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Numi Moonlight Spice Orange Spice White Tea Review
A Delicious and Spicy Organic White Tea
Summary : This is NOT a tea for white tea drinkers...or those who enjoy pure white tea with nothing added. However, if you love spicy teas or chai teas, I'm pretty confident you'll enjoy this unique creation from Numi Teas, a tea which is also organic too.
Review : Yes, the rumors are true, I'm a spice nut. I love spicy things. Spicy food, spicy salsa, and, of course, spicy teas. Which is why, of course, I love most chai teas...they are nice and spicy! Due to my love of all things spicy, I found one particular tea very, very intriguing...a spiced white tea from Numi Teas with the very long and convoluted name of Moonlight Spice Orange Spice.
Now, it is quite true...white teas are not normally "spicy." Indeed, this is one of the very few "spicy white teas" I've ever come across. Which, of course, is one reason why I was so intrigued by it...being a "tea reviewer" and all.
Here is how Numi describes this tea on their website : "This sublime tea ingeniously blends premium Organic White Pai Mu Tan tea with orange, citrus, and spice. Pai Mu Tan is exclusively the top two leaves and a bud of the tea plant and can only be picked the day before the buds unfurl...Smooth and delicate, Moonlight Spice balances citrus notes of orange, schizandra, Numi's own Dry Desert Lime, and luxurious spice for the most divine experience. Transcend into a peaceful moment through its luminous hue and enchanting fragrance."
This tea contains the following ingredients : Cinnamon, Orange Peel, Cloves, White Tea, Hibiscus, Allspice, Ginger, Schizandra Berries, Lemongrass, Dried Lime. Also note that this tea is certified organic, too.
As always, Numi's description of this tea is long and exotic. And while you won't find yourself having the most "divine experience" of your life while drinking this tea, nor will you "transcent into a peaceful moment"...I still found this tea very enjoyable.
This is a bagged tea. Yet, for a bagged tea...this tea packed quite the aromatic punch. Once you rip open the foil pouch, you'll have little doubt that you are about to have a spicy tea.
The taste of this white tea was very, very surprising. It tastes somewhat similar to a spicy chai tea, in that it is spicy and the flavor of cinnamon is strong. Yet, as this tea uses white tea leaves instead of black, you definitely get a different tasting experience. In particular, I found the tea to be lighter and more subtle than traditional chai teas.
The spice level of this tea is also less than most other chai teas too. I'm not sure if that is a good thing or a bad thing...but it's worth bringing up in case you really want a very, very spicy tea.
Finally, this tea has a rather unique flavor to it all it's own. It buy no means is a carbon clone of a chai tea. Instead, you'll find not only a cinnamon flavor to it, but also a slight twinge of lime, lemon and ginger too.
Recommendation : Yes. Anyone who enjoys chai teas or spicy teas in general will absolutely love the rather spicy flavor of this highly unique white tea. This tea, however, is definitley not for "white tea" purists, because the traditional taste of white tea is most definitely missing.
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