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Numi Ginger Sun Lemon Decaf Green Tea Review
A Pretty Good Lemon Flavored Decaf Green Tea
Summary : Not your typical pour down the drain decaf green tea, this creation from Numi has a nice, lemon flavor to it. A pretty good tea for those who want to drink green tea but want to avoid the caffeine found in it. Still no substitute for a good green tea, though!
Review : By and large, decaf green teas are hardly the world's greatest invention since the creation of white bread. I've found that most decaffeinated teas are pretty darn bad, truthfully. They tend to have a rather harsh taste to them, unless covered up by something. And decaf teas have, at least for me, defined the word "bitter" when it comes to tea. And lastly, the after-taste of decaf green teas isn't generally that good, either.
As such, despite my liking of teas from Numi, I was more than a little hesitatant about trying their Ginger Sun Lemon Green Tea, which is a decaf green tea.
Here is how Numi describes this tea : "Grown in the Himalayan foothills amidst a wildlife sanctuary where elephants and leopards roam, this light fair trade certified green tea is decaffeinated by a revolutionary organic CO2 process, called 'Effervescence'. It is the only chemical-free method that does not extract the flavor or antioxidants inherent in green tea. Combined with the refreshing scent of lemongrass and warming depth of ginger, Numi's Ginger Sun evokes a sense of clarity and purity. This rich and invigorating flavor is grounding as it soothes the body and uplifts the spirit."
This green tea from Numi contains the following ingredients : "Organic Selim Hill Estate Decaf Green Tea, Organic Chinese Ginger, Organic Guatemalan Lemongrass."
The aroma of this tea is quite pleasant. The tea has a nice, surprisingly powerful lemon aroma about it. You'll also be able to get a moderate aroma of ginger too.
Now, let us move on to the flavor of this tea. Well, for a decaf green tea, let me say it is pretty good. It won't be comparing to a good loose-leaf green tea, or even some of Numi's other green teas...but for a decaf green tea, this tea is definitely heads and shoulders above others I've tried.
The tea has a nice, powerful flavor of lemon in it, which shouldn't come as a surprise since it contains lemongrass. Additionally, you'll find a nice, relatively subtle ginger flavor in the tea too.
So that is the good news. What's the bad? Well...let me say the after-taste of this tea met my rather low expectations. I found the after-taste to be a bit on the bitter side and just plain had a rather poor flavor to it.
All in all, if you are in a desperate search for a decaf green tea you can actually drink, then this tea from Numi is as good as any. However, with all the dizzying amount of good teas on the market that have no caffeine at all (such as herbal teas), then I see no reason to drink this particular tea. And if it is antioxidants you search for, well, this tea can in no way hold a candle to a good glass of Gabbiano Chianti Red Wine...which has no caffeine and more antioxidants than any green tea you'll have.
Recommendation : Yes, if in search of a decaffeinated green tea. This tea is no substitute for a good green tea, but if you want to drink a decaf green tea that is halfway decent...this tea from Numi certainly fits that description. The lemon in the tea effectively masks the generally nasty and bitter taste found in a green tea...although the after-taste of this tea isn't especially great.
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