Long Ding from New Mexico Tea Company

NM teaTea Information:

Leaf Type:  Green

Where to Buy: New Mexico Tea Company

Tea Description:

The tea is bright and lively with a unique sharpness accented with bouquet and a slight touch of herb. The body is deep and long for a baked green tea. Its character differentiates it well from other varieties in this region and adds an unmistakeable breadth in the taste spectrum of Chinese green teas.

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Taster’s Review:

 

I have loved New Mexico Tea Company for some time. Their teas are fresh and vibrant. The packaging is fantastic and the art work on their packages is phenomenal. Everything about them is just brilliant and I have recommended them to so many tea drinkers, newbies and tea enthusiasts alike. They have a tea blend for everyone.

This tea I picked up some time ago, I think from a Steepster Stash Sale. I am always on the look out for new green teas to check out and just hadn’t had a chance to try this one until now. When I first opened the bag, I was in awe of the gorgeous longer leaves that filled the pouch.  I scooped a few spoonfuls into my tea pot and poured in the prepped water. I loved watching the tea leaves dance in the water.

First sip in and shame on me for not trying this tea sooner.  This tea is one of those green teas that give you everything.  Slightly floral with subtle vegetal notes and a buttery finish.  Just delicious. One of those teas that you crave more of and hate to see your tea pot empty. I’ve already drank a few infusions out of this first serving and I have to say each infusion delivers that same gorgeous flavor.  This is one of those satisfying teas that delivers on the flavor it promises.  This one is a keeper!

 

Milk Oolong from Mandala Tea

MilkOolongTea Information:

Leaf Type:  Oolong

Where to Buy: Mandala Tea

Tea Description:

We are so excited about this tea and judging by the repeat buys, our customers are too!  It possesses a creamy aroma with hints of coconut, hard toffee candy along with the classic floral undertone present in so many high-end Taiwanese oolongs.  The producers aromatize high quality leaves from plants that grow in altitudes between 1,600 and 3,200 feet above sea level.

The Fall 2014 crop delivers the dessert-like notes in early infusions and a beautiful, balanced cup.  In later steepings aromas of lilac and gardenia begin to move more forward.  Production is an artform and those who create it are quite guarded about proprietary steps in processing. Through many tastings, our appreciation for their craft only increases.  No “off” aromas and not a trace of artificial or chemical flavor.  It is a wonderfully complex tea, sure to please most any tea drinker.  And if they weren’t a tea drinker to begin with, they will be after trying this!

Learn more about this tea here.

Taster’s Review:

Never having Mandala Tea before, I was quite excited when I saw a package of Milk Oolong appear in a goodie box I recently received.  Mandala Tea has always been a company I’ve wanted to try but when you have a tea stash that is over 800 teas, its hard to justify one more order.

I open the package and take a deep breath and inhale the amazing aromas coming from this dry leaf tea.  Sweet and very dessert like, exactly what the description of the tea indicates. I prepped my water and sat and watched the tea leaves uncurl and dance around in my tea pot.

I pour myself a rather large mug of this gorgeous pale yellow brew and proceed to take my first sip.  The first notes that hit you are a rich buttery one.  It seriously envelops your entire mouth. All the while notes of an almost vegetal feel and coconut flavor swirl around, making a really nice creamy touch. I can pick up an additional sweetness but I’m not sure if its more sugary or toffee-like the description depicts.  There are other flavors that peek out here and there but I can’t really define them. Such a wonderful tea.  Complex yet simple all in the same if that makes sense.

All I know is this is one great tea that is perfect for any time of the day! Sweet, rich, buttery, with a slight vegetal touch. . .really good.  I plan on spending the rest of the day with this tea and I can’t wait to see what the second infusion brings.

For my first experience with Mandala Tea. I think I have a winner on my hands!