drank Nanaimo Bar by DAVIDsTEA
12142 tasting notes

Show of hands – how many people here on Steepster know what a Nanaimo Bar is!?

This is the final new tea from the recent collection drop – thought it’s a Super Steeper exclusive for the time being. I remember getting into several long conversations with coworkers about this tea during the development of it. In Saskatchewan, where I’m from, Nanaimo Bars are huge – must cafes with homebaked goods will carry Nanaimo Bars and you absolutely cannot go to a potluck, Church dinner, family gathering or really any type of communal gathering over shared food without at least someone bringing Nanaimo Bars. They’re rich and custardy bars of sheer decadent delight.

Then I went and moved to Quebec where apparently, no one knows what the hell a Nanaimo Bar is. Sure, they’ll eat pies that are literally just fudge with pie crust – but a Nanaimo Bar!? Oh, that’s far too crazy and out there!! So there was a lot of back and forth about whether or not people would “get” this tea and understand what it’s meant to be. I have faith, though, that the reach of Nanaimo Bars is far greater than what people might expect. It’s a Canadian classic, and deserves to tried!

So what does the tea taste like!? Well, like its inspiration, it’s definitely rich! The chocolate is certain stage but it’s supported by a mixture of creamy custard, coconut, and nuttier notes with just a faint hint of roast from the yerba mate in the blend. I do think it’s a bit less custardy in flavour than an actual Nanaimo Bar, and a bit more nutty – with a distinct almond note that sometimes pops up in the sip. However, it’s spiritually right on the mark – and I think fans of this Canadian treat will appreciate this interpretation.

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.

VariaTEA

I know what they are! Also, I have made them before!

Leafhopper

I know what Nanaimo bars are, too, and now I want one! :P

Mastress Alita

I’m not Canadian, and unsurprisingly, I have never heard of these.

tea-sipper

Nope, never heard of them! :D

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VariaTEA

I know what they are! Also, I have made them before!

Leafhopper

I know what Nanaimo bars are, too, and now I want one! :P

Mastress Alita

I’m not Canadian, and unsurprisingly, I have never heard of these.

tea-sipper

Nope, never heard of them! :D

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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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