Ingredients: Roasted Yerba Mate, Organic Cocao Nibs, Organic South American Yerba Mate, Rose Buds and Petals, Lavender Flowers
The perfect tea for studying! And a wonderful coffee alternative for those sensitive to caffeine. There's some confusion about whether caffeine and mateine (the stimulant in this tea) are the same, but overall this is a nice utility tea for when you need a boost! Roasted Yerba Mate has always been my preference over green as it gives an even milder boost and a richer flavour.
This is mostly a straight up roasted Yerba Mate with subtle hints of other ingredients.
It is difficult to identify the other notes in this tea by taste alone, but they do calm down the earthy intensity of the mate quite a bit, and mellow it out into alight, pleasantly energizing drink.
Not my favourite roasted Yerba Mate, but a passible substitute, and it may be well received by black tea drinkers who want an extra boost that is gentle on the stomach. I always find Yerba Mate uplifting and energizing. It doesn't make me jittery, but it does create a wonderful clarity of mind.
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The first time I tried chai was in the kitchen of my parent’s house, and served by my younger sister. “You have to taste this—” she insisted, pushing a mug across the countertop to me. She refused to elaborate on its contents. The flavors, she said, would speak for themselves.
The quality of water affects the taste of your tea; this is beyond dispute. The relative quantities of mineral salts, oxygen and trace elements determine the relative "liveliness" or "flatness" of a particular cup. To that simple substance we add the basic flavor of the leaf itself or an herbal substitute.