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drank Goji Pop by DAVIDsTEA
2596 tasting notes

Sipdown! Tart and tasty, though it’s not quite as good as I remember. Probably won’t re-stock this one for a while, as I don’t think it’s a blend that will be discontinued so I should have nothing to worry about.

On the plus(?) side… I emptied out one of my DT tins, so now I can justify picking up Banana Oolong even more….

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more
Fjellrev

Yay for emptying a tin!

Kittenna

I know! Infrequent occurrence for me, haha.

Ellyn

How do you clean tins? I always have trouble making sure its all clean, dry, etc. I have taken to using denture cleaner tablets….

Kittenna

Honestly, I just rinsed it really well and now it’s upside-down drying. I figured that Goji Pop didn’t have too much that would linger in the tin, so I’m not too worried. I’m actually not a big fan of tins for the reason that they do have all these little crevices for tea pieces to lurk and not be cleaned out (also, my DT tins totally leak, so much for them being airtight…)

Ellyn

That is pretty much my method…although I did try the denture tablets, ha, was kinda weird when my husband (who has all his teeth) went to buy them…I have had to throw away a few tins due to the smell simply refusing to vacate!

Kittenna

Hahaha, yeah, I was thinking about picking up some tablets for cleaning some of my infusers, and possibly my travel mug. And I have all my teeth as well!

I only have… 5? tins, all of which were free from DT. Luckily I think the most smell-contaminated was the one I had Glitter & Gold in, and I replaced that with…. something else…. and it ended up being ok.

Ellyn

I use the tablets for my infusers and mugs also. They work great!

Kittenna

Good to know! Do they remove all the brown discolouration? (Also, how much do they cost?)

Kittenna

That’s crazy cheap! Thanks :D

Ze_Teamaker

Hmm, I have the same problem with tea tins smells as well. My mom said to use lemon juice with water to get rid of it, but never thought of denture tablets.

Lynne-tea

I always use bleach to get the brown stains out of my travel mugs (as long as they’re metal interior.. I wouldn’t use it on plastic)

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Fjellrev

Yay for emptying a tin!

Kittenna

I know! Infrequent occurrence for me, haha.

Ellyn

How do you clean tins? I always have trouble making sure its all clean, dry, etc. I have taken to using denture cleaner tablets….

Kittenna

Honestly, I just rinsed it really well and now it’s upside-down drying. I figured that Goji Pop didn’t have too much that would linger in the tin, so I’m not too worried. I’m actually not a big fan of tins for the reason that they do have all these little crevices for tea pieces to lurk and not be cleaned out (also, my DT tins totally leak, so much for them being airtight…)

Ellyn

That is pretty much my method…although I did try the denture tablets, ha, was kinda weird when my husband (who has all his teeth) went to buy them…I have had to throw away a few tins due to the smell simply refusing to vacate!

Kittenna

Hahaha, yeah, I was thinking about picking up some tablets for cleaning some of my infusers, and possibly my travel mug. And I have all my teeth as well!

I only have… 5? tins, all of which were free from DT. Luckily I think the most smell-contaminated was the one I had Glitter & Gold in, and I replaced that with…. something else…. and it ended up being ok.

Ellyn

I use the tablets for my infusers and mugs also. They work great!

Kittenna

Good to know! Do they remove all the brown discolouration? (Also, how much do they cost?)

Kittenna

That’s crazy cheap! Thanks :D

Ze_Teamaker

Hmm, I have the same problem with tea tins smells as well. My mom said to use lemon juice with water to get rid of it, but never thought of denture tablets.

Lynne-tea

I always use bleach to get the brown stains out of my travel mugs (as long as they’re metal interior.. I wouldn’t use it on plastic)

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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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