Rishi Tea Organic Black Tea, Earl Grey Loose Tea, 3.3-Ounce Tin (Pack of 3)
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- Pack of 3 (total 10 oz)
- Ancient Tree black tea scented by bergamot oil for citrus aroma; bold, sweetly smooth flavor
- Harvested from trees planted in 696 AD; USDA-certified organic; Fair Trade- and kosher-certified
- From remote mountain villages of ethnic-minority families in China's Yunnan province
- Selected by Rishi buyers (no middlemen); packaged in Milwaukee, WI
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Top Customer Reviews
The flavor is so well balanced with a real bergamot taste. This is not the typical weak flavor in many off the shelf blends. This is the real deal and can only be compared with the best that this traditional blend has to offer.
Consumers should remember that the price for the old 3-pack tins have been going up over time as it is. Check the camel tracker. However the latest practices by Rishi leaves a very bad taste in my mouth.
In case you haven't heard, according to the PR release, Rishi is
"ushering in the transformation of the brand's packaging format from a labeled tin to a more environmentally friendly, sealed bag in a printed, bi-lingual box. The move provides a strategic change to invest more in tea quality and freshness and less in packaging, storage and transit costs. The airtight bag in a box is far better suited to preserve the freshness and character of Rishi Tea's signature teas. Rishi Tea will gradually transition its entire line of loose leaf tins to this new, more sustainable format."
(Steel from cans, like the recent Rishi tea tins, is the most recyclable packaging material in the world, more on that later)
What the PR release doesn't tell you is that these "strategic changes to invest in tea quality" now come in a reduced 1.94-ounce or 55g size. Why? Why not sell the same 3.3oz in the new packaging? It's not as if the tea is going to be recycled. I uploaded a picture of Taylors of Harrogate Earl Grey tea. Taylors has already been using these foil bags except the foil bag in the picture contains 4.41-ounces of Earl Grey tea, not a reduced 1.94-ounces of 'the precious' (/sarc).Read more ›
The fragrance will start you salivating - or running from the room, if, like my husband, you do NOT care for this flavor/scent! Once I popped open the well-sealed tin, I knew I was going to like this tea.
I use a French press to make my tea, followed the excellent instructions on the tin, and sat down to sip my way through my first cup - then another - yes, the leaves are "re-usable" for a couple of cups at least. It makes the higher price tag a little more palatable - but keep in mind this is organic and fair trade too, which always adds a little to the price tag.
It's tea that tastes great and that you can feel good about drinking. It's now on my "must have" list!
I guess Rishi is now no different than the Nestea and Bigelow brands who are chasing the dollar instead of making the consumer happy.
They are even trying to hawk the previouly included tins on their website for almost half of what the tea costs.
I called Rishi and expressed my dismay at the loss of the tins. They claimed that the change was for environmental reasons, yet the included foil package is not recyclable and will wind up in the landfill almost 100% of the time. The tin can be recycled or reused for many things around the house. The person on the other end of the phone was less than sympathetic and essentially just stated they are going with the new packaging because they did not want to pay to import the tins from China. HELLO, the tea is GROWN in China!
Shame on Rishi, Shame. See my pictures for an example of the packaging types. I would rather pay a little more and get high quality packaging.
I guess "I" am going back to Twinings of London. At least they haven't cheaped out on their packaging. Yes I am mad.
The packaging is beautiful. It is packed in a very nice earthy looking tin and is slender and tall so fits in the cabinet nicely. The big plus with this tea is that it's organic.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Love, love, love this tea! It has the best nose bouquet and bergamot flavor of any of the Earl Grey's I have tried. Read morePublished 14 months ago by MCP
full disclosure, I bought Rishi Organic Early Grey loose in the commodity section of our specialty grocer in austin. Read morePublished on January 1, 2014 by R. Brown
this is so fragrant.....i sometimes just like brewing this tea as a natural incense. it tastes good too! Read morePublished on July 29, 2013 by mintymoo
A very good tea for those who like Earl Grey but this is loose and not in a bag. The taste is quite good although I think I would like decaffeinated better myself.Published on July 25, 2013 by Grateful Jerry
When I purchase it first time it was just perfect, exactly what I was looking for.....I gave those two extra packages as a present, I thought that I will not be able to use in... Read morePublished on March 3, 2013 by Rene
This is one of the best Earl Grey black teas I have tasted. Price is right. Have used this product for about 2 years and mix it with a little Assam black tea. Makes a great blendPublished on February 24, 2013 by Amazon Customer
I am definitely a bit of an Earl Grey snob/fanatic. The variety in quality among Earl grey teas is honestly incredible. Read morePublished on January 17, 2013 by Joanna
Love this tea! Very aromatic, fabulous nothing else like it. If you are a fan of Earl Grey, this is the one to get. Read morePublished on December 23, 2012 by LisaLisa
I am by no means a connaisseur of fine loose-leaf tea, but I do enjoy a few cups per week. I've bought some tea from retail tea shops, but this was my first time buying them... Read morePublished on November 24, 2012 by WoodsSuper