Sipdown (719)!

One of the other free samples from Bird & Blend that they sent w/ my advent calendar package! I was really excited to see this one because I’ve not tried it yet and it’s one of the few matchas I didn’t include in my BYO advent because there were just so many more that I was curious to try – as much as I wanted to include this one, it just didn’t quite make the cut…

But now I still get to taste it!

Honestly? It’s average – and that’s what I expected which also factors in to why I didn’t prioritize it in my advent. It’s certainly not bad or unpleasant – but really it’s just the taste of Bird & Blend’s straight matcha with a medium intensity, natural tasting lemon. This isn’t a “lemonade matcha” or anything like that so there’s no real, distinct sweetness pr tartness/pucker to the lemon flavour; it’s just classic lemon. Nothing wrong with that; it’s enjoyable and smooth. Very easy to drink.

I do like that there is actual lemon in the blend and not just flavouring – it’s also a win because the inclusion of that ground up lemon peel didn’t in any way seem to effect the texture of the matcha which is a HUGE win – my biggest issue with Bird & Blend’s matcha, most of the time, is that it tends to be a bit gritty/chewy when they include other ground up ingredients. That’s a non-issue with this blend.

Happy I tried it, but with so many other lemon matchas out there and the fact Bird & Blends teas are both harder for me to obtain and especially expensive giving international shipping and dollar conversion, it’s not something I’d get again…

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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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