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Steeped for 5 minutes exactly, and it was much improved from the cup I had yesterday, a very nice balance between the fruit flavors and the base. I feel like this is not the same base tea NMTC is using in its other black teas. It’s good, just punchier than the regular base.
Pretty good, but I need to keep a better eye on my steeping parameters. I left this one too long and the base kind of took over. I’m not getting much peach or apricot, even though I know it’s in the blend from the other times I’ve prepared this tea. I generally think of flavored black teas as pretty forgiving, but this one not so much. Think I’ll set a timer next time.
Got a sample of this in my recent order and was pleasantly surprised. While all the flavors I’ve tried from the New Mexico Tea Company have been good, some of them were on the weak side. Not so this one. The peach and apricot smell amazing, and both the base and the fruit notes pack a punch once steeped up. I don’t detect any spices here (I think blenders often slip some into this flavor combo) which is a relief to me. It’s nice to be able to just taste the fruit :)
Picked this up from the store earlier in the year. Since it nearly time for Autumn, decided to have this for my afternoon cup. It smells nicely malty, and a bit more fruity when I brewed it. The flavour is a sweet malt, with some red and dark fruit notes.
Flavors: Fruity, Malt, Red Fruits
‘Tea, Earl Grey, hot!’
I’ve been having a lot of EG lately, I blame a certain Starship Captain. My latest sample from the local shop. I’ve had lavender EG, and rose EG, but not in the same cup. Smells nicely like lavender with some rose. The rosemary scent comes out better when brewed. There is a mostly bergamot and rose scent. With the lavender notes as it cools. Then there are hints of rosemary. Got this because I thought the blend sounded interesting, but it’s very good too. (Had the first cuppa with cinnamon rolls.)
Flavors: Bergamot, Lavender, Rose
Tea! Earl Grey! Hot! (I would have tea with Picard, if he asked. Or Patrick Stewart.)
There is a nice creamy, bergamot scent. The flavour is vanilla/ citrus. Not too strong, and a little the sweet side. Goes well with brownies and Star Trek episodes.
This was a sample, so I’ll have to get more.
Flavors: Bergamot, Cream, Vanilla
Finishing up the last of this. I’m just not tasting the berry here – it’s more like a mild blended black tea. It’s good (if I were tasting it blind I’d probably give it a better rating) but there are better alternatives for that sort of thing.
(EDIT: Just noticed my last several reviews were all disappointed. Been drinking a lot of African Sunrise (yum) and Chocolate Mint Black (yum) … I’ve probably already reviewed the best stuff in the tea drawer and now am just finishing up the things I rarely drink.)
I bought this yesterday when I was at NM Tea Co., and I’m sipping it this morning**. It is like an autumny hug in a mug. It is spicy, yes, but gentle enough to drink a lot of. It would also be FANTASTIC iced. The top note is a gentle cinnamon clove, but there’s also a “nuttiness” to this tea that my palate isn’t cultured enough to identify. Another brilliant tea from NM Tea Co.
On a side note, NM Tea Compnay’s customer service is the SHIZ, and their shop in Albq. is lovely.
**Brewing Note: I have no idea exactly how many ounces of water or at what temp. I throw about 7 tsp. in my Brown Betty, and fill that sucker up with water from the tea kettle on the stove. I know, I’m so not classy. Sorry.
Flavors: Cinnamon, Clove, Nutty, Pepper
Since I don’t live near certain stores anymore, I got this from my new local shop as a Summer tea. Firstly, it smells awesome. A nice blend of citrus and strawberry. The flavour is more lemon with hints of berry, but not as strong.
Good, but will have to try it iced.
Flavors: Berry, Citrus, Lemon, Strawberry
This stuff tastes like autumn in a cup (although I would gladly drink this hot or iced ANY time of year). Of the 6 teas I purchased at NM Tea Co. to sample, this is the only one that I will be purchasing again—in BULK.I can’t rate the actual tea that is the base of this blend because my palate is not sophisticated enough, but the whole shebang is delicious.
Apples, almonds, citrus,a touch of cinnamon, a faint hint of hibiscus, zero bitterness. If you like Juicy Fruit gum, you’ll dig this tea. I have never enjoyed supermarket bought flavored teas because they always taste kind of like potpourri—fake and plastic-ey and heinous, but there is nothing about this blend that is remotely “off”—it is amazeballs.
It really doesn’t need sweetening, but the addition of some honey didn’t hurt it any. Also, I brewed it in a full Brown Betty teapot—no clue how many ounces of water in actuality. You know— “about 6 cups, one for the pot, yeah, that looks about right”
Flavors: Almond, Apple, Cinnamon, Citrus, Fruity, Hibiscus
Do you like Laphroaig? If you do, THIS is your tea. If you don’t so much—then nope, this is not your tea.
Smells like Laphroaig, tastes faintly of iodine, smells very strongly of peat. Not my thing. Nope.
I can’t give it an honest numerical rating, though, because it might be excellent tea. I can’t get past the smell.
Flavors: Peat, Smoked
Ah, apricots. They go with so many things. Today, it was French toast. While reading part two of the quest to destroy the Dark Lord’s evil jewelry. This tea smells really good. I get a scent of cocoa, with hints of honey. The flavour is more honey, and generally mildly sweet.
(Have two cups with adventure stories.)
Flavors: Cocoa, Honey
Had a pleasant cup of this this afternoon. I keep making lists of teas to buys, while at the same time I’m trying to sip down all this tea I have lying around, and the irony of this finally drove me to diagram which teas, in an ideal world, would actually fill my cupboard. It came to a mere 18 (this tea was one of them). The number is so low partly because i still have so many teas to try, and partly because with so many teas being either discontinued or re-formulated, I’m losing favorites almost as fast as I’m discovering new ones :( Well, here’s hoping this one doesn’t change, it’s become a standby for me.
So happy with this tea! I picked it out to be my morning tea, but I like it so much I’ve been dipping into it twice a day. Granted it’s not fancy — nothing but ginger and black tea, just like the name says — but the balance between the two is spot on, and the ginger and the tea leaves are both great quality (in general, I’d have to say one of my favorite things about NMTC — along with their free shipping — is whatever they’re using for their black tea base). Far and away my favorite approach to this flavor.
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.