Numi Organic Tea

Recent Tasting Notes

Numi’s savory options are not nearly as good as Millie’s Savory Teas, but unlike Millie’s they are decaf which makes them a great option for a midnight snacking.
This one tastes like… broccoli! With a hint of cilantro. No surprises there. There’s also some garlic and onion swimming around in there. I find it a bit wimpy but it can be greatly improved with the addition of some garlic pepper. Overall not bad, and the convenience factor of having teabag snacks laying around make it well worth a re-purchase.

Preparation
Boiling

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I FINALLY FOUND THESE DANG TEAS.

I went down to Boston for a couple concerts last weekend (One Direction because I’m one of those unapologetic pop music fans) and found this at a Whole Foods in Milford. I snagged the variety box and I’m absolutely in love with these teas. This one has been my favourite so far. At some point I’m going to do a real review of them, but for now I’ll just say that they’ve been very yummy.

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finally found it in a newly opened organic supermarket. They will continue to keep it in stock. Pff. so pleased. It’s my favourite earl grey. Couldn’t find it for years.

Genuine earl grey tea, doesn’t get bitter. No artificial colourings, additions. Just plain organic assam with organic REAL bergamot oil. A gem.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 45 sec

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Yay, last tea of the evening here. The bag itself smells strongly of celery salt and garlic, which I didn’t expect. I brewed it for 10 minutes in boiling water, as per the package directions.

Brewed, it smells like broccoli, celery salt, and onion salt. Like a nice vegetable broth! :) The flavor is quite good too. The broccoli is definitely the base of this tea, and the cilantro pops out and says halloo! It has a nice little herbaceous, spicy kick. I can definitely taste the celery and onion salt as well in here, especially near the end. This one would probably be quite good with a bit of salt added, but I’m enjoying it plain right now. A lovely bedtime tea!

Daily Summary: 4 sipdowns, 146 teas remaining in cupboard

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 8 OZ / 236 ML
apt

at this point just eat some broccoli

apt

or drink some broth

TeaBrat

what’s in it, soup? :)

yyz

That sounds like it would be soothing. I like spice as well and that comment made me think Of the conversation I had with one of the chefs when I was in isolation on the cruise ship. My manager kept on forgetting to order me food ( which was supposed to be her responsibility while one of her team was sick) so the nurse would direct me to call room service. The first day I asked for consommé and the chef kept on trying to talk me out of it because he couldn’t imagine wanting spicy food when sick. When I’m sick that’s all I crave.

Mandy

Actually customer service told me that there’s no added salt (: I guess just powdered onion and powdered celery. But yes, it’s great with a dash of salt. This one is my favorite, and the one I get from amazon subscribe ad save since I used it in cooking so much.

Apt: yeah you could just eat broccoli but what broccoli can you store in the cabinet for a month? And most broth has a whole crap ton of sodium, especially instant kinds.

Cameron B.

Mandy, I think I like the Carrot Curry best so far. :D But I still have three more to try!

yyz, it’s mostly the celery and onion powder but this one also has garlic and pepper in it. :D

TeaBrat

Cameron, did you get the sampler pack? I should look for it!

Cameron B.

TeaBrat, yes I did. It got it on Amazon. :P

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After trying the Carrot Curry savory tea, I was excited to get ahold of the others. Luckily, my sweetheart was making an Amazon order a couple of days ago, so I added the variety box to it. I’m not sure why I chose this one to try tonight, it just sounded so interesting and I figured it would be somewhat sweet considering it contains beets. The dry bag smelled strongly of cabbage and savory spices.

Whew, the brewed tea smells like cabbage soup! Luckily, I don’t mind cabbage, though it’s not my favorite. The flavor of this tea is much more subtle than the aroma, in fact, it’s almost too subtle. The main taste is boiled cabbage, and there’s a sweetness from the beets. The spicing is very mild, though I do get warmth from the clove near the end of the sip. I can definitely taste the parsley, and it adds a nice fresh flavor. Overall, I do enjoy the flavor, but I wish there was more of it. Perhaps next time I’ll steep this with less water and see if that improves the strength. I find that I really enjoy these savory vegetable teas as a caffeine-free nighttime option.

In other news, this is my 300th tasting note. Huzzah!

Flavors: Clove, Coriander, Parsley, Sweet, Vegetable Broth

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 8 OZ / 236 ML
Ost

Yah! You’re on a roll with tasting notes!

Sarsonator

OMG… I have this, but I haven’t tried it… In fact, I have the sampler pack, too. I am a little scared of beets. I have beet phobia. But this sounds kinda ok…

MzPriss

I love beets but I don’t think I would love beet tea :/

boychik

I love borsch. I wonder how close this tea to it.

Cameron B.

It doesn’t taste much like beets, mostly like cabbage. :P

Tealizzy

These sound fun! I’m totally going to add this to our next amazon order.

Stephanie

Hmm, hot cabbage water…call me skeptical!

Mandy

I like to steep then closer to 20 minutes and add a pinch of salt. It really helps being out the flavors. And I love adding them to the water wen I cook pasta or rice.

Tealizzy

Mandy -that’s a great idea…adding them to pasta or rice!!

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Trying to keep the caffeine down, so I won’t stay up all night, although I have so many things to catch up on.

While I was visiting my folks, I came across some random tea bags, like the blueberry one I reviewed earlier, & so I brought a few home with me, this Honeybush included.
I much prefer Honeybush over Rooibos, it’s mildly sweet & kind of woody & soothing.
That’s all I’ve got.
:)

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fingerprints on gold
melting yellow metaphors
traces of perfume

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drank Aged Earl Grey by Numi Organic Tea
272 tasting notes

So this tea really confused me, and I almost think it was mispackaged. I was at a friend’s house and he offered me tea, and I chose this because Earl Grey is that inoffensive tea that even if awful is still drinkable.

Only, when steeped… there was no bergamot flavor. At all.

And the tea quality is pretty damn awful in these filter bags so there I was drinking bad black tea that didn’t have bergamot to cover up how bad it actually was.

At least I squashed Steven at Boggle.

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Queued post, written May 25th 2014

I took this one out of a EU TTB. I haven’t the faintest which one. Possibly the first because I got a lot of vanilla-related things out of that one.

I’ve had this twice before. The first time it was in a cardboard cup and a horrid horrid experience. The cardboard stole all the flavour and made it taste like something sort of rooibos-y. Hor. Ri. Ble.

The second time it was after a funeral (also not a good experience but that was more to do with the funeral than the actual tea), and that was with hot water from a thermos.

So when I saw it in the box (whichever box it was), I thought I should try it a third time in my own home in my usual way.

This yielded a much more pleasant experience. You can tell it’s decaf and it gets a funny sort of slightly chemical note, but other than that it was very nice and vanilla-y. I should have liked to have had this flavouring on a normal black base. I think that would be lovely.

It being decaf it would be suitable for my Before Bed Beverage, but I think I still prefer something herbal for that.

Tea Sipper

I loved the ONE teabag I tried years ago… I wonder if I would like it less now?

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I am a somewhat frugal person, probably in part because I was so broke in college and grad school. So my natural inclination is not to throw stuff away, if it can possibly be salvaged. Whence my “filter bag cold brew” initiative, of which Numi Berry Black is now a part. I do like a few filter bags—above all, Harney & Sons Japanese Sencha—but for the most part, I am moving farther and farther away from filter bag tea. Still, I have quite a bit lying around.

I brewed six filter bags in a liter of water overnight in the fridge and the liquor changed from clear to crimson during that period. I was optimistic that this would be a good iced tea, though I had found the hot brew to be less than desirable. Do hibiscus and darjeeling mix? That is the question, my teaful friends.

When I tried a glass of this cold brew yesterday, I considered tossing it. Then it occurred to me that it might taste good with sugar. But I did not really feel like adding sugar, so I poured the glass back into the pitcher, thinking that it might taste better on a hotter day. The weather was very mild, with a high of about 75F.

As predicted, this iced tea tasted much better on an 80F+ day. I don’t think that it is great, but it is somewhat refreshing, and I was not driven to adulterate, so overall the experiment was a success. Not that I’ll be buying this tea ever again.

Flavors: Hibiscus

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Judging by all externals, Mighty Leaf Earl Grey Decaf should have trounced the competition, this Numi Decaf Earl Grey, in tonight’s steep-off chez sherapop. The dried tea smelled better, there seemed to be much more of it, and in leaves not fannings and dust. Moreover, the liquor was slightly darker, reddish amber rather than dark orange.

It just goes to show, once again: you can’t judge a book by its cover or a tea by its trappings. This filterbag decaffeinated Earl Grey tastes better to me. I prefer the less intense bergamot and the black tea base, which may be Assam. I am not entirely sure, but Numi indicates that the regular (not decaffeinated) Earl Grey is aged Assam. They also apparently age the bergamot with the tea, and perhaps that is why I like this one better.

When I added cream to the two glasses, I found that the Numi had more of a slate brown veering grey color to it, while the Mighty Leaf was more of a burnt sienna shade.

In the end, Numi Decaf Earl Grey wins the steep off. I recall not having liked the Mighty Leaf Earl Grey (not decaf) very much, so it may all come down to the base tea and the degree of bergamotization. If that’s not a word, it should be!

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 15 sec 2 g 10 OZ / 295 ML
Mikumofu

These steep-offs are very helpful!

sherapop

Thank you, Mikumofu! ;-)

Amaryllis

I almost grabbed both yesterday but I’m kind of glad I didn’t. Haha. I’ll be sure to grab the Numi for the earl grey lovers in my life. Thanks!

sherapop

You’re welcome, Amaryllis. Please remember that these are matters of taste more than anything else!:-)

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drank Toasted Rice by Numi Organic Tea
66 tasting notes

Compared with a nice loose-leaf Genmaicha this isn’t anything special, but as far as bagged teas go this is one one of my favorites. I like to keep this on hand when I know I won’t be around a kettle. You can pretty successfully brew it with hot water from those water coolers that most offices and schools will have around.
The green tea base is unremarkable but ultimately inoffensive. Not particularly bitter, grassy, floral, or anything that would have given it some character. If I didn’t know it was a sencha I probably wouldn’t have been able to guess. The rice gives some toasty-ness but is a bit stale tasting compared to my favorite loose genmaicha (Harney’s). But overall it makes for a decent brew under less-than-ideal conditions.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 1 min, 30 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Pass the Stash TTB 2.0

Savory tea, huh? Okay, I’ll be brave. :P There are actually 3 kinds in the box, but I chose this one first because I figured carrot is a pretty sweet vegetable, and I do like curry. The instructions said to steep this in boiling water, but this claims to be green tea… So I did 185 instead, which is higher than I’ll normally go for green tea. Compromise! I originally steeped for 5 minutes and then went up to 10 after a quick taste.

It smells strongly of curry! But in a kind of sweet way, like it has coconut milk in it or something. I am shocked by how good this is! It’s delicious! Much less intense than you would expect from the aroma, and slightly sweet from the carrot. It’s largely a sweet tea with some added curry spice that makes it amazing! There’s also a little hit of fresh cilantro in there, which adds a nice herbaceous, fresh element. Zippy! I definitely don’t taste green tea at all in here, which is fine with me.

I am totally amazed that I love this tea! I would absolutely drink this as an evening tea (the green base is decaffeinated). There are a couple other savory tea flavors in the box, I’m considering trying another one. But I don’t want to deprive someone else… I don’t know how much interest there will be for these… Hm!

Flavors: Carrot, Herbs, Spices, Sweet

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 8 min or more 8 OZ / 236 ML
TeaBrat

wow, I’ve been afraid of trying those savory teas from Numi, this sounds pretty goo though!

KiwiDelight

I thought this one tasted the worst of the lot. I had to throw it out after a few sips. Probably shouldn’t have followed the water temp directions.

Cameron B.

Surprisingly, it is! This makes me want to order the variety pack and try them all. Obviously, if you don’t like curry, you won’t like this tea. :P

Cameron B.

KiwiDelight, I don’t know, could just be not to your taste. I never use boiling water for anything but herbals… Paranoid! :P

Marzipan

There was a tea in the samples only TTB that had pictures of broccoli and asparagus (I think) on it. I noped right on past them.

KiwiDelight

I like carrots, I like curry, but it was NOPE.

Marzipan, that would have been broccoli and cilantro. I can’t remember if I tried that one…

Mikumofu

The tomato mint one was great for cooking, now I’m curious about what this one can be used for too…

Marzipan

I am one of those people who genetically doesn’t like cilantro. Yuck.

KiwiDelight

I should have mixed it with cooked rice, come to think of it.

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drank White Rose by Numi Organic Tea
979 tasting notes

Next up in the Rose Parade is Numi White Rose, the loose leaf verison. Truly this tea is a wonder to behold, with by far the highest percentage of rose in any rose tea I have ever seen. In lots of blends, a few rose petals are thrown in for show, primarily to add some color, much the way cornflower petals are added to many blends though, to my knowledge, they do not alter the taste.

In this case, however, the rose petals are the primary matter being infused! Needless to say, anyone who does not positively adore roses, to the point of being prepared to eat them, probably will not like this tea. For rose amateurs such as myself, on the other hand, this blend will satisfy any desire which might ever arise to “drink a rose”.

The liquor begins greenish—similar to lavender-chamomile infusions—but then turns gold. My guess is that the rose is implicated somehow in the green opening, since I have not seen white teas infuse in quite the same way.

I do not think that this is the best white tea around—it’s that sort of motley-looking variety which someone around here described as “having a bad hair day”. So apt. It’s just something of a mess. Fortunately, with the preponderance of roses, the basket-case white tea is easy to forgive—and forget.

Flavors: Rose

Preparation
165 °F / 73 °C 4 min, 0 sec 5 g 17 OZ / 502 ML

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Another filter bag pu-erh blend from Numi, this Cardamom Pu-erh packs a punch of both! In some ways, cardamom may be the perfect adulterant for pu-erh, given its strength.

Today’s brew is darker red rather than gold, so I may have used less water or steeped it longer than last time. The flavor is earthy and tastes more like pu-erh than like cardamom, so probably not the best choice for gringos. I ended up adulterating yesterday’s glass of Emperor’s Pu-erh with cream, and I am tempted in this case as well.

I used to think that Assam was the best segue from coffee to tea, but now it seems that pu-erh is even better. It has a very strong, coffee-grind like density to it. No, it does not taste like coffee, but it has the same “timbre”, so to speak…

Flavors: Earth

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 30 sec 2 g 9 OZ / 266 ML

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This glass of Numi Emperor’s Puerh, prepared from a filter bag, has many of the stereotypical features of puerh familiar to me. It actually smells a bit mushroomy, and is definitely earthier than either of the loose-leaf pu-erhs I’ve tried recently. Last time I tried this tea, i added cream, but I decided to drink it au naturel this evening. To be honest, it’s a bit much for me. The flavor seems rather rough hewn. The liquor is very dark reddish amber. I am seriously debating adulteration at this point, about a third of the way through the glass…

Perhaps the inability to rinse is a factor here? Does anyone out there ever attempt to rinse the contents of a filter bag?

Flavors: Earth, Mushrooms

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 2 g 10 OZ / 295 ML
madametj

I would still rinse it, just a quick 5 second one.

sherapop

Thanks, madametj. I ended up drinking it with cream. Is the purpose of rinsing to remove the sometimes offputting odor of pu-erh? I read somewhere that people rinse also to remove pesticides and dirt, but Numi tea is organic, so hopefully pesticides are not a issue.

sherapop

They have a brick of pu-erh which I’ll definitely try.

NofarS

If it’s a really strong pu’er, I do two rinses. And I never have pu’er on an empty stomach, as otherwise it gives me stomachaches.

madametj

I’ve never had one with the offputting odor, but that would be one reason. I think it would also take out most of the mushroomy taste. Though, I hear when they smell like that it’s a sign that the they weren’t stored/aged properly…

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I was feeling groggy, so that seemed like a good excuse to revisit some of the Numi filterbag pu-erhs. This Chocolate Puerh seems more like a cocoa chai than a pu-erh to me. It reminds me of a cross between Chai Diaries Wisdom Pu-erh and Chai Diairies Chocolate Chai. The last time I drank this brew with milk, though the liquor is rather light and cloudy amber, indicating that there are more spices and what-not than black tea in the blend. Today i am drinking it au naturel. I realize now that one bag would go better in 5 rather than 10 ounces. Seems a bit wan.

I am weighing the possibility of obtaining some of this tea in loose-leaf form. I am very curious to see what the proportions of added stuff look like. Some of Numi’s loose-leaf teas come only in a 1 lb bag, but a few also are offered in a 4 ounce size. Hopefully this one is among them.

Flavors: Cocoa

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 15 sec 2 g 10 OZ / 295 ML

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drank Dry Desert Lime by Numi Organic Tea
2441 tasting notes

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Earthy & smooth. Very earthy. Reminds me of a forest in the dead of winter. No snow. Just brown earth and bare trees. Actually, this tastes like the smell of one of those bare trees when you break a branch. ..

albertocanfly

mmm..gotta love the taste of dead trees XD

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I brewed up a large Bodum of this chamomile-lemon myrtle blend from Numi with every intention of drinking one glass and refrigerating the rest for iced tea tomorrow afternoon. Whoops. A movie later (I watched Hannah Arendt), the Bodum was drained, and now I have wild and crazy dreams to look forward to, given my previous experience with lemon myrtle at bedtime…

Cheri

I love when a tea is that good (or a movie that good) that you drink all the tea without even realizing you’ve done it. I hope your dreams weren’t crazy this time.

sherapop

Thanks, Cheri! They were odd but not heinous. ;-)

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This chamomile-lemon myrtle blend from Numi is a nice variant on the chamomile soliflore but without going down the heavily trodden lemongrass, rosehip, hibiscus path.

The liquor is golden and shimmery, and the citrus flavor is closer to the white pith than to either the peel or the juice of a lemon. I cannot say that I have ever actually seen—or tasted, for that matter—lemon myrtle, but that’s what it calls to mind in this blend. It also somehow makes the liquid more viscous than straight-up chamomile.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 30 sec 8 g 32 OZ / 946 ML

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I am not a big fan of this tea. It has a really strong and sour flavor. I think it has a bit of that bumpy flavor too. I drink this tea in the morning.

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I am a real gringo when it comes to pu-erh, so I have been trying out various blends, attempting to prepare for the day when I muster up the courage to imbibe the liquor produced by some caked pu-erh tuo cha reeking rather awfully of … horse manure!

This Numi Jasmine Pu-erh seems to be designed for someone like me. I had no idea that this is actually a pu-erh jasmine green blend. I was thinking that it was all pu-erh as the base tea, with the use of jasmine as a sort of deodorant.

Instead, Jasmine Pu-erh brews up brown but tastes mostly like a pretty good jasmine green tea, to be precise Numi Jasmine Green (logically enough). Okay with me—no complaints! Not bad at all for a quick filter bag fix, especially given that it did not suffer from my treatment of it as a straight black. Near boiling water and a five minute steep might have ruined a straight-up jasmine green, but the result was fine in this case.

Flavors: Jasmine

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec 2 g 9 OZ / 266 ML

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