10 Tasting Notes
I adore this tea. I love vanilla, I love almond—so what’s not to love. It can be weak or bitter (it’s kind of hard to get just right), but I err on the side of strong because I take it with milk and sugar. This tea is comforting to me and I have many good memories of it from college and cafe dining with friends.
Cinnamon-sweet. This is the first tea I could drink without sweetener. My office-mate back in 1999 gave me my first bag of this. It was good in the office as a break. It was probably my first experience with rooibos, too (which I why every time I taste cinnamon, I think rooibos, even though I know that’s not correct!) I haven’t been able to find it lately. I wonder if I would still like it?
Slightly sweetened, this is my favorite bedtime tea—even surpassing my beloved regular Sleepytime. I like the lemony-mintiness of it, and the slight scenting of jasmine fits in well. I’d probably use it as a body wash, and I say that in a nice way! It’s a comforting, clean tea, and the delicate jasmine just enhances.
My lower rating reflects that I just couldn’t get into this one. It smelled like a wet forest fire in my cup—so much so my hubby thought something had burned in the kitchen. I realize it’s SUPPOSED to be that way, and it is deep and….interesting. I don’t think I have the chops or gravitas to enjoy this one properly. My experience with the other Numi teas has been mixed.
I really like this tisane. If you steep it for just the right amount of time, it’s sweet with cinnamon and very good—especially if you like cider with redhots (which I do!). It reminds me of Good Earth—so much so that I was surprised there was no rooibos. It’s just cinnamon, apple, hibiscus, rosehips, licorice root. My main problem is steeping—too long and the cinnamon will hurt your tongue. Too little, and it tastes like watered down apple juice. I was going to buy out the store, but after brewing a cup with too much of the tea, my mouth hurts!