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drank Wild Watermelon by Kally Tea
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Whoops! I thought this one was a fruit tisane! Therefore made some really silly mistakes. My bad! Thanks for the sample, Azzrian, and I’m glad you sent me enough to try again! Original review (minus the part about it being caffeine-free) follows!

Anyways, brewing this up, I could have sworn I was brewing up DavidsTea’s Goji Pop! Yes, another tea very similar to one I’ve previously tried! Although the ingredients here are completely different (ok, not completely, I think melon is the similar ingredient, but the blends look quite different). The aroma is hibiscus-tart-tangy, which doesn’t bother me likely because my tastebuds are anticipating a cup full of Goji Pop! We’ll see what they get…

Holy. Reminiscent of, but definitely not, Goji Pop. Also, I oversteeped this one; it is a bit bitter and overly sour from the hibiscus. I’m finding it difficult to distinguish anything else because of those two things. To be honest… I definitely prefer Goji Pop (which does not have an oversteeping problem). But I will have to give this one another shot with a) less tea and b) a shorter infusion time! Given my recent decision not to drink icky tea, this one barely passes due to the sour/bitter, but I’m still going to drink it because it’s not that bad. Rating reserved until the next time :)

ETA: Second infusion unpleasant – some different flavours coming out. Will just have to try again.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more
Azzrian

Yeah I mean hibiscus is not my fav in anything I have to try this again as I see I rated it pretty high for a hibiscus blend.

Kittenna

I think it’s probably just fine if attention is paid to infusion time :)

Josie Jade

I really liked this tea and have been wanting to try Goji Pop for awhile. I think you just talked me into ordering some!

LiberTEAS

This is actually a green tea, not a caffeine free tisane like Goji Pop … eight minutes is a lot of time to steep a gunpowder green tea.

Kittenna

… that could explain a LOT! Whoops! Good thing I have enough to try again! Going to edit the silly bit out of my review. Clearly I wasn’t paying attention :D

LiberTEAS

Yes, I’m glad that you have enough to try it again, because it’s really good. Also, I thought that the second infusion was better than the first… definitely must brew it a second time! :)

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Azzrian

Yeah I mean hibiscus is not my fav in anything I have to try this again as I see I rated it pretty high for a hibiscus blend.

Kittenna

I think it’s probably just fine if attention is paid to infusion time :)

Josie Jade

I really liked this tea and have been wanting to try Goji Pop for awhile. I think you just talked me into ordering some!

LiberTEAS

This is actually a green tea, not a caffeine free tisane like Goji Pop … eight minutes is a lot of time to steep a gunpowder green tea.

Kittenna

… that could explain a LOT! Whoops! Good thing I have enough to try again! Going to edit the silly bit out of my review. Clearly I wasn’t paying attention :D

LiberTEAS

Yes, I’m glad that you have enough to try it again, because it’s really good. Also, I thought that the second infusion was better than the first… definitely must brew it a second time! :)

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I have always been a tea fan (primarily herbals and Japanese greens/oolongs) but in the last year or so, tea has become increasingly more appealing as not only a delicious, calming drink, but as a relatively cheap, healthy reward or treat to give myself when I deserve something. I should clarify that, however; the reward is expanding my tea cupboard, not drinking tea – I place no restrictions on myself in terms of drinking anything from my cupboard as that would defeat my many goals!

My DavidsTea addiction was born in late 2011, despite having spent nearly a year intentionally avoiding their local mall location (but apparently it was just avoiding the inevitable!). I seem to have some desire to try every tea they’ve ever had, so much of my stash is from there, although I’ve recently branched out and ordered from numerous other companies.

I like to try and drink all my teas unaltered, as one of the main reasons I’m drinking tea other than for the flavour is to be healthy and increase my water intake without adding too many calories! I’ve found that the trick in this regard is to be very careful about steeping time, as most teas are quite pleasant to drink straight as long as they haven’t been oversteeped. However, I tend to be forgetful (particularly at work) when I don’t set a timer, resulting in a few horrors (The Earl’s Garden is not so pleasant after, say, 7+ minutes of steeping).

I’m currently trying to figure out which types of teas are my favourites. Herbals are no longer at the top; oolongs have thoroughly taken over that spot, with greens a reasonably close second. My preference is for straight versions of both, but I do love a good flavoured oolong (flavoured greens are really hit or miss for me). Herbals I do love iced/cold-brewed, but I drink few routinely (Mulberry Magic from DavidsTea being a notable exception). I’m learning to like straight black teas thanks to the chocolatey, malty, delicious Laoshan Black from Verdant Tea, and malty, caramelly flavoured blacks work for me, but I’m pretty picky about anything with astringency. Lately I’ve found red rooibos to be rather medicinal, which I dislike, but green rooibos and honeybush blends are tolerable. I haven’t explored pu’erh, mate, or guayasa a great deal (although I have a few options in my cupboard).

I’ve decided to institute a rating system so my ratings will be more consistent. Following the smiley/frowny faces Steepster gives us:

100: This tea is amazing and I will go out of my way to keep it in stock.

85-99: My core collection (or a tea that would be, if I was allowing myself to restock everything!) Teas I get cravings for, and drink often.

75-84: Good but not amazing; I might keep these in stock sparingly depending on current preferences.

67-74: Not bad, I’ll happily finish what I have but probably won’t ever buy it again as there’s likely something rated more highly that I prefer.

51-66: Drinkable and maybe has some aspect that I like, but not really worth picking up again.

34-50: Not for me, but I can see why others might like it. I’ll make it through the cup and maybe experiment with the rest to get rid of it.

0-33: It’s a struggle to get through the cup, if I do at all. I will not willingly consume this one again, and will attempt to get rid of the rest of the tea if I have any left.

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