Review: Rishi Tea Blueberry Rooibos

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Its OK"I did not experience blueberry (or even rooibos) when I drank this brew "
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rishiblueberryrooibosKarkade and the 1970s. My brain is short circuited with thoughts of Woodstock and Saudi Arabia while I drink this teasan. But let me start at the beginning….

Rishi Tea, founded in 1997, offers organic loose-leaf tea imported from tea gardens across Asia. This Milwaukee-based company is the winner of seven First Place Awards for Best Tea at the 2008 World Tea Championship and the only company to win with Certified Organic tea.

Being a lover of both blueberries and rooibos tea, I was extremely excited to try this blend. The dry ingredients smelled like tobacco with fermenting cherries and apples. It was not exactly the compelling aroma I expected.

I did as the package suggested and steeped one heaping tablespoon of tea in eight ounces of water for six minutes. The wet ingredients smelled like pasta and the liquor gave off almost no fragrance.

Unfortunately as far as tea is concerned (but not music!) I grew up in the 1970s. At that time, a tea company in Boulder, Colorado started selling “zinger” teas. It seemed like there were hundreds of flavors, but they all tasted the same due to the overpowering flavor of hibiscus.

In the 1980s and then again in the 90s I lived in Saudi Arabia where they import the finest karkade (hibiscus) from Egypt. So as you might guess, I have had my fill of this evil flower. What I really dislike about this insensitive plant is its ability to overpower and mask almost any other flavor. I wish I could sneak into the Rishi production facility and take some of this tea before it gets defiled with hibiscus.

Needless to say, I did not experience blueberry (or even rooibos) when I drank this brew. Only disappointment. However, if you did not grow up in the 70s and have not lived in Saudi Arabia - you might love this tea. Try seven minutes instead of six and add a few ice cubes.

— To purchase Rishi Tea Blueberry Rooibos, or for more specific information on ingredients or the story behind this particular tea, click here to go directly to the manufacturer's web site.

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