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80
drank Masala Chai by Rishi Tea
24 tasting notes

I was worried this was going to be another mouth full of clove which seems to overwhelm a lot of chai, but it isn’t. The pepper, cinnamon, ginger and cardamom are strong and hold up under almond milk and sugar.

Preparation
Iced 2 tsp

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86

Earlier this year I attended the Fancy Food show in San Francisco. Turmeric seems to be the ingredient/component of the year. It is everywhere. The awareness of the touted healthful properties are definitely being advantaged in many aspects of the food industry.

As a result of the visit we created a Turmeric Lime dressing for one of our Teahouse salad offerings. I also purchased some of Rishi’s Turmeric Ginger and a new released Turmeric Chai which I’ll review in a future note.

I have always been a fan of Rishi. They use high quality components all organic. You can trust that you are getting a worthy product.

The Turmeric Ginger is definitely an invigorating brew. The ginger is nice and strong and you can feel the burn in the back of your mouth and even down your throat. Truly a ‘blend’, the flavors are otherwise well rounded with nothing else standing to the forefront. Turmeric has a dusty flavor and thankfully, licorice, which I don’t favor, does not even make itself much known.

Enjoy this tisane and feel healthier for it.

Flavors: Ginger

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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50

Got this as a sample at the Midwest Tea Fest in the swag bag you get for attending. I usually give away the tea samples I get in these because they are almost always tea bags and nothing loose, and tend to be lower quality (broken leaf) teas.

I held on to a couple that I figured I might enjoy. Rishi has some pretty good loose leaf teas so I thought maybe this would be a good tea. And I should say that the leaves inside of the little pyramid shaped bag here are a mixture of whole and broken leaves. They are rather brown looking though, very dark, and don’t really evoke the idea of green tea much. The brew is the usual pale yellow green tea color at least.

The Jasmine aroma and flavor are nice, about what you’d expect. The taste of the tea leaves is not exceptional. I don’t taste really any vegetal or grassy green tea flavor at all, just a sort of drying astringent quality and a little bit of tart flavor aside from the jasmine.

This tea is about on par with the jasmine tea you’ll probably get if you order a pot at an Asian restaurant. It’s fine, might calm a hungry appetite a bit and pair nicely with some food, but on its own, it’s not particularly good tea and not something you’d probably want to sit down and just reflect on.

For what it’s worth, I’ve had better bagged teas from other companies, which is a bummer, because I like Rishi as a company.

Flavors: Astringent, Jasmine, Tart

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 1 min, 30 sec

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40
drank Jade Cloud by Rishi Tea
7 tasting notes

Did not enjoy. Flat and old tasting. Bitter despite lower temperatures and brew times.

Second steep was much less bitter. However, but still flat and very old tasting. Third steep had no bitterness, but started having hints of mildew.

Flavors: Bitter, Dry Grass

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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100
drank Ruby Oolong by Rishi Tea
171 tasting notes

Yeah, so I have been continuing my green, white, and oolong days as I continue my acupuncture and Chinese herbs treatments. Surprisingly, the transition from black teas has not been all that difficult. I am not giving them up forever, of course, just for the time being to not contradict what is happening in my treatments.

The tough thing for me has been giving up milk, as well as black tea. I find myself craving lovely sweetened chais and good strong tea lattes. I predict I will be breaking down and having one or two some time soon. I do miss them so. I only hope that, when and if, I do break down, the milky cup in front of me will be worth it.

Back from my tangent to this fine tea. Very very lovely.

My first steeping was full of lovely heavy red wine— reminds me of Mondavi vineyards— and chocolate notes. These flavours dissipated in subsequent steepings, but the cups continued to be lovely. Many many steepings later, I am still enjoying the tea.

I might have to make a Rishi order very soon. Just as soon as I can justify it.

Flavors: Cherry, Dark Chocolate, Red Wine

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
VariaTEA

Sounds lovely :)

Indigobloom

Yikes! that’d make me sad. Can you do an herbal almond milk chai?

Daylon R Thomas

I hope you were able to enjoy the blacks I sent. I think I also added a few dark oolongs, but I could be wrong. And I’m guessing the ruby is on the muscatel side?

Evol Ving Ness

Daylon, I am ashamed to say, that I am WAY behind on tasting and sending and the tea world in general. I am sorry. hangs head

I will get to them and I will enjoy them. I promise.

And yes, I think there were dark oolongs too. The selection of all of them was totally ohmygod fab and I thank you for that. I should go through it to see just what teas I can drink NOW on this current regime. I have just been foolishly assuming that everything is out of reach. Or maybe it’s been fatigue and this heat.

Evol Ving Ness

Indigobloom, I will have to ask about almond milk though you know how it is when only the exact same thing of the craving will do.

Evol Ving Ness

VariaTEA, yes, the first steep was really quite remarkable.

Evol Ving Ness

I am just reading up on this tea. Apparently, it is grown in Thailand. I had been unaware of that. I also did not know that Rishi is an American company. I had been under the impression that it was Canadian. Ooops.

http://www.rishi-tea.com/product/ruby-oolong-organic-oolong-tea/oolong-tea

Evol Ving Ness

I just took a look at Rishi’s shipping rates for Canada and that’d be a nope.

Indigobloom

Evol, yup I know what you mean!! here’s hoping the time goes quickly for you

Evol Ving Ness

Thank you. :)

Daylon R Thomas

Rishi is not bad. Their coconut baozhong blend is good.

Evol Ving Ness

Their teas are lovely, but $20 US or so shipping to Canada is insane.

I see you are really in a Baozhong state of mind. :)

Daylon R Thomas

I’m in a light Green Oolong state of mind. I typically have a staple of some throughout the year, but right now it’s the main type of tea I’ve been craving. I’m currently on a quest to find a Milk Oolong as sweet as Mandala’s for a more affordable price.

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I had an orange blossom roll-on perfume from Bath & Body Works that I was obsessed with in middle school — so when I spotted this in my supermarket, I had to have it. Alas, it was bitter and grassy and made me very sad. I put it on the break room table at work, marked it “free!”, and someone else made off with it.

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80
drank Ruby Oolong by Rishi Tea
72 tasting notes

Drinking this for the second time: was at mom’s house the first and didn’t take notes. I do remember that I enjoyed it the first time too, though!

I’m still quite a new traveler of the oolong territory, but I think I like most of them. This tea is definitely one of the better oolong teas I’ve tried. The aroma is slightly malty and earthy, and reminds me a bit of dark chocolate and cherries (although maybe the tea description just influenced me to expect this!) I’m still not that great at picking out subtle notes in the aroma/flavour, but nevertheless the aroma is hearty and satisfying.

I find the flavour to be quite the same as the aroma: slightly malty, earthy, with subtle hints of other flavours that mix really well with each other. It is not overpowering or bitter, and overall enjoyable to drink!

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80
drank Ruby Oolong by Rishi Tea
72 tasting notes

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84
drank Tropical Coconut by Rishi Tea
72 tasting notes

Tea Sparrow tasting #2!

This one brewed very very light in colour, I’m hoping the flavours will still be there. Aroma is of sweet coconut and is very delicate and nice. First sip reminds me of a slightly vegetal green tea, with hints of coconut. Need to let it cool more to taste better.

Getting more of the coconut as the tea cools, still strongly paired with the oolong base. Pineapple is lost between these two, as far as I can tell. Still, quite a tasty tea. Not overpowering with the sweetness or coconut, but has enough flavour to make it enjoyable.

I think I can taste the pineapple as the tea gets cooler and I can take bigger sips, but still is quite subtle between the two dominant flavours. It is a nice addition nonetheless and helps to fill out the flavour profile to completion. The tea is overall quite creamy and full-bodied, yet light and refreshing at the same time. Delightful.

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drank Jasmine Green Tea by Rishi Tea
174 tasting notes

Free sample from Midwest Tea Fest.
Jasmine, base tea doesn’t contribute much flavor, not astringent, thick mouthfeel. This tea is all about the jasmine.

Flavors: Jasmine, Thick

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85

A nice change of pace for people who like Yunnan teas, but want something a little different. Has the body of a Yunnan, but has a floral quality reminiscent of a good Ceylon tea, which it shares something in common — Assamica leaves. Personally, I think the bouquet makes it a poor candidate for milk, so I’d drink this straight.

Flavors: Apple Skins, Grapes, Rose

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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75
drank Organic Golden Yunnan by Rishi Tea
37 tasting notes

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75
drank Organic Golden Yunnan by Rishi Tea
37 tasting notes

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Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 45 sec 6 g 5 OZ / 150 ML

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75
drank Organic Golden Yunnan by Rishi Tea
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Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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75
drank Organic Golden Yunnan by Rishi Tea
37 tasting notes

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89
drank Bao Zhong by Rishi Tea
2 tasting notes

Pouchongs retain a top spot in my lineup, as their low oxidation yields delicate flavors, uncluttered with the metallic after-qualities that darker teas can bring. This is a lovely tea with distinctly floral qualities. Rishi cites orchid and lilac. I’ve never smelled scented orchids, but this falls in line with other so-called orchid oolongs. Other florals are hinted, sans the headiness of actual lilacs.

It’s flavor is well worth exploring if you lean towards nuttier, pan-fired Chinese greens (e.g. Dragonwell, Melon Seed) — as opposed to grassier, velvety Japanese varieties (Sencha, Gyokuro). It’s nutty, green qualities are muted and rounded out on the first one or two brewings. Subsequent brewings bring out more vegetative aspects and heighten the florals in my trials. It’s here that a bit of “iron” comes in.

This is my 7th day with this tea, and I’m still experimenting with different temps and times (and oolongs/pouchongs in general), so it’s hard to recommend specifics.

Flavors: Orchid

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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87

This is really fruity and delicious! The peach really comes through and makes it a delicious sweet tea.

Flavors: Peach

Preparation
4 min, 0 sec 12 OZ / 354 ML

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85
drank Jasmine Green Tea by Rishi Tea
12 tasting notes

Pleasant floral jasmine notes in a well-balanced cup. Jasmine flavor and scent feels like a good amount to accent the green tea.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML

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84
drank Earl Grey by Rishi Tea
44 tasting notes

So, I’ve finally moved on from Sri Lankan black and Chinese green teas for the time being. They just didn’t seem to suit the unseasonably hot, dry weather and increased workload I’ve been dealing with for the past week or so. Wanting something I tend to gravitate to in hot weather, I have been exploring the world of Earl Grey.

This Earl Grey is interesting. Rishi uses a base of Dian Hong for this blend, rather than a mixture of Chinese, Sri Lankan, and Indian black teas. The bergamot presence is pretty strong too, although not as strong as some of the more extravagant blends on the market. In the glass, the liquor is a dark amber. Aromas of caramel, toast, malt, honey, and bergamot are immediately noticeable. There also seems to be hints of lavender, cocoa, and ginger in the background. In the mouth, there is a pleasant balance of bergamot and caramel up front, with notes of malt, toast, and mild cocoa rounding things out pretty quickly. The subtle impressions of lavender and ginger that I caught on the nose are present on the palate too, though they remain rather faint. In terms of texture, this Earl Grey is similar to most others I have encountered. It is slight and relatively soapy in the mouth, though I do think it has a bit more body than some. Maybe it’s just me.

In the end, I quite like this particular Earl Grey and would recommend it to fans of the style. I highly doubt it will convert those who dislike these types of blended and flavored teas, but then again I could be wrong. As for me, I could see myself seeking this one out again in the not too distant future.

Flavors: Bergamot, Caramel, Cocoa, Ginger, Honey, Lavender, Malt, Toast

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Herbal and Decaf TTB.

I was surprised that this had such a low rating until I tried it. I took the first sip in the kitchen where my mom had just added garlic to the stew, which made for a really weird mix of flavors. I moved to another room and tried again. This definitely has a strong taste of ginger, and some citrus, but they don’t really taste balanced and there’s also some flavors in there that I can’t identify, but really don’t like. I took a few more sips and just decided to toss this one.

Flavors: Citrus, Ginger

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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85

I kept this one around for a while before building up the courage to try it. On the first attempt (whisked matcha into hot water), I couldn’t escape the greenness. No matter where I looked: bitter green tea.
This time, I took the advice of many matcha lovers and made a matcha latte with unsweetened soymilk. Lovely! Instead of an unmovable wall of green flavor, the soy allowed the sweetness and nuttiness to come to the surface.
Now that I have discovered what all the fuss is about, I envision many matcha lattes in my near and far futures.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 1 min, 45 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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50
drank Peach Jasmine by Rishi Tea
12 tasting notes

Very mild and almost nondescript. There are some sweet tones that could be peachy, but almost no jasmine detectable. Easy to slip into drinking it mindlessly, since there are few flavors or aromas to bring you back to your drink.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML

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82
drank Jasmine Pearl by Rishi Tea
44 tasting notes

Before I start my review of this tea, please allow me to state that I normally steer clear of heavily floral blends, especially when it comes to green teas. I don’t know why, but I tend to prefer my green teas without any additional flavoring agents. I have always been like this when it comes to specific kinds of tea. Today, however, I decided to venture outside of my comfort zone and sample the kind of tea I would normally avoid. Obviously, I ended up trying this one.

In the glass, the tea shows a greenish yellow hue. The first thing I noticed was the intense scent of jasmine rising from the glass. Wow! This tea initially smells like straight-up jasmine. I now know that I’m really far outside of my comfort zone. Second and third sniffs reveal the expected grassy, vegetal scents typically associated with green teas. I also detect something of a graininess, as I’m reminded a bit of straw.

In the mouth, I get the floral jasmine notes as expected, and to me, they really seem to dominate the entry. Subtle impressions of grain, straw, honey, dried grass, and vegetables emerge around mid-palate before merging with the jasmine notes on a surprisingly well-integrated finish.

Overall, I like this tea. I think for what it is, it is very good. Still, I’m not really sure that this is something I would seek out with any regularity. The tea seems to be really designed to showcase the aroma and flavor of jasmine. On the one hand, it does this very well. On the other hand, there just does not seem to be all that much else going on in this tea. Still, this is not the most heavily floral jasmine tea I have ever had and the integration of flavors on the finish is nice. I think fans of this type of tea would be very pleased with this product, and even though this tea is not really my thing, I can at least appreciate its quality.

Flavors: Dry Grass, Floral, Grain, Honey, Jasmine, Straw, Sweet, Vegetal

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