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87

Got this as a free sample in my last order. I feel like ginger tea is pretty straightforward, as long as there aren’t a lot of extraneous ingredients thrown in (I’m looking at you, lemongrass). So while there’s nothing particularly original about this ginger tea, it is a solid example of the genre, they chose a nice black tea for the base and the ginger tastes fresh.

It’s been so hot here I had to ice it, which worked pretty well. Nothing will save me from this temperature though, it feels like the whole landscape is toasting to a crisp. I keep painting irises (the real ones are completely withered) because they’re pretty easy and I am just too hot to concentrate: http://www.inprnt.com/gallery/danamartin/tropical-iris/

God, I wish it would rain or something.

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One of the best cold brewed herbal teas I’ve had. I loved the lemony orange flavor with hints of honey. Sweet with a citrus tang. When I brewed this one up hot, there wasn’t a wow factor or a this tea rocks feel. Don’t get me wrong, it was good, just not mind blowing. Cold brewed is how to enjoy this tea.

http://www.cuppageek.com/index.php/2015/06/25/tea-of-the-day-african-summer-from-nm-tea-co/

And in case anybody is obsessed with owls like I am. . . Here is a post about a handmade Owl Charm Infuser that I recently discovered. . .

http://www.cuppageek.com/index.php/2015/06/24/tea-ware-tuesday-my-newest-addition-owl-tea-charm-infuser-from-jiji-makes/

Happy Friday eve all!

masked185

Sounds nice and refreshing!

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79

One of my samples when I went by the store. I always like going by it when I visit Old Town. It smells nicely like pomegranate. There is a fruity flavour, but the vanilla doesn’t come out that well. Will have to try it iced.

Flavors: Fruity

Lariel of Lórien

It does make better iced tea. The creamy vanilla/ pomegranate flavours come out better. Some fruit teas are just improved cold.

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Steeped this one up and from the smell alone I could tell I wasn’t going to be a fan. One sip and this isn’t bad but this isn’t one I want to finish the cup. I didn’t realize this had rooibos in it. I was blinded by the cool artwork on the package. AGH!

Tealover

Blinded by the cool artwork… an all too familiar trap :-) Better luck next time!

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75

First Steep (160F, 1 min): Mostly floral with some cocoa. No astringency or bitterness associated with black teas.

Second Steep (160F, 1 min 15 s): Mostly floral, hints of cocoa and cinnamon.

Third steep (160F, 1 min 30 s): Nearly entirely floral with a cinnamon aftertaste.

Great caffeine/theanine buzz. Great flavor, but three steeps is probably sufficient for this tea. Possibly due to the low temperature suggested, this tea had no signs of astringency or bitterness. I wasn’t completely sold on the Keemun grand, but it’s suggested temperature was boiling. I will try that one again at this temperature. In any case, this tea is a great example of Chinese black teas.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Cocoa, Floral

Preparation
160 °F / 71 °C 1 min, 0 sec 4 g 8 OZ / 236 ML

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70

First infusion (1 minute, 160): Nice malty and caramel flavors, no detectable bitterness or astringency. I highly recommend this temperature.

Second Infusion (1 minute 15 seconds, 160): Lighter malt but resilient caramel flavors.

Third Infusion (1 minute 30 seconds, 160): Weak flavor, two infusions are probably sufficient.

Overall, a decent tea with light but obvious flavors. The leaf isn’t very resilient but this is forgivable for a black tea. Not the greatest Chinese Black tea but definitely a nice experience.

Flavors: Caramel, Malt

Preparation
160 °F / 71 °C 1 min, 0 sec 4 g 8 OZ / 236 ML

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30

First Infusion (212, 4 minutes): Decent dark liquor, smoked malty taste. Not very complex or interesting. Very astringent and bitter.

New first infusion (200, 4 minutes): Nearly the same as the 212F, 4 minute infusion. Still very astringent and bitter.

New first infusion (190, 4 minutes): Nearly the same as the previous infusions. Astringency was toned down but still very bitter.

Second infusion (190, 4 minutes 15 seconds): Previous malty flavors barely noticeable with the bitterness.

I will update this with more temperatures. For now, I cannot recommend this tea. Not enjoyable.

Flavors: Malt, Smoke

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 4 g 8 OZ / 236 ML

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87

I got this tea as a sample on one of my trips to the store. (Because I yay for local tea shops!) Anyway, when it is first brewed, there a slight smoky scent. Not enough to bother me though. Then the flavour is cocoa and some dried fruit. It has a nice taste as it cools too.

Flavors: Cocoa, Dried Fruit, Plums, Smoke

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90

First Steep 212, 4 mins: Tastes like a toned down chocolate stout. Excellent cocoa undertones and very rich feel.

Second Steep 212, 4 mins: Second steep is very different. Still very rich but chocolate stout is replaced by a sort of spicy, maybe cinnamon flavor

Third Steep 212, 4 mins:

This is my first Chinese black tea and I am excited to try more and may become a regular in my cup. 9/10

Flavors: Cinnamon, Cocoa

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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80

Sweet Plum goodness. This one I really enjoyed. This is one of the first plum teas that I have thought actually taste like plum. A lot of them come off as artificial. This one didn’t to me. Fresh plum flavor is what I got. I know a lot of other people have reviewed this particular tea and thought it was very fake plum tasting. Maybe they revamped the blend. This one isn’t going to last long in my house. The twins are already asking me for more!

In other news Constantine is possibly heading into Season 2. I don’t know if anybody else loved this show like I did, but I am happy that this show has a glimmer of a hope since NBC cancelled it.

http://www.cuppageek.com/index.php/2015/05/29/tea-of-the-day-plum-oolong-from-new-mexico-tea-company/

Flavors: Honey, Plums, Sweet

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87

I got this as a sample a few weeks back, and liked it enough to make it my go-to earl grey. It is similar to David’s Cream of Earl Grey, but in this one the balance is tipped slightly in favor of the vanilla cream flavors, making the bergamot a bit less sharp. This is great for me, as I prefer the bergamot to be light (that’s why I’m drinking the cream versions in the first place).

Anyway, this meant a re-order as I soon polished off the sample. I got free shipping on this order, as I did the previous one. The first time I thought this had something to do with the fact that I’d only ordered tiny samples, but it seems that you can get free shipping from the New Mexico Tea Company no matter what size your order is (at least within the states, I’m not sure about internationally). So if you are curious about their tea, you can try it for only a couple of bucks, or possibly even for free. They have this page http://www.nmteaco.com/freesample.html where you can choose a free sample once a month.

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

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87

Accidentally over-steeped this one, but it still turned out nice, with a good balance between the vanilla and bergamot flavors. Really enjoying whatever NMTC is using for a base in all these teas, as it is robust without between distracting. So many black tea bases have these weird acidic notes, but this one is very smooth.

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

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88

This is a nice surprise. The vanilla teas I’ve had before lean towards this custard/yogurt sort of vanilla flavor. This one tastes like pure vanilla, like that good Mexican vanilla extract, even down to the hint of liquor flavor. While I could do with it a being a little stronger (vanilla teas never seem to be strong enough) the flavor does meld beautifully with the base. I think this is my favorite of the NMTC teas so far.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Nightshifter

And now I need to go look at this tea. ~Vanilla Freak/Nightshifter

Tamarindel

I’m a vanilla freak too :) But it’s like questing for the Holy Grail, SO difficult to find a nice strong vanilla for some reason.

Nightshifter

It is! Have you tried Golden Orchid by Whispering Pines or Singing Dog Organic Vanilla? They are the best I’ve found. I like the base of GO best, but I like the vanilla in SD best. Hope this helps! :)

Tamarindel

Those sound great, I’ll put them on the list!

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78

The lemon in this lemon-strawberry combo comes from lemon balm rather than lemon peel; I consider this a happy change as lemon peel is often so bitter. While the strawberry and lemon balm are delicious together, the flavor is so faint! I feel like I’m smelling this but not quite tasting it. I don’t know if I got an old sample or need to revise my steeping methods? There aren’t any instructions on the bag, but black tea is usually pretty straightforward. Hmmm, I’ll experiment more with this one another time.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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87

My small order of sample packs from New Mexico Tea Company just came in. Super fast shipping, even with the long weekend! I’ve never had anything from NMTC before so I’m really excited to try them.

First up, the coconut one (given my weakness for coconut, this was an obvious choice.)

It smells amazing, it’s like opening a bag of Mounds. As far as flavor: the base tea is pretty strong in this, so while I taste the coconut, I’d say I’m getting 65% base flavor, 35% coconut.

I can’t help comparing this to my other coconut black tea, David’s Buttered Rum. The Buttered Rum is definitely more nuanced, since the coconut in that is toasted and the whole tea is designed to evoke a couple of flavors, not just coconut. The Coconut Dream is more straightforward — just tea and coconut as far as I can tell — but the flavor is nice and fresh, so still a very enjoyable tea.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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50

I will update this once I try more whites. So far, this seemed very bland and maybe average at best.

First infusion (185, 3 mins): Bland, very very light hint of honey. Feels very creamy smooth in the mouth.

Second infusion (185, 3:30 mins): Even more bland, hint of honey was gone.

Flavors: Creamy, Honey

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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70

First steep (2 min, 160): I mostly tasted black pepper, and is present in the after taste as well. Some smokey flavor as well.

Second steep (2 min, 160): Very similar to first, I may try a third steep to see if the flavor changes then.

This is my first gunpowder green, not very offensive so I’m guessing a good first start.

Flavors: Black Pepper, Smoke

Preparation
160 °F / 71 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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70

The dried tea has such a rich cherry scent that I was tempted to just forget the hot water and eat it out of the packet. :D Once brewed there’s a strong cherry/mixed berry flavor, although IMO too much of a tart hibiscus aftertaste. But if you’re okay with that sort of thing then I definitely recommend it.

This was my free monthly sample when I ordered from NMTeaCo online . (I love cherry but don’t like hibiscus-based fruit teas so it could have gone either way.) It’s quite a generous sample, the packet looks like it has at least 4-5 servings.

Flavors: Berry, Cherry, Hibiscus, Sweet, Tart

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80

I got this on a whim when stocking up on my African Summer. The flavor is not too sweet, not too minty. While it smells very strongly of chocolate, it mainly tastes like a smooth (non-bitter) black tea with a slight chocolate aftertaste. Could probably be turned into a “dessert” tea by adding milk/sugar, but as-is it’s pretty good as a breakfast beverage.

The package of loose tea had two chocolate chips nestled on top. A cute touch (but probably not meant to be brewed).

Flavors: Chocolate, Tea

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89

Happy St Paddy’s Day. Since I really like Irish Breakfast, I picked this up at the store a few months ago. There is sweet scent, and a bit darker than I’m used to. The flavour is bold and smooth, with just a hint of sweet malt. Went well with my Irish cream bread pudding.

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90

My Monday morning malty mug. There is a light maltly scent. The is dark, and bold flavour , along with being on the sweet side. Makes for a very good breakfast tea. Glad I picked some up when I visited the local shop.

Flavors: Malt

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20

It’s loud, brassy, and heavily spiced. Too much punch from the base tea; not enough balance. Lot of clove. Bitter. So bitter, and I didn’t even use boiling water. I wish I could provide a more thorough note, but I dumped this after the first few sips.

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95

Since I moved to NM, I try to visit this shop whenever possible. Got this tea as one of my samples. I always like the golden colour of the leaves. There is a scent of cocoa, and hints of yams. The flavour is sweet, and a bit malty. It’s smooth, mild, and very good.

Flavors: Cocoa, Malt, Yams

Nightshifter

Sounds tasty!

TheLastDodo

I love NM!

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