Leaf Type: Yerba Maté
Where to Buy: Ducky Life Tea
Tisane from the Amazon (Organic) Smooth, yet strong ginger tisane. Great for digestion and also for sinuses. No Caffeine, but has matteine.
When it comes to green yerba maté, I’m kind of on the fence. I do not like it plain (that is, unflavored or not part of a blend) but some blends/flavors are quite alright, and I’ve even found one or two that are really tasty.
This one is tasty! It has a strong ginger taste to it (if you don’t like ginger, this tea isn’t for you! Fortunately, I love ginger.) and that ginger tempers some of the stronger earthy notes of the maté that I usually find a bit off-putting.
This blend is actually quite masala chai-like in composition. The ingredients include ginger, cinnamon and cardamom, three very standard marsala chai spices. But, because it’s more ginger than cinnamon and cardamom, I don’t think I would categorize this as a chai.
This is one intensely flavored tea! The first flavors that hit are the strong earthy, vegetative notes from the yerba maté and the peppery flavor of the ginger. That initial “bam” (imagine Emeril Lagasse sound clip there) of flavor lasts for about a split second, and then it tapers off to a very pleasant, smooth sweet-and-spicy taste from the ginger and cinnamon, with the cardamom popping in just long enough to say “hello.” I can taste the sweet snap of the licorice root linger in the aftertaste.
I am really pleased with this blend. I thought it was just going to be “eh, ok” but as it turns out, I’m enjoying it. It is also extremely soothing to a sore throat, so it is a good tea to keep on hand for times when you might be feeling under the weather. Not only soothing, but the yerba maté gives a little energy boost – which is also nice because, I don’t know about you, but when I’m not feeling well, I really need a little extra something. This is like “chicken soup” in a teacup!