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Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Samovar Loose Leaf Mate Tea 'Peppermint Yerba Mate'

Tea Information:
Tea: Peppermint Yerba Mate
Type: Mate Tea
Packaging: Loose Leaf
Company: Samovar
Purchase: Here
Description: Flavor Profile: High-flying peppermint and eucalyptus are grounded with bittersweet earthiness.

Tea Story: Yerba Maté is the quintessential South American beverage. It is the national drink of Uruguay, where people sip it from hollowed gourds (known as chimarrao) through filter-tipped metal straws (called bombillas) throughout the day and commonly carry thermoses of hot water under one arm to replenish their brews.

Maté has some macho connotations because gauchos ritualistically consume it around campfires. However, serving maté is a standard welcome gesture and maté is a common beverage choice in variations on afternoon tea. Some el cebadores (maté drinkers) drink it straight, while others blend it with burnt sugar, orange, grapefruit or lemon zest, gin or fresh mint.

Our Peppermint Yerba Maté is an intensely invigorating blend of caffeine-filled maté and uplifting peppermint. The aroma is sweet, herbaceous and earthy with a tinge of bitterness. It has notes of fresh mint, eucalyptus, honey, dry leaves and sandy soil. The flavor is a balance of bittersweet earthiness and bracing mint, followed by aftertastes of bittersweet wood and earth that coat the tongue and mint on the roof of the mouth. It is incredibly refreshing, without the full-on caffeine of straight maté. This blend is organic certified, and the yerba maté was shade-grown for a smoother, less bitter taste.

Ingredients: Organic Argentinian shade-grown yerba maté, organic peppermint.

Steep Information:
Amount: 2 tsp
Water: 500ml filtered water 175°F
Tool: Breville One-Touch Tea Maker BTM800XL
Steep Time: 3 minutes
Served: Hot

Tasting Notes:
Dry Leaf Smell: STRONG peppermint, then a little vegetal
Steeped Tea Smell: mild peppermint, hint of vegetal
Flavor: vegetal, sweet, peppermint
Body: Light
Aftertaste: tingly, vegetal
Liquor: translucent yellow-green

Read Steepster for other reviews here

I do not like grassy teas or yerba mate, but this one I found drinkable thanks to the peppermint. It's kind of soothing actually.

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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