Dry Desert Lime

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Lime, Lemon Zest, Orange Zest
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200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 15 sec 8 oz / 236 ml

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From Numi Organic Tea

This rare Middle Eastern desert lime is sun-dried and crushed. It has a pleasing tart taste and provides a hearty dose of Vitamin C. Great for relieving colds and headaches

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Holy puckered fishface Batman!

This should come with a warning to not drink after dental work. This thing is wicked tart. I am, on occasion, very partial to sour candy. This, on occasion, could be a replacement for a good warhead or lemondrop. I’m also curious about getting a handful of these and making some iced tea out of it with 37 cups of sugar. It would be a very refreshing lime-aid tisane (which they spell teasan?), I’m pretty sure.

It also has a strangely dry, peppery smell to it. This must be the eponymous ‘desert’.

Proceed with caution, my unpuckered friends.

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No my dear the answer is always 42.


LOL this cracked me up!


Hahaha, I laughed too :) At both the post and Missy’s comment.


LOL so many things made me chuckle in this review…


haha I need to not be reading this at work : “This must be the eponymous ‘desert’.” made me lol


Sounds like a great base for a Pangalactic Gargle Blaster.

Dylan Oxford

I aim to please!

@ashmanra that sounds improbable… ;)

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953 tasting notes

It’s like a lime Sweet Tart! Yes, it’s definitely tart out of the gate, but surprisingly, I’m tasting a sweetness to it as well that shows up after a few seconds. (And I’m not using any additives.) There’s no bitterness; a big plus. I could see keeping this one on hand for when the mood strikes.

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I oddly liked this one too. I didn’t think I would at all before I tried it. It was in a sampler pack.


It’s pretty unusual. There are lots of lemons out there but not as many limes, and this is the only straight lime I think I’ve seen.

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1854 tasting notes

Whew! To use an Ozark-ism, “this’ll take the hair offa yer tongue.” Heat wave continues, so this went straight into the sun tea jar, then to the fridge. Even chilled, it made my lips so dry I felt like I’d been licking drywall. Citrusy lime taste is present, but it also has a masonry lime chaser that’s too dry and tart for me. Lemon-lime lovers may find it lip-lickingly luscious, though…


Isn’t that particular tea pure lime peel or something?


From the tea description: This rare Middle Eastern desert lime is sun-dried and crushed. It was bagged, so I didn’t look too closely, but I’m sure peel is a-plenty.

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545 tasting notes


I remember liking this odd lime tisaine well enough the last time I had it. I enjoyed the taste and its uniqueness. This time the tisaine wasn’t as I remembered it being. I didn’t enjoy it as much and I struggled to finish the last of the cup. I suspect I need to try it another time or two to make a firm decision on how I feel about it. This steep maybe have been user error. Perhaps I steeped it three minutes the first time I had it. Either way, I have no more bags of it. I’ll not buy it again for the sole purpose of trying it again. But I may at some point get another Numi bagged teas sampler from the grocery.

The end result is that I’m rating it for this time drinking it. I thought I had tealogged it last time I had it but I see I did not. So it gets a 45, right in the middle of drinkable (40-50). I actually feel it should be even lower, closer to 40, but it gets a scant few points for the memory of having liked it last time.

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79 tasting notes

Finishing up my last of my loose leaf supply of Dry Desert Lime. This one I suspect isn’t much worse off bagged because of how fine and dusty the herbs are to start with. I don’t know anywhere around here I can get Numi loose as I originally got this from the source.

My original verdict still stands, it’s zingy and lovely. I’ve come to prefer it unsweetened. I agree with many of the other reviewers that there is a medicinal note but that’s one of the reasons I adore it. I have a headache and my tummy’s a little iffy but this is just what I needed.


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Oh hello! It’s been a while since we’ve seen you around. :)


I always seem to wander back though. :)

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I got this from my local coffee shop when I went with a friend and didn’t feel like a rich latte after a big meal. It sounded like it would be refreshing, cleansing maybe, just what I needed.

Not sure of water temp and I just left the bag in the cup. The smell was exactly like that NeoCitran lemon drink you make when you have a cold, which for me is a good thing as I always thought that hot-lemonade taste was great.

With high hopes I take my first sip and initially it’s fine. I get a nice tart lime flavour that gives my taste buds a tingle. And then I swallow and I get…chemical? Like serious, metallic, tastes-and-feels-like-its-got-to-be-poisonous chemical flavour on the back and sides of my tongue. It sort of makes me think of when you’ve touched coins and then put your fingers in your mouth, that sort of tongue-puckering metallic taste. In a hot cup of tea. Yeah…not so good.

Because I didn’t make this myself I can’t say whether something went wrong in the preparation but I certainly hope so. Otherwise this tea is supposed to taste like this.


I’m going to go brush my teeth now.

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141 tasting notes

Overpowering and extremely tart, even with a lot of sugar added. I think this might be best in small amounts added to a tea, rather than by itself.

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10 tasting notes

This initially smelled like powdered limeaid. I added a bit of organic honey and loved it.


This is actually my favorite Numi tea. I like the slight pucker it brings to my lips and the strong lime fragrance.


Did you mean to give it a thumbs down? ::iz confuzed:: Also – where did you find it? I’ve been getting Numi at the grocery here, but they don’t have much of a selection at all. :(


CMW- Thanks for the heads up. I had no idea I had given it a thumbs down. I found it in the back of my spice cabinet and neither of my roommates claimed it. It was in a variety box. We carried some Numi teas at Outloud’s Cafe.

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25 tasting notes

Very tart and slightly bitter, a punch in the mouth! Sugar mutes the punch a bit.

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257 tasting notes

This is a great tea for lime lovers. It’s got a single, solid note. People seem to love it or hate it.
I drink this occasionally with a small cube of demerara sugar. Mostly I use it as a base for a --(and please sit down and don’t get upset)—soothing drink for those who suffer from a bad cough or sour throat. Add one or two cough drops, some sugar or honey, and stir well. My children love it! And why not use tea for medicinal purposes?

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