Numi Organic Tea

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65

Th tea was okay, but I always found the second batch to be more enjoyable than the first one, similar to the oolong blooming tea by Numi. The flower display was more interesting than the tea’s taste.

Flavors: Apricot

Preparation
165 °F / 73 °C 3 min, 30 sec 8 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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67

I enoyed the tea, but always found the second batch to be more enjoyable than the first one. The flower bud didn’t open as much as I expected, but that may be because it requires full submersion.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec 10 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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80
drank Honeybush by Numi Organic Tea
1975 tasting notes

Yup, that’s honeybush. Nothing to report other than typical honeybush flavours. Oats, honey, nectar (almost floral), brown sugar.

Flavors: Brown Sugar, Honey, Nectar, Oats

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec

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80
drank Toasted Rice by Numi Organic Tea
6 tasting notes

Really nice rice tea. Taste how you’d expect.

Flavors: Rice

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Personally, I am not a fan of turmeric’s flavor. I tried this tea, but was not a big fan. I am sure if you like turmeric, it will taste just fine. I will stick to turmeric in pill form to get the benefits.

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78

Just finished my first box, last cup right now. Turmeric has numerous health benefits and I wanted to get some of them-so why not through drinking a turmeric tea. I was skeptical of the taste. But it’s not bad actually. You can definitely taste the turmeric, along with a pleasant hit of vanilla. I do wish the cardamom cake through more, but what can you do? Overall it wasn’t terrible, thing I love enough to buy again and again, but I don’t mind it. If you are interested in the health benefits I would rxccomend giving it a try. A spoon of honey is this teas friend.

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90
drank Breakfast Blend by Numi Organic Tea
218 tasting notes

NOTE: This review is on the LOOSE LEAF version of the tea.

I enjoy Numi’s organic black teas, in bags or loose leaf, particularly their Chinese Breakfast selection. They also offer some of the best prices I’ve found for a pound of loose leaf tea during their periodic sales. A sale was going on this week so I thought this would be a perfect time to try another Numi product.

The tea leaves in the one pound bag were short and black. The smell was rich and tea-like. No specific aroma jumped out at me.

I steeped the leaves at 212 degrees for five minutes. The brewed aroma had a slightly sweet vegetable quality to it. The color was bright amber.

My whole cup of this tea maintained a pronounced and distinctive taste throughout. The flavor reminded me of sweet potatoes lightly sprinkled with maple syrup. The overall effect was quite smooth and only slightly sweet. I didn’t detect any harshness. The aftertaste was brief and appealing.

This Numi blend turned out to be even better than I hoped. The achievement made the extremely reasonable sale price that much more delightful. I am going to add this brew to my official morning tea rotation. I predict that I will be ordering another pound before this time next year.

Flavors: Maple Syrup, Sweet Potatoes

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 4 tsp 32 OZ / 946 ML

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100

This makes FANTASTIC iced tea. Wouldn’t recommend it hot, but on a humid summer day, a fruity cold pitcher of this is bliss. It really does taste exactly like the name. One of my favorite seasonals!

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86
drank Honeybush by Numi Organic Tea
3 tasting notes

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90

This is a great go-to tea. It’s strong mint flavor is delicious, but not overwhelming. The tea gets pretty dark if left too long, so experimenting is key. This did wonders in terms of helping me with indigestion.

Preparation
6 OZ / 177 ML

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I’m pretty new to chai and not big into the strong spice but this one is actually pretty good . It feels smooth as you drink it and the spices are not too overpowering. I would buy this again for when I want something with spice but not too much

Flavors: Cinnamon, Clove, Smooth

Preparation
1 tsp 9 OZ / 266 ML

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76
drank Moroccan Mint by Numi Organic Tea
72 tasting notes

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63

My tea drinking and coffee drinking habits follow inverse wave patterns. When one is up, the other goes down. Since discovering cold brew coffee – with all its ease and practicality – I admit that my tea drinking has fallen off. A bagged tea is all I can manage these days.
This, as a tea taken on its own, was uninspiring. I paid attention to it only long enough to notice a mild astringency and its scalding temperature. Hot tea is not for Houston’s sweltering summers. Yet, the variety back the tea came in delights me. So many choices for one little box! I can reach my hand in and end up with something as diverse as a citrus tisane or a chocolate pu-er. The pleasure here lies in the surprise – I imagine one akin to Bertie Bott’s – rather in the individual packet selected.

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69

Let me start out by saying that I am writing about the LOOSE LEAF version of this tea. I am making this qualification because I noticed that a lot of the reviews done previously were about the TEA BAG version.

Since Yunnan black tea is my favorite category, I purchased a pound of this tea on-line, sight unseen and flavor untasted. I also have had good experiences with Numi products in the past so I didn’t consider it to be much of a risk.

When I opened the big one pound shiny black bag and stuck my nose inside, the familiar leathery smell of Yunnan was there. However, there was another element to the aroma that was stronger and more like British breakfast tea.

I steeped the long brown leaves for five minutes at 212 degrees, my standard modus operandi for most black teas. The brewed color was dark gold. The aroma had the leathery Yunnan attribute in the distant background but the dominant smell was slightly acerbic, again reminding me of some of the “Briteas” (my answer to “Brexit”) I’ve tried.

The flavor of this cup had a harsh and biting characteristic to it. Unfortunately, that factor smothered the usual richness, sweetness, and smoothness that put Yunnan at the top of my most beloved tea list. I hesitate to call the taste astringent but it is definitely borderline. It conjured up my bitter memories of over-steeped black tea. There also was a tobacco aspect to the flavor of which I am not a fan. The aftertaste wasn’t acrid, but calling it abrasive wouldn’t be a huge stretch.

All right, so where does this leave me with my one pound bag of the stuff? Will I split up the bag into smaller increments and try to sell them on the street corner? No. Will I gift wrap the bag and try to pawn it off on someone at the next White Elephant Gift Party? No. It is not so horrible that I won’t drink it. But, it won’t be near the top of my morning tea rotation either. I am just a little more than disgruntled that I can’t get excited about this selection.

Flavors: Biting, Tea, Tobacco

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 4 tsp 32 OZ / 946 ML

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69
drank Cardamom Pu-erh by Numi Organic Tea
35 tasting notes

I like Numi as a company for their fair trade practices and support of organic farmers. Fortunately, I also like their teas. As I wrote in a prior review, I have tried to enjoy loose-leaf puerh many times but generally have a distaste for it. I do, however, love Numi chocolate puerh and I was anxious to try this one. The cardamom is very intense. I have to say, iI really don’t taste the puerh at all. I like cardamom a lot, so this is okay with me, but it’s not as balanced as their other blends.

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82
drank Aged Earl Grey by Numi Organic Tea
1975 tasting notes

Getting through a ton of single teabag/sample sipdowns today. This was first on the list! Although this is bagged (not silk sachet), it is very good quality as far as flavouring and tea used.

Although the base is a little bit bitter, I didn’t find it took away from the experience. The base somehow manages to be quite smooth at the same time. Almost malty or creamy, but the brew isn’t thick in the mouthfeel. It has that slightly natural sweetness and smoothness of milk. This is a really flavourful black with an almost cocoa/chocolate note to it; it makes for a nice Earl Grey because of its strong, but smooth nature. It is an assam, so naturally it has elements that make for a very drinkable cup.

The citrus isn’t off putting/bitter, but the bergamot is of medium intensity (also not bitter). This is my preferred amount of bergamot because otherwise you can’t taste the base.

Overall, this is a really good choice for an Earl Grey, and definitely one of the better bagged EGs. I enjoyed mine iced, and it resteeped really well with full flavor. It could have done many more steeps. I’ve had this hot in the past and enjoyed it that way too. It is smooth enough that it is great plain, but it is flavourful enough that it goes well with milk too (I highly recommend vanilla almond or vanilla soy, the vanilla is a great touch).

Flavors: Bergamot, Citrus Zest, Cocoa, Smooth, Tannin

Preparation
Iced 4 min, 15 sec 17 OZ / 500 ML

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8-10 minutes is way too long of a steep. 3 minutes is better. The spearmint and the lemongrass head this blend with the bamboo in the savory and earthy background. Some of the berries blended in with the ginger help push it on the more citrus side overall, and I like citrus as a taste in most of my teas except lime. I’m also feeling the grounded “presence” it was designed for. I have not added honey yet, but I’ll write that out in another note. I’ll hold off on the rating for now.

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I have too much coffee and tea tea in my life, so a tisane was the way to go. Looking at the ingredients like “Organic bamboo leaves, Fair Trade Certified™ organic lemongrass, Fair Trade Certified™ organic spearmint, organic hawthorne berries, organic elderflower, organic schizandra berries, organic blueberry leaf, Fair Trade Certified™ organic ginger, organic lavender-OKAY,” I was hoping for it to be a fruity light herbal blend, but it was way too earthy. It was like drinking dirt with lemony “after-tones” to compensate. Feelings of “eck” making me present in the moment.

I will see if there is another way to brew it because I find that Numi Teas do better with more water in a pot than an individual cup, but I was not super happy with this blend.

twinofmunin

hmmm… i kinda like this one as chuck-in-a-mug-with-boiled-water-and-ignore. sorry you hated it. D:

Daylon R Thomas

I wouldn’t say hate it, just disappointed. Like I said, I gotta find another way to brew it.

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36
drank Orange Spice by Numi Organic Tea
72 tasting notes

Smelled spicy and delicious. Tastes sour like hibiscus.

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71

Great starter Pu erh!!!

Flavors: Earth

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 g 10 OZ / 295 ML

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90

My favorite of the Numi tumeric collection. Had great fun when I was in a Hostel in India and gave this to the hosts; they were simply SHOCKED to know that someone had made a ‘tumeric tea sachet’ and insisted on brewing at least 6 cups and having all of their friends try it. It made for a very interesting time!

The tea itself:
Color: It is a somewhat unattractive shade of yellow. Definitely hard to get past
Taste: The licorice & ginger make for a wonderful and unexpected sweetness. I know many are into turmeric for the health benefits and I feel that the addition of these other roots just makes for a perfectly delicious tea.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 6 min, 0 sec

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I did not expect to be pleased with this tea. I was looking for a new jacket for my brother a T.J. Maxx, and I know that they usually have some solid teas on discount, so I opted to see what they had. I’ve wanted to try this for a while and it was two dollars cheaper than it normally was, and the box was neglected and dogeared. It was the only box, my brother and I were going to play Dark Souls III, and it was the last night of my spring break, so I needed some comfort. I’m glad I took the shot for that dogeared box.

I’ve gone through half the box already with my bro. It is dry and it was what you might expect, but a few of the many cups were smooth and silky. I brewed this in a teapot instead of the cup, never mind that is how tea should be brewed anyway. Woody, smooth red rooibos blended well with the vanilla and the cocoa making this welcomed. You could taste the cocoa for sure and it bordered on being like hot cocoa, but woodier. The bag might make this tea taste a little too cardboardy for some along with the woody rooibos ,but it was a nice break from tannin and provided just enough sweetness to avert my craving for coffee.

I will say that I’m not sure if this is strong enough for a latte. My bro added cream and sugar to his and I can barely taste the tea. Maybe use two bags in a pot, and then use properly steamed milk or just the slightest hint of creamer with sugar. I’m enjoying as is plain, and my mother likes it with just a spoon full of sugar.

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