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I drove down to Minneapolis for the weekend. ON the way home today I stopped and got some tea. They had only a few varieties, and this looked like the best of the bunch.

The first half of the cup was nice. Nothing I needed to have again, but drinkable. The second half, however, was bitter. It wasn’t over-steeped, since I removed the tea bag right away. I think the flavor changed as the cup cooled.

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- with milk and a spoonful of honey -
The taste of the tea is good, I don’t particularly like the after taste though. The smell of the tea is very bad and almost fishy. The long I drink it the less I can stand the smell of it. No one else in my family says it smells bad though.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 16 OZ / 473 ML

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80

- Cafe, London Fog -
Had this at a cafe recently as a London Fog. They put THREE teabags in it which was very overwhelming. Drank half the cup then added milk and it was so much better. Bought some to make myself and will update the review then.

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drank Dry Desert Lime by Numi Organic Tea
300 tasting notes

Last tea from the Numi sampler box. My cousin, a coffee drinker, snagged the Aged Earl Grey this morning and really liked it.

It’s been many years since I’ve had Dry Desert Lime. Obviously I wasn’t driven to seek it out again but it’s not too bad. Certainly a strange tisane. I’m not fond of the smell of the dry bag, which is a very pungent, kind of (not hot) spicy sun-scorched desert earth and citrus lime aroma. A little medicinal. Brewed up, the aroma and taste retain those notes but are smoothed out some. It’s quite lime-tart but less acidic than say, a cup of hibiscus. There’s also an interesting almost floral perfume scent that mingles lightly and faint zesty-pithy bitterness.

Really unique and evocative of Moroccan or Persian cuisine.

Addendum: gets bitter and acrid when cooled

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 10 OZ / 295 ML
__Morgana__

I think I doubled this one up with plain honeybush to address the tart.

tea-sipper

One of my first teas ever at my Grandma’s house.

derk

Morgana: no medicinal taste mixing the two?

tea-sipper: <3 mine was Trader Joes’s Jasmine Green

__Morgana__

Not that I noticed…

gmathis

I remember this as being so tart it made my eyebrows sweat. Tea that causes pain…just shouldn’t ;)

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drank Mate Lemon by Numi Organic Tea
300 tasting notes

Pretty strong lemon myrtle taste. I often find yerba maté to be an unappealing flavor but here the unfavorable earthy, alkaloid-y notes were well masked. There’s green tea in this blend too but I’m not sure what its role is.

While drinking this, I enjoyed it but an hour later I’m finding myself on edge and annoyed with family talking which normally doesn’t bother me. This is an effect yerba maté has on me, whether due to the amount of caffeine and/or other chemicals I’m not sure. Nervous, aggressive energy that makes me want to wrestle and throw shit.

derk grumbles.

I’ve drunk yerba maté before powerlifting, felling trees and bike riding but no amount of physical activity ever seems to take off the edge.

+70 taste
-40 yerba maté induced annoyance and nervous energy

(Lotta buts here, too.)

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

haha! The Wrestle And Throw Shit blend! <3 derk.

Mastress Alita

Does guayusa do the same thing, since it is a close cousin of mate?

It’s probably just a combination of mate’s caffeine, theobromine and theophylline and how your system reacts to that. I don’t seem to have that issue, thankfully. I don’t like it plain, but do like it in the right blends. I definitely like it roasted more than plain, and find the taste of guayusa better than mate.

derk

lizwykys: I tried to throw down my aunt but she got scurred and said go find my cousin. She likes to wrestle, too, and it would be an epic battle because we’re both strong af.

Mastress Alita: I’ve never had guayusa. Maybe when you drink down we can do another little trade. I really like Guayakí Yerba Maté in those tall cans because they’re well flavored but not obnoxiously sweet. I resort to them as people do with Red Bulls etc, but rarely because of the effect. Traditionally prepared yerba maté in a gourd would probably turn my stomach.

Mastress Alita

@derk: As I recall, you like hibi. I have a blend of guayusa, hibiscus, lemongrass, and stevia that makes the best iced tea in the world. Cold brew in either water or lemonade for caffeinated fruit punch goodness. I’ll just send you some sometime if you want to try it. You won’t really taste the guayusa though, it tastes like hibi punch. But you would probably know if it wants to make you punch a baby.

tea-sipper

Look at these comedic comments.

derk

Mastress Alita: Thanks for the offer. I do enjoy hibiscus. I’ll hit you up after I move and forward you my new address.

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drank White Rose by Numi Organic Tea
300 tasting notes

I first had this tea last winter when I was suffering from a month-long bout of bronchitis. At that time, it was a very pleasant and soothing warm beverage and it just felt right to be drinking in colder San Francisco weather (50s F).

I had this White Rose tea again today, again winter but not sick so I feel like I can taste it better. It’s still pleasant enough but the rose is like walking by a Crabtree and Evelyn (perfume and soap store) but not stepping into the suffocating grandmotherly atmosphere. Very airy rose aroma translates into a nice enough taste. The rose does dominate over the white tea base, which just provides a light honeyed sweetness and some body. Overall not bad but that kind of rose isn’t my taste.

(There are a lot of buts in this review.)

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

I love obnoxious rose… I’d probably like it. Though it does depend on the flavoring, I’ve certainly had ones I liked better than others.

LuckyMe

I used to drink this a lot back in the day. Since then I’ve found that I prefer a good quality dried rosebud blended with my tea of choice.

derk

Mastress Alita: it’s the typical ‘English Rose’ aroma and flavor so this might be up your alley if you’re looking for an easy brew. I appreciate a more cherry leaning rose taste.

LuckyMe: I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend this tea to beginners but I imagine with so much tasting experience, you’ve been able to find some high quality white tea and rose buds that fit your preferences. Happy sipping :)

Mastress Alita

I have a bag of plain rose petals I got on my Bay Area trip a few months ago from derk’s co-op stop, but I mainly use them to add to teas that just Aren’t Rose Enough. Also, I crush them an infuse them in cocoa to make rose-flavored hot chocolate. Mmmm.

derk

I am so down with the rose and chocolate mix. That dark cocoa sweetness brings that haughty rose with a stiff upper lip down to my level.

Nattie

Mmmmmm, that rose hot chocolate sounds awesome!!

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drank Jasmine Green by Numi Organic Tea
300 tasting notes

Not too perfumey, pretty natural smelling jasmine but there’s something about the green tea base I don’t think works well with the jasmine. Maybe it’s too earthy and dark tasting. I think I like lighter, sweeter jasmine-scented greens. It seems like this tea has decent reviews so I’m just boiling it down to personal preference.

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

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drank Gunpowder Green by Numi Organic Tea
300 tasting notes

Hmmm, nah. The tea itself is pungent and kind of astringent brassy-grassy but the smokiness is dull. I would prefer it to match the pungency of the green tea. Pretty dull aroma, too. Not my thing.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 10 OZ / 295 ML

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drank Chamomile Lemon by Numi Organic Tea
300 tasting notes

It’s chamomile, it’s lemon myrtle. Surprise! The smell of the dry bag and brew seem to be about 1:1. The taste leans more chamomile with the lemon myrtle providing a fair amount of herbal-lemon excitement to keep it interesting. On the Chamomile Flavor Spectrum®, this tea is dead center floral, not earthy, not appley. The tea was smooth on the sip but surprisingly drying. Something that threw me for a whirl was an aftertaste of yellow peach. How in the hell?

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML
Mastress Alita

One of my most hated teas, one of my most loved teas… hmmmmm… * ponders about this *

derk

hmmmmm indeed.

if you come across it, try it.

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drank Rooibos by Numi Organic Tea
300 tasting notes

A nice, high quality straight rooibos more bold in flavor than others I’ve had. Sweet red rooibos taste with cedar, woody vanilla, minerals and not a hint of medicinal or tobacco flavors. A tad drying but nothing that would keep me from purchasing this again.

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

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drank Rooibos Chai by Numi Organic Tea
300 tasting notes

I really love the addition of allspice here. The bag smells strongly of that and clove with the cinnamon, cardamom, ginger and nutmeg lurking underneath, all very fresh. Not only can I smell all the spice ingredients, I can taste them, too, in about the order listed above. A spicy and very warming cup. Buuut, I can’t taste the rooibos which I’m a little sad about. Its mellow quality is probably just a nice tame base for those fresh and flavorful spices.

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

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drank Breakfast Blend by Numi Organic Tea
300 tasting notes

A good bagged tea strong enough to accompany a breakfast of homemade biscuits and gravy, eggs, avocado and spinach. Cuts through that heaviness while still shining in flavor. Mostly malty, a little woody, and a little sweet with a substantial citrus tinge.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML
gmathis

I had this mistakenly listed as English Breakfast. Discovered it recently and absolutely love it for your reasons listed above. Running out way too quickly.

derk

Yeah, this is probably the most appealing bagged plain black tea I’ve had. I don’t put milk or sugar in my teas and don’t enjoy heavy, malty and tannic bagged blacks for that reason. This one’s light enough to enjoy without adornments but still very functional as a breakfast tea.

lizwykys

I just really want your breakfast now. om nom.

derk

Hehe. I forgot to mention the biscuits were made from sourdough cultured with California air and the gravy was pork-free because my coworker is Muslim. But a good dash of Worcestershire sauce in the gravy and a hint of bacon in the perfectly ripe, creamy avocado made up for it. Some salty Irish cheddar went into the eggs. The spinach was served wilted with a pinch of salt. Hehehehe.

lizwykys cries *
derk

Oh no! I’m sorry! If you ever find yourself in California, we’ll cook a nice breakfast for you :)

lizwykys

Okay! :D I’ll bring teagifts!

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I’m always afraid of boxed, bags of Rooibos. It’s such a delicate flavor that ca easily be overwhelming and out of balance. This blend of Rooibos with traditional chai spices is actually pretty good. The flavors work well together, nothing dominates, everything is allowed it’s place in the palate.

Flavors: Rooibos, Spices

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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drank Golden Chai by Numi Organic Tea
300 tasting notes

This is a pretty nice mellow bagged chai. The spices aren’t so strong that I can’t taste the Assam black tea base. There’s nothing spicy-hot about this one. I can taste the Assam foremost, with the cinnamon and ginger providing some warm tastes and the fennel and cardamom giving a cool balance. Interestingly, there is a a moderate aftertaste and feel of orange zest, though there is none in the blend. Perhaps it’s from the tea leaf? It does leave a little bit of a rough texture on the tongue but otherwise I find this a respectable chai.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Chocolate Pu-erh by Numi Organic Tea
300 tasting notes

A not-so-guilty pleasure. Smells warm and decadent like a Mexican hot chocolate. Oh my. Not creamy. The flavors aren’t overwhelming and really complement the tea base which is fairly close to a black tea but with a shou puerh clean earth, mossy and mineral kick to it. Everything about this tea tastes very natural and inoffensive. A damn fine bagged tea and a real nice introduction for complete puerh newbies.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML
Kawaii433

That sounds good! I have never tried their Pu-erh.

Daylon R Thomas

Those helped me survive lectures at MSU lol.

gmathis

Going on the shopping list!

ashmanra

I always recommend Numi pu for tea newbies who really really want to try shu. It is readily available locally and requires no equipment (some of these folks don’t even own a strainer) and it is really is a decent tea.

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drank Honeybush by Numi Organic Tea
300 tasting notes

First time having straight honeybush. It’s… good? A lot like rooibos but not woody? Smells more like honey than it tastes. My cup was drying which made me sad but that might be because I accidentally let the bag steep for several minutes beyond the suggested 4-5. Eh. Enjoyable enough as a late-night brew.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 8 OZ / 236 ML
gmathis

That is a great description of honeybush!

derk

Not sure if joking. I was a little lost with this one.

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30

Too smoky. And sometimes it tastes like cigarette butts. The only way this is drinkable for me is if I add lots of water. Three times more than for most cups. Then it tastes like any other green tea.

Flavors: Smoke, Spinach

Preparation
Boiling 1 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Emperor's Puerh by Numi Organic Tea
19 tasting notes

As far as bagged teas go, Numi does tend to have better than most in their quality. This pu-erh tea (and its counter part: Ginger Pu-Erh) are relatively smooth and full bodied though I do typically have to steep them a bit longer than my other higher quality loose leaf pu-erh teas. However there is a highly beneficial aspect of them being portable. I tend to enjoy many pu-erh teas and while this one is definitely not the same caliber as my other pu-erh teas it is still enjoyable enough.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 5 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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95

The aroma from the container is slightly floral, but not overwhelming. I can still smell the sweet, grassy scent of the green tea. The color of the brew is nice and golden. The jasmine scent is more present after steeping and can be noticed as you are nearing the cup to take a sip. I love that the jasmine doesn’t dominate this tea; it is perfectly scented. The sip starts with the jasmine then ends with the grassy dryness of the green tea. This is THE jasmine tea I want in my pantry.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp

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60

10/29/18

I decided to try making the Jasmine green tea again. I had ordered the package from Amazon for the first time that I tried it in September, and I definitely did not want the rest of the tea to go to waste. Because I was not a huge fan of the very strong floral taste the first time that I tried it, I decided to make it a bit differently this time. I steeped the tea for less time, and also used less tea leaves. I have really been enjoying drinking my tea outside if the weather is nice, so I decided to take a stroll outside with this tea to appreciate nature. I think that being outside with the nice weather definitely helped me enjoy the Jasmine green tea better this time. I also think that I liked it better with steeping the tea for a shorter amount of time, because there was more of a bland taste without the strong flower flavor. If I make this tea in the future, I will definitely steep it for a shorter amount of time again.

Flavors: Floral, Green

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 45 sec 1 g 12 OZ / 354 ML

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9/6/18

This was my first time making jasmine green tea. I ordered this looseleaf off of Amazon. I have heard great things about jasmine green tea, and I was very excited to try it. I looked up recommendations for steeping time and amount of water/tea to use. Without knowing what to expect, I was a bit underwhelmed with this tea. It tasted very flower-like to me which did not seem to suit my tastebuds. It smelled delicious though, but I guess I am not a fan of this kind of tea. I wonder if I would prefer regular green tea over the jasmine. I would be interested in making this tea again, though, to see if I feel any differently.

Flavors: Floral, Flowers

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 30 sec 2 g 12 OZ / 354 ML

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71

A little follow-up note.

I bought a sampler box of Numi teas and Amber Sun was in it. I’m guessing it’s fresher than what I had from my aunt’s stash. I can taste a hint of cardamom now and a little sweet vanilla that in combination with the rooibos and honeybush, kind of smooths the earthiness of the turmeric, which isn’t overpowering in this blend. Neither the cardamom nor the vanilla is still as strong as I was hoping for and I still can’t taste the cinnamon but I’m inclined to bump up the rating.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 10 OZ / 295 ML

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71

Boring, might be old.

The turmeric is tempered by the rooibos and honeybush which some people will appreciate. They also change the color of the brew considerably, from the typical powdered turmeric golden brown to more amber brown. Unfortunately, the cinnamon, cardamom and vanilla bean are barely perceptible. Texture is very thin. I was looking forward to this one. Oh well.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 10 OZ / 295 ML

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71

One last drink to review for today.

It’s turmeric tea, so no surprise, it’s earthy, spicy and bright. Added to this blend are:
1) ginger, which provides its own less significant warming and spicy note
2) licorice, which gives the liquor a moderately sweet finish
3) rose, which adds a slight airy and floral taste, keeping the rest of the tea from going too medicinal.

I do notice an active, stimulating feeling on my tongue and a warmth radiating from my chest.

The four ingredients are blended in good proportions. This turmeric tea, compared to the other two I’ve had from Numi, seems to be the most medicinal tasting, which makes sense considering the majority of the ingredients are roots. All together, it’s a decent and warming nighttime cup.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 10 OZ / 295 ML

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