New Mexico Tea Company

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200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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160 °F / 71 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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94

As someone who enjoys the bergamot flavors of earl grey, but in moderation, this blend is the perfect balance for me. It’s become my staple go-to tea for mornings and afternoons, and I’ll re-steep my pot multiple times. None of the flavors overpower, but instead all of them blend well into a nice subtle balance that can be drinkable at any time.

Flavors: Bergamot, Perfume

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec 4 tsp 26 OZ / 768 ML

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80

I tried this tea from White Antlers again, and this time I steeped it longer and crushed the berries.

It was a game changer! It was lightly lemony, a bit smoky, a bit piney, and finally a bit of the juniper. Overall, interesting combination; worked well alltogether, but maybe even more flavour would be nice. Longer steeps are the key.

Not a tea that I would crave for often, but certainly not a bad one.

Flavors: Lemon, Lemongrass, Pine, Smoke

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 7 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 10 OZ / 300 ML
derk

It’s ok hot. I’m going to try it out this summer iced and berries crushed!

Martin Bednář

I hope you will enjoy it that way derk!

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80

Another pouch from derk. Thank you.
Steeped as suggested, 1.5 tsp, 100°C, 5-7 minutes.

I had to seach what “cota” is. In Czech it is called Marunek or Rmen. Never had it as a herbal tea.

It had somehow generic lemony taste, I was expecting some notes from juniper but nada. No pine notes too! Have I took bad teaspoons? Do I need to have more cota in, or more juniper? Should I crush the berries when brewed? So many questions, some tea left for trying. Won’t rate so far.

Flavors: Lemon, Lemongrass

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 6 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 10 OZ / 300 ML
White Antlers

Martin I sent this to derk. I got very little flavor from it, so I do not think you are doing anything wrong with your brewing.

Martin Bednář

Thank you then White Antlers. I wonder what derk will think about this tea. It is interesting blend nevertheless.

White Antlers

I ordered a few things from them and was disappointed with all of the tea. Of course, flavored and weird herbal tea blends are not things I enjoy, so I admit to being a fool to even order-but you know what? Live and learn. : )

Martin Bednář

I do like to try new and weird different stuff. I never heard of cota tea before, while I have heard about the plant. I was just expecting some notes from that juniper. I will try to crush the berries next time. I was just bored that it was so basical lemony taste.
I was lucky to drink some native American tea blend. I even wrote a tasting note, it could be about year ago. While it was so weird, I had no expectations and yes, it wasn’t great. It was rather awful. But I loved trying it!

White Antlers

It is delightful to see your sense of wonder and adventure, Martin!

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Sigh! I was really looking forward to this tea. New Mexico is one of my favorite places in the world and I was delighted to discover their website from which I ordered a number of samples. When it came to this tea I ordered a bit more solely based on the description and ingredient list. Biscochitos are the iconic New Mexico cookie. Hard to describe them, but if you’ve ever had one, you never forget the taste of it. I was pretty psyched to see someone had made a tea inspired by it. I will admit to have slightly been put off by roasted rice in the ingredients list, but I figured it was still worth the risk.
But the minute I poured the loose leaf tea into my steeper I knew something was off. The smell was strangely biscochitos adjacent. I couldn’t quite put my finger on it but I poured the water in and waited for it to finish enfusing. After all you never know with teas, sometimes they smell one way in the cup and taste different on the palate. I drank a cup and while it wasn’t a horrible tea, it didn’t taste as it had promised. Something was off. I made a second cup and as the tea bloomed in the steeper I noticed what at first I thought were pieces of dried fruit. On closer inspection I discovered the issue. What I had mistaken for dried fruit -which I should parenthetically add would have had nothing to do with the cookie in question-what I had mistaken for dried fruit was actually a chunk of star anise. I went back and read the ingredients list on the package and even pulled up the page on their website. Both stated this tea included “anise seed.” Not star anise. But what was unmistakably in my strainer was star anise. Somehow they’d blown the recipe. I don’t need to explain to anyone the profound difference between anise seed and star anise. They are not the same plant and really register in very different ways. Somehow whoever came up with this tea didn’t know what they were doing. Or weren’t familiar with the New Mexican cookie in question. Star anise is not a substitution for anise seed, any more than orange peel is the same as bergamot. These are very distinct flavors and it’s the whole point of making good tea blends.
So very disappointed in this tea. While in and of itself it’s not a horrible tea, it is most definitely not what it was aiming for.

SIDE POINT AS SILVER LINING: I need to add that in looking for this tea to rate it, I came across a different tea company a few miles up the road in northern New Mexico. I managed to reach them to ask if their take on this tea included star anise or anise seed. Fortunately they didn’t laugh me off the phone and offered to send me a sample which they most assuredly told me included anise seed. They shared my confusion as to why anyone would use star anise. So perhaps a silver lining for me and a new customer for them.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 6 min, 15 sec 3 g 8 OZ / 236 ML

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77

This is pretty straightforward- a bold black tea, and lots of cardamom. I love cardamom, so I’m really enjoying it. Added a bit of honey and it’s a really enjoyable cup. Would probably add a splash of oat milk next time.

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52

I’m finding this one to be a bit bland. Not really any vanilla flavor, and the spices are too muted for my taste. Not bad by any means, just not a favorite.

AJRimmer

I have a gift card for this company, and your reviews are definitely helping me decide what to (or not to!) get!

amandastory516

I’m glad to be of help!

Michelle

AJ, you might try Night of the Iguana Chai or the Beauty Blend. I liked them both. They have quality ingredients, so if you’re having a hard time deciding, maybe get their pure herbs and blend your own. I have been to their shop and like to support small businesses, but I find a lot of their teas a bit pricey, even for high quality ingredients.

AJRimmer

Thanks for the recommendations! I’m looking forward to visiting their shop when I’m running low on tea. I haven’t been to a tea shop in person in years!

Michelle

AJ, the best part of New Mexico Tea company is the friendly, knowledgeable service and the bakery next door where they hand you a cookie as you walk in the door. Hopefully it’s still there and they have a cookie waiting for you. Gosh I’m looking forward to traveling again sometime soon!

AJRimmer

Oh awesome, I’m still looking for a good bakery here! And it looks like they’ve got empanadas!

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88

I ended up overstepping this and it turned out a bit bitter (I didn’t read the label, and failed to realize it was a black/green blend). Still a very delicious cup of tea. Sweetened with a little bit of honey. It reminds me of a perfume I’m currently obsessed with (Nightgown by Solstice Scents). Creamy jasmine. It’ll probably do well with some cream next time.

tea-sipper

Oh cool, this looks like a new source for one of my favorites: Black Jasmine Cream from Mountain Witch Tea Co. I ALSO forgot that one had green tea in it. whoops. I really can’t tell when I’m drinking it though, but it does tend to be bitter sometimes.

amandastory516

I had actually come across NM Tea because I was looking for a way to get this specific blend!

tea-sipper

Well, you finding it led me to it then. :D

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205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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190 °F / 87 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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65

The appearance of the long and flat dry leaf is the most interesting thing about this tea. The wet leaf smells like tobacco and camphor, and the brew is golden. The first few steepings were quite light in taste and color, the later steepings start out light and sweet, then end with the tobacco and camphor notes present in the wet leaf. Overall its not unpleasant but not really interesting enough for me to purchase again.

Flavors: Tobacco

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96

Hello, new favorite herbal! I’m a sucker for good lemon flavors and this definitely counts as that. Lemongrass, lemon myrtle, and lemon peel on a light honeybush background with hints of orange. Mmmm. Perfect as a hot cup of tea in the late afternoon. Eagerly awaiting the end of the work day so I can curl up with a cup of this underneath a throw blanket and relax.

Flavors: Citrus Zest, Lemon, Lemongrass

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec 3 g 12 OZ / 354 ML
Martin Bednář

Sounds good for upcoming summer!

ashmanra

Ooooh, that sounds delicious for summer!

gmathis

I think I have had something similar to that … maybe a 52teas version back when Frank was at the helm … and loved the combination.

Eelong

If you aren’t heavy handed with the honeybush, citrus blends made with it are lovely. Refreshing when they’re hot or cold!

AJRimmer

I’ve been meaning to stop by and check out this shop for ages, but it never ends up happening! This blend sounds great!

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90

I’ve bought a couple sampler pouches of this as gifts for people before, but I’ve never tried it myself, for some reason. Finally got around to snagging a 4 ounce pouch from Ohio Tea Company when I was there. The dry aroma is absolutely heavenly, like strawberry lemonade gummies and naturally sweet black tea. It doesn’t carry over as strongly to the drink itself, but that’s fine! You can’t expect it to. I’m glad I bought a big portion of this right off the bat because I can see myself drinking it again and again as a non-fussy afternoon tea. I almost never put anything in my teas to alter the taste, but it seems like it would be fantastic with a bit of sugar and lemon juice. A prime candidate for iced tea lemonade.

Flavors: Fruity, Lemon, Strawberry, Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 15 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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85

Something different, and something good. Lemon lands first but is swiftly obliterated by smokey dry pine. It’s easy to think of brush piles around this stuff. The juniper shakes loose at the end, and that berry note neatly caps the experience. It’s unlike any other tisane I’ve ever had. Plus, it’s snazzy looking stuff. Holds its own paired with lunch and dinner, too.

Flavors: Berry, Dry Grass, Lemon, Pine, Smoke

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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75

This is one of the first white teas I ever tried. I took a whiff of the little sample tin at the Ohio Tea Company store and bought a couple ounces to test. The dry leaves have a delectable sweet grape smell that’s complemented by the light, dry, tannic aroma of the white tea itself. It’s the aroma of a refreshing ice cold spring drink.
When you brew it, the taste is pleasant while hot—a classically delicate white tea with prominent grape notes—but it’s a completely different animal when you allow it to cool to room temperature. Icewine is an accurate descriptor, although the only sweetness comes from the natural honeyed notes of the tea leaves. There’s a touch of white florals somewhere in there, almost like a perfume note. Saving the rest of my bag for cold brewing this spring and summer. I have a hunch that it’ll be fantastic when it’s properly chilled and the flavors have been slowly extracted.
On a side note: this actually holds up to grandpa-style brewing when you use a smaller amount of leaves. The taste of the liquor produced by soaking a teaspoon of leaves in a 12 ounce mug filled with hot water for an hour is extremely similar to that of liquor from a quick steep in a filled gaiwan, if a tad more tannic.

Flavors: Floral, Fruity, Sweet, White Grapes, White Wine

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 2 min, 45 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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80

This tea is weird. Not in a bad way, but if you go into it thinking it’ll be an ordinary herbal, prepare to be thrown for a loop. I distinctly remember my grandma bringing me back “Native Tea” from the Southwest as a souvenir when I was a little kid, and I absolutely loved it, but my mother thought it tasted like burnt grass and threw it in the bin.
Well, this tea is a less burned and more pine-heavy version of that tea I remember, so surprise! What I got hooked on as a 5 year old was cota and I still like it however many years later. The dry cota needles are so pointy that I had one splinter up into the skin of my foot when one escaped onto the floor, and they’re long and stiff which makes them hard to measure.
Once you brew them, though, dang. Southwestern Christmas in a cup. Light yellow liquor that reminds you of an unsavory liquid and the leaves are good to brew again and again until you get tired of drinking the stuff. Juniper berries are the perfect complement to the dry pine of cota. You know how gin has that dry taste to it? Yeah, so does this tea. The juniper builds on that and makes it taste slightly less like sipping on a liquidated alcoholic-but-not pine tree.
I have to say, though, I do love this tea. It’s delicious in a terribly weird fashion.

Flavors: Dry Grass, Hay, Pine

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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84

I blindly bought this tea online based on the picture alone. The beautiful combination of lavender buds, cornflower petals, mallow blossoms and bits of rose and hibiscus had me sold.
From the moment I unzipped the little grey packet, this tea had me hook, line, and sinker. It’s even prettier in real life where you can properly appreciate the colors and textures of the blend, and my god, that smell. Lemongrass and lavender and mango and a sweet kick of florals.
I’d highly recommend steeping it loose in a glass teapot or jar so you have the experience of watching the liquor turn hot pink as the tea expands and the little flowers pop open. It’s deliciously tart from the lemongrass and lemon notes, sweet from the mango, and floral from the lavender and rose. You can taste each individual component and the medley they create at once. The longer you let it steep, the more intense the tartness becomes, and it goes from a light fruity floral at 2 minutes to a near lemonade at 7.

Flavors: Floral, Lavender, Lemon, Mango, Rose, Sweet, Tangy, Tart

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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I got this on the way to the Botantic Gardens. There is a very nice cherry scent. When brewed, I get more of the rose aroma. The flavour is sweet cherry, and nicely floral.
Very good spring tea.

My tea while playing Harvest Moon.

Flavors: Cherry, Floral, Rose

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One of my new teas for spring. There is a very nice orange scent. The flavour is a creamy citrus, with floral notes. Good on rainy afternoons.

Flavors: Citrus, Creamy, Floral, Orange

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Tasting note of the beast.

“It’s those changes in latitudes, changes in attitudes
Nothing remains quite the same
With all of our running, and all of our cunning
If we couldn’t laugh we would all go insane”- Jimmy Buffett

One of my recent teas from the local shop. There is a nice mild mango aroma. The flavour is lightly sweet and tropical. Would probably be good iced.

Flavors: Fruity, Mango, Tropical

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