Over Achieve Mint from Teaquilibrium

Tea Information:

Leaf Type: Yerba Maté

Where to Buy:  Teaquilibrium

Product Description:

Getting ready for race season or simply want to add some calm pep to your day?

The mouthwatering combination of chocolate and fresh mint has made Achieve Mint a customer favorite.  Overachieve Mint is blended with energizing Yerba Mate to give that sustained boost that mate is known for. This is a fabulous choice for endurance athletes or anyone who wants a natural calm energy.

ingredients: yerba mate, peppermint, cacao nibs, natural chocolate flavor.

Taster’s Review:

This is a really tasty Yerba Maté blend.  The mint is strong but the chocolate does come through nicely.

The Yerba Maté base is a green (not roasted) Maté and offers a hint of its earthy, vegetative flavor.  However, the mint flavor is rather intense here, and it does seem to mask some of the stronger notes of the Yerba Maté.  But, I’m not complaining because I sometimes find the rather distinct flavor of Maté to be a bit too much for me.  With this blend, it’s really quite enjoyable and melds very well with the other flavors.

The peppermint is very strong – this blend is certainly not for those who do not care for mint.  For those of us who do, though, this is a clean, crisp tasting peppermint that invigorates while leaving the palate feeling refreshed.

The chocolate is a bit subtle, but, I am liking how it comes through.  I can really notice the cocoa notes in the aftertaste mingling with the minty flavor.  I also found that the chocolate seems to pop a bit more as the tisane cools, so don’t drink this one piping hot!  Let it cool just a little so that you can enjoy the chocolate flavors!

This tisane reminds me of a peppermint patty (especially the aftertaste), but without the overwhelming sugary sweetness!  A thin layer of chocolate coating … just enough to coat the peppermint but not overpower it … a snappy, vibrant treat that will surely get you going!

I like this one a lot!

Zest Energizing Tea from Teaquilibrium

Tea Information:

Leaf Type: Yerba Maté

Where to Buy:  Teaquilibrium

Product Description:

Teaquilibrium’s Energizing Sport Tea contains yerba mate, a South American herb known for its plethora of health benefits. A study of yerba mate at The Pasteur Institute and the Paris Scientific society in 1964 concluded that mate contains “practically all of the vitamins necessary to sustain life.” Mate is also a natural source of caffeine, theobromine (dark chocolate’s euphoric stimulant) and theophylline (tea’s soothing stimulant) which stimulate the central nervous system to create calm energy and mental clarity.

Yerba Mate fuels your muscles and nourishes your body with 15 amino acids, 24 vitamins and minerals including Vitamins A, C, E, B1, B2, Niacin (B3), B5, B Complex. Natural phytochemicals stimulate your immune system and boost your metabolism.

Taster’s Review:

OK, when I first saw the name of this tea, I was immediately reminded of “the other” Zest (you know, the bar of soap?)

But I’d much rather use THIS Zest as my “eye-opener” – and it certainly does do just that.  The lemon-y flavor is bright and clean… and shall I say it?  Zesty!  The delicious, lemon-y flavor curbs the earthy notes of the yerba maté.  This is not overly earthy or grassy tasting, it is quite smooth for a yerba maté, which sometimes can come off as a little bitter.  I’m not getting that with this cup at all!

The lemon-y flavor is not incredibly tart, although there is a faint, tangy note at the finish that lingers a little bit with a tingly sensation on the tongue.  This is something that is almost barely noticeable unless you’re focusing on it, though.  Mostly what I get from the lemon is a smooth, sweet citrus-y taste that reminds me a bit of lemon curd.

The yerba maté is a green maté (that is, it isn’t roasted), so it has a fresher taste to it which is very fitting with the whole concept of “Zest.”  This tastes fresh and bright and lively!  It is certainly enough to get you going even on those days when you feel sort of sluggish.  This will help rid you of those “sleepyzzz!”

I like to steep this energizing drink in a vessel that I can keep the leaves continually steeping as I sip… so I am using my Libre Mug.  I put the loose leaf into the main chamber, and then add the hot water and allow it to steep for five minutes, then I screw on the filter lid and the filter lid strains the tisane as I sip it.  Since yerba maté lacks the tannins of tea leaves, it doesn’t get bitter from lengthy brew times – it just gets more flavorful!

I like this!

Yin Yang Maté from Tea Addiction

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Yerba Maté

Where to Buy:  Tea Addiction

Product Description:

Ingredients: Yerba maté, cacao nibs, and vanilla flavoring. Get yourself going with this yerba maté chocolate treat! These leaves are believed to stimulate the immune system, decrease inflammation, and increase metabolism.

With the addition of cacao nibs, a myriad of vitamins as well as a natural anti-depressant “sweeten” the pot. Cacao is also thought to encourage mental alertness and clarity of mind. Try adding a touch of milk to make your cup of smooth and chocolaty Yin Yang Maté extra special!

Taster’s Review:

I am really enjoying this Yerba Maté blend.

The fragrance of the dry leaf is quite tempting – it smells like chocolate!  YUM!  The brewed liquor maintains the chocolate scent which now combines with a slightly toasty scent, a hint of vanilla and an earthy quality.

The flavor is a little surprising!  There is a toasty/smoky/woodsy taste to the cup that I hadn’t expected.  Usually, I do expect a light roasted flavor along with an earthy note and a vegetative quality, but not so much of a smoky wood flavor.  It is not an off-putting flavor, just different.

As the cup cools, I find that the smoky wood flavor subsides as more of the earthy/vegetative quality emerges.  The vegetative note is much less noticeable in these roasted Yerba Maté leaves, which trade in some of the vegetal taste for a more caramelized earth note, which plays off especially well with the cacao and vanilla flavors.

The cacao is more savory than sweet, but the addition of the vanilla gives it a sweet, creaminess that almost intimates at a milk chocolate note in the distance.  You can enhance that flavor by the simple addition of a splash of milk, if you wish.  I find this to be rather delightful without the milk – but I do recommend a dollop of honey or agave nectar to smooth out some of the bitter taste of the Yerba Maté.

This is the first that I’m trying from Tea Addiction – and I’m quite happy with it, and the company!  They are incredibly nice, and as a tin collector I can’t overlook the sleek tins!  I just love it when I find a new tea company!

Yerba Maté Mint from Choice Organic Teas

Tea Information:

Leaf Type: Yerba Maté

Where to Buy:  Choice Organic Teas

Product Description:

Perk up with this refreshing twist on the traditional. Renowned for its natural kick, yerba maté grows in subtropical South America and has been enjoyed by gauchos for generations. We blend ours with peppermint, spearmint and a hint of lemongrass for a bright tea that’s light, cool and exhilarating. [contains caffeine]

Taster’s Review:

Exhilarating is right!  The yerba maté is energizing, while the peppermint and spearmint is crisp and refreshing.  Put these ingredients together and you’ve got one very exhilarating beverage, indeed!

This tisane is nicely balanced.  It is minty, but not too minty.  The yerba maté is slightly earthy but the mint offsets it enough so that it is easy to drink and not too earthy or vegetative.  The lemongrass offers just a hint of citrus tones to the cup and adds an interesting dimension to the cup.  There’s even a light tangy note from the citrus right at the finish that remains in the aftertaste.

And I really like the company.  It is one that I really feel good about supporting, because not only are they organic and committed to the protection of our environment, but they also are involved with really good causes, such as the Jane Goodall Institute, a non-profit organization that is committed to the preservation of the lives and habitat of primates.

It is a very good tea and a tea I can feel good about!

Choco-Mate Tea from White August Tea Company

Tea Type: Yerba Mate/Rooibos Blend

Where To Buy: White August Tea Company

Product Description:

This energizing combination of sweet chocolate and south American mate is sure to stimulate your senses.

Tasters Review:

Over the last couple of months anything marked Choco & Mate I have been interested in trying!  When I saw this one from White August Tea Company I was equally if not MORE excited to try it!  All of the teas I have tried from this company I have enjoyed – as was the case with this specific offering!

Prior to infusing this smells like Chocolate Milk… Sweet Chocolate Milk!
After infusing it does lose a lot of the sweet aroma but you can still smell cocoa or chocolate just not as sweet and not nearly as strong as before infusing.

The taste is primarily Yerba Mate.  The Sweet Chocolate flavor comes thru nicely but I would LOVE to try it with even more Chocolate flavor!  There seems to be a little Rooibos Flavor coming thru, too. I have yet to put this to the test but I’m considering increasing the amount of loose leaf but infusing for a little less time to see if the chocolate comes thru more.

Regardless…this is tasty…a very good flavored Yerba Mate!  I would suggest this to anyone looking for a flavored Yerba Mate, a flavored Rooibos, or a Chocolate or Cocoa Flavored Tisane!

Rio from The Tao of Tea

Tea Type: Yerba Mate

Where To Buy: The Tao of Tea

Product Description:

Native Name: Yerba Mate

Origin: Iguaçu Valley, Brazil

Plucking Season: Summer

Introduction: The forests of the Iguaçu Valley are ideal both in climate and soil for the best Yerba Mate. The Iguaçu, meaning ‘big water’, is home to an amazing array of flora and fauna as well as the breathtaking Iguaçu Falls.

Yerba Mate
Yerba Mate is native to the region around the rivers Paraná, Paraguay, Uruguay and their tributaries. The herb was first used by the Guaraní, an important indigenous tribal people who traditionally prepare the beverage in a gourd (a ‘cuia’ or ‘mate’) and sip through a filtered straw (a ‘bomba’ or ‘bombilla’).

Yerba and Health
Similar to tea and dark chocolate, Yerba Mate contains the xanthines theobromine and caffeine known to increase mental alertness, focus and wakefulness. The herb is also rich in nutrients, vitamins and minerals and has been used in Guaraní remedies for centuries. Traditionally it has been used as a diuretic, a digestive aid, and to ease asthmatic symptoms. Recent studies have shown Yerba Mate to contain a significant amount of antioxidants.

Flavor Profile: Cooling, clear, bitter sweet flavor notes.

Ingredients: 100% Organic Yerba Mate

Certified Organic by: Quality Assurance International (QAI)

Tasters Review:

When I received my package from The Tao Of Tea I was also going thru a Duran Duran Flashback/Kick or should I say my iPod Shuffle was forcing me into a Duran Duran Flashback!  This was one of the songs that has been following me around – it seems.  Anyhow, it just seemed fitting that I drink this while listening to Rio by Duran Duran, ya know!?

But…on to the actual Tea Review…

Rio from The Tao of Tea is a wonderful plain Yerba Mate or unflavored Yerba Mate.  Normally I don’t really get too excited about Yerba Mate’s unless they are wonderfully flavored or have something that really stand outs.  For me…this unflavored Yerba Mate was memorable because it was sweet, fresh, and clean tasting!  If you are looking for a good go-to or a solid stand-by to always have on hand I would say Rio from The Tao of Tea should be on that list!

I really LOVE The Tao of Tea because they have a really great selection of teas and tisanes!  They push organic and they focus on tea education, regions, history, and farmers!  Their customer service is really top-notch, too!  We have TONS of other reviews on tap for Tao of Teas so stay tuned!

Organic Green Tea Ginseng Mate from Mate Factor

Tea Type: Green Tea/ Yerba Mate Blend

Where To Buy: Mate Factor

Product Description:

Organic Green Tea Ginseng Mate Tea-Bags
with Echinacea

100% Organic Ingredients:

Our Green Tea Ginseng tea box contains 20 large tea bags. All of our teabags contain 3 grams of tea, DOUBLE the size of most teabags on the market, so you can enjoy more of the flavor, nutrition, and energizing effects of Yerba Mate!

Ingredients:
American Ginseng root, Fresh Green Yerba Mate, Premium Japanese Sencha Green Tea, Echinacea Angustifolia Root and Echinacea Purpurea leaf.

Our most powerful tea ever.
One taste will enlighten you to the delicate but powerful blend of this tea.

Tasters Review:

Organic Green Tea Ginseng Mate smells like socks!  Yet…I’m giving it between an 80 and an 81 on my personal tea tasting scale!  How can I rate something that high that I think smells like socks, you ask…keep reading!!!

FIRST…You know me!   I have too look things up!  I should really buy stock in Google AND Wikipedia!  When I first saw the ingredients I wanted to learn more about the root and leaf they used in this!

Here is the specific root that this has in it
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Echinacea_angustifolia
And here’s the leaf
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Echinacea_purpurea

This is quite good…much better than I anticipated, actually!  I don’t know why I waited so long to try it!  The Ginseng with the Echinacea as 2nd and 3rd’s to the Yerba mate was genius!  The Yerba Mate toned down how medicine-E everything else tasted and it works out pretty well!  This DOES have a very pleasant taste!

And it’s good FOR you!!!

 

Out of Your Gourd from Indie Tea

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Yerba Maté

Where to Buy:  Indie Tea

Product Description:

O.K….So You’re A Little Different. That’s Cool. We Understand. As Long As You Don’t Run Butt Naked Through The Produce Aisle Of The Local Grocery On A Regular Basis.

4.65 oz. Organic and Fair Trade Ingredients: Organic Roasted Yerba Maté, Organic Star Anise, Organic Pink Peppercorns, Organic Cloves, Organic Cocoa Nibs, Organic Lemon Peel, Organic Lemon Grass, Organic Coriander Seed, Organic Fennel, Organic Cumin Seed. 4.65 oz

Taster’s Review:

This tea represents the first that I’ve tried from this company, and I’m very happy with it.  There is a lot going on with this blend, a lot of different flavors.  For that reason, even though it is a chai blend, I chose to serve it not-latte, because I really wanted to experience the different flavors in the cup and I thought that the milk would mask some of the taste.

The first thing that I noticed with this blend is the beautiful dry leaf!  It looks like it should be sitting in a bowl as a decoration!  Huge, whole pieces of star anise and other whole spices really make this blend visually appealing.

With all these flavors swilling around in the cup, each sip becomes an adventure!  Like Forest Gump said “You never know what you’re gonna get.”   There are interesting hints of citrus and licorice throughout the sip, with warm notes of cloves and a little bit of smoky heat from the cumin.

There is a solid base of earthiness to the cup, and it seems to really ground the flavors and give them a good foundation on which to build.  I like that there isn’t TOO much of any one characteristic here:  it isn’t too earthy, it isn’t too spicy, it isn’t too sweet, it isn’t too sharp, it isn’t too smoky.  The tisane offers hints of each of these qualities, but none of them are so strong that they overwhelm the cup.  There is a nice synergy going on with this tea!

If I were to offer one complaint, I guess it would be that I would like for more of the chocolate-y tones to present themselves.  It’s a minor thing, really, because I love this tisane just as it is, however, being the chocoholic that I am, when I see cocoa nibs as one of the ingredients, I get all chocolate-happy, and as lovely a tea as this is, it is not a chocolate tea.

The website suggests a brewing time of 4 – 5 minutes, but because it is a Yerba Maté blend, it won’t get bitter if you allow it to steep for a longer period of time.  I think it’s actually a good idea to let it steep for at least 6 minutes (if not longer) because you’ll get the most out of the many spices that are in this blend.

This is an exciting blend – and one I’d recommend to anyone who wants to go a little out of their comfort zone and take a walk on the wild side … get Out of Your Gourd!

Tropical Lime Yerba Maté from Maté Factor

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Yerba Maté

Where to Buy: Maté Factor

Product Description:

Tropical Lime Yerba Mate Tea Bags (formerly Hibiscus Lime)
80% Organic Ingredients

Our Tropical Lime tea box contains 20 large tea-bags. All of our tea-bags contain 3.5 grams of tea, DOUBLE the size of most tea-bags on the market, so you can enjoy more of the flavor, nutrition, and energizing effects of Yerba Mate!

Ingredients: Organic Green Yerba Mate, Organic Hibiscus Flowers, Sun-Dried Lime

High in Natural Vitamin C

This amazing, fruity blend is not only refreshing hot or cold, but is an amazing booster to your body’s defense system.

Taster’s Review:

As I’ve said on numerous occasions, I’m not that fond of hibiscus.  Some hibiscus in blends is OK so long as it’s not overdone – it provides an interesting tart flavor and a little bit of body to a tisane – but, when there is too much hibiscus in a blend, it becomes too tart and too thick and syrupy.

In drinking this tea, I’m not sure if there is too much hibiscus here, or if it is just a tart tisane.  The lime and hibiscus together create a rather sour pair.  Nice if you enjoy sour or tart tastes, I’m not one of those people, though.

That being said, this isn’t thick or syrupy, which leads me to believe that it’s not too much hibiscus, it’s just the combination of lime and hibiscus that creates such a tart experience.  It has a nice body to it.  And I found that a drizzle of agave nectar helped to turn this rather tart cup into something quite good.

Interestingly enough, the earthy quality of  the Yerba Maté in this blend cuts through some of the tart hibiscus taste, so I am getting more lime than I am hibiscus.  Both the hibiscus and lime are still rather strong, but, the earthy nature of Yerba Maté saves this blend.

And who’d have thought I’d ever be happy for the earthy characteristic of Yerba Maté?   Certainly not me, not until now!  But somehow, the blending of earthy and tart work together quite nicely.  The tart cuts through some of the musty flavors of the earthy tones while the earthy flavor smooths out some of the tarter edges.  It works together well.

Now, I am not about to say that this is my favorite Yerba Maté blend, because it isn’t.  But it is quite good and appealing in its own way.  It is one that I would recommend to all you lovers of tart/sour tastes out there.

Little Black Dress Strawberry Vanilla from Teaquilibrium

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Oolong & Green Yerba Maté

Where to Buy:  Teaquilibrium

Product Description:

Close your eyes and imagine sitting in a field of fresh strawberries– breathe in the intoxicating scent, pick a plump berry and let the flavor burst in your mouth. Teaquilibrium’s organically grown Strawberry Vanilla is delightful and gently energizing. The distinct flavor of green yerba mate magically blends with the smooth toasty cocoa aroma of the oolong, organically grown strawberries and topped with a hint of vanilla. As with all of our Little Black Dress teas, Strawberry Vanilla is an exclusive Teaquilibrium blend.

Try Strawberry Vanilla hot or chilled. For a delicious and refreshing pick me up, cold infuse Little Black Dress Strawberry Vanilla and serve in a pitcher with fresh strawberries.

Taster’s Review:

Happy New Year!

I don’t think I’ve ever encountered a blend quite like this one.  Oolong and Green Yerba Maté?  I certainly had my doubts going in to this but, I am glad I finally decided to try it, because it is really quite tasty!

The combination of Oolong and Yerba Maté make for a truly interesting blend.  The Oolong has a rich, roasted and somewhat buttery quality to it, and the Yerba Maté seems to pick up where the Oolong leaves off to create a very full-flavored experience – one that neither Oolong nor Yerba Maté could accomplish on their own.

The flavors are a bit lighter than I was anticipating, although the flavors do intensify as I make my way toward the bottom of the cup.  I like the way the sweet, ripe strawberry flavor sort of pops in and out of the sip, while the vanilla adds a creaminess that completes the flavor.  This is a pleasantly smooth and sweet cup – but not too sweet.

This is a very well-rounded cup that I really enjoyed!  Bravo to Teaquilibrium for a tea well done!

Yerba Maté Chai from Tea Chai Té

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Yerba Maté

Where to Buy:  Tea Chai Té

Product Description:

Yerba mate blended with cardamom, cinnamon, ginger, black pepper, orange peel, clove, allspice, and star anise.    Organic.

Taster’s Review:

I’m always excited when I find a new tea company that’s local!  Tea Chai Té has a tea shop that just so happens to be on one of my favorite streets in Portland, so the next time I’m shopping there I will have to stop in for a cuppa!

In the meantime, I will enjoy some of their teas that can be purchased online.  This chai blend is incredibly warming and even though Yerba Maté tends to be very invigorating, this blend has a very soothing effect too.  Perhaps it’s the warmth of the spices that are lulling me into this unique state of comforting alertness.

The sip begins with a soft earthy flavor from the Yerba Mate and a hint of citrus from the orange.  This intriguing combination of flavors is immediately enveloped by the distinctive flavor of the cinnamon, cardamom and cloves.  Somewhere about mid-sip, a licorice-y note hits the palate, and seems to disappear just as quickly as it appears.  Sort of like now I taste it, now I don’t!  There is a strong, peppery flavor coming from the ginger and black pepper that hits the palate at the tail of the sip and lingers through the aftertaste, which is comprised of peppery notes and orange with just a whisper of licorice taste from the star anise.

This chai blend is an interesting adventure that is keeping my attention and my taste buds captivated!  I really like this a lot.  I like this with a dollop of raw honey (or if you prefer, agave nectar).  I found it is delicious as a latte – just add a splash of warmed milk or cream – but it is also quite nice without this addition. It all just depends upon your mood!

On the 8th Day of Christmas … from 52Teas

Yep… you read that right.  Today is the 8th day.

I still can’t believe it’s Christmas already… this year seems to have flown by!

So much has happened this year… my first born graduated from high school, and she got engaged to a wonderful guy.  I’m thrilled he will be joining our family.  My youngest started 4th grade!  It’s been quite a year.

Anyway, enough of that, or I shall be writing this review with teary eyes.  To avoid the tears, lets get to the tea of the day, shall we?

MALTED CHOCOMATÉ

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Yerba Maté

Where to Buy:  52Teas

Product Description:

This is roasted yerba mate with organic cacao nibs and all natural chocolate and malt flavors. It is one delicious energy kick! If you missed our last yerba mate blend, you can read more about mate and it’s properties here. This is our first roasted mate blend. The previous mate blends were made with green yerba mate. The difference in flavor is similar to the difference between a black and a green tea, though the roasted mate still has tiny bit more of a vegetal taste than black tea.

Taster’s Review:

Another favorite from 52Teas, and for good reason.  With this one, it’s all about the chocolate, baby!  Of all the 52Teas I’ve tried thus far, this one is by far the most chocolate-y (although, if you are a chocoholic like I am, I also highly recommend the Chocolate Malt Honeybush from My Sweet Honeybush, which I would say is probably neck and neck when it comes to chocolate-y-ness).

I previously reviewed this tea for the Tea Review Blog, and really my feelings about this delicious tisane have not changed.  It is still just as rich and delicious as it was when I wrote the review.

The Yerba Maté does have a vegetative quality to it but I don’t find it distracting.  What is especially nice is how well the roasted aspect of the Yerba Maté enhances the flavor of the chocolate.  The flavor is sweet, pleasantly toasty, and decadent.

To be quite honest, I would prefer this to a chocolate ice cream malt any day, if for no other reason than that I find tea to be infinitely more soothing and comforting than ice cream.  Don’t get me wrong, I love ice cream (and malts!), but if given a choice between ice cream and tea… I’d choose tea every time.  And even though this is not technically a “tea” because it’s made from Yerba Maté leaves and not tea leaves, I still love how wonderful this really is.

And even though it is rather soothing and comforting, the Yerba Maté definitely is rather invigorating!  I wouldn’t recommend sipping on this just before bedtime.  I find the caffeine in Yerba Mate to be more stimulating than that in tea, but without the “jolt” that coffee delivers – and without the inevitable nausea (at least for me) that follows the coffee jolt.

This is truly a delicious blend – one that is definitely worthy of its place in 52Teas permanent collection, one I am glad was featured in this 12 Teas of Christmas box, and one that should definitely be on the shelf of every chocolate lover!  It’s so good!

Burst from Teaquilibrium

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Yerba Maté

Where to Buy:  Teaquilibrium

Product Description:

Yerba Mate bursting with apples and cinnamon.

Energizing Sport Tea contains yerba mate, a South American herb known for its plethora of health benefits. A study of yerba mate at The Pasteur Institute and the Paris Scientific society in 1964 concluded that mate contains “practically all of the vitamins necessary to sustain life.” Mate is also a natural source of caffeine, theobromine (dark chocolate’s euphoric stimulant) and theophylline (tea’s soothing stimulant) which stimulate the central nervous system to create calm energy and mental clarity.

Yerba Mate fuels your muscles and nourishes your body with 15 amino acids, 24 vitamins and minerals including Vitamins A, C, E, B1, B2, Niacin (B3), B5, B Complex. Natural phytochemicals stimulate your immune system and boost your metabolism.

ingredients: yerba mate, apple, cinnamon, natural apple & cinnamon flavors.

Taster’s Review:

This is a very delicious blend.  I was a little scared to try it, to be honest.  Teaquilibrium calls this their “Energizing Sports Tea” and that translated to me as “health food” which… translates to me as “yuck.”

But, so much for that!  This is really good!

The apple and cinnamon are very fragrant, and I can smell them as the cup sits in front of me and the aroma wafts from the cup.  It smells like apple pie!  Not a smell that you think of when you think “Energizing Sports Tea”!

And the flavor is just as abundant as the scent.  The apple and cinnamon are in good balance.  The cinnamon is not that hot, spicy cinnamon, it is a sweeter tasting cinnamon that accents the apple very nicely.  The apple tastes sweet and smooth.  It’s a bit like a lightly spiced apple cider!

This is the first Yerba Maté blend that I can recall tasting and not immediately identifying as Yerba Maté based only on the taste.   It does not possess that rather pungent, earthy taste that is so synonymous with Yerba Maté (at least, for me).  That is not to say that I cannot taste the Yerba Maté base, because it’s there, it’s just not that bracingly apparent Yerba Maté taste.

I really like this.  It is one that would work nicely as a iced tea as well as a hot one, and it has a certain autumnal charm to it which makes it very lovely for this time of year.

This is the first tea that I’ve had the opportunity to try from Teaquilibrium, and based upon this very positive experience, it shall not be my last!

Organic Green Tea Ginseng Maté from Maté Factor

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Green Tea & Yerba Maté

Where to Buy:  Maté Factor

Company Description:

Ingredients: American Ginseng root, Fresh Green Yerba Mate, Premium Japanese Sencha Green Tea, Echinacea Angustifolia Root and Echinacea Purpurea leaf.

Our most powerful tea ever.

One taste will enlighten you to the delicate but powerful blend of this tea.

Taster’s Review:

I was a little nervous to try this blend.  I’m not crazy about the flavor of echinacea or ginseng; I find the flavor of these two herbs to be rather off-putting.  So, needless to say, I don’t usually select teas with either of these ingredients, and this particular blend has both!

Fortunately, however, neither of these herbs presents a strong flavor to the cup.  The strongest taste to the cup is the green Yerba Maté, which is earthy and vegetative.  Less than a year ago, I would have told you that I don’t care for green Yerba Maté because of its strong earthy and vegetative taste, but I really like Maté Factor’s green Yerba Maté!  I contribute this change of taste preference to the fact that Maté Factor is dedicated to providing the freshest Yerba Maté possible.  It isn’t smoked or aged Yerba Maté, and I’ve come to realize that this really makes a difference!

I can also taste the fresh, bright flavor of the Japanese Sencha in this blend. It lends a sweetness to the blend that is distinctively green tea.

Because of the green tea in this blend, I don’t recommend bringing the water to a boil like you might normally do when brewing Yerba Maté.  This may scorch the tea leaves and cause the tea to taste bitter.  Instead, I pull my kettle just as the water is producing a good amount of steam and there are tiny bubbles beginning to rapidly form at the base of the kettle – rapidly forming but not yet rising to the surface.

As the tea cools slightly, more of the Ginseng and Echinacea tastes come through, but, surprisingly, it isn’t off-putting because the flavor of the Yerba Maté seems to offset it just “so” and gives it a very appealing taste.  That being said, I think this tea is much tastier when it’s hot, served with a drizzle of honey.

I’ve tried quite a few teas from Maté Factor now, and I’ve been very impressed.  If you’ve been interested in trying Yerba Maté, Maté Factor is a good place to start.  If you’ve tried Yerba Maté in the past and found it not to your liking, I suggest trying it again – but this time try a Maté Factor Yerba Maté!  You may just change your mind about Yerba Maté.  I know I have!

Burst (Energizing Sports Tea) from Teaqualibrium

Tea Type:
Yerba Mate

Where To Buy:
Teaquilibrium

Product Description:

Teaquilibrium’s Energizing Sport Tea contains yerba mate, a South American herb known for its plethora of health benefits. A study of yerba mate at The Pasteur Institute and the Paris Scientific society in 1964 concluded that mate contains “practically all of the vitamins necessary to sustain life.” Mate is also a natural source of caffeine, theobromine (dark chocolate’s euphoric stimulant) and theophylline (tea’s soothing stimulant) which stimulate the central nervous system to create calm energy and mental clarity.

Yerba Mate fuels your muscles and nourishes your body with 15 amino acids, 24 vitamins and minerals including Vitamins A, C, E, B1, B2, Niacin (B3), B5, B Complex. Natural phytochemicals stimulate your immune system and boost your metabolism.

ingredients: yerba mate, apple, cinnamon, natural apple & cinnamon flavors.

Tasters Review:

BURST is an Energizing Sports Tea from Teaqualibrium that I recently enjoyed!

It smells and tastes like orange citrus but when I saw that it didn’t have orange or citrus in it I was a little surprised, actually.  Perhaps it was word association or because of the label or something that made me think citrus…not sure!  BUT shortly after I started sipping this I did pick up on the apple and cinnamon, too!  Not overly-so on the cinnamon but it is tasty regardless!

This is nice hot or cold.

Pirate Tea from Design A Tea

Tea Type: Black Tea/Yerba Mate Blend

Where To Buy: Design A Tea

Product Description:

Ingredients: Koslanda-Dimbulla blend (Sri Lanka), Roasted Yerba Mate, Cinnamon, Ginger, Cardamom, Black Pepper, Cloves, Natural Vanilla/Pineapple flavoring.

Tasters Review:

Well, I like the Pirates of the Caribbean movies and I like Pirate Booty so when I tried Pirate Tea from Design A Tea I was happy to say I liked that, too!  Actually I more than liked it…I’ll admit…I LOVED it!

It smells like Pineapple and chai more pineapple than chai…I, personally, LOVED this about it!  This tea infuses really dark and really fast!

The taste is AWESOME!!  I can safely say this is my FAVORITE Chai to date!!  The flavoring is wonderful! The spices are mixed in nicely underneath.

Pirate Tea from Design A Tea is the complete package if you are on teas that favor pineapple!  And a nice, true, delicious pineapple – not that artificial tasting stuff!

A New Contest! It’s Another SororiTEA Sisters Sampler Package!

Greetings to our Readers!

We really appreciate your support.  So to thank you we want to have another contest!  This one is going to be similar to the last – but with TEN 1-ounce tins (they are made to hold 1 ounce, but the actual weight of the tea in each tin will vary due to the type of tea) and a small package of T-Sacs!

Yeah, I can’t find my camera… so I can’t take pictures of the actual tins.  Sorry!

Here are the teas in this sampler (just click on the name of the tea to be directed to that review.  Some have been reviewed here on the SororiTEA Sisters blog, and some have been reviewed on my home away from home at The Tea Review Blog):

  1. Beatles’ Blend Tea from Mighty Leaf
  2. Mable’s Rose Rooibos from Local Coffee & Tea
  3. You Put The… from 52Teas
  4. Organic Jasmine Scented Green Tea from LeafSpa
  5. Raspberry Champagne from Compass Teas
  6. Blueberry Kiwi White Tea from Boston Tea Company
  7. Sassy Green with Açaí from Village Tea
  8. Thé Au Chocolat from Lupicia
  9. Darjeeling Pussimbing Estate Reserve from Drink T
  10. Da Hong Pao from Harney & Sons

Here’s how to enter the contest:

Comment on this blog post.   Tell us which of these six teas you’re most excited to try.  Be sure to include a way to contact you in case you’re the lucky winner!

Wanna increase your chances of winning?  Here are a few ways you can earn an extra entry in the contest:

  1. “Like” us on Facebook and then include a comment on your Facebook page about the contest (include a link to the contest)!
  2. Blog about this contest on your blog and include a link to the contest on your blog!
  3. Comment in the Steepster forum thread about this contest and Follow Jennifer and Anne on Steepster.
  4. Tweet about this contest (include a link, please!) and if you haven’t already, follow Jennifer and Anne on Twitter.

This Contest is closed – the winner is teabird!  Congratulations, and enjoy your teas!  Watch for the next contest to be announced very soon!

Little Black Dress Strawberry Vanilla from Teaquilibrium

Tea Type: Oolong/Yerba Mate Blend

Where To Buy: Teaqualibrium

Product Description:

Close your eyes and imagine sitting in a field of fresh strawberries— breathe in the intoxicating scent, pick a plump berry and let the flavor burst in your mouth. Teaquilibrium’s organically grown Strawberry Vanilla is delightful and gently energizing. The distinct flavor of green yerba mate magically blends with the smooth toasty cocoa aroma of the oolong, organically grown strawberries and topped with a hint of vanilla. As with all of our Little Black Dress teas, Strawberry Vanilla is an exclusive Teaquilibrium blend.

Try Strawberry Vanilla hot or chilled. For a delicious and refreshing pick me up, cold infuse Little Black Dress Strawberry Vanilla and serve in a pitcher with fresh strawberries.

organically grown ingredients: oolong tea, green yerba mate, strawberries, natural strawberry and vanilla flavors.
how many cups? approximately 45 tsp. per 3 oz; that’s about 90 eight oz cups at 18 cents per cup*
preparation: heat water: 195 F, scoop: 1.5 tsp/8 oz., steep 3 4 min. just steep a little longer the second time.

Tasters Review:

I really had no idea what to expect from this tea.  But sometimes I think it’s a great idea to go into a cup like that!  Here are my findings on Little Black Dress Strawberry Vanilla from Teaquilibrium…

First off this certainly smells wonderful!  It’s a gentle aroma but you can pick out both the strawberry and the vanilla.  When it comes to taste it’s a great combination of flavors!  The Strawberry is juicy and sweet and the vanilla is creamy and smooth.  Both paired with the Yerba AND the Oolong it makes for a truly unique blend and flavor!  It’s sugary-sweet and refreshing!

Normally I don’t ever put anything in my teas!  When I was trying this I must have been in rare form and thought with my 2nd infusion that I would sprinkle some sugar in it.  Honestly, I was surprised that I liked it as much as I did!  It was like a different tea!  It was still good and tasty but different and still equally as unique.  By adding the little bit of sugar to it – it seemed to cancel out the vanilla a little as well as a bit of the creaminess.  It also intensified the strawberry flavor.  It sort of reminded me of fresh picked strawberries with sugar on top…that sort of flavor!

I must say I like this one hot and/or cold…maybe a little bit more cold, actually, and I also like it with or without sugar!  A very nice offering from a very nice tea company!

 

 

Organic Fresh Green Yerba Maté from Maté Factor

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Yerba Maté

Where to Buy:  Maté Factor

Company Description:

100% Organic

Why Does Our Fresh Green Yerba Mate Tastes So Good?

We do not age our Yerba Mate: All other yerba mate sold in the USA is aged for 1-2 years before being packaged, according to cultural traditions from Paraguay, Uraguay and Argentina. However, in Brazil, mate is commonly prefered as fresh as possible. The Mate Factor prefers this style, since it preserves the life-giving nutrients and the fresh green taste.

Our Yerba Mate Process is an Art: We have spent years perfecting the “art” of creating delicately delicouse Yerba Mate. We have painstakingly learned the vast array of factors that control the final flavor and vibrance, in order to produce, The Mate Factor.

No Smoky Flavor: We dry our Mate; using an art we have developed that preserves the natural flavor and also keeps our original green flavor Mate tea free from smoke. This low heat process protects natural enzymes that exist in yerba mate.

100% Certified Organic: We use one hundred percent certified organic Yerba Mate, responsibly grown without pesticides or chemical fertilizers, preserving the environment where our Mate is grown.

Ingredients: 100% Certified Organic Fresh Green Brazilian Yerba Mate;. (Never Smoked Never Aged)

Taster’s Review:

People can change!   Example:  If you would have asked me a week ago if I liked yerba maté, I would have responded with something like:  “I like yerba maté in some blends, and I like the roasted yerba maté, but I don’t really care for green yerba maté.”  This is the stance I’ve held on maté for many years now, ever since I first tried green maté.

Unflavored, unblended green yerba maté tends to be too earthy, vegetative and even somewhat smoky.  It was a lot of everything that I don’t really care for in tea – I like a little earthiness to a tea sometimes, but, I’m not crazy about an overtly earthy tea.  The same goes for vegetative and smoky qualities.  And… green yerba maté tends to be all of these things… and not enough of something else to keep my interest.

But… as I said at the start… people can change.  I LIKE this yerba maté!  And this is green yerba maté at its simplest – plain, unflavored, unblended green yerba maté – no fillers, flavors or other additives.

After reading the information from Maté Factor about this tea, I understand a little as to why my taste seems to have done a complete 180.  This is an unaged, unsmoked maté – just pure, dried leaf.  In it’s purest form like this – green yerba maté is actually quite delicious.

The flavor is light and rich.  It’s a little earthy and a bit rustic.  It has a fresh sweetness to it that is quite nice.  It tastes a little bit vegetative.  It’s really very pleasant and invigorating!

It is refreshing to find a tea that totally changes my ideas about it.  When I first received this tea, I was apprehensive.  But now, I know – there’s nothing to fear when it comes to yerba maté!  It’s delicious!

Misty Morning from Good 4 You

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Yerba Maté & Herbal

Where to Buy:  Good 4 You on Etsy

Company Description:

♥ A lemony yerba mate’ blend to lift the mind’s mist every morning, day or night! For memory, concentration and mental alertness. Recommended for studying & staying focused. There’s feverfew in it too, to possibly help a headache. A tea made for the crown chakra.

Ingredients: yerba mate leaves, lemon grass leaves, lemon balm leaves, gotu kola leaves, gingko leaves, rosemary leaves, stevia leaves, sage leaves & feverfew flowers and leaves. (CAFFEINATED)

Taster’s Review:

I want to start this review by saying that I really like this company.  Good 4 You has a shop on Etsy, and for those of you who are unfamiliar with Etsy, it’s a fantastic venue where artists can sell their wares.  I sold my teas as well as my art on Etsy, and I love it there.  So I was excited to receive hand-blended tea samples from this Etsy store.

The package arrived and it was hand decorated – a nice touch! – and the packaging for each of the teas that I received is very cute and thoughtfully executed.  I have nothing but respect and admiration for this company, and I urge you to support handmade!

OK… now that I’ve said that – this tea is alright.  I am not a big fan of green Yerba Maté, I find it a bit too earthy for me, but, here, the other herbs manage to smooth out some of the earthy qualities for my palate, which I appreciate.

There is quite a bit going on with this blend.   There’s the Yerba Maté, it’s vegetative, it’s earthy, and it provides a richness and depth of flavor to this tea blend.

Then there’s the lemon grass and lemon balm.  These two ingredients provide a nice, lemony sweetness to the blend.  It’s not terribly tart – a bonus – the lemon here tastes smooth.

There is a savory quality to this blend – I can taste the combination of rosemary and sage.  This is a classic culinary combination, and it offers a unique and flavorful contribution to this tea blend.

Then… there is the stevia.  Here’s the thing.  I really wish that tea blenders/artists would not put stevia in their tea blends.  I am not really crazy about stevia as it is, I like it ok sometimes… but most of the time, I detect a funky sort of aftertaste from it that I’m just not wild about.  Basically, the main purpose of stevia is to add sweetness to a tea (it’s sweeter than sugar), but if I want to make my cup sweet, I’d like to do that myself.

The stevia aside, I think that this blend makes a decent cup of tea.  It’s not my favorite blend, but, I like that it is a handcrafted blend.  I like the creativity and thoughtfulness that went into making this blend.  It’s tasty and I like that I feel more alert after having enjoyed a cup of this tea.  It is a FEEL GOOD kind of tea that I can feel good about drinking!

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