Tea Review: Numi Chinese Breakfast


I do not like this tea at all. I bought an entire box of it at the co-op nearby and now all I can think of is how I’m going to get rid of it/actually drink it all. I love breakfast tea, and after trying a truly divine black tea called China Black at a nearby coffeeshop, I looking for something at the store that might taste similar. This is described as a “full-bodied Yunnan black tea,” which to me meant it would be strong and richly-flavored. Alas, I didn’t read the Cliffnotes, which is that this tea has a “malty” flavor with “floral” notes. I’ve never liked floral after-notes, or herbal, for that matter, preferring fruity if I must have something.

Even if I did however, what “malty” ended up meaning is this tea is fairly bland but with a bitter aftertaste – not the delicious, rich bitterness of coffee or high-quality tea but the whiny, complaining, left-too-long-in-the-sun bitterness of well, old tea. It’s certainly not the worst thing I’ve ever tasted, but it’s not exactly a pleasant experience drinking it. Avoid.

What other Numi teas have you tried? What’s your favorite black tea?

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3 thoughts on “Tea Review: Numi Chinese Breakfast

  1. Elisa November 26, 2013 at 4:57 am Reply

    OOOOOOOOOO yummy!! This one is one of my FAVORITES!!! HOPS UP AND DOWN!!


  2. Elisa November 26, 2013 at 5:00 am Reply

    I like Luzianne (that I can’t spell) black tea. I put cinnamon stick in both this and the Numi Chinese Breakfast treat. The only time that I notice a weaker taste with the Numi, is if I didn’t let it steep long enough OR the bags were old. My face goes into a pout with watery old coffee ground taste.


  3. Claire November 26, 2013 at 1:26 pm Reply

    hahaha I like your phrase “watery old coffee ground taste”. Hm I”ll have to try Luzianne!



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