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Personally, I like Hibiscus herbals! I feel that the juicy flavor hibiscus in a good tisane is a nice break from the more serious notes of other teas. This tea was juicy, fruity and floral – tartness is much lower than other hibiscus blends, maybe it’s the currants, orange and mango flavors that are aiding to that? This blend reminded me of berry/orange fruit leather, and I would give this to a friend who is just getting into drinking hot teas.
The color of this tea was a pleasant rosy pink, and the aroma was more elderberry/orange forward than I expected. The flavor was almost candy-like, even unsweetened, and as it cooled the complexities of the currants shined through. Even iced and sweetened, this tea was very delicious. Of all of the hibiscus teas I’ve drank, this is probably my favorite so far!
Flavors: Apple, Berries, Black Currant, Hibiscus, Mango, Rosehips
It has been a long 7 day work week, and I as looking in my tea pantry for something with licorice root to combat my fatigue. This tea also has the caffeine free perk – the last thing I need is a crash! My first impression of the aroma reminded me of mulling spices – very cinnamon forward and almost verging on the gates of alcoholic. Do you remember those little cinnamon breath drops that come in the teardrop shaped plastic bottles? That’s kind of the aroma I gathered at first.
After I brewed it, the complexity of the plum and hibiscus came forward. The cup is stunning, a burgundy-purple color. The flavor was misleadingly tart, but the brightness of the plum is needed to counterbalance the spicy, tingly cinnamon. The aroma when brewed reminded me of Christmas. Warm, comforting and complex.
Flavors: Cinnamon, Hibiscus, Plums
“Bright” is the best way to describe this. It’s filled with flavor, and all of the notes blend together cohesively into one great tasting tea. Turmeric Ginger is one of my favorite types of tea, and in terms of very strong flavorful versions, this is one of the best (though I could see it being too overwhelming for some).
The perfect combo of sweet and bitter, without leaning too far to either end, with a burst of lemon as well. Great for waking up in the morning, but also for winding down at the end of a long day.
Flavors: Ginger, Lemon
green grassy slivers, bright yellow roots, orange peel, and golden seeds all
wrapped up in a silky triangle pouch.
The smell was at once spicy, savory, and sweet – like a steamed carrot. The
liquid steeped to a cloudy mustard yellow, an exotic color to find in ones tea cup.
I took a sip and was met with an explosion of flavors: bright licorice sitting on top
of numbing spice, bitter lemon, and some extra tooth from the ginger. It wasn’t
particularly sweet, or bitter after all – which was perfect, because somehow, the
sweet, sour, savory, spicy, and bitter were perfectly balanced. The first sip and
every sip after felt like an electric shock of flavor…but a soothing electric shock?
Have I discovered the tea version of shock therapy? The world would be so much
better if everyone replaced their cup o’ jo with this stuff. The tisane that slaps you
awake, but in a good way.
Flavors: Carrot, Ginger, Grass, Lemon Zest, Licorice, Spicy
I had this one iced at the coffee shop the other day. I wasn’t really expecting much, but I was pleasantly surprised. Nothing that i plan to stock up on, but next time I’m in the mood for something cold at that coffee shop, I’ll probably get anther glass of this. Light and slightly sweet it hit the spot on a sunny day.
Thank you to rosebudmelissa for this sample (and really the whole box of samples she sent me. I told her I enjoyed ginger and she really delivered!).
I have been getting a little more into herbal teas lately. I was diagnosed with IBS (along with my ulcerative colitis) this summer and caffeine is kicking me double time. It used to be when my UC was in remission, I could have caffeine with relatively few side effects. Now, with IBS, even when my UC is in remission, caffeine still can affect my tummy. SO, even though I prefer my dark, roasty teas, lately I will alternate in a ginger type herbal tea so as to limit my caffeine consumption. It’s really unfortunate but what are ya gonna do?
This tea is very pleasant. The ginger is there throughout the sip but not in an overpowering way (though, that is subjective since I am a ginger freak. What seems mild to me is probably strong to some others). The lime also gives it a pleasant citrus tang in the middle of the sip. There is a nice throat coating that kind of reminds me of licorice (I guess I should have read all the ingredients first to know if licorice is actually in here) but doesn’t have a noticeable licorice taste.
Overall, this is a tea I could drink often, especially when I need to give my stomach a break.
Flavors: Ginger, Licorice, Lime
Hello Steepster, haven’t been posting in a while! I’ve still been drinking tea, but nothing noteworthy until now. I’m trying yet another new tea from Rishi, a company that is quickly garnering more and more of my appreciation with their quality teas. This time it is dun, dun, duuuuun a pu-erh blend. I was, for obvious reasons, wary of trying this one, but because Rishi has convinced me that their teas are usually really good, I decided to give it a go.
The first time I opened the bag, I got a hefty waft of ginger (and a subtle earthy smell of the pu-erh). It felt like a kick in the nostrils, so I was expecting the ginger to be quite strong in this blend. And it is, as we will get to in a bit. The instructions said to brew this with boiling water for 4 minutes, adding a minute per each additional steep. I was doubtful, because 4 minutes for a pu-erh seems to be quite a long time. And I think I was right, because after just 1.5-2 minutes the tea was already dark and has a strong aroma. These two signs I usually take to mean that the tea is strong enough for me to drink, and I decided to pull the plug on the steeper.
The tea was just right in strength: not over-brewed but strong enough for me to be satisfied with enough flavour. The ginger
is quite strong in the blend – in fact it is the dominant flavour note – but the pu-erh also comes through, though rather sneakily, almost as if it knows I am waiting for it like an intruder in the night and it doesn’t want to get caught. It’s not bad though. To be honest, it is a bit hard to separate from the powerful ginger flavour and aroma, but I do get the slight earthiness (?) in the background. I think this was a good way to ease into becoming acquainted with the taste of pu-erh, but because this tea is predominantly ginger-flavoured (which is not bad, I like ginger), I will have to try some of LP’s sample pu-erh packets to really delve into the pu-erh world.
Before sipping, I noticed that this tea smells like a decaying and possibly haunted house.
I guess that’s the pu’erh?
The taste is very strongly orange rind. It’s like very citrusy & acidic. If you miss halftime orange slices at childhood sports events, this will take you there.
This tea is o-kay, but it’s a bit one-dimensional. Aaaaaaaand it makes my burps taste like orange rind. So there’s that.
Flavors: Astringent, Blood orange, Orange, Orange Zest
I went out to coffee with a friend yesterday and was delighted to discover that one of her favorite coffee shops (Kickapoo in Milwaukee’s Third Ward) also serves a nice selection of organic loose-leaf tea! I haven’t tried much from Rishi yet, but I’ve been impressed with what I’ve sampled so far. This was no exception! Large, unbroken leaves unfurled during the first steep, yielding a rich mahogany-colored tea with an intense wine-like aroma. The flavor was just the right balance of earthy and fruity with a lovely smooth texture and just a hint of astringency that kept me coming back for one more sip. The second steeping was just as flavorful as the first and I’m guessing the leaves would have held up for many more if I hadn’t gotten too deep in conversation to go up to the counter for more hot water!
Flavors: Astringent, Earth, Fruity, Mineral, Red Wine
The first steep was really lovely with all parts accounted for in perfect balance : coconut, pineapple, bao zhong oolong. The second steep was ok, and the party was totally over on the third. DT’s Coconut Oolong has spoiled me with its eight or more steeps of coconut flavour. Still, the first one was really really good.
Flavors: Coconut, Mineral, Pineapple
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.