New Mexico Tea Company

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65

Not bad, but very mundane, especially coming after the strawberry notes in NMTC’s Lady Londonderry. Why don’t these two flavors taste more alike when, ingredients-wise, they have so much in common? As others have noted, the strawberry flavor tastes natural enough, but it is very muted here, and mostly what I get is just the rather muddled taste of the black base. Not one of NMTC’s finest.

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87
My latest sample. The rainbow colours are pretty. There is a nice almond scent and flavour. Good afternoon cuppa. (Will try with almond milk next.)

Flavors: Almond

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90

Definitely meant to be iced, this is THE tea of summer for me.

Preparation
Iced 5 min, 0 sec
R.F. Hill

Great iced tea!

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70

As a vaguely fruity tea, this is pleasant enough, but as the mango with a side of lime tea that it’s supposed to be, this is rather a disappointment. The mango flavor is weak — even Adagio gives stronger mango than this — and the lime is non-existent. I’ve also tried it iced, and it doesn’t make any of the flavors more prominent. The base is fine, but overall I wouldn’t say this is NMTC’s best effort.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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87

My latest sample from the state tea company. The blackberry scent is nice. There is a sweet berry flavour. Good with breakfast, and while playing Majora’s Mask.

Will have to try iced.

Flavors: Berries, Blackberry

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85

Steep Off!

This is my last cup of Metropolitan’s Monk’s Blend, so it’s my last chance to do a steep off between these two versions.

First off, these teas have a lot in common with each other. To the point where, if I was choosing between them, I would probably just buy whichever was most convenient at the time.

They both have a vanilla cream note and a vaguely fruity note. I don’t feel that either one nails the grenadine flavor. Yes, the fruity note might kind of sort of be cherry / pomegranate, but if no one had told me that, I don’t think I would have guessed it. They also both need quite a bit of sugar (a heaping teaspoon) before the fruity taste comes out at all. And letting them both cool slightly also helps. The base tea is not particularly distinctive in either — probably a good choice, as anything strong would overwhelm the added flavors.

The main difference in these teas is just where the balance of powers lies between the flavors. Metropolitan’s version has a lot more of the cream vanilla flavor, and this gives it a smoother feel overall, while NMTC’s has a sour-tart note from the fruit. Somehow Metropolitan’s doesn’t taste tart at all.

In the end, I can’t really say I have a preference, though I might choose one over the other depending on whether I’m in the mood for creamy or tart.

All this thinking about tea though did spur me to re-work some of my teacup designs. I always loved the silhouettes of the designs, but the colors of the different cups weren’t meshing, so I tried them out in a soft watercolor palette and also in all black:

https://www.etsy.com/listing/386278542/tea-cups-coffee-cups-in-watercolor-set

https://www.etsy.com/listing/386316148/tea-cups-coffee-cups-in-matte-black-set

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85

Got to visit the New Mexico Tea Company shop in person! It was super cute, and of course smelled amazing. I picked up a sample of this because I wanted to compare it to Metropolitan’s Monk’s Blend. I haven’t done a side-by-side test yet, but I think I’m leaning toward this one, mainly because of the base. It’s very smooth, and Metropolitan’s seemed a bit on the astringent side. The vanilla and pomegranate flavors are nice and strong, but still blend well with the base.

Flavors: Grenadine, Vanilla

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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87

The Lumiose Museum finally has an art exhibit. Or at least the start of one. Can be hard to find good art when you have to get it from a shifty fox.

Anyway, I had this tea to celebrate. There is a berry scent, even a little like blackberry. Very nice berry flavour. And I like the base tea too. (Will try iced.)

Flavors: Berry, Black Currant, Blackberry

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77

Picked this up in the store because it smelled really nice. It certainly has a nice strawberry scent dry. The flavour is somewhat tart, but still good.

Will have to try it iced.

Flavors: Berry, Strawberry

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86

Sipdown. I bought an ounce of this and it went pretty fast. While it’s not something I have to have around all the time, I would definitely like to drink it again, so I’ll probably get another package in a few months. I haven’t found the bee pollen flavor from any other company; it tastes quite unique.

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86

First time trying this one and I really like it. Sometimes ‘honey’ tea just means the tea is slightly sweet, but the bee pollen is really coming through here in both the scent and the flavor. It does have a light natural sweetness, but it is also has that slight bitterness that is inherent to pollen. This tea is a good example of what I’ve come to expect from NMTC — they aren’t ‘fancy’ tea blenders — usually they only use one or two ingredients to flavor their teas, so the result is pretty straightforward. But the quality of the ingredients is very good, and the natural flavors strike a nice balance with the tea.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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75

Sipdown. This was fine. The Assam always stood out the most to me in this blend. I wouldn’t seek this out just because I’m not especially into Assam, but it seemed like good quality.

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75

New Mexico Tea Company actually makes two Monk’s Blends — one with grenadine and one without. I was trying to get the grenadine one, to compare with Metropolitan’s version, but it seems like they grabbed a sample of the other one by mistake. Oh well. This is a decent blend, sort of a light hint of everything.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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85

Sipdown. So all the time I’ve had this I’ve been steeping 1 tsp. per cup and thinking it was pleasant enough, but on the light side and over all nothing to rave about. But for this last cup, I could see I was down to the dregs, so I just poured it all in. About 1.5 tsp, or maybe slightly more. It has SO much more pizzazz this way. The extra little bit helps enormously.

And now it’s gone. The irony.

Preparation
1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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85

As ceylons go, this tea is on the light side, probably because it is whole leaf. There is a bit of spicy earthiness to it — sort of like what you find in pu’erh, but much milder than that. Seems like there’s just a breath of muscatel in this too. A lot of nuance to this one.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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My latest sample from the local tea store. The scent is mildly floral, and slightly earthy. There is a bit of a honey flavour. It’s a bit on the creamy side too.

Good for overcast days when you just want to play Harvest Moon.

Flavors: Floral, Honey

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80

I’ve been on a Sencha kick lately. I’m happy to have found a Green tea that is truly enjoyable; therefore, I decided to purchase a little bit of this Cherry Sencha.

I must say that the tea is light, sweet, floral, cherry-esq, and smooth. This tea is really refreshing! I’ve been working through the rest of the tea in the tin all week, due to the large amount heading my way as I write this!

Flavors: Cherry, Floral

Kirkoneill1988

i love sencha when i tastes like asparagus

R.F. Hill

I have a plain Sencha that does!

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80

I’m a big fan of Jasmine and Earl Grey tea. These two combined made me question on whether they’d pair well together. The overall smell of the tea reminds me of a Jasmine perfume, so I was little skeptical at first.

Fortunately, this tea is delicious. The aroma seems a bit much at first, but the overall flavor is delicate and nice. It’s a sweet Jasmine/bergamot tea, that stays on the tongue a while after sipping down the tea. I brewed this tea at 160 F and steeped it for 25 seconds. I’ve noticed that if you brew the water any higher or steep the tea any longer than that, it becomes very astringent and intolerable. However, it’s a great tea once you learn the methods of brewing the water/figuring out the proper steeping time.

Flavors: Bergamot, Jasmine, Perfume

Preparation
160 °F / 71 °C 0 min, 30 sec
Daylon R Thomas

Teabox had a green one that looked interesting. I hesitated though because I have no idea if the bergamot would overpower the jasmine.

R.F. Hill

With this tea, the Jasmine is overpowering, but the bergamot plays with the aftertaste. I like how they go hand-in-hand that way.

R.F. Hill

It’s definitely an unusual tea that works, though.

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57

Thanks for a sample of this one, Tamarindel! Sadly, on the search for some more good replacement EGs, this one just isn’t my thing. The flavor isn’t quite the bergamot I love. I could swear this was a plain EG and not a creamy. And the black tea base isn’t strong enough for me. Just not one for me! But I really appreciate trying this one. The search continues…

Tamarindel

Sorry :( I hadn’t really thought about it before, but you’re right, it’s on the light side. I guess that’s why it appealed to me, I couldn’t take those really punchy EGs first thing in the morning.

tea-sipper

Oh, it’s not your fault. Don’t be sorry. :D I appreciate the sample.

Tamarindel

Oh I know, just sorry it’s not the one. Good luck on the EG quest :)

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100

I bought this tea nearly a month ago, but it’s time to finish it off. Oolongs are so special, that I have a tendency to hoard them as long as possible, and avoid drinking them daily. However, this tea is fairly priced and is an excellent quality.

The first loose leaf that I was introduced to was a Tie Guan Yin, and I’ve been hooked ever since. I suppose my love for an oolong comes from that moment where I realized that I love tea, possibly more than coffee (which is true now). My roommate opened my eyes more and more as I began my tea journey, but eventually I hit the ground running, and explored more teas on my own. Although, he admittedly acknowledges that I may have excelled his tea knowledge; for he is still drinking Tie Guan Yin and Dragonwell, while I drink nearly EVERYTHING. Those are two very good teas that I don’t blame him for drinking everyday; however, I like to change it up on teas every once and a while.

Anyway, this is nutty, earthy, sweet, and smooth. It’s light and easy to drink more than you’d ever imagine you could. That’s because it’s a solid tea! With that said, I’m going to buy more to hoard soon!

Flavors: Nutty, Smooth

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
Rasseru

Something about TGY flavour that is so special

R.F. Hill

It’s a special tea that I’m grateful for trying a few years back. It literally changed the way I thought about tea.

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73

Sipdown. I iced this one too (it was a really warm day, in case anyone is wondering about this sudden trend in icing) and despite the fact that I used double the leaf and accidentally oversteeped it, it’s SO MUCH BETTER this way. As in, I can finally taste the dreamsicle. The orange and vanilla notes taste as heavenly as they smell. This has been such a successful day of steeping! (Though, erm, decidedly less successful in other areas, namely my spring cleaning tasks.) I’m cleaning out the cupboard now, wondering what else I can ice :)

Rating: I had this tea at 73 (for a hot cup) but I would give it 95 iced.

R.F. Hill

Have you tried the Blood Orange Rooibos? I think that one has a more “refreshing” aspect to it. Plus, it’s better iced and/or as a sun tea!

Tamarindel

Well, I really hate the taste of rooibos, but I have had rooibos teas that were nice, simply because the other flavors covered up the rooibos taste altogether. How much of the rooibos flavor comes through in Blood Orange Rooibos?

R.F. Hill

Hardly any. I’ll be the first to say that I greatly dislike the flavor of a rooibos tea. However, all you can taste with this blend is the orange cream flavors.

Tamarindel

That sounds really good then! I’ll grab some in my next order, thanks :)

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73

The sun is out, and the order from the New Mexico Tea Company just arrived, so today is a good day. I was really excited to try this one, because it smelled so amazing in the package — fresh oranges and lots of vanilla. But alas, the vanilla doesn’t come through in the flavor nearly as much as the aroma would suggest, and the orange is the kind of orange flavor you get from Bigelow or Celestial Seasonings — not bad, but definitely not a fresh orange taste. This has a black tea base, but I can hardly detect it.

All in all, this tea is pleasant enough, it just doesn’t live up to its scent. Still nice to try a new sample, though.

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65

Dry leaf appears larger than most white teas I’ve had before. Lots of green and brown on the leaves and I don’t see much of the white hair that is normally found on whites.

Taste starts out sweet and grassy. After a few steeps an herbal taste starts to come out, maybe like peppermint, but the grassiness is still dominant. It is a somewhat interesting flavor, but I think the grassiness is too dominant for me to really like it.

Flavors: Grass, Sweet

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 5 g 4 OZ / 120 ML

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87

I’ve been wanting to try a Lapsang Souchong for a while now and now I’m finally doing it. The leaf smells like liquid smoke and makes me think of bacon. It doesn’t really smell like something that could make pleasant tea, but I did end up enjoying it. I brewed for roughly 3 minutes rather than the packaging-recommended 4-5 because I was worried that the taste may get too overpowering, but it is not overly strong at all. The flavors I smelled on the leaf are still there, but much more subdued and quite pleasant. The smokiness has an almost sweet aspect to it that makes me eager to go steep another cup.

Flavors: Campfire, Smoke

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 3 g 8 OZ / 236 ML

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