New Mexico Tea Company

Recent Tasting Notes

89

Can I get a “Wooo!” This drink I made is making me do that and I haven’t gone “wow” in a while.

I haven’t had chai in a looong time but I bought almond coconut milk yesterday and I have been itching to make a cold drink of sorts with it. As I pondered for a beverage again this afternoon the idea struck me: iced chai latte. Now this might have to do a bit with Oprah — that woman knows how to make money, eh? — because I’ve been going to Starbucks a lot these past few weeks and there’s the giant sign about Oprah and some chai. So maybe my subconscious took a chai battering all these days because it came screaming out this afternoon.

So I dug out this sample from Dexter3657 that came my way during a period when I was interviewing chais for a regular spot and dumped it all in the steeper. Overleafed a little because I knew I’d be going in with ice and milk and after 4 minutes I dumped in some sugar in the raw, ice cubes halfway in a mason jar and then filled half with tea, half with almond coconut milk. Sprinkled on a small pinch of cardamom for good measure, stirred and WOW. I love this. Must make it again. Thank you to Dexter3657 for this oldie but goodie sample.

TheTeaFairy

Awww, almond coconut milk, best product ever!!
I will try this for sure, thanks for sharing :-)

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10

Ew. Just ew.

I got some of this in a swap with QueenOfTarts. The smell was absolutely overpowering. Sickeningly sweet. HEAVILY scented of grenadine, in a way that makes me think of the sugary syrup that bottled cherries float around with, and I mean in a BAD way. Warning bells ringing before I even started boiling water.

SO I start steeping it. I pour boiling water over the leaves and the syrup smell intensifies. No tea smell that I can tell…at first. About two minutes in, I catch a whiff of black tea. And it smells bitter, pungent and cutting to my nostrils. I worry even more. I just knew I should have used a lower water temp. I pull the leaves out a bit early (about 3min 30) and stir in a touch of sugar. Take a sip. Wait, then take another. Add more sugar. Sip. MORE SUGAR. Sip. SUGAR AND MILK, OH GOD, IS THERE ANY SAVING IT?!

The answer is no. I couldn’t doctor it in any way that made it palatable. I had to dump out the whole cup after unsuccessfully trying to shove it onto my friend. The grenadine flavor was cloyingly sweet, like fruit punch concentrate. The tea base was strong and bitter and unforgivingly in-your-face. I couldn’t take it.

I wasn’t sure if I should even write a review or not. Buuuut I felt guilty.

I might experiment with cold-brewing or try it again at a lower temperature. Then again, that experience was horrific enough to frighten anyone away forever. I don’t know if I have it in me.

Thanks for giving me the opportunity to try it QueenOfTarts. I wish I had nicer things to say. ):

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec
QueenOfTarts

Oh no! I’m sorry you didn’t like this one.

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60

’Here’s Hoping’ traveling teabox Round #2 // Tea #11
The dry leaves here is a CTC black tea mixed with longer black leaves, as well as some strawberry leaves. Hmm… I’m not getting any hints of strawberry here at all, but to be fair, I was sipping this while eating raspberries. The black tea also seems a bit mild for being half CTC, but it’s tasty anyway. You can’t really beat these raspberries though, so I’ll blame those.
Steep #1 // just boiled // 3 min

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81

Good Morning Steepster. With having little sleep last night but having to get up early and wait for a parcel re-delivery (which could be here as early as 7am) I’ve been forced to shuffle downstairs and start my day. An Earl Grey is my ‘drug’ of choice for this morning and a cream version sounds perfect, something soothing but with enough kick to stop me being zombie-fied.

New Mexico is a company I consider ordering from as they have reasonable UK shipping rates and sooo many tea blends. Not got around to it yet but it’s always good to try a sample or two before I order.

Raw scent is very perfumed and thick, the bergamot is waxy and the vanilla sweet which is a beautiful contrast.

Tea is medium strength with beautiful vanilla tones (pod ie natural)and the bergamot is waxy but light and sweetened by the vanilla. Also a light toffee style flavour. I bought some sweetener in just in-case but it’s sweet enough without it, husband agrees too.
Not as strong as it smells but it does have a nice level of flavour and it lingers in the mouth nicely.

Glad I made a pot of it this morning, it went down very well. When I eventually get around to doing an order I will get a bit more of this.

Flavors: Vanilla

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 7 OZ / 200 ML
TeaBrat

I feel the same. yawn

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80

I really enjoyed this flavored tea. It has a nice sweetness to it, I mainly just taste the papaya and a little of the calendula pieces. You won’t be disappointed with this tea.

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

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80

This is a very smooth black tea from china (Chinese call it red tea and is considered in high demand). This tea has a pleasant aroma, I can’t really get distinct notes from it, however, this could be drunk by any tea drinker. It does have a very light smokeyness which is pleasant. I like to steep it in a teapot for 7 minutes and add a little sugar.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 7 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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80

This was a very pleasant every day cup of tea. It has a settle honey taste but is not bold which I prefer. This has less tannic acid which I also prefer, less bitterness. I steep 1 tsp with boiling water for 5 minutes, there is no bitterness and has a nice honey aroma like much of the Indian teas have. If you like Indian black teas I recommend this.

Flavors: Honey

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

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75

I received this from the box I purchased from LiberTEAS. Thank you for including this one.

I am still in the early stages of pur-eh exploration. I determined tonight that I think I should do two rinses instead of just the one. I don’t really seem to start enjoying the tea until the second or third infusion. This is very mellow. It is tad bit tangy, but a little less so than the other raw pu-erh I had. I have no idea how to describe the flavors I am getting at the moment. This is enjoyable, not something I think I would go running back to. I have enough leaf for one more session so I will give it one more go. I am glad I got to try this one.

Terri HarpLady

I have a sample of this from Sil, which I need to get around to drinking.

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Not really al fan of this one. Tasted funky when hot and the smell was weird too. Its cooled down and I’m not tasting any orange.

Preparation
1 tsp
Ellyn

I have found that orange flavors are hit or miss….

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I think I must have done something wrong. Either that or this sample has been sitting too long. I taste no orange notes and on top of that I don’t taste that wonderful oolong flavor… i shall have to try again at some point.

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60

From the Here’s hoping Traveling Tea Box #2 (HHTTB2)

This is a middle of the road strawberry tea. It’s good but not great. The strawberry taste slightly bitter and fruity rather than like candy, so that’s a plus. I do think this would make a nice iced tea. I did add a teaspoon of sugar to my cup. I probably could have coaxed more strawberry flavor out of the tea by adding more sugar, but I really didn’t want to do that.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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80

TTB&C #21

I saved a tsp of this before sending the box on its way. I enjoyed this for one of my morning cups. I love mint, and I love bergamont, so the combination sounded pretty good, and it was. Neither flavor out did the other. It wasn’t one of those, must run out and buy this now cups, but I could see myself enjoying this again in the future.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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I don’t know what it is about EGC’s but I love them. When I first started trying various Earl Greys I thought I would prefer one over the other. I don’t, I just like them at different times.
If this tasted as good as the dry leaf it would be my favorite EGC, it smelled like marshmallows. It still taste good hot but better as it cools.

My favorite way to make this is cold brew and it is great. Cream vanilla and bergamot, cold and refreshing. I would get this sometime when I’m running low on EGC.

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TTB&C #13

Unfortunately this tea is just not for me. The base is a bit astringent and the berry flavor is hidden in the back ground when I would like it to be more present.

NayLaynn, thank you for including this one and allowing me to give it a go!

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

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I have ben wanting to try this tea for a long time, only because I thought it looked really interesting. Dexter3657 must have intuited this, since I was sent this in a generous box.

I didn’t look at the site or previous written notes on this one, so I didn’t know what to expect. The liquor brewed to a deep gold colour, and the aroma reminded me a little bit of a barn….straw/hay aroma. Oh oh. I tentatively took a sip, and was surprised at the mildness of this tea. It was sweet and a little hay-like in flavour, but I didn’t find that off-putting. It was really good, actually.

I just finished a second cup of this, and it was sweeter than the last. Some fruit notes came through, and it was quite nectar-like with the mouth-feel and sweetness.

This was a tasty surprise. Thank you Dexter!

Stephanie

Ooh, neat sounding tea :)

scribbles

I wanted to try it ’cos the leaves are so unusual. It was a nice surprise that it was so good.

Dexter

Awesome!!! Really happy that you liked this. I wasn’t sure about including it in your package. I thought it was more “novelty” than “good tea” and I hadn’t tried it….will have to move it up the list. :))

gmathis

The leaves do look like something out of a fairy tale! (Let’s see…who gathered bundles of sticks? One of the little pigs; surely someone else…)

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60

Thank you Nicole for sharing this yunnan with me.
Unfortunately this one is clearly not for me : too strong for my taste, almost like a coffee.
It has also smocky notes but not the ones I appreciate.
And even if I didn’t oversteep it at all (less than 4 min) I get a certain bitterness at the end of the sip.
It’s just not my kind but it would be a perfect morning companion for whoever likes strong & very malty teas.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 45 sec

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90

This is absolutely delicious brewed for 5 min and then drunk cold with vanilla soy milk. It’s also very good hot and drunk without milk.

Flavors: Coconut

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

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75

Thank you Dexter3657! I needed something low caffeine after all that matcha. Hojicha is a good option if you’re not feeling like white/green/red tea but definitely low caffeine. I went with Zen’s instructions for hojicha (since no one really gives instructions for hojicha). Two teaspoons, 203 degrees for one minute (well.. I went for two minutes). Always love a nice cup of hojicha! Roasty, toasty, a little bit sweet. I’m surprised there isn’t more flavor here though, especially with two teaspoons. The second steep I went with just boiled water and the flavor is the same. I’ll enjoy the few teaspoons remaining in my meager hojicha collection, but there are better hojicha teas out there.

Sami Kelsh

Mmm, hojicha. happy thoughts

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I’m amazed at how subtle this sheng is. I have never come across a sheng that I felt I could drink all day that was this young. Not very flavorful, but, still enjoyable. I’m definitely considering adding it to my pantry.

Even my trio of villains fought over this one:
http://tea-pet.tumblr.com/post/77921621101/and-so-the-battle-begins

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52

I am revising my score down after brewing again. The cinnamon is really overwhelming. About twice as much as I’d like. So strong that I can hardly taste anything else. On the up side, this tea feels filling and suppresses my appetite. I read afterward that cinnamon can do that.

Flavors: Cinnamon

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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79

Delicious, slightly sweet, slightly acidic but not excessively so. I use less tea than the usual 1 teaspoon/oz but then let it steep in the pot, so it keeps intensifying.

Flavors: Flowers, Orange Zest, Vanilla

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 7 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 2 OZ / 59 ML

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80

Shockingly sweet and smooth, and even though it’s 10pm and I’d really like to get some sleep tonight, I want to finish this cup. It’s just so tasty! I do love cardamom mind you, so I’d recommend a love of it prior to trying this tea out.

Huge thanks to Dexter3657 for sharing this with me! 1.5 tsp in 12 oz.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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62

Revising my score on this one down on second drinking. Maybe my tastes are evolving, but now the orange tastes pretty strong. Would not buy again – and unfortunately (being a new tea drinker), I bought a pound. If anyone would like to trade some, let me know. If you like rooibos and you like fruity teas, you’ll probably like this. I’m realizing fruity teas are not my favorite in most cases.

Flavors: Fruit Tree Flowers, Orange Zest, Vanilla

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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