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Thursday, October 28, 2010

NovoAndina Loose Leaf Herbal Tea 'Highland Coca Tea'

Tea Information:
Tea: Highland Coca Tea
Type: Herbal Tea
Packaging: Loose Leaf
Company: NovoAndina
Description: Coca Tea is known as the national drink of the Andean Countries, and is consumed by millions of South Americans as a healthful alternative to coffee. Mate de Coca consumption has many benefits: Energize The Body, Stimulate Mental Alertness, Aid Weight Loss, Gentle Diuretic, Relieve Stress, Calm Allergies, Help the Immune System. Uncured coca tea, fast-dried to preserve natural benefits. Contains young and mature coca tea leaves, bright green color and unique smooth – fresh aroma. Available in 50 grams sealed air tight bags. Whole-Leaf Loose Tea, dried, crushed coca leaves, large flakes in a resealable air tight bag.

Steep Information:
Amount: 1 teabag
Water: 8 ounces hot spigot water
Steep Time: 5 minutes
Served: Hot

Tasting Notes:
Dry Leaf Smell: cinnamon, spice, chocolate, fall hay
Steeped Tea Smell: hay, grass
Flavor: hay, grass
Body: Full
Aftertaste: sweet, grassy
Liquor: translucent yellow-brown

Obtained in a swap with Mel, thanks!

Despite the strong chocolate scent it was a surprisingly hay like taste. I enjoyed it for it's light sweet flavor.

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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