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Rishi Tea

Recent Tasting Notes

5

oh dear.

rishi, i am normally such a fan. even after the chocolate chai fiasco. this blend stopped me almost as soon as i started….. it was pepto bismol tea. =0/

believe me i wish i could say otherwise. i do feel very badly. i couldn’t even finish my cup. correction, i couldn’t swallow more than 2 sips of my cup— down the drain!

(i need to gargle)

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
MissB

Oh wow, really? I love this stuff. I’m so sorry it didn’t agree with you. :(

JustJames

everyone’s got their own creatively spun tastebuds. this was all about sore tummies to me. everything else you’ve sent me has been awesome =0D

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80

This wasn’t as tasty as it usually is today. I can’t figure out why :/

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
keychange

I hate it when that happens. :(

Kayla

Yeah :( It’s my go-to morning tea too. I am probably more upset about this than I should be, haha!

keychange

I totally get it. Because then you’re like “is it the tea? is it me? did I brew it wrong? is it the cup/mug/travel mug/vessel? aaahhh!”

Cheri

It’s so frustrating when you have a cup like that. I’ve got one going right now. First steep excellent, second steep, normally also excellent is just wrong. I don’t know what I did.

Kayla

:/ I am sorry to hear that you are having an off tea day as well Cheri.

@Keychange: YES. That was what was going through my mind!

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80

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Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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drank Genmai Matcha by Rishi Tea
77 tasting notes

This weekend I went to a bigger Whole Foods than what is closer to my house and was happy to see they had Rishi in bulk bins so I was able to get as little as I wanted and the price was at least 50% cheaper then when I buy it already boxed.

First try: so far I like it, like sweet toasty popcorn, I’m already thinking about making another cup.

Can this be a meal replacement? I think if I already ate too much for the day it could.

Edit: already had a second cup in one night, yumm. I’m going to have to get more soon. I can’t wait to try the fun flavored ones :)

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80

It worked! I successfully made this a tasty iced tea. The taste seems more toned down then when it’s hot. But on the other side of that it’s like the flavor travels all over my mouth in a way that the hot preparation does not. Strange. As long as it’s yummy, I’m okay.

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I know a lot of people around here are anti-paper filters, but in case anyone else is like me, and uses them at work for convenience I thought I’d review these just in case.

I recently switched to these after using the David’sTea drawstring cup shaped filters for about a year. I haven’t been drinking much actual David’s Tea tea lately, and I don’t even have a local store to shop at, so I got really tired of having to pay shipping AND paying 10 cents per filter. These Rishi filters were half the price and I found them at a local supermarket. The main reason I liked the drawstring filters so much was that they would not spill out if I just threw them in my purse full of tea on my way to work in the morning. Luckily these Rishi filters are nice and LONG so I can just roll them up! So far I haven’t experienced any purse leaf loss, heh. Also apparently they are compostable, for anyone who cares about such things. If I didn’t use my metal steepers exclusively at home I’d probably toss them in the compost pile, but the whole point of bringing them to work for me is they are super disposable and easy to deal with.

moraiwe

I love my paper filters, honestly. And think the bigger ones are probably better than tea balls for allowing leaf expansion. They work great on the go and they’re how I got fiance into loose leaf. So viva la paper filters.

Stephanie

:D hear hear!

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80

This has fast becoming my morning-on-the-way-out the door tea. I know I like it, I know how I like it prepared, and off to work. Great tea :)

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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Picked up a few teaspoons of this tea at Whole Foods today, along with a few others. This was the one that my wife and I decided to try first, and we loved it! The dry leaf smelled vegetal and slightly unpleasant, but the aroma of the first steep was wonderful. There were some vegetal notes, but they were balanced with all the other notes (I noticed some nuttiness and a some roasted grain smell). The flavor of the first steep was also delicious—a great combination of delicate and hefty. The flavors (which were the same as the aroma) were strong, but not overpowering. The flavors of the second steep were more delicate. This is only my second oolong, but if this and the previous one are any indication, oolong will have to become a semi-regular staple of my tea cupboard!

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81
drank Pu-erh Ginger by Rishi Tea
929 tasting notes

I love ginger, I love pu-erh, so I thought I’d love these two together. Having said that, I probably should have steeped this correctly when popping this tea’s cherry, as it’s heady, earthy, very pungent and strong – I could tell this as soon as I opened the bag. However like my normal state-of-affairs the past day, I steeped it for about 20 minutes.

Yes, it’s good. Yes, it’s very ginger-y. it is also way too strong for my morning, yet that’s my own damn fault. I would only recommend this to folks who LOVE pu-erh (and strong ones at that, with an earthy, mineral taste to them) as well as folks who LOVE ginger (biting, heady, adventurous).

Flavors: Earth, Mineral

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 8 min or more 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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85

THE most complex and unique black tea I have tasted to date. Perfecting my steeping time and dry leaf ratio, still can not believe what difference in opinion I have have from the first time I tried this one. I highly recommend Gongfu steeping this guy as I mentioned it is even more complex than most oolongs I have had and that is quite a feat.

7g dry leaf 100mL gaiwan

Boiled 500 ml of water and just used the same water without reheating for all brews
Quick rinse (as long as it takes me to scoop out impurity bubbles)

1st (s Red Ruby and hats off to the Taiwan Tea Institute for this varietal.

Flavors: Anise, Cinnamon, Dates, Licorice, Plums

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 7 g 3 OZ / 100 ML
Jiāng Luo

Not sure why it cuts off my review guess I exceeded character length but long story short Tai cha #18 is an experience everyone should have

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40
drank Eastern Beauty by Rishi Tea
101 tasting notes

I’m just not liking this tea and I think it’s because it’s too close to a black tea. It’s got that malty sweet jammy taste (like dates and honey). I think for someone who loves black teas they would really enjoy this tea. It’s supposed to be this rare tea only made in 10 days of the year in June in Taiwan. Sounds fabulous but it’s not working for me (even with 2 infusions). I like my light or grassy teas. This is a tea I need to add to the swap/sell list .

Flavors: Honey, Jam, Malt

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C

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40
drank Eastern Beauty by Rishi Tea
101 tasting notes

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80
drank Rooibos (Red Bush) by Rishi Tea
52 tasting notes

Mixed this with peppermint tonight. Tasty!

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60
drank Red Ginseng Recharge by Rishi Tea
52 tasting notes

I thought this would be perfect after a long day at work. A little reboot. I felt like my cup could have used a bit more cinnamon. The boyfriend liked his. Overall enjoyable.

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86

Roasty, toasty baked nuttiness. Just finishing the last of this while not my favorite will repurchase this whenever I’m in the mood for roasty baked goodness

Flavors: Baked Bread, Nuts, Roasted Barley

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

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75

This tea is pretty accurately described by most of the reviews here. It has a lot of preloaded sugar, so get this if you like your matcha sweet.

The price was modest due to it being mixed with quite a bit of sugar. The downside is that the amount of matcha powder you get is ultimately somewhat small since it takes a tablespoon of it to make an 8 ounce drink. You won’t be making more than 5-10 drinks out of this, but it sure beats paying five bucks a drink at the coffee shop.

The flavor is very grassy and vegetal, no bitterness at all, really a very lovely matcha. I drank two tumblers full just as soon as I had brought it home. The only downside is, as other reviewers have mentioned, this comes with quite a bit of sugar. It’s not overpowering to me, but if you want to strengthen the tea flavor the sweetness will become too much. I’d settle for a little less sugar premixed in because you could always add more sugar yourself, but you can’t take any away. So far though, I mostly use matcha for matcha lattes and prefer mine a little on the sweet side and with a moderate tea flavor, so this works well for me. This matcha blends very easily and does not settle on the bottom of the cup clump up like some other matchas do. It also mixes just as easily cold as it does hot.

Flavors: Grass

Preparation
3 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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80

I went on a tea adventure yesterday and this is one of the spoils. i knew I enjoyed my flavored green tea but I wanted to know if I liked green tea in general. I also wanted a plain green tea to use with my peppermint. I have my answer. This tea is nice and mild with not a lot going on. Perfect for studying in the mornings before I am fully awake. I am steeping the leaves a second time. I am going to ice that one. I think this tea iced would taste close to Lipton’s green tea!

Preparation
2 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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90
drank Vanilla Black by Rishi Tea
342 tasting notes

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drank Masala Chai by Rishi Tea
426 tasting notes

This is a really fabulous chai! My coworker gave me a sample of this chai…it’s her favorite because it’s spicy. I used the stovetop method, as recommended, and it was delicious! It is spicy, but not killer spicy, and the spices seem equally distributed in strength of flavor. Some chai’s taste too much like one spice note, (I.e. cardamom or black pepper, or even cinnamon). This chai is perfectly balanced, but also not boring. Definitely one I’d restock. :)

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75
drank Coconut Oolong by Rishi Tea
1608 tasting notes

Tea #2 from Considering a new TTB

This is one of those teas that make your house smell wonderful while it steeps. As soon as the water hit the dry leaf I was met with the strong scent of coconut. While the coconut does end up being the main flavor of the tea, the floral flavors of the oolong peak through a bit once the tea starts to cool. Overall this was a nice tea to start my day off with, but not one that I would order for myself, I thought it was a little bit sweet for my tastes.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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85

A nice full bodied flavour. The lavender is not overwhelming and the bergamot is subtle. I steeped for 4 minutes and added a little milk. It was a good cup of tea.

Preparation
1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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1

Bitter and musty. I could not get past 2-3 sips.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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74
drank Turmeric Ginger by Rishi Tea
929 tasting notes

Love turmeric in your tea? Then I’m your kinda gal. Or, maybe one you want to swap with, as I’ve just discovered I have four teas with the main ingredient as turmeric. Yay!

This one I picked up while ‘on vacation’ (read: took a break from my family while my daughter’s Dad visited for a week) during my first ever visit to Whole Foods in Canada. Kinda wish there was one closer…

This smells like orange licorice, if there was such a thing. Is there? Like, bright, shiny orange? If so, I’d eat it… and it would remind me of this tea.

Flavors: Licorice, Orange Zest

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 7 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
Anna

I don’t know how I feel about turmeric tea, but I do love Whole Foods…

Ysaurella

I had to translate turmeric…ok yes I love Turmeric now I know this is what we call Curcuma in French :) but never I had it in a tea but seems really interesting.

gmathis

Oh, yeah…this one will clear your sinuses and the rubber cement out of yoru throat!

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84
drank Chocolate Chai by Rishi Tea
4219 tasting notes

Backlog:

A yummy, invigorating chai, although I disagree with the word ‘chai’ for this particular tea, because even though I know that ‘chai’ means ‘tea’ … to me, ‘chai’ means a spiced tea, and usually one with at least three of the four usual suspects: ginger, cinnamon, cloves and cardamom. This only has cardamom.

OK, so it also has other spices/herbs: dandelion root, long pepper, and vanilla. Plus it has cacao nibs. So, even though this isn’t a chai in my own definition of the word chai, I will not be angry with this tea as it has cacao nibs. This is one of those ingredients that when added to a tea, I’m likely to forgive many things. What can I say, I’m a hopeless chocoholic.

I like the way the earthiness of the pu-erh and yerba mate accentuates the earthy qualities of the chocolate here.

A very enjoyable blend. I like the way the coconut, vanilla and chocolate play together here, it’s really yummy.

Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/01/28/organic-chocolate-chai-tea-blend-rishi-tea/

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