New Mexico Tea Company

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84

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.

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

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84

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.

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84

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 :)

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

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(Not a proper review, just a reminder to myself to buy this again.) Bought an ounce of this during a trip to New Mexico; as I recall it was a pretty nice blend and not too bitter when brewed dark.

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86

Another afternoon black tea. This one smells very much like plums. It has a sweet, fruity flavour as well. Had it with some really good dark chocolate.

Flavors: Plums

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87

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

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90

Very nice blend of Guayusa! Lemongrass and Cinnamon overwhelm in a nice wake me up cup of tea. I enjoy this tea! I do enjoy drinking plain Guayusa but this is a treat to have once a week. Love it!

Flavors: Cinnamon, Lemongrass

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML

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70

It did have a taste of Blueberry but it was more artificial tasting. I tasted more Hibiscus than anything. If your a fan of Hibiscus try this tea. Its a drinkable tea, I just had no taste of White tea which was disappointing to me.

Flavors: Blueberry, Hibiscus

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80

Slight floral and fruity taste – good both hot and cold. The rooibos taste is present but it doesn’t have that strong aftertaste that some rooibos teas get. Works well as non-caff afternoon tea.

Flavors: Floral, Fruity, Sweet

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89

‘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

Nichole

Haha! Geeky Teas has an Earl Grey Tea, Hot! That I just got yesterday. Cracked me up.

Lariel of Lórien

I know! There’s also a Star Trek Picard blend somewhere.

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94

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

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70

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.)

Flavors: Tea

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88

I like breakfast teas, so I got this. Originally, it was purchased in winter. The brew has a nice dark red/ amber colour. There is a lightly malty scent. That comes out in the flavour, along with slight sweetness. And it also nicely smooth.

Flavors: Malt, Sweet

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91

My latest sample from the local tea shop. This is named well, since it’s also monsoon season in my state. The brew smells sweet, and a little floral. That is what I get in the flavour as well. Overall, it’s just smooth and good.

Flavors: Floral

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95

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

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 30 sec 7 tsp 40 OZ / 1182 ML
Marzipan

As long as you like it, that’s all that matters.

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87

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

Lariel of Lórien

Makes great iced tea, I get much more strawberry flavour.

ashmanra

I tried making it iced with Frank’s quick pourover method and it was great!

Lariel of Lórien

I make it for one 8 oz service. Brew hot, then add ice and sweeten.

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83

My latest sample from visiting the local shop. This tea smells so good. Really like the scent of cardamon. There is a nice spice flavour, it’s almost like a masala chai. It also has a little bit of a dark malty taste. (Would probably be better for snow season.)

Flavors: Cardamon, Malt

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95

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

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 30 sec 7 tsp

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1

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

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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93

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

Tamarindel

Literally burst out laughing. I feel like I will need to refer to LOTR as “The quest to destroy the Dark Lord’s evil jewelry” from now on.

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95

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.

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95

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.

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

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95

After a few cups, this one really grew on me, which is why it’s now completely gone :( Must order more soon.

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95

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.

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