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Cooking TTB #13
I almost didn’t try this tea because it sounded a little too out of my comfort zone.. I mean spinach chive tea… Don’t you mean soup?? Anyway in the end I decided to give it a go, what’s a TTB for if its not to get you tasting something you wouldn’t usually pick for yourself?? And I’m so glad that I did! This was actually very tasty… With a slight punch of citrus and a savory flavor dominated by chives this is definitely something I would buy!
My first blooming tea. Definitely one that is better to look at rather than drink. It was extremely bitter and still hours later leaves a bad after taste lingering in my mouth. Couldn’t really taste much else, and re steeping it didn’t help. Display was beautiful though
Flavors: Bitter, Flowers, Green
Though this is definitely a better-quality pu erh than that often found in grocery stores, it has the usual problem of being mistreated in transit/storage in a way that makes it taste “off.” I’ve bought it from two different sources, one online and one offline, and both times found it to have the fishy taste that you get when pu erh has been stored improperly. I’m guessing that somewhere along the line it spent too long in a hot storage center.
The fish taste doesn’t mean the stuff’s going to poison you! It’s just not how it’s intended to taste. If you’re determined to purchase it, maybe try ordering directly from Numi’s website.
Flavors: Barnyard, Fishy, Forest Floor
Yeah, this one just didn’t work for me.
After a few sips, I realized it tasted like something familiar: hardly tomato and hardly mint, but more like a steak seasoning or rub. Couldn’t finish my cup.
Flavors: Herbs, Peppercorn
My favorite of the veggie teas thus far. Broccoli Cilantro has less of a broccoli taste and more of a pesto, herbal flavor that’s surprising pleasant as a with-dinner drink. I didn’t expect to like any of the veggie teas, but this one made a great impression.
Flavors: Broccoli, Herbs, Pepper
I purchased a Numi sampler not too long ago, and the Chocolate Pu-erh really stood out. The chocolate was creamy and understated without tasting artificial or like a carob product, really excellent iced. I’m going to have to commit to a full package soon.
Third one from by box :3 I thought this one would be taken over by ginger.. But it turns out puerh is the dominant flavor! Ginger kind of hangs out in back in the aftertaste. It has a nice little kick to it but not enough to completely ruin the cup. It complements the puerh’s earthy flavor.
My mom gave me a Numi Puerh set for Christmas so I broke it out this morning and tried few :) This one has a pleasant aroma. Herbal notes with mint and earthy puerh. It has such an interesting taste! Honestly basil reminds me of spaghetti… so now I want to use my gift cart and go to Olive Garden… haha but the flavor is good! Mint, basil, and puerh are all present. Puerh is the dominate flavor followed by mint and finally basil in the aftertaste.
I like this tea a lot. I tried it two ways; first black (very good), then with a little soy milk to misto it up like a London Fog. I found it a little weak (but still tasty) when I added the splash of soy milk, so I think I should have steeped it longer for that. Will try it again with a longer steep time than recommended (it says five minutes, but if you’re adding anything it wouldn’t be a bad idea to steep it a minute longer, maybe 6 minutes.)
I haven’t tried Twinings’ Decaf Earl Grey but that’s the one I would like to compare this to and add an update with my impressions of each. Overall, I really like this tea, and plan to experiment with it a little further.
Numi in general, I’ve found, is an excellent brand. I’ve never been disappointed by anything they’ve offered.
UPDATE: I’ve read from a blog (http://breweddaily.com/2009/01/homemade-london-fog-tea-latte/) that Earl Grey can get bitter if oversteeped – and that the best bet is to use two tea bags instead.
Flavors: Bergamot, Sweet
I had this while out and about this morning, and it was not what I was expecting.
I’ve been a little bit obsessed with Yunnan blacks lately so I figured I’d give this a try, but the flavour reminded me more of a shou pu-erh than a Yunnan black. Thick, with almost a licorice note to it.
It’s quite decent but not what I was craving or anticipating from the name.
This didn’t suck.
I say it this way because the first pu-erh I had from Numi (Emperor’s Pu-erh, I believe) was SO not my thing. This at least smelled and tasted much better. It smelled like chocolate and baking spices. The spices didn’t carry through into the taste for me, but the chocolate flavor at least masked the weirdness that I tasted in their other pu-erh. I’d still take any of the Lupicia puers over this in a heartbeat.
Flavors: Chocolate, Spices
I like to approach this tea as more of a kind of instant soup rather than tea, even if it has decaffeinated green tea in the blend. I think the green tea is a little bit pointless in these savory teas. I could not detect it at all. Nonetheless, there is so much going on in here, and I quite like it. I am drinking this in place of eating actual soup, simply because it is way more convenient to carry in my bag. The package directions instruct me to steep for 5 minutes or longer (?!) and that is exactly what I did. I would not EVER leave a teabag in the hot water forever, but seeing as I am no longer thinking of this as tea, surely enough, that is exactly what I did.
And nothing bad happened.
The onion and peppercorn flavors are a bit more prevalent than the carrot and curry. But they are present, and give this non-soup a thicker mouthfeel. This tea is strange. It’s like a weak soup with sweet onion and carrot flavors as well as aromatic peppercorn and fennel, as well as a little ‘curry.’
Would I drink this again? You bet your squishy Ass.
Flavors: Carrot, Peppercorn
I really, really dig this one. The sour lime just works. Then again, I’m a huge fan of all things citrus.
It perfectly captures the essence of wintertime— spice with a bite, and of course, white tea to match the white snow. The thing I like about Numi is that their bagged teas taste like loose leaf teas. They just have a magic touch that not many other companies have in their bagged options.
I picked this one up today while Christmas shopping… It’s pretty good! Like a chai with a white base and just a bite of tart citrus. I think it’s nutmeg that I don’t like— that’s why I won’t eat pumpkin pie and I like my chais to be heavy on the cinnamon.
There’s no nutmeg in this, which is why it’s my kind of chai.
That rhymes! Tee-hee. Anyway though. Seriously. This one is good. Usually flavored white teas are blended with sweet fruity blah-ness, but this one breaks the mold a little. It’s unusual and satisfying for a bitingly cold winter day, which today was.
Flavors: Cinnamon, Citrus, Cloves, Hibiscus, Orange Zest, Spices
So, I went for tea yesterday with a friend who is also pregnant and the coffee shop has this as their tea line.
This tea was a favourite of mine for a long time. I had a different friend buy me this one years ago and I drank it every night as I worked 4-midnights and it was just a great after dinner wind down kind of a tea. I always loved it. Then I got introduced to the loose-leaf version and I couldn’t be happier as it’s even better than the bagged.
But this tea is very good. It’s nice and smooth. It brings back so many good memories. It was so nice to have again and even though I’m still a fan of loose over bagged, this is a great option when you’re on the go ‘cause flavour-wise it’s very very good. It’s quite similar to loose-leaf. It’s very full of flavour. It’s not lacking in that way at all which can sometimes happen. Definitely recommend this one.
Though slightly watery, as bagged teas tend to be, this isn’t your standard CTC package. Instead of the bitter, short-flavored tea you might expect, you get a fairly well-rounded cup with a lot of chocolate and hints of barky, mossy, decomposing forest underneath. I like to pretend I’m somewhere exotic and completely elsewhere when I drink this tea.
Flavors: Dark Chocolate, Dirt, Moss