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drank Rickshaw Black Tea by Rickshaw
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Bought this tea at the Asian market because I remembered liking it before. Its not all bad but it is overly astringent is the main thing. I had to add milk, or actually unflavored coffee creamer to it. Otherwise it is basically a strong Sri Lankan breakfast tea. I think it is from Sri Lanka but do not remember. Its a little bitter too.

I brewed this once in a 16oz Teavana Glass Perfect Tea Maker/Gravity Steeper with 3 tsp leaf and 190 degree water for 2 min. I think it would be better with a 1 min steep.

190 °F / 87 °C 2 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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Not as bad as the same brand fake Oolong tea
The content of the tea bag is once again hashed very fine. I’m not sure whether the jasmine taste comes from real flowers mixed with the tea or from oils, or worse artificial flavoring.
The tea turned very bitter quite quickly; when the tea was growing colder in my cup, the bitterness became stronger and really overwhelming. The tea seemed a bit murky, though with less particles in suspension than the oolong.
All in all, it might be drinkable with a shorter steep time, but to my opinion will at best remain a very generic jasmine tea with no finesse and no interest and most probably a not very pleasant tasting one.

200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 15 sec

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Sold by 100 tea-bags for a dirt-cheap price (or so I hope). I tried it at the office, for the sake of checking that I did good bothering with rinsing my mesh-filter. I had not had my fine-tasting Sun-Moon Lake tea in a while; so much the better, as there were no ground for fair comparison.
The content of the bag is hashed really fine, not making it possible to see if you’re brewing leaves or stems.
The color of the tea is really brown, like maple syrup, while I was expecting a oolong to be something closer to a light yellow. It seems a bit murky, with some almost invisible dust floating within.
The smell is slightly oolong, but I had to almost wet my nose to notice it. The taste is in between a vile cheap black tea and a oolong, but lean more on the vile cheap black tea side. The lingering taste got even worse, after a few sips. And the tea seemed bitterer while it was cooling, even though I had taken the bag out quite quickly.
I’m not sure whether the black tea feeling only came from a stronger oxidation.
Anyway even this one cup was quite difficult to finish and left my stomach a bit queasy. I’ll never pick it up again and can only recommend every one to steer clear of it.

200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 30 sec

I finally found the right analogy for this tea : it is to oolong what a Christmas chocolate wrapper would be to a real gold leaf…

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drank Rickshaw Black Tea by Rickshaw
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Rickshaw – Ceylon (black). Loose. Appearance: black CTC leaves, small cut but larger than bag, otherwise unremarkable. Liquor: dark red. Smell: fragrant and assertive. Taste: strong, with distinct Assam notes. Initially very bright, but quickly becomes astringent and bitter. Without milk or sugar, it was often too strong. With milk and sugar, it was unremarkable. It was too strong for me. A friend who normally likes black teas thought it was not strong enough, as it was not a clear breakfast blend. 2/10.

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