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1 bag for 250mL water, bare.

Got frustrated with the writing today and took a trip to a nearby mall, ending up in Winners, where I found some forlorn and battered boxes of Numi teabags. I bought the two boxes of “Numi’s Assortment,” mostly to get a few old faves in there; I adore Numi’s Aged Earl Grey and Monkey King Jasmine. A few others in there I really want to try, too.

To my surprise: one bag per box of Numi’s Chinese Breakfast Yunnan Black Tea. Oooh, a new China black tea to try.

Very good. Especially for a bagged tea. Bit of malt, faint bits of honey and smoke, and a nice pepper bite. Mineral finish. (I guess that’s what the Numi ad copy called “spring water” in the finish.) Refreshing. I love Yunnan black tea, and I really wish Numi was easier to find in NL. I will try to re-steep the bag, but my hopes aren’t high.

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Michelle Butler Hallett

Not a brilliant re-steep (7 minutes). Mostly mineral now with a bit of pepper. Much lighter in colour. The honey, malt and smoke are gone.

Wayne

Ooh lucky you, i should check Winners here…

steeping some Yunnan Black Needles tea this very moment in fact

Michelle Butler Hallett

The box is worth it for just that one (!) bag.

Sigh. Drinking the Morning Rise this morning — a disappointment.

Where did you get our Black Needles?

Wayne

It’s from DavidsTea – I emailed them to see if they would be getting any more at the store and they said no but offered to send some for me to pick up! I was way impressed :D

Michelle Butler Hallett

No faulting DT’s customer service. They recently replaced a 250g bag of Jumpy Monkey for me. (Yes, that’s 250 grams, half a pound.) I’m always impressed when I interact with them.

Good Black Needles is sooooooo nice. I’m more a fan of the Black Needles Yunnan from Stash. I found the DT’s version a bit flat in comparison. But that might have been an older batch. Mmm, peppery tea …

Wayne

Can’t wait to try the stash version, then, since I (and everyone I give it to try) really love the DT version. Main reason I got it was that all the staff there said it was their favourite straight black .. they sold me on it!

Michelle Butler Hallett

Good Yunnan is a treasure.

Sipping some Stash Black Needles here while nibbing on a piece of 70% cocoa chocolate. Serious yum.

DT’s Black needles is not a bad tea — don’t get me wrong. And it has the distinct advantage of being easier to get, if you live near a bricks and mortar DT. Yunnan has that amazing ability to refesh even more quickly than good Indian teas — and believe me, I am a serious fan of India blacks. I just find the variety I get from Stash has more depth of flavour.

I’ve got some Organic Keemun Panda #1 here, too, for my local tea shop. Mmmm, tea …

Wayne

That’s too funny, i was just nibbling on some 80% dark chocolate (love my cocoa) with my DT Keemun

Michelle Butler Hallett

Chortle. String and tag here, are we? :)

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Michelle Butler Hallett

Not a brilliant re-steep (7 minutes). Mostly mineral now with a bit of pepper. Much lighter in colour. The honey, malt and smoke are gone.

Wayne

Ooh lucky you, i should check Winners here…

steeping some Yunnan Black Needles tea this very moment in fact

Michelle Butler Hallett

The box is worth it for just that one (!) bag.

Sigh. Drinking the Morning Rise this morning — a disappointment.

Where did you get our Black Needles?

Wayne

It’s from DavidsTea – I emailed them to see if they would be getting any more at the store and they said no but offered to send some for me to pick up! I was way impressed :D

Michelle Butler Hallett

No faulting DT’s customer service. They recently replaced a 250g bag of Jumpy Monkey for me. (Yes, that’s 250 grams, half a pound.) I’m always impressed when I interact with them.

Good Black Needles is sooooooo nice. I’m more a fan of the Black Needles Yunnan from Stash. I found the DT’s version a bit flat in comparison. But that might have been an older batch. Mmm, peppery tea …

Wayne

Can’t wait to try the stash version, then, since I (and everyone I give it to try) really love the DT version. Main reason I got it was that all the staff there said it was their favourite straight black .. they sold me on it!

Michelle Butler Hallett

Good Yunnan is a treasure.

Sipping some Stash Black Needles here while nibbing on a piece of 70% cocoa chocolate. Serious yum.

DT’s Black needles is not a bad tea — don’t get me wrong. And it has the distinct advantage of being easier to get, if you live near a bricks and mortar DT. Yunnan has that amazing ability to refesh even more quickly than good Indian teas — and believe me, I am a serious fan of India blacks. I just find the variety I get from Stash has more depth of flavour.

I’ve got some Organic Keemun Panda #1 here, too, for my local tea shop. Mmmm, tea …

Wayne

That’s too funny, i was just nibbling on some 80% dark chocolate (love my cocoa) with my DT Keemun

Michelle Butler Hallett

Chortle. String and tag here, are we? :)

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I prefer straight teas but will try almost anything … so long as it’s not tainted with hibiscus. I loathe hibiscus.

Oolongs and blacks are my favourites.

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