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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

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87

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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87

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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One of the best cold brewed herbal teas I’ve had. I loved the lemony orange flavor with hints of honey. Sweet with a citrus tang. When I brewed this one up hot, there wasn’t a wow factor or a this tea rocks feel. Don’t get me wrong, it was good, just not mind blowing. Cold brewed is how to enjoy this tea.

http://www.cuppageek.com/index.php/2015/06/25/tea-of-the-day-african-summer-from-nm-tea-co/

And in case anybody is obsessed with owls like I am. . . Here is a post about a handmade Owl Charm Infuser that I recently discovered. . .

http://www.cuppageek.com/index.php/2015/06/24/tea-ware-tuesday-my-newest-addition-owl-tea-charm-infuser-from-jiji-makes/

Happy Friday eve all!

masked185

Sounds nice and refreshing!

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79

One of my samples when I went by the store. I always like going by it when I visit Old Town. It smells nicely like pomegranate. There is a fruity flavour, but the vanilla doesn’t come out that well. Will have to try it iced.

Flavors: Fruity

Lariel of Lórien

It does make better iced tea. The creamy vanilla/ pomegranate flavours come out better. Some fruit teas are just improved cold.

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Steeped this one up and from the smell alone I could tell I wasn’t going to be a fan. One sip and this isn’t bad but this isn’t one I want to finish the cup. I didn’t realize this had rooibos in it. I was blinded by the cool artwork on the package. AGH!

Tealover

Blinded by the cool artwork… an all too familiar trap :-) Better luck next time!

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75

First Steep (160F, 1 min): Mostly floral with some cocoa. No astringency or bitterness associated with black teas.

Second Steep (160F, 1 min 15 s): Mostly floral, hints of cocoa and cinnamon.

Third steep (160F, 1 min 30 s): Nearly entirely floral with a cinnamon aftertaste.

Great caffeine/theanine buzz. Great flavor, but three steeps is probably sufficient for this tea. Possibly due to the low temperature suggested, this tea had no signs of astringency or bitterness. I wasn’t completely sold on the Keemun grand, but it’s suggested temperature was boiling. I will try that one again at this temperature. In any case, this tea is a great example of Chinese black teas.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Cocoa, Floral

Preparation
160 °F / 71 °C 1 min, 0 sec 4 g 8 OZ / 236 ML

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75

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75

First infusion (1 minute, 160): Nice malty and caramel flavors, no detectable bitterness or astringency. I highly recommend this temperature.

Second Infusion (1 minute 15 seconds, 160): Lighter malt but resilient caramel flavors.

Third Infusion (1 minute 30 seconds, 160): Weak flavor, two infusions are probably sufficient.

Overall, a decent tea with light but obvious flavors. The leaf isn’t very resilient but this is forgivable for a black tea. This tea could be considered the sweeter version of the NM Tea Co Royal Yunnan. This tea has less of a smoky profile and much more caramel and malts.

Flavors: Caramel, Malt

Preparation
160 °F / 71 °C 1 min, 0 sec 4 g 8 OZ / 236 ML

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70

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70

First Infusion (212, 4 minutes): Decent dark liquor, smoked malty taste. Not very complex or interesting. Very astringent and bitter.

New first infusion (200, 4 minutes): Nearly the same as the 212F, 4 minute infusion. Still very astringent and bitter.

New first infusion (190, 4 minutes): Nearly the same as the previous infusions. Astringency was toned down but still very bitter.

Second infusion (190, 4 minutes 15 seconds): Previous malty flavors barely noticeable with the bitterness.

I will update this with more temperatures. For now, I cannot recommend this tea. Not enjoyable.

Tried at a much lower temperature with long steep 4-5 minutes. Lower temperatures reduced astringency but not the flavors and I was able to get 2 great steeps. As mentioned before the smoky flavor is most prominent. This tea was very enjoyable but nothing too amazing. I think I prefer Keemums more, but I would drink this again.

Flavors: Malt, Smoke

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 4 g 8 OZ / 236 ML

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87

I got this tea as a sample on one of my trips to the store. (Because I yay for local tea shops!) Anyway, when it is first brewed, there a slight smoky scent. Not enough to bother me though. Then the flavour is cocoa and some dried fruit. It has a nice taste as it cools too.

Flavors: Cocoa, Dried Fruit, Plums, Smoke

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90

First Steep 212, 4 mins: Tastes like a toned down chocolate stout. Excellent cocoa undertones and very rich feel.

Second Steep 212, 4 mins: Second steep is very different. Still very rich but chocolate stout is replaced by a sort of spicy, maybe cinnamon flavor

Third Steep 212, 4 mins:

This is my first Chinese black tea and I am excited to try more and may become a regular in my cup. 9/10

Flavors: Cinnamon, Cocoa

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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80

Sweet Plum goodness. This one I really enjoyed. This is one of the first plum teas that I have thought actually taste like plum. A lot of them come off as artificial. This one didn’t to me. Fresh plum flavor is what I got. I know a lot of other people have reviewed this particular tea and thought it was very fake plum tasting. Maybe they revamped the blend. This one isn’t going to last long in my house. The twins are already asking me for more!

In other news Constantine is possibly heading into Season 2. I don’t know if anybody else loved this show like I did, but I am happy that this show has a glimmer of a hope since NBC cancelled it.

http://www.cuppageek.com/index.php/2015/05/29/tea-of-the-day-plum-oolong-from-new-mexico-tea-company/

Flavors: Honey, Plums, Sweet

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87
Fjellrev

Awww, hope you can get more someday?

Tamarindel

Oh I will! They’re very easy to order from, even have free shipping. I’m just trying to hang onto my money till the weekend sales ;)

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87

A very nice go-to tea, flavorful but not too sharp. I need something soothing today. My head hurts and this NaNoWriMo challenge is taking its toll, both on me and my tea stash. Apparently writing requires a lot of tea:

http://danamartinillustration.tumblr.com/post/133404850709/for-some-crazy-reason-i-decided-to-attempt

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87

I got this as a sample a few weeks back, and liked it enough to make it my go-to earl grey. It is similar to David’s Cream of Earl Grey, but in this one the balance is tipped slightly in favor of the vanilla cream flavors, making the bergamot a bit less sharp. This is great for me, as I prefer the bergamot to be light (that’s why I’m drinking the cream versions in the first place).

Anyway, this meant a re-order as I soon polished off the sample. I got free shipping on this order, as I did the previous one. The first time I thought this had something to do with the fact that I’d only ordered tiny samples, but it seems that you can get free shipping from the New Mexico Tea Company no matter what size your order is (at least within the states, I’m not sure about internationally). So if you are curious about their tea, you can try it for only a couple of bucks, or possibly even for free. They have this page http://www.nmteaco.com/freesample.html where you can choose a free sample once a month.

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

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87

Accidentally over-steeped this one, but it still turned out nice, with a good balance between the vanilla and bergamot flavors. Really enjoying whatever NMTC is using for a base in all these teas, as it is robust without between distracting. So many black tea bases have these weird acidic notes, but this one is very smooth.

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

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88

This is a nice surprise. The vanilla teas I’ve had before lean towards this custard/yogurt sort of vanilla flavor. This one tastes like pure vanilla, like that good Mexican vanilla extract, even down to the hint of liquor flavor. While I could do with it a being a little stronger (vanilla teas never seem to be strong enough) the flavor does meld beautifully with the base. I think this is my favorite of the NMTC teas so far.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Nightshifter

And now I need to go look at this tea. ~Vanilla Freak/Nightshifter

Tamarindel

I’m a vanilla freak too :) But it’s like questing for the Holy Grail, SO difficult to find a nice strong vanilla for some reason.

Nightshifter

It is! Have you tried Golden Orchid by Whispering Pines or Singing Dog Organic Vanilla? They are the best I’ve found. I like the base of GO best, but I like the vanilla in SD best. Hope this helps! :)

Tamarindel

Those sound great, I’ll put them on the list!

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78

The lemon in this lemon-strawberry combo comes from lemon balm rather than lemon peel; I consider this a happy change as lemon peel is often so bitter. While the strawberry and lemon balm are delicious together, the flavor is so faint! I feel like I’m smelling this but not quite tasting it. I don’t know if I got an old sample or need to revise my steeping methods? There aren’t any instructions on the bag, but black tea is usually pretty straightforward. Hmmm, I’ll experiment more with this one another time.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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