1934 Tasting Notes
Wrote a more detailed review for future posting at www.itsallabouttheleaf.com, but my general observation is that this is more of a gift/novelty item than a tea for a serious oolong-o-phile. Getting more of plum blossom than plum fruity.
Complete review’s up: http://www.itsallabouttheleaf.com/1698/tea-review-rishi-tea-tumeric-ginger-2/
This one has some heat to it—the turmeric gives it a chili-seasoning flair.
Review up in plenty of time for St. Patrick’s Day:
First of all, this is absolutely beautiful dry. Springy pink potpourri.
Second of all, this does not taste like perfume, which I feared might be the case. It steeps up a gorgeous light champagne color and is just subtly, lightly sweet. The rose tinge is at the back of each sip; it doesn’t lead the way.
This was one of those unusual almost-March mornings where it was warmer outside when I woke up than when I went to bed. So the tea o’the a.m. needed to be springy. After prowling through the light stuff that migrated to the back of the cabinet, I pulled this out and I’m glad I did.
Wonderfully sweet aroma, gently salad-y taste with a little Cheerios hint in the background. Ahh…I hear birds chirping! (I really do…come on, spring!!)
Stuck my nose in a bin of this at my favorite herb & health food place and it just smelled too good not to try. (I’m all for cheap luxury!) The dry mix looks like meadow-gold potpourri with a wonderful peachy-apricot whiffle.
The apricot-itude disappears a little once it’s steeped about 3 minutes. Yellowy as it is, it turns surprisingly dark red—there’s the hibiscus in action—but the other ingredients cut the tartness down to just a hint. (Which is good; I’m generally not a hibiscus fan.)
Hey, for a mere $1.50 an ounce locally, it made for a nice springy “vacation” from a cold, dreary day.
Full review’s now up:
…though it’s not one of my better ones, writing-stylewise; it has come to my attention that I’ve used the “pork rinds” metaphor to describe lapsang souchong perhaps one too many times. Mike was kind to post the review anyway. In the meantime, I’ll work on honing my adjectival vocabulary.