134 Tasting Notes

It is so sad that specialTeas.com was taken over by Teavana… now this blend (called Almond Biscotti Black) is more than double the price.

Winter Salo

It’s so sad when tea goes up without a good reason – I understand when certain tea is harder to get or make because of particular ingredients but when it’s that a company comes in or the same company just raises the price it can make an otherwise wonderful tea suddenly taste just a little less nice.

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I don’t often crave Chai, but when I do this Golden Moon mixture is very satisfying. You have to be very careful to not over-steep this one as it gets bitter as time goes by. Fantastic aroma is almost better than the taste. :)

185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 15 sec

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I love lemongrass, and this is by far my favorite everyday morning tea. A cup after morning meditation and I am ready to take on the world. It is wonderful hot, iced or at room temperature and goes extremely well with Thai cuisine (especially Tofu Panang Curry). I don’t recommend more than two steeps, as the brightness falls off, but it is a wonderful tea to keep on hand to share with friends.

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I hadn’t had a really good oolong for the past year, and was happily surprised by the excellent quality of this tea. Multiple steeps (4) each produced nice surprises like the faint aroma of genmai-cha and a lightly sweet aftertaste. I was snacking on sesame crackers when I tasted the 2nd steep, and found a fortuitous combination! Like all of Rishi teas, I found this tea of really high quality,

185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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I have been drinking tea for most of my life, and enjoy learning about Tea Culture from all around the world. I learned early about Russian and British traditions first, since my parents came from Europe, followed by the teas and culture of Ceylon/Sri Lanka and India. Since I have been a practicing Buddhist for the better part of 25 years, I have strong ties to Asia, and have slowly been learning about the teas from each part of the world I encounter. It is a wonderful and interesting journey.


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