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As far as rooibos teabags go, it’s hard to imagine doing better than this. It has that very same “honey” scent and flavor that seems to be standard for all rooibos, and my mug last night was sweet and soothing, just what I want from an evening tea. I can get better loose leaf from other places, so this won’t be a pantry staple for me, but I enjoyed this just fine.
Grr. Steepster ate my note.
This is a tea from the Numi Sampler collection I picked up a while ago. I drank it while playing World War IV with my husband and two of his brothers. It was only the second time we’ve played, and the first time we’ve finished. After playing for several hours over the course of two days the game ended in a draw. None of us were playing nearly aggressively enough. Now we know for next time, which will probably not be until we go on vacation this summer. It’s hard to find time to play such a long game with young kids.
This tea was a solid jasmine green, but pretty unremarkable. I added a couple splashes of cold water to the boiling water, and then added the teabag. The green tea was present and smooth, but doesn’t add anything special. The jasmine flavor is present, but not quite as strong as I prefer. I would definitely drink this if it was offered to me, but won’t go out of my way to buy it.
Flavors: Green, Jasmine
I have liked several of the rose teas I’ve tried, but this was a bit disappointing. It was a little on the bland side, and I didn’t feel like the white tea they chose complemented the rose very well. Maybe it would work better cold brewed, but I don’t think it’s worth buying again to find out.
Flavors: Grass, Rose
Thanks to LuckyMe for this one! This is the loose leaf.
It has some power. I had never had a gunpowder green before and was looking forward to trying one. It really reminds me of most bagged teas that I have had.
It is ashy, a bit bitter, astringent, and vegetal like a sauteed spinach. It’s the boldest green that I have had and definitely not the sweetest, though my first steep was maybe a little fruity because I steeped it light.
I wouldn’t buy it in bulk like numi usually sells it, but I would maybe buy an ounce or two in the future for drinking maybe once a month. Glad I got to try this because I had seen it on amazon for really cheap and was thinking about buying some.
My pallet is not that sophisticated, so I am only giving this an 80. This, however, is really good black tea. It is deep and rich, with notes I barely notice in supermarket brands. It definitely has an oaky note. It’s astringent, but not sharp.. even after sitting out a bit.
This might be the mildest chai I’ve ever had that still tastes good. The dominant flavor is clove which blends into a mild flavor of cinnamon, with a hint of smooth woodiness from the rooibos in the background. It’s good on its own if you’re in the mood for a mild chai, but there’s no way it would stand up to milk. I’ll have to think about whether or not I want more of this. It might make a decent everyday sort of tea, but it doesn’t wow me.
Flavors: Cinnamon, Clove, Smooth, Spices, Wood
I’m currently looking for more variety in pregnancy-safe bagged teas that won’t trigger heartburn and actually appeal to me despite my numerous pregnancy induced food aversions. It’s not an especially long list. I haven’t had too many bagged honeybush teas, but I’ve tried several loose varieties. This one is quite good. It’s smooth and woody and just a bit sweet. It doesn’t seem astringent or sour like some honeybush teas I’ve tried. So far I’m quite impressed by Numi’s teas. I have their rooibos chai yet to try and the rest of the sampler pack will be saved until after the baby comes.
Flavors: Sweet, Wood
This was probably one of the best rooibos teas I’ve tasted. It was earthy and smooth, with a bit of woodiness and hay. It had none of the cough syrup or cigarette smoke flavors that you sometimes get. I may decide to buy more of this. A good first taste of Numi’s teas. This one is rated surprisingly low on Steepster, but it looks like that’s mostly because it was the reviewers first experience with rooibos, and it just isn’t really for them.
Flavors: Earth, Hay, Wood
This tea is relatively easygoing on the palate, and it definitely makes a great spring or summer delight. I personally prefer it with honey rather than sugar, though it honestly doesn’t need any additives whatsoever (and you should be careful in adding stuff, since the flavor is so light that honey can become overbearing).
Flavors: Floral, Grass, Rose
I bought a big 1 pound bag of this loose leaf tea. When I smell the dry tea from the big bag there is a sharp orange peel smell that is almost overwhelming. After transferring some of the tea to a smaller container the smell is much better.
So far I made this tea three times. The first time it tasted quite bitter. Not the bitter black tea taste but more of a bitter orange peel taste. I finished the cup but I really didn’t enjoy it at all.
The second and third time tasted much better. I don`t really know why it tasted so much better but maybe the first scoop of tea got some orange peel (or more orange peel) than the others. My rating is based on the two cups of tea that I enjoyed (not the first try).
Flavors: Orange Zest
The smell of the dry leaves is excellent. This tea has a mild and slightly sweet mint taste. I think I like peppermint tea better than Moroccan Mint but this is good too.
The first try I used 2 tsp for 12 oz of boiling water for about 10 minutes and it was quite weak.
The second time I used 2 tsp for 8 oz of boiling water for about 12 minutes and it was a bit better but still a bit weak.
The third time was a charm. I used 2 heaping tsp (about 2.5 tsp) for 8oz of boiling water for about 18 minutes and it was a good strength.
Ahh, its raining, its cold, and I had an hour to eat lunch. So a cup of tea it is!
My stomach is coming back around to being able to handle anything other than dry toast, and I’m easing back into tea with mint, which is simple, soothing, and really, really hard to screw up.
I’m pleased to say that Numi has not achieved the messing up of mint tea, and I’m enjoying this very much.