New Mexico Tea Company

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85

I received a sample of this in my last order, and there was enough to do about four steeps with it. I think the tea itself is good quality, but this particular sample was jinxed. The first cup was delicious, but I wasn’t paying enough attention to how I made it or the particular flavor notes of the tea, I was too deep in Terry Pratchett’s Equal Rites. Overall it seemed like a good full-bodied ceylon with a few interesting side notes – maybe something a little eucalyptusy, but I can’t be sure at this point – and a teensy bit of astringency, but nothing unpleasant.

The other cups all got contaminated or oversteeped. I made a really strong herbal in my steeper, and even though I washed it out, I could still taste its influence when I made my next cup of ceylon. I tried it again a few days later and got called away as soon as I poured the water, so the poor tea sat there for 20 minutes. To top everything off, a BUG flew into the last cup, so that was the end of that.

I’m going to have to get another sample before I’m really sure about this one, and then I guess I’ll have to do some kind of voodoo on it to protect it from whatever is lurking out there trying to spoil perfectly good tea.

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70

My favorite of the five I ordered. Fruity without being overpowering. Mellow but tasty. The first strawberry tea I think I’ve ever tried? It was pretty good :)

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20

Chili powder, peppers and rooibos! WOW. I guess it’s pretty obvious why I ordered this one. This would be a great blend to drink sick, as it’s peppery and would probably help your sinuses. I did initially like this one, but once it cooled off a bit it got bitter and undrinkable. Pity!

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70
A mix of black and green tea, peppermint and bergamot oil, Casablanca is a lovely tea. I must admit I only bought this because of Humphrey Bogart. I was having major tummy troubles yesterday, and this tea helped a bit. I’ve never tasted anything quite like this before and I truly enjoyed it. Unfortunately, I am not a big fan of this tea company so it probably won’t be a re-order.

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40

Something about this time of year gets me in the mood to drink as much earl grey as I can, it truly is one of my favorite types of tea. This tea is one of New Mexico Tea Company’s bestsellers so I was eager to try it. I was just so unimpressed with this blend. There’s no cream in this as far as I could tell, it’s floral and tastes mainly of cornflowers. Give it a go, you might like it.

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I was in the mood to try a plain, black breakfast tea, straight up pure. This tea isn’t bad, but it’s nothing to write home about. It tasted just like any other cheap breakfast tea except without nuances of flavors. For the price, $3.00/ounce, you can do better. For my money, I prefer Upton Tea’s River Shannon Breakfast Blend, Yorkshire Gold or even the old standard PG Tips. This tea is average and I will finish what I got, but it’s not a repurchase.

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70

I picked out this tea because the combined flavor notes sounded delicious — papaya, mango, & ginger — but somehow nothing in this cup is coming together properly. It’s a bit on the astringent side. It has an odd sour note, not the kind of sourness I associate with fruit. I taste the ginger, but it’s just not working well with the other flavors. Experimenting with the steeping parameters might help, but right now this tea is just so-so.

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

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85

This tea falls right in the middle of the black tea spectrum. It’s not at the gut-punch strength of a breakfast tea, but it’s a lot more flavorful than the ‘light’ afternoon teas. I think I like it better than the Crimson Ceylon that was my go-to whole-leaf black tea before I tried this one — but unfortunately I don’t have any of that in the house right now so I can’t do a steep-off. Anyway, this is nicely balanced and has a smooth finish. I think I could actually serve this to anyone because it has such a ‘classic tea’ profile — good quality, but nothing fancy or weird that would scare off a novice tea drinker.

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85

I oversteeped this by a few minutes and it was incredibly bitter. A little sugar fixed it though, and now it’s amazing. This would make a great breakfast tea. It’s very hearty and rich. This is one of those teas that’s designed to be taken with milk, but I didn’t add any and it’s still great. Will definitely get more of this one.

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77

Decent, but the balance of mint to tea leaves seems a little off; I think there should be more actual tea in here. Also I prefer pure spearmint to a spearmint/peppermint blend. Still tastes good, but I preferred Simpson & Vail’s take on this.

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80

A very soothing tisane. Somehow this reminds me of Sleepy Time tea — not in flavor exactly, but in concept. It tastes like something you would drink right before you go to bed. The balance between the lavender and lemongrass is about equal. The promised mango flavor is M.I.A., though. Still a pleasant cup.

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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72

Got a sample of this and it’s pleasant, but mild. I might try extra leaf next time, but as it stands, the flavoring is lightly fruity and the base has a light hay note. I guess this could be plum and pear, but it might just as easily be a mild tropical fruit. A little sugar helps the flavor.

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70

I had received a sample of this a while back, but I decided that it’s due time to drink some samples down. I must admit that I was pretty happy with the way that this tea turned out. It had a nice nutty bite, with a slight dry plum note in the aftertaste. I didn’t care for the flavoring, but the base of the Wuyi makes this tea quite nice to drink. Overall, I had liked this brew, but I may not restock on it again.

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56

I had received a sample of this a while ago, but just rediscovered it this morning. I’ve been trying to get used to the 4:30 a.m. wake up time, but it has been difficult. Therefore, making tea during the week can be a chore.

I must say that this was okay. The base was overly bitter/astringent. I had to add a good amount of sugar to kill that astringency/bitterness. As much as the blend had sounded nice, I couldn’t get myself to finish the cup.

I brewed this western style in my 16 oz Ingenuitea tea maker. I steeped it for 2-3 minutes.

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82

Got this as a free sample in my order. The passionfruit flavor is convincing, and though I wish it was a little stronger, it’s still very enjoyable.

Nichole/CuppaGeek

I really like them. Need to make an order for them again. It’s been a while.

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87

On a rainy day such as this, I like to have black tea. The scent is very nice, certainly honey and a bit sweet. There is a sweet flavour, nice but a little strong. Also somewhat floral.

Not sure what I was expecting, but overall pretty good.

Flavors: Floral, Honey, Sweet

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67

Sipdown. By the time I finished my 1 oz package, I warmed to this tea slightly. I don’t know if my brain learned to sort out the flavors or if I subconsciously just got a little better at making it (because I can’t really think of anything I changed in the steeping routine). But still, this is not going to become a favorite. The fact that this is the last tea in my NMTC spring order to be finished — even though many of the other pouches were much larger — is the final proof of how I feel about it. Not terrible, but definitely not one of NMTC’s best. Despite the fact that it smelled amazing.

S.G. Sanders

The bases in the black teas aren’t the best. I’ve noticed a lot of astringency in them. Do you get that, too?

Tamarindel

I’ve noticed it in some but not all of them. Definitely the base in this one wasn’t great. But I like the base in the Ginger tea and Lady Londonderry, and they all 3 have a caylon base, I think?

Tamarindel

sorry, ceylon

S.G. Sanders

I’d have to ask. That could be it—the ceylon.

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67

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
S.G. Sanders

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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