drank Canoe Lake Blend by Pluck
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From last Sunday…

It’s also been a while since I last had this tea, but something compelled me last Sunday to get out of the house and go for a walk so I made this in a travel mug and took a walk to a part of my neighborhood that I hadn’t explored yet. I chose this tea in particular because I wasn’t a little caffeine but not a lot – and this is a perfect solution to that problem!

It was actually a nice walk; cool air and a gentle breeze but not cold. Having a thermos of warm tea obviously helped as well. Not my favourite tea, but this wasn’t a terrible cup. Sort of a weak/mild maple and smoke with a woody undertone; definitely fitting for a name like “Canoe Lake” and appropriate for a walk to the park.

I’d actually not been to this park before (as mentioned I explored a new area of my neighborhood) but it was pretty nice! Decently sized, with some play structures, a large soccer field, and lots of trees. The most exciting part though was finding a pool! I really love swimming – and when I lived at the condo building in Regina I loved that we had a private pool for tenants. I was swimming there literally every day, until the sexist desk attendant/pool attendant told me I couldn’t anymore unless I wore “proper swim attire”. I was wearing swim trunks and a tank top, instead of a woman’s swimsuit – something that the men who used the pool ALSO wore. I did call her out on the sexism, and she told me I could take it up with the condo board but she wouldn’t change her mind without them overriding the decision. I never brought it up, because the condo board already HATED my roommates (noise complaints…) and I didn’t want to cause more conflict. So I just stopped swimming…

Anyway; the point is that as long as this public pool isn’t equally sexist and as long as I don’t have to pay to swim then I think I will be swimming a lot this summer! Very nice to have a pool so close by…

Mastress Alita

I would be very pissed off by that sexism. Swim trunks and a tank top is my preferred swim attire too.

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Mastress Alita

I would be very pissed off by that sexism. Swim trunks and a tank top is my preferred swim attire too.

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Hello! My name is Kelly, though many people in the tea community call me Ros or Roswell.

I am a twenty five year old proudly queer tea addict, blogger, and all around tea geek. 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 preperation 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.

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.

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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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