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New Mexico Tea Company

Recent Tasting Notes

77

A very refreshing tea. I’ve had it three times so far, and it remained consistent and satisfying. Not much of an orange flavor in my experience, but it’s a wonderful tea.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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89

Exactly as described. Beautiful pearls, excellent aroma, sweet aftertaste.

I was not hopeful about this since smelling the dry leaves they smelled sweeter than they did floral. Once steeped the jasmine really seeps out of the cup! First sip is very jasmine, subsequent sips are sweeter with less prominent jasmine, but still floral. I really needed to pick up their Jasmine Black at the same time to compare since I remember really liking it, but this is a great green jasmine option. Excellent accompaniment to Chinese takeout. :)

I used the recommended amount of tea plus one for the pot, though figuring out teaspoons with pearls is a little hard. Stuck strictly to the recommended temperature but let the leaves sit in the pot since this pot has a built in strainer and I figured the pearls would be large enough leaves to be good with that, plus I usually like my jasmines steeped longer. I was right about the strainer, but 15 minutes in and the 2nd cup is a little bitter. My bad.

Preparation
160 °F / 71 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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64

As a hot tea, I’m not really a fan. I left the mug on the table and let if chill to room temperature (which is pretty cold right now), and liked it much better cold. I think I’ll use the rest of my 1 oz. pack for iced tea, but doubt I’ll be reordering.

Preparation
3 min, 0 sec

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85

I admit, first couple sips I didn’t really like this tea. A ho hum black coconut. However, this tea quickly grows on you, especially if you let it cool some vs drinking ripping hot. I seem to have the ability to drink violently hot tea.

Really nice black tea base – as stated on the package, organic Korakundah estate black, which I don’t think I’ve had before. The base has lots of flavor, smooth, rich, complimenting the coconut finish. There is a slight nutty dryness end of sip, tasting like I nibbed on a bit of coconut skin! Yum! With sweetener, Coconut Dream tastes full on coconut tropical adventure.

Full review on my blog, The Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/coconut-dream-new-mexico-tea-company-oolong-owl-tea-review/
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Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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I liked this tea but it wasn’t what I was expecting. All I could taste was the lapsang souchoung. I may have to try again with some cooler water.

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73

Thank you for this one in that awesome package I’m gradually, slowly trying teas from, Dexter3657! I had actually always wanted to try some teas from New Mexico TC. Always willing to try more coconut teas as well! The dry blend just has a few strands of coconut in a teaspoon, so I’m not sure if there is added flavor to the leaves. But this is nice! The black base has a medium body with perfect astringency and a grassy/hay flavor. The coconut is subtle but definitely present and lingering. This is a tad less tasty than 52Teas Coconut Cream Pie though. It tasted especially nice with some pecan pie I made the other day. The second steep kind of lost anything coconut about it… it must have all went to the first cup.
One teaspoon, just boiled, 3-4 min.

Courtney

I have this one on my shopping list, but I’m not sure anything will be better than S&V’s Coconut Black. :)

Tea Sipper

I haven’t tried that one yet!

Courtney

So tasty! I can send some if you’d like – I have a bit of an abundance. :)

Tea Sipper

Oh, that isn’t necessary if it’s your favorite, but I really appreciate the offer! :D

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Not really sure what to think about this one. I asked for it as a free sample and holy cow, is the sample ever huge! I’m impressed.

It seems at first taste like there is too much going on. But I also think I used water that was a bit too hot. So I’m going to go again before I really review it. So far I’ll say that it looks very neat and interesting after steeping. It smells a bit smoky but somehow everything has been smelling a little smoky to me so maybe I’m just going through a smoke-sensitive/imagining phase. :)

One thing for sure – I have plenty to try again!

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89

T&C Box 6/18

Usually a mint tea is the last thing I’d go for, but NM Tea Company has been on my list to try and my stomach is a little off this morning.

This smells great in the bag and while it brews. The mint is there but so are the scents of the tea and bergamot, so it’s not just mint everywhere. I admit I wasn’t quite sure what to expect with this one, because I’ve never had a green/black blend before. It’s very nice! It has some substance thanks to the black tea, a sweetness thanks to the green tea and mint, and a little citrusy spice thanks to the bergamot. I don’t think I’d keep it in my cabinet forever, but if I do a NM Tea Co. order sometime I may pick a bag of it up!

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I received this in the box of samples I purchased from LiberTEAS. Thank you!

When I went to look at the description of this tea I found Nicole’s tasting note and it described this tea perfectly. I don’t feel I need to say much more. I will enjoy what I have left of this tea, but will not need to re-purchase.

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84

Backlog:

This is a wonderful black tea with a nice flavor. It’s great to cuddle up with on a cold day.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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86

Thank you so much Dexter3657 for the package of lovely teas! Another chai to try… always on the look for the perfect chai. This one is a nice balance of black tea and spices. Plenty of black tea and plenty of spice. The black tea isn’t a CTC, so it is tough to get a nice balance. The spices aren’t listed but I definitely see cardamom and cloves… there’s probably more spices here. A decent chai to represent chai, but still not the best chai I’ve tried (maybe the fifth best chai I’ve tried, or somewhere around there, so in no way terrible!) but maybe I should be brewing these like ACTUAL chai instead of tea.

Dexter3657

I too am searching for my perfect chai (I had found it, but now it’s discontinued – so the search is back on). What’s your favorite?

Tea Sipper

What’s your favorite? (Even if discontinued?) A quick F3 search for ‘chai’ in my Steepster ratings list (yes, I have one of those:D) is telling me these are my favorite chai blends so far:
Necessiteas – Warm Vanilla Chai (97)
52Teas – Lemon Meringue Chai (97)
Zen – Energizing Chai (96)
Steep City Teas – Cha Cha Chai (96)
Butiki – Premium India Chai (96)
Ovation – Vanilla Chai (96)
52Teas – Mayan Chocolate Chai (94) (which you happened to send)
Fusion – Caramel Chai Pu-erh & Tulsi Chai (both 93)
But maybe those are just my thing! Most of those aren’t even available anymore anyway.

Tea Sipper

oh wait, but that list hasn’t been updated since the beginning of Nov, so there are probably more.

Bonnie

My fave…Verdant yu lu yan cha chai and whispering pines (several) since both don’t use artificial flavorings either.

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82

The temperature on this Sencha should hover around 140 degrees. I use a bit more tea per cup (2 tsp/cup) than most recommendations so I find that 2 minutes is about the perfect steep time. The tea is very sweet although a few friends of mine have told me they prefer it with sugar. The flavor is very full but not too strong. Overall, a very good tea!

Preparation
140 °F / 60 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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80

Tasty, gave me a nice bit of energy without a crash. The mango flavor could have been stronger, but a solid tea overall.

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85

A very good tea that combines a solid mix of green and black. The mint taste is light and gives the tea a unique and refreshing taste . A solid and permanent fixture for my collection

Preparation
160 °F / 71 °C 2 min, 45 sec

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72

Ah, my first kukicha tea. Thanks to Dexter3657’s awesome tea package! This one looks like little twigs… the same color as hojicha that I love. This one has such a low steep temp – 160 degrees for 2-3 minutes. I like this one, though it is very mild. It has the flavor of a very light roasty hojicha. But it also has a creamy taste. I don’t know why this can’t be steeped hotter though… as I usually steep my hojichas hotter than fresh green teas. I was curious how another hojicha blend had a cream flavor… maybe there was kukicha mixed in the blend.

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85

Backlog:

A very unusual looking tea. The appearance of the tea is what lead me to order it. The liquid brews up quite light – I expected a darker brew but this is very light. Not a bad thing, just different than I was expecting.

Sweet with notes of fruit. Each subsequent infusion proved to be sweeter than the prior infusion. Sweet, mellow, and nectar-like. A really nice pu-erh!

Sil

yes! this one is really neat looking. dexter sent me some and it had me totally confused heh

OMGsrsly

That looks so cool.

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76

Made this into a London Fog and viola…a great cup of tea!
It pays to read the full tea description:)

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76

I wanted to love this tea, but I don’t:)
I discovered that I had one serving left of Upton’s creme vanilla EG. So, I am having a sip down between two teas….
Cream EG is weak tasting to me, it smells like cream, but when you sip….where is that cream?
Upton’s version is not much better. Weak and where is that cream?
I guess, I will use this tea to make EG tea cookies. Life is too short to drink mediocre tea.

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55

This was a weird tea. The jasmine was almost overpowering, and I barely got any cream at all in the flavor. I’m not sure I like this one. I finished the cup, but I have a feeling this will be pushed to the back of the tea cupboard.

Preparation
3 min, 0 sec

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31

Tea #12 from the Here’s Hoping TTB

I’m not really a fan of this. While the strawberry doesn’t taste completely candy-like and artificial like most strawberry teas, I think the black base has a rather odd flavor to it. In general I haven’t been a big fan of the black base NMTeaCo uses.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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70

Tea #3 from the Here’s Hoping TTB

I wasn’t really sure how to feel about this tea when I saw it in the box. I’ve had icewine before, but I’ve never had a tea that mimics wine, despite the fact they’ve become rather popular. I ended up being pleasantly surprised by this tea, the grape flavor came across clearly. I did find it to be a bit more dry than I prefer, but then again I don’t like dry wines either. Overall it was pretty interesting to try, but not something I would order myself.

This tea won’t be continuing on, I finished off the last little bit.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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Hmm… Very mixed feelings about this. I’m getting more marzipan than amaretto, but I wish it was sweeter. I’ll have to try again with some sugar…

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86

I can’t help comparing this to the Teavana’s Earl Grey Creme, and this one comes out much better, both price wise and in taste. The earl grey flavor is quite strong and present, and tempered by the cream. It’s quite lovely. If you love earl grey, you’ll love this one.

Preparation
2 min, 45 sec

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I haven’t had this one in a while, but thanks to my goal of drinking one non-black tea a day, I thought I’d give this a go.

It’s orangey, and floral, creamy, buttery, green. Sweet. Perfumed.

Not really my usual cup of tea, but definitely something I’m enjoying right now. :)

Thanks, CrowKettle. I have 1 tsp left. When will I drink it? Soon, I hope!

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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