Sipdown (213)!

Finished this one Gong Fu last week as part of my weekly Gong Fu session resolution that is still on going; I’m very pleased that I’ve been able to maintain the ‘1/week’ goal I set but I’d like to increase that to two a week eventually. Working towards that…

These are my notes from the session (stream of consciousness style):

5 Sec rinse, though it appeared to do nothing so I followed up with another 5 Sec rinse which did start to open up the bloom…

5 Sec
- Very light
- Has a super delicate peachyness to it

10 Sec
- Sweet peach & floral jasmine
- Some hay and a finish that tastes like nectarines
- Still light but not nearly as much as the first sip

10 Sec
- Bolder though still medium bodied, at most
- Strong floral front notes of jasmine and lily
- Peach/nectarine finish and supporting notes
- A little vegetal

15 Sec
- The same but more vegetal/jasmine

20 Sec
- Peach/nectarine/lily/jasmine
- Vegetal/hay
- Picking up something new in the finish but not sure what flavour it is

20 Sec
- Mostly nectarines and jasmine at this point
- Still getting that odd, new note; and I greatly dislike the taste of it

30 Sec
- A little sour in the top notes but otherwise the same
- Whatever the new note I dislike is, it’s only getting stronger
- And so even though there’s still life in the leaf I’m ending the session here

Also, I took a picture or two of the tea (before and during session):


This was originally meant to be a food pairing, hence the veggie hotdog. However I actually ended up finishing the hot dog before my water had boiled for the tea and so the pairing never really ended up happening. It was a good hot dog, though. You can kind of see the bloom in the second picture though; it was really pretty even if I didn’t end up loving the tea.

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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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