drank Moscow Mule by DAVIDsTEA
11804 tasting notes

Resuming my tasting reviews for the last of the teas that launched on June 17th that I didn’t have time to write about earlier in the week – picking up where we left off, with the Cocktail collection…

I have a lot of personally conflicting thoughts and feelings about this tea. For starters, I hate the way it tastes – both hot and iced. I struggle a lot with ginger flavoured things, and this is almost nothing but ginger; so it’s 100% not a blend that’s for me. I never expected to like it. The ginger is sweet, but also packs a fair amount of heat too – it’s a really natural ginger flavour, so if ginger is your jam then I think this HIGHLY delivers on that flavour in a solid way. It’s got a hint of lime, which was my favourite part of the blend, and does give it enough zest/twist that it doesn’t feel completely out of place for a summer tea – but more on that later. I, personally, couldn’t find the peppermint or cucumber notes in this any of the times I tried it – just too much ginger.

Is it a Moscow Mule!? Yeah, I think so. I’ve had a Moscow Mule before a few times, it’s my mom’s favourite cocktail (or, one of them, at least) – and this is pretty accurate to what I remember, minus the vodka/boozey taste and fizzyness of the ginger beer. So, I do think it’s a nice recreation of the cocktail – just not a cocktail I like/drink, so we’re back to the aforementioned issues…

So setting aside the fact I don’t personally enjoy ginger… does this make sense as a summer tea? I’m iffy on that. I mean, it’s just so vehemently NOT what I think of as a summer flavour, and it goes so strongly against the more fruity, juicy, and sweet cocktail inspired teas that DT has historically released for the summer Cocktail Collection. In a way, I kind of like that about it!? Because, it sort of starts to feel predictable when DT releases the same type of collection year after year – and then you lose excitement for the collections and hype, and the teas start to all blur together and taste too similar/comparable. That’s NOT a good thing – and this is different from what we’ve done historically, while still being on theme. I think that’s brilliant! But, I worry that it’s so out of left field that it wont feel refreshing/different, and it just wont resonate with people.

That then, to me, begs the question – when would something like a Moscow Mule fit into the DT collection? I wonder if there would be a way to try something like the yearly Cocktail Collection, but at a different time of year. I love seeing DT’s cocktail inspired drinks but there’s a whole range of fun cocktails that haven’t been explored yet – things that aren’t fruity or that have more of a “classy” perception than, say, a Bellini. What time of year would be appropriate for that line up of cocktail teas?

Give me a cocktail collection in January with Gin & Tonic, Old Fashioned, and Martini inspired teas! I want a fancy cocktail/mixology “Cocktail Party” inspired cocktail collection is basically what I’m saying…

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 and feelings regarding the teas, and not the company’s.

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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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