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I’ve been searching for the best caffeine free tea to have in the evening, and I think I finally found it! Who would have thought that I would love a bagged Numi tea? It would be interesting to try this loose leaf.
The base is rather muted beneath the spices, appearing only as a bit of astringency and that mild rooibos flavor. Unlike the Apple cider, there is NOT an underlying sour note, which ruined that particular experience.
The highlight of this tea is the spices, well blended with several coming through at once: cinnamon, ginger, cardamom, nutmeg…it’s like pumpkin pie without the pumpkin. I wonder what a hint of sugar or honey would do to this…
Flavors: Cardamon, Cinnamon, Ginger, Nutmeg
This is a decent chai. It’s somewhat spicy, but no one spice is overpowering the others, and it has just a bit of sweetness in there. The ginger, cardamom, and cinnamon all kind of blur into each other. I find myself wishing for some clove or allspice, or for a bit more cinnamon. The black tea is just barely noticeable through the spices. It’s good, but not my favorite blend.
Wow, shockingly sour! I was expecting a little bit of bright citrus in the background, but this was like drinking lime juice. Every sip made my mouth flood with saliva. There is also a musty, mushroom-ness (dry desert) about it. Not terrible, but not what I want either.
Wow! A Throwback Thursday post! I have not done one of those in a while! Basically the deal with these, I write them up when I am feeling particularly inspired to write for days just like today, where I am either too busy or not feeling the best and want to post a blog (for consistency, yo) but am not really up to writing one. Today is a combination of both, I was super busy from waking up til now, and I am pooped and want to just get tea-drunk and then go to sleep.
So usually I am not much of a teabag person, having, for lack of a better term, outgrown them, but this one needed to be tried. Numi Organic Tea’s Fennel Spice from their Savory Tea line is a blend of Fennel, Celery Root, Orange Peel, Onion, Dill, Decaf Green Tea, Honeybush, and Black Pepper all of them labeled organic. It is like someone took tea and blended it with a veggie broth you expect to drink after you had the flu and need liquid but you are bloody sick to death of sweet stuff…and bouillon. In fact that is how I think of this tea, it is sick-time tea, verging very close to food. The aroma of the bag doesn’t dissuade me at all, with strong notes of celery and fennel blending with pepper and a touch of underlying citrus sweetness. It smells green and herbaceous and like a soup herb blend…could use some sage though!
Brewing the bag smells a lot like soup, a nice veggie soup with celery and fennel notes reigning supreme, the pepper, onion, and dill showing up as well, though it is mild. No real sign of the sweeter honeybush or orange peel, it smells very savory, almost a bit salty.
Green tea is definitely the tea to use if you want to make a savory blend me thinks, it can come off as savory and brothy at times, not just sweet and nutty. In fact some of my favorite Chinese greens are the ones that taste like stir fried vegetables, so this kinda blend works for me, in part because it tastes like food. Though honestly I am not really sure how much the green tea adds to this, it is very brothy with strong notes of fennel and celery, onion and dill, with a nice warmth of black pepper. I do not detect any sweetness at all and I am not really sure what the orange or honeybush add to this tea. For funsies after I got my initial tasting I decided this tea would be perfect with a gentle sprinkling of salt, and wow does that really bring out the dill notes! I like this tea, it is like soup, it could be used to make broth if I felt really adventurous, and when I am sick and want something to keep me hydrated and I am too lazy to gongfu, excellent choice.
This isn’t bad, but it’s not really what I’m looking for from a chocolate tea. It tastes pretty much like a liquid tootsie roll. There’s a little bit of earthy woodiness from the Puerh, but it’s not real strong. I can see how some people might really enjoy this, but it’s not for me.
Tried this one today. It was OK, not an amazing Chai but not bad. The description is sultry and I would agree with that. It is not a bright chai rather it is has a darker, less energetic flavor. It seems like there is not enough cinnamon or something in this is missing to me. Would I have it again? sure. I bought a variety pack from Numi so it only came with one of these tea bags but I would make it again if I run across another bag. It is not bad, I just have other Chai teas that I prefer over this one.
This was a nice strong spearmint tea. The only reason it doesn’t have a higher rating is that I definitely prefer peppermint to spearmint on a daily basis. If I bought more of this, it would be to have an occasional cup as a change of pace.
OK, ashmanra, my first whiff of this made me proceed with trepidation, because it immediately brought floor cleaner to mind.
However, I followed your advice to steep lightly, and we can swab away that first erroneous judgment. The cardamom is a nice aromatic counterpoint to pu-erh’s darker, heavier baseline. Reminds me a little of pine needles. Thus the floor cleaner, I guess. I can definitely envision this iced. (As my office is erratically and inappropriately cooled to 45 degrees and below year-round, I’ll have to save that for a hot lawn mowing day at home :)
I’ve only had a couple of Puerh teas, so I’m still getting a feel for them. This is smooth and earthy with a mineral flavor, and a slight sweetness. It makes me think of the polished stones you sometimes see in museum gift shops for rock collections. It’s interesting, but I think I’d rather drink a good black. I have a bunch of samples from the Puerh Beginner’s box that I want to try to see if I’m interested in exploring this type of tea further. I brewed this western style since that’s what the direction on the package were for.
Flavors: Earth, Mineral, Smooth, Sweet
This is okay, but not great. It definitely tastes like orange and spice, but the spice isn’t very strong, and the orange is a bit bitter from the orange peel and a bit sour from the hibiscus and lime peel. It’s just not quite what I want from an orange spice tea, though it’s definitely drinkable..
Flavors: Cinnamon, Hibiscus, Orange, Sour, Spices
This is a decent black tea. It has a pleasant sweet potato note, but it is rather bitter. It tastes mild enough that it might not stand up to milk well, so if I were to make it again, I would probably steep it for a shorter period of time.
Flavors: Bitter, Sweet Potatoes
I guess I’m craving lemon today. I had a mug of lemon ginger tea, then grabbed this from my box of samples. It tastes like a pretty straightforward chamomile/lemon myrtle blend. If that’s what you’re looking for, you’ll probably like this. I’m pretty ambivalent towards the lemony herbs so I think I would have preferred straight chamomile, or chamomile with lemon zest.
Flavors: Floral, Herbaceous, Lemon
Ashmanra gave me one of these because we’re on a cardamom kick.
These are teabags and I like that because I’m lazy. I enjoy being smugly superior to people with my loose leaf but sometimes you need the bag. It’s simple and I feel like I get more uniform results over loose leaf. Plus you can keep it in your bag. I have a lot of tea in my purse. It’s super handy in airports, hotels, waiting for your car at the shop, work meetings…
First impressions taking the bag out of the wrapper, is a cardamom sucker punch. I got worried because I like cardamom but I dunno if I like it quite that much. It was so strong it was nearly anise.
I boiled up some water and steeped the bag for four minutes. It is an incredibly dark steep.
Second impression, it smells extremely puerh-y, which is to say like a horse stable. More worried.
Fortunately the actual steep tastes strongly of neither, it’s quite balanced and enjoyable. I can see this being a handy bag to keep around especially if traveling. Will be buying a box of my own.