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80
drank Golden Chai by Numi Organic Tea
115 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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75

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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80

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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68

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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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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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
6057 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
260 tasting notes

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