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Not my favorite tea, but not the worst tea I’ve had. It trends on the bitter side and I find the lemongrass to be too overpowering. The delicious tropical fruits I was so looking forward to were masked by the spiciness of the lemongrass and overwhelming aroma and taste of ginger. I was expecting a smooth cup with traces of pineapple, papaya, etc. I haven’t tried it iced yet, but I’m hesitant to do so based on the taste when it is brewed hot.
Flavors: Bitter, Ginger, Lemongrass
Chinese blacks are not usually my favorites, but I find this one surprisingly delightful. It’s very smooth, more so than the Indian black teas I usually go for, and sweet and malty. It has a hint of that characteristic cocoa flavor that usually gets me (in a bad way), but it’s very mild. It actually reminds me quite a bit of an Assam, which is a good thing in my book.
So I decided to sign up for an account after being appalled by the low rating of “74” this tea has gotten. This tea is simply brilliant. It is sensitive, yes, and I have found if it is brewed longer than two minutes on the first brew at above a temperature of 80celcius it can get bitter. However, if brewed properly it is absolutely divine. It clears the mind wonderfully, and I feel it has really high levels of theanine (which is what I look for in a tea). It has a very clean, fresh, feeling- much like the early days of spring. Of course I have had higher quality green teas before, but with rating a tea I take in account the price. At $49 a pound, it is quite the bargain and that is why I give this tea a solid 90. I highly respect Rishi tea company and I trust them very much. I have never had a tea from them that tasted “dirty”. Again, just be careful not to over brew this tea and you’ll be soaring high on Jade Cloud 9!!
Yay! Found a pure green tea I like!
While this has a typical green flavour, it is also a bit sweet. Lots of tannins without being astringent or bitter at all (if only steeped for a moment, in cool water), and not too stemy in flavour.
Flavors: Green, Honey, Honeysuckle, Malt, Milk, Sweet, Tannin, Tea
While this does not taste like lemon to mint like I expected, it does have a pleasant herbal flavour that would be nice in a blend. Nothing really stands out for the flavour, but it reminds me a bit of catnip. Tea tasted fresh and resteeped three times without the loss of flavour.
Flavors: Dry Grass, Herbs
Rishi teas are usually solid and reliable. When I saw their English Breakfast black tea in our Whole Foods store, I knew it was worth giving it a try.
A rich malty aroma instantly charged from the metal tin and inner foil envelope upon opening them. The dark brown leaves were extremely short compared to my other Rishi teas. Maybe that is the signature of English Breakfast tea?
I followed Rishi’s brewing instructions and steeped the leaves at 200 degrees for four minutes. The color was bright amber. The smell was malty and slightly sweet.
This tea had a very well-balanced malty and sweet taste, like cocoa. It also was extremely smooth.
The flavor was quite different from most of the other English Breakfast teas I’ve tried. Those all seemed to emphasize the raw taste of the teas that comprised the blend. However, this selection, although definitely not hiding the tea flavors, expertly coated them with cocoa sweetness and malt. The result is the perfect breakfast tea for those of us who like it sweet but straight-up!
The aftertaste was light and smooth. Astringency was not in this blend’s vocabulary.
I bought this product hoping to find a pleasant breakfast blend. Instead, I hit the jackpot. This is an exceptionally robust, full-bodied, and delicious morning tea. My taste buds didn’t locate the advertised cherry notes but that didn’t hinder my sweet and lovely morning ride through four cups of this awesome find.
Flavors: Cocoa, Malt, Sweet
Was there pineapple in this? Huh. Didn’t taste any.
Lovely flavored tea that smells and tastes like fresh coconut milk, rather than coconut perfume. Despite a couple of over-steeps it never developed bitterness or over-potency. Would make a great “chaser” for pu’erh!
Flavors: Coconut, Milk
Nice comforting cup.
I tasted in this order: Peanut shell, dark chocolate, red wine, creamy coffee, muddy earth notes. Maybe a little raspberry. I can see why it’s a “ruby” oolong. Lingers on your tongue. I don’t really have much to say here; it’s very pretty.
Update: re-steeped twice the second time I made this. Now I get apricot. Still really yummy.
Flavors: Dark Bittersweet, Dark Chocolate, Red Wine, Wet Earth
I see what is going on here. This should work in theory: the tart hibiscus and elderberry should complement the grape skins, and evoke the tannins in tea. The pu’erh should evoke the ripe earthiness of a full red wine. But ultimately, it doesn’t work like that.
It reminds me of when you’re making a cold process soap with beer or wine. The basic pH kills off any wine or beer aroma, so it’s necessary to fragrance it with something with oatmeal or citrus or chocolate notes so you kind of get the “impression” of the beverage.
I guess the old formulation, with raspberries on the front and no hibiscus or elderberries, reminded reviewers of a Berry Zinger. The new formulation is all hibiscus and elderberries. Which is great, if you enjoy the tart juiciness of those flavors, but less great if you were expecting something like a woodsy merlot.
Definitely an okay sipper to replace poorer bagged fruit teas, but not a must-have.
Flavors: Berries, Hibiscus, Sour
I’m so behind on backlogs. I was saving something for note 666, but after the divisive reaction to the U.S. election, I deemed a themed tea inappropriate. There is so much that I could deconstruct and rant, but I am focused on the tea.
I’ve had this a few times at a great Coffee and Gelato Shop called Iorio’s to settle stomach and headaches. It does the job, but my main criticism is how much Turmuric the tea has. It’s practically an herbal Emegen-C packet. Not bad, but not great. Solid enough for me to keep buying. I do enjoy the ginger taste on its own, however. I overall prefer this for its medicinal properties over a pleasantly acceptable taste.
If I were forced to pick my favorite black tea country of origin, it would have to be China. I just love the leathery smell and rich earthy taste of Chinese black teas. China obviously got it right a long time ago, which is why their ancient trees are still used today.
I was so excited when I saw Rishi had a Chinese breakfast tea that I sent away for a pound of it, sight unseen and taste untasted. I realized the risk but I had faith in Rishi and Chinese black tea in general.
When I opened the one pound plastic bag, the rich familiar and welcoming leathery smell greeted me. The leaves were long, black, and brown.
I steeped the leaves according to Rishi’s instructions at 212 degrees for five minutes. The brewed aroma was rich, luscious, sweet, and robust. The color was bright amber.
The taste of this tea was absolutely delicious. It was full-bodied, sweet, malty, and earthy, with accents of cocoa. It was also tremendously smooth with no inkling of astringency. The aftertaste was extremely light and gentle and it lingered only momentarily.
This tea is nothing short of delightful. It is the perfect morning tea for me but I would not object to drinking it in the afternoon either. My gambling paid off for a change. This tea was worth the risk.
Flavors: Cocoa, Earth, Leather, Malt, Sweet
After doing my weekly banking, I popped into one of my favorite local cafes to get brunch and couldn’t resist a mug of hot tea. Today’s pick was this Moroccan Mint from Rishi Tea. Though traditional Moroccan mint teas comprise a blend of either Ceylonese or Chinese gunpowder green tea and spearmint, this blend was comprised of a Chinese jasmine green tea and peppermint. So, it was not exactly a traditional Moroccan mint tea.
One interesting thing about this cafe is that they let you more or less prepare your own tea. I steeped approximately one tablespoon of loose leaf material in 8 ounces of 195 F water for about 3 minutes. I also did perform a second infusion. I didn’t really time that one accurately. It was probably somewhere between 3 and 4 minutes.
The dark green tea liquor produced a mild aroma of peppermint and jasmine. There was not much of a tea scent at all. In the mouth, I noted mild notes of jasmine, grass, and straw coupled with an impression of peppermint that gradually grew stronger from the entry through the finish. The aftertaste presented a nice, soothing blend of jasmine and peppermint. The second infusion was mild both on the nose and on the palate. There was more of an integration of peppermint and jasmine aromas and flavors.
This was not the most complex mint tea in the world, but it was very likable. I doubt it would be the type of tea I would choose to keep on hand regularly, but as a cool morning pick-me-up, it worked quite well. I would recommend this tea to those who enjoy more floral herbal blends and/or those who may be looking for a smooth, nontraditional mint tea.
Flavors: Floral, Grass, Jasmine, Peppermint, Smooth
Another day above ground. Another tea to review. How can I complain?
I am very familiar with Rishi’s Earl Grey tea. It is both the strongest and most natural tasting earl grey that I have ever tried. I regularly buy it by the pound. So, with that track record, I was anxious to take their Ancient Golden Yunnan tea out for a spin.
The unbrewed tea leaves are both dark and light brown. Think of golden monkey tea if you are trying to envision this description. The aroma is rich, earthy, leathery, and recognizable for tea from this area of the world.
I followed Rishi’s brewing instructions and steeped the leaves for five minutes at 212 degrees. The finished product was dark amber in color and smelled sweet and chocolaty.
The taste was sweet and cordial with chocolate undertones The flavor was also robust which is important to me with my life-long sinus challenges. The aftertaste was light and gentle with no astringent annoyances.
This is an exceptional morning black tea that will fit the bill when I am looking for a reason to get out of bed. I also need to make room in my tea cabinet for a pound of this great blend.
Flavors: Chocolate, Sweet
This is one of the finer coconut teas I’ve ever had! I only purchased a teaser of this flavor and I’m regretting it. Most coconut teas are comically coconut flavored with artificial notes, or they are rather weak in flavor. Not this one!
The aroma of this tea is straightforward: coconut, coconut, and more coconut. When brewed, the tea takes on a simple-looking pale amber – very weak appearing but packed with flavor. The tasting notes that come forward first are, you guessed it, sweet coconut; but with a buttery/creamy twist. It tasted as if I had added cream even though I hadn’t! But there’s a playful pineapple flavor hiding in there – if I were to blend this tea, I would want to add a touch more pineapple or mango to add more of an element of tartness to this tea. I didn’t /need/ to blend it, however, because I love creamy teas.
Flavors: Coconut, Creamy, Pineapple