39 Tasting Notes

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Imagine if you will, a tangerine basking in the hot sun, then splitting the rind of that tangerine with your thumbs, and smelling the fresh fruity flesh; that’s what this smells like! Sharp and tangy with streams of citrus that’ll light up your nostrils. The tea itself tastes less intense, which is a good thing I think! Its like tangy lemonade without all the sugar, so it’s much easier to enjoy (and with oranges instead of lemons…). wow, my tea descriptions are so graceful (/endsarcasm).

Don’t steep too long or takes on the taste of bitter rind.

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blah! not for me at all. I couldn’t help but think about urine the whole time I smelt or drank this tea. Looks like many others enjoyed it, so don’t take my word for it. I’m new to white tea and this wasn’t a great start :(

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Its does have a stale smell, of yes urine, reminds me of bus stations in India.

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85

OK, so I tried it again! This time I brought 12oz water + 4oz milk + 2 tbsp chai masala to a slow boil in small pot. I let it cool down slightly, filtered it, and chucked it into a blender! This basically frothed it up a little. I tossed in some liquid honey and added some Cinnamon on top of the froth. Voila! a fuller more zesty tasting chai masala (than my previous taste test).

It’s not something I would drink everyday, but I would definitely buy this again. The change from green, black, and white teas to this spicy kick-of-a-chai is rewarding. It would be a nice drink to make for a group of friends.

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Put it in a blender?? OMG.

CMT 雲 山 茶

Its not a smoothie.

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Next time, I’m going to blend it in with vanilla ice cream

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Huh, after reading some other reviews, I may have brewed this…in an odd fashion?

I brought 12 oz water (1.5 c) to a boil then poured the water into a tea press. I added 2 tbsp of chai to the tea press and steeped for about 4 minutes. I poured the steeped chai into two cups and added 1oz 2% milk to one cup and 2oz milk to the other – just to compare. Obviously the milk cooled the chai way down by that point.

I think next time I will bring the water, milk, and chai to a slow boil all together and see what that tastes like?

Otherwise, I still really enjoyed this Chai. I’ve only drank one other chai, so I can’t really compare. I’m not sure what real chai from India tastes like, and I don’t think the sweet frothy chai with cinnamon sprinkles from starbucks counts 0_o.

It leaves a wonderful after taste and I look forward the next cup!

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boil it in a pot with 1/2 a tea cup of water for 5 mins, then add 1/2 tea cup of milk and bring to boil again, and add sweetner(honey or sugar, lots of it!).
Then drink,

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haha, check my newest post. I’ll be sure to try it your way….tomorrow?

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82

Nice, I’m drinking this at UBCO right now up in the sr. collegia.

The leafs take on fuzzy earth-tone greens and I agree that they smell of fresh hay in the morning. I wouldn’t describe this as floral or nutty as a few other reviews did? I’m actually drinking this tea right now, so I will let it cool down a bit more before I make any final tasting conclusions. …… …….. ……….. hmm, still no floral or nutty flavours. I find it much more “earthy” and I slightly agree with the hint of corn off the cob. Oh PEAS, the taste slightly reminds me of pea soup..maybe I just really lack a tea tasting vocabulary.

Anyways, it’s a really nice mild earthy tone. This is a great green tea. I would buy it again.

I really feel like something is wrong here. Everyone keeps talking about nutty, floral flavours…even the tea bag describes it that way: “Crisp and fresh with notes of toasted chestnut and wild orchid”….but I’m stickin’ to my guns…this tea is earthy and of pea soup people!…..would anyone agree?

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 8 min or more

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drank Earl Grey by Rishi Tea
39 tasting notes

This tea, not oddly enough, is straight-up Earl Grey. Nothing special, nothing not special. Recommended to drink on cold, sleepy mornings.

I only steeped for 3 minutes as opposed to the recommended 4 minutes. Not too strong, and not bitter as a result.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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wow, there are a lot of high ratings for this tea! Recently I’ve started drinking some black tea’s: Cream of Earl Grey, Assam fbop, Darjeeling Bergamot, and Vanilla Earl Grey. I’ve really enjoyed all of them.

The first thing that comes to mind when drinking this Yunnan is malty, earthy, and bold. I only steeped it for 3 minutes because I like tea slightly more mild, especially when it comes to the bitterness and robustness associated with some black teas. A three minute steep made this tea very tolerable and enjoyable for me. I didn’t catch any of the caramel finish, in fact, I find this tea very “strict”. It hits you immediately, but dies off just as quick, probably due to the shorter steep time.

It’s a really nice tea, but too malty and strong for my liking. I’m also not a fan of coffee which also may have something to do with my disposition on this tea. I probably wouldn’t buy again, but it’s clear from all of the other ratings that this tea is a hit!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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Currently drinking this tea and comparing it with two other Jasmine pearls. All of these tea’s smell wonderful, one of my favourite tea aromas. I find it difficult to distinguish a really good Jasmine, and a lesser quality one. All three teas are very mellow to my taste-buds, but smooth and relaxing. The only thing that distinguishes Rishi’s Jasmine Pearl (I find) from the other two I’m trying is smoother taste after longer steeps and it almost takes on the slightest hint of a chocolate aroma and taste?! I may be crazy, but it is rather nice. The other two teas peaked after about a 4 minute steep, but Rishi’s Jasmine stayed smooth and picked up that chocolatey/hazel-nutty aroma and taste.

Anyways, I’ve learned it’s difficult to compare Jasmine tea. This is a very nice tea nonetheless.

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Ok, I’m drinking this tea again and I don’t feel like my last review did it justice. This time, without comparing multiple Jasmines, this tea is OUTstanding. A wonderful tea I would definitely buy again.

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99

Thick lush water-filled spring fresh orchid petals. That is what this tea tastes and smells like. It’s unbelievable. I am absolutely buying this.

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Great strong black tea! I’m not interested in putting milk in my black tea so I drank this straight and shared it with my meditation group. Everyone enjoyed it. I steeped this tea for only a couple minutes and it took on a dark amber tone. The aroma was refreshing and the taste was crisp but not bitter. I would buy this tea again.

Preparation
2 min, 0 sec

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