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Saturday, March 27, 2010

Teavana Loose Leaf Mate Tea 'MatéVana'

Tea Information:
Tea: MatéVana
Type: Mate Tea
Packaging: Loose Leaf
Company: Teavana
Purchase: Here
Description: A deliciously smooth herbal tea that is perfect for coffee lovers. It does contain caffeine, but many people have a different reaction to this stimulant since it is blended with the other natural xanthines found in Mate (theophylline and theobromine). Together they create energy without jitteriness or addictive tendencies. This tea is also a wonderful diet tea, since it curbs hunger. MateVana does contain nuts.
Ingredients: Roasted Mate leaves, cocoa kernels, rooibos tea, chocolate chips (sugar, cocoa mass, cocoa powder), flavoring, white cocoa butter splits (sugar, cocoa butter, dextrose), almonds, cactus blossoms, sunflower petals and cornflower petals.
This tea contains nuts.

Steep Information:
Amount: 1.5 tsp
Additives: none
Water: 6 oz filtered boiling
Tool: Mesh basket strainer in cup
Steep Time: a little over 6 minutes
Served: Hot

Tasting Notes:
Dry Leaf Smell: nutty, chocolate
Steeped Tea Smell: nutty
Flavor: nutty, then slightly dark chocolate
Body: Full
Aftertaste: sour
Liquor: opaque dark brown, like light coffee

Post-Steep Additives: 1 tsp German rock sugar=much better no sour note, chocolate more prominent

Resteep: 7 min, weak
put in for....until i forgot about it, got a medium bodied nutty chocolaty (it had sugar dregs in it) drink, i don't have the patience but if you do it is resteepable.

Rating: 3/4 leaves

Leaf system:
1=Bleh! not again if it were free
2=Acceptable, if it were free or there were limited other tea options
3=I might purchase this tea from time to time, or select it while out
4=A staple in our cupboard from now on, I will purchase and keep purchasing

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