Leaf Type: Black
Where to Buy: New Mexico Tea Company
The true candy-like spice character of the cardamom comes through in the cup. Lovely aroma.
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I seldom find a tea that showcases the spice cardamom as the main flavor profile, so when I noticed this Cardamom Tea from New Mexico Tea Company, I knew it was one I had to try. I love cardamom, and usually, I am able to enjoy cardamom in chai teas, but, I don’t usually find cardamom as the sole flavoring in a tea like it is with this one.
And this is LOVELY! It is so delightfully fragrant: exotic, warm, and heady with a perfume-y quality. It smells very special, and what I like especially about the aroma is that it isn’t hitting me over the head with cardamom notes … it’s almost mysterious … alluring.
The flavor is very enjoyable. The black tea is the strongest flavor, and that’s just how it should be. It is a robust black tea … good and strong! It has a nice earthy undertone with notes of sweetness in the background, and a hint of malty flavor. There is some astringency to this as well, but it isn’t an overwhelming characteristic of this cup.
The cardamom in this cup is very much like the spice itself … very bewitching! It is “strong” in the sense that it stands in the foreground and is tasted in every sip, but, it doesn’t overpower the cup. It tastes sweet, warm, and almost has a candied citrus like quality to it. Quite nice!
The flavors are orchestrated perfectly … the black tea and the cardamom. A simple combination? Perhaps, but one that is simply beautiful!
Anne started her journey with tea as a casual drinker and became more serious about her tea drinking when she realized that she couldn't drink coffee. Shortly thereafter, she started becoming obsessed with the beverage and she started creating small-batch, artisan blends of tea that she sold online as LiberTEAS. After a few years, she realized she wasn't cut out to be the sole proprietor of a business so she closed LiberTEAS and started reviewing teas online. She met Jennifer through another blog that they both reviewed for and they decided to start their own review blog. This review blog!
Throughout her journey as a tea reviewer, she discovered 52Teas and became enamored with the idea of creating a new tea every week. When the founder of 52Teas decided he wanted to move on, he offered the business to Anne but knowing that she wasn't cut out to be a sole proprietor, she instead offered the company to her oldest daughter who employs her as the Mad Tea Artist for 52Teas!