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Jasmine Green (Formerly Monkey King) - Organic - Fair Trade

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Brand:Numi Organic Tea
Style:Jasmine Tea
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Region:Hunan, China
Loose/teabag:Teabag
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This tea's info last updated: Dec. 15, 2013

Commercial Description

Fragrant organic jasmine flowers are laid atop organic green tea leaves as their scent is naturally embraced. Scented three times, this smooth green tea has layers of subtle fragrance and hints of moonlight.

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54 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 2/5
(121 reviews) on
My bag of Numi's Jasmine Green came in an assortment box that was priced unusually high (almost 6 bucks at Wal Mart!). The box only contains 16 bags, which leaves the consumer feeling rather taken advantage of, especially at such a cost. Nevertheless, it's a fair and true counterargument if you holler at me, "Look, buddy, you freely chose to buy it, it states 16 bags right there on the label!" That it did, and that I did, wanting to try a variety without having to purchase 16-20 doses of the same flavor. Regardless: be advised that you'll get less tea for more cost this way than with many other brands that allot the customary 20 bags.

As for the tea itself, taste was comparable in strength to the most robust jasmine tea I've tried otherwise (Bigelow). On the label for the wrapper, Numi states the tea is, "scented with organic jasmine flowers", indicating a traditional flower-mixing process (as described by RateTea's page on jasmine tea), instead of the lazier extract-addition method. That's good! So is the tea.

As usual for jasmines so far, the overall grade suffers a little due to weaker aroma, and definitely is dragged down due to the price-per-bag concern noted above. Still, if you like the flavor and can procure this tea at a more reasonable cost, please do. It's a worthy representation of the "jasmine green" style.
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67 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
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This tea had a strong jasmine scent that was very pleasant. The green tea wasn't as distinct of a scent for me, though once I began sipping it was definitely counter-balancing the jasmine. This one tasted a *lot* like flowering teas I've had in the past.

For the second steeping, I added a bit of honey, but found that it almost overwhelmed the tea's flavors. I didn't think I was putting in an excessive amount, but it's worth noting that a little bit goes a long way.

Finally, I should add that I have a tea kettle with digital temperatures and, since it was a green tea, I boiled the water at 175 F.

Definitely not a bad tea, and if you like jasmine I suspect you'll love it, but I would have prefered a stronger green tea aroma and taste to go with the jasmine. This one simply fell short of hitting the spot for me.

Update: The first time I made this was at home with my precisely heated kettle and filtered water. I've tried it again at work, which has a machine that dispenses hot, filtered water. Also, I added a little sugar. I'm not sure if the water quality is different or if I need to adjust the brewing temperature at home, but I definitely liked the tea better at work. How odd. It's still not a favorite, but I'm glad I tried it under different circumstances.

Update 2: I tried this at home again with unfiltered tap water -- and I actually liked it more! The tea simply does better this way. Interesting!
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73 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
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Surprisingly great for a bagged tea. Loved it - scent and taste.
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