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Member since Apr. 28th, 2010. Reviewed 31 teas.

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Taiwan Ruby Black Tea (Hong Yue Premium) from Rishi Tea

Style: Black Tea – Region: Nantou, Taiwan

100 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Jan. 19th, 2011

this is the first hong yue / ruby black i've tried.

when i sip it, i primarily get a smooth, somewhat malty taste. the aroma is sweet, but there's also something else.. something cooling. i guess it's like aromatic, volatile terpene/camphor/evergreen/eucalyptus type of a smell&feeling.

it's certainly complex, a...

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Nishi First Flush Sencha from Rishi Tea

Style: Sencha – Region: Kagoshima, Japan

60 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 2/5
Jan. 14th, 2011

2010 harvest

8g, 160degF, 8oz water, 1min
nice, predominantly grassy aroma. somewhat vegetal. i find it to be lacking in 'deep umami flavor.'

[2nd] 160degF, 6oz water, 30sec
a pleasant bitterness coming out

the 4th infusion was so-so, but i got tired of drinking. perhaps i used too much leaf heh

overall l...

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Masala Chai from Rishi Tea

Style: Chai / Spiced Tea – Region: Blend

83 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 3/5
Nov. 2nd, 2010

this is definitely my favorite chai blend.
i've tried several others (searching for a cheaper alternative), including a couple from an indian vendor, and they all fell short of rishi's.

as alex wrote in his review, it is a strong blend with plenty of spice (many other blends fail here). and unlike a lot of other b...

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Darjeeling 2nd Flush Muscatel from Rishi Tea

Style: Darjeeling Second Flush – Region: Darjeeling, India

67 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 2/5
Apr. 30th, 2010

aroma:
dry leaves: prominent grape muscatel note. floral. somewhat sweet.
liquor: sweet, floral, hint of muscatel.

flavor: sweet, floral, hint of muscatel. has some bitterness and astringency. slightly acidic. very tasty.

in the semi-near future, i'll have several darjeelings to sample. after i become mor...

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Lychee Red Tea from Rishi Tea

Style: Lychee Black Tea – Region: China

73 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Apr. 30th, 2010

note: this is the first lychee-flavored tea i've tried.

aroma:
dried leaves: powerful and sweet. the lychee fruit scent is authentic and not artificial.
liquor: sweet, floral. the lychee presence is noticeably diminished.

flavor: light, sweet, floral. the lychee fruit flavor is definitely present, and to my g...

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Earl Grey Supreme from Rishi Tea

Style: Earl Grey Tea – Region: Blend

70 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Apr. 30th, 2010

this is my second-favorite earl grey [second to Zhena's Gypsy Tea Uplifting Earl Grey].

Since the Gypsy's offering is my favorite, i use it as a standard to compare other earl greys to.

aroma:
dry leaves: wonderful. while different from Gypsy, it is equally great. Rishi has a sweeter smell more closely remini...

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