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After a rough day at work, I just had to unwind for awhile, and so, I spent a little time relaxing at one of my favorite spots in my hometown. This tea was on the menu today, and having had it in the past, I felt the need to revisit it. I have to say that I am glad that I did.

The tea shows a nice greenish yellow in the glass. Very floral, faintly fruity aromas are immediately apparent on the nose. I was reminded of a mixture of gardenias and honeysuckle. Closer inspection revealed subtle aromas of moss, wood, earth, dried grass, and lightly browned toast. To me, this tea just smells like spring.

In the mouth, the floral notes of gardenia and honeysuckle mingle with a nectar-like sweetness and a faint, if rather nondescript fruitiness. Grainier, earthier notes soon follow to balance things out, as brown toast, wet moss, moist earth, and hints of wet wood, dried grass, and roasted barley all join the fray. The finish is mellow and rather short, offering lingering grainy, woody, and earthy notes underscored by floral sweetness. I also thought I detected a very faint buttery note, but it might just be me.

I seem to enjoy this tea every time I seek it out and this time was certainly no exception. This is a very approachable oolong with a mild, yet still rather complex aroma and flavor profile. I highly recommend it to those interested in an easy sipping oolong with enough complexity to keep one intrigued.

Flavors: Brown Toast, Butter, Dry Grass, Floral, Fruity, Gardenias, Honeysuckle, Nectar, Roasted Barley, Wet Moss, Wet wood

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Jade Cloud by Rishi Tea
50 tasting notes

My first tea of the day and the first green tea I have had in a long time, I cannot believe I waited this long to try this one. I really need to start drinking more green teas. I used to love them when I was younger.

In the glass, this tea shows a pale green. Aromas of bamboo, freshly cut grass, honey, green beans, squash blossom, soybean, garden peas, and perhaps a bit of honeydew melon are detectable on the nose. This tea smells light and fresh. In the mouth, vegetal and grassy notes are immediately evident, but are quickly evened out by traces of honey, honeydew, and a slight floral, nectar-like note. No matter how hard I try, I’m not picking up on the blueberry, chestnut, or mint flavors that sometimes get mentioned in tasting notes for this tea. The finish is longer than expected, featuring a pleasant mixture of honey, grass, and vegetables.

All in all, this is not the most complex green tea that I have ever had, but I really like it. It tastes light and fresh, but with enough complexity to warrant revisiting regularly. I particularly enjoyed the undertones of fresh fruit and honey that came out after I really started trying to identify individual flavors.

Flavors: Bamboo, Floral, Freshly Cut Grass, Garden Peas, Green, Green Beans, Honey, Honeydew, Nectar, Soybean, Squash Blossom, Vegetal

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Whiteantlers

Your nice review inspired me to go to my tea cabinet and get all the greens moved to the front for rotation. :-D

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Earlier in the day, I decided to make a pit stop at one of the few places in my hometown that serves halfway decent loose leaf teas and avoid weekend work for a couple of hours. Noticing that this was on the menu, I was immediately intrigued. It had been awhile since I’d had a pu-erh of note, so I decided to make this one my first tea of the day.

The tea shows a lovely dark brownish amber with subtle ruby highlights in the glass. On the nose, the ginger is immediately evident and does not smell artificial in the least. It is obvious that this is the real deal and not ginger flavoring. I also detect subtler aromas of earth, toast, pungent herbs, and a rather heavy, almost caramel maltiness lurking beneath the ginger. In the mouth, the earthy spiciness of the ginger immediately pops, while subtle notes of herbs, toast, earth, and caramel malt develop around mid-palate. There is just a trace of a light smokiness too on which I cannot quite put my finger. The finish is relatively smooth and long with hints of earth, toast, and of course, ginger.

In the end, I rather like this tea-I tend to be something of a fan of most Rishi products. I am, however, going to grade it rather conservatively. First, I tend to like my pu-erh teas without additional flavoring agents natural or otherwise. I guess I just prefer to experience the complexity and earthiness of pu-erh on its own. Secondly, I find the aroma and flavor of ginger to be just a little too heavy in this tea. While it is pleasant and provides a little bit of a kick, the heaviness of the ginger obscures the actual aromas and flavors of the tea. So all of this being said, this tea is enjoyable, but to me, it seems a little one-dimensional. Still, I would not really hesitate to recommend it to fans of spicy and/or herbal blends.

Flavors: Brown Toast, Earth, Ginger, Heavy, Herbs, Malt

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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56
drank Jade Cloud by Rishi Tea
13 tasting notes

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drank Jade Cloud by Rishi Tea
13 tasting notes

Cold brewed 4.5 g in 16 oz of water for 24 hours. Always impressed with cold brewing. Cold brew extracted more delicate notes and more accentuated flavors as compared to hot brewing. Still a basic green tea lacking complexity other than vegetal notes. Cold brew yields creamier mouthfeel as well. Tannins extracted well giving it some astringency. I thought cold brewing doesn’t extract tannins like hot brewing, but that doesn’t seem to be an issue here.

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drank Jade Cloud by Rishi Tea
13 tasting notes

Dry leaves give off heavy chocolate and caramel notes. Steeped leaves give off strong notes of steamed green vegatables and that’s it. Flavor is weak, fairly vegetal and light but nothing stands out. Second steeping is almost tasteless.

Flavors: Vegetal

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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So far this is my first and only experience with tieguanyin and I am constantly surprised by oolongs and the great variation among this class of tea. The smell of the dried leaves instantly reminded me of houjicha, which dissipated and gave way to dark floral notes when the tea was infused. What connects houjicha and tieguanyin?

The liquor is slightly more orange-brown than, say, a bao zhong, which is indicative of the higher degree of oxidation with the tieguanyin. However, the liquor is still rather pale like honey in hot water.

The flavor sits along the back of the tongue and peaks right before you swallow. Gently exhaling through the nose immediately after swallowing elicits a mature, confident floral aroma. As the liquor cools this floral aroma becomes sweeter and brighter.

Tasting notes: toasted daisy leaves, pewter, dried caramelized onions

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Turmeric Ginger by Rishi Tea
96 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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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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drank Jasmine Green Tea by Rishi Tea
559 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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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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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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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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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
24 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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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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drank Fire Ginseng by Rishi Tea
7 tasting notes

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drank Wuyi Oolong by Rishi Tea
92 tasting notes

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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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