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Numi Water Sprite Ginger Oolong Tea Review

A Pleasant Oolong Tea With a Delightful Ginger Taste

Summary : This tea nicely blends organic oolong tea leaves with organic chinese ginger. The result is a pleasant and rather unique tasting oolong tea, with no bitterness.

Review : Ginger is a wonderful seasoning. Oolong tea is a tasty tea that lends itself nicely to all sorts of creative infusions. And Numi Teas is a very high quality manufacturer or organic teas, and who use high quality tea leaves among other things. Add these three things up and you end up with Numi's "Water Sprite" Ginger Oolong Tea.

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This Ginger Oolong Tea from Numi contains the following ingredients : Organic Oolong Tea, Organic Chinese Ginger. This tea is labelled as being organic, and as you can tell by the list of ingredients, it is.

Here is how Numi describes this tea : "Throughout its 3000-year-old history, ginger has long been called a gift of the gods. Evoking a sense of clarity and purity this invigorating root is used in Chinese medicine to enhance tea. Tea comes from a single plant, the Camellia Sinensis. If left to wither, the leaves turn black. If immediately steamed, they remain green. Numi organic Shui Hsein Oolong, or "Water Sprite", is only partially oxidized, retaining the properties of green tea while capturing the depth of black tea. The vivacity of organic ginger mingles delightfully with soulful Shui Hsein, releasing an entrancing orchid flavor that invites wakeful meditation."

I must say, I'm always so impressed with the way Numi describes their teas. Generally the description they provide makes no sense whatsoever. Truthfully, I find nothing "soulful" about oolong tea...heck, it's just a tea leaf! And for those whose vocabulary isn't the best, vivacity means being in the state of vivacious, which in turns means being lively in temper, conduct or spirit.

Anyways, enough with attempting to decipher Numi's marketing department material. Let's get on with the tea.

The flavor of this tea is, well, unique. And I mean that in a good way. Numi accomplished a pretty neat trick I think with this tea...making a very nice blend of oolong tea and ginger. As one might expect, the ginger flavor in this tea is quite pronounced...Numi spared no expense with this tea in its ginger infusion.

Additionally, I also found this tea to be just a bit on the spicy side, which surprised me some. The taste linger and lingers in your mouth, with just a slight "tingling" sensation. Now, don't misread me here, this is not a chai tea by any means. I'm just saying that in comparison to other non-chai teas, this tea has a little bit of a kick to it...particularly in its after-taste.

Overall, I rather enjoyed this tea. If you enjoy straight oolong tea, this tea is well worth a try. Likewise, if you love all things ginger, you absolutely must try this tea as it probably has your name on it.

Recommendation : Yes. A rather powerful ginger taste combined with oolong tea makes for a nice flavor. Also expect a "bit of spice" in this tea too, particularly in it's after-taste.

Tea Information and Brewing Instructions

  • Tea Reviewed : Water Sprite Ginger Oolong
  • Manufacturer : Numi Teas
  • Available from : Numi Tea at Amazon
  • Type of Tea : Oolong Tea
  • Leaf Type : Bagged
  • Date of Review : December 17th, 2006
  • Tea Rating :
  • Brewing Instructions : Pour 6-7 ounces of water heated to boiling over tea bag. Let brew for 3-4 minutes.

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