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I see what is going on here. This should work in theory: the tart hibiscus and elderberry should complement the grape skins, and evoke the tannins in tea. The pu’erh should evoke the ripe earthiness of a full red wine. But ultimately, it doesn’t work like that.
It reminds me of when you’re making a cold process soap with beer or wine. The basic pH kills off any wine or beer aroma, so it’s necessary to fragrance it with something with oatmeal or citrus or chocolate notes so you kind of get the “impression” of the beverage.
I guess the old formulation, with raspberries on the front and no hibiscus or elderberries, reminded reviewers of a Berry Zinger. The new formulation is all hibiscus and elderberries. Which is great, if you enjoy the tart juiciness of those flavors, but less great if you were expecting something like a woodsy merlot.
Definitely an okay sipper to replace poorer bagged fruit teas, but not a must-have.
Flavors: Berries, Hibiscus, Sour
I’m so behind on backlogs. I was saving something for note 666, but after the divisive reaction to the U.S. election, I deemed a themed tea inappropriate. There is so much that I could deconstruct and rant, but I am focused on the tea.
I’ve had this a few times at a great Coffee and Gelato Shop called Iorio’s to settle stomach and headaches. It does the job, but my main criticism is how much Turmuric the tea has. It’s practically an herbal Emegen-C packet. Not bad, but not great. Solid enough for me to keep buying. I do enjoy the ginger taste on its own, however. I overall prefer this for its medicinal properties over a pleasantly acceptable taste.
If I were forced to pick my favorite black tea country of origin, it would have to be China. I just love the leathery smell and rich earthy taste of Chinese black teas. China obviously got it right a long time ago, which is why their ancient trees are still used today.
I was so excited when I saw Rishi had a Chinese breakfast tea that I sent away for a pound of it, sight unseen and taste untasted. I realized the risk but I had faith in Rishi and Chinese black tea in general.
When I opened the one pound plastic bag, the rich familiar and welcoming leathery smell greeted me. The leaves were long, black, and brown.
I steeped the leaves according to Rishi’s instructions at 212 degrees for five minutes. The brewed aroma was rich, luscious, sweet, and robust. The color was bright amber.
The taste of this tea was absolutely delicious. It was full-bodied, sweet, malty, and earthy, with accents of cocoa. It was also tremendously smooth with no inkling of astringency. The aftertaste was extremely light and gentle and it lingered only momentarily.
This tea is nothing short of delightful. It is the perfect morning tea for me but I would not object to drinking it in the afternoon either. My gambling paid off for a change. This tea was worth the risk.
Flavors: Cocoa, Earth, Leather, Malt, Sweet
After doing my weekly banking, I popped into one of my favorite local cafes to get brunch and couldn’t resist a mug of hot tea. Today’s pick was this Moroccan Mint from Rishi Tea. Though traditional Moroccan mint teas comprise a blend of either Ceylonese or Chinese gunpowder green tea and spearmint, this blend was comprised of a Chinese jasmine green tea and peppermint. So, it was not exactly a traditional Moroccan mint tea.
One interesting thing about this cafe is that they let you more or less prepare your own tea. I steeped approximately one tablespoon of loose leaf material in 8 ounces of 195 F water for about 3 minutes. I also did perform a second infusion. I didn’t really time that one accurately. It was probably somewhere between 3 and 4 minutes.
The dark green tea liquor produced a mild aroma of peppermint and jasmine. There was not much of a tea scent at all. In the mouth, I noted mild notes of jasmine, grass, and straw coupled with an impression of peppermint that gradually grew stronger from the entry through the finish. The aftertaste presented a nice, soothing blend of jasmine and peppermint. The second infusion was mild both on the nose and on the palate. There was more of an integration of peppermint and jasmine aromas and flavors.
This was not the most complex mint tea in the world, but it was very likable. I doubt it would be the type of tea I would choose to keep on hand regularly, but as a cool morning pick-me-up, it worked quite well. I would recommend this tea to those who enjoy more floral herbal blends and/or those who may be looking for a smooth, nontraditional mint tea.
Flavors: Floral, Grass, Jasmine, Peppermint, Smooth
Another day above ground. Another tea to review. How can I complain?
I am very familiar with Rishi’s Earl Grey tea. It is both the strongest and most natural tasting earl grey that I have ever tried. I regularly buy it by the pound. So, with that track record, I was anxious to take their Ancient Golden Yunnan tea out for a spin.
The unbrewed tea leaves are both dark and light brown. Think of golden monkey tea if you are trying to envision this description. The aroma is rich, earthy, leathery, and recognizable for tea from this area of the world.
I followed Rishi’s brewing instructions and steeped the leaves for five minutes at 212 degrees. The finished product was dark amber in color and smelled sweet and chocolaty.
The taste was sweet and cordial with chocolate undertones The flavor was also robust which is important to me with my life-long sinus challenges. The aftertaste was light and gentle with no astringent annoyances.
This is an exceptional morning black tea that will fit the bill when I am looking for a reason to get out of bed. I also need to make room in my tea cabinet for a pound of this great blend.
Flavors: Chocolate, Sweet
This is one of the finer coconut teas I’ve ever had! I only purchased a teaser of this flavor and I’m regretting it. Most coconut teas are comically coconut flavored with artificial notes, or they are rather weak in flavor. Not this one!
The aroma of this tea is straightforward: coconut, coconut, and more coconut. When brewed, the tea takes on a simple-looking pale amber – very weak appearing but packed with flavor. The tasting notes that come forward first are, you guessed it, sweet coconut; but with a buttery/creamy twist. It tasted as if I had added cream even though I hadn’t! But there’s a playful pineapple flavor hiding in there – if I were to blend this tea, I would want to add a touch more pineapple or mango to add more of an element of tartness to this tea. I didn’t /need/ to blend it, however, because I love creamy teas.
Flavors: Coconut, Creamy, Pineapple
Personally, I like Hibiscus herbals! I feel that the juicy flavor hibiscus in a good tisane is a nice break from the more serious notes of other teas. This tea was juicy, fruity and floral – tartness is much lower than other hibiscus blends, maybe it’s the currants, orange and mango flavors that are aiding to that? This blend reminded me of berry/orange fruit leather, and I would give this to a friend who is just getting into drinking hot teas.
The color of this tea was a pleasant rosy pink, and the aroma was more elderberry/orange forward than I expected. The flavor was almost candy-like, even unsweetened, and as it cooled the complexities of the currants shined through. Even iced and sweetened, this tea was very delicious. Of all of the hibiscus teas I’ve drank, this is probably my favorite so far!
Flavors: Apple, Berries, Black Currant, Hibiscus, Mango, Rosehips
It has been a long 7 day work week, and I as looking in my tea pantry for something with licorice root to combat my fatigue. This tea also has the caffeine free perk – the last thing I need is a crash! My first impression of the aroma reminded me of mulling spices – very cinnamon forward and almost verging on the gates of alcoholic. Do you remember those little cinnamon breath drops that come in the teardrop shaped plastic bottles? That’s kind of the aroma I gathered at first.
After I brewed it, the complexity of the plum and hibiscus came forward. The cup is stunning, a burgundy-purple color. The flavor was misleadingly tart, but the brightness of the plum is needed to counterbalance the spicy, tingly cinnamon. The aroma when brewed reminded me of Christmas. Warm, comforting and complex.
Flavors: Cinnamon, Hibiscus, Plums
“Bright” is the best way to describe this. It’s filled with flavor, and all of the notes blend together cohesively into one great tasting tea. Turmeric Ginger is one of my favorite types of tea, and in terms of very strong flavorful versions, this is one of the best (though I could see it being too overwhelming for some).
The perfect combo of sweet and bitter, without leaning too far to either end, with a burst of lemon as well. Great for waking up in the morning, but also for winding down at the end of a long day.
Flavors: Ginger, Lemon
green grassy slivers, bright yellow roots, orange peel, and golden seeds all
wrapped up in a silky triangle pouch.
The smell was at once spicy, savory, and sweet – like a steamed carrot. The
liquid steeped to a cloudy mustard yellow, an exotic color to find in ones tea cup.
I took a sip and was met with an explosion of flavors: bright licorice sitting on top
of numbing spice, bitter lemon, and some extra tooth from the ginger. It wasn’t
particularly sweet, or bitter after all – which was perfect, because somehow, the
sweet, sour, savory, spicy, and bitter were perfectly balanced. The first sip and
every sip after felt like an electric shock of flavor…but a soothing electric shock?
Have I discovered the tea version of shock therapy? The world would be so much
better if everyone replaced their cup o’ jo with this stuff. The tisane that slaps you
awake, but in a good way.
Flavors: Carrot, Ginger, Grass, Lemon Zest, Licorice, Spicy
I had this one iced at the coffee shop the other day. I wasn’t really expecting much, but I was pleasantly surprised. Nothing that i plan to stock up on, but next time I’m in the mood for something cold at that coffee shop, I’ll probably get anther glass of this. Light and slightly sweet it hit the spot on a sunny day.
Thank you to rosebudmelissa for this sample (and really the whole box of samples she sent me. I told her I enjoyed ginger and she really delivered!).
I have been getting a little more into herbal teas lately. I was diagnosed with IBS (along with my ulcerative colitis) this summer and caffeine is kicking me double time. It used to be when my UC was in remission, I could have caffeine with relatively few side effects. Now, with IBS, even when my UC is in remission, caffeine still can affect my tummy. SO, even though I prefer my dark, roasty teas, lately I will alternate in a ginger type herbal tea so as to limit my caffeine consumption. It’s really unfortunate but what are ya gonna do?
This tea is very pleasant. The ginger is there throughout the sip but not in an overpowering way (though, that is subjective since I am a ginger freak. What seems mild to me is probably strong to some others). The lime also gives it a pleasant citrus tang in the middle of the sip. There is a nice throat coating that kind of reminds me of licorice (I guess I should have read all the ingredients first to know if licorice is actually in here) but doesn’t have a noticeable licorice taste.
Overall, this is a tea I could drink often, especially when I need to give my stomach a break.
Flavors: Ginger, Licorice, Lime