Numi Organic Tea

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75

I made a cup of this with a bit of sweetener and WOW does it hit you like a punch in the face! It has a strong, clear, citrusy taste of lime. I quite like it, but I used to enjoy warheads and I quite like the tartness of hibiscus too, so buyer beware, I guess. Lime, like grapefruit, is a flavor I have to be in the right mood for, but this definitely captures it!

Flavors: Citrus Zest, Lime, Sour, Tart

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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I bought this as a special treat at The Fresh Market today, where the bad girl in me always wins and gets to put something we really don’t need in the basket.

I liked Emperor’s Pu-era by Numi but really disliked their Mint Puerh. I could have sworn that I had tried their Chocolate Puerh but apparently I haven’t because there is no note for it.

I love cardamom and recently had a white tea with coconut and cardamom that I liked a lot, so I decided to give this a try. I thought it was going to be sachets but it was teabags. Boo! I sniffed the bag and went MMMMM! at the powerful scent of cardamom followed immediately by UGH at the scent of their Puerh. I love Puerh. This one had a fresh poop smell, not the nice aged barnyard we know and love.

Happily, though, it tastes quite good! And judging by the incredible inky color of the first cup that developed so quickly, I suspect I will get at least two resteeps out of this. All in all, it’s a good tea to have on hand when you want something nice, good for your tummy, and easy as pie to make. Also a great no-hassle tea for work or to throw in a purse or book bag, since the bags are individually wrapped.

Fjellrev

Ha! Totally how I would probably react to the smell of the base.

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1

I really like citrus spiced teas and lime flavour, so I thought I would like this. I took one sip and gave it to the person I was with. I do taste lime rind, but mostly I describe the flavour is extremely bitter, acrid, and disgustingly unpleasant. One of the worst teas I have ever had, but I can see how others might enjoy it.

Flavors: Bitter, Citrus Zest, Lime, Sour, Tart

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 45 sec 14 OZ / 400 ML

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72

Pretty basic lemon chamomile, nothing really stood out about it, but I did enjoy my pot of tea

Flavors: Citrus, Floral, Lemon

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 45 sec 24 OZ / 700 ML

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76

A nice Jasmine taste with pleasant tasting green leaf base. Not at all bitter or astringent, but fairly flavourful.

Flavors: Floral, Flowers, Green, Jasmine

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 4 min, 0 sec 20 OZ / 600 ML

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85

A great mint tea, I’ve bought several boxes. The mint is sweet and has a bold flavor but doesn’t get bitter or oily like peppermint tea can. As a bonus it’s a grocery store brand so it’s not hard to find in a pinch.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 6 min, 0 sec

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Holy cow, this is so lemony/limey. It’s like I’m drinking slightly-watered-down lime juice. I added some sugar and now it tastes like hot limeade.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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I like lighter blacks, but this is too light. I mostly get cinnamon and nutmeg, maybe a little bit of anise and a bare hint of cardamom in the back ground. I’ve had worse bagged chais, but it’s a bagged chai. Comforted by the fact that I don’t need to add sugar or cream for sweetness though.

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I have a soft space in my heart for this tea as it’s the first “real” green tea I bought at the store with the intention of upping my health regime. In hindsight, I probably blasted the heck out of the first couple (or more) bags because of over-anxious boiling a -la the pg tips of our Indian chai. Further research revealed (as it always does) that green tea needs a little foreplay before getting to the good stuff. As this was my first green tea, and I have since tried a few more, going back to the (granted) older last holdouts in my cupboard I’d have to say it’s pretty #basic. Like a Netflix (and not chill) kind of green tea that may be what I would drink when there’s nothing else going on. And granted, in this household, not much goes on but I digress. It’s consistent and brews well and for the newbie such as myself I am so glad I began my journey with this one.
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Whiteantlers

Nicely and wittily said!

OhSteepIt

Thank you @whiteantlers It’s all about finding my voice in this new realm, but I’m having fun!

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Nope, I wasn’t crazy. The serving size, temperature, and steep time make a HUGE difference. Good but not as good as I JUST had it.

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I’ve had this tea before and I typically have problems with it either being overly light or overly bitter. That’s my problem with Assams in general.

But this morning, my snobbish tendencies did not deter me. Numi has a chocolate version of this tea and I’ve been hesitating to try it. And I’ve been an Earl Grey fiend lately. So I took the opportunity to try some with my breakfast out this morning after voting. It was served in a teapot that I guessed to be at least 14 but at most 16 ounces. Water was around 190-200 degrees F, and after about two minutes and 35 seconds poured some. I made it intentionally lighter, and as others have said on here, neither the bergamot or the Assam is overpowering. It’s actually pleasant. Really pleasant. A doubtless Earl Grey, but a lighter smoother one with the weird chocolate-cocoa-sweet potato tones that I normally get from a Yunnan black tea. Those are tastes you get from an Assam too, but normally not in the same subtle way. Normally, I get MALT and brisk astringency. That’s also what I usually get from this tea. But not today. It was like a lighter version of the Wild Grey…which has become one of my favorite teas from Whispering Pines. In short, it impressed me and I actually wanted more. That, or my hyperglycemia is making me so high that ANY tea tastes good right now. High blood sugars do screw with my cravings.

It was a little bit maltier, but also more chocolate orange-er after 4 minutes. I got three pots out of the one bag still being just as good. I normally don’t like this tea. I also am not a huge fan of Numi. But after the way it was brewed this morning, I think I changed my mind on it. So I should probably brew it for no more than a minute with one bag in a regular cup. I can now officially say that I want to try the Indulgent chocolate version of this. Or, I could officially say that my cravings were really mind altering.

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85

Slight fishy notes on the nose but they barely come through in the flavor. After drinking this tea for a while, my recommendation if brewing Western style is to do a 30-60 second rinse in 4oz water while agitating the tea bag a bit. This seems to take the storage/fishy notes mostly out of the tea. Has a nice malty, earthy, rainy-day / wet wood taste. Very pleasant. Medium to medium-heavy body. No risk of oversteeping. I recommend full steep time, including agitation. Have not tried multiple steeps but would not be surprised if it could go for at least two 8oz steeps from a tea bag. Boiling or just-off-boiling water is fine. You cannot hit this tea too hard.

Flavor notes are very straight-forward. Not very complex, but simple in a good way. Malty, earthy, wet flavors with maybe touch of chocolate or dark chocolate.

Nice “Qi” as some would say (I use the term just to mean the energy/relaxation/body feeling it generates). Very warming and relaxing, with a bit of caffeine for focus. Balanced.

Flavors: Chocolate, Malt, Wet Earth, Wet Wood

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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This is an unusual one. I haven’t decided on whether it’s good or not, but I’ll figure that out later.

I wanted something unusual to try before I head on down to warmer weather. Although, I was told North Carolina is a mess with the recent tornadoes. My mother-in-law wants us to come on down, and spend the weekend with her and the family. She is also expecting me to bring some teas down, but I won’t have the time to review them. So, this is my last one for the weekend.

It’s “fresh” for a bagged tea. What I mean by that is that it tastes nothing like a pu-erh, but tastes more like a freshly picked basil leaf, with a touch of fresh mint. And if you’re not familiar with those flavors, you should make a note to grow some in your garden this year.

Anyway, I’m sorry this is short. I’m going to finish this off and go pack. I’ll review this again when I have more time!

Flavors: Mint

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85

I think it’s a decent introductory tea. It held up well to steeping for about 2 hours while I had a training session this morning and didn’t go off in any way. A smooth cup of tea. Earthy, but not overpowering. Convenient form for travel. 2 yea bags for 15oz. 74.

Flavors: Earth

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80

Reviewing this tea again because this time I drank it I really got a citrus/lemon vibe that was really unexpected, after I steeped it for way too long (was doing yoga again.)

Flavors: Citrus, Green, Lemon, Vegetal

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 8 min or more 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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80

I drank this in the morning before yoga class (I’m very fortunate to go to a studio where they serve tea!) It’s really nice to have green tea in a yoga studio, but this one just isn’t my favorite. The color is dark and slightly brown (teacup it was in may have influence my perception of the color though) and it just tastes like green tea. Nothing you wouldn’t expect, just perhaps slightly stronger flavor.

I’m pretty sure that it was not steeped at a high enough temperature, being in a yoga studio, so it probably had an influence on my judgment!

Flavors: Grass, Vegetal

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Whiteantlers

I don’t think the steeping was at fault. I found this one to be one of Numi’s weaker offerings.

Madam Oolong

Glad it’s not just me, then. It seems sort of unpredictable — in other words, I wouldn’t seek it out.

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35

Didn’t like it. Bland with a slight medicinal / mushroom odour. It wasn’t totally undrinkable, but I can’t think of a time when I would actually crave this tea. I wish they would make this more like a soup broth. It could potentially be pretty good with more umami in general… but I have tried adding salt and pepper and it was disgusting and I had to throw it out.

Flavors: Medicinal, Mushrooms

Preparation
8 min or more

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71
drank Rooibos by Numi Organic Tea
25 tasting notes

Trying to finish up some teabags I have around. I always like rooibos, and this is one of the best teabag versions I’ve had. Always relaxing. Perfect for a snowy afternoon of writing.

Flavors: Earth, Sweet, Vanilla, Wood

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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85

Aroma is very rich and powerful. Distinct pu-erh notes perfectly blend with cocoa beans, nutmeg and subtle zesty notes.
The taste is even more complex. Cinnamon and nutmeg intertwine each other, then come the basic pu-erh taste with rich cocoa.
Drinking it is like eating gingerbred cookies with chocolate chips. Perfect. :)

Flavors: Chocolate, Cinnamon, Citrus Zest, Cocoa, Earth, Nutmeg

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec 2 g 7 OZ / 200 ML

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70
drank Rooibos Chai by Numi Organic Tea
36 tasting notes

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.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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82

I bought a pound of this tea and it’s currently my daily tea with which I fill my work thermos. I was looking for an organic, fair trade, loose-leaf tea and this was one of the best values I could find. It’s a zesty, bright, Earl Grey – very nice.

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72

It can be challenging to get a good brew out of a bagged green tea, but this one is hard to go wrong with. Neither the jasmine scent or tea base itself are overly imposing, and they come together nicely for a pleasant, if mild, blend. Refreshing on warm days and especially busy afternoons.

(I’m back after a hectic few months of career changes and other things to keep me busy. It’s nice to be on Steepster again and see that everyone is still enjoying the community and sharing a cup. I haven’t had time to be very adventurous with tea-drinking for a while. But now that I’m more settled down, hopefully that will change!)

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66

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

Preparation
1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Another tea I picked up for travel. At first, it has a nice malt scent. Once brewed, it is very… bold. There are a few different teas in this blend, but I mostly get Assam flavours. Which is normally something I like, but comes across a little too strong here.

Flavors: Malt

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