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This Tulsi tisane by Davidson’s is an unadulterated blend of the three varieties of holy basil that make up their Tulsi line.
The fragrance is a minty oregano that takes on a subtle lemon essence once steeped. The flavor is similar to a mint and lemongrass blend but there’s an underlying herbal and pepper base. The flavor quickly dissipates with no lingering aftertaste.
This was OK, but I think the Tulsi provides a better foundation for the addition of more full-flavored spices.
I just received a sample of each of the six tisanes of Davidson’s Tulsi herbal line. Tulsi, or holy basil, is highlighted in each and is accompanied by a different group of complimentary herbs.
Signature Blend smells strongly of ginger and mint out of the package, but once steeped, lemon from the myrtle becomes prominent. The flavor is really interesting. Up front, there’s a bit of a battle between the mint and the lemon. The finish is warm from the ginger and cinnamon with a final burst from the black pepper. This is another great one for fighting cold; either outside or in your own head.
I don’t have a lot of experience with holy basil so I can’t speak to the quality. I’m hoping that I’ll come to recognize this component more as I work my way through the rest of the samples.
Darjeeling greens are tough to beat. This one is no exception. It’s light, citrusy (mandarin-like) with echoes of “Chinese sencha” in its overall flavor impression. I just wish I knew more about it. Davidson’s website isn’t the easiest to navigate. That said, a very subtle but very tasty green without the vegetal lean of some…unless you like that sorta thing.
I’m new to loose leaf teas and this is one of the first I tried (1 lbs = A LOT of tea). I had some trouble at first trying to find the right brewing time/temperature, but I’d say around 5 minutes for the first steep at around 165-170 degrees. If the water is too hot, you’ll damage/burn the leaves. It has a nice, sweet taste to it with a little vegetal flavor, but nothing as strong as green tea. I’ll keep looking for good white teas, but I think this was a good choice to start with.
I don’t want to spend more time than I have to. I have loved the products I’ve tried from Davidson’s so far, but this was beyond reproach. It was in their holiday herbal section, and very little was said as to ingredients other than cinnamon, orange peel, hibiscus, and lemon myrtle. The result? Pure horror. Spicy swamp water. I didn’t even last five sips. Of course, my “actual” formal review will be a tad kinder and go into more specifics…but as it stands, this is the worst tea I’ve had in a very long time. “Hint of cinnamon”, my tea cup’s arse.
In hindsight – after I write the company about the ingredients used – I will revisit this to see if I hate it as much as I elaborated above. ’Til then, this stands as a “blegh”.
I actually tried this loose leaf, but since there really is no reason to add a new tea profile for this (and I’m lazy), I’ll go with this one. On dry scent alone, I didn’t know what to expect. This is probably why I’m not a sommelier, for – upon sight – I would’ve said this was a Darjeeling white. It had a nut-spice scent to it which also supported that theory. When infused, though, it took on the melon-like, buttery characteristics of a good Bai Mu Dan. Worth your valuable tea time.
I required some severe wake-me-up on a Sunday morning. Actually…it was afternoon by this point. Still, I needed something strong and hearty. I went with this single estate Assam, brewed it on the light side – like I do most blacks – and waited. The liquor color was lighter than a usual robust Assam, which had me worried. Was it not going to have the strength I needed? That fear didn’t last long on fragrance and flavor. All blunt and malty.
I love this tea because
- rooibos is my favorite tea
- I can buy it in a cheap 100-pack from Amazon, and
- it tastes as good as any other rooibos I’ve tried.
I go through tons of this stuff. It’s my staple tea. Love it!
I steep 1 bag in my 32-oz teapot for about 10 minutes.
Wow, no one else has tasted this yet? I’m shocked due to the price. I found this on Amazon for $13.13 for a pound. Yes ladies and gentlemen, a POUND for thirteen bucks. Needless to say, I ordered it and hoped for the best.
You never quite realize how much a pound of tea is until you do it teaspoon by teaspoon. This is a TON of tea! Anywho, you open the bag and bam! Someone just blew in your face after chewing 2 packs of Wrigley’s Spearmint Gum. I was pretty scared after such an intense mint explosion. But fear not! This tea tasted pretty delicate. Not the best of teas, but hey for the price I think it’s great! I think it would be good maybe mixed with a black? Or iced, this would be epic iced.
By the way, YOU KNOW YOU WANT TO SWAP TEAS WITH ME!!!!!! I got plenty ;D
I think this is the last abused and neglected bag of this one in my work stash. Rereading the ingredient list, I wonder why barley and carob were used in the mix—-it does give it a cracker-y, pastry-ish personality instead of straight-up citrus and spice. Not very lemony; could be because of age of the bag, but I see similar comments in my previous notes.
Amount: 1 teabag, 2.2g
Water: 8 ounces filtered boiling
Steep Time: a little over 5 minutes
Dry Leaf Smell: lemon, herbs, hint of ginger
Steeped Tea Smell: lemon, ginger
Flavor: barley, chamomile, lemon
Aftertaste: lightly ginger
Liquor: cloudy orange-brown
This was an impulse buy at TJ Maxx, I always need more herbal teas.
I actually made this for MilitiaJim and stole sips.
I can not taste the rooibos at all, and the ginger is a mere hint.
MilitiaJim noticed it was not a real lemon, it was more lemon grass than lemon.
Post-Steep Additives: pinch German rock sugar
A bit more lemonade like
Well, we’re not tossing it but we’re certainly never buying it again. If anyone wants some let me know and I’ll send it your way.
I can definitely taste the chamomile. The honey isn’t strong, which is good because I’m not a fan of honey. I can also taste the meyer lemon, but again, it’s not too overpowering and doesn’t shout, “LEMON!” It’s not bad overall, a lot milder than I was expecting. I know Meyer lemons are sweeter than regular lemons, but I think I was still hoping for more of a lemony taste. And I was intrigued by the dried honey.
All I remember about having this one before was that it was bitter and not good. So I dropped the temp to 195° and did a shorter steep time. And I used all the reaming leaf I had so I’ll never have to have this tea again.
Which is good because, even though this was made with lower temp water and a lower steep time, there is still this unpleasant bitterness that builds in my mouth after a sip. The tea itself doesn’t taste bitter, it’s just the aftertaste that shows up a second or two after each swallow.
Meh. It’s not as horrible as I remember it being but it certainly isn’t fun. And since the bitterness just seems to be getting worse as this cools, the rest of this cup is getting tossed out.
Another random tea from my grocery store. Dry, I smell hints of cinnamon and pickle. No, really, I do. Just whiffs but it’s there. Brewed, it smells a little buttery and a little fruity and pretty strongly tea-like. The taste is nutty and a bit Darjeeling-like without having quite the same edge, but there is a nutty bitterness and astringency that fills my mouth after I swallow. The taste before the bitterness is pretty okay. Sort of like an old and un-sparkly Darjeeling. Not overly interesting but tasty. Before the evil bitterness.
I wonder if that bitterness will go away if I use less leaf, treating it like I would a black tea instead of like an oolong. At the same time, though, the taste of the tea might be pretty thin using less leaf because the flavor right now is obvious but flashes rather quickly through my mouth, chased away by the bitter end taste. Eh, I’ll have to try that next time because this tea tastes nice for that brief second before I swallow, but that end taste and feeling pretty much ruins this for me.
Okay, trying to save this. I diluted the remainder of my cup with hot water at a pretty much 1:1 ratio. Yeah, it’s like faintly Darjeeling hot water with an astringent tail. It’s boring. So it looks like my choices are flavorful but horribly astringent and bitter or a thin taste with lighter astringency and bitterness. Meh.
Yeah, just not a fan.
All this talk about girlie, lovely jasmine teas lately! It has sounded so tempting! So when I was digging around in the pantry to figure out what to have and saw this sample, I thought I’d bust it out again.
The jasmine smell is nice. But to me, good jasmine tea is light and fluffy and sort of dances around happily. This one stomps more than dances and has a total lack of grace. The jasmine is just too heavy and unnatural seeming. Or maybe it is the other flavors doing it. I can’t get any almond, but I taste a hint of the orange, I think. But ultimately, I think the quality of the jasmine flavoring is not all that high – nor all that natural.
Regardless, it’s not a bad tea. It’s pretty okay. But compared to the type of jasmine tea I wanted, it is a total miss.