This is the other brand new tea introduced in the subscription box!

If you get the subscription box then the tasting menu in the box has info pages for each tea with little QR codes that link you videos with the tea team talking about the teas. For this tea, I’m in the little QR code video discussing it my coworker and friend Celia, who conceptualized the original tea that became this blend!

To simplify… it went through A LOT of changes!

My favourite thing about this blend is honestly that it’s on a pu’erh base – it’s been such an incredibly long time since DT has done a new fruity pu’erh blend and I just felt like it was about time! We have so many sweet and indulgent pu’erh blends, and that makes sense because the rich full body of shou pu’erh compliments flavours like chocolate or caramel really well – but they aren’t the only thing that they go well with! Darker forest berries – like blueberry, blackberry, and elderberry among others – honestly go SO WELL with earthy, robust pu’erh and they bring out a different kind of richness – more like dense and juicy/syrupy berries just bursting at the seams with flavour. Well, if berries had seams, that is.

So, what is a bumbleberry!? Well, it’s not really one specific type of berry but more of a word for mixed berries – typically three or more – that is used here in Canada. It has origins in the maritimes and you’ll most commonly see it used as the flavour of pies or jams! Bumbleberry also usually has apple in it, and sometimes the pies will have spices too. Since this blend originally started as something that was inspired by Prairie berries, but then changed concept gradually over time, I thought the name Bumbleberry was a really beautiful homage to another part of Canada – and accurate for the blend too since this tastes like a juicy, sweet and tart mix of blueberry, raspberry, elderberry and hibiscus with hints of apple and warming spice note undertones from the ginger and nutmeg. I love the natural earthy shou notes that come through alongside those punchy berry flavours as well!

While this is obviously delicious iced, I personally actually like it better hot! Either way, I hope other people find this blend as fun as I do!

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.

tea-sipper

‘Prairie Berries’ would be another great tea name!

Roswell Strange

DT actually carried a tea many, many years ago with the name “Prairie Berry”.

tea-sipper

OH cool! Obviously I did not know that.

tea-sipper

Now I just looked up Prairie Berry and now it needs to be re-released. haha

Lexie Aleah

Agreed!^^

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tea-sipper

‘Prairie Berries’ would be another great tea name!

Roswell Strange

DT actually carried a tea many, many years ago with the name “Prairie Berry”.

tea-sipper

OH cool! Obviously I did not know that.

tea-sipper

Now I just looked up Prairie Berry and now it needs to be re-released. haha

Lexie Aleah

Agreed!^^

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Hello! My name is Kelly, though many people in the tea community call me Ros or Roswell.

I am a twenty five year old proudly queer tea addict, blogger, and all around tea geek. 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 preperation 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.

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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