This is a queued tasting note.

Many thanks to Veck for passing along two of these bricks for me to try out during the Slack Secret Santa exchange! I actually almost ordered this for myself during Black Friday but opted not to at the last minute; so this is kind of the best of both worlds! Sampling without actually purchasing!

I weighed out the first of the mini bricks and it was 7.7g which is pretty perfect for a session so I just went with that. I took jot notes down in my journal throughout, and just had a small playlist going on repeat in the background of songs I was both in the mood for and that I preemptively thought might pair nicely.

Stream of consciousness style review.

Started with a five second rinse and then a rest…

5 Sec.
- Very light liquor
- Super faint notes of earth but no lingering notes of any kind

5 Sec.
- Already seeing a huge jump in liquor colour
- Has a clean earthiness (as much as ‘earth’ can be clean)
- Some surprising fruit sweetness like that of stewed fruits or even dates

7 Sec.
- More robust/full bodied notes emerging now
- Wet earth/wood, petrichor, sweet stewed fruits and dates
- Lingering earth notes in finish

10 Sec.
- Liquor/leaf has an almost “salted meat”/gamey sort of aroma??
- Liquor is like the last steep but stronger
- Top note has some of that same salty/meaty quality though; it’s strange

10 Sec.
- And just like that the saltyness is gone??
- Wet wood/earth/petrichor and the same stewed/cooked fruit and dates
- Bit of a molasses undertone
- Really smooth!

15 Sec.
- Mellowing out just slightly
- Back to a more “clean” earthy note
- With some more generic fruit notes and cane sugar; the latter is interesting to me

20 Sec.
- Liquor colour declining a bit
- Basically a repeat of last steep
- Enjoying the sweetness of this shou a lot though

25 Sec.
- Shifted the leaf around prior to the steep and saw a reemergence of salt notes???
- Still puzzled by the sporatic presence of this flavour
– Lots of sweetness in the top notes still though

35 Sec.
- Still some salt but not nearly as much; otherwise the same

45 Sec.
- Same as steep 8 & 9 but milder

60 Sec.
- Mostly just a sort of “crisp” earth note but also some wet wood notes
- So light/noticeably fading though

…And it was at this point I looked at the clock and saw that it was nearing eleven at night and I had to get up at 6:30 the next morning. Since the tea was mostly brewed out anyway, I just ended the session. Let me tell you though, I paid for the caffeine consumption so late at night though because I finally managed to get to sleep sometime after two in the morning after hours of tossing and turning in bed. The session was worth it though. Sure, some odd notes were picked up throughout salt but overall it was really nice. My favourite thing about this one was the date notes, for sure.

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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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