This is one of the teas that I picked up at the tea festival.

It was from a smaller booth that looked like a more “mom and pop” type of shop, focusing on herbal teas but also carrying a small selection of non-herbals. They had their teas in small little glass jars to smell – so we of course smelled all of them. If I’m being completely honest, most smelled pretty bad. However, this one jumped out to me and the person I was with as being basically the only nice smelling thing on the table – and it smelled really nice! Very sweet and coconut heavy, with a soft lavender and hint of ripe mango. I was fascinated by the idea of those three ingredients together – so I bought a small pouch to try out.

Another interesting thing about this blend is simply the cut/shape of the mango bits – I’m guessing this company is literally dehydrating and cutting their own mango pieces in order to create them, since it’s such a peculiar shape and not as consistently cut as something that would be machine cut. They’re neat though! And, they do kind of look like they could be sunrays – which is, I think, what “Fingers of the Sun” is supposed to be referencing.

Steeped up this is a bit disappointing – I knew it wouldn’t taste exactly like it smelled and I expected the taste of the mango to be pretty minimal since this is a flavouring free blend and dehydrated fruit actually contributes VERY LITTLE flavour in tea blends (it’s generally just there for visual). I thought that I’d be able to taste the coconut at least though – but I really just got a cup of nice, sweet and smooth lavender. Still tasty and at least lavender is very soothing – but ultimately not quite the same as the aroma/what I expected.

Definitely still glad I gave it a shot, though!

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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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