287 Tasting Notes

87

I forgot I had a sample of this tea, so finding it was a nice surprise on this otherwise lame day. The flavor is very complex. There are pea notes, floral notes, a touch of honey flavor — it’s sort of fruity and vegetal at the same time. Has a lovely and slightly spicy smell — I don’t actually get spices in the flavor though.

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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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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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86

Just got a new batch of this from Teavivre. The jasmine seems a lot stronger (and the peach a lot weaker) than last time, so much so that they are about equal now, with the peach taking just a little bit of a back seat. I think most people will be happy about this, as the general complaint was that you had to buy a separate bag of jasmine pearls and add them in to get any jasmine at all. But since I adored the peach and feel kind of meh about jasmine, I’m not thrilled.

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79

Got this as a sample in my last order. While this is a pleasant mild tea with light sweet pea notes, it’s no standout, especially compared to Teavivre’s many other oolong offerings. Still glad I got to try it though.

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87

Welp, this is the last of this — and in fact the last of ALL my dragon wells. While it was never a tea I got very excited about, now that it’s gone, I’m at a loss. What am I going to drink in the evenings? Or when I just need something smooth and light and mellow? Nothing comes to mind as a substitute for dragon well, it’s in its own little kingdom.

Hmm, I may have to get some more.

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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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81
drank Spring White by Tealet
287 tasting notes

Sipdown. This tea has some great earth and light spice notes. It’s a high quality white tea, but it just kind of confirms to me that unflavored whites are not my thing — I’d rather be drinking black, green, or oolong. The hay flavor in white tea is just kind of a downer for me.

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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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Happiness Is:
green tea
black tea
white tea if it’s heavily dosed with peaches
oolong? I’m starting to think oolong is the best of both worlds — I haven’t had many yet, but those I’ve tried have been divine.
fruit!
vanilla things
lots of mint!

Not Really My Style:
spices (except for ginger. ginger rocks)
chai (because, you know, the spices)
rooibos (I don’t get it. Everyone seems psyched for it. Not me).
those smoky teas, like lapsang souchong, though once in a while I’ll need something really strong and then I like them.

Bergamot.
Bergamot lives in a weird little category of its own. Sometimes it’s very good. Sometimes it’s very bad. I don’t know why my feelings toward it are always in flux, though the brand is a factor to some extent. Tea companies seem to have vastly different opinions about how to make earl grey.

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