New Tea!

This is part of the batch of teas that launched a few weeks back (as an online exclusive) – I’m just a little late getting my tasting note for it up. I’m really excited for this tea to finally launch, as I first started working on it all the way back in 2020 after the first initial months of pandemic lock down. For the last couple of years I’ve been drinking this tea semi regularly (I have a kilo bag I’ve nearly sipped through) just waiting to finally be able to get to talk about it…

As I think I’ve said before, it’s always been just wild to me that after ten years of tea blends DAVIDsTEA had never tackled a Strawberry Banana profile when that’s something so classic, nostalgic and delicious!! So, I tackled it. My inspiration was a Strawberry Banana Smoothie, which is why there’s coconut in this blend in addition to the fresh, sweet strawberry and banana notes. The coconut adds creaminess not just to the taste but also a slight thickness to the mouthfeel as well. You can slightly taste the coconut, but for the most part I think it just blends into the already slightly creamy and tropical vibe of the banana and the overall creaminess of the blend.

This isn’t just creamy though. That’s a part of it, yes, but it works alongside other ingredients like hibiscus which acts as an amplifier to the fresh ripe strawberry notes and the oolong tea base which has a slight floral character which adds some depth and nuance to the profile. Because of that hibiscus, you can’t latte this blend but I do think it really stands on its own. Hot, yes. However, especially iced or cold brewed.

I don’t know – I just wanted to make something with those strong strawberry and banana notes but that was already really fun, playful and just packed in with flavour. I love all the blends I get to work on, but not everything is that’s developed has an end tea drinker like myself in mind when creating them. This one, though, really overlaps with my own personal tea preferences. I drink it very regularly.

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.

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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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