Monkey King Jasmine Green Tea from Numi. . . . .

Steeping specs: 170° with one teabag in one cup of water for about 2 to 3 minutes

This green tea is a great responsible option for travelers who need the convenience of a teabag but don’t want to go with a low-quality commercialized option. This one has fair trade certified ingredients (tea leaves infused with jasmine that is also certified organic) and a biodegradable teabag. So there’s some social responsibility for you.

The tea water while steeping turns a yellowish color and immediately gives off a very very floral scent from all that jasmine. Jasmine is actually quite a piercing sent, unlike the green tea flavor in the tea (which I can’t smell at all due to the heady flower fragrance). This particular batch of jasmine flavor, though, is actually much more approachable than some that I’ve tried recently. It’s not so penetrating that you want to run and hide, and it doesn’t make you feel like a perfume shop. It just lingers around the tea and makes everything sweeter.

I should probably also mention that I am almost unable to taste any green tea flavor over the jasmine once I start drinking it. Not quite unable, though. I am finding a bit of astringency that could only come from the tea itself, and there are a couple of other notes that may be tea-related, although it’s a little hard to tell this point. In addition, the Jasmine actually makes this tea really really sweet, which means it doesn’t need sugar (making it even healthier to drink and even more convenient for traveling).

Overall I’d say this is a very exceptional option considering that it came from a tea bag (I try not to be too much of a loose leaf snob, but some teabags make it so easy). The leaves in the teabag are chopped up pretty finely but still manage to deliver excellent flavor, especially excellent Jasmine flavor.

I would be careful with the directions given on the packet though, since they’re a little unspecific. It says to boil your water and then allow to cool slightly before steeping. What you really need to do is allow to cool significantly to about 170-180° or you’re likely to end up with bitter tea. My tea was steeped at about 170F and is almost verging on bitter already. Of course you can always add sugar if it starts to get bitter too.

So as mentioned above, I think this is a great option for traveling, what with its socially responsible packaging and convenience of use (and higher-quality ingredients than other conveniently packaged teas), or you could even keep it around the house for a great flowery-tasting option when you’re in a hurry or don’t want to bother with loose leaves.


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Leaf Type:  Green Tea
Where to Buy:  Numi Tea
Description

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Spinach Chive Savory Tea from Numi Organic Tea

spinachchiveTea Information:

Leaf Type:  Green

Where to Buy:  Numi Organic Tea

Tea Description:

Layers of steamed spinach greens give way to the mouthwatering fullness of this savory brew. The citrus notes of Numi’s Dry Desert Lime tickle the roof of your mouth as coriander teases your taste buds. Dill, chive and decaf green tea are the perfect finish to this wellrounded, yet complex, blend.

Learn more about this blend here.

Taster’s Review:

I received a sample of this Spinach Chive Savory Tea from Numi Organic Tea in my September Goodies Box, and I was very excited to try it because I have been wanting to try these savory teas from Numi ever since I learned about them.

When I tore into the package, I could smell the onion-y chive right away!  The aroma of the other ingredients are milder, but I could smell the vegetative notes of both the green tea and the spinach, as well as well as a hint of citrus.  The brewed tea smells very much like the dry tea, although the liquid has a softer fragrance than the dry leaf.

This is an unusual but tasty tea.  It’s a bit thinner than I would like it to be, I think it would be better if the green tea were not decaffeinated.  I think that the tea would be more satisfyingly “round” if it had not undergone the decaffeination process.

As it is, though, I like that I taste the chive, the spinach, the coriander and the lime.  I don’t taste a lot of green tea here, but then I think that the vegetative notes of the chive and the spinach probably meld with the green tea to produce a more united vegetal taste.  The chive stands out more distinctly than the green tea and the spinach, but even so, the hint of onion-like flavor is very mellow.

Overall, it’s a very mild and tasty beverage … I like this savory experience.  It’s definitely different!

Moroccan Mint Herbal Tisane from Numi Organic Tea

moroccanmintTisane Information:

Leaf Type:  Herbal

Where to Buy:  Numi Organic Tea

Tisane Description:

Our organic Moroccan Mint, known as “nana mint,” flourishes in North Africa. With a flavor as light and lively as a newly picked leaf, it has a sweet spearmint flavor that is refreshing and soothing any time of day.

Learn more about this tisane here.

Taster’s Review:

I received a bag of this Moroccan Mint Herbal Tisane  from Numi Organic Tea in my May Goodies box.  And while I was happy that Goodies sent me tea (I love it when I get tea in my foodie tasting boxes), I’m a little disappointed too … as it would seem to me that the people at Goodies don’t seem to realize that tea should be loose leaf.  *sigh*

When I opened the pouch holding the tea bag, I could smell the fragrant mint.  It reminded me of the aroma I’d experience if I opened a package of Doublemint Gum.  Very fresh, very minty!

The flavor is very minty too.  No big surprise there, right?  It has a vibrant, crisp and cool taste that leaves the palate feeling fresh.  But what I’m liking is that it’s not … hitting me over the head with minty flavor … which is kind of surprising because my experience with pure mint has been a very strong minty taste.  This is lighter … more subdued.  Nice … but surprising.

Then I read the description from Numi which states that this is Nana mint … which is a cultivar of spearmint.  (Learn more about it here)  The Nana mint is a milder variety of mint … which explains why this is more subdued.  I don’t recall having tried Nana mint before … so this might very well be a first for me.

I liked it … didn’t love it … but it makes me curious about Nana mint and I think I’ll be seeking out other teas with Nana mint so that I can have more experience with this herb.