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87
drank Turmeric Ginger by Rishi Tea
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With tumeric having so many healthy benefits, I was looking for all different ways to take it. I randomly found this tea at my local Coop and decided to try it. SOOO GLAD I DID! The lemongrass and orange really helps the spicy of the ginger. It’s definitely a full flavor tea but so yummy on a cold night or after dinner with a little honey.

Flavors: Ginger, Lemon, Orange

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 45 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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76
drank Turmeric Ginger by Rishi Tea
2756 tasting notes

So one of the perks of working in customer service, especially front desk as in my current employment, is that you actually get to know people. Well enough that people now ask me how many teas I brought to work today (one day I had at least 6 of my Timolinos lined up at the front to make a gorgeous rainbow – people kept asking if they were for sale… :P DavidsTea should really be paying me for this advertising, since I keep directing people there to buy them if interested…). Anyhow, one of the regular ladies apparently also quite likes tea! And gets her brother to bring tea over (by the carton) from the US when he visits. This is one of her favourites, so she brought me an individually-wrapped teabag to try out. I was super curious, because I’ve read quite a bit about turmeric tea in the last while, but haven’t bothered to try it quite yet – so this was my chance!

Now to the tea – the teabag was one of those silken types, and had I more time, I probably would have transferred it to an infuser, but I was in a rush, because work. Anyways, it was yellow and powdery from the turmeric, and powerfully gingery. Steeped, it smelled kind of herbally, and I was kind of concerned about how the flavour would be… with good reason, because honestly, it was a bit strange. EXCEPT! Omg, the aftertaste. I don’t normally like licorice root, but combined with the ginger in this tea, it was so good. It took a few seconds to hit, but when it did, it was powerfully sweet and gingery before fading into a lingering sweetness. I will admit to gulping the tea solely for the aftertaste, so I really didn’t savour it at all. It wasn’t objectionable, though, just fairly boring other than that lovely, perfect ginger sweetness. A resteep brought out more ginger, and the sweetness was still good, but 2 infusions was probably enough for that teabag.

Overall, if you’re drinking this to sip, it’s maybe a bit boring. If you’re going for health properties and/or the ginger sweetness? Probably a good choice.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
Nicole

I’ve seen the turmeric ginger combo in tea pop up a lot in the last month or so. Got to try some from an Austin company. It was super interesting but not my thing.

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80
drank Sencha by Rishi Tea
16 tasting notes

A good green Sencha if you like to taste/smell how green it is. My first attempt was with recommended serving size. I could only finish half the cup ick. Second attempt I went down to 1tsp for 1 mug of water. A dab of honey added and mmmm amazingly opposite experience! I was able to steep the same leaves twice also which was nice. Still get some green notes to it with a light vegetable type aroma but it combines well and isn’t over-powering. Moral of the story? Great tea if you find the proper balance.

Preparation
1 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Plum Oolong by Rishi Tea
164 tasting notes

I had this tea the Briar Rose Bed and Breakfast this morning. I picked it from their ‘wall of tea’ because of the way it smelled; blueberry yogurt, but in a good way. Little did I know it had hibiscus in it. I knew I should have gone with the genmaicha!

Ah well, I had an amazing stay at this BnB and enjoyed the rest of my breakfast. Maybe I will ask for their kukicha later :)

Flavors: Berries, Hibiscus, Tart

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83

Grape-y flavors accompanied by some spice notes. A light, but not overpowering astringency. A great morning tea to get you up and moving. If I brew it right it can have an effervescent sensation like a sparkling wine.

Flavors: Flowers, Grapes, Spices

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Masala Chai by Rishi Tea
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drank Bao Zhong by Rishi Tea
13 tasting notes

I also get butter in this and a strong lilac taste. Lovely-this oolong screams Victorian tea party to me and could be nicely paired with macarons or petit fours.

Flavors: Butter, Floral

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65

I picked up a bag of this at the local coffee shop. The bag itself is nice. Nicer than the paper bags of other teas. That’s the best thing about this tea. It was bitter to me. I might have steeped it too long. I drank half a cup and brewed a second, this time with a little honey. That made it much better. Consiering how much tea I have, I won’t bother with this one again.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec

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72
drank China Breakfast by Rishi Tea
196 tasting notes

Having this tea for breakfast this morning! Seemed appropriate. Smooth and malty, with a bit of acidity and astringincy as the cup cools. Very nice. :)

Addendum: Second steeping (6min) was milder and sweeter, with a bit of minerality.

Flavors: Malt

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 3 g 10 OZ / 295 ML

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drank White Peony by Rishi Tea
169 tasting notes

I do not often have a white tea in my stash. I don’t really know why that is but I do know that I worry about the temperature as I have yet to find a tea thermometer. I just had to pick this one up during my last visit to The London Tea Room as Peonies are my favorite flower.

I took the kettle off the burner right before it was going to start boiling. I then took off the lid and opened the spout as I prepared my teapot (which is fast becoming my favorite way to steep). I do not know the temperature that it would have ended up at, but I didn’t want it boiling temperature when I poured it over the leaves. It took a whole spoonful of sugar, per cup, for this to be tasty to me. I think it is the astringency that was masking the flavor for me. Overall, it is a beautiful tea. Not a bad way to start my night of relaxing (finally!).

Preparation
2 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 20 OZ / 591 ML

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80
drank Moroccan Mint by Rishi Tea
169 tasting notes

This may have to become a staple in my cupboard. I find myself reaching for it most mornings. Again, not a lot of mint in the cup but that little bit at the end to keep things interesting.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec 5 tsp 20 OZ / 591 ML

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80
drank Moroccan Mint by Rishi Tea
169 tasting notes

Had this one this morning again. It’s really growing on me. Just that tiny bit of mint at the end of the sip. It is gentle but has enough caffeine to help get me going in the mornings.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec 5 tsp 20 OZ / 591 ML

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80
drank Moroccan Mint by Rishi Tea
169 tasting notes

Again, wishing this had more mint in it but this is actually a really good tea. It is also one that I can make a whole kettle’s worth of and the boyfriend and I will split it. Good tea to start a hopefully relaxing afternoon :)

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 30 sec 4 tsp 35 OZ / 1035 ML

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80
drank Moroccan Mint by Rishi Tea
169 tasting notes

I wish this had more of a minty flavor. Maybe this cup ended up with less of it? Or I am used to the excessively leafed peppermint the boyfriend prepares. This is better with sugar. It is nice to have something minty with a bit of caffeine.

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82
drank Plum Oolong by Rishi Tea
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Flavors: Fruit Punch, Plums, Tart

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML

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64
drank Orange Blossom by Rishi Tea
26 tasting notes

The name of this tea is really a misnomer. I love orange blossom but alas this tea has no discernable orange blossom flavor nor are there orange flowers in the ingredients. It tastes mostly of lemongrass. There is a citrusy note in there and a hint of tangerine and that’s about it. Very similar to Rishi’s Chamomile Medley and Starbucks Tazo green tea. Not a bad tasting tea, but not as advertised.

Flavors: Citrusy, Lemongrass, Mint, Orange Zest

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 4 OZ / 118 ML

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80

Smells and tastes like a thai green curry amazing vegetal creamy sweetness slight citrus lemongrass sour tang. Honestly cant say much more thai green curry is the exact image I get in my head. Of course accompanied by that gaoshan heavy dose of theanine for extra relaxation.

Not something I could drink everyday but I would easily pay $5-10 for a bunch of small sample bags to pop open when the time is right.

Flavors: Coconut, Floral, Lemongrass

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 0 min, 45 sec 6 g 3 OZ / 90 ML

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84

I know that saying this tea tastes very green is silly, but it does. Nice flavor without bitterness.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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90
drank Masala Chai by Rishi Tea
2 tasting notes

I love this tea for being both robust and soothing. If steeped too long, it has a bit of a burnt toast aftertaste, but I do love it. Makes a brilliant latte with plain almond milk.

Flavors: Almond, Anise, Cardamon

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 45 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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85
drank Wuyi Oolong by Rishi Tea
13 tasting notes

I’m making my way through the Rishi oolong sampler (a real delight) and particularly love this darker oolong—it feels more grounded and robust than many oolongs and has a lovely roasted, earthy quality while still offering up lighter, sweet notes. A nice morning wake-up tea or afternoon pick-me-up, especially on colder days. Delicious!

Flavors: Burnt Sugar, Earth, Raisins, Sweet

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78
drank Chamomile Medley by Rishi Tea
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Flavors: Herbaceous, Lemongrass, Mint, Smooth

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 5 OZ / 147 ML

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Hmmm….the dry leaf smells sort of similar to a Fuzzy Navel. But, the taste is almost all orange/tangerine to me. I’ll have to try this one again to see if I can taste more of the peach. As is, it was good but not at all what I expected or wanted when I opened the package. I’ll reserve my rating til I’ve tried it again.

Flavors: Orange

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75
drank Sencha by Rishi Tea
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Flavors: Broth, Grass, Spinach

Preparation
160 °F / 71 °C 1 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML

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