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I’m fairly new to Darjeeling blacks. I’ve only tried one 2nd flush so far and this is my first time with 1st flush. From some reading I’ve heard 1st flushes described as almost like green teas and this certainly matches that description.
The wet leaves mostly have a grassy green color, with some more golden brown leaves scattered throughout. The liquor also looks more like the yellowish hue of a green than a black.
The taste is lighter than 1st flush. It still has similar spicy and malty characteristics, but those are more muted and there is some sweetness as well. Overall less flavorful than 2nd flush, and I can see why it isn’t valued as highly, but still an enjoyable tea.
Flavors: Malt, Spices, Sweet
I wanted to give this tea try ever since I bought it a few weeks back, but I forgot about it, until today. So, I made a cup before work, and it’s good, but there’s something about it that was slightly off.
The tea itself smells great, and was very dark. However, there was a bit too much tannin. And honestly, it might’ve been the way that I steeped it/the water I used that made it taste that way; but, I’ll try it again. Although, once I added a few drops of half N’ half and sugar, it was very good (very malty and rich).
Yes, yes, yes! If you’re interested in trying a solid Jasmine tea, this one is it. It’s sweet, floral, smooth, and slightly nutty. It’s quite relaxing and good to have when you’re feeling sick and cold.
Flavors: Floral, Jasmine, Smooth, Sweet
This has been in my collection for quite some time, sent to me from Sil a few years ago, LOL.
I don’t know why I’ve been putting it off for so long, but today is the day.
It was quite sweet from the start, and the flavor was vaguely familiar…remember those caramels with the creme filling? There for a minute it actually reminded me of those. I wouldn’t say it tasted just like them, or was nearly as sweet as them, but there was something in the taste that brought them to mind. So there.
A few steeps later it was a little tangy, but overall the flavor was very light, and although not something I’d crave, there wasn’t anything I disliked about it…until…
the last round has a kind of soapy taste to it…
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