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One should definitely follow the instuctions regarding “waking up” the tea leaves; otherwise, you will want to dump the first pot as it will be decidedly non-delicious.
The first steeping following the initial “wake up” brew is tasty, but strong. I steeped in 10oz of filtered water for about 2 minutes, and it was still stronger than expecteed. I prefer a milder taste if I am tasting it straight, without milk or sugar. And I prefer to taste it straight.
The 3rd & 4th steepings were right up my alley because I generally prefer a milder tea that also retains max flavor – a tall order, I know. The first two steepings tasted like generic black tea – which I am not a fan of. I much prefer the subtleties of the later steepings.
The fantastic aspect is that just one broken-off bar can produce a solid 30 – 36 ounces of liquor. Even though my husband had 2 cups and I had 4, I have refrigerated 16 ounces to have in the morning. I hope that doesn’t decrease the probiotic benefits.
It is certainly a good tea, but my ideal taste would be to steep 4 times, in more water than recommended, and then combine all 4 resulting liquors into 1 pot. I will update this review once I try that.
Flavors: Dark Bittersweet, Dirt, Sweet, warm grass
The Toasted Rice is delightful compared to Numi’s Gunpowder Green, which I didn’t like at all. Rather than gulp it down, I am enjoying each sip along with the aroma. It’s like a non-alcoholic sake.
EDIT: I added a dash of salt to my second cup of this. Is that weird? I don’t care. But then, I happily sip veg broth and miso broth. And that is what the salt did – turned this tea into more of a broth. And it was delicious! I will try cooking with it at some point :-)
Pleasantly surprised! I am a fan of puerh (pu-erh), but I wasn’t sure I would like this flavor, especially in the morning. I wondered if it would be too sweet or overwhelm the tea. However, the balance was wonderful. Some teas are under-flavored or over-flavored, but this was just right. If Goldilocks drank tea, this would be it :-)I would call this a grown-up hot chocolate with zero guilt. Although my palate did not detect the other flavors individually, I could tell that they enhanced and rounded out the cocoa flavor.
Compared to a “regular” green tea like a jasmine green like I had most recently, the flavor here is stronger and more astringent. I only steeped it in 8oz of water for 3 minutes, but it was quite bitter. I don’t think even adding cream & sugar would help, and I don’t think a good green should need it. The aroma is more like that of a black tea, and the aftertaste reminds me of a cheap grocery store brand. To say it tastes like compost would be generous, because it’s not that complex.
This is my first gunpowder, so I don’t know if the same applies to other brands, but I won’t be buying this. Glad I got just a sample to start.
Flavors: Ash, Astringent, Bitter, Burnt, Cardboard, Drying, Herbaceous
I would sip this on a front porch in Spring, or at breakfast in lieu of a mimosa. The aroma has bite, but the cardamom taste is so subtle I wouldn’t have known it was there.
2 steepings of 5 minutes each in 16 oz water. Much milder on 2nd steep, probably because of the amount of water I used.
Tried some almond milk & coconut palm sugar in the last few ounces. Did not enhance the natural flavor.
Flavors: Alcohol, Citrus Zest, Grass, Green Wood
This is my first tasting note! I sipped this tea without reading any of the reviews (although I did research its background), and as I contemplated the scent, it reminded me of sitting in a quiet forest, next to a creek. I was delighted to discover that, indeed, “mud, Earth, and mushrooms” are among the flavors noted by the experts! I steeped one teabag in about 8 ounces of water, for 5 minutes. Wonderful flavor – not watered down – and no bitterness.
Re-steep: 6 more oz of water at the same temp, and the flavor and aroma are still there. However, both are sweeter. It would be interesting to try a fresh bag, and this time do a 1st steeping in 4oz, and a 2nd steeping in 10 oz to further distinguish between the two.
Flavors: Autumn Leaf Pile, Forest Floor, Sweat, Sweet, Wet Earth
The bag smells sweet before brewing, but once the water hits the tea there’s this roasted and far more earthy scent that rises. The tea brewed really dark, think chocolate, before I noticed and pulled the bag.
I breathed in the rich scent, stared into the mirror black, and took a sip: nothing much. The tea is mild, except for some malt and a vague smokiness. After finishing the cup I was left with astringency and a lingering memory of a smoky flavor that I don’t much enjoy.
Lately I’ve been really down on astringency, knowing that it can really compliment a tea but not being at all in the mood for a harsh mouth-smack. This Earl Grey was exactly what I needed.
As other have said, this is not so much perfumed as it is brushed over with a natural, floral aroma. The assam itself is mild but still flavorful, certainly enough for a bagged tea. Until I find something better, this will be my goto bagged Earl Grey.
After a hectic few weeks which included moving again, getting papers published, and all that good stuff, I’m glad to be able to slow down and enjoy a cup of tea again!
This is pretty good for a bagged green tea. Numi has always been above-average in my experience. The tea has an inviting, “deep green” aroma, and brews out to a golden green color, with a vegetal undertone. It is quite light-bodied and develops a slightly astringent mouthfeel as it cools, but on the whole it is smooth and sweet.
Staying with family for the next few weeks until I head to China for the summer. Today’s tea is from my parents’ tea stash, and while they have a huge variety even by my standards, I think only the bagged teas are ones that I’d be able to find in the database…so maybe I won’t log all the “unknown green tea #3985” here, haha. I can imagine this quandary will only grow by another hundredfold when I actually go to China!
It’s so pretty. Really, it’s hard to look at that teabag brewing with its bright orange bits in an increasingly golden infusion and not comment. There’s also a long steep time recommended by Numi, 8 minutes. So, you’ll have some time to stare.
Ok, so the time is up. I was surprised at how enjoyable this was, although I smelled and tasted quite a bit of chamomile mixed in with the warm, kitchen-like do of the turmeric, and I’m already a huge fan of chamomile. The turmeric itself is, well, turmeric. It’s in there, and while I don’t drink enough turmeric tea to know if this is high or low quality, I like it. I also added a little sweetener once I made it halfway through the cup. Wow. It really sweetens well, the way a chai might.
P.S. I sneezed twice while this was brewing. I’m going to blame the turmeric,as well as my sniffer getting a little too personal with the tea bag. If I don’t encounter the same thing next time, I’ll revisit this tasting and exonerate the tea.
I wanted to try this because of all the health benefits it apparently has. It has a very different fermentation process than other teas. The dry tea didn’t have a strong smell but after steeping, it smelled fishy, which was very odd. Wouldn’t recommend it, but I’m open to trying a different pu-erh tea (maybe a flavored one).
Flavors: Earth, Fishy
I’m not wholly sure what this stuff is, but it’s pleasant and I’ve especially enjoyed having a cup after some shamefully indulgent meals. The first time I think I did so in order to simulate desert, but there’s not a lot of chocolate here. It’s more like mild spice blend with a hint of muted chocolate. There’s some earthy puerh in there, but it’s overshadowed by the not-exactly-chocolate blend.
There’s also the mystery of the bag. It’s like there’s some AI in there that detects the second steeping and turns off all flavor. I literally cannot get a second cup out of this.
Good evening Steepster. I’ve gotten into a habit where I drink black tea in the mornings, then some coffee, and green tea in the afternoon. I’ve definitely been trying to deplete my current supply so there hasn’t been a lot of new tea reviews from me. I miss my yixings and have been contemplating bringing one in to work every so often but I’m undecided it that would be a good idea.
This one I got a few days ago, I like rooibos chai especially in the evenings. Maybe I need to try this with two teabags, but I found it kind of light on flavor. I’m getting a bit of rooibos and some gingery clove, but it isn’t one of my favorite rooibos chais by far since it seems kind of light. I had it with soymilk and no sugar, it was ok like that. I suppose I will finish the box but this was just kind of “ok”
This is very yummy!! I am actually full of tea and had some leftover hot water to use up so I threw this teabag into a cup. I am still drinking it even though I’m somewhat water logged, lol,,,,it is that tasty!
It tastes like those old Lipton noodle soups in a box (do they still have that? probably) that I would have as a kid on a snow day.
The box says that this mix contains 6mg of sodium so this is definitely a lovely little starter for a quick soup that you could add spinach or other easily heated veggies to.
Flavors: Broth, Fennel, Salt
I swear I have boxes of this in my desk drawer at work. I’m not sure what ever came over me to get so many but I’m going to make a valiant attempt to drink some of these down.
This isn’t a bad tea. I like the lemon tart flavor I’m getting and the pick me up from the mate. Just not sure I needed 3 boxes worth of it. This is going to be a long sipdown.
1) Pre-Taste: Ooh so dark at only 3 minutes of brewing. Intense scent, too. Earthy, with a hint of mud. I like that in my pu-erh.
2) First Sip: Delicate and yet so dark. That’s unusual for pu-erh, especially since it was so fragrant post-brew.
3) Second Sip: Much fuller mouth feel and flavor in the second taste. Definitely taste the earthiness more. I wish I had better descriptive words for earthiness. Like its not a forest earthy but a plantation earthy. Maybe a hill or mountaintop?
4) Final Thought: Definitely a richer soil flavor than other bagged pu-erh teas. The final sips made me think of potting soil a bit too. If you like earthy and want the convenience of a bag instead of loose leaf, you may want to try this tea.
Flavors: Dirt, Earth, Wet Earth
I have grown to love this tea…in just one week. I liked the smoky flavor at first, but thought it was too mild. I think I was used to my loose leaf gunpowder green teas, because I make them much stronger. I adjusted to this tea’s lightness and actually like it quite a bit. Numi is 2 for 2 for me…I’ll have to try more of their teas!