drank Peaches & Cream by Pinky Up
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Finished this one off last week in a big glass teapot, which I shared with two coworkers because I didn’t want to commit to drinking a whole pot of blooming tea. I’ve had another blooming tea from Pinky Up but I don’t recall liking it that much – this is a flavour combination I usually love though so I was hopeful it would actually come across in terms of flavour.

Firstly, I will say that the actual bloom itself is really unimpressive looking. Like, it’s just a bunch of green tea tied together and a small little amaranth looking flower. Nothing super eye catching/stand out which is sad because generally the whole appeal of bloom teas is the visual of it!

However, the rest of the experience was pretty nice! The tea is actually deeply aromatic and as the bloom was unfurling the whole room smelled softly and pleasantly of ripe peaches and vanilla! It was actually making me really hungry, and I found myself salivating a little just from the sweet and enticing aroma. The taste is really mild/delicate. There’s pros and cons to that; bloom teas basically just continue to steep all the way until you’ve finished the pot so it starting off REALLY light helps prevent those late cups from being really harsh and bitter/astringent. However, the flip is that it takes a while to find the sweet spot when you’re actually tasting the flavour of the tea and added flavourings…

I found the tea actually smelled stronger than it tasted, but I still got a very gentle peach and cream note from the infused cup – more cream than peach, actually. My favourite cup was actually the last one of the pot; it was really thick and creamy and while the green tea taste was a little astringent and “punchy” the creamy sweetness and hint of peach offset it in my mind.

Overall, this wasn’t mind blowing and I likely wouldn’t purchase any – but I liked it more than the Lavender Gelato flavour I tried earlier in the year.

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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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