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drank Chinese Breakfast by Rishi Tea
38 tasting notes

This tea deserves a better rating, IMO. The flavor just explodes: honey, date, chocolate.They call for a tsb instead tsp, but with that I got three full-bodied brews, the second being my favorite. More patient people could probably get several more. I use natural sugar crystals, it is improved by it and I just prefer it. This is a fantastic value and a great early morning kick start. I prefer a dark, full flavor in the a.m. – but smooth. This one has a touch of astringent edge on the first brew, but just a touch. I might try 3 minutes for the first brew instead of 4. I plan on getting a much larger bag and making this a regular.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
TOMMMMMM

I noticed that Rishi calls for 1 tbsp for many of their teas while some are just 1 tsp. Is that some kind of typo? 1 tbsp per cup seems like it would make a brutally strong tea, let alone, a waste of tea if all you want is one cup.

kuanyin

I don’t know if it is a typo, but it does seem like it for this is not a large leaf tea. I have given up trying to follow all the different instructions on all the different teas, and use the same for almost everything now. Very generous tsp per cup and brew at 3 minutes the first brew, and five for addl. brews. I’m finding that works for almost every black tea I have. For Assams I use a flat teaspoon, as it gets so strong, but I don’t brew it much either.

TOMMMMMM

kuanyin, that is pretty much what I do. I even emailed Rishi and they said that the “1 tsp” is actually the typo and that all teas are suggested to be 1tbsp per cup. They said its just their recommendation as they (the people who work at RIshi), like their tea strong. I like strong tea sometimes, but I also like a tea that is drinkable. Perhaps they’re just trying to sell more tea.

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TOMMMMMM

I noticed that Rishi calls for 1 tbsp for many of their teas while some are just 1 tsp. Is that some kind of typo? 1 tbsp per cup seems like it would make a brutally strong tea, let alone, a waste of tea if all you want is one cup.

kuanyin

I don’t know if it is a typo, but it does seem like it for this is not a large leaf tea. I have given up trying to follow all the different instructions on all the different teas, and use the same for almost everything now. Very generous tsp per cup and brew at 3 minutes the first brew, and five for addl. brews. I’m finding that works for almost every black tea I have. For Assams I use a flat teaspoon, as it gets so strong, but I don’t brew it much either.

TOMMMMMM

kuanyin, that is pretty much what I do. I even emailed Rishi and they said that the “1 tsp” is actually the typo and that all teas are suggested to be 1tbsp per cup. They said its just their recommendation as they (the people who work at RIshi), like their tea strong. I like strong tea sometimes, but I also like a tea that is drinkable. Perhaps they’re just trying to sell more tea.

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I live in Kansas City Mo and am currently obsessed with black tea. I’ve been going through phases. I liked keemun and now I don’t. I’m trying to use them up by adding some golden Yunnan needle to cut the smoke quality. I quit drinking coffee because it affected my blood sugar too much and I’m finding that the really stout teas do too. So Assams and some of the blends are tricky. Right now the Chinese red (black) teas are my current passion. After worrying over the perfect timing for each tea, I have found that I love black tea added generously, brewed at boiling for three minutes for the first infusion and five for the second. Life is so much simpler now and I am enjoying the resulting tea much more than when I was brewing it longer. I do add sweetener, usually Teavana’s German rock crystals, sometimes palm sugar or other experimental alternatives. For my black tea in the morning, I use an infuser basket and an iron teapot. It may not be ideal to basket the leaves, but morning is not the time to be fussy and labor intensive.

Oolong is pretty wonderful too. Especially in the evening. I have some Yixing pots for my evenings, that I really enjoy. One for greener oolongs, one for darker oolongs and one for black teas. Teapots are another obsession, can one have too many? I have a paper porcelain that is perfect for green teas and just got a wabi sabi teapot for flavored teas. I have some larger teapots that I’m finding I just don’t use because I’m the only one in the house that drinks it, so I’m concentrating on smaller ones now. Especially for evening, I like to brew a serving at a time and I prefer a small teapot that with a strainer spot. Then, if I don’t reinfuse, I haven’t wasted as much.

Some of this background helps understand the reviews, I think.

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Kansas City MO