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Recent Tasting Notes
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
I was slightly skeptical about this when I saw this in the bag with the other teas. I had to try it though. Honestly, I liked it for what it was. I didn’t get a lot of puerh notes, but the chocolate jumped out quite a bit. It reminded me of a milk chocolate bar; which was surprising. I think this may have been one of the better bagged teas in the group.
Hm, well, it’s an odd one. I like Pu-erh teas, not my all time favorites but I can appreciate the nuance and the savory, earthy taste they sometimes carry. This one is pretty good, and the cardamom certainly makes the pu-erh more palatable, but it’s quite disorienting in some ways.
Specifically, it smells like fish when it’s brewing. Fish with a subtle hint of cardamom…sounds like a pretty nice dish, but not necessarily what I imagine when I’m brewing tea. So once it’s finished brewing (I followed Numi’s suggestion of about 4 minutes) it doesn’t taste like fish at all to me.
It’s got the earthiness I’ve come to expect with pu-erhs, and a nice thick body to it. There is a lot of cardamom, and over all it just tastes…okay. I like it, but I don’t think it will sway chai fans, for example, into the world of pu-erh based off of scent alone. And pu-erh connoisseurs may not appreciate the presence of cardamom. It’s not bad, but I just almost don’t know who it’s for…Well, as a fan of cardamom and pu-erh I think it’s pretty good. If you are in that venn diagram, you may like it as well.
Flavors: Cardamon, Earth, Mushrooms
A very fragrant and rooibos-y rooibos. Heavy due to the flavours of cedar, wood, minerals, and cream. I think it is more vanilla than cream, actually. Whatever, it is delicious either way. I steeped it hot (boiling water/98 deg C), which creates a much different flavour than steeped in hottish (80-90 deg C) water. It seemed fitting on an unusually cold and snowy day.
I’d like to mention that though I drank this straight, I’ve enjoyed it with milk, honey, or lemon added. Also, try cold brewing it with two teabags in 1L of water in the fridge overnight.
Flavors: Cedar, Cream, Mineral, Rooibos, Vanilla, Wood
This tea is how I first fell in love with honeybush. It is very sweet, flavourful (it re-brewed three times quite well), and smells like nectar. The dark orange brew is also a bit on the woody side, but in a really good way. It has none of the unpleasant quality that tea can have (astringency, tannic, bitter, leafy/grassy/vegetal), it is incapable of being any of those things, no matter how you brew it. A friend of mine keeps herbals around for when company comes over (she only drinks coffee), and I think I’ve almost consumed the entire box now.If you enjoy rooibos and caramelized sugar, you will enjoy this herbal tisane very much. It is a top notch honeybush, but a bit plain when you are used to flavoured blends/variety like I am.
Flavors: Brown Sugar, Honey, Nectar, Nuts, Sugarcane, Sweet, Winter Honey, Wood
Not what I expected. I was hoping for chocolate, but what I got was cinnamon. It smells like earthy cinnamon and tastes strongly of cinnamon. Where’s the chocolate?
Maybe the water wasn’t hot enough? I need to invest in a kettle with a built in thermometer because I really have no idea. Either the kettle is whistling or it isn’t, and it takes a good 10 minutes to achieve a whistle.
So I need to try again with hotter, and perhaps less, water. I used 12 oz, might try with 8 oz. And maybe try adding milk or sugar.
I like this cinnamon tea, but when I purchased it I was looking for chocolate.
Long time no reviews. Heck, long time no new tea. In my travels, I decided to get a Numi variety pack. Normally I am loose leaf all the way but at school and while travelling, bags are just simpler.
That said, I didn’t find this to be very special. Black tea. Standard bagged fare for me.