Gongfu Sipdown (611)!

I acquired this tea quite a while ago, so this was pretty old by the time I got around to sampling it – but it was in a vacuum sealed package so that probably helped preserve it. It also tasted totally fine brewed up…

I drank this while trying my first ever cherimoya! Honestly, the tea was good/solid but the fruit was INCREDIBLE. It was inconvenient and messy to eat, but I was just blown away by how creamy the flesh of the fruit was and the incredible taste. This is what I wrote on instagram about both the tea and fruit, and how they worked together:

“I can definitely see why this fruit is called a “Custard Apple” – the creamy texture of the ripe flesh and subtle, sweet notes that taste almond like a subdued banana/mango hybrid are delicious, and work well with the sweet, floral and creamed honey notes of this Ali Shan. The intensity of both the fruit & tea match pretty dang well, and the nutty notes ofthe tea still contribute enough contrasting flavour…"

This was also, by pure happenstance, the fourth Ali Shan I had during the week!? Nothing against Ali Shan, but it’s not a favourite kind of oolong of mine, so I though it was weird how much I had it in such a short span of time…

Photos: https://www.instagram.com/p/BxV3rgOnwh4/

Song Pairing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bkBjoY7eyvU

(So hyped for this album! All of the singles have been so fucking good!)


I’m sad to see this store has closed. I always meant to order from them, but never did.

Roswell Strange

Definitely disappointing – I don’t think I ever had a bad tea from them. Very, very nice store!

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I’m sad to see this store has closed. I always meant to order from them, but never did.

Roswell Strange

Definitely disappointing – I don’t think I ever had a bad tea from them. Very, very nice store!

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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.


Montreal, QC, CA



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