Maker: New Mexico Tea Company
Flavors: Cinnamon Spice, Scottish Breakfast, Black Ginger, Sandia Spice, Cream Earl Grey, Hazelnut
My name’s Alma, and I’m a tea geek.
I found what would become New Mexico Tea Company six years ago, at a flight instructor refresher meeting in Albuquerque. They had a storefront down the street from the hotel where I was staying, and I encountered their blends there. Now they have a different store and an excellent web-site. Once Kusmi Tea stopped carrying my preferred flavors, I shifted over the NMTC.
NOTE: These are all loose-leaf black teas. You need a strainer or a tea ball. Or conveniently-spaced teeth.
I started with the cinnamon. It is a black with bits of orange and lots of cinnamon with a bit of clove. I love it. It is sweet without adding sweetener, and is a great winter tea. The flavor doesn’t last as long as some but I get at least four 8-oz cups out of two heaping teaspoons.
Sandia Spice – not bad, not as spicy as the cinnamon and the flavors are more subtle.
Scottish Breakfast – a blend of black teas. Pretty strong, on par with Russian teas, and not for evening drinking if you are sensitive to caffeine. I drink it with milk, in the morning. Think English or Irish breakfast, but for Calvinists in a wet, chilly climate.
Cream Earl Grey – I’m in love. Earl Grey, but with a creamy undertone. Add a touch of milk and a drop of honey, and it is the perfect settling-down tea. Or omit the milk if so inclined. Very smooth compared to a good, plain Earl Grey.
Black Ginger – a sweet after-dinner tea with ginger for digestion. Or not for after dinner. It is not as strong as the cinnamon in terms of spice, but has a good flavor that stands up well to multiple cups/pot. Doesn’t really need much sweetener at all.
Hazelnut – I wasn’t sure about this one, but it’s growing on me. It is very sweet and has a strong hazelnut/chocolate taste. Think Nutella™ as a tea. Absolutely a desert tea, or if you really want chocolate with nuts but can’t/shouldn’t.
They have a lot of other flavors. New Mexico Tea Company also has decaf, herbal, and green teas for those so inclined.
I make tea by the pot, and I usually use two flat to two heaping teaspoons (as in, a kitchen spoon, not measuring spoon) of tea leaves pr pot. I’ll usually get two pots worth out of those two teaspoons, so loose leaf works well cost wise for me. I know, the purists out there are whimpering quietly. I’m an uncivilized American. We do things differently over here. 🙂
I boil water, put the leaves in the pot, add water to the pot, let steep for the first cup (3-5 min), pour a cup, add water, turn the heat on under said pot*, and go from there, adding water each time I pour out a cup of tea. Yes, the last few cups are, ahem, rather mild.
*I use a CorningWare pot that allows you to keep it on the burner over low heat. Many newer pots are not set up for this, so be aware.
FTC Notice: I purchased these teas for my own use and received no compensation for this review.