Numi Organic Tea

Recent Tasting Notes

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Not bad. Not bad. It was in a tea bag so it may have failed to impart a really full flavor. I tasted chocolate. I tasted tea. I am not sure I tasted the “pu erh” part. It was okay with a little sugar and cream, but not amazing. I wouldn’t seek it out.

Flavors: Chocolate

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
albertocanfly

hahaha…I just read your 10-0 rating profile.. I laughed out loud in the middle of a library… whoops. How dare they steal something as precious as cheesecake! :P

Arshness

hahaha well glad it amused someone. :)

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Numi Golden Chai truly is golden, which surprised me a bit since the base tea is Assam. I’d have guessed Ceylon, but probably there is just a high spice-to-tea ratio in this blend.

Since I was experimenting with almond-coconut milk today, I tried it for this glass and found the resultant adulterated liquor too weak—unsurprisingly. I’ll try again with light cream, or perhaps I’ll steep some bags directly in the almond-coconut milk next time.

I noticed that this chai lacks cloves, which can sometimes be problematic for me, so this blend holds potential. It might be better in the loose leaf form or else amped up with some extra Assam. I find CTC Assam very helpful in rescuing what I refer to as “spice cabinet chai”…

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 45 sec 2 g 9 OZ / 266 ML

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60

I reached for this Numi Decaf Simply Green tonight because I was suffering from a severe green tea deficit, but it was way too late for caffeine. It was fine. Not Numi’s best offering, but good enough, under the circumstances. This batch seemed more like Chun Mee than Gunpowder, but perhaps it is a blend of n’importe quoi?

On the decaf question, it occurred to me that perhaps I should start setting the first infusion aside to put in the refrigerator for iced tea, and then I could drink the second and third infusions at night. I definitely will not going out of my way to obtain any more decaffeinated green, because I can make my own using this method.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 g 9 OZ / 266 ML

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60

I would not ordinarily purchase a decaffeinated green tea, since all green teas are multiply infusable, so it’s a simple matter to create a decaffeinated green from the first infusion of a standard green.

However, I received some filter bags of Numi Decaf Simply Green in my sampler selection boxes, so this seemed like a good choice for after dinner as I had missed my mid-day green tea feeding, having overslept this morning.

The flavor and appearance are very similar to the Numi Gunpowder Green, so I am assuming that this is that, except that Decaf Simply Green is a CO2 decaffeinated version. I’ll do a side-by-side comparison one of these days to confirm.

Today’s brew was not that good, but it’s most likely my fault because I used overly hot water. I’ll try again using cooler water. Until then, I’ll withhold evaluation…

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec 2 g 9 OZ / 266 ML

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82

Hot chocolate. That is what this tea smells like. When steeped it also has a slight hot chocolate flavor to it. It reminds me of a really good hot chocolate that I can’t remember the name of. Godiva? maybe… Numi has done a great job once again. I love most of what I’ve tried from them and this one is another keeper. The other thing I love about this tea is that the puerh and the chocolate not only mix well but also don’t try to over power each other. Perfectly proportionate.

Flavors: Chocolate

Preparation
4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp

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77

Does it count as a tasting note if I cooked with this?

I made tea eggs (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tea_egg) with three sachets of the tea to one large pot of water and half a dozen eggs. The kitchen smelled amazing while I was simmering them. I taste-tested one after simmering, and the mint flavor was distractingly strong, but after keeping the eggs in the broth overnight, the mint was gone and the overall flavor was good. The finished product is fairly similar to traditional tea eggs, and the marbled eggs look quite beautiful.

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77

I’ve been very curious about this one ever since I heard of it…

While I wasn’t sure whether I would like it before trying, I’m happy to report that it’s pretty enjoyable if you know what you’re getting. The aroma smells most strongly of mint, with a hint of tea underneath. The taste itself includes vegetable stock with a significant pepper kick, a bit of tomato tang, and again, the tea flavor somehow manages to not be masked by everything else. On the whole, it’s light and flavorful, not as salty or intense as a regular tomato broth can be, and a good accompaniment to a small meal. So while I just expected an average vegetable broth, it’s tea-like enough that I think it would be good for cooking a (slightly unconventional) batch of tea eggs or other savory dish that originally includes tea in the recipe.

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drank Aged Earl Grey by Numi Organic Tea
1017 tasting notes

I tried the decaffeinated Earl Grey from Numi and was pleasantly surprised, so I decided to brew up a cup of the caffeinated version today, also included in the sampler box.

It’s good! A nice rounded Assam base, and I do smell and taste the tea more than the bergamot. This is more my preferred style of Earl Grey: a harmonious balance between the bergamot and the base tea, rather than a massive cover-up of the tea.

The liquor is darker orange amber (not quite red), so I may have used too much water for this Assam blend. I may try their loose leaf version, which I’d be able easily to brew to my desired strength for Earl Grey—to be served with light cream.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 2 g 9 OZ / 266 ML

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68

Another filter bag pu-erh blend from Numi, this Cardamom Pu-erh packs a punch of both! In some ways, cardamom may be the perfect adulterant for pu-erh, given its strength.

Today’s brew is darker red rather than gold, so I may have used less water or steeped it longer than last time. The flavor is earthy and tastes more like pu-erh than like cardamom, so probably not the best choice for gringos. I ended up adulterating yesterday’s glass of Emperor’s Pu-erh with cream, and I am tempted in this case as well.

I used to think that Assam was the best segue from coffee to tea, but now it seems that pu-erh is even better. It has a very strong, coffee-grind like density to it. No, it does not taste like coffee, but it has the same “timbre”, so to speak…

Flavors: Earth

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 30 sec 2 g 9 OZ / 266 ML

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68

In third place in today’s steep-off chez sherapop was Numi’s Cardmom Pu-erh. It’s not that it was bad, but it was not quite as good as Emperor’s Pu-erh and Chocolate Pu-erh. I do like cardamom, so that’s not the issue, and it definitely was not overdone (as it so often is in what I call “spice-cabinet chais”). But the flavors were less deep and complex than in the other two Numi filter bag pu-erh entries.

The color of the brewed liquor was exactly a cross between the dark red of the Emperor’s Pu-erh and the orange of the Chocolate Pu-erh. This color was more like a dark gold. The flavor was good, but not quite as smooth and inviting as either the pu-ehr au naturel or adulterated with lots of chai spices and cocoa (in effect, Chocolate Pu-erh is very similar to chocolate chai, albeit sans cardamom and cloves).

I’ll definitely try this one again. It would probably go great with a buttery cake.

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec 2 g 8 OZ / 236 ML
boychik

Did you add any milk n sugar. Puerh could be quite tasty as latte

sherapop

Yes, boychik, I drank all three of these with light cream. No sugar, though. Generally speaking, I prefer my tea unsweetened, with the exception of chai, to which I do add honey or sugar or, better yet, sweetened condensed milk! ;-)

boychik

Condenced milk. Yum.

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70

I was feeling groggy, so that seemed like a good excuse to revisit some of the Numi filterbag pu-erhs. This Chocolate Puerh seems more like a cocoa chai than a pu-erh to me. It reminds me of a cross between Chai Diaries Wisdom Pu-erh and Chai Diairies Chocolate Chai. The last time I drank this brew with milk, though the liquor is rather light and cloudy amber, indicating that there are more spices and what-not than black tea in the blend. Today i am drinking it au naturel. I realize now that one bag would go better in 5 rather than 10 ounces. Seems a bit wan.

I am weighing the possibility of obtaining some of this tea in loose-leaf form. I am very curious to see what the proportions of added stuff look like. Some of Numi’s loose-leaf teas come only in a 1 lb bag, but a few also are offered in a 4 ounce size. Hopefully this one is among them.

Flavors: Cocoa

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 15 sec 2 g 10 OZ / 295 ML

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70

A tasty unsweetened cocoa tea! The Numi Chocolate Pu-erh brewed up quite a bit lighter than the Emperor’s, with an orange-colored liquor. That made me worry that the brew would be too weak, but with cream it ended up being quite delicious. A very good cocoa-powder-enhanced black tea. Without being told that it was pu-erh, I’d never have guessed!

I definitely recommend Numi Chocolate Pu-ehr as a less sweet chocolate-flavored tea. Both the chocolate flavor and the base tea are very good—but this is not sweet like a milk chocolate bar. The other ingredients add to the complexity, especially the vanilla, the nutmeg, and the cinnamon. There’s almost a chai quality to the blend—or to be more precise: chocolate chai!

Flavors: Cocoa

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 15 sec 2 g 8 OZ / 236 ML

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73

This glass of Numi Emperor’s Puerh, prepared from a filter bag, has many of the stereotypical features of puerh familiar to me. It actually smells a bit mushroomy, and is definitely earthier than either of the loose-leaf pu-erhs I’ve tried recently. Last time I tried this tea, i added cream, but I decided to drink it au naturel this evening. To be honest, it’s a bit much for me. The flavor seems rather rough hewn. The liquor is very dark reddish amber. I am seriously debating adulteration at this point, about a third of the way through the glass…

Perhaps the inability to rinse is a factor here? Does anyone out there ever attempt to rinse the contents of a filter bag?

Flavors: Earth, Mushrooms

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 2 g 10 OZ / 295 ML
madametj

I would still rinse it, just a quick 5 second one.

sherapop

Thanks, madametj. I ended up drinking it with cream. Is the purpose of rinsing to remove the sometimes offputting odor of pu-erh? I read somewhere that people rinse also to remove pesticides and dirt, but Numi tea is organic, so hopefully pesticides are not a issue.

sherapop

They have a brick of pu-erh which I’ll definitely try.

NofarS

If it’s a really strong pu’er, I do two rinses. And I never have pu’er on an empty stomach, as otherwise it gives me stomachaches.

madametj

I’ve never had one with the offputting odor, but that would be one reason. I think it would also take out most of the mushroomy taste. Though, I hear when they smell like that it’s a sign that the they weren’t stored/aged properly…

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In this afternoon’s steep-off chez sherapop, the three filter bag organic puerhs from Numi were brewed up side-by-side and compared. The results are in, and my favorite was … drum roll …

Emperor’s Puerh!

The brew was dark red, which was already an auspicious beginning. The flavor was smooth and delicious. I drank my glass with light cream, and found this tea to be unexpectedly tasty—first, because it was made using a filter bag; second, because it’s pu-ehr!

I’ve had mixed experiences with pu-erh in the past, and it’s safe to say that I’m something of a gringo in this category. This must be pu-erh for gringos, because it was as smooth and luscious as a very high-grade Assam. So maybe I enjoyed this because it doesn’t have so much earthiness? Well, it’s good, especially for a filter bag, and I’ll definitely be drinking more of The Emperor’s Puerh!

The somewhat middling ratings on this tea suggest that other reviewers may be disappointed by the gentile quality of this imperial beverage…

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec 2 g 9 OZ / 266 ML

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80

This is a truly fascinating tea. It’s from Numi’s Savory Tea line and I really wasn’t sure what to make of that. A savory tea?

I received a sample tea bag and was pleasantly surprised. This was steeped for about 3 minutes and was consumed without sugar, cream, etc.

This doesn’t taste like tea, but it’s definitely good! It tastes green, with definite vegetable flavors, along with easily detectable culinary herb flavors. It also has a distinctive buttery flavor, which had a comforting effect. The bottom line: it tastes like a very light, but delicious soup!

I mainly consume loose leaf tea now, but I am likely to buy this for cold nights when I’d like a more substantial tea. If you’d told me a month ago that I’d try and enjoy something like this, I’d have laughed. But life is full of little surprises!

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
sherapop

I bought the sample box of these bizarre-sounding tisanes and am looking forward to trying them!

Sarsonator

I got the sampler too! I have to try the rest. Been too distracted with other teas lately!

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82
drank White Rose by Numi Organic Tea
1017 tasting notes

Next up in the Rose Parade is Numi White Rose, the loose leaf verison. Truly this tea is a wonder to behold, with by far the highest percentage of rose in any rose tea I have ever seen. In lots of blends, a few rose petals are thrown in for show, primarily to add some color, much the way cornflower petals are added to many blends though, to my knowledge, they do not alter the taste.

In this case, however, the rose petals are the primary matter being infused! Needless to say, anyone who does not positively adore roses, to the point of being prepared to eat them, probably will not like this tea. For rose amateurs such as myself, on the other hand, this blend will satisfy any desire which might ever arise to “drink a rose”.

The liquor begins greenish—similar to lavender-chamomile infusions—but then turns gold. My guess is that the rose is implicated somehow in the green opening, since I have not seen white teas infuse in quite the same way.

I do not think that this is the best white tea around—it’s that sort of motley-looking variety which someone around here described as “having a bad hair day”. So apt. It’s just something of a mess. Fortunately, with the preponderance of roses, the basket-case white tea is easy to forgive—and forget.

Flavors: Rose

Preparation
165 °F / 73 °C 4 min, 0 sec 5 g 17 OZ / 502 ML

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drank White Rose by Numi Organic Tea
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Sometimes I really just feel like drinking flowers, and this gorgeous looseleaf white rose from Numi satisfies the craving quite well. There are tons of rose petals mixed in with the white tea, so of course this tastes like an infusion of roses, since white tea is basically the tofu of tea, absorbing the flavors of whatever else happens to be around.

The dried tea is incredibly beautiful. I may have to leave a clamp jar of this out on display to be gazed upon. Basically, it’s a dried flower arrangement which doubles as a tasty rose tea!

Flavors: Flowers

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drank White Rose by Numi Organic Tea
1017 tasting notes

I tried the loose leaf form of Numi White Rose today and was quite impressed by the proportion of rose petals present. The dried tea smells equally of roses and white tea (apparently silver tips), and the brew, too, offers a harmonious blend of the two elements.

A very good and balanced blend of roses and white tea. Perhaps if I drink enough of this blend I’ll end up wafting naturally of roses!


second infusion: just as good as the first. The liquor is slightly more yellow than the first infusion, but the flavor is close to the same.

Flavors: Flowers

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 45 sec 3 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank White Rose by Numi Organic Tea
1017 tasting notes

I’ve tried a few rose-scented teas of late, and this entry from Numi, White Rose, suggests that white tea may be the perfect canvas for showcasing both rose flavor and scent. Rosebuds, not essences, are used in this blend, so there is definitely a fair amount of perfume to this tea. It reminds in some ways of Tazo Rest, except that White Rose is not at all sweet. The level of rose scent and flavor, however, is comparable.

This was another filter bag including in the Numi Sampler box. I’ll likely be buying more of this blend, as it is quite good and really satisfies my craving for a rose tea but without going overboard to the point of smelling like a perfumed boudoir. Since White Rose is offered in the loose-leaf format, I’ll probably pick up a bag, knowing that white tea is multiply infusable, but filter bags generally are not.

Flavors: Flowers

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 15 sec 2 g 10 OZ / 295 ML

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Wanted something warm as I wait for my first final to close out this hectic day. Found this at my cafeteria. Smells really good. Not as good as it smells though. I think I need to cave and get http://www.amazon.com/Tovolo-TeaGo-The-Mobile-Press/dp/B001WAKDMM/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1398803867&sr=8-2&keywords=tovolo+tea+infuser , so I have tea on hand.

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Gunpowder has never numbered among my “must quaff” green teas, perhaps because so many of them are super cheap and taste inferior to more expensive fare. Nonetheless, I’m always open to a change in view, and Numi included some Gunpowder Green in my sampler boxes, so naturally I’m curious, especially given my very positive experience with many of the other teas.

Verdict: this reminds me of Chun Mee! Not the dried tea, which does include the little gnarled balls for which gunpowder is named (they are smaller in size than most loose-leaf gunpowder, but still have the same shape), yet the brewed tea is golden brown and tastes very baked and Chun Mee-ish! I won’t be buying a full supply of this one, but I intend to do a couple of steep-offs with named Chun Mees…

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 15 sec 2 g 10 OZ / 295 ML

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drank Toasted Rice by Numi Organic Tea
1017 tasting notes

In my experience, genmaichas vary a lot in quality, apparently because some producers avail themselves of the opportunity to use very low-grade green tea as the base, knowing as they do that the popped rice will dominate anyway. Adding to the unpredictable quality of genmaicha purchased without first testing (or even after, since batches may vary greatly as well), is the age of the popped rice.

Many kinds of tea have an excellent shelf life—as evidenced by the fact that the “use by” date is generally three years out from production. I’ve consumed plenty of tea way beyond its expiration date, much of which has been perfectly potable. Perhaps the age would matter more with the highest tier teas, but for mass-market produced teas, even the freshest batch may not be that great to begin with, so what’s a few years? The same thing happens with spices at the grocery store, by the way. Those bottles have been sitting there for ages and may literally be years old when you first open one! The best place to buy spices is from somewhere like Penzey’s, in my opinion, but that’s another story.

Genmaicha is more finicky because the popped rice can go stale, and once it does, the tea is ruined. This Numi Toasted Rice tea (in effect, genmaicha, though they recently appear to have removed that part of the name from the label—perhaps gringos found it too scary?—is very fresh and tasty, and the underlying base tea is not murky and brown but beautiful greenish yellow, the surest sign that they did not lie when they claimed “organic sencha” as the number one ingredient.

The popped rice flavor is also fresh, so together the fresh and high-quality sencha and the fresh and toasty rice add up to a fine genmaicha—surprisingly so, given that it’s found in a filter bag! I received bags of this tea in some boxes of the Numi sampler (which by the way I highly recommend since it features 18 different teas—that’s why I bought four boxes…). I’ll probably purchase a full box of this genmaicha in the future.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 g 10 OZ / 295 ML

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72

fingerprints on gold
melting yellow metaphors
traces of perfume

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72

I brewed up a large Bodum of this chamomile-lemon myrtle blend from Numi with every intention of drinking one glass and refrigerating the rest for iced tea tomorrow afternoon. Whoops. A movie later (I watched Hannah Arendt), the Bodum was drained, and now I have wild and crazy dreams to look forward to, given my previous experience with lemon myrtle at bedtime…

Cheri

I love when a tea is that good (or a movie that good) that you drink all the tea without even realizing you’ve done it. I hope your dreams weren’t crazy this time.

sherapop

Thanks, Cheri! They were odd but not heinous. ;-)

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