drank Pitaya Power by DAVIDsTEA
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The last of the new teas! I’m happy we did something with pitaya/dragon fruit, since I miss having Magic Dragon on the wall!

I’m a bit on the fence about this one; I actually love the taste of it… about half the time.

My biggest issue is just that I’ve struggled with being able to produce a consistent cup of it. Sometimes it comes out very rich and sweet, with a deep pink/magenta coloured liquor and juicy notes of dragonfruit, peach, red fruit, and kiwi (sort of like a weird but yummy blend of Passion Punch, Magic Dragon, and White Peach) and other times it’s a very soft pink coloured liquor with more mellow tropical fruit notes and a little bit more white tea. It’s so good when I get it right, but ultimately I really crave consistency from my tea blends and if I can’t get this to come out the same every time then I don’t know if I want to allow myself to fall for it…

Then there’s the hemp seeds; which are both a pro and a con. It’s a cool ingredient; and the first time we’ve ever worked with it in a blend! For a “superfood” themed collection it makes a lot of sense, as well. On the flip seed, they don’t really contribute anything to the taste and, while the seeds themselves ARE gluten free, they’re processed in a way where we can’t guarantee no cross contamination – so this is the first time we’ve ever carried a tea with a gluten warning on it. I know that, for a lot of people, that’s a big deal. I feel a little weird about it, personally…

So that’s where I personally land on this one.

Friendly reminder that I do not numerically rate DAVIDsTEA blends as I’m currently employed there and it would be an obvious conflict of interest. Any blends you see with numerical ratings were rated prior to my employment there. These reviews are a reflection of my personal thoughts regarding the teas, and not the company’s.

Shae

Wait, what happened to Magic Dragon?!

Roswell Strange

It was retired :(

Shae

Oh no. It’s my husband’s favorite. I should have been paying more attention. :(

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Shae

Wait, what happened to Magic Dragon?!

Roswell Strange

It was retired :(

Shae

Oh no. It’s my husband’s favorite. I should have been paying more attention. :(

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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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