Couldn’t resist buying the two teas from Zadiko Tea Co/Zach from Try Guys notoriety – even though neither of the flavours actually sounded particularly like something I would enjoy. It’s one of those SUPER RARE times that a Youtuber that I like actually has merchandise that falls into my category of interest, so I felt like I had to support…

I will say, even for Youtuber Merch standards, this was very expensive tea. When you compare it to anything else in the commercial market with a similar profile, of which there are MANY teas because neither of these two flavours are particularly unique at all, it’s crazy over priced. I know they’re Organic & part of the shipping cost is clearly built into the pricing but even still it’s high. More “experienced” (for lack of a better word) tea drinkers will know that, but the more “casual” (again, for lack of a better word) fans of The Try Guys who aren’t familiar with LLT or know there’s comparable tea already on the market probably wont fully understand how much this is marked up – and in a way that’s saying something because the mark up on tea in general is already pretty ridiculous…

Anyway, all of that aside, the tea is pretty good if you’re a fan of the spices in the blend. I am not. It’s just a really intense, spicy ginger with a hearty punch of earthy turmeric. I do not like ginger, but if I did I think I’d feel pretty satisfied with the level of intensity and how naturally “zesty” the ginger is. I think it fits appropriately in the “breakfast tea” category because is has the boldness that most breakfast teas do, which is sort of good for shocking you awake with flavour. It would also probably take nicely to milk.

My main thing, aside from the overpricing and the fact that it’s just not a flavour profile that speaks to me personally, is that the one thing in the blend I actually thought would appeal to me (the sarsaparilla) wasn’t noticeable at all. I really wish I’d actually been able to pick up on that flavour, it would have been such a nice offset to all of the spices!

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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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