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20 days since my last tasting note. I guess my life is too busy! I need to slow down and I need to take a little break from all the work stuff (even though I am home already), so I am writing this note.

Received from Amy, from tea swap elsewhere; and tea-mail is always a happy mail, so… decided to dig in, though I have so many other teas to drink / finish than opening single little packages.

But anyway, I have decided for this one. I recall seeing it when I was in Finland (oh, it was 6 years ago already. Or to be more precise 5 and half?). I don’t know why I haven’t tried it there, maybe the word “aged” scared me more than it should?

This is very fine EG with nice bergamot level when brewed. I did suggested steeping time (it was supposed to be 30 seconds shorter); and I got a very strong black tea base, quite robust IMO, and the bergamot level was just right with nice flavour and tends to be a bit more sour than I am used to. But it is fine and it was refreshing. And more importantly, it was natural and not artificial-flavouring like.

In conclusion: pretty much fine tea bag! I would kindly drink it if offered.

PS: I was waiting for today that Bruce Springsteen concert in Germany tickets were on sale from today. I already planned all the trip around Germany, booked the hotels and I feel that what should be planned in advance, that it is planned well. So, I have decided to buy the tickets, to find out it is indeed 15th July… but in 2023! I bought the tickets anyway, because the other dates aren’t that suitable. Yes, it was pricey, but I can’t wait already!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 30 sec 10 OZ / 300 ML
ashmanra

I am glad you have the trip and concert to look forward to! I hope it brightens these tough days!

gmathis

Springsteen…there’s a trip back to the 80’s for ashmanra and me!

Martin Bednář

ashmanra: it’s something that I am indeed looking forward! The trip is just around the corner and concert? Fine, I will wait another year. Maybe it is indeed once in lifetime experience.
gmathis: well, it is a little uncommon that I listen to him, I know. I haven’t lived in his greatest fame era.

gmathis

Good music is good music, regardless of era!

ashmanra

Fun note: new neighbors moved in behind us during Covid and we only met talking over the fence. They occasionally BLAST 80’s music, and I do mean BLAST, and for the longest time I called them Jack and Diane. Their names are very similar to that, but alas, not that. Ashman had to keep reminding me of their actual names but I still mentally call them that. Fortunately, I have not called them the wrong names to their faces!

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64
drank White Rose by Numi Organic Tea
119 tasting notes

I received this from a friend who gave me a gift of some of her favorite tea bags. I always want to love roses. However, my allergies get triggered with most of their scents so I’ve not tried many rose teas.
Spring is here and I’m ignoring the fact that the meteorologists are threatening snow tomorrow. My allergies are already in full effect, so I broke out the tea. I heated the kettle to 175 and steeped as directed for 3ish minutes. The tea is definitely not overpowering. I like the light floral taste and while the tea bag had a strong rose scent while unwrapping, I don’t notice much of that while drinking. It’s not a bad little tea and I could see using it for a tea party with my daughter and her teddy bears.

Flavors: Floral, Rose

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 15 sec

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81
drank Moroccan Mint by Numi Organic Tea
1720 tasting notes

Single bag from a tea box. This is such a clear, fresh peppermint. That’s the only ingredient in this bag, and it’s really refreshing and nice cold. I would totally drink this one again.

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Here’s another tea bag I earthed up during peak congestion and stashed for later consumption. It’s from Numi’s “Nspire” series, and their website implies it’s intended for iced tea purposes (whoops).

It’s not super exciting: the jasmine is pretty strong, the green base is.. green and astringent (puckering mouth feel), but still kind of smooth. There’s something of the collard greens about it (slight bitter veg, but not unpleasantly so). Probably a twiggy base. There’s a hint of floral sweetness. It’s not something I’d run out to get, and doesn’t hold a candle to other jasmine teas I’ve had, but it’s drinkable!

Flavors: Astringent, Floral, Grass, Jasmine, Kale, Metallic, Vegetal, Woody

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 2 min, 0 sec 12 OZ / 354 ML

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I’ve tried all sorts and brands of green tea and Numi Gunpowder is still my favorite. Nothing beats that mellow, smokey essence. So relaxing.

Preparation
3 min, 0 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Spice Quest Episode XII: A long time ago in a tasting note far away…

…a wizened-up, weary Jedi clerical worker was freezing in her hundred-year-old office, buried under a pile of second semester paperwork and 1099 proof forms, barely breathing out of only one nostril, and was delighted to dig through the rubble and find one tiny packet of Turmeric Amber Sun imported from the spice mines of the far West…

OK, enough. Sorry.

Courtesy of Michelle, this was a nice, warming afternoon change of pace, although I agree with previous reviews. It isn’t what you expect. It doesn’t lead with the heat, it’s significantly more savory than you’d think, and is much improved with the contents of a honey straw. However, it warmed the bones and opened the throat. Mission accomplished.

Evol Ving Ness

I was quite enjoying that intro. No need to stop yourself if/when you feel another urge come on.

Michelle

Ha! I will send more tea if your notes will all be as creative as this one.

gmathis

I’ll see what I can do ;)

Evol Ving Ness

Yay Michelle!

gmathis

Back some years before many of you were Steepsters, one of the regulars at the time ran a limerick contest. I’ll have to fish a little and see if any of the entries survived the discussion board.

Michelle

That’s awesome gmathis, what was in the tea box, do you remember?

Evol Ving Ness

I love this! And where did all those people go?!
We are all still drinking tea here.

gmathis

Steepster has always been home to extremely kind, quirky, creative people…I wish I knew the whereabouts of some of those who drifted away. Should we conduct a missing persons investigation? Memories of the box itself are fuzzy … I think I got to try, for the first time, either corn or barley tea.

tea-sipper

WOW but your limericks were great, gmathis. Thanks for digging that up for us. :D (and your fun intro to this tea note… I always like your writing!)

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I found a bunch of neglected tea bags from various companies, and I’m hoping that one or more of them will satisfy my cravings for a strong, robust cup of tea. I decided to start with Numi because I’ve fond memories of this company from happy college cafeteria days (this is the brand UVic carried when I attended there; I always went for the Gunpowder or Mint though).

Even though my nose is super muted, I still can smell a touch of delicious, caffeine-filled black tea (bliss)! To taste, I still manged to get “sweet potato” and “malt” from this bright, bitter, slightly sweet tea – which is more than I hoped for (you can tell Numi includes Chinese black tea in this blend). It’s a lovely tea bag that’s as satisfying as turning rich, fine loam in the garden – but it’s possibly too lovely to add the planned honey and lemon.

Also, despite steeping the bag for 5 minutes in a tiny mug the astringency is more minimal than I was anticipating – something that only asserted itself after I finished my cup. But take that with a grain of salt; my head is currently cotton mush.

Flavors: Astringent, Bitter, Earthy, Malt, Sweet, Sweet Potatoes, Woody

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
gmathis

I like this one, too.

CrowKettle

Yes, I may need to get more Numi when I finally run out of the unending supply of tea bags I stumbled upon today :)

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drank Rooibos Chai by Numi Organic Tea
1905 tasting notes

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drank Rooibos by Numi Organic Tea
111 tasting notes

Classic, bit of warm spice to it.

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80
drank Golden Chai by Numi Organic Tea
168 tasting notes

So, since early spring 2020, I have been the only person consistently in the office. Which means I can spend days, sometimes even weeks, pretty much alone. As an introvert, this isn’t much of a problem other than I start to develop some very bad habits, such as cooking steaks in the breakroom’s toaster oven.

As I was dealing with the most recent crisis of the missing master key, I did a lot of searching in nooks and crannies of the office that I had never bothered to look through before.

(I actually spent a week on this futile task before someone finally approved a locksmith to come out and open the door. At which point I discovered that the missing key was not only inside that room, but it was also inside a locked fire proof safe. And I did not have a key to said safe and the locksmith couldn’t open it. Thus started the new quest to find the key to the safe. Wait a minute, has my life turned into an Adventure game?)

Among the interesting things I found was the cabinent where we keep our overflow of coffee beans and bagged teas that I usually ignore. But I was bored and frustrated and annoyed, so I just started looking through the offerings and there wasn’t much of a surprise in what I found. Primarily mint or green jasmine, a few other tisanes that I have no interest in. Mostly the usual office crap purchased from an offcie supply store by people who don’t actually drink tea but think they need to try to be inclusive to the tiny portion of weirdos who don’t worship at the shrine of the coffee bean.

And then I ran across a box of this in the back corner. I almost ignored it. While I love almost all of the usual masala chai ingredients, I really do not like clove. And most masala chai style teas contain massive amounts of clove. Blech. But, I was bored and frustrated and decided I would rather look at bagged teas over searching for a key that I suspected was inside the locked room.

And, much to my surprise, NO CLOVE!!!!!!!!
So today I decided to give it a try. (Man, what is it with me and long stories lately.)

And I can taste and smell cinnamon and cardomon and ginger. Not sure on the anise. I expected it to be stronger, but I don’t necessarily find that a bad thing. And there’s no clove! (Queue hysterical laughter)

The down side is that the spices really over power the base tea. I wish it stood out a little more, but its not a major deal breaker. And hey, it looks like you can buy this in loose leaf in units of, holy moly, one pound! I could drink nothing but this for a year and still not be able to go through an entire pound of it.

I can stick with bags. I don’t see this as a staple so much as something I will be drawn to when the rains come and the winds are wet and cold. Oh man I am so ready for the rains to come back. Seattle shouldn’t be as dry as a tender box.

Oh, and I stole the box of tea and put it into my desk drawer with all of my other teas. :D

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Another tea from Madeline I let in my cupboard for an year or so. I had to find out, if it has got weird crayon taste or it was just her. Thank you anyway! At least a new tea bag in my collection, which I have been sorting yesterday and it is not done yet. And it won’t be.

Anyway, I have tried it and honestly, something was weird with this tea. It brewed strong green tea taste, very thick feeling. The jasmine was there, but not much present, rather geneal florality, athough based on the smell, it was clearly jasmine. I can notice that wax note if I was searching for it and certainly I had better jasmine greens. It was, even with the jasmine, weirdly thick and uncommon for jasmine tea which I usually associate with lighter taste.

It wasn’t my cup of tea. That heavy thick feeling is off-putting it for me.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec 10 OZ / 300 ML

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I received this one year ago or so from Madeline, so take note how to not take care about cupboard. Thank you, if you ever read this.

I am sleepy today, although I slept fairly well and better than last days. I woke up as usual at 4 am, but I felt back asleep quickly. But still tired…

This tea I have prepared mostly because I wanted a caffeine boost and without fuzz. Honestly, the tea bag delivers both.

I had about 76°C water prepared in glass mug when I have added the tea bag. After short, two minute steep, I got a cup of nice grassy and full-bodied tea, but somehow flat. I guess it is because it is plain green tea and tea bag.

I haven’t noticed any smoke as many others, it was rather similar to oolong with mineral notes.

Flavors: Grass, Mineral

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 2 min, 0 sec 10 OZ / 300 ML

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I found another bag while cleaning up my desk and thought… matcha toasted rice… so, like genmaicha but with matcha instead of sencha? No, it uses sencha. So… poorly-labeled genmaicha, lol.

This has a very roasted toasty flavor, with hints of popcorn. The sencha flavor is either a bit weak, overpowered by the toasted rice, or both. I’d prefer a more balanced flavor, but if you like your genmaicha heavy on the toasted rice flavor, you’d probably like this one.

Flavors: Popcorn, Roasted, Toasty

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Mastress Alita

It’s probably genmaicha that is dusted in matcha.

Todd

Ooh, that would make sense. But it doesn’t list matcha in the ingredients.

Mastress Alita

What the…?!

Roswell Strange

If the ingredients just list “green tea” or “Japanese green tea” then the whole leaf and matcha could be grouped together.

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My go-to loose leaf breakfast tea

Flavors: Tea

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 34 OZ / 1000 ML

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77

Tea box sample. The main flavor here is chocolate. It’s mild and pleasant. I don’t really notice any puerh flavor. The chocolate isn’t the richest or tastiest, but it’s nice with milk. I feel like I taste a few spices in there as well. Really, it all goes together pretty well and has a bit of depth I wasn’t expecting. The resteep was decent as well. Before this, I didn’t realize Numi made loose leaf.

White Antlers

This used to be one of my favorite tea bag type teas. It was more of a ‘pu erh lite’ but with a good, long steep it was most satisfying with milk. I just repurchased a box after being out of it for a few years and the ingredients have changed-and (to me) not for the better. Numi has added rooibos and honeybush and the tea base is about as much pu erh as I am a prima ballerina. I gave the latest box to a friend who will drink anything and won’t repurchase.

AJRimmer

It’s a shame when companies change a recipe you’re fond of! I’ve had that happen a few times ):

Mastress Alita

“Puerh lite” sounds up my alley, as “puerh proper” has never been my cup of tea. “Rooibos-posing-as-puerh” sounds much less appealing.

White Antlers

Mastress Alita I am not a fan of pu erh at all. The original version of this tea brewed up with good body and taste. It had no fishiness, swamp or dirt taste. This rooibos crap tastes like liquid cardboard to me. Granted, I detest rooibos and honeybush, so consider that. More than anything, I am vexed with myself for not reading the ingredients before repurchasing. This used to be an old reliable, lazy cuppa, no thought stand by for me for many years.

Mastress Alita

I don’t think I’ve ever had a puerh that didn’t taste like swamp or dirt, so now I’m really sad I missed out, heh.

Michelle

Numi used to have a mint basil puerh that I liked a lot. They stopped making it and I have come up with my own mint puerh concoction as a substitute. It’s soothing on the tummy.

White Antlers

Oh, Michelle-yes, I remember that one. Numi had several iterations of pu erh back in the day. I was living in the East Bay of CA then and used to buy them at Berkeley Bowl. Numi started as a small business in Oakland-a brother and sister venture. Later they branched out to a cafe space near the Oakland Embarcadero. I think they had a Cardamom Pu Erh as well as the Mint, the Chocolate, the Emperor’s and at least one other one which escapes me at the moment or else is one that I am just imagining. I do know they also sold pu erh in pressed, break apart rectangles, kind of like chocolate bars. I bought them a few times. They brewed up dark and strong, pleasant to drink but not really pu erh-ish, or any pu erh that I was used to.

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A decent bagged tea with enough bite to let you know it’s black tea, but not so much as to need sweetener or milk. It’s so blended I can’t really pick out any interesting flavors, it’s not a tea I’d reach for again, but it’s not the worst bagged breakfast blend either.

gmathis

I liked this one, too!

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At some point I bought another package of this… so even though I think turmeric tastes of dirt, I like this enough as a latte to keep buying it. Idk.

Anyways, I had it as a latte today. 50/50 with milk, and with a small spoonful of honey (to help the medicine go down?).

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Just another herbal thing I’m trying to drink up. Even though turmeric tastes strongly of dirt to me, I do like this one with the vanilla and cinnamon.

I usually drink it as a latte with a touch of honey, and tonight is no exception. Just need to finish it before I ensconce myself in bed, because my duvet and sheets are all white… very aesthetic, but not very practical.

OMGsrsly

Is it weird that there is good dirt tea and bad dirt tea? I still remember all those black fancy teas with “chocolate” notes that tasted like bad dirt to me,

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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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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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