More new teas (and a bit of teaware) today, as well as a couple returning teas sprinkled in to today’s launch as well. Also free shipping – I think today only??

I took today off work because my insomnia has been particularly awful this week, so I’m sort of just writing tasting notes in between short naps when I can fall asleep today. I’ll probably do whatever new tasting notes remain over the course of the weekend. Quick side bar, but…

I don’t usually do tasting notes for returning teas, but as y’all know Cranberry Pear is my all time favourite tea blend that DT has ever done so I am practically bouncing with excitement that it’s back!! I’ve been holding onto that secret for basically a year now, just waiting for it to return – I even have a kilo bag of it sitting at my desk because there’s no way that I’m letting myself run out of it again. I don’t want to say that it’s because of me that it’s returning, but I will say that from my VERY FIRST day working at the SSC I basically made it my mission to convince people that it should return. I think I brought it up at least once every few weeks for over a year before it finally found its way into this year’s returning holiday blends. I definitely sounded like a broken record, but I really believe that it was worthy of returning on more than just a personal level. Though, yes, a bias existed…

ANYWAY! This tea!

Honestly, I don’t want to spend an extended amount of time talking about this one. It’s a really classic sort of Turmeric Chai profile – but on the rooibos tea base. We tried an attempt at a Turmeric Chai last year, with Sunshine Chai, but it wasn’t super well received all around so this is meant to be that same sort of idea but even more classic/straight forward. As such, I really believe that it’s exactly what you expect given its ingredient list – just straight forward, warming Chai spices with earthy ginger and turmeric.

Turmeric really became this massive trending ingredient a few years ago, and DT has used it in a bunch of blends now like Turmeric Glow & Coco Mango Chai. We sort of all thought, when it initially gained that mass popularity in North America, that like most trending ingredients it would plateau and then die down – but as an ingredient its sustained interest, and it’s use in Chai in particular has really become a cupboard staple/classic. So, that’s what this is meant for – your classic, cupboard staple Turmeric Chai.

Am I the customer? No – for a bunch of reasons, but a key one being that in general I don’t like turmeric. I hope this is finally a blend that will meet the needs of people who actually like Turmeric/Chai though. That’s what it was developed for!

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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