35 Tasting Notes


We bought this tea for a friend who is a bacon fiend, and of course had to try some for ourselves, too. It’s tasty enough but it’s more of a novel-tea than anything else. I drink it once in awhile but I wouldn’t go out of my way to buy it again.

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I bought this tea directly from the Tea Emporium in India and it was a pretty smooth transaction. This is a nice, flowery, bright Darjeeling. It’s not full-bodied enough to use as a base for chai or even to add milk; it’s perfect just on its own.

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I have a sweet tooth, and often drink chocolate-based tisanes in the evening when it’s past my caffeine cutoff. Definitely tastes of roiboos first and foremost.

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This is one of my favorites. I use both the bagged and loose-leaf versions Pu-erh purists will probably frown on this tea, but I’m not a big fan of pu-erh and this one doesn’t taste earthy. The blend of flavors works very well together, and I think the tea enhances the chocolate flavor.

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I was pretty excited about this when it came out; I thought I would love it. In fact, I remember taking a survey from Numi prior to the release of these savory tisanes. I love tomato, I love savory flavors – what’s not to like? Well, somehow none of the Numi savory tisanes make it as something that I want to drink from a mug. Put it in a soup, and maybe. It doesn’t taste bad. It just doesn’t taste “right.”

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On tea: Although I’ve been drinking tea (mostly green and oolong) since childhood, I didn’t really start learning about tea processing, preparation, and varieties until about 10 years ago, though I’m still a noob in so many ways. I’m very interested in the natural and human histories of tea.

For me, there’s a time and place for almost all types of tea – green, oolong, black, white, yellow, herbal, loose-leaf, bagged, etc. I most enjoy buttery greens and oolongs, yellow teas, and black teas grown in Indonesia and Hawaii. I love to try different teas. Also, sometimes tea is a ritual and sometimes it’s utilitarian.

Other likes and interests: I’m a huge music fan. As a Gen-Xer, punk will always have a special place in my heart, but the Beatles are my all-time favorite. Springsteen is next. Also, I love ‘50s rock and roll – Chuck Berry, Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis, Elvis, etc. I also like bebop and vocal jazz, classic country (I can’t stomach “bro” country, though), soul, classical, Hawaiian, old-school rap, Philip Glass (who’s in a category all his own, IMO)…the list goes on. I never got rid of the bulk of my records and actively collect records still.

Toshiro Mifune is my favorite actor and Kurosawa my favorite director. I also like “Star Wars” and “The Godfather.” “Star Trek” probably had a big influence on my worldview since I’ve seen every episode of the original series and TNG a bazillion times. Otherwise, I don’t watch “regular” TV but I will binge-watch a K-drama or a taiga drama now and again.

I’m an anthropology professor. However, that doesn’t mean that I’ll always have something insightful to say in my tea reviews or that I’ll never make grammatical errors.



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