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drank Orange Spice by Numi Organic Tea
4975 tasting notes

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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
246 tasting notes

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72
drank Sunset Oolong by Numi Organic Tea
246 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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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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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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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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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
2819 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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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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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
671 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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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
2202 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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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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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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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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