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82
drank Orange Blossom by Rishi Tea
111 tasting notes

It’s no secret that I love Rishi’s peach blossom which is a white tea base and it contains orange while I don’t taste peach so much I mostly taste orange I still LOVE it. So when I looked through the Rishi website I thought I HAVE to try orange blossom which has a green tea base.

Dry leaf on this one smells very orange and delicious. I can see that there is a lot of lemon grass in the mix but it still smells orange to me. So steeped for 4 mins and I get a lemony scent no more orange scent. The lemongrass is mostly what I get and the more it begins to cool the more I get notes of floral in the smell and the taste.

It’s funny in that in the Rishi Peach Blossom I tasted orange in the Rishi Orange Blossom I mostly taste lemon there maybe be subtle hints of orange but I really have to strain to think I taste it in there! It’s a good tea I really enjoy it in that it tastes nice and the aftertaste leaves my breath feeling fresh.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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67
drank Cinnamon Plum by Rishi Tea
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This is my 100th tasting note!!! Anyway after an exhausting weekend seriously I am ready for the work week to start so I can recover from this whirlwind of a weekend. Soccer game for teen about 100 miles away on Saturday morning rush back so he can dress for 8th grade dance then off to olive garden to drop him and friends, then on to dance but not before taking lots of pics. Hubby insistent on going to the Dynamo’s soccer game while son is at dance so then rush to get to game watch game rush home to pick son up from dance wait in long carrider line and well it’s just getting boring so I’ll spare you but you get the point right? I’m not called “soccermom” just for grins! :)

Anyway on Friday night I got in two orders one from Rishi one from Silk Road and it was like having a personal Christmas if at Christmas you got all teas. Well I’ve been waiting for awhile to order this one it’s been on my shopping list from pretty much my first week here. I couldn’t wait to steep it up and so I popped the top tonight and to my surprise it smelled like homemade cinnamon bread yes you know the kind with lots of cinnamon and sugary icing YUM! So I couldn’t wait to taste it but I did I waited the five minutes (rather impatiently but waited all the same) it turned into this bright red liquor and I kinda started to freak out because it does have hibiscus in the ingredients and I don’t know if I like hibiscus yet or not I know people tend to have strong opinions on hibiscus around here so this made me nervous. That and the smell changed to a tarty smell (I am guess the hibiscus?).

So on to the taste the taste is like this it starts out slightly tart and cinnamony and then it seems to get a little more tart but ends up going down smooth and sweet. This is a nice one I really like the tarty smoothness for all those in your face fans out there if you like hibiscus and cinnamon this one is dynamite! I like it I don’t know how often I will find myself drinking it but I do quite like it!

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
Cofftea

Whoa… your 1st paragraph made me exhausted! It’s times like these when I have prebagged or my own filled bagged teas ready to just plop in a cup.

SoccerMom

LOL yeah and that was only half the story after waiting in line for him he then begged to go to ihop and it was 11:00 and so I sat in the parking lot at Ihop till midnight then ate fast food and went to sleep. Did I mention I hate fast food.

Meghann M

Thanks for reviewing this tea:-). I’ve been eyeing it ever since I joined as well. I keep choosing other rishi teas over it as I am so well stocked on tisanes right now but it sounds great! Plum teas have really interested me lately although I’ve never eaten a plum in my life!

Cofftea

Um why didn’t you eat ihop?

SoccerMom

Cofftea, The ihop is pretty small and there were over 200 8th graders in there! Secondly I’m not cool enough to hang out with my 14 year old and his friends (this year) this changes as he gets older and also is related to his personal convenience such as if I need to pay or if girls aren’t around it’s complicated being 14 ya know (or I should say you remember?) LOL :)

Cofftea

Oh ok, I thought it was a small group of friends- not the whole class! Now I get it=P If there had been room though I wouldn’t have let a 14 year old dictate where I ate. Unfortunately I don’t remember… at that age I had absolutely no friends of my own gender let along guys.

__Morgana__

Congrats on the big 100. And I know what you mean, my 6 year old already doesn’t want me to kiss him in front of his friends. They’re so nice when they’re babies. Lol.

SoccerMom

@Morgana Thank you ;) -Babies are overrated (in my book) I like someone who can go to the restroom on their own unfortunately they usually have the ability to speak at this stage as well LOL and just kidding. You haven’t truly lived until you go through these teenage years and that’s not necessarily a good thing. My son is a good kid but ugh the emotional roller coasters are CRAZZYY! Love ya one minute hate ya the next.

Ewa

Grats on 100!

__Morgana__

Heh. I like the floppy neck stage. But it is a lot of fun when you can actually have a conversation, though with the ability to talk also comes the ability to back talk.

JacquelineM

This one sounds yummy. I have to add it to my caffeine free night time list :)

LENA

Congrats on reaching your 100th tasting note! Cue the confetti!

Angrboda

yay happy steepsterversary!

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80

I have been quite excited to get my order in from Silk road teas and it finally came in yesterday! It was to late to have it last night so immediately after making bacon, egg and cheese bagel sandwiches I went for it and opened the Dragon Balls. When I peeked in the pouch I was surprised to find huge balls (no joke). The dry scent was just like tea and the balls were black not greenish like the ones in the picture.

I was surprised by the light color of the liquor being that the dry leaf was so dark. It taste quite nice like a smooth slightly sweet black tea. I’m not picking up on much else I don’t know if it’s because I just finished the bagel sandwich or what hmm.

I do like it and will definitely drink it again I’m not sure if I’d reorder but if I decide that I need to drink this more as things tend to grow on me slowly and I find myself needing teas that I didn’t think I was crazy about to begin with such as Dawn if this happens I will up the rating! :)

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec
__Morgana__

Now I really want a bacon, egg and cheese bagel sandwich! Even just egg and cheese would be awesome right now. My body feels like it needs salt or something.

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77

I am so glad after a long day a successfully cooked dinner and a movie I am able to relax with a cup of tea. Did I mention my Rishi order came in today Yay! So I decided to start out with this one since it seems fairly light and I would like to be able to go to sleep at a decent hour (not the party animal I use to be).

Anyway on to tea this smells not blatantly apply but I could kinda smell apple in the dry leaf. The dry leaf or bud is beautiful not unlike silver needle as the description suggests and I do agree with them.

I have to agree with my pal Lena on this one I don’t dislike it I don’t get much taste out of it but it’s subtle and I like it for some reason. Usually I like in your face but I wasn’t expecting that out of this tea so I wasn’t disappointed. It’s nice not something I would serve to someone who doesn’t normally drink tea because as I already stated it’s very light. I like it and I don’t know if I would reorder at this time but if I find myself craving it I will up the rating a bit or if second steep totally rocks.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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53
drank White Monkey by Adagio Teas
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I’m having a green tea type of day. Not really I just got in my adagio sample order in which I ordered several different samples of green tea. This one is slightly sweet and has the faintest hints of butter when I do that slurpy thing with my mouth. I like it but do not love it.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec
~lauren.

If you don’t mind me asking, I hope all is better with Massimo?

SoccerMom

Lauren, Massimo is doing soo much better we suspect that he was dehydrated (plus he’s old). I work from home and am always available to take him out for water but the night he fell sick I had been out in meetings ALL day and so I think he may have dehydrated. He has so much facial skin/dewlap that you can’t just leave a big bucket of water in the house or you’d come home to one disgustingly gross and wet house. Thank you so much for asking I do appreciate it! :)

Lori

What a relief!! So glad to know he is doing better…..

SoccerMom

Thanks I told him you all were asking about him and he looked happy about it. ;)

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46
drank Dongshan Dolce by Adagio Teas
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This is an okay cup of tea but is not has described by Adagio. It is a very light cup of tea with hints of sweetness and grassiness.

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54
drank Yunnan Gold by Adagio Teas
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After my last tea experience which was a BAD one I decided to try to block the experience out with another tea immediately. So here I sit with a cup of Yunnan Gold I’ve never had a Yunnan Gold tea before (I don’t remember if I have) anyway so all of the steepster reviews of Yunnan Gold had me anxious to try it.

This one has a dark amber brown liquor and I don’t get much on smell other than tea. Taste wise it doesn’t have a whole mouth feel it’s easy to sip slight hints of maltiness but still not as good as Adagio’s Golden Monkey if what your looking for is maltiness. It is a decent cup or as Doulton would say “this is a serviceable cuppa tea”. Definitely nothing I would reorder.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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4
drank Cream by Adagio Teas
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Hmmm okay what to say about this one. Well the dry leaf smells delicioso just like cream but I smell maple in there too and this is a good thing because I like maple.

Steeped the leaves 5 minutes in boiling water as per Adagio’s steeping instructions and once steeped the leaves smell a little less creamy and maply the leaves have really grown once steeped and filled up the infuser basket. The liquor is dark black typical of a cuppa Ceylon. I know I don’t care for Adagio’s Ceylon base so this one can go either way.

My first sip taste good on the front of my tongue but as soon as it hits mid tongue and back of throat I’m totally grossed out by a strong astringent, BITTER taste that I DO NOT LIKE! Ewww how could something that smells so good go so wrong.

Anyone who enjoys this tea or thinks they may enjoy this tea PM me and I will happily send it your way (it’s a sample tin).

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
AmazonV

no! ewwy :(

SoccerMom

I know. It was my first truly bad tea experience. I thought I had had some bad teas but nothing compares to the punch this one had YUCK.

~lauren.

:( in sympathy because I hate sad bad tea moments.

LiberTEAS

I only brew Adagio’s black tea base 2 1/2 minutes (rather than the suggested 5) because it is too astringent for me too. By shortening the time, I find that I can control that astringency to a tolerable level and it even becomes quite enjoyable.

SoccerMom

LiberTEAS, Thanks I will try that.

Cofftea

Too bad, I have a blend it’s amazing in.

Marzipan

The bag suggests a 3 minute brew, I don’t brew any black for 5.

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57
drank Ali Shan by Adagio Teas
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This is a nice florally and buttery tasting oolong but it simply doesn’t hold a candle to my formosa silk oolong by Te’House of Tea. I’ll rerate the second steep if it is better than the first as is the case with my other oolongs.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
SoccerMom

I say oo you say ____! ;)

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100

It’s been a LONG week. I thought I would reward myself with something and about the time I was trying to figure out what my reward would be my son comes in and request chai. I have only made some chai’s using coffeemate chai creamer and I’m out right now so I dug into my GM sampler and pulled this one out.

I made it according to Takgoti’s chai recipe and it turned out wonderful and luckily it made enough to give him a huge mug and me a dainty cup. I am not usually really crazy over chai’s but I might have to purchase this one for those days when I need a chai. See picture here http://www.flickr.com/photos/48612840@N07/4546576793/

I do not have really any other chai’s besides one or two experiences to compare this one to but it was yummy so it’s going to get a high rating.

Thanks Takgoti for the recipe! :)

Erin

The picture looks like something you would see on a menu! Nice!

SoccerMom

Thanks you so much! I am not a very good photographer but I do try to make restaurant looking drinks (for my teen) so I don’t have to spend the extra money on *bucks.;)

~lauren.

yummy!!!

AmazonV

A latte, in short, is a double shot of espresso topped with steamed, i.e. not frothed, milk. It is related to the French café au lait, the Spanish café con leche, and the German Milchkaffee. It’s coffee milk. Delicious. Simple, and a great breakfast treat.

A cappuccino is a different beast. The cappuccino is a study in thirds. You have one third espresso, one third steamed milk, and finally one third foamed milk. When you get your drink it should have a nice “cap” of foam. The liquid portion of the drink should taste stronger than a latte, but remain evenly balanced.
http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/57663/cappuccino_versus_latte.html

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New to the world of hot tea, being born and raised in Texas we typically only drink lipton black tea, sweetened and iced of course! I recently discovered the world of hot tea / flavored teas and am thoroughly enjoying my new little world of tea!

Favorite Tea Quote: A woman is like a tea bag – you can’t tell how strong she is until you put her in hot water.
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