Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Rishi's Jade Cloud

It's been a while since I've talked about one of my earliest tea passions, Fair Trade, but the conversation on TeaChat today has inspired me to get off my ass and finally post this review. (I took these pictures three months ago).

There have been two recent changes with Rishi's line of Green Tea Retail Tins. 1) They've been packaging the tea with an inner bag to increase freshness (pictured), and 2) The tea gardens in Hubei, China where they source the Jade Cloud and a few others is now Fair Trade Certified.

Jade Cloud is harvested in the early spring using organic farming, grown at high elevation in tea gardens situated in natural pine and bamboo forests.

The aroma is nutty, sharp, vegital--asparagus perhaps.

The tea is mellow but has a pleasant and rich mouth feel and a desirable, low-level astringency. Nutty up front followed by a slight sweetness, which becomes more apparent in subsequent infusions, and a vegital finish. It tastes like it smells. As my palate is more accustomed to Japanese green tea, I'd say the overall flavor and strength is comparable to a good asamushi.

12 comments:

Soïwatter said...

The tea you present us today is very interesting. Seems to be a great chinese green tea I've never tested before.
I did'nt know this online tea seller, never presented on frensh tea blogs, but they seems to sell interesting teas...

Stephen said...

I find it very hard to locate fair trade teas in China, and I haven't seen any that carry the fair trade logo.

Rishi Tea said...

Thanks for the review and glad to see an interest in fair trade tea. If you'd like to sample other Rishi Fair Trade Certified teas, let us know (we offer quite a few).

And of course, happy Fair Trade month!

Anonymous said...

I have tried the Jade Cloud from Rishi and must say, I'm not a fan. You say nutty and vegital, I say it's got a hint of seaweed (almost fishy) flavor. My wife and I both agree, that it tastes just like it smells and neither of them are pleasant.

I have tossed the bag, as it's unpalatable.

Rachel said...

I just bought a tin of this; for some reason mine did not have an inner freshness bag. The flavor somehow is not what I expected, but I can't explain it very well. I bought it to replace The Republic of Tea "Sky Between the Branches" which I had just finished, and I am not finding it a good match.

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I would like to try this one out! I heard it tastes quite differently from the other.

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Where does this tea came from exactly? I heard there is a large production of this type in Vietnam.

Tea Recipes said...

Wow I tried this tea tonight and I loved it, thanks for the suggestion

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