I recently placed a very large order with Magic Hour which arrived on Thursday, so I’ve been having fun diving into all the different teas! It’s quite expensive to order from them here in Canada – not just because the tea is very expensive, but the international shipping is absurd. Also I got hit with some gnarly import fees this time, so that especially sucks. Still, the different tea concepts (and the packaging) are so cool that I needed to try them anyway…

Honestly, of the teas I ordered, this is one of the least “exciting” from a concept perspective to me. I’ve just tried a lot of versions of this profile. It’s from their Cosmic Garden Iced Tea collection from this past summer, and the collection as a whole looks pretty sick so I just got the sampler which included almost all the teas. I wish I’d caught that it was missing the Strawberry Shortcake, Peach Vanilla, and Mango Jasmine blends because I would have added sample bags of all of them too – but too late now. And, since the shipping is so batshit, by the time they have enough new teas for me to justify an order the three I missed on will probably be gone. Whomp whomp.

Anyway, I started with this one because even if I didn’t find it exciting I figured it would probably be pretty safe and enjoyable. Also, I made it in the afternoon after a morning spent practically running around the office across different meetings/tastings. I needed to hydrate and cool down – fast.

Honestly, I was REALLY pleasantly surprised by this blend! I’d say that pretty much every watermelon mint tea I’ve had is mostly melon and just a bit of mint. Like 70-80% melon. I found this tea to be the reverse, which immediately made it more interesting. to me. I don’t know that this is the balance of flavours that most people would want but I just found the intense menthol and peppermint flavour exhilarating and it immediately provided that hit of cooling refreshment I had been looking for. The finish was where most of the watermelon was packed in – very much like a watermelon juice. I felt like the intensity of the mint really made the watermelon pop and those flavours seem quite a bit more sweet and saturated even though they’re a much smaller part of the overall sip. Just a little bit of a slight acidity/tartness (hibiscus?) too.

Anyway, loved this.

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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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