EURGH! That was disgusting! I hate cleaning the shower drain, but alas, once in a while it has to be done. Ick ick ick times a thousand.
Obviously to get over an experience such as that something fun and interesting is needed, so why not try one of these things that Jillian sent me for christmas?
I’ve never had mate before… pokes sample bag I understand it’s got a sort of smoky kind of flavour, and anybody who’s followed me for a while will know that smoky is good and very smoky is very good. However, I’m still a bit scared of this one. Just a little bit. Because it’s different, see? It’s not real tea, it’s a herbal. I’m so very out of my depth here.
My instinct tells me to brew it in exactly the same way I would any black, but my cowardice has taken over the process at this point, so I’m following the instructions on the bag as close as I can. Just this first time anyway. Even though Instinct is shouting at me that it’s not nearly enough leaf.
The aroma of the dry leaf reminds me of tobacco and plastic. I can’t figure out, however, if that’s the actual aroma of the leaf or if it might be the material the bag was made of. I know that bags such as that one to transport tea (or similar) in shouldn’t have a smell at all, but it looks like something that might smell like that. So, the Brain tells me, it’s probably the actual leaf.
After steeping I’m getting some smoke in the aroma but not a ton of it. There’s also some sort of green vegetable thing going on too, like lightly boiled broccoli or spinach. That kind of thing.
The flavour is oddly sweet. Not super smoky but it has a slight hint of smoke to it. Just not nearly as much as I had thought it would have. It’s almost minty! I can see why people have been raving about a mate-mint combination.
It does have a rather prickly sort of aspect though, especially on the swallow, along with a note of something that most of all reminds me of pea pods.
Smoke + mint + pea pods… I don’t know. I like it, yes, but I don’t think it’s something I necessarily need to have more of when it’s gone. The sample bag I got was big though, so I think this is going to last me for a while.