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drank Bergamot Sage by Rishi Tea
470 tasting notes

Today is a no-caffeine day for me. I have to wake up painfully, depressingly early tomorrow (about an hour after I usually go to bed ;~;) and on top of that I have to spend the whole day with my in-laws. Both of these situations definitely call for a soothing herbal blend, and it’s way too early in the day for my usual herbal tea (which puts me to sleep in about 10 minutes). However, I’ve had this tin sitting around for a few days and it seemed like the perfect opportunity to try it out!

At first sniff I was a little confused, as it smells like straight-up peppermint. I have peppermint tea, so I was really hoping there’d be hidden complexity here. Once brewed this is a very unusual blend—the peppermint is there only as a background note, with the citrus and sage a lot more prominent. I wasn’t sure about sage in tea but I LOVE it. So comforting and almost savory. There’s also a soft pine taste going on, and this really feels like a holiday tea to me. It reminds me of eating leftover stuffing and sitting around the Christmas tree! But it’s not so seasonal that it feels weird to drink it now—in fact, the citrus gives it a bright, spring-y feel as well. I am usually just so-so on herbal blends, but this one is so complex and tasty that I think it is going to become a cupboard staple.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 6 min, 0 sec
K S

What is your usual herbal that puts you to sleep?

Alphakitty

Marketspice’s Knockout, does exactly what it says on the label!

momo

I was thinking about getting some of that, good to know it works!

Scott B

I hate no caffeine days. I don’t think I’m addicted to it, but I do feel kinda empty when I have to go rooibos and decaf all day long.

Alphakitty

I definitely feel the same way—so craving a strong cup of assam, but it’s just going to have to wait.

Scott B

good luck!

Daniel Scott

Pine! Whee! An under-appreciated note, I think.

Barb

Keep Calm and Carry On!

Rishi does have the most odd-sounding blends, don’t they? I will have to look for this one because sage is one of my favorite cooking herbs.

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K S

What is your usual herbal that puts you to sleep?

Alphakitty

Marketspice’s Knockout, does exactly what it says on the label!

momo

I was thinking about getting some of that, good to know it works!

Scott B

I hate no caffeine days. I don’t think I’m addicted to it, but I do feel kinda empty when I have to go rooibos and decaf all day long.

Alphakitty

I definitely feel the same way—so craving a strong cup of assam, but it’s just going to have to wait.

Scott B

good luck!

Daniel Scott

Pine! Whee! An under-appreciated note, I think.

Barb

Keep Calm and Carry On!

Rishi does have the most odd-sounding blends, don’t they? I will have to look for this one because sage is one of my favorite cooking herbs.

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Tea has always been a passion of mine, though I got away from it during college. A lack of cupboard space and a constant influx of people into my suite made me pretty much abandon my teas at home. But now that I’m done with school, it’s definitely come back with a vengeance—to the point where I’ve purchased about 65 different kinds in the past 3 months!

I like most kinds of teas—yes, even peach, which I used to think I disliked!. Oolongs are definitely my favorite, and I’m an avid fan of earl grey, floral teas, and chai blends along with anything melon. The only kind of teas on my “no” list are rooibos blends (which gives me headaches) and banana flavored ones since bananas are public enemy #1 in my mind.

The best thing about tea for me is how you can be passionate about it and still have it integrate into all of your other hobbies. I like a lot of things: writing, video games, books, sewing, figure collecting, astronomy… it’s a long list. But whatever I’m doing, I can have a cup of tea in hand!

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