drank Bahama Mama by DAVIDsTEA
12111 tasting notes

I’m usually a lot better about adding tasting notes for new tea releases quickly, but this last week at DT has been, uhh… We’ll go with emotionally taxing.

A few people have reached out to ask if I’ve been affected by everything and I will just quicky say that, no, I have not been affected. I have a lot of thoughts and feelings about the announced restructure and store closings that I’ve discussed at length with family, friends, and coworkers all throughout the week – and to be quite honest I don’t have the emotional bandwidth left right now to discuss them at length again here. Maybe in the future…

As for this tea, it’s my personal favourite from the cocktail collection – but it didn’t start off that way! I’ve never had the cocktail that this tea is named for so I wont be able to speak to accuracy to the drink – but I know that it’s quite sweet and fruity and so is this tea. It’s on a black tea base, and it’s nice to see another fruity black tea in the line up even if it is just seasonal. I wish there were more core fruity blacks (other than my beloved Blueberry Jam) but I’m really happy with the seasonal ones from this year so far!

The flavour profile here is a mix of red fruits/pomegranate, passion fruit, and pineapple with a dash of citrus thrown into the mix too – it’s a little busy in my opinion, but it somehow all works. You certainly can’t taste all of the fruits super distinctly though and so you more get this homogeneous “tropical fruit” kind of flavour that maybe leans a little bit more pineapple and a little bit more pomegranate.

The reason I didn’t like it at first was because I didn’t find the flavour memorable. It wasn’t unpleasant in any way, but apart from a pretty visual (hooray for the return of gooseberries) I thought that the flavour was kind of safely commercial and generic – plus is has that kind of interestingly weird “bubble gum-y fruit” thing that occasionally pops up in DT blends, like Mulled Wine. Commercial isn’t bad (it’s what drives the business) but it’s not always exciting. At this point, I had only ever had this tea iced. However, I tried it hot a little while back and I’m not sure exactly what the change was but something about making it that way made the profile much more appealing to me! I had a similar experience years back with Apero Spritz – it was fine as an iced tea, but so much better to me as a hot tea. It’s weird because with both of those teas they’re kind of more marketed to be served iced but I land on the other side…

Just goes to show why it’s important to at least play around a little bit with your preparation method before totally writing off a tea! I have a full tin of it now and it’s something I’ve been drinking pretty regularly up until the launch.

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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