Review: Rishi Tea Lemongrass Black

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Its OK"The loose leaf presentation is mostly green with flecks of a black tea presence. This also carries over in the scent - very potent and pungent - a tartness attack."
Geoff’s Teaview: 5/10
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1111111111.jpgI've gotta hand it to Rishi Tea, they earned major classy points for finding a suitable middle-ground moniker for herbal teas/tisanes. To some, it may sound snooty, but I quite prefer it to the more common tea-or-not-tea debate. They refer to infusions from herbs as "botanicals". I love that.

But this isn't a review about a botanical, but it does have a botanical aspect to it; the ever-versatile lemongrass. Rishi also explains - per the tea profile - that properly cultivating lemongrass is an art form, especially in Yunnan Province where this particular batch hails from. One gripe, though. There's a lot of it.

Lemongrass is best used sparingly, a means of accentuating a tea blend or exacting more flavor from it. The curiously strong (and sour) citrus aspect can either compliment or corrupt a batch, depending on the moderation. Alas, Rishi's Lemongrass Black falls in the latter category.

As mentioned above, there is a lot of lemongrass on display here. The loose leaf presentation is mostly green with flecks of a black tea presence. This also carries over in the scent - very potent and pungent - a tartness attack. It smelled very sour like lemon meringue almost.

I brewed 2 tablespoons in 16 oz. of boiling water for five minutes. The brew was practically ochre in color. Black tea is naturally a little bitter, at least to me. Coupled with the face-imploding sourness of a high volume of lemongrass, and one has a veritable duel for flavor dominance. Neither of which particularly complimented the other.

This isn't to say it was bad, far from it. The combination, if used more sparingly, could work. Lemongrass is a forgiving mistress. Black tea - while temperamental if the temperature is off - will embrace "botanical" brethren, but not too much. Lemongrass Black is a clear example of too much of two good things.

— 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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