Review: Rishi Tea Lemongrass Black

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Thumbs up!"I think this cup personifies the flavor that many folks that squeeze lemon into their black tea are really looking for---something nice and lemony, but not tart and acidic. "
Laura’s Teaview: 7/10
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1111111111.jpg"Lemongrass is an integral part of many food cultures throughout the tropics. Properly dried lemongrass leaves impart a complex citrus aroma with accents of rose, geranium and wild ginger. One day while eating in the village where our Yunnan teas are harvested, we discovered the local cuisine used a unique and wildly aromatic lemongrass. We encouraged the local people to increase their yields and helped them develop a drying technique to capture its fresh aroma. Our efforts to commercialize the indigenous herbs of the tea villages where we work increase incomes and product diversity within the local economy." ---Rishi website.

Wow, they weren't kidding in the above description that this is some wildly aromatic lemongrass. While part of my brain is thinking it smells like Pledge and wondering if it can possibly be any good, the other part is thinking that I've gotta try this blend. I love the story that Rishi provides in the above description. I have sampled a number of Rishi's blends to date and have been fairly impressed with the quality that seems to be consistent in the blends. This is a company that I generally feel comfortable in recommending to both those that like flavored blends and those that won't touch them.

I infused this in water that had been brought to a full boil and allowed to cool off a bit for close to 4 min. The aroma of the lemongrass dulls a bit once infused but was still strong enough to make my kitchen smell as though I had been cleaning with some type of lemon cleaning product. Due to the powerful aroma of the dry lemongrass, I was surprised when I tasted the brewed cup and found that it was much more subdued than expected. Don't get me wrong---you don't have to try to taste or anything like that. However, it is not as prominent as one would have thought from the aroma. Rishi uses a strong, smooth black tea as a base and it tastes like one of reasonable quality. I think this cup personifies the flavor that many folks that squeeze lemon into their black tea are really looking for---something nice and lemony, but not tart and acidic.

I did find that I liked this best sweetened. I also think that this would a great an iced tea option as I seemed to like it better after it cooled to the point of just being warm, and I definitely liked it less when it was hot. This is a pretty basic blend that is hard for me to get too excited over, but due to the quality of the ingredients used, I do recommend this.

— To purchase Rishi Tea Lemongrass Black, 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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