Couldn’t resist ordering some teas during Bird & Blend’s international shipping promotion. Such a good deal, especially since I was wavering on placing an order the last few months anyway

This was in the Easter sampler box I picked up; I felt kind of “meh” about it when I saw it. It’s not really the sort of flavour profile I would generally go for – especially on a green tea base. I cracked the package though, and it smelled quite intensely rose heavy so I actually felt a little bit more positive about enjoying this one – I do enjoy rose teas! I ended up steeping it iced, since a few other people around the office had kind of perked up when I got my package and this, surprisingly to me, seemed to be the tea everyone most wanted to try.

I’ll be honest – it’s not really my thing but I can 100% see why it would be other people’s thing. I mean, to be totally fair I didn’t hate it and the rose WAS the strongest flavour in the cup, so that gave me an element of the taste to sort of latch on to and enjoy. The cherry is actually VERY mild though, and the softness of it surprised me a lot given that it’s actually the cherry and NOT the rose that B&B decided to name this tea after. Mostly, though, what made it hard for me to get into this one was the strength of the green tea: it was a little bit bitter and very grassy in a strong lawn clipping and oceanic Sencha-y way that turned me off a lot.

I fully expected that, though, and I know that it’s an element that ties more into my own taste preferences and is less a reflection on the blend itself.

tea-sipper

Ooo.. I hope you’re able to convert some others in your office to B&B fans if they aren’t already. :D

Roswell Strange

No one in my office had ever heard of them – though I suppose that’s not too weird given that as a Canadian tea company we tend to focus a lot more on other North American companies and most of the high volume tea drinkers in the office (outside of DT product) drink straight teas. I’m hoping to spread the B&B love though; they’re doing some cool things :)

tea-sipper

Oh good, so you DID introduce some people to B&B! :D

Derk – HA. I knew that would be the song when I clicked on the link. :D

derk

Of course :)

Roswell Strange

Haha, I appreciate the music!! I don’t think I’ve heard this song before, but it’s a bop ^^

derk

I picked it up from a kind of predecessor video game to Guitar Hero called Amplitude.

Mastress Alita

I’m a huge fan of Garbage, especially the album that song is on; it played in my car for months on end not long ago. I also bit during the free shipping promo even though I’m on hiatus, because free international shipping is SO RARE; I split the order with a friend. I still need to split packages of tea up that we went halfsies on so I can give him his share when we meet up later this month.

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tea-sipper

Ooo.. I hope you’re able to convert some others in your office to B&B fans if they aren’t already. :D

Roswell Strange

No one in my office had ever heard of them – though I suppose that’s not too weird given that as a Canadian tea company we tend to focus a lot more on other North American companies and most of the high volume tea drinkers in the office (outside of DT product) drink straight teas. I’m hoping to spread the B&B love though; they’re doing some cool things :)

tea-sipper

Oh good, so you DID introduce some people to B&B! :D

Derk – HA. I knew that would be the song when I clicked on the link. :D

derk

Of course :)

Roswell Strange

Haha, I appreciate the music!! I don’t think I’ve heard this song before, but it’s a bop ^^

derk

I picked it up from a kind of predecessor video game to Guitar Hero called Amplitude.

Mastress Alita

I’m a huge fan of Garbage, especially the album that song is on; it played in my car for months on end not long ago. I also bit during the free shipping promo even though I’m on hiatus, because free international shipping is SO RARE; I split the order with a friend. I still need to split packages of tea up that we went halfsies on so I can give him his share when we meet up later this month.

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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.

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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