Review: Rishi Tea Organic Cinnamon Plum

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Thumbs up!"This inspired combination produces a warming yet soothing blend: at the forefront is the hibiscus' slight astringency, followed by the sweetness of the fruit and the final flourish of the licorice root. "
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cinnamonplum.jpgA heady mixture of cinnamon, hibiscus and licorice root among other things, Rishi's Cinnamon Plum blend is described as a fruity and soothing, full-bodied infusion. Using all organic ingredients, this caffeine-free cup is a 2009 World Tea Champion according to their website.

Looking at this blend, I truly feel like I have the world in my cup. Currants mingle prettily with cinnamon shavings, vibrant hibiscus petals and pieces of licorice root. Almost boozy-smelling, the fruit and spices are generously scented with a sweet and intoxicating aroma. Following the directions provided on the sample's package, I used one tablespoon of tea for 8 ounces of water boiled to 212 degrees Fahrenheit and then steeped for 5 minutes. The results are a rich burgundy hue. The odour of the brewed tea is more delicate, reminiscent of stewed plums and cinnamon-flavoured deserts. Based on the potency of the smell of the dried blend, I was expecting something with a bit more oomph to it taste-wise. However the gentle hint of cinnamon and very natural plum flavour wins me over in the end. At the forefront is the hibiscus' slight astringency, followed by the sweetness of the fruit taste and the final flourish of the licorice root. This inspired mixture produces a warming yet soothing blend. I would warn against pre-sweetening this tisane as it's already quite sweet on it's own. The website mentions that it can also be served iced or mulled. I can imagine that the mulled tea would taste quite superb, as the blend all ready has the deep, spicy quality found in mulled wine. A second infusion was rather bland, even after steeping for over 8 minutes.

This is a well crafted blend, using high quality, fair trade, organic ingredients. Although at 9$ for a 3.7 ounce tin it's starting to get a little pricey, it's a bit of affordable luxury that's well worth it. If you need more reason to buy this product, Rishi has currently teamed up with the Clean Water Fund and will donate 25% of their profits from the sale of this tea to restore and protect America's waters. All in all, it's a winning combination!

— To purchase Rishi Tea Organic Cinnamon Plum, 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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