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Sunday, March 21, 2010

Teavana Loose Leaf Mate Tea 'Raspberry Riot Lemon Mate Tea'

Tea Information:
Tea: Raspberry Riot Lemon Mate Tea
Type: Mate Tea
Packaging: Loose Leaf
Company: Teavana
Purchase: Teavana Website
Description: Get all-day energy from the invigorating fusion of tart raspberry and lemon, with a high-octane jolt of pure Argentinean Mate. The brisk lemon and tangy raspberry give this green Mate the character and flavor you're craving.
Ingredients: Apple bits, hibiscus, rosehip peels, raspberries, green mate, apple slices, flavoring, lemongrass, pink rosebuds

Steep Information:
Amount: 4 tsp
Additives: 1.5 tsp sugar
Water: 1 pot filtered boiling
Tool: Cast Iron Teapot with Mesh basket strainer
Steep Time: a little over 6 minutes
Served: Hot

Tasting Notes:
Dry Leaf Smell: lemongrass, apple, hint of floral, hint of berry
Steeped Tea Smell: hibiscus, lemon, hint of floral
Flavor: sweet apple, hibiscus, lemon
Body: Full
Aftertaste: tang, probably from the hibiscus
Liquor: cloudy red/blood orange

One of MilitiaJim's co-workers got this and didn't like it. So knowing we're tea addicts he gifted it to us.

It was OK hot, but delicious iced!

Post-Steep Additives: none

Resteep: 7 minutes, weak, watery, light pink
7 more minutes in same water, watery lemon, smells like roses

tossed the resteep

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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