398 Tasting Notes
This tea is a bit finicky to get right, but it turned out well today. I think sticking to a 1 minute steep is key. I usually can usually get 3 rounds out of this one and they’ll all be nice and strong, the sencha has a lot of staying power.
This has been one of my standby teas for awhile now, but this new tin isn’t up to the usual standard for some reason. I don’t know if they changed the recipe or if this particular batch is just not mixed well. I’m seeing a lot more tea leaf, but not much of the ginger or lemongrass that’s meant to flavor it. The base tea in itself is not particularly flavorful, so the result is a bit bland. Hoping this particular tin was just a fluke.
So happy with this tea! I picked it out to be my morning tea, but I like it so much I’ve been dipping into it twice a day. Granted it’s not fancy — nothing but ginger and black tea, just like the name says — but the balance between the two is spot on, and the ginger and the tea leaves are both great quality (in general, I’d have to say one of my favorite things about NMTC — along with their free shipping — is whatever they’re using for their black tea base). Far and away my favorite approach to this flavor.
The sun is out, and the order from the New Mexico Tea Company just arrived, so today is a good day. I was really excited to try this one, because it smelled so amazing in the package — fresh oranges and lots of vanilla. But alas, the vanilla doesn’t come through in the flavor nearly as much as the aroma would suggest, and the orange is the kind of orange flavor you get from Bigelow or Celestial Seasonings — not bad, but definitely not a fresh orange taste. This has a black tea base, but I can hardly detect it.
All in all, this tea is pleasant enough, it just doesn’t live up to its scent. Still nice to try a new sample, though.