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1/21/22
One of my favorite night time herbal blends. Soothing.

Flavors: Lavender, Mint, Peppermint, Sage

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 5 tsp 32 OZ / 946 ML

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drank Jade Cloud by Rishi Tea
2 tasting notes

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drank Jade Cloud by Rishi Tea
2 tasting notes

Nice. Very good. Everyday tea.

Great mouth feel. No bitterness.

Preparation
6 g 5 OZ / 150 ML

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Found this one little lonely sample from Rishi Tea, yay easy sipdown!

The chrysanthemum is definitely at the forefront at the beginning of the sip, and it has that interesting soft floral-yet-peppery quality to it. The floral is a bit hard to describe, it does somewhat remind me of chamomile, but with a noticeable musty note that fades to tasting a bit like pollen smells. There’s definitely sweetness as well, and perhaps a hint of dill? The oolong comes forward mid-sip, and dominates the latter half with its sparkling mineral notes and nectarous florals, along with a slight dried fruit note in the aftertaste.

An interesting one to try for sure, probably not something I would reorder just because I would rather have a chrysanthemum blend be caffeine-free for the evening, plus this is rather expensive.

Flavors: Chamomile, Dill, Dried Fruit, Floral, Grain, Hay, Herbs, Mineral, Musty, Nectar, Pepper, Pollen, Smooth, Spring Water, Sweet

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

Chrysanthemum and oolong seems like an odd combo to me. I am used to it either straight up or with a few goji berries thrown in. Habit—though I may be stuck and in need of change.

Cameron B.

It was a nice enough combo, but I would rather just have the chrysanthemum by itself so it’s caffeine-free for the evening. Goji berry sounds nice too, I think I have a Chinese medicine tea somewhere with those ingredients…

Evol Ving Ness

I’ve been going for acupuncture and other TCM treatments for years. This mix of chrysanthemum blossoms and goji berries was recommended to substitute for drinking water through the day—a clump of dried flowers, about 12 berries to 12 oz. water. Refresh the water throughout the day. I pick them up from an herbalist in Chinatown.

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drank Turmeric Ginger by Rishi Tea
1161 tasting notes

The water dispenser at work. Have I ever tried the hot water spigot? Of course not. For some reason, for 2 years, I thought it probably doesn’t work. Until I saw my coworker make his ginger tea the other day. I’m such a dweeb.

Another coworker came into the office this morning and suggested we have a tea party. (I’m like, “Girl, you don’t even know!” YESSSSS!) She displayed 4 different teabags, all with ginger and this was my choice.

A big ol’ doozy of spicy-rooty tea. Licorice root lends sweetness. The orange and lemon peels/essential oils really brighten up the taste without overpowering the tea’s namesake. Lemongrass serves as a soft bridge between the high, zesty citrus notes and the low, earthy roots. The licorice root and citrus flavors become more agreeable and harmonious as the tea cools — licorice root is at best tolerable for me and I don’t often enjoy the combination of citrus and ginger in tea.

I put the empty envelope in my inner jacket pocket to remind me to log this and I got whiffs of rooty spice from under my jacket all day.

I happen to love turmeric. If you like it but don’t like the heat of a megadose of ginger, you best avoid this warmer. If you like a little burn, I say go for this one. It’s megafresh.

Flavors: Earth, Ginger, Lemon Zest, Lemongrass, Licorice, Orange, Spicy, Sweet, Turmeric

Preparation
8 min or more 8 OZ / 236 ML
Leafhopper

It’s great that you have a tea-loving coworker! This sounds like a nice tea, though I don’t like licorice either.

derk

It’s such a joy to find other tea drinkers! Especially with her, since I will soon be working in an office right behind where she works. I got a promotion yesterday and my new space will be behind closed doors with a large desk. Plenty of room to keep a kettle and a variety of tea and teaware. I can’t wait to be able to brew at my desk and have teatime with little cups of tea shared with coworkers!

derk

I don’t care for licorice but it’s a good proportion that gives some sweetness and body rather than being overdone and hanging out all sickly like on the tongue.

Leafhopper

Congratulations on your promotion! It’s great that you’ll have your own space to make tea as well as someone to drink it with.

mrmopar

Congrats on that promotion! Happy for you!

Martin Bednář

Congratulations on promotion! Hopefully I will get my first job soon and if so… I would get quite a nice tea enviroment as well. Soon it will be time to buy my first teapot for that.

derk

Thanks y’all! I’m really excited for this opportunity.

Martin: I’m wishing the best for your job search!

ashmanra

How exciting! I am buzzing with happiness for you! <3

Martin Bednář

Thank you :)

gmathis

Desks were meant to keep tea on, and fellow work tea-ists, even the less informed ones, are a blessing! Hope the job change is a good one.

LuckyMe

Congrats on your promotion. And a private tea space is indeed a blessing. My tea drinking at work experience improved once I moved out of the cubicle farm :-)

tea-sipper

Congrats on the move upwards, derk!

derk

Thank you :)

gmathis

I reviewed this tea for itsallabouttheleaf.com, which disappeared long, long ago. I think my primary observation was, “Ooh, the ginger! Save this for your next sinus blockage.”

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drank Ruby Oolong by Rishi Tea
1343 tasting notes

Little sample from a tea box. This one surprised me with how tasty it is. I’m not even adding sugar, which is rare for me. It’s a nice buttery, slightly savory flavor. Not something I’d seek out, but tasty to try!

gmathis

Interesting! Savory oolongs are kind of in the minority, but that’s what we like best at our house.

AJRimmer

I don’t love flowery teas, so I’m sort of by default in the savory vs floral oolong camp! (unless there are even more camps!)

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drank Scarlet by Rishi Tea
583 tasting notes

Here’s a nearly 2 year old tea I found buried in the back of my cupboard. A happy discovery as I’m exploring more low caffeine options for the evenings.

I blended it with a little white silver needle since these fruity teas are usually too potent for me on their own. Served in a tulip shaped Turkish teacup which showed off its gorgeous scarlet red color. The tasting notes on the Rishi website were spot on. It tasted like tart cherry or pomegranate juice thanks to the hibiscus and berries. The cranberries in the mixture accentuate the tartness and blueberry is also prominent in there, especially upon resteep.

Not usually a fan of tart teas especially hibiscus but this was decent. A little sweetener would have enhanced this tea too.

Flavors: Blueberry, Cherry, Pomegranate, Tart

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drank Jade Cloud by Rishi Tea
1023 tasting notes

Buttery yumminess! I bought a cup of this from a bakery I went to today and it was a really good cup of green tea! Other than that I don’t remember much about it but If I ever order from Rishi I’d probably get some more of this.

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drank Matcha Ginger Buzz by Rishi Tea
2715 tasting notes

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Okay, finishing off the remainder of the sample cold-brewed in the fridge for a few hours.

It’s a little better I think – the ginger is still very aggressive, but the citrusy notes of the yuzu are more prominent, which helps temper it a bit.

Still not something I would reorder, but it’s an improvement at least! XD

Flavors: Citrus, Ginger, Lemon, Pine, Rosemary, Spicy, Yuzu

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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drank Matcha Ginger Buzz by Rishi Tea
2715 tasting notes

A sample I added to reach the free shipping threshold when ordering teaware.

Honestly, I expected this to be horrible after seeing the other reviews. And don’t get me wrong, it’s not good. But I don’t find it to be that bad either… Like, I’m not spitting it out or anything ha ha.

The ginger definitely overpowers everything else. It’s essentially a dried ginger tisane with hints of yuzu, rosemary, and black pepper. I don’t think I would have guessed that there’s matcha if I hadn’t already known, though it’s very obvious by the green powder-dusted dry leaf.

I’m going to try the rest cold-brewed to see how it fares. Happy that it’s only a small sample, heh heh… XD

Flavors: Black Pepper, Citrus, Ginger, Grass, Pine, Rosemary, Spicy, Yuzu

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
Tiffany :)

Hmm, I love every single one of those ingredients and have never seen them combined before (ginger, yuzu, rosemary, black pepper). Sorry Cameron this might have convinced me to place an order to try this :)

Cameron B.

Ha ha, more power to you if you want to try it after reading this! I would say if you really like ginger, you might enjoy it?

Martin Bednář

Honestly second bag I got from derk wasn’t that bad to be rated 18 but still, wrong and bad. Maybe bagged is different to loose leaf?

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drank Green Tea Mint by Rishi Tea
2715 tasting notes

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Another sample that I got from Rishi. The combination of hojicha and mint sounded intriguing.

I quite enjoyed it. This last cup is a bit peppermint-heavy due to it being the bottom of the bag and all. But otherwise I like the combination of mildly roasty hojicha with the fresh, cool mint. There’s an almost chocolaty note to the hojicha as well, which gives it a bit of an Andes mint vibe.

Not sure whether I feel the need to reorder it… But in the future, I might have to try recreating something similar with my other hojicha.

Flavors: Cocoa, Creamy, Menthol, Mint, Nuts, Peppermint, Roasted, Smooth

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec 4 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
Tiffany :)

I have acquired almost 2 lbs of this tea, haven’t gotten around to drinking any yet, glad to know it’s a nice cuppa. :D

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drank Earl Grey Lavender by Rishi Tea
2715 tasting notes

So this is a free sample that was included in my recent Rishi order, which was mostly just to get the cute glass teapot recommended by LuckyMe. I threw in 3 tea samples to reach the free shipping threshold, and then they also included this bonus sample.

Now, I don’t really like lavender most of the time, but I’m giving this a fair shot.

It’s okay. It’s not the worst thing ever. Really the lavender isn’t that strong, but even so I’m not a fan. I think it’s because bergamot can already read as somewhat floral and perfumey to me, and the addition of the lavender just takes it to a perfume/soap place.

It would probably be fine as a latte, but I think I’d rather just move the rest of the sample to my rehoming box and add it to a TTB where someone else can enjoy it.

Flavors: Bergamot, Citrus, Floral, Lavender, Perfume, Soap

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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Got this as a sample and was not expecting to like it. It was a berry tea with lots of pieces of different fruits. Very flavorful. Would be great iced…I had it hot. Need to buy more!

Preparation
5 min, 0 sec

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drank Turmeric Ginger by Rishi Tea
1 tasting notes

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My last remaining Rishi tea! This was another one that Todd asked me for a “top up” after his “Sara’s Old Tea Advent Calendar,” so a) I have a lot less leaf to work through for sipdown and b) I expect it to go fast because the last tea that Todd really liked and requested a top up of was really freaking good.

The package instructions suggest 8g for 8 oz of water?! Do they expect me to clean rust off my intestines?! For me, a “stronger” than normal cuppa is adding a gram to my typical 2.5g for 12 oz. Yaaaaaaa… I think I’ll just make it my way, Rishi. 2.5g leaf, 350ml water (boiled to 205F but had cooled to 195F when I realized the kettle was ready… I just decided to use it as was), steeped for 3 minutes(ish).

The steeped cup smells like roses, which immediately has me excited! Also a fruity scent that is somewhere between lychee and orange zest, and a very sweet aroma as well, reminding me of cream. On the sip I’m definitely getting the purported lychee and rose, as well as warm baked bread, honey, and a strong lingering orange marmalade taste after the sip. The tea has a very mild drying sensation after the sip, but the flavors are smooth and lacking any bitterness.

Dare I say this is a Chinese black that is up there with unsmoked lapsang for me?!

During my staycation, I really have to get out of the house some (just too much stir crazy/cabin fever vibes going on), so I’ve decided to visit at least one or two “new to me” local, independantly/family-owned businesses in my community that I have never been to. Today I found a cupcakery I didn’t even know existed! I got a Cookies & Cream, Apple Cinnamon, and Lemon Blueberry cupcake, and am enjoying this cuppa with the Lemon Blueberry one for teatime. It is wonderful paired with the bright, tangy and sweet citrus notes of the cupcake!

Flavors: Bread, Cream, Floral, Fruity, Honey, Jam, Lychee, Orange Zest, Rose

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 g 12 OZ / 350 ML
AJRimmer

Those cupcake flavors sound delicious! We’re considering checking out a doughnut shop near us this week. Their doughnuts are $3.50, so if they’re not 3.5 times better than our usual place, we won’t be back :P

Leafhopper

Agreed, those cupcakes sound tasty. It’s always fun to check out local businesses, especially if treats are involved!

derk

Cupcakes! Sounds like a good day overall.

Mastress Alita

I was highly amused that my cat took interest in the Apple Cinnamon one. She tried eating the wrapper, haha. Testament to their tastiness.

Martin Bednář

Oh those cupcakes sounds super great!

gmathis

We lost our Smallcakes (fancy pants cupcake boutique) about a year ago and I am sorely missing it.

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drank Ginger Geranium by Rishi Tea
583 tasting notes

Received a sample of this herbal medicinal tea with my Rishi Tea order a long time ago. I had been saving it for a sick day and finally dug it out the other day for my wife who was feeling under the weather.

This tisane has a wonderful, mesmerizing aroma. It smells just like its name. An explosion of sweet candied ginger, tangerine, ginseng, and heady geranium all danced in my nose. It smelled so good I felt like using the mixture as potpourri to perfume the house. Like most Rishi blends though, the taste of the brewed tea wasn’t as exuberant as its smell. An earthy, turmeric-like chalky flavor is the first thing to hit the tongue followed by spicy black pepper and a tingle of ginger. I was really hoping to taste more of the citrus and geranium notes so prominent in the aroma but alas they had tamed down and were barely detectable anymore. There are some other exotic herbs and flavorings in there I’ve never encountered before like ashwagandha root and vana tulsi which added an herbaceous undertone to the tea.

On its own, this is a tad earthy for me but it would be soothing to have when you’re nursing a cold or sore throat. Would reach for this over DAVIDsTea Cold 911 any day.

Flavors: Citrusy, Floral, Ginger, Herbaceous, Medicinal, Pepper, Spicy

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec 5 g 11 OZ / 325 ML

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Steepster Freeze 2021 #2: 01/18/21

I have finally finished off my 50g bag of Rishi’s Ruby #18 and am only one cold-brew batch away from finishing off the 50g of Yunnan Orchid Green, so I can finally move onto the remainder of my 2017 teas, which is getting to be quite a small list now! Thankfully my last two Rishi teas I only have to work through 25g, because Todd really liked them from his advent so I split the 50g packages with him.

Brewed this western style this morning, 3.5g to 350ml of 205F water with a 3 minute steep. The aroma from the cup is lovely! I smell orange blossoms, honey, marmalade, and a sweet, roasted nuts aroma. This has such a silky mouthfeel, with a florality that comes out first on the sip, teetering on perfumy but subdued by the other flavors. A rich, citrusy orange note quickly follows mid-sip and settles along the back of the tongue, leaving an aftertaste of sweet marmalade jam and honey-roasted nuts. There is a slightly sharp, fruity note as well, which is a little hard for me to place… perhaps a dark variety of cherry.

This is a really lovely oolong… I can see why Todd was so taken with it!

Flavors: Cherry, Citrus, Floral, Fruity, Honey, Jam, Nutty, Orange, Orange Blossom, Orange Zest, Roasted Nuts, Smooth

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 g 12 OZ / 350 ML

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drank Teahouse Matcha by Rishi Tea
780 tasting notes

Everyone once in awhile I will drink a tea or have a matcha that is the unfortunate victim to poor packaging. The grey unassuming bag looks like it would be well suited for the job of protecting this matcha but I fear it failed. The dry aroma is nil. It’s part of matcha that I love, so smelling a staleness, a sort of packaging type of smell was disappointing. Surprisingly the wet aroma immediately filled my nose with vegetal and slight nori notes. Gave me hope. But that was dashed with the flavor. It tastes like the aroma. Not at all what I expected. At some point I’d like to get a sample to see if perhaps it really is the packaging or if the matcha they sourced just isn’t that good.

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drank Puerh Bordeaux by Rishi Tea
1114 tasting notes

Work tea #1

I found this very enjoyable. There were woody, earthy notes from the puerh as well as sweet spicy grape flavors. There was also a slightly deeper note that hinted at wine, but I think it fell a bit short. The tea was full bodied and had a nice creaminess to it. All in all really good. I’d happily drink it again. I wish I could’ve tried several steeps, but work is work. If I can I’ll pick up a box to keep at home. This is a good one.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 15 sec 2 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML
Martin Bednář

That sounds like a tea I would try.

Veronica

It surprised me. Since it was at my work I’m guessing one of my co-workers bought it but didn’t like it. We have a collective tea/coffee area, and people often bring things to share.

Martin Bednář

That’s nice, my brother has got something similar, but as they are working mostly from home this ending year, I haven’t got much teas from him. I have only one experience with Rishi and unfortunately not a good one.

Veronica

My experience with Rishi has been similar, which is why this one surprised me. :)

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drank Ruby #18 by Rishi Tea
1025 tasting notes

Moving onto my Rishi teas from my 2017 stuff, and these are all 50g packages and will take many a morning to finish off… and while I realize teas like this are just “meant for gong fu”, western brew work thermoses are going to be the way I accomplish that. Possibly some iced tea/cold brew jars. If I have the time for a gong fu session, I’ll probably pick something I only have a small amount of leaf left that the session can tidily finish off…

I gave samples of these teas to Todd in his advent (before I’ve even tried them, ha) and at least he said they are still holding up, but he also often just thinks “tea tastes like tea” (I still love you, Todd!) so let’s see, shall we?

April/May 2017 harvest, 3.5g in 500ml 205F water, steeped 3 minutes. I smell a bright, fruity mandarin orange aroma, as well as cinnamon. The flavor is malty, with a bit of a baked grain bread with a bit of spice (more clove than cinnamon on the tongue), and an oddly crisp minty note in the finish. I would assume that was flavor contamination from my thermos (I had the Pistachio Mint tea in it yesterday, and even though I thoroughly washed it in the sink last night it still had a “minty” aroma this morning, so I’m going to have to deep clean the thermos with the Mandala Tea Cleaner every time I drink that B&B Mint Pistachio, apparently…) except this was tea that came straight from my infuser to a separate glass for taste-testing since it takes so long for anything to cool in the work thermos. Huh. I guess at 50g, I’ll have plenty more cups to see if that note reappears or is, indeed, some kind of contamination… (Although, I see just before posting this that jamin also tasted “minty overtones” soooooo…)

I don’t think I’ve ever tasted a black tea like this. It’s certainly interesting, and definitely not unpleasant!

Flavors: Bread, Cinnamon, Citrus, Clove, Malt, Mint, Orange, Spices, Wheat

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 g 17 OZ / 500 ML
White Antlers

I’m with Todd on ‘tea just tastes like tea’ which is why, even after 5 years on Steepster, I never write tasting notes.

Cameron B.

Meant for gong fu, pish posh! It even has Western instructions!

Mastress Alita

But they also “recommended gaiwan brewing”. I see that a lot. And rarely ever do it.

Cameron B.

Well I recommend doing whatever floats your boat! :D

Mastress Alita

Well, I still can’t quite get the “minty” smell out of my work thermos… on my lunch break I grabbed a fresh infuser out of the cupboard and a fresh mug and made a new cup. Getting a slight floral/cherry note now, I do think I still taste a minty note but very subtle. Definitely seems there was some flavor contamination on my teaware.

White Antlers

I’m with Cameron B. Drink it the way YOU like it.

tea-sipper

Some find a mint flavor in Ruby, so maybe it isn’t contamination!

Mastress Alita

I deep cleaned all my infusers/mugs/thermoses that had touched the mint tea that night, and made the Ruby again today. At least from my thermos, the mint was much stronger before the “big clean” (but B&B’s Mint Pistachio, a VERY minty tea, had sat in it from 8:30 am until 6 pm…) Now I’m only getting a very subtle minty note, and it is persistent regardless of teaware. So I do seem to get a little minty taste in this black. But there was definitely some residue peppermint taste/aroma in my travel thermos throwing it off before.

Tiffany :)

Hmm I think I’d like this tea from your tasting notes even though I’m not generally a black tea fan.

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drank Yunnan Orchid Green by Rishi Tea
154 tasting notes

Day 22 of Sara’s Old Tea

Mmm, strong vegetal taste, kind of like asparagus. It tastes… very green, LOL. I like it.

Flavors: Asparagus, Vegetal

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 g 12 OZ / 354 ML
Mastress Alita

I got a lot of florality from this one, like that orchid/lilac taste that is in green oolongs.

Todd

Huh, I didn’t notice any floral notes, weird.

Mastress Alita

I also taste grapes in it!

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drank Green Tea Mint by Rishi Tea
804 tasting notes

Samurai TTB #15

Mmm, this is nice. Fresh and minty and the perfect afternoon pick-me-up! Rishi tea is always such lovely quality.

Flavors: Peppermint

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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Making this tea was such a comedy of errors… I guess that’s what I get for trying to multitask in the kitchen too much! I forgot to change the temperature on my kettle (which is on 205F by default) and realized it the SECOND I started to pour the water over the leaf and saw the steam rise… I stopped immediately, dumped the leaf (I seriously have TONS of this stuff, a 50g bag from 2017 to work through!), set the kettle aside to cool down to 175F, and got a fresh 2g of leaf to start over. Lost a bit of water from the ordeal, so this is a bit less than my typical 350ml cup, but I’m not sure by how much… 2 minute steep.

I can see why it is called “orchid” green, because it has a very sweet, floral aroma… something about the smell makes me think of flowers and strawberries? Definitely a berry fruitiness to the aroma. There is definitely a floral note present, that lilac/orchid note typical of green oolongs… There is a fruitiness here too, but not the berry note I was getting in the aroma, more of a very subtle green grape. Smooth vegetal taste of fresh green beans and peas that I often taste in Chinese greens is present as well, and probably the most present note, as it lingers after the sip.

A pleasant green, but like my last large, old bag of green tea, I’ll likely use it up making liter-sized batches of cold brew until it is gone.

Flavors: Beany, Floral, Fruity, Grapes, Green Beans, Orchid, Peas, Smooth, Vegetal

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec 2 g 10 OZ / 300 ML

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drank Yunnan Lily Black by Rishi Tea
154 tasting notes

This is the 9th day of Sara’s Old…
WHAT? Wow, this is amazing. Strong notes of malt and honey, super smooth.

Mmm, I may have to order some of this.

Flavors: Honey, Malt

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 30 sec 3 g 12 OZ / 354 ML
Mastress Alita

At least some of these 2017 teas still have some flavor!

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