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Wednesday, December 22, 2010

ESP Emporium Loose Leaf Mate Tisane 'Sweet Orange Mate'

Tea Information:
Tea: Sweet Orange Mate
Type: Mate Tisane (Tea is technically only from the camellia sinensis plant)
Packaging: Loose Leaf
Company: ESP Emporium
Purchase: Here
Description: The popular fresh taste of fruity, sweet oranges goes well with the moderately strong, spicy, slightly smoky Mate tea. The strikingly decorated, delicious specialty is a high-grade offer for the rising demand for Mate tea. The well-balanced addition of pleasant licorice gives the necessary sweetness to this fresh and slightly tangy blend.
Ingredients: green and roasted Mate tea, licorice roots, orange peels and blossoms, natural flavoring.

Steep Information:
Amount: 2 tsp
Water: 12 ounces hot spigot water
Tool: kati loose tea system (my Review here.)
Steep Time: a little over 5 minutes (
Served: Hot

Tasting Notes:
Dry Leaf Smell: orange, grassy, a little mint (cross contamination?)
Steeped Tea Smell: grassy, hints of orange
Flavor: grassy
Body: Medium
Aftertaste: grassy
Liquor: translucent olive green

I like it better than most mate I have had, didn't get much orange, but i got a green tea flavor as opposed to the overpowering flavor i usually get from mate.

This was a gift from TeaEqualsBliss, Thank you!

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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