fine. But it was one of those night that you just don’t expect to get crazy, but then it totally does. Everything just escalated so quickly; and, well, I blacked out. I lose memory somewhere around 10PM right after deciding to “mix a shot of all the alcohol we had brought” (so, Melon Bols, Spiced Rum, Pina Colada Breezers, Gin, Blackberry Brandy, and Beer) up until 4AM when I woke up in my own puke. I haven’t gotten that drunk since…

Well, I think since last summer when I was dating Tyrell?

Things I know about Wednesday night: I ordered pizza for everyone but have NO recollection of ordering, paying, or eating said pizza. I also, apparently cooked everyone spaghetti? Which I don’t remember doing at all either. But, I have no burns or wounds or anything so I guess that went well.

Honestly; I half regret it and am half happy I did it. I woke up feeling terrible, after an AWFUL night’s sleep, just smelling so bad. Vomit in my hair and everything. But it was an experience; and this is the age you’re supposed to do that stuff right? And as long as you’re not making it a regular thing, or harming yourself/others then I think it can be ok.

But man; not gonna lie – I haven’t felt quite right since I woke up on Thursday. I’ve had pretty much non-stop cramps and haven’t been able to eat or drink much of anything. I spent nearly all of Thursday and much of today just drinking water and lying as still in bed/my couch as possible.

One of the first things I did when I got home on Thursday though was to brew up a bunch of this. I certainly didn’t expect that I was gonna be drinking it for practical purposes, but I do think it helped at least a little bit.

I wasn’t paying a whole lot to the taste but I do remember it was a little more savory and herby, with a sweetness from the junipers in the blend. I thought it tasted good up until the last two or three sips and then it tasted like soap to me, made my stomach do somersaults and almost made me throw up. I’m thinking that was probably a lot more from the hangover though, and a lot less from the tea itself (if at all from the tea).

Obviously I wasn’t in the best state when I drank this, so I’m leaving it unrated. It’d be wrong to assign a numerical number to it…

Flavors: Berry, Fruity, Herbaceous

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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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