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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.
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:
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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…
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
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.
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.
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
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
I’m fairly new to Darjeeling blacks. I’ve only tried one 2nd flush so far and this is my first time with 1st flush. From some reading I’ve heard 1st flushes described as almost like green teas and this certainly matches that description.
The wet leaves mostly have a grassy green color, with some more golden brown leaves scattered throughout. The liquor also looks more like the yellowish hue of a green than a black.
The taste is lighter than 1st flush. It still has similar spicy and malty characteristics, but those are more muted and there is some sweetness as well. Overall less flavorful than 2nd flush, and I can see why it isn’t valued as highly, but still an enjoyable tea.
Flavors: Malt, Spices, Sweet