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Sunday, August 8, 2010

Samovar Loose Leaf Mate Tea 'Kuki Yerba Mate'

Tea Information:
Tea: Kuki Yerba Mate
Type: Mate Tea
Packaging: Loose Leaf
Company: Samovar
Purchase: Here
Origin: Kukicha Japanese green tea and organic yerba mate blended in the U.S.

Flavor Profile: Notes of fields, earth and minerals converge for a refreshingly bittersweet brew.

Tea Story: Kukicha (a Japanese green tea made from the stems of the tea plant and also known as twig tea or stem tea) is blended with organic South American yerba mate (a high-caffeine herb reputed to have medicinal qualities) for a robust cross-culture concoction like you have never tried. Leaves with the pungent aroma of earth, grasses and passion fruit and the appearance like camouflage, dry fall leaves, green twigs and woodchips brew into a bright green-gold infusion with scents of roasting pine, clover honey and sweet grasses.

The flavor is astringent and grassy, with nutty notes at the front of the palate, wet soil at the back, and toasted millet and crushed gravel all around. The aftertaste is an enduring mix of copper-zinc minerality, clover fields and a gentle, pervasive sweetness.

Steep Information:
Amount: 3 tablespoons
Water: 16 ounces boiling filtered water
Tool: Adagio IngenuiTEA 16 oz
Steep Time: a little over 3 minutes
Served: Hot

Tasting Notes:
Dry Leaf Smell: vegetal, grassy
Steeped Tea Smell: vegetal, earthy
Flavor: grassy, bitter, MilitiaJim got motor oil
Body: Full
Aftertaste: bitter, grassy
Liquor: opaque with particulate, murky brown-green

We both managed two sips, and then tossed it down the drain.

Rating: 1/4 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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