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Numi Morning Rise Breakfast Blend Black Tea Review

Your Basic Breakfast Black Tea That Is Also Organic

Summary : This tea is what I would call your "basic breakfast tea." It isn't anything fancy, colorful or too terribly tasty. Instead, it's just your basic black tea that does go with breakfast pretty well. This tea is organic, too.

Review : By my own admission, I really don't much care for "straight black teas." I find the taste frequently bitter and way overpowering. Of course, I don't like coffee...so that I don't much care for basic black teas probably isn't a huge surprise. Still, I do like sampling various teas, and since I had it, I decided to give a tea from Numi that has the long winded name of Morning Rise Breakfast Blend of Black Teas a try.

Rather oddly, this tea has little aroma. Normally, one thing I do like about black teas is their rather strong aroma. And since Numi teas are generally pretty high quality...despite being a bagged tea...I must confess the lack of a strong or even moderate strength aroma was surprising, even a bit disappointing.

Here is how Numi describes this tea : "Four of the most extraordinary black teas compose this hearty, complex, and exciting morning cup. Ceylon, gardened in the small and exotic country of Sri Lanka, bestows its strong yet smooth profile, while Indian grown Assam imparts a malty and robust depth. Keemun, from China, offers deep burgundy notes that complement the natural floral finish and fruity Muscatel of Darjeeling, cultivated on the mountain peaks of India. This rich, bold black tea blend has an unrivaled smoothness and a magnificent aroma resembling dawn's early warmth. Let the morning greet you through the radiant daybreak of Numi's superior Breakfast Blend."

Somewhat unusual for a Numi tea description, this one only served to confuse me instead of making this tea seem somehow exotic and mysterious.

This tea contains the following ingredients, all of which are organic by the way : Keemun Black Tea, Darjeeling Black Tea, Ceylong Black Tea, Assam Black Tea.

Once brewed, this tea simply tastes and looks like your average black tea, for better or for worse. I personally didn't find myself letting this tea "greet me through the radiant daybreak" as Numi suggested I might...but well...perhaps this is just me, and more than a few people say I'm a "bit different."

One nice thing about this tea...happily...is that the flavor isn't nearly as strong as is common among loose-leaf black teas. Drinking this tea isn't the "lip puckering" experience I've had with many other black teas. Likewise, I found no hint of bitterness in this tea either, another good sign.

Yet, despite that, the flavor of this tea simply did nothing for me. The flavor is neither awesome nor terrible. Just average.

In any event, if you like straight black teas of any kind you'll definitely enjoy this tea. And if you are new to drinking black tea, this is probably a good one to try, as the strength of the tea is on the weaker side and lacks any sort of bitterness.

Recommendation : Yes. While this is an "average black tea," and the taste is nothing special, the flavor is hardly bad either. And one nice thing about this particular black tea is that it lacks the frequently bad after-taste found in stronger, more potent black teas.

Tea Information and Brewing Instructions

  • Tea Reviewed : Morning Rise Breakfast Blend Black Tea
  • Manufacturer : Numi Teas
  • Available from : Numi Tea at Amazon
  • Type of Tea : Black Tea
  • Leaf Type : Bagged
  • Date of Review : January 8th, 2007
  • Tea Rating :
  • Brewing Instructions : Pour 1 cup boiling water over tea bag. Let brew for 3-5 minutes.

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