Review: Thunderbolt Tea Risheehat Supreme First Flush ’08

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Its OK"The tea is surprisingly smooth and sweet with just enough astringency to give me a mental nudge in the afternoons. "
Numi’s Teaview: 6/10
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risheehat.jpgInitially, the mix of light green and dark brown bits of tea leaves smells very clearly of wild grasses to me which, as an allergy sufferer, does not help my first impressions. Grassy scents barely have enough time to hit both nostrils before I'm running for my Claritin, getting knocked out, and waking up 2.5 hours later at a public café, my purse and books spread out all over the place, and drool seeping out onto my cheek that is now imprinted with the wrought-iron table design. Classy. To reiterate, grassy scents scare me. Once steeped, the scent morphs into a darker, more baked scent, that colors the tea into a deep amber color. The tea is surprisingly smooth and sweet with just enough astringency to give me a mental nudge in the afternoons. Once steeped, the grassy scent has gone away and left a much nicer sweetly fragrant tea in its place. This seems like it would take milk and sugar really well. I steeped it for 3.5 minutes the first time, but 2.5 minutes works better for me, cutting down on the dryness a bit. This is a good choice for people who like strong teas.

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