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  1. 66 of 66 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Something for Everyone; Excellent Variety Pack or Sampler., January 4, 2014
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    Racine (Midwest, USA) –

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    This review is from: Numi Organic Tea Numi’s Collection, Assorted Full Leaf Tea and Teasan, 18 Count Tea Bags (Grocery)

    Having decided to give coffee a rest for a while and give tea an honest effort, I decided to purchase this variety pack of Numi teas to see what strikes my fancy. It was a fun experiment which I invited my children, ages 3 to 12, to participate in (which they eagerly agreed to) since kids often provide surprising and true insights which adults may overlook. We use filtered water, which I highly recommend to bring out the best in each tea. Otherwise, spring water would also work well. I would just like to record our impressions of each of the tea varieties here:

    Pu-erh Cardamom- This was the first tea tried since its aroma saturated the box upon opening it even though its packet was tightly sealed, and because I absolutely love cardamom pods cooked whole in Indian rice. However, the flavor was quite unexpected! I cannot say this was a hit, and my kids were somewhat turned off, but it was worth trying, and I would definitely drink it again for the exotic character and strangeness. The aroma reminded us of a walk through a barnyard with a sack of eastern spices on your back-very earthy! The liquor was quite rich and deep, like coffee. There was no bitterness or astringency. I imagine it would be a nice match with curries or rice dishes, salmon and lamb. I was successful in getting a decent second cup from most of these teas. Update: adding cream and a splash of raw sugar greatly improved the flavor of this tea, to my surprise, imparting something of a traditional Arabian coffee drink quality to it.

    White Rose- My second sample: superb! Exquisitely smooth as white teas should be (the only white tea in the mix); amber-colored; outstandingly powerful rose garden aroma when dry, but takes on a very different character in the cup, with sweet hints of cinnamon and honey. Intoxicating rose bouquet- I imagine an excellent choice for a formal ladies’ tea party or bridal shower with cakes and hors d’oeuvres. No milk or sugar needed; well-balanced. This tea delighted our senses, and would be uplifting in the afternoon. I would probably only purchase this for very special occasions. This was my three-year old daughter’s favorite, along with the Jasmine Green.

    Golden Chai- This turned out to be my 10-year old daughter’s favorite, and she asked for more- with good reason! This is a very warming, balanced, festive tea, with the maltiness of Assam, and the delightful notes of cinnamon, ginger, anise, and cardamom. Subtle overtones of citrus, sandalwood, and licorice. Everyone agreed it was delicious and very agreeable- perfect with a dash of cream and a touch of real honey. This would go very well with French toast and maple syrup at breakfast, or while warming before a fire in the evening with someone special. I will definitely buy again to keep on hand. One of the best chais in a tea bag I’ve yet tasted.

    Jasmine Green- This was the first green tea we tried from the selection, and we were all extremely impressed. Numi has a marked skill in capturing the height of freshness in their teas, and Jasmine Green was no exception. The rich, romantic fragrance of Jasmine immediately saturates the senses, bringing to mind a sea of fresh Jasmine blossoms in a Victorian English flower garden. Distinguished and bright, dignified but summery: a lilac or daisy floral bouquet in a cup. Perfect tea to lift one’s spirits or for special occasions and company. Honey completes it. Definitely will try this again.

    Breakfast Blend- This one I had high hopes for, but turned out to be a disappointment. Not enough maltiness and depth. Edgy astringent notes were rounded off with milk and a hint of honey, but still too flat. I recommend Twinings’ Prince of Wales (amazing!), or their Irish or English Breakfast over this one. Needs some work. But that’s okay, because the others made up for it. I almost bought a box of this to try- glad I went with the sampler first so I didn’t waste my money!

    Pu-erh Emporer’s Tea- I have to get used to these compressed teas. They are quite unusual. This one tastes like a horse barn smells, but in a good way (since I love the smell of horses). Very earthy. I fear milk or sweetener might muddy up the flavor, but then again, it worked out very nicely with the Cardamom Pu-erh. I think I will give it another try with milk and sweetener, but at this point it’s not at the top of my list of favorites.

    Toasted Rice (Sencha)- The best way to describe this spunky concoction is that it tastes like a toasted rice cake with a hint of seaweed a la sushi nori with soy sauce, and so I do think this would be a perfect compliment to sushi or fresh sea food with rice… or perhaps even granola? The brew is balanced, not at all bitter or astringent, and chewy. My kids accurately summed up the aroma as having a “hay loft smell,” and it does.

    Honey Bush- I tried this in the evening since it is caffeine-free. Not…

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  2. 24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    favorite green tea, February 7, 2011
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    Misha011 (california) –

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    Numi’s Jasmine Green Tea is my favorite green tea. It’s pleasant flavored and very nice smelling. What I like best is that if I over steep, it doesn’t turn bitter like other green teas. I like a little sweetness so add a spoon of turbinado sugar. This tea can be a little pricey and the grocery store, so I like the 3-pack, which helps lower the price. Amazon used to offer a 6-pack, which was nice because I drink this every day and would not have to order it as frequently. Now I just order 2 of the 3-packs. Other details that make this a standout company in tea bags is that it’s organic and free trade.

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  3. 27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Love it!, December 8, 2012
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    I love Numi tea, its one of the few that is truely tea. I read another brand on here and they spend countless paragraphs on their website talking about their pledge and how their tea was the best because it was from 1 source and how mightier they are then other tea companies and how Americans don’t know what real “tea” is.

    Yet when I looked at the tea, they ruin it by adding all sorts of flavors that are derived from who knows what with chemicals and applied to the tea with chemicals. Talk about shooting yourself in the foot, don’t tell me your better then the rest and then ruin everything you stand for.

    Thats why I love Numi, its just simple, whole ingredients, but it still tastes excellent! I drink all my tea (except black tea) without any sweetner or cream or any additives and when you put “natural” flavors (that are everything but natural) in them, it always makes it taste bitter or have bad after tastes, only tea thats just tea or spices etc.. leaves a pleasant lingering taste.

    Amazon is cheaper then the local grocery/whole foods/organic stores by far, even when those stores put it on sale. I will say I ordered direct from Numi and they use a 3rd party processor to fill the orders and they messed up so much of my stuff that I refuse to order thru them anymore. I buy only from amazon, because amazon seems to not have any issues actually shipping things and not losing or messing up orders. Numi is awesome, they stand for great things as well.

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