Tea Review – Rishi Teas Part 1

Company Name: RISHI TEAS (part 1)

You will find part 2: HERE

Rishi sent me this fun booklet that details all of there teas, it’s in depth and detailed and I love it. The more information about what you are drinking the better. I will add inserts from the book into the descriptions of each tea but I suggest you take a good look at their website (link below) to get a real good idea of their teas and the quality of a company they are.

 

 

TEA SELECTION: TUMERIC GINGER

 

Interesting Highlights:

I purchased this tea primarily to make Tim Ferris Titanium tea and then asked if Rishi wanted to send me other teas to review. They obliged and so glad they did because now I can share these tea and this company with you!

 

Ingredients:

Organic ginger root

Organic turmeric root

Organic licorice root

Organic lemongrass

Organic orange peel

Organic lemon peel

Essential orange and lemon oils (NOTICE: they did not say natural flavors)

 

The Scent or Aroma:

This tea has a very fresh slight citrus aroma

 

Review:

Tim Ferris uses this tea as part of his “titanium tea mix” so that is what sent me to try this tea out. I’ve not been a ginger lover for very long but WOW, it really can spice up a drink and energize your body and it’s SO GOOD for you! There is a ton of good in this tea and the flavor is so delightful and mellow, again, not like some of the ginger teas you get that the ginger literally jumps out of the cup at you.

 

“The combination of turmeric, ginger, lemon and honey is an ancient herbal recipe for longevity, stamina and balance”.

 

A wonderful melody whose fragrance is stimulating and magical. All those wonderful ingredients in one tea and it’s not so over citrus powering. It’s a bit sweet possibly the licorice root has something to do with that and the lemongrass stands out in the background as a finish taste to this wonderful tea. I can’t wait to try it in the titanium mix of Tim’s.

Cost: $12.00 / 22 servings / 1/4 pound

Price may vary according to the amount purchased.

 

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TEA SELECTION: PU-ERH GINGER

 

 

Interesting Highlights:

Not a ginger strong tea but you know it’s there, It’s an interesting tea and the story is interesting as well, one I did not know.

 

Ingredients:

Organic pu-erh tea

Organic ginger root

Organic orange peel

Organic lemongrass

Organic lemon verbena

 

The Scent or Aroma:

I’m not being insulting but it smells like a pasture or fresh hay in a barn, it’s a scent that reminds you of country and fresh air.

 

Review:

This is a deeper brew then I thought it would be, however, it’s not a deep overpowering flavor, in fact it’s delightful. The ginger is right there along with the citrus and the pu-erh is off in the distance just relaxing and doing it’s thing.

 

“Centuries ago ancient tea cultures of Yunnan and Southeast Asia brewed fermented pu-erh together with spice and citrus to create a nourishing, stimulating tonic.”

 

I can see why, this tea is delightful as well as healing with the ingredient chosen this tea will warm you up, act as a soothing balm for the aches and pains as well as energize you.

 

 

Cost: $16.00 / 22 servings / 100 grams

Price may vary according to the amount purchased.

 

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TEA SELECTION: OMIJA BEAUTY BERRY

 

 

Interesting Highlights:

Because we can only identify things we are familiar with this tea had me searching for a scent, something reminiscent of an apple and citrus.

 

Ingredients:

Organic Schizandra berries

 

The Scent or Aroma:

L.The scent is unique and the liquor is so clear it reminds me on an apple orchard in the fall.

 

Review:

This tea is interesting with it’s almost clear liquor and aroma, it’s flavor is light yet sour, it packs a punch of tartness. There is a slight rose flavor at first that lends to the tartness on the sides of the tongue and down the throat. Remember that I do not use sweetener in my taste tests but I can imagine this tea would fair well with a nice drop of honey. Do you remember those sour candies that dissolved in your mouth, they were not real sour but just tart or sour enough? This tea reminds me of them and with added honey it would be spot on.

 

“The omija berry is native to northeastern China,Korea and parts of Siberia. Cultivated for thousands of years as a special beautifying tonic herb…enjoyed for centuries in Asian tradition for helping promote hormonal balance and for beautifying and protection skin from environmental stress”.

 

This tea does remind me more of a tonic as well with it’s sharpness and tart taste.

 

 

Cost: $22.00 / 22 servings / 100 grams

Price may vary according to the amount purchased.

 

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Company highlights, notes and more:

 

Origins of Rishi Tea

 

Rishi Tea was founded in 1997 by Joshua Kaiser, who found a way to combine his passions for travel, world cultures, global culinary traditions, and herbology into a business. Following a series of post-college travels, he landed back in the US and was stumped by the lack of sources for quality teas. A growing interest among Americans in the origin driven nuances of coffee and wine led Joshua to believe that the time was ripe to introduce true teas to the American market.

 

Rishi started in a windowless 400sf space in Milwaukee’s Third Ward, where loose leaf teas were formulated and hand blended in micro-batches for sale to cafés throughout the Midwest. Joshua enlisted his Rufus King High School friend Benjamin Harrison as a business partner to drive the expansion of sales into new markets. Meanwhile Joshua continued to travel abroad for nine months a year to source tea. The relationships that Joshua fostered during this time serve as the foundation of Rishi’s direct trade and organic supply chain. Rishi’s growth necessitated a move to a larger space in the Riverwest neighborhood, and soon after to an even larger facility at the old Louis Allis building in Bay View in 2003. What started there as a 10,000sf production facility grew into 32,000sf of operations and office spaces. Rishi’s organic loose leaf teas became ever more popular as the brand expanded nationwide in the café market and in natural retailers like Whole Foods Market.

 

In 2013, Rishi launched into the world of tea bags and picked up global distribution that promised to exponentially affect sales. With bright prospects for growth, it was time to evolve once again and boost production capacity. In late 2013, land was purchased and construction began on a state-of-the-art tea facility in the Menomonee Valley district of Milwaukee. In September 2014, the doors opened to the new 48,000sf world headquarters of Rishi Tea. Every detail was considered and designed for optimal botanical storage conditions with aroma segregation and the strictest requirements for organic food safety. What’s more, in mid-2016 the facility received SQF Level II Food Safety Certification, a globally-recognized standard. Such standards allow Rishi to offer a purity and quality unattainable by any other tea company in North America.

 

We are often asked about the meaning of Rishi. It is from Sanskrit and means “one who is a seer, sage, or seeker of truth.” For us it means constantly striving to learn more about tea and strengthening our connection to tea and botanicals and the people who grow them. We strive to reveal the natural truth to our modern society, which has become so far removed from gardens and kitchens, and overly dependent on labs for synthetic and processed beverages. As Rishis, we want to share some natural and simple alternatives for people to live healthy and delicious lives. Discover new teas and join us on a wondrous botanical journey to leave No Leaf Unturned.

 

Read more and visit the website: CLICK HERE.

 

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AVERAGE BREWING INSTRUCTIONS:

These are common instructions for brewing teas, however if the company suggests other brewing I will include it in the review section.

 

Time and Temperature Guide:

 

Tea      Temperature Minutes

Black      95°C / 205°F 3 – 5

Oolong/White 85°C / 185°F 3 – 4

Green/Yellow 80°C / 176°F 2 – 3

Herbal/Tisanes.         100°C / 212°F 5 – 15

** As always stated by My Tea Vault, we think you should enjoy tea the way you like it, I like mine very strong with no sweetener, these are just guidelines and I suggest you use the guideline then adjust for your own tastes.

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