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drank Jasmine by Wize Monkey
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Placed an order with Wize Monkey recently because, firstly, I love them but also because I really wanted some of the new Chocolate Dreams tea for at home so I don’t have to keep stealing it from my manager’s tin at the office – and of course you can’t just order one thing so I actually added in every other tea from their collection that I hadn’t previously tried – which ended up being a total of three other teas.

I was hesitant about this one because I don’t love jasmine too much; in some forms it’s definitely ok but I am quite particular about it – but this was actually pretty tasty! I thought the jasmine was actually pretty light handed and I can see that maybe disappointing someone who REALLY loves jasmine, but for me it was just enough to add a nice floral touch to the smooth, buttery coffee leaf. I found the cup really easy to drink, and while it wasn’t anything super nuanced or “high concept” it was tasty and made for a very nice, easy drinking/mindless cup that just felt good.

Ultimately that’s what I want out of jasmine – relaxing, simple, and smooth. So I’m actually very surprised with just how awesome I found this one! Happy I gave it a shot!

Frolic

I’m not a Jasmine fan but your Chocolate Dream review really made me want to try Wize Monkey. I’m really hoping the grocery store nearest me that’s listed on their site has it in stock.

Roswell Strange

They’re a super awesome company! Chocolate Dream might not be in retail stores yet because it’s still REALLY new (less than a month old), but their Minty Marvel and Earl Grey are both REALLY tasty! I tried the Ginger Lemon this week too and was impressed with how nice the lemon note is – even if I don’t personally enjoy ginger very much.

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Frolic

I’m not a Jasmine fan but your Chocolate Dream review really made me want to try Wize Monkey. I’m really hoping the grocery store nearest me that’s listed on their site has it in stock.

Roswell Strange

They’re a super awesome company! Chocolate Dream might not be in retail stores yet because it’s still REALLY new (less than a month old), but their Minty Marvel and Earl Grey are both REALLY tasty! I tried the Ginger Lemon this week too and was impressed with how nice the lemon note is – even if I don’t personally enjoy ginger very much.

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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.

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