drank Golden Monkey by DAVIDsTEA
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Gong Fu Sipdown (148)!

Picked up a sample of this one just large enough to do a Gong Fu session. I have to say I’m a pretty big fan of DT bringing in these more “high end” (at least compared with their regular offerings, at the very least) pure teas as limited edition offerings. I think it’s a good way for less ‘hardcore’ tea drinkers to samples teas they might not otherwise seek out – and I’m all for people broadening their tea horizons.

In hindsight, I feel like this may have actually been better Western style than Gong Fu. Not that it was bad – but the session felt a touch flat/stagnant. Usually over a Gong Fu session you see some sort of evolution of flavour before the gradual decline/waning of it. With this one their was no incline, just the decline as the leaf was gradually spent. The flavour was nice though; mostly I found it sweet with a nice mix of honey and cocoa notes. Less of a “refined” cocoa though, and more of baker’s chocolate sort of thing, with that light but pleasant bitterness. I’m not sure that I agree with the “fruit notes” that are supposedly in this – I got way more fruit from the fruit & nut chocolate I was pairing with the session than I did from the tea itself.

Session only last about six infusions; flavour decline by that point was harsh. Pleasant overall, though! And…

No rating because I’ve officially signed and turned in DAVIDsTEA hiring paperwork now. So, from this point until I’m no longer employed there I’m leaving any DAVIDsTEA blend unrated in order to be nonpartisan in regards to Steepster’s rating system. Any DAVIDsTEA ratings you see are from prior to my working there.

Flavors: Chocolate, Cocoa, Dark Bittersweet, Honey, Malt

mrmopar

Congrats on the job!

Evol Ving Ness

Is this a tea you would want in your cupboard?

Roswell Strange

Personally, probably not so long as Supreme Pekoe were still available. I find that one delivers a bit better flavour wise than I experienced with this one and they had comparable honey notes, which is the reason I’d want to stock either of the two. But if Supreme Pekoe stopped being an option, than maybe.

Evol Ving Ness

I’ll pick up a bit of Supreme Pekoe to try if it is still available.

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mrmopar

Congrats on the job!

Evol Ving Ness

Is this a tea you would want in your cupboard?

Roswell Strange

Personally, probably not so long as Supreme Pekoe were still available. I find that one delivers a bit better flavour wise than I experienced with this one and they had comparable honey notes, which is the reason I’d want to stock either of the two. But if Supreme Pekoe stopped being an option, than maybe.

Evol Ving Ness

I’ll pick up a bit of Supreme Pekoe to try if it is still available.

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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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