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drank Bao Zhong by Rishi Tea
13 tasting notes

I also get butter in this and a strong lilac taste. Lovely-this oolong screams Victorian tea party to me and could be nicely paired with macarons or petit fours.

Flavors: Butter, Floral

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I picked up a bag of this at the local coffee shop. The bag itself is nice. Nicer than the paper bags of other teas. That’s the best thing about this tea. It was bitter to me. I might have steeped it too long. I drank half a cup and brewed a second, this time with a little honey. That made it much better. Consiering how much tea I have, I won’t bother with this one again.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec

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drank China Breakfast by Rishi Tea
205 tasting notes

Having this tea for breakfast this morning! Seemed appropriate. Smooth and malty, with a bit of acidity and astringincy as the cup cools. Very nice. :)

Addendum: Second steeping (6min) was milder and sweeter, with a bit of minerality.

Flavors: Malt

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 3 g 10 OZ / 295 ML

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drank White Peony by Rishi Tea
173 tasting notes

I do not often have a white tea in my stash. I don’t really know why that is but I do know that I worry about the temperature as I have yet to find a tea thermometer. I just had to pick this one up during my last visit to The London Tea Room as Peonies are my favorite flower.

I took the kettle off the burner right before it was going to start boiling. I then took off the lid and opened the spout as I prepared my teapot (which is fast becoming my favorite way to steep). I do not know the temperature that it would have ended up at, but I didn’t want it boiling temperature when I poured it over the leaves. It took a whole spoonful of sugar, per cup, for this to be tasty to me. I think it is the astringency that was masking the flavor for me. Overall, it is a beautiful tea. Not a bad way to start my night of relaxing (finally!).

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

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drank Moroccan Mint by Rishi Tea
173 tasting notes

This may have to become a staple in my cupboard. I find myself reaching for it most mornings. Again, not a lot of mint in the cup but that little bit at the end to keep things interesting.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec 5 tsp 20 OZ / 591 ML

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drank Moroccan Mint by Rishi Tea
173 tasting notes

Had this one this morning again. It’s really growing on me. Just that tiny bit of mint at the end of the sip. It is gentle but has enough caffeine to help get me going in the mornings.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec 5 tsp 20 OZ / 591 ML

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drank Moroccan Mint by Rishi Tea
173 tasting notes

Again, wishing this had more mint in it but this is actually a really good tea. It is also one that I can make a whole kettle’s worth of and the boyfriend and I will split it. Good tea to start a hopefully relaxing afternoon :)

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 30 sec 4 tsp 35 OZ / 1035 ML

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drank Moroccan Mint by Rishi Tea
173 tasting notes

I wish this had more of a minty flavor. Maybe this cup ended up with less of it? Or I am used to the excessively leafed peppermint the boyfriend prepares. This is better with sugar. It is nice to have something minty with a bit of caffeine.

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drank Plum Oolong by Rishi Tea
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Flavors: Fruit Punch, Plums, Tart

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML

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drank Orange Blossom by Rishi Tea
26 tasting notes

The name of this tea is really a misnomer. I love orange blossom but alas this tea has no discernable orange blossom flavor nor are there orange flowers in the ingredients. It tastes mostly of lemongrass. There is a citrusy note in there and a hint of tangerine and that’s about it. Very similar to Rishi’s Chamomile Medley and Starbucks Tazo green tea. Not a bad tasting tea, but not as advertised.

Flavors: Citrusy, Lemongrass, Mint, Orange Zest

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 4 OZ / 118 ML

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Smells and tastes like a thai green curry amazing vegetal creamy sweetness slight citrus lemongrass sour tang. Honestly cant say much more thai green curry is the exact image I get in my head. Of course accompanied by that gaoshan heavy dose of theanine for extra relaxation.

Not something I could drink everyday but I would easily pay $5-10 for a bunch of small sample bags to pop open when the time is right.

Flavors: Coconut, Floral, Lemongrass

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 0 min, 45 sec 6 g 3 OZ / 90 ML

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I know that saying this tea tastes very green is silly, but it does. Nice flavor without bitterness.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Masala Chai by Rishi Tea
2 tasting notes

I love this tea for being both robust and soothing. If steeped too long, it has a bit of a burnt toast aftertaste, but I do love it. Makes a brilliant latte with plain almond milk.

Flavors: Almond, Anise, Cardamon

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 45 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Wuyi Oolong by Rishi Tea
13 tasting notes

I’m making my way through the Rishi oolong sampler (a real delight) and particularly love this darker oolong—it feels more grounded and robust than many oolongs and has a lovely roasted, earthy quality while still offering up lighter, sweet notes. A nice morning wake-up tea or afternoon pick-me-up, especially on colder days. Delicious!

Flavors: Burnt Sugar, Earth, Raisins, Sweet

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drank Chamomile Medley by Rishi Tea
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Flavors: Herbaceous, Lemongrass, Mint, Smooth

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 5 OZ / 147 ML

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Hmmm….the dry leaf smells sort of similar to a Fuzzy Navel. But, the taste is almost all orange/tangerine to me. I’ll have to try this one again to see if I can taste more of the peach. As is, it was good but not at all what I expected or wanted when I opened the package. I’ll reserve my rating til I’ve tried it again.

Flavors: Orange

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drank Sencha by Rishi Tea
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Flavors: Broth, Grass, Spinach

Preparation
160 °F / 71 °C 1 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML

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drank Wuyi Oolong by Rishi Tea
357 tasting notes

Got this one as a Christmas gift. It’s a dark roasted oolong. I got two dark oolong’s for Christmas and usually the light oolongs are my favourites.

Anyway, I brewed it up this morning according to the directions from Rishi. It’s a pretty strong tea with rich roasted graininess and a bit of sweetness. Shared it with Hubby this morning. It was pleasant enough but even on the 2nd infusion I couldn’t detect any orchid notes that they claim is there. Maybe as it becomes weaker with each infusion , orchid notes might come out. There definitely was raisin notes.

Even though this tea is good, I don’t think this is the type of tea I will reach for very often.

Flavors: Raisins, Roasted

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Bao Zhong by Rishi Tea
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Flavors: Flowers, Honey, Melon

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

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The latest batch of this tea is quite different than what I’ve had before. This time it’s a much darker roast and the sweetness and floral notes are gone. I noticed Rishi harvests this tea in the spring (optimal) and winter. This is likely from the winter crop and could explain the flavor difference.

Flavors: Brown Toast, Chestnut, Roasted, Smoke

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 4 OZ / 118 ML

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This delicately flavored tea has been steadily creeping to the top of my rotation. For a while I’ve been on a green/floral oolong kick after being turned off by some of the overroasted batches of other oolong varieties like Wuyi. This tea falls squarely in the middle of the oolong spectrum, combining the best characteristics of light roasts with its pronounced floral notes and sweetness along with the smooth, roasted flavor of a darker roast.

I usually do 3 infusions of this tea in a guywan. Roughly 3/4 tsp per 5 oz of water at steep times of 4, 6, and 7 minutes respectively. Steeping longer on subsequent infusions yields an even deeper flavor.

Flavors: Dried Fruit, Floral, Roasted

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Puerh Bordeaux by Rishi Tea
1059 tasting notes

Thank you for the sample cookies!

This is interesting…tart and a little sweet from the wine and earthy from the puerh. I preferred the 2nd cup I made which I lightly sweetened, which means this is not going on my shopping list even though I enjoyed it! (don’t like to sweeten my teas regularly)

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