|"Who would have ever thought of combining tomato, black pepper, and tea? Numi Organics hit the nail on the head with this tea!"|
This is particular blend is called a savory tea. The Tomato Mint blend is made up of tomato, onion, mint, lemon peel, parsley, cinnamon, black pepper, decaf black tea, and allspice. Let me start of by saying how skeptical I am of this concept. It sounds awesome but I am being very cautious as I evaluate this one.
Opening the pouch, my nose was bombarded with the warm smells of tomato sauce, spices, and mint. It smelt like those long days with my grandmother jarring homemade sauce. Simply intoxicating!
I brewed this teabag in 10 ounces of boiling water for 10 minutes. As per the package directions, I squeezed the pouch when finished.
The liquor was a murky, cream soda colored liquid. Very aromatic. Picture a cup of pure tomato broth steaming hot with smells of hot pepper and mint drifting in the air. The minty aroma truly shows up after brewing.
The flavor is simply incredible! Warm mild tomato, with a hint of spicy-ness, and citrus. Thin body with a long finish. No astringency from the tea but a very robust blend. No mint is present. Delicious!
The packaging mentions ways to enjoy a cup of this type of tea. Some seem very creative. I would love to substitute the mint with oregano or basil. It could be the perfect brew for pasta, or rice. Or the base for a soup. or even a low calorie base for Bloody Mary's. Or a quick snack while hiking. The possibilities are endless.
Numi has 5 other vegetable-spice combinations; Spinach Chive, Carrot Curry, Fennel Spice, Broccoli Cilantro, and Beet Cabbage. From a culinary arts standpoint, each flavor combination had a great use for both casual drinking as well as kitchen use.
Again its a very interesting concept. The best phrase to identify this brand is "Not quite a soup, but more than a tea!" I completely agree.
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