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85

I think I bought this one when I was in Prague on exchange fair. Steeped for suggested, 8 minutes.

Dry tea bag was with really nice and interesting aroma. I think I mostly noticed the mint there, but for sure lemongrass, elderflower and lavender. Maybe little note of spiciness of ginger there too. When I added the water and making the brew, it turned out very herbal in aroma, with none of those distinctive notes. After brewing time, I notice room filled with lavender and lemongrass. It is bit reminding me Douglas fir tips tea from Juniper Ridge.

Slow down.

In taste? Well it’s herbal! Quite refreshing, but as well earthy. There is certainly lavender even in taste. But it is not that artificial one. It is real one, mellowing it a bit.

I wonder how bamboo leaf should taste like?
Song pairing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dw-Tz255GFg with English translation here: https://lyricstranslate.com/en/variace-na-renesan%C4%8Dn%C3%AD-t%C3%A9ma-variation-renassaince-topic.html – unfortunately word-to-word.

Flavors: Earth, Lavender, Lemongrass, Mint

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 10 OZ / 300 ML
derk

I enjoyed this song.

Martin Bednář

Happy to hear derk :)

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90
drank Rooibos Chai by Numi Organic Tea
2785 tasting notes

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65
drank Dragon Lily by Numi Organic Tea
718 tasting notes

Literally bought this tea just to have the glass teapot hahaha

The tea itself is okay, not a ton of taste to it. Boyfriend described the flowering tea as a “Squid”

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 4 min, 30 sec

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65
drank Dragon Lily by Numi Organic Tea
718 tasting notes

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Yerba Mate with cacao? Okay, cacao dust went out while I was taking the bag out. Maybe something remained in bag.

Brews cloudy brown. Taste is weird. Woody from rooibos, sweet from cacao and licorice, herbal because Yerba Mate. Cacophony of tastes.

I do not like it much – I mean it is not terrible, but bit it tastes weird for me. But yeah, at least it is quite energy boosting :)

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 8 min or more

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Little teeny tiny cricket poop sized pearls. Very Very light. Good for at work.

Flavors: Grass

Preparation
4 min, 45 sec

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Made a carafe of this for iced tea. I’m sure it will be delicious and hydrating when I ice it up.
I have a lot of tea to drink before I’m allowed to buy any more. Large carafes of ice tea is one way I’m trying to get through my overflowing cupboard.
In other news… I’m attending a 4 week pottery wheel class starting Friday’s I keep making jokes that everyone’s gonna get penholders!!! Yay! But I’m secretly aiming to make some modern, fun tea mugs.

gmathis

The class sounds like fun. Our favorite fall and winter tea mugs are hand-thrown.

Kittenna

Haven’t seen you around in a while; hi! We seem to have the same tea-elimination plan :D

One of my friends took a pottery class with her boyfriend a couple years ago, and they had a fabulous time making all sorts of things. Im not terribly artistic, but I think it would be delightful to drink tea out of a mug I made myself.

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70

So this is teabag #5/6 that I’m having tonight.
4min 212F
smells of cinnamon and nutmeg
tastes of cinnamon and nutmeg, maybe a hint of earth in the aftertaste
I wouldn’t call this a pu-erh. It tastes like a cinnamon tea. Their Emporer’s pu-erh is better.

The other teabags I finished today: Sakurambo (black), Darjeeling 1st flush -Lupicia; Jasmine green, Earl Grey – Rishi. #6 – will be Momo oolong Lupicia

Sipdown. After the 6th teabag, my tea count will be 251.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Nutmeg

ashmanra

I like their Emperor’s Puerh. The one with cardamom was prett good, too, but I didn’t care for the others much. Especially the minty one. Bleh.

Thomas Edward(Toad)

this one kinda like puerh chai to me

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63
drank Golden Chai by Numi Organic Tea
433 tasting notes

I have one tea bag of this from many years ago. I’m good at finishing loose leaf in a reasonable amount of time, but sadly, my tea bags suffer some neglect. The main flavor here seems to be the anise, which, of course, I’m into. However, this is yet another blend that I would not call chai. It’s a pleasant licorice tea, but I’m missing the spice almost entirely. I don’t buy chai anymore because they all seem to be too heavy on one flavor, whether that’s clove, cinnamon, or licorice. It’s hard to find one that’s balanced.

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55

I do not know. From Derk :)

I had quite big expectations, dry tea bag smelled nice, full of spices, mainly nutmeg.
Colour is copper with chocolate dust – so it is opaque. Anyway, aroma was quite weak, not much spicy as I have expected.

Taste? It was bland, was I steeping it for short time? But it was advised 4 minutes! Hmm, it was like some weak chai tea.

Anyway, it was quite nice and no funky notes, so it was not so bad.

Flavors: Chocolate, Nutmeg, Spicy

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 15 sec 10 OZ / 300 ML
Kawaii433

Awww, I liked that one! :)

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drank Breakfast Blend by Numi Organic Tea
2131 tasting notes

This is currently on my list of easy out-the-door favorites; it’s strong with no bitterness, a little sweet, and a little malty. I tested it this morning for second-steep potential; it’s there, but do so in a small cup and leave the bag in.

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77

Another lone tea bag from the kitchen clean-out. This was a sample stapled to a coupon that expired June 2014 so it has some age. The tea bag still smells potent. Let’s see.

Hello, glorious and deep veggie broth! How is there so much umami in this? Onion. The onion is most forward, the black pepper provides its warmth and tingling, and fennel and celery root provide the base. I can’t taste the dill but my experience with it in dried form is that it doesn’t keep its aroma or taste over a few years. Also can’t taste the decaf green tea or honeybush, nor the orange peel but I suspect it’s lending a little brightness to this savory blend.

This is actually really good and has much more depth and savoriness than veggie broth in a carton or even homemade. This would be great to sip on while sick, to cook rice in or as a fantastic substitute for soup broth. Its small size would save space in the pantry, too. Nevermind, it has been discontinued. I can understand why. shrugs

Flavors: Black Pepper, Celery, Fennel, Salt, Umami, Vegetable Broth

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 10 OZ / 295 ML
Mastress Alita

Aww, shame. Sounds like this would’ve made good ramen broth or for my Minute Rice. And I love fennel.

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84

So, derk was going to send me a few pu-erhs to try. This turned into a sampler box with a huge variety! Thank you!

The brewed tea has a very subtle smell, possibly the pu-erh.
Ooh, subtle pu-erh flavors and subtle cocoa flavor. Of course, I prefer a stronger cocoa flavor. looks at chocolate bar on his desk with 90% cocoa solids Still, I like how the flavors are in balance, and it’s pretty amazing for a bag of tea I could pick up in a grocery store. Mmm.

Flavors: Chocolate

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 45 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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90

Thank you Derk!

I had seen Derk’s review on this and wanted to try it but I just couldn’t pull the trigger on buying a box of it on Amazon. I admit I didn’t have too high expectations but I was really hoping it was going to be decent. I know I like Numi’s toasted rice sencha so wondered if I’d like this one too.

This is good. I really like it. Nice cinnamon, nutmeg notes, some other spices. I don’t really get chocolate per se (maybe cocoa dust) but I haven’t really found a chocolate tea that tasted like chocolate lol. I taste it more in unflavored teas, to be honest.

I’ll get a box of the teabags for traveling. :D

Flavors: Cinnamon, Cocoa, Nutmeg, Spices

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec 12 OZ / 354 ML
hawkband1

I like this one and their Emporer’s Pu-erh a lot. Very good for pu-erh available in grocery stores (and tea bags)!

Kawaii433

Right! I think this one would be great for those who want to drink Pu’erh for health but don’t like the usual fermentation notes too.

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65

Tastes very minty.
Can get 2 good steeps out of it.
Makes a good tea for the price.

Flavors: Mint

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 4 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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67

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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50

- 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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66
drank Dry Desert Lime by Numi Organic Tea
503 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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30
drank Mate Lemon by Numi Organic Tea
503 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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60
drank White Rose by Numi Organic Tea
503 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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