Adventaggedon Day 18 – Tea 6/6

…and with this blend, we have officially explored all four of Hogwarts’ houses!

I believe I mentioned this on my note for the Hufflepuff blend earlier in the advent, but aside from Hufflepuff the house I tend to test highest for is Slytherin – and on Pottermore I’ve tested as many times for Slytherin as I have for Hufflepuff. People I know well in real life often seem very surprised that’s the case, and for a long time I didn’t really much understand myself why I was testing so high in Slytherin either. However, I’ve recently come to understand that it’s because of the overlapping traits of Hufflepuffs being very hard workers and Slytherin’s being very ambitious. I have always invested a lot of energy and effort into work – but the reason I do that defintiely comes from a place of wanting career advancement or acknowledgement for my skills…

And I suppose, on a smaller level, there’s the fact that I’m incredibly empathetic/inclusive and able to see things from the perspectives of others very easily. While that is probably more of a Hufflepuff/Gryffindor-ish ability, the Slytherin side is that I also have the capability to use that perception strategically to my own advantage. So yes – Slytherin traits for sure.

I guess, maybe, I’m more of a Slytherpuff than anything else…

I like the concept behind this tea, and the interpretation of Slytherin’s traits – a lot of Slytherin blends seem to play off the house colours, which I guess this blend does a bit with the use of green tea, or they tend to be very smoky and “darkly” flavoured to convey this sort of sense of “evil” – but I think that’s a cop out/misunderstanding of the house. My favourite Slytherin tea is from a small company called The Forest Witch and it’s a pistachio and cherry blend. I don’t think she had much of a rhyme or reason to why she picked the ingredients in it – but I do think cherry is a great Slytherin flavour. It can be dark like a Bordeaux cherry, or you can have a brighter cherry with bite to it.

This blend, while the concept is great, doesn’t really deliver on the taste IMO. It’s a whole lot of green tea, with more herbal ingredients tossed in there. The sweetness of the ginseng if, for me, the saving grace – but it also seems to exaggerate notes of seaweed, grass, and gingko. It’s a bit licorice-y, as well. Reminds me of a bunch of weird leaves and roots and things that one might use in a potion, so I suppose in that way it is kind of Slytherin-ish. I appreciate that, despite the herbal and vegetal direction, it’s not at all bitter though.

Honestly, I think that the Gryffindor blend would have probably made more sense for this house though. That was probably the tastiest of all the house blend too, imo.

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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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