New Mexico Tea Company

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73

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

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

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80

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).

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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90

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.

Very nice.

Flavors: Floral, Jasmine, Smooth, Sweet

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 1 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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89

Picked this up from the local shop. I don’t think I’ve ever had a huckleberry. Except maybe as a jam. It smells nicely fruity. A little like blueberries. The taste is also similar, but slightly more tart. Would probably be really good iced.

Flavors: Berries, Berry

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93

Happy Birthday to Professor Tolkien!

This tea seems like something Hobbits might have. Had some with first breakfast (oatmeal and fruit). It has a nice malty scent and flavour. Has a somewhat bold taste too.

Flavors: Malt

Teatotaler

And I have a strong notion that the Hobbits would add a bit of wildflower honey to it like I would. :)

Lariel of Lórien

I do have tea honey.

Teatotaler

I must give tea honey a try. I normally use orange blossom, clover or wildflower honey depending on the tea. Could you recommend a good tea honey and where I might purchase some? I’ll take honey every time over sugar to sweeten my tea!

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89

There is wintery weather happening here. I like having earl grey on snowy days. It feels very cozy. There is a nice bergamot scent. The base flavour is strong, and the bergamot is good. Paired well with my apple cake.

Flavors: Bergamot

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86

This morning was our first snow of the season. While it mostly melted now, the air is still cold. There is a nice nutty scent. That comes out in the flavour nicely.

I like hojicha for cold weather, it tastes comforting. Good for today.

Flavors: Nutty, Roasted nuts

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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…
The End
NEXT?

Sil

hahahahaha

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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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