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I steeped twice again as much tea at a slightly higher temperature in an effort to get the flavor that everyone seems so enchanted by in the other notes on Steepster about this tea.

7.5 grams of tea for 500 ml water at 190 for 2 minutes.

It didn’t make a difference. Tomorrow I’ll try doubling it.

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60

I steeped this according to package directions — a bit hotter and a bit longer than I would for a green tea. The package says this is a green tea in one place and a yellow tea in another, but the consensus online seems to be this is a yellow tea.

I haven’t had that many yellow teas, but the ones I’ve had seem more like green teas than anything else.

This one, though, looks like a white tea — like a silver needle. The leaves are long and twisty when dry, and take up so much room in the spoon (with a lot of air in between) that I decided to weigh rather than rely on a spoon measurement.

This tea has received a lot of love on Steepster in the past so I’m excited to try it.

In the packet, the leaves have a smell that sometimes comes across to me as rice, and sometimes as nutty, but in both cases with a tinge of sweetness.

The tea is basically colorless and clear. If I look really hard, I can make out a rose-yellow tint. I get very little aroma from the steeped tea which is puzzling given that a lot of other notes seem to get a honey, or butter, or sweet rich nectar. I get, weirdly, some sweetness and something that reminds me of vanilla. This might be the honey/nectar others smell.

Sadly, I also don’t get a lot of flavor out of this tea. Maybe for the same reason I have a hard time with white teas — I often feel cheated. Where others taste all kinds of miraculous things, I taste faintly sweet or vegetal hot water. Perhaps my palate requires a more in your face flavor? Or perhaps I’m steeping this wrong.

I’m tempted to amp up everything next time (leaf, water temp, and steeping time) and see if it makes a difference.

But right now this tea is making me sad because everyone loves it and it’s doing nothing for me.

Sob.

Flavors: Nectar, Nuts, Rice, Vanilla

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec 5 g 17 OZ / 500 ML
Kittenna

I generally overleaf whites in order to get enough flavour out of them. It’s always a treat when I do, but I’ve certainly had my fair share of cups of “did I even put the infuser in this?” sadness.

__Morgana__

I used 5 grams — next time I’ll bump it up and see if that helps.

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80

This is the first tie guan yin I’m trying. Used a gaiwan.

I was very excited to taste the baked goods quality to this tea. It tasted like a spice cookie to me early on, although I can see how that may be vanilla or apricot instead. I by no means have a refined Oolong palate.

Later on it gets a more vegetal taste and some astringency. Pretty good especially for something I can buy in bulk at a grocery store! Part of me wonders if ordering directly from Rishi would be more fresh. Not that freshness was a problem.

Preparation
3 g 3 OZ / 90 ML

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84
drank Cinnamon Plum by Rishi Tea
11 tasting notes

Just the right blend of cinnamon with hibiscus and plum. Love that it’s caffeine free to enjoy in the afternoon or evening.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Chamomile Medley by Rishi Tea
11 tasting notes

My new favorite chamomile! I’ve tasted a few but this loose leaf version is so fresh tasting.

Flavors: Citrus

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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100

I love it! Great flavor, i love for strong and smooth it is, beautiful color when steeped too!

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drank Hibiscus Berry by Rishi Tea
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75

This had a much lighter flavor than I was expecting. It was sweet, with a hint of grass taste, but not much else. I prefer my black teas a bit stronger, but this was a good change of pace.

Flavors: Floral, Grass, Sweet

Preparation
3 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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100

amazingly refreshing and just a lot of different flavors that pop out. Smells like high quality jasmine blossoms

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75

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Flavors: Honey, Toasted Rice, Wet Wood

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 0 min, 15 sec 4 g 3 OZ / 80 ML

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95
drank Shan Lin Xi by Rishi Tea
139 tasting notes

One of the best oolongs that I have ever had. This stuff is great—floral, creamy, fruity.

I think I prefer it Western, but I haven’t made the time to do it much gong fu.

Rishi is a brand I don’t recall having, but glad I gave them a shot.Their packaging was beautiful. There’s a deal for something like 20% off for first time orders and free shipping on $49+ orders for anyone interested.

I’ll try to get my other reviews of their teas up soon too.

Flavors: Cream, Floral, Fruity

Daylon R Thomas

Rishi is hit or miss, but their hits are usually strong hits. Their regular Tie Guan Yin was one of the first that I really fell in love with…despite thinking it was too roasted after a while. Their greens really shine, their oolongs are solid to excellent, and their main stay blacks are usually on the bitter side like Assam and Ceylon, though they do have some hong cha. I’ve seen good reviews of their Four Seasons (affordable) and Lishan. I used to love the Coconut Pineapple Baozhong blend, but the recent reviews of that have not been favorible. Rishi is otherwise a company to look at via gifting, or selection of very specific rare products or mainstream teas at a specific price…even though their prices tend to be either high or low.

JakeB

Interesting! Appreciate the info, Daylon!

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100
drank Tangerine Ginger by Rishi Tea
2 tasting notes

The ginger smells amazing with the citrus, and the hibiscus is not overpowering but soft. I was concerned I wouldn’t like this tea, because I’m not real big on the flowery kind, but this surprised me! I also love how pretty it is in the cup— a deep pinky orange. I put in 1/2 teaspoon white sugar to give a little sweetness. 10/10

Flavors: Citrus Zest, Ginger, Hibiscus, Tangy

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 7 min, 0 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Honestly? Not bad but incredibly forgettable. The licorice and generic chai spices stand out, but this is not very minty and I don’t get vanilla. Glad I tried it, but considering a lot of the other Rishi teas I was looking at also had licorice, I’m almost glad I didn’t pick any others up.

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drank Pu-erh Classic by Rishi Tea
15 tasting notes

Mushrooms and damp attics. Dark as coffee and similar strength, too. Taste is smoother than the scent but still extremely earthy. I couldn’t separate it from vegetation in my brain so though I finished the cup I don’t think it’s one I’ll drink often. It definitely fills all the check boxes for a standard Pu-erh though.

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec

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80

Belated posting of a tea I drank a few weeks ago.

Drinking this with cream and manuka honey. Really really good. The cream calms the bergamot down and the taste becomes a rich orange caramel. Beautiful, and without the harsh edge that sometimes bergamot delivers.

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80

I don’t tend to drink Earl Grey all that often, but after my recent surprise delight with DT’s Cream of Earl Grey when I added milk or cream, I reached for this one as I have a bit of cream on hand—just briefly, before I go back to my usual non-dairy existence.

Now that I am back home again after my really lovely in-town vacation while staying at my friend’s place, my teas are once again in disarray. While staying at my friend’s place, I had a ridiculous number of teas with me, seriously ridiculous. Those teas are still in the bags I had transported them in, all a jumble of green, black, fruit, herbal, rooibos, honeybush, oolong. My home teas are in a different kind of chaos, what with packing and moving and prepping for a swap, so yeah. I discovered the box of generous samples from teabento waiting for me, but I am feeling a bit too pooped at the moment to evaluate and do the new teas justice.

So, a long-winded way to this tea now. It’s good. Plenty of bergamot. The base is ok. The cream I added buffered any rough edges that may have been here, though I have had this tea a number of times black and unsweetened and it was fine that way too. It’s a good Earl Grey. What else is there to add?

Flavors: Bergamot

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Pu-erh Classic by Rishi Tea
21 tasting notes

Recent lot/blend (9/2017). Short brews. Seems to brew dark, not opaque but 15 seconds was plenty of time to get good extraction for the first couple pours. Starts woody, flavors of potting soil, loam, fresh tree bark, with some sappyness, not sweet but rich, with a thick liquor. A lot of forest floor wo dui but not the smoke aspect that loose leaf commodity shu can have. Cert. Organic which is nice. Neither the best nor the worst, a totally acceptable, pleasant, prototypical tea. As others have noted, this is not the single best vintage stored in the absolute best conditions, that is out there if you want it, but if you are open to trying teas, learning brands, experiencing tea as it is, this is a good shu for the money. Great shu for meals.

Flavors: Barnyard, Forest Floor, Fur, Loam, Mushrooms, Sap, Tobacco, Wood

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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92

Instant energy and obviously best ever tea I have ever dink.

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82

Fruity, sweet, smooth and cheerful red color when brewed. I was so excited to find this tea, because my friend visited South Africa and came back raving about drinking rooibos tea with milk while she was over there. My only experiences with rooibos up to this point had been with heavily flavored fruity concoctions, which are usually not my cup of tea (groaaan, haha). But I resolved to give it a try and WOW, wow. This tea is great straight, with honey, or with milk. It plays well with other tisanes in blends that I improvise with lavender, mint, and chamomile. I like a pretty strong, long steep of it, and it does do well for a second (slightly longer) infusion. Plus, I feel so virtuous when I drink it, having read about all of its vitamins and health benefits. Bonus! I would absolutely recommend this to anyone, even if (maybe especially if?) you’ve never liked all the various fruity and very sweet rooibos blends out there.

Flavors: Fruity, Honey, Peach, Smooth, Sweet, Vanilla

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 6 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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96
drank Cinnamon Plum by Rishi Tea
3 tasting notes

Really wondrous smell and color, so smooth and warm tasting, not overly cinnamon-y

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The packaging of the Rishi Pu-erh Ginger is absolutely beautiful. There’s no doubt that the natural brown and black ink print of a flower garden seems to reflect and project its degradable quality and eco-friendliness. The ingredients are also all organic, which just somehow feels good. The flavour… Despite boasting strong spiced ginger, which I find an absolute delight, this blend also contains quite a distinct lemon note, which becomes particularly strong when combined with honey. I’m really not a fan. On the upside, I can totally imagine this being perfect if you had a really snotty head cold. The ginger would open your sinuses, the lemon (and honey should you add it) would sooth your throat and the deep earthy tea serving to relax.

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Flavors: Earth, Ginger, Lemon, Malt

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drank Sencha by Rishi Tea
3 tasting notes

I expected a more pronounced seaweedy taste from Sencha, but this one was more on the mellow side. Quite pleasant aroma and smooth buttery taste

Flavors: Butter, Seaweed

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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