Chinese Breakfast

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Black Tea
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  • “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....” Read full tasting note
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    kuanyin 38 tasting notes
  • “malty, strong black tea flavor. your typical black tea. though, it is making me feel really jittery and anxious- like i do when i have coffee. how strange. giving this a low rating for the...” Read full tasting note
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    LissaMarie 190 tasting notes
  • “The folks at Rishi teas have done a great job of making affordable vareitals availible - in this case their "china breakfast" whole leaf. this is a Yunnan red - a style that gained huge popularity...” Read full tasting note
    Anothercuppa 10 tasting notes
  • “Dark amber is the first thing I can think about this tea. Great smell out of the bag, light with very malty flavors. This is a deep black tea. Not so much in flavor, or caffeine content but rather...” Read full tasting note
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    Valdus 10 tasting notes

From Rishi Tea

Our breakfast tea of choice has a robust and flavorful taste profile that is rich and malty with subtle notes of chocolate. China Breakfast is a pure Dian Hong style black tea harvested from Yunnan’s antique tea trees.

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The majority of our teas are organic and Fair Trade Certified. In 2009, we won 11 First Place Awards for Best Tea, almost double that of any competitor. Tea is our passion, it’s what we do best. We’re honored to share some of our favorite teas with you.

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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.

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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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malty, strong black tea flavor. your typical black tea. though, it is making me feel really jittery and anxious- like i do when i have coffee. how strange.

giving this a low rating for the coffee-nervous feeling =[. I’m not a fan of feeling jittery.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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10 tasting notes

The folks at Rishi teas have done a great job of making affordable vareitals availible – in this case their “china breakfast” whole leaf. this is a Yunnan red – a style that gained huge popularity in the west in the early 1900’s and for a long time was the basis for English “brekkie” blends until cost/politics drove them to more heavy assam/ceylon blends with less “Red” & Keenum.

Red Yunnan is more fermented than golden yunnans, both from the same base trees that also make Pur-eh’s I think goldens are fired less and rless as well.

Brewed 4 min with boiling water in my Miracle – This is red copper in the the cup, the big malty nose of yunnan, and I associate with “brekkie”. Malt and dark chocolate taste, with a little sour after prevelent of most Yunnans. Full body mouth feel, very little astringency. I like it with a touch of milk in the morning. This is a good brekkie.

I am playing with blending a little of this with some keenum and some assam and ceylon to get a full leaf “North side” brekkie.

Marie

Just started out blending with my collection, and haven’t yet ventured into blending my straight blacks. I have mostley China and Ceylon blacks, with some preblended brands that include assam and darjeeling. Any favorite brands of blacks that hold up to black blending well without getting lost, or over-powering?

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Dark amber is the first thing I can think about this tea. Great smell out of the bag, light with very malty flavors. This is a deep black tea. Not so much in flavor, or caffeine content but rather in body and color. This tea has no empty spaces that some teas out there have. You sip the tea and notice on the palate or on the tongue that there is a space, this tea has no empty space. This is one of the maltiest teas I have ever had, awesome for those into a real brew.

Bit of a problem was, as the tea cooled from a rather high 212 degrees, a bitterness did happen, only slight. I would recommend a lower temperature. But Rishi does seem to be a rather good company for tea.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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Great morning tea, nice robust flavor, malty. Low tannins.

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