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drank Apricot Essence by Davidson's
56 tasting notes

Picked this up tonight. Had never tried it and it was cheap. The scent of apricot was incredibly strong, but much lighter when tasted. I think I’ll try an even shorter steep time next time. A good alternative to Lipton.

Preparation
3 min, 0 sec

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96

I’ve never tasted other rooibos so I can’t compare to other brands, but I love this stuff. I drink it every day when I’m done with my pots of green tea. Caffeine free, so it doesn’t keep me up at night. Sweet and soothing.

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99

I drink this every day. Buy by the pound on Amazon, quite cheap and organic. Add a pinch of spearmint, delicious!

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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100
drank Cherry Vanilla by Davidson's
3 tasting notes

This is my favorite tea at the moment :) My friends seem to enjoy it as well.
honestly, with a little bit of milk and sugar and it’s like a dessert and it’s a really nice comfort tea. Definitely a must have in my tea collection.

Preparation
5 min, 0 sec

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22

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.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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62
drank Lemon Ginger by Davidson's
1688 tasting notes

I’m getting more ginger than lemon. Which isn’t bad; it’s nearly the flavor equivalent of Bigelow’s Ginger Snappish holiday tea. And now I need a cookie to go with it…

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5
drank Lemon Ginger by Davidson's
702 tasting notes

Steep Information:
Amount: 1 teabag, 2.2g
Additives: none
Water: 8 ounces filtered boiling
Steep Time: a little over 5 minutes
Served: Hot

Tasting Notes:
Dry Leaf Smell: lemon, herbs, hint of ginger
Steeped Tea Smell: lemon, ginger
Flavor: barley, chamomile, lemon
Body: Medium
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.

images: http://amazonv.blogspot.com/2010/04/davidsons-tea-teabag-herbal-tea-lemon.html

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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59
drank Meyer Lemon by Davidson's
125 tasting notes

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.

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59
drank Meyer Lemon by Davidson's
125 tasting notes

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drank Vanilla Cream Spice by Davidson's
92 tasting notes

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22

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.
7.0g/12oz

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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74
drank Mandarin Chai by Davidson's
911 tasting notes

Wow, I’ve had a lot of tea today! This is the last bit of a small bag I picked up from the bulk tea section at my grocery store. I had enough leaf to make 3 cups but was only making for me and DH. One cup of chai just won’t do it around here as chai is a social tea only to be made for groups no smaller than two, so instead of having 1 cup’s worth of leaf languishing about, I dumped it all in.

The orange flavoring is not as strong but what of it there is is much stronger/darker. Orange peel instead of orange fruit. Now, neither DH nor I drink coffee unless we have to and even then, we both put lot of sugar and milk in it. That being said, this stronger chai is very coffee-like. Darker, heavier taste with a more acidic bitterness as an aftertaste. Of course, the fact that I made it with sugar and half milk/half water also lends toward the coffee similarity. Our type of coffee. Sweet, creamy, dark and a little acidic.

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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.

LENA

You should try the sample I sent you of the new white jasmine from Adagio. I bet you will think it’s a big difference.

Auggy

Yay! I think I’m going to give that one a shot tonight – I had forgotten about it (mostly because I have the memory span of a goldfish).

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74
drank Mandarin Chai by Davidson's
911 tasting notes

Did half milk/half water + sugar and tea and brought it to a boil. It’s like chai with a splash of creamsicle. Or if I made a light masala chai using my orange milk instead of normal milk. (Yes, I have orange milk – it is gooooood).

takgoti

Ok, this tea sounds simply delightful, one. But two, ORANGE MILK? That sounds uh.maze.ing. Where? Where?

Auggy

Promised Land brand milk – it’s a seasonal flavor that I picked up at Central Market (which, if you aren’t familiar with it, is a gourmet/hippie grocery store). I also got the tea at Central Market. Yay Central Market!

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75
drank Green Rooibos by Davidson's
25 tasting notes

A nice mix of green rooibos and honeybush that tastes lighter than the traditional red rooibos. Tastes great iced.

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drank Genmaicha by Davidson's
2 tasting notes

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You can smell the spice but nothing else. The coloring is nice. Can’t taste the Raspberry at all. It’s like a pale black tea taste with a hint of spice. Not much to it. Neutral on this.

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I’m not to hot on the smell of this…you can smell the spice and caramel but that’s about it. The taste isn’t as bad. Not sure if I want to give it a thumbs up but I certainly don’t think it’s bad enough to give it a thumbs down…

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Smells pleasant, not overbearing. I can smell the orange and the spearmint and the spice! It’s very light in color. Upon tasting the spice flavor is more prominent then you can taste the other flavors. I have to say I don’t like this one. I thought I would based on smell. But I don’t, I don’t think the Orange, Spearmint, and Spice blend well at all in this tea. Maybe my sink drain will like this one better.

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75

It doesn’t smell but it has a nice color. Just a hint of Apricot – more of a tea taste tho. It’s fairly good for a ‘cheap’ tea.

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drank White Peony by Davidson's
6770 tasting notes

At first I was going to give this a thumbs down but then I steeped extra long and made sure I smooshed everything I could out of the teabag. Next to no scent. Light in color and not strong at all. You can taste a little floral sample but it certainly doesn’t stand up to the description so I will stand neutral on this one

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25
drank Tropical Green by Davidson's
6770 tasting notes

Tastes like Hot Water. No flavor – No Scent. Not a tea in my book.

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75
drank Mandarin Chai by Davidson's
6770 tasting notes

Dark in Color. Hint of Cinnamon Scent. Undertones of a few spices. Not over powering. Average Overall Taste. Good for those who like it on the light side of the chai scene.

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75
drank Lemon Mango by Davidson's
6770 tasting notes

One of the more flavorful Davidson’s Teas I have drank recently. You can smell the lemon. Taste the Lemon…but I think it’s the Mango that cuts the Lemon Sourness a little. It’s pretty good if you like a little zing!

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