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Made with cold non-homogenized 2% milk and stirred. At first the beet powder clumped a little on top, but after letting it sit in the work fridge for several hours, the mixture completely homogenized. Color is like one of those flesh-colored crayons with a pinkish tint.
The taste is a near copy of restaurant Thai iced tea but more natural tasting. Less thick (which I appreciate) because it’s not made with condensed milk — really satisfying and chuggable. The beet extract powder with its earthy sweetness lightly balances the richer cane sugar taste. Am I imagining the floral suggestion of the gardenia flower extract?
I don’t understand how this has such a spot-on flavor with only 4 ingredients! That black tea extract powder must have a major malty-vanilla tilt to it.
Not only would this powder be perfect for people that like to cook Thai/Asian food at home, but I also think it would make a killer ice cream.
Flavors: Beetroot, Creamy, Earthy, Floral, Malty, Sweet, Vanilla
This came as a free sample with my order. I’m not the biggest fan of houjicha, but the toasted, nutty flavor does seem pretty perfect for the cooler fall temperatures we’re getting here in Wisconsin this week! Probably not something I’d order again, but I’ll sip down this sample.
Flavors: Nutty, Roasted
Have you ever bought a tea just because it looked too pretty to pass up? I’d like to think I’m above this kind of thing, but yesterday I bought this matcha on impulse because the tin is cute. And I didn’t have any matcha at home. But also, the tin is cute.
This is my first unflavored matcha in quite a while. David’s Tea’s wild honey matcha used to be a staple in my cupboard for matcha lattes, so that’s the “default” flavor in my mind when I whisk up matcha. I guess that’s probably why I instantly reached for the honey and milk and made a sweetened matcha latte as soon as I opened the tin. Shame on me. I usually taste teas straight before I try any additions.
That being said, it made a highly satisfying latte. It’s quite grassy without giving that dusty, pollen-y flavor that matcha sometimes gets, and it’s hardly bitter at all — but then again, that might be the milk and honey. All in all, the impulse buy paid off! I’ll write an update when I try it on its own.
Mmm, this is nice! Despite the pale color, the flavor is surprisingly robust with floral notes and a honeyed sweetness. It is just the tiniest bit drying at the end of the sip, which keeps me coming back for more! Guessing it will also resteep well.
Flavors: Drying, Floral, Honey, Sweet
I love a good coconut oolong! My favorite is from The London Tea Room in St Louis and I was excited to possibly find a replacement a little closer to home. However, I missed the fact that this one also includes pineapple. The flavor is much more pina colada than straight-up coconut. Not what I was expecting, but still quite delicious! Going to try icing it next time.
Flavors: Coconut, Fruity, Pineapple, Tropical
Yunnan black teas tend to be my favorite, so I had to try a sample of this one in my recent Rishi order! Unfortunately, I found it to be just okay…which was disappointing considering the price point. It was quite smooth with a pleasant bready flavor, but I found the flavor surprising thin and watery despite using my usual steeping parameters. I will try over-leafing my next cup to see if that improves the flavor, but I probably won’t be repurchasing this one.
Flavors: Bread, Malt, Smooth
Since I grew up (and still live) in the Milwaukee area, Rishi is THE tea that gets served in my local coffee shops. Which means I’ve neglected them as a source of tea for my personal collection because I’m always thinking, “But that’s what I’ll be having next time I go to Stone Creek with my coffee-loving friend.” However, a local tea friend recently invited me to go in on a group order with her and I was delighted to discover that their tea catalog goes far beyond the half-dozen or so usual suspects I rely on to avoid having to drink coffee.
This was one of the samples I ordered and I think I’m going to have to go for the big bag next time. Lemon ginger is a fairly basic flavor profile that a lot of companies offer, but in my experience it can go SO wrong: artificial lemon flavor that tastes like cleaning fluid, too much spicy ginger taking over everything, not enough ginger just making the lemon taste weird…the list goes on.
But this one is perfection! Pure, natural-tasting lemon; just the right amount of ginger bite; notes of mango and lime in the background adding a bit of pop; and just the right amount of licorice root sweetness. It was great plain at my desk today, but I really see myself reaching for this with a touch of honey next time I’m feeling a bit under the weather.
Looking forward to seeing what other goodies my Rishi sample pile holds!
Flavors: Ginger, Lemon, Lime, Mango, Spicy
Spicy, salty spheres!
TCM associations for sure. There is some semblance to Sichuan peppercorns.
Refreshing, sour and light when brewed hot then refrigerated .
Feeling: cleansing, fat digestive, tonic, invigorating
Flavors: Acidic, Berry, Bitter, Hibiscus, Pine, Pungent, Salty, Sour, Traditional Chinese Medicine
Hefty sample from Rishi helping get me through food poisoning. The rice, when brewed, provides that smell that I can’t quite place. Acrylic paint? Did I see ashmanra mention a houjicha smelling like paint? Sobacha can have it, too. Chemical-ish.
Still a good genmaicha. Maybe it needs aired out. Could be a touch more savory as the amount of rice leads this to being a little too sweet. I’ll give it some more attention soon.
Love this tea! Drank 2 cups every morning until I ran out. The advertising is that the flavor has complex layers of cacao, raisin, and black cherry. It does! Finally a tea that tastes precisely as it should. This tea is rich and sophisticated, and if I can’t get another bag, I’ll cry.
Flavors: Cacao, Raisins
You know when you taste something so sour that you can’t help but squish and contort your face to the point where you look like a shrunken skull? Yeah, that was me with every sip of this cold brew. It was almost like just drinking straight malic acid, except after each gut punch of sourness would be this lingering savory note. Very strange, though still enjoyable in a sort of masochistic kinda way.
Thank you Derk!
I probably would have gotten this myself, though I would have been detracted by the darker oolong. However, it serves as a fruity base backing up a lot of umph for it overall. I brewed it in my ceramic strainer mug and did it over six times western, and it just gives and gives. The dryleaf has a spicy ripeness to it, but brewing it up has a very pronounced passionfruit flavor with a nice balance of sweetness and pith. The earlier steeps had a little bit of a fresh peppery profile, but I’m not sure if it’s really spicy despite leaning in that direction. It’s tropical for sure and super easy to drink. Very bright sunny energy coming from it. I’m glad I had this in the morning. It felt like a pick me up in a cup.
I personally would not consistently drink it as a hoarded stash, but it’s a profile I really love for a summer tea and is deep in the category of the kind of floral and fruity teas I like.
Flavors: Citrus, Fruit Tree Flowers, Fruity, Passion Fruit, Pepper
Brewed this up in one of the pieces of pottery I picked up while in Victoria this past week!! Though I’ve always loved houjicha, I’ve been especially interested in blended houjicha as of late and Rishi has a few more unique options that have been fun to explore. This one, which uses shiso leaf in addition to mint and bamboo ginger, had my eyebrows turned up from the moment I opened the bag of dry leaf to take a sniff because it smells so potently and precisely of snow peas at that exact moment you snap one in half and the essential oils are released in one crisp motion; sweet, earthy, fresh and vegetal with a slight resin note.
It tastes a bit like that when steeped too, but mostly it’s the tingly and cooling combination of shiso and mint that stand out the most against a warm backdrop of cozy, roasty hojicha with strong notes of toasted nuts and grains. Of the handful of Rishi’s houjicha blends I’ve gotten to try, this has definitely been my favourite!
Tea Photo: https://www.instagram.com/p/CtKgvuuOwtT/
Song Pairing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QvzctFHXfGs
Holy lord, that’s tasty. Made with “full-fat” (read: added oil) oat milk. I keep instant brown sugar boba packets on hand and threw two of those in. Too, too easy. Earthy, creamy, sweet without cloy, floral without fakery. (Gardenia powder… who knew?)
Between this banger and derk’s saucy review of Rishi’s passionfruit powder recently, I’ma be tracking that one down soon, methinks…
Flavors: Creamy, Earthy, Floral, Malty, Sweet
Increased my ratio to 15:1 on this session, which is becoming my trend. There is so much happening in this tea. The boldest flavors are the gorgeous wintergreen/deep berries/tobacco of the tea, along with the alcohol/barrel notes imparted from the aging. But there are surprises to find — a flaky croissant on the lid, caramelized sugar at the bottom of the cup. Tannins and peeking wild florals keep the whole thing lively and without stodge. A meadow-plunked picnic in southern France.
Flavors: Amaretto, Black Currant, Caramelized Sugar, Cedar, Crisp, Elderberry, Jam, Oak, Pastries, Sarsaparilla, Tannin, Tobacco, Whiskey, Wildflowers, Wintergreen
In contrast to Roswell Strange’s experience of sweaty body odor and bile,
I am eating this straight outta the bag with a spoon.
It’s that good.
I want to make a thick syrup out of it for drizzling on something. Jicama, grapefuit and avocado salad? Papaya? Unsweetened yogurt? My body? Was that too far?
It is passion fruit, after all.
Flavors: Passion Fruit, Sweet, Tart
I want to like this tea very badly. It’s such a simple, straight forward blend and in theory I can see the warm, toasty notes of hojicha being quite lovely with the sweetness of sarsaparilla. However, there’s something about the hojicha itself that seems just a little bit off to me. It almost tastes like burnt bread? But not in that kind of way where a hint of intentional char actually highlights the sweet golden notes of grains. No, this kind of burnt note feels a little bit like an accident. It kind of sucks down the flavours of the hojicha in a way that makes them feels a little one dimensional, and then on top of that the sarsaparilla is adding a coating sweetness that feels cacophonous to me.
I’m not writing this one off yet because I just feel in my bones that there’s something more to this that I’m not understanding or that I haven’t “unlocked” with how I initially steeped it, but I just don’t feel quite right about this first tasting. The notes didn’t click together for me how I expected them to at all.
I wanted to like this one so badly but the moment I started whisking it up for my drink I could tell that I wasn’t going to like it. The aroma was very faint, but it was exactly that kind of sweaty “body odor” type of tropical fruit that just doesn’t sit right at all.
What’s most shocking to me is that I portioned this out for three other coworkers to also try with me and all of them really enjoyed it – I was DEFINITELY the outlier in our tasting. There were positives as the bright, almost sour tropical notes had this ere of being almost like a fancy and more exotic lemonade, but then the taste of sweat would kind of bleed into the sip and just ever so slightly trigger my gag reflex. At one point I thought about bile and after that I was just done. I couldn’t drink any more of this.
I so, so rarely toss out mugs of tea. Even when something is kind of bad I prefer to still drink it for the education of it – but I just dumped this one out. It’s not for me. My coworkers, though? Big thumbs up on their ends…