New Mexico Tea Company

Recent Tasting Notes

83

This is the last tea I have to try from Dexter… from a while ago! Shame shame! Well, the tea generosity lasted an entire year, so another big THANK YOU! This tastes almost exactly like I thought it would, though I have no experience at all with Ice Wine! It’s very flavorful – the white tea actually brews up a golden color, so it’s definitely full of flavor. But there is a bubbly fruity flavor that I could only describe as Ice Wine, even if I’ve never had it. It does seem more like Ice Champagne to me though, now that I think about it. Wonderful to try! I’ve been very happy with the few teas I’ve tried from New Mexico Tea Co. I’ll have to order from them at some point.
Steep #1 // 2 tsps // 32 min after boiling // 2 min
Steep #2 // 30 min after boiling // 2-3 min

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92

I cannot begin to say how GOOD this is! It was an impulse addition to my order and I am so glad I gave into the impulse. Soothing, rich, interesting, rounded . . . it is both comforting and somehow “sophisticated.”

Flavors: Burnt Sugar, Cloves, Dry Grass, Smooth

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

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84

Vodka may be #1, but I will take this over it any day, any time, anywhere. A wonderful tea that both demands your attention and provides quiet companionship that does not intrude. I love the smoky quality of a good Russian Caravan and this one definitely does not disappoint. It’s balanced.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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74

Nicely tart and refreshing. Good hot but I think better iced on a hot summer’s day.

Flavors: Almond, Cherry, Fruity, Hibiscus

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec

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75

So I apparently never reviewed this. Shame on me!

This is a fruity sweet black tea. It was okay hot, but I made the most wonderful jug of iced tea from this over the summer. It’s lovely, and light, and perfectly refreshing. I sent on the remainder to Arshness in the Pass Your Stash TTB. Hopefully she enjoys it!

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86

Very relaxing evening tea. Subtle fruit flavors of lemon and lavender with a hint of mango. Just the right balance between these flavors makes for a great alternative to chamomile. Holds up well for re-steeping.

Flavors: Fruity, Lavender, Lemon, Mango

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 7 min, 0 sec

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40

This is an interesting tea – it brews up to a wheat-golden liquid that smells remarkably like Hubbard’s Shoe Grease…I wasn’t expecting it to have that bacon/pine tar scent that reminds me of nothing more than bootblacking.

It’s hard to get past that to actually assess the flavour of the tea, but there are definitely fishy, leather-like notes that are all kinds of strange. I’m not sure I enjoy the experience of drinking this cup, but that might just be an aversion to puerhs, so take my rating with a grain of salt.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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90

Hm. No idea how I haven’t reviewed this yet. I’m pretty sure I’m on my second package of it. This is a smooth, deeply vanilla and lovely bergamot. A very, very good EG cream. An easy daily drinker.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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Iced always of course, It reminds me of Country Time pink lemonade that I have not had in years. My husband does not agree so I may be off on my idea. I’m making the last of it for a family get together tomorrow and I will update how it goes over.
Edit: They thought it tasted like flowers, so I looked up the ingredients and guess what, It has flowers in it. I think I should note that they normally drink super sweet black iced tea or Arizona so this may have been a little different for them. I still like it and being able to buy an 1oz for 2.75 I can happily get more just for me.

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I meant to try it on its own but I forgot. I made concentrated amounts and added it to 7up. Kind of like a cherry limeade and reminded me how much I once liked cherry 7up that I forgot all about. My son liked it also, why wouldn’t he.

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86

I’m a little obsessed with cardamom. I’ve been making cardamom ice cream and sampling different chais trying to find one with enough cardamom, so I was very excited for this.

This is straight up cardamom and black. No other notes that I’m detecting, and surprisingly dry on its own. I associate cardamom with sweet and creamy flavours (or some savoury dishes), and so I think my palette was a bit surprised by how this tasted.

With a bit of milk and sugar though, this is bliss. It’s going down a little too easy and I’m almost to the bottom of my cup already. It’s satisfying my cardamom craving very nicely.

I steeped this for four minutes, but I think for my next cup I will just steep the hell out of it, like I usually do with teas that I plan to add milk and sugar to. Get all that cardamom deliciousness into my cup.

Thanks so much to Dexter for sending me this sample!

Flavors: Bitter, Cardamon, Malt

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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I originally bought this to put in a TTB because it was on someone’s wishlist. Around the time I was bagging it up I had made arrangements to include this in a swap. After bagging one up I dropped the rest of bag on the floor. Not sure if it would be worth buying more of I pinched some off the top of the pile on the floor and tried it. It was so good iced, cheap and I get free shipping, I decided it was worth buying more.

This has been one of my favorite teas to occasionally drink iced this summer and I will get more for the next. Sweet jasmine and black tea

Nicole

Good iced, cheap and free shipping. That is just about an unbeatable combo. :) I really like this one, too.

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Took a quick look through the other tasting notes/ratings for this tea, and was a little surprised at how others felt about it.
I really like this tea. It’s just yummy. Nice plum, nice oolong base, juicy, not tart, really enjoyable cup.
I’m a fan of flavored oolongs in general, but most of them are done with more of a green base. This oolong is darker and that makes me happy.
Do I LOVE this tea? – no, but we can certainly be friends and I wouldn’t mind always having a little floating around.

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95

I have had this tea twice and loved it both times. Full bodied, balanced, very slightly acidic and sweet, but in a mellow way. I have not tried it with milk – it strikes me as nearly perfect on its own.

Flavors: Tangy, Winter Honey

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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I bought this to make iced tea with it and that is what i did. I don’t know what huckleberry should taste like but this taste good iced little malty and very little berry taste. I would consider getting it again next summer.

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48

Thank you Sil for the chance to try something new but I really didn’t like this tea. I found it oddly dry. Hopefully Cavocorax has better luck with the sample.

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87

So it’s summer in the DC region and the humidity outside is around 70%, causing it to feel infinitely hotter than it actually says on the thermometer. Also, you feel like you’re melting.

Enter iced tea. I ordered a sample pack of this sometime last year and had never opened it. But it’s been hot. Hotter than hot. Not quite Qatar-hot, but then Qatar isn’t known for feeling like a sponge… Anyway, it’s been hot, and I have been living off iced tea. And I had just finished my last jug and was looking for something else to brew. This caught my eye and I tore open the pack.

About a 2:1 ratio of tea to sugar. Hot brewed and then stuck in the fridge once it had cooled. It’s absolutely delicious. I will have to buy more of this. Definitely. I love it. The blueberry flavor is definitely there, though it tastes more like flavor than actual blueberries (this is a common complaint on fruit teas). Light, refreshing. YUM.

Flavors: Blueberry

Preparation
3 min, 0 sec 8 tsp 68 OZ / 2011 ML
jeweledthumb

I feel ya!

Debbie

Have you made it over to ching ching CHA yet? I got some papaya mango white tea from them that is wonderful iced.

jeweledthumb

I haven’t! I’ve been meaning to go to Georgetown for awhile, but it’s such a pain to get to, especially when it’s so hot. And all the tourists… Is it worth a crowded metro ride and a long walk? =)

Debbie

I think it is. It has some lovely teas for sale, and nice atmosphere. Pop into Baked & Wired too for some cupcakes. :)

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78
drank Royal Yunnan by New Mexico Tea Company
5392 tasting notes

Card and tea Travelling tea box

This is an interesting cup of tea. It’s malty and bold and overall a smooth cup. it’s on the stronger side but there’s no bitterness or astringency for me. Not sure if this would be one to keep in my cupboard but it was nice to try out :)

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Light and tropical. I deteced apricot or peach. Very smooth. Faint vegetal taste.

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This is really full of toasty, roasty goodness. I think this is what I keep hoping that genmaicha will be – but never quite is.
I really like this – it’s more like a roasted oolong to me than a green tea, but whatever it is -it sure is tasty. It makes me happy….

TheTeaFairy

This looks very unusual…your description of the taste makes me think of hojicha.

Dexter

It’s a lot like hojicha – so much like it that I’m not even sure I understand the difference. :))

TheTeaFairy

Haha! Well you must have done a great job at describing it for me to pick up on that :-)
I didn’t even know this tea existed…it’s all twigs!

Dexter

Yeah, the package said “Japanese Twig Tea” – dunno, but it’s good, I like it. :))

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92

A delicious “green” oolong – aromatic, floral, balanced. Stands up to multiple infusions.

Flavors: Fruity, Orchids, Plants

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 4 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Hojicha by New Mexico Tea Company
752 tasting notes

MMMMMmmmmmm I’m a big fan of all things toasty and roasty. This is no exception. For me this is a decent hojicha – it’s pretty dark roast – almost smoky. I like it.

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76
drank Hojicha by New Mexico Tea Company
267 tasting notes

This is my first hojicha from a sample Dexter3657 sent me. Dry it looks like nothing i’ve ever seen before. It looks like dark bark but has the shape of sencha. I brewed 1 tsp, 185F for 4 min.
It reminds me a bit of the roasted oolongs since there’s no typical green tea flavour. Definitely a roasty toasty tea. Thank-you Dexter for another great sample!

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 4 min, 0 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML

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