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Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Teavana Loose Leaf Mate Tea 'Samurai Chai Mate'

Tea Information:
Tea: Samurai Chai Mate
Type: Mate Tea
Packaging: Loose Leaf
Company: Teavana
Purchase: Teavana
Description: A sip of this sweetly robust straight up Mate blend awakens the Samurai within. Inspired by the Way of the Warrior, this fresh green Mate is imbued with strong spices, invigorating herbs and revitalizing citrus. A wonderful cup of tea that will get you moving!
Ingredients: Green Mate, Red Rooibos, cinnamon, candied pineapple bits, orange peel, lemongrass, aniseed, coriander, cardamom, almonds, and cornflower blossoms. This tea contains nuts.

Steep Information:
Amount: 5 tsp
Additives: none
Water: filtered, boiling, 1 cast iron teapot full
Tool: Cast Iron Teapot with Mesh basket strainer
Steep Time: a little over 6 minutes
Served: Hot

Tasting Notes:
Dry Leaf Smell:
MilitiaJim: It smells kinda like Jaegermeister. Very medicinal.
AmazonV: Peppers, cardamon, cinnamon.
Steeped Tea Smell:
MilitiaJim: It still smells medicinal.
AmazonV: Peppers, cardamon, cinnamon.
MilitiaJim: vaguely spicy
AmazonV: Sweet, orange, clove, cinnamon
Body: Full
Aftertaste: spicy
Liquor: cloudy orange-green-yellow

The taste reminded me of the holidays. We drank it as tea and did not make it as proper chai.

Post-Steep Additives: MilitiaJim added 1 tsp German rock sugar -"better now, sweet and spicy."

Resteep: 7 min - weak, watery, cinnamon clove water with a hint of citrus - dumping it.

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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