drank Cinnamon Heart by DAVIDsTEA
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New tea for Valentine’s Day!

…and yes, I do mean new tea. I know that many years back DT carried a pu’erh blend called Cinnamon Heart but this is a totally different tea, and not intended to be a replacement/recreation of that blend. It’s its own thing.

This is a herbal tea, but it does have a low caffeine amount because it incorporates coffee leaf! This is the second time that DT has worked with coffee leaf – the first was Superfood Splash, from the summer of 2018 I believe? I remember it launched with the “Splash” collection and I was SUPER excited when it came out because it was a collab between DT and Wize Monkey, which is a Canadian based tea company focusing on coffee leaf that I love. If you’re not familiar with coffee leaf, it’s an herbal ingredient that repurposed a part of the coffee plant that has historically been considered a waste product. Aside from the environmental benefit of using a discard product, coffee leaf tea production has had an incredibly positive economic benefit for the people of Nicaragua! Coffee is only harvest three months of the year, leaving the farmers and workers who harvest it unemployed for the rest of the year – but harvesting coffee leaf and processing it on site gives them work and income for the remaining months of the year! Even if it’s not in the form of this tea, if you’ve not checked out coffee leaf before you totally should because it tastes good but it also does good! It’s very cool!

I love the idea of incorporating this sustainability messaging into a Valentine’s Day tea! It’s cheesy, but it’s a fun way to love the earth a little more while also embracing what has become, commercially speaking, the “season of love”.

The tea taste very cinnamon forward and sweet, which does make sense because the cinnamon heart candies that it’s inspired by are… cinnamon forward and sweet. I think, if it were any other season, I would probably groan a little bit about there being another “red hot cinnamon” flavoured tea because I think DT has sort of exhausted that flavour as of late, but it does feel really seasonally appropriate and I like the switch up from something really fruity or really floral for V-Day, which was the angle the last few years.

Aside from that sweet cinnamon note, I do taste a few other things. The first would be a light nuttiness from the coffee leaf, which has a sort of nutty and grassy flavour a bit like a green tea or a slightly roasted yerba mate. The second is the lucuma, which is a bit woody and a bit creamy and sweet with, in a strange but pleasant way, almost maple-ish flavours? It gives an interesting and nuanced undertone to this strong and upfront cinnamon note.

Cool tea, cool message, and a fun little seasonal VDay blend!

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.

Martin Bednář

While I am not fan of celebrating Valentine’s Day, I am pretty much sure I would like this tea :)

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Martin Bednář

While I am not fan of celebrating Valentine’s Day, I am pretty much sure I would like this tea :)

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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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