Numi Organic Tea

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57

So, I tried this on vacation in South Carolina, where I was annoyed that I didn’t bring enough good tea with me. Instead of Higgins & Burke at McDonald’s on the way down, there was…. a nondescript tea bag from storage that they had to go searching for. So I was really excited to see some actual tea in a cafe across the road from where we were staying. I hummed and hawed before choosing this one and I think I made the wrong choice. :(

The smell reminded me of oranges and cloves at Christmas, which I really liked. The taste was underwhelming. They really took the “spice” part of the title too far. I was expecting more of a citrus flavour. I sipped on this while playing mini-putt, which was a pain because I had to put it on the ground or make my fiancé hold it at every hole, but the bigger disappointment was that I had to walk thru the mini putt office to go to the course and the office had oodles of birds shitting oodles of bird poop in it. The smell was terrible, and as a kid I had a thing where I thought smells would go into my drink or food and I’d be totally put off. That nearly happened. I put on my big girl pants and sipped 1/3 of it, it but when the lovely course owner offered us another round on the house, I had to pitch my tea. Not only was it a nuisance to hold, but it was totally blah, and I didn’t like the spices.

Flavors: Cloves

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55

Very light tasting tea, I would try two bags next time.

Flavors: Herbs, Honey, Rose

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 6 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank White Rose by Numi Organic Tea
500 tasting notes

I like this. I had it at work today with a bit of brown sugar. It smells like a bouquet of roses. Frankly, the teabag looks like it too – all I could see was petal bits, no actual tea. The flavor of the base is kind of interesting. It’s heartier than I expected from a white tea, but it balances nicely with the natural rose flavor. I want to drink this a few more times before rating it, but so far it’s enjoyable.

Flavors: Rose

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100

So good! I’ve tried another brand of Jasmine Green, and it was just too strong and the green tea too bitter every time. This tea is just right, the jasmine smells amazing and the green tea is smooth and not bitter. I drank a whole box in about 2 weeks, this tea is my new afternoon obsession.

Flavors: Floral, Green, Jasmine

Preparation
165 °F / 73 °C 3 min, 30 sec 10 OZ / 295 ML

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90

Delicious tea – not very familiar with puerhs yet, so I can’t speak to its quality as a puerh, but I would happily drink this delicious chocolatey brew daily.

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40

Bag: Leaves are about 3-4mm in length, bag is white filter paper. Tag contains name of tea and brew length which is 4-5 minutes.
Tea: Dark Maple syrup colored after 4 minute brew at about 200F. Aroma is a light earthy smell, barely noticeable. Flavor mild even earthy flavor nothing to write home about, with a rough astringent after taste that drys the back of the tong. After getting through most of the cup there was an was a mild oak flavor coming through.
Notes: I wouldn’t get this tea again, It was too astringent (bitter drying aftertaste). After drinking 12oz of the tea I needed a glass of ice water. Luckily I was able to try this out at a local coffee place without having to buy the whole box.

Flavors: Astringent, Oak wood, Wet Earth

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec 12 OZ / 354 ML

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100

I’ve been searching for a cocoa cinnamon tea to replace a rooibos variety that Tea of Life no longer makes (at least that I can tell). This one is delicious! The Pu-erh means it tastes more like a tea, but it has the same smooth creamy-ness and hint of cinnamon that makes me so happy. Sweet bliss!

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82

Very dark tea in color, taste is classic Yunnan but with some strong hints of Shu like notes….and the aftertaste is kind of like the aftertaste of a good cigar …its an odd little bagged tea but a good one!

Flavors: Malt, Oak wood, Tobacco

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 30 sec 16 OZ / 473 ML

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drank Toasted Rice by Numi Organic Tea
1900 tasting notes

This basically just tastes like toasted rice. I always forget how much I love this flavour until I have it! Maybe I do need a genmaicha or something similar in my cupboard, for the yums.

Flavors: Toasted Rice

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 2 min, 0 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML
Amariel

I love toasted ice with genmai cha. Sooo good.

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84

Shame on me. I picked this up a month ago in a coffee shop in Rutherfordton, NC and I’m just getting around to trying it. I don’t normally pick up bagged teas, but Numi seems respectable enough. And the word “yunnan” always gets my attention.

This is one of those teas that darkens the water pretty much instantly. By the end of 20 seconds, it looks practically done. The packaging said to give it 4-5 minutes, so I went with 4. The aroma as it steeps makes me think of puerh. It definitely has that aged, somewhat musty-sweet scent. By the end of the 4th minute, it’s as dark as coffee. Also like a puerh. Hmmm. Not what I was expecting.

So, after tasting it, I’m definitely feeling like I’m drinking puerh. Numi’s description says it’s made with yunnan tips, but that’s not what I’m getting. I can only kinda taste that raisiny goodness. It’s smooth like a puerh, too, with just a hint of astringency and bitterness. The more I drink it, the more I notice a nice maltiness. I’d love to see what this does with a splash of milk.

Flavors: Bark, Bitter, Malt, Musty, Raisins, Sweet, Wood

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
Anlina

That was exactly my impression too. It was nice but totally different from what I expect of a Yunnan golden tips tea.

Mike

I just started drinking this tea a week and a half ago, love it, I’ve had it every day since I bought it. I’ve never had any other Yunnan teas or pu-erh teas, so I didn’t know what to expect. It’s a good strength, but really smooth.

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95

I had this tea for the first time 12 days ago…and I’ve had a cup every morning since then…so good. It’s so smooth for a strong black tea. I leave the tea bag in the cup while I drink, so it sits there for a good 15-20 minutes, but it’s still powerful enough to get a good second steep! I generally never get a good second steep out of my tea bags. I really have to try more Yunnan black teas…but first, I have a lot of tea to work through…it’s a good problem to have! Happy Wednesday, everyone! :)

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95

Thank you, Steepster friends! When I joined this site last Saturday, I immediately started to see notes about Yunnan black tea, and they were all positive…so, I knew that I needed to try this tea! It’s bold, but so smooth. I immediately made a second cup after I was done my first, just to make sure…so good! If the bagged tea is this good, I’ll definitely have to try some loose Yunnan black teas. Add this one to the regular rotation!

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70
drank Rooibos Chai by Numi Organic Tea
875 tasting notes

I had a chai latte at the Fyxx today, which was made with a bag of this. It was tasty but a bit milder than I was expecting/hoping. Also, I was surprised to see it was made with a rooibos chai rather than one with a black base.

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75
drank Rooibos Chai by Numi Organic Tea
1732 tasting notes

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Flavors: Spices

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 6 min, 15 sec 2 g 9 OZ / 266 ML

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79

Cooking TTB #13

I almost didn’t try this tea because it sounded a little too out of my comfort zone.. I mean spinach chive tea… Don’t you mean soup?? Anyway in the end I decided to give it a go, what’s a TTB for if its not to get you tasting something you wouldn’t usually pick for yourself?? And I’m so glad that I did! This was actually very tasty… With a slight punch of citrus and a savory flavor dominated by chives this is definitely something I would buy!

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My first blooming tea. Definitely one that is better to look at rather than drink. It was extremely bitter and still hours later leaves a bad after taste lingering in my mouth. Couldn’t really taste much else, and re steeping it didn’t help. Display was beautiful though

Flavors: Bitter, Flowers, Green

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drank Honeybush by Numi Organic Tea
1788 tasting notes

A coworker brought me a bag of this, this morning. Naturally sweet. Not a bad taste!

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60

Though this is definitely a better-quality pu erh than that often found in grocery stores, it has the usual problem of being mistreated in transit/storage in a way that makes it taste “off.” I’ve bought it from two different sources, one online and one offline, and both times found it to have the fishy taste that you get when pu erh has been stored improperly. I’m guessing that somewhere along the line it spent too long in a hot storage center.

The fish taste doesn’t mean the stuff’s going to poison you! It’s just not how it’s intended to taste. If you’re determined to purchase it, maybe try ordering directly from Numi’s website.

Flavors: Barnyard, Fishy, Forest Floor

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 30 sec 5 g 20 OZ / 591 ML

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10

Yeah, this one just didn’t work for me.

After a few sips, I realized it tasted like something familiar: hardly tomato and hardly mint, but more like a steak seasoning or rub. Couldn’t finish my cup.

Flavors: Herbs, Peppercorn

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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75

My favorite of the veggie teas thus far. Broccoli Cilantro has less of a broccoli taste and more of a pesto, herbal flavor that’s surprising pleasant as a with-dinner drink. I didn’t expect to like any of the veggie teas, but this one made a great impression.

Flavors: Broccoli, Herbs, Pepper

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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85

I purchased a Numi sampler not too long ago, and the Chocolate Pu-erh really stood out. The chocolate was creamy and understated without tasting artificial or like a carob product, really excellent iced. I’m going to have to commit to a full package soon.

Flavors: Chocolate

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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89

Another one from the box :3 the flavor of this tea is straight jasmine. Not really finding a puerh flavor. Very floral and purfumey. But I liked it :) wish there was more puerh coming through though.

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