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This one is pretty straighforward. It’s Jasmine Green, what you see is what you get. Although both the green tea and jasmine are a little weak, it’s a pleasant enough cuppa. The jasmine is well-done and not perfumey. The tea base is a bog standard green bancha.

Do keep an eye on steeping times, this one turns bitter fast. The green tea is not the finest quality and oversteeping will turn it undrinkable.

Flavors: Jasmine

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 2 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 7 OZ / 207 ML

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Wanted something totally different for today…mission accomplished. I swear I am getting licorice/anise notes in here, but none are listed. I brewed for 6 minutes rather than the recommended 8-10 as it was plenty strong for me already.

Obviously, heavy tumeric presence here, but the overall taste is somewhat savoury, almost like some sort of medicinal broth Grandma would have made you when you were home sick. Definitely a smoky/earthy sip. I do like a smoky cuppa, so it’s satisfying and very warming on a cold winter morning. No heat from this tumeric blend, despite it claiming cinnamon. I didn’t get that at all.

I like it, but I wouldn’t want to drink it every day. It just gives me “sick in bed” vibes through no fault of its own.

Flavors: Anise, Licorice, Turmeric

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 6 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 150 OZ / 4436 ML

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65

Day 15 tea from Numi’s Christmas-Countdown calendar

This tea does not move me. Weak and bland. No thank you.

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85

Day 13 tea from Numi’s Christmas-Countdown calendar

You know, it’s not so bad. I can see this becoming an acquired taste for me. I haven’t been too fond of rooibos blends in the past – but I’m just picky about blends. Solo rooibos might have to join my cupboard for an extended test run. As for this specific version, the flavor is strong, though I don’t know that I can credit Numi so much as the bold character of rooibos.

Flavors: Cedar, Earth, Wood

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Day 9 tea from Numi’s Christmas-Countdown calendar.

The white tea base tempers the floral top note nicely. Mild, but not in a bad way. It’s a little weird to drink what smells like a posh hand cream, but could be an acquired taste.

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Day 6 tea from Numi’s Christmas-Countdown Calendar.

Am I the only one who gets smoky notes from this? I’m not getting the raisin and malt as as other reviewers have. It’s a good tea. I’d drink it again, but with so many other preferred blacks, I probably won’t seek this one out.

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Day 5 tea from Numi’s Christmas-Countdown calendar.

I can’t recall if I’ve had honeybush before. I’ve probably had it in a blend, but not straight up like this. Maybe I have. My early tea-tasting days are a blur now. At any rate, I like it better than Rooibus. But then watch me try the Rooibus coming up in the calendar and suddenly like that too. The first few days of this Numi calendar have shown me that my palate might be changing. Or maybe I never gave the teas I thought I didn’t like enough chances by exploring different brands and sources.

Though I might acquire some Honeybush for my cupboard after this cup, I probably won’t be buying the bagged Numi version. As with the Numi Gunpowder Green that I tried yesterday, I found the flavor too mild. Perhaps two teabags could solve this, but I’d rather just get it loose.

Flavors: Honey, Oats

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Day 4 tea from Numi’s Christmas-Countdown calendar.

Underwhelming, but not unpleasant. I’m not keen on Gunpowder greens, but I can drink them. I wonder, though, if a stronger flavor wouldn’t have made this less tolerable to me.

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95

What a heartwarming and earthy sip! I don’t recall having tried a turmeric tea before, but I’m loving this one. I’m not big on rooibos, but all I taste here is earth and spice. This is a winter tea, a root chakra tea, a recharging-after-a-long-day-out tea.

Flavors: Cardamom, Cinnamon, Spices, Turmeric

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75

Pretty standard-issue immune-support tea – an herbaceous sip followed up by a sweet aftertaste. I didn’t detect the ginger, which is a good thing for me, since I don’t like the flavor of ginger. I can’t say that I’d reach for this tea over any other comparable immune tea, but I’d drink it again if it was the one in the cupboard when I needed an immune boost.

Flavors: Herbaceous, Licorice, Sweet

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85

I haven’t had an earl grey in years, decades even. I didn’t like the first cup I ever tried and never gave it a second chance. I have vague memories of trying a tea with bergamot since then and only confirming my dislike of bergamot. But my mother purchased me Numi’s Christmas-Countdown tea calendar, and I told her and my father (who is especially fond of Earl Grey) that I’d go in with a beginner’s palate. And what do you know? I don’t hate it. Is Numi’s version so good and the others so bad? Or has my palate evolved? Or is it the magic of the holiday season making things taste better? xD

The first couple of sips come on powerful, like I’m ingesting an essential oil full strength. This is part of what turned me off from bergamot in the past. But it didn’t turn me off this time. As I continued to sip, the flavor mellowed out as my taste adjusted to the experience.

All in all, a worthy tea to kick off the month of December

Flavors: Bergamot, Honey

ashmanra

It will be interesting to see if you like other Earl Grey now! I do not like Earl Grey on a high grown Ceylon base. The natural lemon notes plus the bergamot are too sour for me. But I love bergamot with Keemun or low grown Ceylon. The base might make a lot of difference for you, too.

Shelley_Lorraine

Yes, I shall have to see if I like others too!

tea-sipper

I think Numi’s teabags are quite good, usually, though I don’t think I have ever tried an Earl from Numi.

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Preparation
165 °F / 73 °C 10 OZ / 295 ML

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I spotted this in the grocery store around New Year’s and grabbed it on a whim (don’t we all browse the tea aisle even though we have a lifetime supply of tea waiting for us at home??). I’m not usually a big fan of Numi’s teas but like this one. I’ve been drinking it semi-regularly over the last couple months. It’s been reasonably forgiving of temperature and steep time mishaps. I’ve been making up a big travel mug of it to help me through the never-ending hours of hand embroidering a baby blanket for my latest niece (115+hrs into it, remind me why I thought this was a good idea). It takes about 4 teabags to get a decent strength brew in my 16oz mug but the tea is a nice light, sweet green. It did get bitter the time I forgot it was steeping and then realized the teabags were still in there a couple hours later but that’s kind of to be expected. Leaving it that long, it was the citrus that became bitter and overpowered flavor of the tea leaves. At that point it reminded me of a citrus tea I have that’s supposed to be like digestive bitters, one of the Traditional Medicinals ones, I think (Blood Orange?).
The one small thing I’m not crazy about with this tea is the smell of the used teabags. When I remember to, I try to collect my used tea leaves in a bucket and then they go out to the compost pile when I’ve accumulated enough to be worth the trip up the hill. Most other teas are fine if the leaves sit for a couple days before they get taken out but the Yuzu Bancha has a tendency to become rather stinky quickly. I’d blame it on the yuzu peel but I don’t have this problem with chenpi or other citrus teas.

ashmanra

I really want to see that blanket!

DrowningMySorrows

Ashmanra – It’s the Janlynn Baby Deer quilt kit if you want to Google a picture. It’s mostly cross stitch with a few other stitches thrown in for texture and outlining. It probably wouldn’t be taking so long to finish except the base is a pre-quilted blanket and I didn’t want to stitch all the way through and have an ugly, non-comfy back side of the blanket. Constantly flipping the whole thing over to make sure I’ve only gone through the top layer takes so much time. I’m nearing the end, though! Only the outlines of the fawn and it’s bunny friends left to do, I think.

ashmanra

That is adorable!

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Second tea from Devon handmade advent calendar. Thank you!

Well, my tummy is upset today, my back hurts… it seems I maybe caught something on the vacation. Hopefully it’s not Covid. But there was some fever in the train including gastric flu. Maybe that’s it… or I just jumped too hard back into work or it is something completely different.

As pu-erhs can be good for digestion, or at least it is sometimes claimed, I was happy to see it. I was ready for really robust, strong and full-flavoured tea.

However, it was somehow weak? I have steeped it for recommended 5 minutes but it was quite flat and not much chocolaty at all?

It was rooibos-y with hints of cinnamon for me. But alas, my senses are not up to par, so I won’t rate this one.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec 10 OZ / 300 ML
Nattie

Hope you’re feeling better! I also picked up something when I was away, a headcold. I seem to come back with something every time I visit London!

Martin Bednář

It seems it is much better now. Still not perfect, but that’s not a surprise as I work instead staying at home in bed studying.

Nattie

Staying home in bed studying is what I’m supposed to be doing, but I keep getting distracted by Steepster and Netflix! It’s hard to concentrate when you’re not feeling your best. Glad you’re mostly better now though!

Martin Bednář

Very same here! Where are my notes? First week of February isn’t that far away!

Nattie

Mine is due in 10 days! I’m sure you’ll do great. (:

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Day 12 of my Steepster homemade advent calendar from Kelmishka. This has a nice citrusy zing. I assume that’s the ginger, since I can’t taste it otherwise. It also has a licorice sweetness for which YMMV. There’s a nice little kick at the end of the sip, which lingers afterwards along with the licorice. There’s apparently rose in here but that doesn’t come through at all. Mostly I’m left wondering why the licorice is here – I would have preferred a turmeric/ginger blend without it. Presumably they added it for some sweetness to balance the spice, but licorice is such a love/hate flavor that it seems like an odd choice.

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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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drank White Rose by Numi Organic Tea
237 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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drank Moroccan Mint by Numi Organic Tea
2359 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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