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drank Orange Blossom by Rishi Tea
186 tasting notes

I have decided that today shall be an “Orange” day. I have no idea why. It’s just worked out that way. So next on deck is an Auggy tea, which always makes me feel warm and fuzzy, because Auggy is quite the warm and fuzzy lady.

She picked this one up at the London Tea Room, which is awesome, and it’s Rishi, which is double-awesome! Anyway, I used a tablespoon of this lovely stuff. It’s very pretty. A rainbow of greens and yellows, and very… stick-like! Lots of flat, stick-shaped things in this blend.

Anyway, this one smells bright and summery! It’s less heavy on the orange than something like Blood Orange Pu-erh (Samovar, not Rishi), but it’s still orange-y. I’m really getting a smell similar to the gorgeous smell they used to pump out in the faux orange groves of the Horizons Disney World ride that they have since dismantled. It’s a nice scent!

So I steep this one up, and the resulting infusion is a medium goldenrod color. The scent coming off the wet leaves is actually pretty lemon-heavy, but the infusion itself… Deeper orange than I thought initially, with an almost floral-sweet edge to it. If I flounced around in fields, I’d want them to smell like this. Of course, I’m not the flouncing type, and I’m a city girl, so there are no fields, but still. You get the picture.

At first sip, I’m sort of shocked at how light this one is! And bright and happy! It’s a complete 180 from the tall/dark/handsome pu-erh before. Sunshine in a cup. I’m not good with citrus, so I can’t really expound on what’s going on here (since it’s really just blending together), but there’s an orange taste as well as a lemon myrtle taste, followed by a refreshing sweetness. This one is clean and fresh and light.

There is a slight Fruit Loops flavor, but it’s not as heavy as Citron Oolong by Rishi! Which is good!

I just finished a children’s book, The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate, and this tea really reminds me of that 1899, rural Texas plantation kind of feel. Lazy summers in the heat, sweeping music, cicadas humming and a sunset in the distance.

Yum.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 30 sec
Auggy

Yay! I fully support Orange Day!

Angrboda

Me too! I’ve already had a lemon oolong and I’ve just written an orange pu-ehr post that is going live in 3… 2… 1…

S

Aww, I should have signed onto steepster before I started brewing my tea…I didn’t know it was citrus day!

AND ON WEDNESDAYS WE WEAR PINK,

teaplz

Awesome citrus day! And Shanti, there’s always time to brew up a citrus-like cup! I think I’ve run out of orange teas, but maybe I’ll do another citrus one if I could figure something out.

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Auggy

Yay! I fully support Orange Day!

Angrboda

Me too! I’ve already had a lemon oolong and I’ve just written an orange pu-ehr post that is going live in 3… 2… 1…

S

Aww, I should have signed onto steepster before I started brewing my tea…I didn’t know it was citrus day!

AND ON WEDNESDAYS WE WEAR PINK,

teaplz

Awesome citrus day! And Shanti, there’s always time to brew up a citrus-like cup! I think I’ve run out of orange teas, but maybe I’ll do another citrus one if I could figure something out.

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22-year-old NYC girl just starting out on her tea adventures! I used to hate tea. If you asked me a few years ago what I thought of tea, I’d tell you it tasted like hot, dirty dishwater. Not anymore! I acquired a taste for tea when I started drinking peppermint tea for my upset stomach problems. From there I graduated to teas like chamomile and Lipton. But Lipton wasn’t strong enough!

I’m getting the hang of this loose leaf thing. Black’s my default, but I’ve found that I really love teas that fall into every category. I’m a purist – I always drink my tea neat. I prefer unflavored tea over flavored tea, and really dislike anything flavored with artificial-tasting substances. I’ve grown up a bit in my tea drinking, and I find that novelty appeals to me less and less.

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