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Friday, April 23, 2010

Teas Etc Loose Leaf Mate Tea 'yerba mate'

Tea Information:
Tea: yerba mate
Type: Mate Tea
Packaging: Loose Leaf
Company: Teas Etc
Purchase: Here
Description: Sweeter than a traditional roasted mate, our USDA Certified Organic green variety is smooth with a lighter body and clean finish. All the benefits and more, this is a nice variation on the darker standard.
Ingredients: organic yerba mate

Steep Information:
Amount: 3 tsp
Water: 22 ounces filtered boiling
Tool: Cast Iron Teapot with Mesh basket strainer
Steep Time: a little over 5 minutes
Served: Hot

Tasting Notes:
Dry Leaf Smell: green tea, vegetal
Steeped Tea Smell: green tea, vegetal
Flavor: sweet, vegetal, green tea, followed by astringency and a touch of bitterness
Body: Medium
Aftertaste: slightly bitter and astringent
Liquor: translucent yellow-green

The steeped mate doesn't look too different from the dry mate.

Really similar to green tea, only you don't get the same fast caffeine high and crash after - it's more a little bit of energy to keep you going. However, I don't suggest this as a wake up cup because it doesn't kick you awake and say FUNCTION! I do think it would be an excellent follow up cup(s) after your wake up brew.

Rating: 2/4 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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