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I’m trying not to get sick, but some of those presick symptoms of congestion, tiny cough, and a slightly sore throat are starting to pop up. I wanted a tea that I thought might help that and luckily I have a sample of this kicking around that I picked up in bulk at Central Market grocery store! This tea is really hitting the spot right now. I can taste the tumeric, which compliments the ginger quite well. The ginger is pretty strong and there is a sweetness that comes on at the end of the sip with some orange and I’m attributing the sweet to licorice root. This is such a weird savory and sweet combo that I’m really digging right now. This is a sip down, but I’m feeling like I should keep this on hand for those sick or almost sick times when I want something more complex than my usual go to plain ginger drink.
Tea Advent Calendar, Day 2
I decided to do this one gongfu cha in my gaiwan. I’m so glad I did.
I love watching oolong in the rinse. The leaves just floating, barely open.
They open much more after the rinse in the first infusion
Slightly roasty, rather sweet, quite tasty, and it lasted through many, many infusions. It lasted a lot longer than I thought it would.
If I could get this one, I would have it again.
Well, this is delicious. Strong, spicy and heavy on cardamom – my only complaint is that the flavor of black tea gets a little lost. I’ve tried brewing this on the stovetop, according to the directions on the package (substituting almond milk and Stevia), as well as a regular method (one rounded tbsp, just under boiling water, steep for 3 1/2 minutes). Stovetop is better, but I usually don’t have the time or patience, and both ways work for me.
The 2nd steep for me is love like a chubby kid and biscuits. Like he wants to stop for health benefits but the addiction is too high and he cant simply stop on his own. So what does he do? he calls for help. That’s right. He found the magic conch and called the sea gods to have them explain the addiction of SB. What they told him changed his life forever… But yea strong grassy taste which i enjoy.
Flavors: Grass, Vegetal
Do you all know that today is National Comfort Food day? To celebrate I am curled up on the couch under some covers with a good book, a huge mug of this delightful malty brew, and an even bigger bowl of some steaming hot curried lentil and carrot soup. My kind of holiday!
Rishi is one of the selected loose leaf companies my local grocery store carries, so every once in a while I’ll wander from the bulk tea section and check out if they have anything interesting to offer. Last week I stumbled upon this one which I probably wouldn’t have picked up otherwise, but it was on sale (I’m such a sucker) so of course I took it home with me. I got around to trying it a day so later and immediately went back and picked up two more boxes while it was still on sale (again, what a sucker).
This is the type of Assam I really adore. Malty and sweet, but not so sweet that it seems more like a Yunnan. Just enough to counter the touch of astringency . There’s not all that much to say about it. It’s just a really nice hearty classic Assam. Even with ever-changing preferences, I don’t think I’ll ever tire of theses types of teas.
I should note that I think this is the tea I got. My boxes only say Assam rather than Golden Assam. However the golden tips are plentiful and there is no plain Assam listed here or on Rishi’s website. So I think I’m putting this in the correct spot.
Flavors: Malt, Sugarcane
This was probably the most expensive tea by weight of any of the bulk teas from Central Market, but it’s so lightweight that you can try it out fairly cheap. I brewed mine as per the instructions and used my iron kettle to rock and pour the kukicha to bring out all the flavor. Honestly, I get the smooth, thick, umami thing from this like they suggest, but it reminded me of spinach water. Like, if you drain the water from steamed spinach and drink that, that’s this tea. Not a bad thing. I sort of enjoyed it. You could definitely drink this with a meal.
I was really impressed with this genmaicha. I have tried sooo many brands, and this one is leveled up with Den’s Tea. It’s refreshing, full of unami. I tried it hot, and I see this being amazing iced. I prefer genmaichas made with sticky/sweet rice, I think the tea it just tastes all around sweeter and has more body.
Honestly, I’m not sure how I got this, but since I had my first work from home day at my new job, i decided to give something new a whirl (since I’ve been stuck on Teavana Spiced Apple Cider + Rooibos Chai) or bagged tea at work until they determine I’m not a weirdo.
Seriously don’t know how I got this, but I had an ounce of it to begin with in an official Rishi bag. This was on top of my cabinet which also happens to house tea but happened before my tea obsession so I probably stuck it up there since I didn’t know where exactly to put it.
Anyway, is this chocolate chai?
It’s basically ginger chai. So if ginger is your thing, you’ll love this. Me, on the other hand seems to hate ginger in tea (though I do like it on my sushi – the pickled variety though). This to me was barely drinkable. I got about half-way down my mug, before dumping it for the Teavana blend I mentioned above. Also, they recommend 2 Tablespoons on the front (for 12oz of water), I used 3 teaspoons. I cannot imagine how much more I would have hated it if I had followed directions!
Not a fan, but I don’t think I paid for it, so all is not lost.
Managed to pawn this off to my husband’s coworkers so yay! Out of my cupboard! =)