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75
drank White Rose by Numi Organic Tea
8 tasting notes

I was actually very surprised by this tea. I usually don’t like rose flavored things because it tends to punch you in the face, like potpourri or some old perfume. However, I was looking for something low-caffeine in the afternoon and had this.

The flavor is really quite delicate and not overwhelming at all. You definitely get the rose with some very slight earthiness from the white tea. I found myself reaching for a packet of this quite often.

I would recommend and will pick it up again.

Flavors: Earth, Floral, Rose

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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50

Consider this teabag is from an ancient teabox.  I was intrigued – a savory tea.  Numi has (or had) a line of six weird savory teas. This one wouldn’t have been the one I most wanted to try… As I was debating what tea to have, I noticed that there were staple holes in the wrapping, which means the wrapper had been partially opened for all these years.  I’m not sure if this is why this tea now tastes like a compost pile?  Or if it would have tasted like that anyway?  The black tea didn’t taste like decaf, but it didn’t taste like a robust black tea either – more like an empty palate base for this weird flavor.  Both steeps tasted the same. Of course, I knew when I took it from the teabox that I would regret that it would take me forever to try such a unique tea.  But probably, if I want soup, I’ll just eat soup. I feel like I want to live on tomato soup all winter but I can not stand normal tomatoes. So that’s weird. I get all my tomato in soup and KETCHUP.

Mastress Alita

I like savory sorts of teas to cook my ramen in, because I can’t use the included flavor packets due to MSG being a migraine trigger. However, “beet cabbage” does not exactly inspire me…

Courtney

Oh dear, a “compost pile” can’t be too delightful to drink.

Cameron B.

I actually miss these, there were one or two that I really liked. :|

tea-sipper

Mastress Alita – yeah, I can’t imagine there are many beet cabbage fans? haha.
Cameron – I’m sure this was better when fresh. I’m glad you were able to try them!

Leafhopper

I’ve heard of beet teas, but beet cabbage doesn’t sound appealing.

amandastory516

I miss this collection too, there were a few I quite liked.

Lexie Aleah

I can get behind a Beet tea but not a Cabbage tea haha.

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20

Just got this from amazon. Hoping for a cheaper/easier-to-brew alternative to my favorite jasmine pearls.
Opening the bag, I got a very strong jasmine smell, which was promising. I was expecting to smell less jasmine. Right away, the tea started turning a deeper yellow than the pearls when I started pouring the water. After two minutes, it’s a strong, bright yellow color. The smell is weird, though. There’s some sort of chemically-ness or sharpness. It kind of reminds me of crayons, weirdly. Like, melted crayons. Maybe candle wax, kind of chemically and burnt. Weirdly heavy and not good. The tea itself is stronger and more bitter than the pearls – a little earthy/grassy. Overall, not an enjoyable experience. My beloved jasmine pearls would never do this to me. Definitely a sign I need to quit dilly-dallying and just order more pearls already!

Update: My girlfriend can’t smell the crayon thing I’m complaining about and says it just smells like green tea, so maybe it’s a personal thing.

Flavors: Bitter, Grass, Jasmine

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 2 min, 0 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML
Courtney

What a bizarre experience — melted crayons? That sounds awful!

Martin Bednář

I think that anything bagged won’t fill the loose leaf version of anything. Sorry you have bad experience.

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54

Another tea bag from derk, but tea maybe from White Antlers.
Apparantly, they use some new packaging I haven’t seen before and is is wonderful one.

But it is pretty much average tea. I haven’t expected much of flavour profile, but I expected to taste the base at least! I haven’t noticed rooibos, it was quite savoury. And although there should be many different spices, I noticed almost only ginger and allspice. Maybe some cardamom in the background, but none of nutmeg, cloves, or cinnamon. The rooibos was weak as well!

Not for me…

Flavors: Ginger, Spicy

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 10 OZ / 300 ML
White Antlers

Definitely from derk. No way would rooibos ever cross my threshold. lol

Martin Bednář

Haha, okay then :)

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77

This tea is good, but after drinking so much of the milky oolong and jasmine pearls, I have to bump it down a couple notches. I appreciate the caffeine though!

Flavors: Mineral, Wet Earth

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML

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77

Woke up at 4:45 am for no good reason, and this tea is keeping me awake! I like this tea a lot. Getting wet earth/warm/mineral flavors and a lot of caffeine :)

Flavors: Mineral, Wet Earth

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec 24 OZ / 709 ML

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77

Tried two bags in one cup and it is definitely stronger! A more mineral taste, slightly more bitter but still not too harsh. I see what people mean by this having a fish-y smell, but I still don’t mind it. I’m picking up on less woodsy-forest-floor than I noticed last night. But, my nose might be off because I was just outside picking up breakfast and the air is smokey from forest fires. Anyway, the caffeine is definitely affecting me so can’t complain too bad, but will stick to one bag at a time for now!

Flavors: Mineral, Wet Earth

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec 10 OZ / 295 ML

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77

Picked up this box on a whim today. My girlfriend was judging me since it was one of the more expensive boxes, but it seems to be worth it so far! A very interesting flavor I’m not used to, maybe since I haven’t had many pu-erhs yet. Something about it is very familiar and comforting. The grass/earth/forest smells and tastes are very enjoyable. Excited to keep drinking it and see how I like it later.

Flavors: Forest Floor, Grass, Wet Earth

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec 10 OZ / 295 ML
White Antlers

This is probably the only pu erh I have ever found to be enjoyable. I always double bag brewed when I used to drink it.

Madeline

Ooh.. double bag brewing it right now. Interested to see how much more strong it might be

White Antlers

I did not find double bagging made it necessarily stronger; it just seemed to increase how well I could taste it being that I am an old lady with failing senses. When I used to buy Numi teas, I would always double bag them as I use a 12 oz. mug for morning tea.

If you want to stick with Numi, their chocolate pu erh was also quite pleasant. Don’t assume it will be like having a cup of cocoa, though. It’s just more of a variation on Emperor’s Pu Erh.

Madeline

Thanks! I’ll have to try that next :)

derk

I haven’t tried this one but the Chocolate Pu-Erh White Antlers mentioned is a tasty, mild shou puerh. Very mellow cocoa taste, moderate spice.

White Antlers

Madeline I always add dairy to Emperor’s when I make it. If double bag brewing tastes harsh, try adding half and half or full fat milk. The dairy addition is also good with the Chocolate pu erh.

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83

I feel a cold coming… Not full-blown sick yet, but definitely dealing with post-nasal drip and general feeling of being run-down. I expected this, honestly. It’s getting colder out, and I need to face the reality that windows need to be shut, heat needs to be turned on, socks need to be worn at all times, and jackets and pullovers need to be worn outdoors. Doesn’t help that my sleep has also been horrendous for weeks. I’m hoping this tea will help me fight off the impending blahs, if not nip them in the bud altogether.
Ginger is one of my favorite flavors ever, and ginger-turmeric teas help with congestion, joint pain, and inflammation. YES PLEASE.
I like the brothy mouthfeel and just general warming, autumnal effect that this blend of spices and roots has.

Flavors: Broth, Ginger, Licorice, Rose, Spices, Spicy, Sweet

gmathis

Got zinc and vitamin C lozenges? I’m a fan!

teaqueen

@gmathis Ooooo, those are both great ideas. I will add those to my shopping list for this week :)

Mastress Alita

Ginger is my go-to for my bad IBS symptoms, it really calms my GI down! When I feel a cold coming on, I love a 50/50 blend of hibi and ginger (I know, I know, everyone else isn’t a fan of hibi, but I like it!) as the hibi is full of Vitamin C and the ginger is soothing on the throat.

gmathis

The trick with the lozenges, as far as my experience goes, is that they work best when you start pumping them at the first hint of a thought of a tickle…almost before you realize that you think you might be under the weather! A preemptive strike, if you will.

tea-sipper

Oh lord no.. 50/50 hibiscus and ginger?!?!

teaqueen

Half hibi, half ginger… that definitely packs a healthy punch if you can handle it! More power to you XD XD XD

Mastress Alita

I like all the things notoriously hated on Steepster. :-P

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83

Steeps a bright, cheery orange.
Very brothy, warming, and pleasant. Slightly spicy. Not getting much of the rose, but the licorice adds a little hint of sweetness to round everything out.
It’s a healthy drink! Cheers to you all.

Flavors: Earth, Ginger, Licorice, Spicy, Sweet

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40
drank Orange Spice by Numi Organic Tea
5586 tasting notes

Sipdown (273)

This is the second of the two Numi teabags I snagged from the office last year and I am not a fan. The combination of pithy orange and cinnamon is not a good one. Most of this went down the drain.

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72
drank Sunset Oolong by Numi Organic Tea
260 tasting notes

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72
drank Sunset Oolong by Numi Organic Tea
260 tasting notes

Sweet, nutty, fruity, and a little earthy.

This has an overarching creaminess that offers a unique experience. Shared a pot and double infused, increasing these notes with a second steep for longer time.

It was good, but not mind-blowing for me.

Flavors: Cream, Earth, Roasted nuts, Sweet

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec 6 OZ / 177 ML

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55

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I took this teabag and another from work last August and have had both rattling around in my stash since then.

It’s weird because I actually don’t ever drink tea at work. Even when I make tea and take it with me to work, I don’t ever end up actually drinking it other than maybe a sip at the end of the day. If I were to drink tea at work, I feel like it should be caffeinated ones so I guess that’s why I brought home the only two teas I wanted to try from the offerings in the office, both of which are without caffeine.

Yesterday, I was going through my inventory and decided to pre-decide teas to drink today since lately I’ve been finding I stare at my tea drawers, get overwhelmed by my options, and then give up and walk away. This was one of the ones I picked since it would be a sipdown.

It’s fine. Just fine. Decaf is never great (with the exception of Harney’s Vanilla Comoro) and this is no exception. It’s sort of ginger, without the burn. It’s sort of lemon-y but in a lemon pledge sort of way. And its got a random sweetness to it I can’t pin down. So I guess by “fine” I actually mean it’s not particularly good which becomes more and more clear as I drink.

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85

Cuppa #3

This is heavy on the spice. I’m only getting a bit of chocolate, but it’s playing off nicely against the spice. There’s big cinnamon and nutmeg, and a surprisingly nice base. Wow, I wasn’t expecting this to even be drinkable. Hell, I half bought this just to see how bad it could be. But it’s actually good? Out of my three mugs so far today, this is the best.

You know what this tastes like? Pumpkin Spice Hot Chocolate. I’ve never had that before, but the flavor tastes very much like if you blended hot chocolate and pumpkin spice. It’s tasty. I can’t believe I’m recommending a bagged Pu, but this is really good. I mean, as with all these bagged teas, I will never beat out loose leaf, but I really think I could stash a few of these in my purse and enjoy them on the go. Good stuff.

Solid B.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Cocoa, Nutmeg, Pumpkin, Spices

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 12 OZ / 354 ML

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64

Cuppa #2. And wouldn’t you know, it’s an Earl Grey!

Ok, so fair warning, I have no idea what it means to have an “Aged Earl Grey”, but seeing as how I bought every EG on Staples’ website, it came with the set.

Bit less scientific on this one. K-Water/5min/12oz/1 bag. I know full well that means I am underleafing for my water amount, but I didn’t want to add two bags. My mugs are just too big, I suppose.

Taste is… um, is it supposed to be that… whatever that is. It’s that odd profile again that may or may not be raisin. It’s a flavor that is metallic, but sweet. Someday I’ll figure it out.

EDIT It occurs to me my Keurig may need descaling. That could be why so many black teas have that weird flavor to them. I will start preparing my black teas via kettle and see if there is a difference in flavor.

Anyway, the bergamot I love so much is very lacking here. It’s there, just not as much as I like. I like a bold bergamot, and this? it’s just too subtle for me. Now, for some people, that might be a bonus, but here, it isn’t doing it for me. I am getting a lovely black tea flavor that isn’t at all bitter or astringent, and only a touch tannic. There’s a bit of wet earth there, if you really start trying to pick apart flavors. Honestly, this tastes more like a good black tea than anything Earl Grey. It’s frustrating because I was excited for the prospect of a really good bagged EG, instead, it’s just too dang subtle for me. Maybe adding sugar/splenda to it would bring out the bergamot, but I’m not really feeling sweetener tonight.

All in all: It’s not a bad tea but it’s not a good Earl Grey

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

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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
2900 tasting notes

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65
drank Dragon Lily by Numi Organic Tea
721 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
721 tasting notes

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