New Mexico Tea Company

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85

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.

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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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83

I bought a sample of this recently and upon smelling it filed it away as ‘to try but not now.’ I finally got to it today, and I must say I like it quite a lot more than expected. It smells very floral when dry, but steeped the scent is less intense.

The taste is floral, but not overwhelming. It’s a sweet tea that I can’t imagine taking with additives—and that’s a good thing in my opinion.

Flavors: Floral, Jasmine, Smooth, Sweet, Tea, Vanilla

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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1

Waaaaaaaaaaay too flowery for me. I might as well be munching on the blossoms! Bleck!

Preparation
2 g 12 OZ / 354 ML

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100

Such a great tea! It’s so light and fruity! It doesn’t have a really sour aftertaste like some fruit blended teas have as well. Can’t wait to try ice brewing this sometime!

Flavors: Apple, Berries, Strawberry, Sweet

Preparation
6 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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85

Strong but not overly sweet floral scent. Taste is standard Earl Grey with a floral aftertaste that tones down the bergamot. Would be a good choice if you find the regular Earl Grey too strong but like the flavors.

I’ve been drinking almost entirely herbals this month (trying to reduce caffeine), but was really in the mood for a black tea today.

Flavors: Bergamot, Earl Grey, Rose

Preparation
5 min, 30 sec

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HOME BLEND: 50/50 mix of this and their Assam CTC (see link below) I’d originally bought on recommendation as a base for a homemade chai. Result: a mildly spiced black tea with a refreshing ginger aftertaste. Could even use a slightly longer steeping time than I gave it. (I was trying to avoid bitterness but apparently that’s not an issue with CTC?)

New Mexico Tea Co’s Assam CTC (Crush, Tear & Curl): http://steepster.com/teas/new-mexico-tea-company/61060-assam-ctc

Preparation
4 min, 0 sec

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(Edit: See my other tasting note about blending this with black tea.) This tea smells delicious but is rather picky to prepare. I used a half-serving (because the tea-ball was too small) with a long steep and got a decent ginger taste with a little bite from the cinnamon. I suspect you can get wildly different flavors depending on how much you use and how long you let it sit in the water.

Not giving this a numerical review yet since I wasn’t able to follow the instructions. Brewing notes for self reference:
- do not use iron water pot.
- try with larger teaball

Flavors: Cinnamon, Ginger

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Bought a large variety of teas when I was in New Mexico, but this one was the first tea to run out. Very citrusy and a good wake-up tea for weekends (or keeping you going throughout the day after you’ve maxed out your caffeine).

From what I recall it also survived long steeps and resteeps in the tea thermos, so it’s a good commuter option.

Flavors: Citrus

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95

The leaves are black, full, and uniform as they are sprinkled into the tea pot. The fragrance is malty, slightly smoky, loamy, slightly sweet and herbaceous. Steeping at just one teaspoon per six ounce cup in 205 degree fresh water for three minutes creates a beautiful dark red amber tea with a smooth and balanced aroma. The taste is smooth but full on the tongue, solidly astringent although not puckering, slightly tangy and sweet, and leaves a long finish on the palate. This, to me, is the quintessential taste of tea. Everything else should be compared to this. It is also an outstanding value as provided by New Mexico Tea Company at $0.24 per six ounce cup (or less if purchased in volume). After enjoying this tea I felt invigorated and focused with many memories of enjoying excellent cups of tea around the world.

Flavors: Green Wood, Loam, Malt, Smoke, Smooth

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 20 OZ / 591 ML

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95

The dry tea is black full leaves of uniform size with many golden tips and a malty, slightly smoky aroma. In the cup, the tea is honey-amber in color and has a balanced, woody and green herbaceous fragrance. It has a thick mouthfeel (at one teaspoon per six ounce cup steeped three minutes in 205 degree fresh water), is smooth, balanced, and delicate with a pleasingly astringent mild bitterness. The taste includes a touch of saltiness and sweetness, no sourness, and finishes with an even stronger mouthfeel on the palate. Overall, for taste, aroma, and value, this is a superb black tea for mornings or afternoons. I enjoy it with a little sugar and just a teaspoon of milk. It comes from a single estate, Doomur Dulling, in eastern Assam, and is an STGFOP (Special Tippy Golden Flowery Orange Pekoe) meaning it has the highest quality leaves of its type and the highest proportion of leaf tips.

Flavors: Malt, Wood

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 18 OZ / 532 ML

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90

This is definitely not the best tasting tea on the planet but it really does work. I have bronchitis right now and a cup of this stuff made me feel well enough to walk down the step without gasping for breath.

I do suggest being careful with how much tea you use and how long you steep if for, it can get extremely spicy.

Flavors: Spicy

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 9 OZ / 266 ML

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84

I can’t believe I am the first to review this tea… I know NMTea has had it for sale for awhile because I’ve looked at it before and considered buying. I got this sample in the Christmas card swap from Naylynn.

I do taste the chocolate, which is odd because being white chocolate and caramel I should only be getting sweet, not chocolate. Along with cloves, ginger and cinnamon. I didn’t notice black pepper. Overall, this is a very pleasant chai blend. I steeped with 1/2 water and 1/2 light cream, 2 teaspoons sugar. This goes on the wishlist. :)

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 6 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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