Geek Steep S1E14 – Princess Jellyfish

Cold Brew Sipdown (1260)!

Firstly, a big thank you to Sew Geek who is an instagram follower of our podcast account who very kindly sent us some fandom tea samples to review! When we decided on doing Princess Jellyfish for one of the podcast episodes, I knew immediately that Pistachio Icecream was going to be my pairing for the rewatch, and also that whatever I drank during recording would HAVE to be something super fandom-y and fun!

Well, as it turns out, during the time of recording the episode it was the week of the series finale for Supernatural – so this was just great timing! If you’re not seeing the connection for why I would want to do something fandom related (aside from us being a podcast that celebrates fandoms), you should totally listen to this week’s episode! Spoiler alert though; it’s because the thing that basically all the main characters in this anime have in common is that they are all MASSIVE fans of different niche interests/hobbies/fandoms and a huge reoccuring theme is this celebration of our unique passions and how our interests make us beautiful.

Hence fandom tea!

As a tangent – I just, knowing the plot of the Supernatural series finale, realized that there’s some dramatic irony in the name of this tea in. Of course, the pie tie in was already an inside joke/gag – but… next level, now.

Aside from all of that, I just really nice to point out how incredibly delicious this tea was! I had it cold brewed, and it was so rich and sweet. It’s a rooibos blend with caramel and apple and it may, legitimately, be one of the best caramel apple teas I’ve ever had. More than that, it might be one of the best caramel teas I’ve had in general. The flavours were just so on point that several times during the recording of this podcast episode I wanted to stop the conversation and comment about how fucking incredible this tea was. Juicy, crisp red apple, sticky and gooey medium bodied caramel, just a bit of red fruit and nuttiness from the rooibos.

I. Was. In. Heaven.

Much like Dean.

Okay – that’s my last pun, I will see myself out now.

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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.


Montreal, QC, CA



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