New Mexico Tea Company

Recent Tasting Notes

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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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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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77

Brewed this for the first time today and really liked it. It’s great with a bit of milk. Full bodied but balanced, slightly malty and very slightly acidic. Does not feel heavy in the stomach. Very drinkable.

Flavors: Malt, Plants, Tannin

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

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Here’s Hoping Tea Box

Fairly tart strawberry flavoring. Bold base. Probably would make a good iced tea.

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81

2/10/14 Sample from TeaTiff. 3g/6oz/212F/4 min. I love this! The rosemary and lavender dance around in the tea, and the bergamot and rose hang out in the aroma, and together it’s just a lovely citrusy cuppa.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 3 g 6 OZ / 177 ML
boychik

Interesting. Very unusual ingredients for EG

TeaTiff

I am glad you liked this one. It wasn’t one I was excited about drinking so I am glad it found a better home.

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TTB #18

Unfortunately, this one was a miss for me. I’ve been discovering recently that I just do not like mint in tea unless it’s straight mint that I am drinking because I am sick. This tea totally confirmed that.

I steeped it according to the instructions on the package, somewhat curious for a black/green tea blend, 160 F for 2 minutes. It tasted like… excuse me saying this, Bigelow’s Mint black tea. There’s mediocre mint and mint and mint… and then some really weak black tea base. I don’t find any bergamot in it whatsoever. Or green tea either.

I would still be interested in ordering from New Mexico Tea Co. some day, it’s just that I would definitely not buy this one.

Preparation
160 °F / 71 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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58

This smells strange when it’s brewing—like seawater, is the closest thing I can call it. Since this didn’t do so well last time I went with a lower temperature this time. I was hoping for a stronger cardamom taste but it’s more like a mineral oolong mixed with a black tea. Another one that’s not for me, it seems.

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First cup of the morning because I had to go to the doctor earlier. I oversteeped just a little but I don’t think it’s too bad so I’ll go ahead and comment on it.

This one isn’t quite as aromatic as other cardamom teas I’ve had, and it has a little more of a savoriness to it. It’s not bad, but there’s sort of a powdery mouthfeel I’m not enjoying. I’ll wait to rate it until I’m sure I have a better-steeped cup, but so far it’s pretty average.

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A light refreshing tea. I wished this tea had more cherry flavor, as the most pervading taste is the rose petals that are a part of this mix. I imagine this tea would be tasty iced as well as hot.

Flavors: Flowers

Preparation
160 °F / 71 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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