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drank Emerald Lily by Rishi Tea
953 tasting notes

I don’t think I’ve ever steeped a green tea for this long since my first really awful attempts to steep green tea before I started reading about teas and their various needs. But every single tasting note about this tea indicates at least a 4 minute steep time and Rishi recommends even longer. So I’m giving it a try at 4, figuring the worst that can happen is I get a really bitter, undrinkable mess and I just try again. I’m keeping the temp low, though Rishi recommends 185.

And miracle of miracles, it’s not bitter at all. But I’m not getting as much flavor as I’d hoped for reading others’ notes. I’m not worried, though. I figure I can try a higher temp and/or use gram weight rather than a spoon as I may have underleafed. Then again, it could just be that this is old. It was in a sealed packet, but even so.

I get grass/hay scent from the packet, a butter-vegetal aroma, and a sweet, vaguely floral green flavor. There’s some nuttiness in the after sip, though not very strong,

Not rating for now. I think I can do better with this.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 17 OZ / 500 ML
pyarkaaloo

it’s definitely not you. i’m not sure what to make of the flavor on this one.. it’s got a slight ‘corn’ aroma, at least to me, and i think it was mentioned by one other person. apart from that i don’t get any distinct character from this! i feel it’s so light, it’s kinda not there lol…i did get a second steep out of this one, and it tasted pretty much the same…and the leaves opened up some more. but this doesn’t really feel like a green tea, does it?

i was so taken in by the name, too… ‘Emerald Lily’…but the color is anything but green!

__Morgana__

Whew, good to know it’s not just me. I’m determined to get more flavor out of this puppy somehow.

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pyarkaaloo

it’s definitely not you. i’m not sure what to make of the flavor on this one.. it’s got a slight ‘corn’ aroma, at least to me, and i think it was mentioned by one other person. apart from that i don’t get any distinct character from this! i feel it’s so light, it’s kinda not there lol…i did get a second steep out of this one, and it tasted pretty much the same…and the leaves opened up some more. but this doesn’t really feel like a green tea, does it?

i was so taken in by the name, too… ‘Emerald Lily’…but the color is anything but green!

__Morgana__

Whew, good to know it’s not just me. I’m determined to get more flavor out of this puppy somehow.

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I’ve updated this bio as it’s been a couple of years since I “started getting into” tea. It’s now more accurate to say that I was obsessed with tea for a while, then other things intruded, then I cycled back to it, and I seem to be continuing that in for a while, out for a while cycle. I have a short attention span, but no shortage of tea.

I’m a mom, writer, gamer, lawyer, reader, runner, traveler, and enjoyer of life, literature, art, music, thought and kindness, in no particular order. I’ve recently started writing fantasy and science fiction under the name J. J. Roth.

Personal biases: I much prefer to drink tea without additives such as milk and sugar. If a tea needs additives to improve its flavor, its unlikely I’m going to rate it high. The exception is chai, which I make on the stove top using a recipe I found here on Steepster. Rooibos and honeybush were my gateway drugs into the harder stuff, but once I learned how to make a decent cup of tea they became far less appealing to me. That said, I’m not entirely a purist, and I enjoy a good flavored tea, particularly flavored blacks.

I like all kinds of tea depending on time of day, mood, and the amount of time I have to pay attention to preparation.

Since I find others’ rating legends helpful, I added my own. I’m revising them slightly to make them less granular as I don’t really find myself hating most things I try.

I try to rate teas against other similar versions. So I rate Earl Greys, for example, against other Earl Greys, rather than against all teas. If something rates very high with me, though, it probably means it’s a stand out against all other teas I’ve tried.

95-100 A once in a lifetime experience; the best there is; will keep this stocked until the cows come home

90-94 First rate; top notch; really terrific; will definitely buy more

80-89 Excellent; likely to become a favorite, will likely buy more

70-79 Very good; would enjoy again, might buy again if in the mood for this particular one or a better, similar version not available

60-69 Good; wouldn’t pass up if offered, but probably wouldn’t buy again unless craving this particular flavor

50-59 Okay or run of the mill

Below 50 So-so, iffy, would definitely pass
or ick. The lower the number, the closer to ick.

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Bay Area, California

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