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99
drank Goji Pop by DAVIDsTEA
150 tasting notes

I’m sick. Like really, seriously, worthless, coughing a lung up, sick! How does a SoCal vegan girl who drinks at least one glass of green juice a day, and who works out religiously get a f’n chest cold in August?! If I could demand my money back from someone I would. AND to make matters worse, I have an abundance of new teas to try from the lovely LiberTeas and amazing Ashley that I’m too sick to begin trying. Booooooooo!

Well, my complaining aside, I have antioxidant packed Goji Pop to sooth my cough and fortify me for what’s to come. I hate being sick! Gish…

QuiltGuppy

Sorry to hear you’re sick. Have you tried DavidsTea Cold 911? It works pretty well to help you feel better. I can send you some… :D

The Purrfect Cup

I feel your pain Jenn, I was hit by what feels like a cold 2 × 4! I felt fine Sunday morning and then BAM around 4pm felt like dirt: cough, runny nose, sore throat! Ugh! Anyway feel better.

QuiltGuppy I tried looking for DavidsTea Cold 911 and it looks like they don’t make it anymore. :(

Jenn

QuiltGuppy to the rescue! Alas, I do not have any DAVID’sTEA Cold 911 on hand, BUT I would gladly trade you a big o’l bag-o-yarn for a sample if you can spare it :)

The Purrfect Cup

Sounds like a fair and fun trade! Also makes me wish I knew how to knit!

Indigobloom

eeek, feel better soon! xx

QuiltGuppy

@Jenn – I will send it out tomorrow. Of course, you know, if you send me a big ol’ bag-o-yarn, I’m going to send you more than just a sample of Cold911. Hope Camp AJ (Auntie Jenn) went well for you! Maybe your nieces brought the cooties. Kids seem to find some tough ones.

@Wifey_Woman – If you’d like a sample, I can send one your way, too… :)

MaddHatter

poor you feel better soon!

Ashley Bain

:( Feel better Jenn! Sip on some fresh peppermint or ginger tea! Or peppermint-ginger tea. Always helps me a lot.

ScottTeaMan

I don’t drink tea when I’m sick. Also, when I have a cold, the tea is wasted on my poor taste & smell. GWS…….:)

The Purrfect Cup

@QuiltGuppy – that would be great! Feel free to take a look in my cupboard and see if there is anything there you would like me to send in return.

ashmanra

Maybe all that healthy living will help you get over it faster! Hope you feel better soon.

Jenn

Wifey_Woman, I’m so sorry you’re sick as well. I wish you lived close by because I would happily teach you how to knit. I love it :)

Jenn

Taryn!!!!! I’m so glad you’re better sweetie. August is a stupid month to get sick.

Jenn

Erin, Indigobloom, and ScottTeaMan, thank you so much for your well wishes! I feel far less bratty today.

Jenn

Ashley, I’m drinking ginger green tea like crazy. It’s not even good tea, but I can’t really taste it anyway. I want to try your GOOD teas!

Jenn

Ashmanra, my husband eats total crap and never gets sick. I’m begining to think that there may be some health promoting ingredient in Oreos.

The Purrfect Cup

@Jenn I’d travel for lessons. :)

DaisyChubb

I’m sure there are enough preservatives in an Oreo to make you live longer at least… that’s science right? Science? I have a fine arts degree… anyways get well Jenn!

Jenn

DaisyChubb, stupid Oreos! You can’t argue with science, right?

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99
drank Goji Pop by DAVIDsTEA
150 tasting notes

I’ve already reveiwed this tea hot, but it’s so much more wonderful iced! My husband nearly drank my entire pitcher of iced Goji Pop himself. This morning he asked me to order more. MY husband requested that I buy more tea! What?!

MaddHatter

I really should buy this to enjoy with the Summer weather, while we still have it!

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99
drank Goji Pop by DAVIDsTEA
150 tasting notes

This tea rocks! I’ve read some reviews of this tea that haven’t been exactly positive, and I can’t wrap my head around that. I feel almost defensive when this tea doesn’t get the praise it deserves. Goji Pop is a wonderful fruity lift your spirits kind of tea.

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97
drank Jungle Ju Ju by DAVIDsTEA
169 tasting notes

Upping the rating; had it iced a few times in the last (very hot) days, and it is certainly one of my favourite iced teas ever. I thought I might have gotten overexcited over the nice flavour on the first try (I tend to love my teas more when I try them first, because I’m always so excited to try something new), but this one really resisted the test of time (both hot and cold). Surely, I will buy more of it: it is officially becoming part of my own permanent collection!

Preparation
Iced 7 min, 0 sec
Uniquity

I also like teas more the first time I try them…Now I have to try to give each of them a couple tries before I do something drastic like buy a pound of it, lol!

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97
drank Jungle Ju Ju by DAVIDsTEA
169 tasting notes

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97
drank Jungle Ju Ju by DAVIDsTEA
169 tasting notes

Wow. Take this “highly caffeinated” warning seriously! Tea (even black) never really seemed to give me any boost, neither did coffee. I was pretty amazed when I found maté and noticed it did give me a bit of energy, though I need to drink a lot to get that. After only 2 cups of Jungle Ju Ju, I feel like I should go run a marathon right now! I’ll have to remind myself never to drink more than this (as I usually drink at least 3 cups)… it could probably get quite unpleasant.

As for the taste, I’m having a hard time evaluating the guayusa taste… not that the fruit taste is too strong (it is just perfect, in my opinion, fruity and only slightly sweet), but I’m having difficulty to draw the line between what taste comes from the fruit, and what comes from the guayusa. In any case, I enjoy the whole thing, and guayusa seems to have a distinctive taste, different from maté or tea. Nice!

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec
Jessie

Wow! I never experience a caffeine boost (though I try) except when I choke down a strong latte in desperation so I’ll have to give this a try.

Uniquity

I have 52Teas Lemolicious Guayusa and have yet to notice an energy boost…but I’ve never noticed an energy boost from any caffeine, so it didn’t surprise me. Haven’t tried the jungle ju ju yet though.

Eisenherz

Interesting, I’ll be curious to see if that tea will have a different effect for you! A friend of mine tried it and thought it gave her too much of a boost, though she reacts more “normally” to caffeine than me.

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96
drank Movie Night by DAVIDsTEA
150 tasting notes

Backlogging… I just love this tea! I’m so glad that David’s Tea has made it a permanent part of their tea selection.

MaddHatter

No kidding, right?!

I wish it was herbal, because it would make a fabulous edition to movie days with my kids at work!

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96
drank Movie Night by DAVIDsTEA
150 tasting notes

This is a weird and wonderful tea! When I opened the package, I had to resist the urge to pop pieces of fluffy delicious popcorn directly in my mouth. The smell of the tea is utterly amazing – like the best kettle corn you’ve ever smelled! And guess what…it tastes like yummy salty sweet kettle corn too. I love you David!

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96
drank Luscious Watermelon by DAVIDsTEA
150 tasting notes

I finally made Luscious Watermelon iced today. WOW! It’s a delicious punch in the face. I was actually afraid that this tea would taste too similiar to Goji Pop iced, but that was silly because both teas stand out in their individual greatness. YUUUUMMMMM!

RachanaC (Rachel)-iHeartTeas

Dang it. Another I have to add to my shopping list.

MaddHatter

It is soooo good! And the kids at work love it too!

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96
drank Luscious Watermelon by DAVIDsTEA
150 tasting notes

This is a spectacular tea! It tastes like biting into a piece of fresh, juicy, sweet summer watermelon. It made my taste buds sing!

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85
drank Goji Pop by DAVIDsTEA
374 tasting notes

Once I got the little sample tin open (and that was almost a mess) the smell of the tea had my mouth watering. However, what I’m tasting is a whole lot of TART. It isn’t a bad thing. I just thought the sweet smell prior to infusion would carry over into taste. Not getting that with this cup. I’m trying not to add sweetener of any kind to my teas these days and just drink them straight up. But I may need to make an exception here before I’m completely done with this cup.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 6 min, 0 sec

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82

I finally tried this one iced. It was rushed, I only let it sit in the fridge for half an hour and had to use ice cubes… No matter, the green melon still tastes fake to me. And the watermelon, well I dunno how I feel about the way it tastes when freeze-dried.
Refreshing yes. Tasty? somewhat. I’ll happily drink the last of it but shan’t be replacing it in my cupboard!
On a side note: I got a tattoo last night!!! On my hip, so nobody will ever really see it, but it’s there :)
I can’t wait til it heals!

ashmanra

May we ask…a tattoo of what? :) I had to get tattoos for radiation – it hurt. And they wouldn’t even give me a butterfly…

Indigobloom

ouch. Was it just to mark the lines where it was required? maybe you can have it turned into something else down the road :)
Mine is a tree of life, covering up a scar I had which I think is apropos for this particular tat lol
I’ve named him Twiggie. Yes, I am a nerd!

ashmanra

Heehee! Love it! For radiation, they tattoo simple dots – I have four – in a line to get the machine in just the right spot. They run you in and out of a masking machine first while doing x-rays, then tattoo you. It wasn’t too bad until the one right ON the breastbone. OUCH! Felt like a wasp sting! I love that yours is a Tree of Life on a scar! So apropo! They won’t turn mine into anything else, because some of my lymph nodes were removed to check them for cancer, so I am supposed to be uber-protective of that arm for the rest of my life….nurses won’t even take blood pressure on it. But I use the heck out of it, and carry groceries, and dig in the garden!

SimplyJenW

ashmanra…your tatoos say that you are a survivor, and the plans for your life are yet unfinished. I would say that they are just as meaningful, if not more so, as the ones who chose what they had tatooed.

Indigobloom..Love it! I love to hear the stories behind peoples tats. I would have never gotten one myself, but I did on my 40th birthday last summer. For me it was more about knowing that I am not too old to drastically change my mind about somehting and live with it (I never even considered one for 39 years of my life.) I have the chemical formula of sucrose on my wrist right at the watch band line. My Hubby gave me the nickname of Sugar, and I am a chemist by training. Talk about a nerd tatoo……

ashmanra

SimplyJenW – I love your tat also! What a great idea! My youngest wears ThinkGeek shirts with the caffeine molecule in honor of tea, and we bought her the travel mug as well! And as for being nerdy – I told my hubby that if I were ever to get cosmetic surgery (which I have no plans to do), I would get elf ears! LOL!

QuiltGuppy

@ashmanra – I would absolutely buy that t-shirt. :) I need to check out ThinkGeek!

Michelle Butler Hallett

Loving this thread. I wanted tattoos all my life, even as a little girl. I got my first one in 2006 to mark my first book contract. That’s been my promise to myself ever since: new book contract, new ink.

politicalmachine

congrats on the tattoo :)

Indigobloom

Ashmanra: ouch indeed! bones + tattoos = Owwww! glad you are ok now xx
SimplyJenW: omg I love that, nerd tats are the best :)
QuiltGuppy: me to!!!
Michelle Butler Hallett: same here, I’ve wanted one for years and now can’t wait for my next one! love your rewards system :P
PoliticalMachine: thanks!! I’m still reeling from the shock of actually making a decision LOL

ashika

congrat’s on the tattoo ; p

Indigobloom

hehe thanks Ashika. I’m not sure how well you can see it in my profile pic but it’s there!

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So, I tried this again and added some agave in hopes that it would drown/balance out that fake taste that bothers me in this tea. I know it’s the honeydew that gets me…
and it was definitely better. Maybe next time I’ll try this iced. I forgot this time. Oops! :/

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82

After my sorry experience with Goji Pop, and my amazing experience with the ten ren’s watermelon, well I couldn’t help but try some of this!
It was ok… better than the goji, but not by much. Melons (except water) tend to taste fake to me, so I figured this one might, but I had also hoped that the watermelon would be stronger in flavour and that I might get some of the grain. no such luck. *sighs
(no surprise on that one though, I had to use a bag this time)
Next time, I’ll try it iced!
Even teas that are meant to be iced, well I always try them hot first, just to see what it’s like. I’m a little stubborn that way :P
It was however, nice to sip on while working away at the computer on a Friday afternoon though… maybe I’ll make it my Friday tea!

politicalmachine

i was considering this.. but now that you mention that it is only marginally better than the goji pop.. i think I’ll avoid. Probably get some more of the chocolate rocket..

Indigobloom

only if you dislike melon would I recommend avoiding it, that part of the tea is quite dominating… mmmm chocolate rocket. I keep it at work, but I wish I had some now!

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68
drank Happy Kombucha by DAVIDsTEA
1320 tasting notes

Coldbrew sipdown from the Easter Tea Trail.

Still meh. It’s refreshing, I guess, but not anything I’d ever reach for.

Amariel

I still like this one, but have not had it in a while. I used to mix it with Toasted Walnut.

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68
drank Happy Kombucha by DAVIDsTEA
1320 tasting notes

So I figured I should try this tea again in case I need to stock up before it disappears. However, one word comes to mind when I drink this: Forgettable.

Five minutes after I take a sip, I honestly couldn’t tell you what it tastes like. It’s good, but it’s not amazing. Not worth stocking up on, for me.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 15 sec

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68
drank Happy Kombucha by DAVIDsTEA
1320 tasting notes

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Good green tea (plus it’s organic so we like that right!?).
Maybe just a bit too sweet for my taste, it covers the “green tea taste” a bit too much.
I find it better as iced tea than served hot. Try it this summer!

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 15 sec

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70
drank Movie Night by DAVIDsTEA
1320 tasting notes

Disclaimer: I don’t like green tea or caramel popcorn >.>

That all said, I enjoyed this tea. Not enough to restock, I think, but I’m glad I tried it. It is tasty, if not a little weak. In my experience re:steeping times, less is more, so I only steeped this for four minutes instead of the recommended 5-7, which might be why it’s weak, but most people think this is kind of weak, so who knows. I’m really enjoying the maple, I love maple. I managed not to screw up the green in this cup, yay!

Overall, a tasty tea, but not worth keeping on hand for me.

Another one bites the dust…yay!

Edit: The more of this I drank, the less I liked it. It just is not my cup of tea.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec
Jessie

I found the same thing (liking it less the more I drank)! I liked it even less on a second cup. The tea definitely doesn’t stand up to the gimmick.

KeenTeaThyme

I was tempted on this, but not 100% convinced. I trust both Ladykittykat & Jessie’s judgments. Thanks for being the guinea pig. :)

Uniquity

Apparently it became part of the permanent collection already…And Goji Pop didn’t? : )

aisling of tea

I didn’t expect to like it, and then I smelled it and thought I was wrong. Nope. I was right, this is not the tea for me.

Glad we could help, KiTT ;).

Uniquity, I have to say, after going through a tin of Goji Pop, I’m kinda over it. I can’t get past the hibiscus. I suspect it’s going to be like Pumpkin Chai, it will come back every Spring. Also, the impression I get of the “monthly” teas is they’re tests. If the tea sells well, it becomes part of the permanent collection. If it doesn’t, then it’s discontinued at the end of the month.

Maybe Goji Pop will come back like Glitter and Gold did?

Cattibrie

I thought that Goji Pop was permanent. Haven’t tried this one yet but it will be in my order I am getting on Monday (assuming no postal strike).

I do love Pink Flamingo though. Wish it was permanent.

Uniquity

I’m still bummed that Mojito didn’t come back. I’d toss up quite a few teas for that one…I gotta stop getting sucked into trying the new ones, I usually don’t like them long term.

aisling of tea

Cattibrie, Goji Pop was part of the spring line that, as I understand it, was discontinued as soon as the Summer line came out.

Uniquity, I’m with you on that one, most of the tried and true ones are much better than most of the seasonals, in my opinion.

Cattibrie

I just thought I saw on facebook that Goji Pop was going to be continued. Could be wrong. They have announced a few recently.

aisling of tea

I sit corrected, apparently Goji is sticking around until the end of summer.

Indigobloom

I tried a sample of this in the store. It was ok, but too much like a flat pop than an actual tea! I don’t like my teas to be too gimmicky anyhow, and this one, well I think it defines that word!

Indigobloom

that said, it would be great to have for the kids

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100
drank Chocolate Rocket by DAVIDsTEA
4 tasting notes

I’m addicted to this tea. Chocolate raspberry with some woodiness is what I taste. It’s like my coffee to me, even though I’ve never been into coffee. This definitely has a permanent place in my collection!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 45 sec

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78

I’m a bit underwhelmed. It’s tasty enough, and if I were the kind of person to have a straight black tea every morning to wake me up, I can see how this would definitely be first choice. However, I much prefer their Orange Pekoe (and not just because it reminds me of our cat). I have about a cup’s worth of leaves left, but I don’t think I’ll restock when it’s gone. Still, I did enjoy this cup…there are just too many other teas out there that I prefer.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec

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75

Well, I’m still terrible at distinguishing aspects of black teas, but this is just mostly mild for me right now. It has a very nice smoothness, and a mild black tea flavour. I prefer this to the Davids Tea English Breakfast I had yesterday, but for it’s price point ($8/50g) this just does not cut the mustard. I’m not picking out any special notes…I think my breakfast of buttered toast is overpowering the tea.

This is the sort of black tea that requires no additions (though I don’t add anything to my tea anyway) and that I think even bagged tea drinkers could have no objection to, other than cost. I’m not getting any bitterness or astringency, but I always steep my blacks a bit on the lighter side. Nice to have tried, but I want something more distinctive and affordable to have on hand regularly. Why are Davids’ unflavoured black teas so pricey? Gah.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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100

Love the coconut. I had my shipment of DavidsTea sent to my work. I opened it there and lets just say everyone wanted a little taste.

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