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Numi Indian Night Decaf Black Vanilla Tea Review
A Rather Harsh, Somewhat Bitter and Less Than Pleasant Tea
Summary : There isn't much to say about this creation from Numi Teas. The tea just isn't that good. Unless you are in the mood to try something bad or absolutely, positively have to have a decaf black tea...find something else to drink.
Review : I'll confess here. I've been avoiding trying this tea for quite sometime. I love many Numi teas. But...well, this is a Decaf tea. And I've had no good tasting experiences with decaf teas before. And as such, I made the assumption that this tea probably wouldn't do anything for me either.
Yet, here it is...2:30 am in the Biggest Little City in the World. I have no life. And perhaps as a punishment for having no life, I decided to work up my courage and give a decaf tea from Numi with the long-winded name of Indian Night Decaf Black Vanilla a try.
Here is how Numi describes this tea : "Inspired by an ancient Aztec culinary secret, Numi has chosen aromatic whole vanilla beans to blend with premium organic black tea. The tea grows in northern India on a bio-dynamic and Fair Trade garden surrounded by beautiful tropical forests. It is decaffeinated by a revolutionary organic CO2 process, called 'Effervescence', the only chemical-free method that does not extract flavor or health properties. As Indian Night steeps a vibrant bronzy hue, its seductive fragrance, flowery yet familiar, flirts with your senses. Magnificently smooth, exotic vanilla harmonizes with black tea for a creamy, rich and satisfying cup."
As is almost the case with Numi teas, the description of this tea is beyond magnificent. Whoever writes this stuff is definitely wasting talent...they should be writing novels, not putting up exotic descriptions for teas.
In any event, here is what this tea from Numi contains : Organic Fair Trade Certified Fatrikcherra Estate Black Tea, Organic Vanilla Beans.
Yes...this tea...like other Numi Teas, is organic. Hooray! Too bad that being organic is about the best thing that can be said for this tea.
The aroma of the tea was less than wonderful. Truthfully, it was downright boring. Make no mistake...you head won't be spinning after a whiff of this tea.
And I really wish the flavor of this tea matched it's aroma...that way the tea would only be boring, instead of being bad. Yes, the tea did indeed have some flavor of vanilla in it, although I didn't find the vanilla flavor all that good to begin with.
And most likely, this is because the remining taste of the tea is just nasty. It's isn't as bad as some teas I've tried...but it comes perilously close. The flavor is rather harsh, and despite only brewing it for three minutes...the tea was also somewhat bitter. God only knows what this tea would taste like if you let it brew the full five minutes. Can we say "terrible?"
Overall, this isn't a good tea no matter how you slice it. Find something else to drink...your taste buds will thank you for it.
Recommendation : No. Unless in the mood to inflict pain on yourself or on someone you don't like, there is no reason to drink this tea unless you absolutely must drink decaf black tea. There are plenty of caffeine free teas in the world today that contain just as many antioxidants as this tea does...so why go through the heartache of drinking this one?
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