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This tea is pretty accurately described by most of the reviews here. It has a lot of preloaded sugar, so get this if you like your matcha sweet.
The price was modest due to it being mixed with quite a bit of sugar. The downside is that the amount of matcha powder you get is ultimately somewhat small since it takes a tablespoon of it to make an 8 ounce drink. You won’t be making more than 5-10 drinks out of this, but it sure beats paying five bucks a drink at the coffee shop.
The flavor is very grassy and vegetal, no bitterness at all, really a very lovely matcha. I drank two tumblers full just as soon as I had brought it home. The only downside is, as other reviewers have mentioned, this comes with quite a bit of sugar. It’s not overpowering to me, but if you want to strengthen the tea flavor the sweetness will become too much. I’d settle for a little less sugar premixed in because you could always add more sugar yourself, but you can’t take any away. So far though, I mostly use matcha for matcha lattes and prefer mine a little on the sweet side and with a moderate tea flavor, so this works well for me. This matcha blends very easily and does not settle on the bottom of the cup clump up like some other matchas do. It also mixes just as easily cold as it does hot.
I went on a tea adventure yesterday and this is one of the spoils. i knew I enjoyed my flavored green tea but I wanted to know if I liked green tea in general. I also wanted a plain green tea to use with my peppermint. I have my answer. This tea is nice and mild with not a lot going on. Perfect for studying in the mornings before I am fully awake. I am steeping the leaves a second time. I am going to ice that one. I think this tea iced would taste close to Lipton’s green tea!
This is a really fabulous chai! My coworker gave me a sample of this chai…it’s her favorite because it’s spicy. I used the stovetop method, as recommended, and it was delicious! It is spicy, but not killer spicy, and the spices seem equally distributed in strength of flavor. Some chai’s taste too much like one spice note, (I.e. cardamom or black pepper, or even cinnamon). This chai is perfectly balanced, but also not boring. Definitely one I’d restock. :)
Tea #2 from Considering a new TTB
This is one of those teas that make your house smell wonderful while it steeps. As soon as the water hit the dry leaf I was met with the strong scent of coconut. While the coconut does end up being the main flavor of the tea, the floral flavors of the oolong peak through a bit once the tea starts to cool. Overall this was a nice tea to start my day off with, but not one that I would order for myself, I thought it was a little bit sweet for my tastes.
Love turmeric in your tea? Then I’m your kinda gal. Or, maybe one you want to swap with, as I’ve just discovered I have four teas with the main ingredient as turmeric. Yay!
This one I picked up while ‘on vacation’ (read: took a break from my family while my daughter’s Dad visited for a week) during my first ever visit to Whole Foods in Canada. Kinda wish there was one closer…
This smells like orange licorice, if there was such a thing. Is there? Like, bright, shiny orange? If so, I’d eat it… and it would remind me of this tea.
Flavors: Licorice, Orange Zest
A yummy, invigorating chai, although I disagree with the word ‘chai’ for this particular tea, because even though I know that ‘chai’ means ‘tea’ … to me, ‘chai’ means a spiced tea, and usually one with at least three of the four usual suspects: ginger, cinnamon, cloves and cardamom. This only has cardamom.
OK, so it also has other spices/herbs: dandelion root, long pepper, and vanilla. Plus it has cacao nibs. So, even though this isn’t a chai in my own definition of the word chai, I will not be angry with this tea as it has cacao nibs. This is one of those ingredients that when added to a tea, I’m likely to forgive many things. What can I say, I’m a hopeless chocoholic.
I like the way the earthiness of the pu-erh and yerba mate accentuates the earthy qualities of the chocolate here.
A very enjoyable blend. I like the way the coconut, vanilla and chocolate play together here, it’s really yummy.
Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/01/28/organic-chocolate-chai-tea-blend-rishi-tea/
In revisiting this, I must first point out that I misread the package, which clearly states that you should use one TABLESPOON of tea to 8 oz of water. I used a teaspoon, but one of those ones from David’s that is really bigger than a regular teaspoon but still not as big as a tablespoon.
So I’m starting from the right amount of tea, or perhaps a bit more, this time.
Second, I’m steeping hotter. I bumped the temp to the recommended 180, only a 5 degree difference, but Rishi’s instructions are very adamant that while one is free to vary the time, one should never vary the temperature. Apparently I was a bad girl on two counts the first time.
Third, I’m steeping a minute longer. Four minutes didn’t turn the tea into a wretched mess of bitterness, and so I’m going to be brave and try the minimum recommended steeping time, 5 minutes.
I spend so much of my time telling my kids to follow directions, you’d think I would have it down myself by now.
Directions are meant to be followed in this case. I get what the other notes mean when they say corn. There’s a hint of corn in the aroma and in the flavor. I get a lot less sweet and a lot less butter steeped at this temperature and time but it’s not bitter. I get the pine nut flavor, too.
It’s still a fairly light, subtle flavor even when steeped according to directions, but it’s got much more character this way.
It’s definitely different among green teas, many of which have lately been very tasty but very much the same to me—either cooked buttery vegetable or cut hay-grass variations.
This one isn’t either of those. It’s in a category by itself, which makes it somewhat hard to rate. I think I still need to do some work to get the best flavor out of it, but I could definitely see drinking this regularly. I give it a solid excellent mark in its own little category. It’s not to the crack level for me, but it has attributes that I admire in teas and particularly green teas, namely that I don’t think it’s something I would get sick of easily.
I’m still getting to know Pu-Erh, shu and sheng, I have only tried about half a dozen different teas over the last few months .
The dry leaf smells sweet and inviting, nothing like the first Pu erh I tried by adagio which smelled fishy. I rinse twice and Gongfu style I get rich smooth oily chocolately notes and Western brew I get earthy, bold, coffesque richness. As with other pue erhs I get a really unique buzz and of course the stomach gurgles.
Overall my favorite shu to date( rishi’s tuo cha are actually second) and at $8/50g a price you cant beat not to mention it’s organic(not that organic means its better quality but it certainly isn’t a bad thing) since Im just starting in pu erh and learning about how its made until I familiarize myself and can afford to drink the good stuff(which will certainly not be"certified oragnic") I like the reassurance of knowing an inspector has at least walked through the production line once.
Flavors: Caramel, Chocolate, Earth, Leather
I really like Rishi teas because their teas are always perfectly described on the box and you know for sure that you will be getting those tasting notes. This one is malty and rich with accents of plum and raisin just as the box says and it is delicious!! It doesn’t have any astringency or bitterness either.
I am really enjoying this tea and love its creamy, sweet scent too. The liquor is so dark like coffee. This is really yummy black tea!!!!
Flavors: Cream, Malt, Raisins
I’m so confused by this tea. On my box, it’s called Pu-erh Vanilla, yet has the same ingredients as Pu-erh Vanilla Mint. To make things even more bizarre, when I bought this, I almost bought Pu-erh Chocolate Chai (also Rishi), thinking it too sounded yummy, yet it ALSO had the same ingredients. Color me confused.
I do however love this tea, and have had several large cups of this the past few days. I find I’m underleafing most days though (1tb is what’s recommended), and it’s still yummy. It smells strongly of mint, only tastes faintly of it, and the chocolate is more apparent when I leaf it according to the instructions and let it sit for a while.
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.
Trying the Kukicha again – This time with less loose tea, although I kept the steep time and temperature about the same. (A little cooler, because I was distracted.)
Again, I am in love with the fragrance of this tea, both loose and steeped. It reminds me of Gyokuro- rich and fresh and creamy. The flavor was also much better with less loose tea. This steep completely lacked the bitterness that I had noticed the first time I made it. It’s smooth and has a subtle richness to it. Definitely a new favorite.
I also did a cold resteep for 2 hours, and it was excellent. Very sweet and delicate.
I have absolutely no complaints about this tea. I seldom give teas a perfect score but this tea is exactly what I was looking for. I absolutely love the taste of lavender and yet it is a surprisingly rare flavor to come by in foods and drinks. Short of buying a bottle of lavender bitters or using dried lavender itself to flavor other foods, there aren’t many options out there for lavender lovers. This tea from Rishi is exactly what I wanted, and, not to discredit other people’s reviews, but unless you think lavender just tastes soapy in general, there is nothing soapy about this tea. The lavender scent is strong, but the flavor is delicate. It pairs wonderfully with the bergamot and both are equally pronounced.
There is no bitterness to this tea, though I specifically bought this to use as an iced tea and I sweeten it with simple syrup, so that may make a difference as opposed to preparing it hot. I used the suggestions on the package of 1 tablespoon of tea per 8 oz of water, steeping for 4 minutes and it was perfect. Since I made it iced though, I actually used half the amount of hot water and the same amount of leaf, that way when I iced it down immediately after brewing some of the ice melted and diluted it to the right consistency.
At the time of writing this review, this tea is also certified organic, so that’s a plus.
The most complex black tea I have ever tasted(not to mention super high quality deep ruby red purple whole un broken leaves), it develops almost like an oolong over multiple fast gongfu steepings. First a whisper of cinnamon spice then fruity like a date or raison then the winter green/minty taste creeps in and has a cooling effect.
The first time I brewed it western style in my gaiwan for 2 mins and it tasted of super strong camphor in a bad way. This is my second tasting/review and this time around I brewed it differently but also the dry leaf didn’t smell as strong either. The taiwanese pack their teas for extreme freshness, in a completely air free sealed foil(all my jade and high mt oolong came in these rock hard foil bags) and I maybe crazy but every taiwanese tea has tasted the strongest (whether for good or bad) upon that first opening. This review comes the day after I opened and im glad I gave this a second chance. Also excited to log more once ive experimented with steeping times.
So far I can recommend 4g dry leaf to 100 ml 195 degree water in a gaiwan 1 min steeping increasing by 30 seconds after 2-3 steepings (this flavor profile is way to unique for a yixing unless you plan on dedicating it to this tea).
Flavors: Anise, Dates