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!

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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!!!

 

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