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Numi Rainforest Green Lemon Myrtle Tea Review

A Very Tasty Lemon Flavored Organic Green Tea

Summary : If you like lemon flavored teas, well, do I have the tea for you. The tea bears the name of, well, look above. But it's a great lemon flavored green tea, that happens to be fully organic too.

Review : The good news is that I have a Target a few blocks away from where I live. The bad news is that I spend too much time there...although sorry Target...I don't really spend that much with you. But regardless of my spending habits, I do have a tendency to wander around the store.

So one day, while walking through the beverage aisle for some soda, I noticed their tiny little tea selection. And wouldn't you know it, sitting there all by itself, was a Numi Teas Sampler package. As I can't resist sampler packages, I picked it up and went home to try my first ever Numi tea.

All I can say is, my first ever tasting experience with Numi Teas has been a very happy one. The tea I first tried, mainly because it fell on the floor while opening up the box, goes by the rather long and convoluted name of Rainforest Green Mate' Lemon Myrtle Green Tea.

This green tea from Numi, which is organic by the way, contains the following ingredients : "South American Yerba Mate Blend (an evergreen leaf), Australian Lemon Myrtle, Chun Mee Green Tea leaves."

Here is how Numi describes this tea : "For hundreds of years, Yerba Mate has long been a ceremonial drink of friendship, hospitality, strength, and courage to the people of the South American rainforest. This evergreen leaf is known for its pleasantly stimulating effect and for evoking a cheerful mental lucidity. We are proud to introduce this delightful tasting infusion of organic Mate with the Australian rainforests' organic Lemon Myrtle, touted as herb of the millennium for its high citral content. Organic Chun Mee green tea, skillfully hand-rolled into the eyebrow contour of its name, unfolds a subtle, plum-like sweetness to the leafy lemon piquancy of Mate and Myrtle. This energizing blend uplifts one's senses, as clarity arrives like birdsong after fresh rain."

Pretty strong words...especially for a bagged tea. Also, what in the world is a "birdsong after fresh rain?"

Yet, while they were strong words...and I have yet to hear a "birdsong after fresh rain" after drinking it, this tea is quite simply excellent. It has a wonderful lemon flavor to it. Gone is any bitterness, just make sure you don't oversteep it.

This tea is anything but a "cheap chinese restaurant" green tea. So if you have been burned by those teas...remove that image from your conscience. This tea in no way compares to those awful bagged chinese restaurant type green teas.

In many ways, I think this green tea from Numi makes for a perfect beginner green tea. It also makes for a perfect tea for people "recovering from bad green tea tasting experiences," for lack of a better way to describe it.

Recommendation : This tea makes for a superb way to get your healthy antioxidants (which are found in green tea), all in a very tasty, lemon flavored package. Normally, I don't give out many 5 star rankings to bagged teas...but I'll make an exception in this case. I just really enjoyed this tea. No bitterness. Great lemon taste...all with a pleasant green tea flavor lurking in the background. About the only people who will not enjoy this tea are folks who don't like lemon or who are "green tea purists."

Tea Information and Brewing Instructions

  • Tea Reviewed : Rainforest Green Mate Lemon Myrtle
  • Manufacturer : Numi Teas
  • Available from : Numi Tea at Amazon
  • Type of Tea : Green Tea
  • Leaf Type : Bagged
  • Date of Review : December 13th, 2006
  • Tea Rating :
  • Brewing Instructions : Bring cold water to boil. Let cool briefly to just below boiling. Pour over tea bag. Let brew 4-6 minutes. A 5 minute steep time was used for this review.

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