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drank Cream Soda Kombucha by Cedar
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This is a really cool kombucha that I bought ages ago from the Walmart near my house – I was waiting to write about it because it was apparently a “very new” flavour and the official Cedar website didn’t have any information on it up yet. However, I’m getting tired of putting off the tasting note and it’s been weeks now with no update so I’m just writing it anyway…

Visually, this kombucha has the same almost neon/flourescent and deeply unnatural pink hue of the “Crush” brand of cream soda that I grew up with as a kid. That was always one of my favourite kinds of soda (along with rootbeer) – probably because it hardly has an actual flavour apart from just intense sugary sweetness with like a hint of cream/vanilla. I had such an intense sweet tooth as a kid. Still do, really – but a little less so. Already just seeing the same colour had me really excited for this though; it was the nostalgia of childhood Cream Soda, but presumably a lot more ‘better for me’ because it’s kombucha.

And actually, the taste is SOLID. I mean, it’s got a hint of that vinegar-y sourness in the top of the sip and the fizziness hits you in a much different feeling way than the carbonation of soda but the taste is pretty dead on Crush or Fanta cream soda. It’s actually a much closer match than I could have ever expected it to be, just a little tangyer and a little less sugary for the sake of being sugary.

However, this is a kombucha I could probably drink over and over again without tiring of it and I think probably a pretty accessible way to introduce someone to kombucha.

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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.

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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.

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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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