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drank Quince Eucalyptus by Rishi Tea
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I got this as a free sample with a Rishi teaware purchase. I was actually tempted to order samples of several of their teas, they have such interesting fruity tisanes. But I was good and only ordered the glass teapot I wanted, and then was happy to see this sample in the box! Thanks, Rishi.

However… I feel like this is misnamed. By far the strongest flavors are the lemon and yuzu, it ends up being mostly a citrusy tisane. I do taste a bit of the eucalyptus, which pairs nicely with the savory pine notes of the yuzu. No quince though, it seems to be overpowered by the strong citrus character.

It’s still a yummy tisane, it just doesn’t really match the name IMO.

Flavors: Bitter, Citrus, Citrus Zest, Eucalyptus, Evergreen, Lemon, Menthol, Pine, Sour, Tart, Yuzu

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
AJRimmer

This sounds interesting!

Cameron B.

They have so many interesting-sounding fruity tisanes, with guava and cranberry and even shiso! Will definitely have to try some more in the future.

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86
drank Genmaicha by Rishi Tea
1 tasting notes

This is my first genmaicha, so I don’t have a frame of reference, but I love drinking this. It has a nice creamy texture and the aroma between the rice and green tea reminds me a bit of furikake. A second steep with half as much water yields a tasty second cup.

Flavors: Seaweed, Sesame, Toasted Rice

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec 4 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Turmeric Ginger by Rishi Tea
104 tasting notes

I drink this tea occasionally, mainly for medicinal uses. I play a LOT of tennis, and therefor have a lot of joint aches and occasional pains. I think turmeric does help but I have no empirical data. Anyway, this is a good tasting albeit strongly-flavored tea. But if it were weak, I wouldn’t drink it! I normally don’t like licorice root in tea, but it isn’t a dominant note here. I add a plant based cream to it (Nutpods Original from Publix is my current favorite) to make it smoother. Recommend.

Flavors: Ginger, Licorice Root, Turmeric

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

Ashman swears by turmeric, and a friend who was badly maimed in a dog attack and had extensive surgery does, too.

SJBP

Good to know!

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Sooooo bitter. I only steeped this for 3 minutes and the cup is absolutely ruined.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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50

I guess this is a good tea if you like English Breakfast. To me, this tea is virtually undrinkable, as it is too astringent. I guess this tea is made to be mixed with milk and other stuff. I was expecting something else. Their website suggests drinking their Chinese tea varieties, such as Yunan tea, as you can drink that as a standalone tea with no mixers necessary. Lesson learned.

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

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70

I have had received two pyramid sachets from derk which were, I suppose, mostly for my collection, but tea inside is actually very fine as well.

I am not generally fan of turmeric, moreover with ginger. But I have decided to try it, because, what doesn’t kill you, tries to kill you again.

The aroma was quite spicy and earthy, but also citrusy somehow.

Brew, is naturally very yellow, but in terms of flavours it is balanced combination of name ingredients. Again, the orange flavour was there too, although I can imagine it being stronger and more pithy like. It was zest like. But overall good and tasty tea.

I see that I have commented under derk’s note that I will have nice tea enviroment as well. I wrote I will need a tea pot, which is still true (still haven’t bought any), but there is some from past workers, so I may use that one. Sadly, my desk is rather small and sometimes I have so much papers around I have almost no space to put my mug anywhere there. And the shelves I have? They are full of other papers and books necessary for my work. Exceptions were different back then.

Flavors: Citrusy, Earthy, Ginger, Orange Zest, Spicy, Turmeric

Preparation
5 min, 0 sec 10 OZ / 300 ML
derk

I, too, was optimistic about having space for tea when starting this position. There’s at least always room for a mug. And most days it moves around like a queen on a chessboard :P

gmathis

Ever start scooting your mug around on the desk and wondering why the pointer on your computer screen isn’t doing anything? Not that it ever happened here….I also occasionally try to answer the stapler.

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drank Turmeric Ginger by Rishi Tea
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Had this during a late lunch on a cold day. Pretty good for a tea bag. Not as astringent or strong as I expected. Malty and caramel.

Flavors: Caramel, Malt

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95

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
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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
1337 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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81
drank Ruby Oolong by Rishi Tea
1821 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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70
drank Scarlet by Rishi Tea
638 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
1288 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
3316 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
3316 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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82
drank Green Tea Mint by Rishi Tea
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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
3316 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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88
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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