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85
drank Turmeric Ginger by Rishi Tea
94 tasting notes

I bought this tea because I have Ulcerative Colitis and ginger and turmeric are both pretty well known for their anti-inflammation properties. Plus, I absolutely LOVE ginger.

This tea delivered pretty well for me. The first few sips up front have a sharp bitterness to them. I believe this is part of the turmeric oils sitting on the surface. After the first few sips, that bitterness mostly fades out and I am left with a bit of a bite from the ginger and the trademark throat coating of licorice. Fun bonus though. The licorice coating comes with a lemon flavor. It kind of makes a candy lemon flavor on the throat.

I am not sure how much it will help with my inflammation levels but it won’t hurt. Plus, I really like the flavor of this one. If you aren’t into ginger, turmeric, lemon and licorice this certainly won’t be your tea. But if you DO like those things, this tea should work for you.

Flavors: Bitter, Ginger, Lemon, Licorice

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec 6 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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86

The past few months I have been enjoying a wide variety of Oolong teas, from very green lightly toasted varieties to the deeply roasted and highly oxidized varieties. I first tried this Ruby Oolong from Thailand in a small sampler, then in a larger quantity when I fell in love with the rich flavors, beautiful color and enticing aroma. It is a very comforting tea, reminding me a bit of very good quality Da Hong Pao (Big Red Robe), but with interesting notes of cacao and dried black cherry in the background. A very pleasant and adaptable tea that everyone seems to like.

Flavors: Black Currant, Cacao, Dried Fruit

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 2 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Brewed gong-fu with two generous rinses to try to eliminate some of the fishiness. This to me is not a great ripe pu’er. While it is organic, which is nice, it is made of very small leaf fragments and smells fishy, which to me is a sign of poor technique in fermentation. With a year or two in storage the fishiness will probably dissipate, but it’s not a high enough grade tea to be worth that. Many other options of ripe pu’er are available at modest price points, especially from yunnan sourcing and other chinese-shipped providers. Flavors are earthy, roasted barley, wet moss. Not a lot of complexity. Later steeping are smoother and rounder with less fish.

Flavors: Earth, Fishy, Roasted Barley, Wet Moss

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One of the best from Rishi. Brewed gongfu style @ 180-190F. Reminds me of walking through a green forest during a rain shower. Very comforting, less floral than other teas in this style (though still floral) and with more earthiness. Very good daily drinker. While this is not the highest grade iron goddess oolong, it was surprisingly good for Rishi and I am glad good tea is becoming more widely available. Good stuff!

Flavors: Floral, Wet Earth, Wet Wood

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 0 min, 15 sec

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82
drank Jasmine Green Tea by Rishi Tea
553 tasting notes

Backlog. I was in Chicago over the weekend and ate at a wonderful Vietnamese restaurant—they served this (in bags!) and I was very impressed. The fragrance was strong, and while the taste didn’t quite match it was much better than I would have expected from a bag and from this price point. I thought several times that I must have oversteeped it but it never tasted burned. I resteeped once for two small pots out of one bag. The second pot was easily as good as the first and I got the feeling I could have gotten several more steeps out of it. I may have to get some of this, especially considering how easy to brew it was! I love jasmine teas but don’t drink them nearly enough.

Flavors: Jasmine

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69
drank Turmeric Ginger by Rishi Tea
3 tasting notes

Personally, I think this tea is alright. My husband and mother have both expressed their dislike of the spiciness – but I kind of like the little kick. It’s not something I’d drink daily, but I like having it around for when I get the craving for it. I also want to add that this tea smells pretty great…almost like Froot Loops!

Flavors: Citrusy, Ginger, Lemon, Spicy

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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78
drank Jasmine Green Tea by Rishi Tea
179 tasting notes

well, i ran out of my favorite jasmine pearls, so in the meantime i picked up a tin of this at World Market – not quite as good as i was hoping, but definitely serviceable. as someone else noticed, this will give you your Jasmine Fix, if that’s what you need. Quite pleasant, and because it is so unobtrusive, will probably make a fabulous all-day-long tea.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 2 min, 15 sec 2 tsp 0 OZ / 10 ML
juliebeth

i find myself having this again this morning, after a severe craving. the jasmine is different than on the pearls i’m out of…and it was specifically what i was craving. shoot, may have to bump the rating on this one a bit higher. also a nice chewy green flavor i hadn’t noticed before. hmmmm….

TeaExplorer

Sounds like this tea is working it’s way into your brain :)

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75
drank Genmaicha by Rishi Tea
5 tasting notes

I always love genmaicha, but this one had a bit more rice flavor than I wanted. I also felt like it took an unusually long time to steep. Still, a nice tea at a reasonable price.

Flavors: Grass, Nutty, Toast

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 4 min, 0 sec 12 g 24 OZ / 709 ML

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85

made ma a strong cup this morning got crazy bizy before i realized that i had not drank it….added ice and a half of cup of almond milk and now i am in spicy,cinnamon heaven

Flavors: Caramel, Cardamon, Cinnamon

Preparation
155 °F / 68 °C 3 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Ginger Lime Rooibos by Rishi Tea
23 tasting notes

Before I drank “real” tea, my hot beverages of choice were brewed from a few varieties of herbal unsweetened teabags from Yogi tea. Lemon Ginger was among my top three favorites. Translate that flavor combination to a loose leaf blend with a much higher price tag (theoretically correlating to freshness and quality), and it seems that my expectations grew with every minute of steep time.

And that was my lesson: watch those expectations. Whether positive (as in this example) or negative (such as dreading a family gathering), expectations get in the way of simply allowing something to be what it is.

Because really, this tea was fine. It was me that tried to shape it instead of appreciating it for what it is. No off flavors. Nothing overpowering. Lightly flavored: I first brewed 1 heaping tsp with 8oz of water, and then after seeing that Rishi recommended a full tbsp, brewed as directly. Seems like that would have made a big difference, but I didn’t notice much.

The ginger is apparent (though I wouldn’t consider it spicy by any means). There’s some lime; it’s neither tart nor fragrant. Its quietness surprises me, since West Indian Lime seems to be used predominantly as a fragrance, and since the ingredient list also contains lemongrass and lemon myrtle. But perhaps Rishi was going for a quiet, balanced blend. Another ingredient, licorice root, is also subtle in this cup — seemingly adding only the slightest sweetness and its flavor nearly undetectable even to this fan of tisanes containing licorice. I would not have known that the blend includes green rooibos, perhaps because I am new to rooibos. At the end I added a couple spoonfuls of simple syrup, and somewhat predictably I found that to increase my enjoyment.

Curious what my tastebuds would think of it now, the aforementioned Yogi Lemon Ginger became my next cup. Far more flavorful and entirely tasty — still quite a pleasant cup, despite a “best before” date of October 2014. It’s bright, spicy, and naturally sweet, since this blend also includes licorice root (and evidently a larger amount and/or more potent source). The peppermint leaf and black pepper, both near the bottom of the ingredient list, are barely there — I doubt I would have been able to place them without having read the label. There are plenty of teas that captivate me now, but I’ll hang on to these old teabags, especially for those times when I’m sniffling or away from home.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 30 sec 3 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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74
drank Fire Ginseng by Rishi Tea
7 tasting notes

I have a cupboard full of fruit teas so I decided to try something different this time. This ginseng tea is sweet and warm. Not quite honey sweet but closer to licorice. I taste an earthy undertone, especially when it cools down. I guess that’s the ginseng I’m tasting. Very interesting.

Flavors: Earth, Licorice

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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74
drank Fire Ginseng by Rishi Tea
7 tasting notes

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95
drank Wuyi Oolong by Rishi Tea
92 tasting notes

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95
drank Wuyi Oolong by Rishi Tea
92 tasting notes

I got this as a sample ages ago. It brews rather dark, and has that smoky oolong smell. Which I haven’t really decided how I feel about, yet. It really does brew dark—like, black. I’ve never seen a tea take to the dark side so quickly. lol

I’ve discovered you can make a Wishlist with Yunnan Sourcing. That’s dangerous. The only reason I don’t buy heaps of tea from them is because shipping is so much (it’s like they’re shipping from China or something—sheesh!) and I usually only buy one or two teas at a time. It’s hard to justify it when shipping is just about as much as your tea. Oh, wishlist, I was really going to have a tea budget this year…

Oh, wow, this is complex. It’s floral, and I can taste the green in it. It has its own sweetness. That silly oolong smell always freaks me out. Because it always smells more roasted/smoked than it tastes, so I get all nervous, “Am I really going to like this?” and then it’s just delicious anyway.

The fruit-taste is very mild in this, it’s not overpowering. I love it. :D

Got to use my new… what do they call it? “Digger wimble” haha! to put the tea leaves from my strainer back into my teapot, rather than my fingers. And my new tea cloth is awesome because I am soooo messy—especially when I’m filling my teapot because I’m trying so desperately to get all of the tea leaves off the edges.

This tea is very yummy. :)

Flavors: Fruity, Green

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 1 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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60
drank Jade Cloud by Rishi Tea
3 tasting notes

I tend to let my tea bag just stay in the cup till I finish it and then add more hot water. I’ve been trying to drink more green tea and this one becomes more bitter the longer it sits. On the second cup is a lot more mild and enjoyable. I didn’t add anything to this one.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 8 min or more 8 OZ / 236 ML

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I love this tea with a half tsp of rock sugar. The flavor isn’t particularly mint or vanilla, but the vanilla gives a light sweetness on its own and the mint leaves a refreshing aftertaste. It also smells very nice. I don’t think you can go wrong with Rishi.

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55
drank Hibiscus Rooibos by Rishi Tea
7472 tasting notes

nope. NOPE. nope. this is weird. I thought it wouldn’t be too bad, but there’s something in here (omg says licorice) that makes this sweet and weird tasting. it starts out as a decent sort of herbal, hibby blend and then it’s just…nope. something about it just turns the blend for me….oh there it is. ingredient listing online says licorice root. BOOOOOOOOOO! no one seems to be able to balance it in blends these days, which is unfortunate because in small doses, i don’t mind it.

Final Count: 140

(Ingredients: Organic rooibos, organic hibiscus flowers, organic sarsaparilla root, organic lemongrass, organic rosehips, organic licorice root, natural passion fruit flavor, essential orange oil, organic orange peel, natural pineapple and mango flavors.)

OMGsrsly

LOL. I ended up sniffing this and THROWING IT ALL OUT after I sent your box… I just can’t do it.

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76
drank Hibiscus Berry by Rishi Tea
7472 tasting notes

mmmm sad to see this one go – found the sweet spot with this one with just a tiny bit of sugar added to the cup. Just enough to cut the tartness and bring out the other flavours. Thanks for this one omgsrsly

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drank Hibiscus Berry by Rishi Tea
7472 tasting notes

one from omgsrsly that i don’t mind. I like hibby, and this one is sort of like a blueberry hibby blend, that isn’t really blueberry like at all. lol. I know, not terribly helpful but it’s an almost muted sort of blend when you factor in how much hibiscus is in it, and that makes it interesting and enjoyable for me in a different sort of way than your typical hibby blend.

OMGsrsly

Did you cold brew or have it hot?

Sil

hot hot hot

OMGsrsly

Huh. I haven’t tried that yet.

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18
drank Hibiscus Berry by Rishi Tea
8 tasting notes

Not my favorite tea but I don’t dislike it either. I probably would not buy this tea again. It is a bit tart so I mix it with other teas that might need something. I like to mix it with a wegmans just white tea which added a little something to it to make me like it better.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 17 OZ / 502 ML

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68
drank Kukicha by Rishi Tea
6 tasting notes

The first thing that hit me was GRASS. Fresh-cut grass. It tastes good, it’s smooth, not bitter, very full and robust. It won’t replace Rishi’s Jasmine Pearl or Genmaicha as my favorite everyday green tea, but it’s nice for something different on occasion.

Flavors: Earth, Grass, Hay

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 30 sec 6 tsp 32 OZ / 946 ML

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