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As far as bagged Earl Grey goes, this is a very good one. The bergamot is subtle but enjoyable, with no oils floating to the top as there may be in stronger blends—I think this is due to the aging process they describe. The tea base itself is quite mellow and smooth, not knock-your-socks-off as others of this kind can be. I only had a sample of this, but I would be happy to have it on hand for busy days, it’s definitely above average in the bagged black tea department.
Ummm…..I am most certainly not ready for pu-erhs I guess. Dry—this smelled exactly like goldfish food to me. Not exactly wonderful. Brewed, it smelled exactly like mud and ash. It tasted pretty ashy and smokey, as well. This was not for me. I’ll definitely try more pu-erhs over time…but probably not for a while and maybe I’ll start with the flavored ones I’ve seen.
Flavors: Fishy, Mud, Smoke
Well goodbye savory teas – this was the last one given to me by Cameron B. and now I am out. I actually enjoyed them all a lot more than I ever expected to. I may look into buying them; I wouldn’t mind having more of the Tomato Mint around! That was probably my favourite out of them all.
This was definitely, in my opinion, the mildest out of all the flavours. Mostly, it was broccoli and onion but in a much gentler way than one would think those flavour could come across. Decent and enjoyable; probably somewhere “in the middle” of all the ones I tried as there were far better, and far worse.
I love curry anything, so requesting a sample of this was a no brainer for me. I am totally digging this. It is absolutely delicious. It’s sweet and mildly herbaceous. The curry is present and warming. I’m also getting a bit of peppery ginger bite.
This is quite brothy and would be perfect for chilly fall or winter days. I almost felt like adding a touch more salt and pepper to it.
Thank you Cameron B for the sample…soooo goooood…mmmmm !!!!!
Look at that! I didn’t save the scariest one for last! I’m actually really proud of myself for that. Maybe a little more so than I should be? Anyway, thanks Cameron B. for the sample!
I was so afraid this would be full on curry; just an assault to the taste buds for someone anti-spice like myself, and dry it seemed like that would be the case but it was much milder steeped than I had braced myself for. It seemed like mostly “fresh out of the garden” carrots in that they were sweet and earthy, and then the spice was more secondary – and a little more turmeric than anything else. The ginger was fairly notable though, and as someone not a huge fan of ginger either that wasn’t super appealing, though it was totally tolerable.
In the end, I feel like maybe this was the mildest of the ones I’ve had so far? And also maybe just more forgettable in general.
I do believe I’ve come to the conclusion that I like flowers. At least, I like them in my tea. I tend to kill them in my backyard, but I very much enjoy them in my tea. At the risk of sounding ridiculous, the smell and taste of this made me feel happy and productive. Not exactly energized, but more like “yeah…okay…I guess I could do stuff right now.” I’m definitely okay with having more teas like this in my life. This is my second tea from my Numi sampler box and I’m thinking there is more Numi in my future.
Thanks Cameron B. for the sample! I spent the evening watching TV and stuff with Tre and, against my better judgement, we ordered pizza. I’m pizza-d out. It’s too much. I should have made something else to eat and saved my money, but I was feeling really lazy. Ugh.
This one is probably my least favourite of the three savory teas I’ve had so far; though it’s still pretty good and definitely drinkable. Dry the fennel smelled really strong and I was happy and excited (I love fennel so much), but steeped up it’s not nearly as powerful, though still present for sure. I’m also really picking up on the onion and dill; though I can absolutely tell that the dill is no where near as strong as it was in Spinach Chive. Mostly this is just really well rounded between those three flavours (Fennel, Onion, Dill).
I think I’m getting used to these ones and how unconventional they are. Maybe tomorrow I’ll sipdown Carrot Curry, the one I’m fearing the most, so it’s not “the worst” (well, most intimidating anyway) for last.
Flavors: Broth, Dill, Fennel, Vegetable Broth
So I just have a Youtube playlist going right now while I write tasting notes, and Oingo Boingo’s Little Girls just started playing and I swear I heard Tre say from his room “See, I told you” to his date – and now I want to know what he’s saying about me! Dammit Tre; I don’t say bad shit about you (often). And it’s a good song!
But the tea; this is the savory tea I was more looking forward to! And it’s totally ‘cause of the chive in it. Damn I love chives. I remember, when I was like six or seven, running through my Grandma’s garden during the summer with my brother and cousin and getting in so much trouble for picking all the chives out of the garden and eating them. But they were so fresh and delicious! I have no self control; I just couldn’t help myself. It was like they were asking to be eaten.
But dry; I don’t smell chives (or spinach, for that matter). Instead I smell an overwhelming amount of dill and a surprising amount of lime. The dill is so strong I was instantly reminded of when I worked at The Galaxy and we’d get giant boxes of popcorn shakers in the back, one of which was Dill Pickle. Occasionally you’d have to crack open one of the boxes when we ran out, and you’d be enveloped by a wave of whatever flavour the shaker was. When someone opened the Dill Pickle one it was so strong you’d just instantly go into a sneezing fit – and for the next two or three minutes all you could smell was dill pickle popcorn shaker.
So yeah, lots and lots of dill here.
And once I poured the water over it that didn’t change. This is like 90% dill, and then 7% lime, and I guess that last 3% would be chives? I can taste the chive, but just barely. There’s also a vegetal quality here (other than the vegetables I’ve listed…) that’s indicative of the green base. It works. So all in all I’m a bit let done because I wanted chives, like from my childhood. That tea sounded promising! But I still like this for what it is; I just think a different name would fit better.
Also, I feel like I should be dipping those Swiss Cheese crackers (you know, the ones with the holes in ‘em) in this. That’d compliment this tea so well. Like, so well.
EDIT: And I should totally be thanking Cameron B. for the sample! Durr.
Flavors: Dill, Lime
Thank you to Cameron B. for being awesome and sending me one of each of Numi’s savory teas so I could try them! Some seem super interesting to me, and others just downright terrify me, like Carrot Curry. Unless I grow some balls overnight, I feel like that’s the one I’m going to be having last. I honestly dread that one.
This one wasn’t on the top of my list either; something Steepster people don’t especially know about me is that I really dislike tomatoes. It took me a long time in my life to be able to get anything other than pizza sauce past my mouth – no actual tomatoes, no tomato soup, no ketchup; I do not like tomatoes. Funnily enough; I love the taste of fake tomatoes. We’re talking ketchup chips or ketchup popcorn seasoning. To me, those are almost two entirely different things. Fake Ketchup stuff is much sweeter!
So yeah; this one kind of intimidated me. But for whatever reason, it definitely tastes way more heavily like fake ketchup flavour stuff. Something in this is totally sweetening it up; maybe the mint or maybe the lemon? It’s good though, I think. My tastebuds are confused – but I think I like it mostly. Someone (I can’t remember who) in the Steepster chat told me to think of these ones more like broth and that’s definitely helping me wrap my brain, and my mouth, around this.
In addition to lots of fake ketchup type taste, there’s also a good deal of mint (mostly in the aftertaste) and what my tastebuds seem to think is black pepper, although going by the ingredients list I think it’s more than likely the cinnamon. When I got to the bottom of the cup, this particular flavour was overwhelming. Definitely the worst part; and kinda cringe worthy. But otherwise I liked this, and would probably drink it again (and maybe order it, just to have something crazy on hand).
In other news, it is one AM and Tre’s date just left. He’s pretty much as red as a tomato – he can’t stop blushing or smiling. Although, I sorta felt less happy for him when the first thing he said to me (despite being ecstatic) was “it was great but there was no sex”. Why was that necessary to tack on? Why can’t it just be great?
I mean, it was your first date – and your roommate was home. I feel like this was not the best set up if you were just after some action? But hopefully things go nicely; she seems really nice, and she’s crazy enough to like him so that’s something!
Another savory tea to try this evening! This one sounds less weird to me, but I’m still worried about having any form of onion in my tea, lol… Oh well, I will try it anyway! Dry, it smells strongly of the added spices (coriander, turmeric, dill) along with the chive and spinach. I steeped mine for 10 minutes in boiling water.
It smells… spicy. Not in a hot way, but in a savory way. I’m honestly surprised that I don’t taste the spinach very much at all. What I do taste strongly is the lime combined with the chive, and it actually makes for a nice savory, slightly tart tea. The spices are nowhere near as strong in this one, and my tongue isn’t screaming out in pain. I do definitely pick up on the flavor of the turmeric and coriander though, and they complement the chive and lime nicely. Overall, I’m pleasantly surprised by this one! I actually like it a lot.
Flavors: Coriander, Dill, Lime, Spices, Tart, Vegetables
Someone inquired about these savory teas for a swap and I remembered that I have yet to try some of them! How lazy of me! :P This one sounded like the one I would like the least, so I figured I’d get it out of the way first. I do like tomatoes, but tomato tea sounds weird, especially combined with mint. I would think tomato and basil would be a more classic combination? The dry bag smells quite minty with savory tomato and spice undertones. I let mine steep for 10 minutes in boiling water per package instructions.
I think my bag must have had a hole in it that I didn’t notice, because there is quite a bit of debris at the bottom of my cup, as well as a few mint leaf fragments floating on the surface. Mannnn… :( It smells tomato-y with savory spices, but overall it’s oddly sweet-smelling from the mint. The tomato flavor here is actually very good, it’s quite true-to-life and reminds me of a fresh tomatoes with salt over the top. However, this blend is very spicy and that combined with the mint is making my tongue feel unpleasant… :(
Flavors: Black Pepper, Lemon, Mint, Salt, Spices, Vegetables
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.