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Thank you Rishi for the sample. I had this in a tea bag that was a free sample from Midwest Tea Fest. I won’t give a proper full review with elaborate Gongfu tasting notes (since it’s in a tea bag), but I think that when you’re looking at bagged green teas, this is a great one. The leaves are whole and the flavor is that of authentic Chinese green tea. It’s very vegetal and green tasting with some classic hints of green bean that you’ll sense in a lot of Chinese greens. I don’t typically buy bagged teas, so it’s not one I’d buy again, but It was nice and light, fresh tasting. I’d say this one veers more toward grassy and leafy than toward nutty or earthy, on the green tea flavor spectrum. It’s a good product for a person who likes tea bags… and it came in the nice pyramid shaped mesh tea bag to really give the leaves room to open and expand, which is helpful to the overall flavor. Thanks for the sample, Rishi Tea!

Flavors: Green, Green Beans, Vegetal

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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drank Wuyi Oolong by Rishi Tea
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GCTTB
MMMMMmmmmm this is good. Dry it smells like a rou gui, there is a cinnamon scent to it. Steeped it’s more like burnt sugar and caramel with a bit of woody oolong. For me this is a well balanced, interesting, really nice dark oolong. I like dark roast, but this isn’t really roasty, just heavily oxidized with a hint of burnt. Awesome.

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drank Wuyi Shui Xian by Rishi Tea
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I really love this tea! It’s a very sweet, mellow kind of tea and the dry leaves smell so much like raisins. It’s a pretty dark oolong and the company who makes it recommends 1 Tbs per 8oz, which I think is a bit excessive, so I stick to my standard of 1 tsp per 8oz (although as the night went on I did back down on the amount of water on subsequent steepings without consequence). It’s not as complex as I generally like my teas, but I’ve only been brewing it western style. I think I’ll try a gongfu style session with this soon now that I have an idea of what it tastes like! I love this tea in the morning or in the evening especially. It’s definitely one of my favorites, it makes me feel very calm and happy.

Flavors: Dark Wood, Raisins, Roasted, Sweet

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 0 sec 15 g

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Backlog from last night – sample from the GCTTB

I did this gong-fu last night: 6-7 steeps with near boiling water. Really short rinse, then steeps of 10s/15s/20s/30s/40s/1m.

The first two or three steeps were very intense – they had notes of grass, hay, tobacco, and something kind of skunky but also quite fresh and green in the background. The second steep also had a hint of perfume in it.

However, after the third or fourth steep the flavour thinned out dramatically. It became more watery and I tasted a mineral/stone note then. Also, I noticed that when I snifffed the leaves after the fourth steep, I got a smoky hint like brandy or whiskey.

This was an interesting tea, but I don’t think I’d get it for myself. Thanks for adding it, Ubacat!

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drank Lavender Earl Grey by Rishi Tea
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After a long day at the Chinese consulate waiting on visa paperwork I came home and put the kettle on to give this one a go. Brewed it up with some honey and milk. I don’t know if it’s the exhaustion from finals week talking but this is one of the best things I’ve ever put in my mouth.

I don’t usually enjoy earl grey blends but the lavender calms down the bergamot. It has much less of a citrus bite which makes it a silky smooth tea. If you dig floral notes this is the one for you. Delicious!

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I am fairly new to tea drinking, but I love this one so much! It has a beautiful rich green colour, a gorgeous earthy fresh scent, and the taste is awesome. It almost has a sweet, grassy taste to it. I picked this up because it was on sale and will definitely repurchase.

Preparation
2 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Peach Blossom by Rishi Tea
285 tasting notes

Mmm, this is nice! A very light, smooth cup with lots of sweet, juicy peach flavor and just a hint of jasmine floral in the aftertaste. I enjoyed this hot before bed last night, but I’m guessing it would also make a delicious iced tea!

Flavors: Floral, Fruity, Jasmine, Peach, Sweet

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
TeaBrat

this is good cold brewed as I recall

Inkling

Thanks for the tip! May have to try that this summer. :)

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drank Vanilla Mint Chai by Rishi Tea
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I am a complete newbie when it comes to Pu-erh. I’m at a loss. It is almost intimidating to start down that road. But after having this, I think I want to start that trek.

The earthy tones that came out where fantastic. And the cinnamon added a sweetness to it. I really enjoyed this and drank it fast. I’m excited now to try some more.

Here are ramblings from my first experience. . .

http://sororiteasisters.com/2015/05/06/vanilla-mint-chai-rishi-tea/

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Very pleased with this tea. It comes with an oversized wrapper that makes for a good place to set the bag between steeps. Within you’ll find a reasonable roomy satchet full of choppy bits of flavorful sencha along with a modest sprinkling of matcha.

I like it. It’s not the most complex sencha I’ve had, but it has a pleasant vegetable taste that responds very well to a little bit of sweetener, making this an extremely comfortable tea for me. On the first steep you may find this getting a bit bitter and astringent towards the bottom at the matcha sits there doing its thing long after the bag is removed, and while I’d rather say the flavor got deeper, bitter and astringent is a bit more on target.

All in all, this is an excellent bagged tea that isn’t at all overpriced. Oh, and regarding the super green, it is pretty darn attractive.

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drank Hibiscus Berry by Rishi Tea
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drank Hibiscus Berry by Rishi Tea
199 tasting notes

My oldest tea mixed with my other oldest tea, chamomile. I don’t mind either of these, but prefer them mixed. It is a neat indication that I have come at least a small way in my journey with tea. That I now know that there are unlimited options and that I don’t need a bunch of chamomile! I don’t think I will re-stock either of these, at least until I stop trying so many new teas all the time!

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 20 OZ / 591 ML

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Method of brewing: gaiwan

Leaf to water ratio: I filled the gaiwan 50% with leaves, the rest water

Temperature: Around 205 degrees farenheit, I let the water just barely come to a boil and then sit for a minute or two.

Rinse: I did a “flash-rinse”, pouring water into the gaiwan and then immediately pouring the water out. I only did one rinse.

Steeps:
I steeped this tea for 20 seconds the first infusion, second infusion, and third infusion. For the fourth infusion, I steeped the tea for 30 seconds. This tea feels like it can go on for 3 or 4 more infusions before it starts to go flat in taste.

Tastes:
The tastes are ordered from most noticeable to least noticeable.

The first taste that immediately jumps out at me is that of cocoa. It is a pleasant taste reminiscent of dark chocolate. However, there is not the bitterness that cocoa frequently has — it is less bitter. The second taste that jumps out at me is a cut-grass type flavor; slightly sweet. The third taste that I pick up is that of milk or cream; very slightly there, and almost more of a mouthfeel than a taste. Finally, there subtle tastes that I cannot quite put a finger on which just add to the pleasant taste of the tea.

Mouthfeel:
The mouthfeel is as if you drank milk— slightly viscous. It has a slight dehydrating feel, not nearly as bad as coffee but I feel that if I were to drink a lot of this tea I would need to drink a glass of water.

Additional notes:
This tea feels like it would make a good desert-tea, for when you are craving something like chocolate.

Flavors: Cocoa, Cut grass, Dark Chocolate

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 5 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

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A very nice dragonwell – slightly sweet and nutty with a nice vegetal kick.

Flavors: Nutty, Sweet

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 1 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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drank Pu-erh Vanilla Mint by Rishi Tea
875 tasting notes

Not bad. Earthy, licorice, mint and cinnamon. Unfortunately the vanilla wasn’t noticeably present, but it was still tasty.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Earth, Licorice, Mint

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drank Himalayan Beauty by Rishi Tea
127 tasting notes

Another great hong cha rishi

When I ordered my tea table I need a few more items in my cart to qualify for free shipping and this sounded interesting. I am a fan of dongfang mei ren so the description intrigued me, not sure what oriental beauty processing techniques entails beside the bugs biting the leaves. Either way the description is spot on I am regretting opening the bag just now a year or two after I ordered it because the dry leaves smelled a but dull. I am quite the tea hoarder fresh tea before I discovered my new addiction of puer which of course encourages such behavior, not to mention my short stint at a tea retailer that sold tea from previous years harvest in semi-aerated containers. So I have experience of smelling stale leaves.

Either way the tea still had some life in the leaves it produced a brew actually fairly close to a dogging mei ten but the terrior came through with playful astringency and mild woodines as well and remind me of tippy darjeeling in the past. The scent was very perfume floral and the after taste was a great sweetness that peaked just short of a puckering reaction only after I had swallowed the tea which is where I can see the cotton candy reference because cotton candy sweetness builds as well, not so much flavor but sweetness development I can see.

I probably wouldn’t buy again it being a lot of buds the brew was rather thin which won’t hold my interest and so unique in flavor I probably wouldn’t drink very often. Teas like this are much welcome interruption to my normal routine strange enough to be interesting but only bought about an oz so I won’t be forced to drink often. I never put much worth into hong cha baulking at the die of spending morethan $3-4/oz but rishi has chanhchange my mind with their hong yue and now this I regret not getting their li shan micro lot but there is always next year.

Flavors: Astringent, Floral, Muscatel, Sweet

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 5 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

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This sample was included as part of my March 2015 Steepster Select box, celebrating a variety of teas from China. I was happy to see this sample among the others as it is a bit like seeing an old friend whom you enjoy the company of, and can’t remember why you have been out of touch.

Steeped in accordance with the instructions on the packet (1 tsp/4 g per 8 oz, 185 F), in a small glass teapot so that I could watch the leaves dance over the 2.5 minute brewing time. Aroma is delicate and refreshing, Sweet Grass and Sunshine with a hint of nuttiness. The taste is wonderfully much the same. A very beautiful example of the green tea of the Hubei Province. Much tamer and more sophisticated than Yunnan greens, and no astringency like you find in many Japanese greens. A truly wonderful cup of tea.

Flavors: Chestnut, Sweet, warm grass

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Very nice- classic green tea style. Very tasty indeed! Smooth, nice aroma!

Flavors: Grass, Vegetal

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drank Wuyi Oolong by Rishi Tea
184 tasting notes

I had this again this morning.. Got some more sleep so I actually brewed it correctly :P
I did a 1min steep, increasing by 30 seconds for subsequent steeps.

The taste is very clean and roasted with notes of raisins and earth. I upped the rating to reflect how I feel about the tea today :)

Flavors: Earth, Mineral, Raisins, Roasted

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 1 min, 30 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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drank Wuyi Oolong by Rishi Tea
184 tasting notes

Overall, a very nice and mineral-y oolong. I didn’t enjoy it as much as I wanted to, but I’m also at work and had a crazy morning, so it was only slightly warm when I got to drink it. Very clean tasting, but it was also kinda heavy. Tastes of earth, raisins, and roasty goodness. I think I have another wuyi that’s not quite as oxidized, so that might be the taste difference that I’m experiencing.

Flavors: Earth, Raisins, Roasted

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 30 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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This used to be one of my favorite teas, always fresh tasting and a tea I enjoyed drinking all day long. Ordering direct from their site assured you of getting the freshest available. Unfortunately the sample I received in the March 15 Steepster select box just tastes a bit old and stale. Bleh. Maybe it is the packaging? Anyone else have this experience?

Flavors: Dry Grass, Dust, Sweet, warm grass

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Drank this tea at 1:30AM since I couldn’t sleep last night.. My tastebuds may not have been awake, but here goes.
I brewed this at 175 degrees for 2 minutes. It comes out as a very light greenish-yellow color and smells very vegetal. The taste is only slightly vegetal, but has a lot of nutty flavors. I don’t generally like nuts, but this tastes like water chestnuts. I thought it kinda tasted like unsalted pistachios at first, but I think it’s more like those canned water chestnuts that people eat for some reason..
Anyway, I’ll steep this one again tonight if I can stay awake long enough. Overall, a good tea, but not my cup of tea due to the overly nutty flavor.

The second steep of this (2.5 min) was much more smooth and didn’t have the powerful nut notes. I enjoyed the second steep a whole lot more :)

Flavors: Chestnut, Vegetal

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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drank Green Tea Chai by Rishi Tea
475 tasting notes

Chai and green tea do not mix- I will say this with every review until someone forces me to admit otherwise.
However, this isn’t as bad as some of the rest- I suppose I’ll give it a D instead of an F… it made it’s attempt.

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Nice roasted taste in this oolong and the leaf is rather beautiful as well. Not the highest quality from what I have tried in regards to an Iron Goddess but I do find this tea to taste quite fine and worthy of sharing with someone to introduce them to oolong teas.

Preparation
1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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