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Another from *Dexter3657*’s box of happiness – if this is the Fusion roasted maté you sent?

I’d never had roasted maté before, and given what I’m finding out about my extreme pickiness over roasted flavours in teas, wouldn’t have thought I’d like it much. But it’s a favourite of Dexter’s, so she included some to let me try, and I’m really, really glad she did, as I loved it! I like coffee flavour, just don’t like the actual taste of the stuff, unless it’s well drowned with milk (substitute, these days) and sugar, which just isn’t how I want to drink stuff every day. So anyway, I decided to make it as a latte, and put in about half a teaspoon of coconut palm sugar per cup. I tasted a bit before adding the hot almond milk, and I was surprised at how much I liked it even then, as it had none of the coffee bitterness I dislike, but just a nicely roasted, maybe slightly nuttiness. As a latte – yum! Cara thought it smelled like a fresh scone, which made me rethink my original coffee smell, but I modified it to smelling like a coffee walnut cake. :) We both thought it was delicious anyway.

I didn’t have the straight sleepy attack I had after drinking the green maté cteresa sent me, but I definitely felt more on the relaxed, wouldn’t mind curling up on the sofa side than the energized one! As caffeine after 5 or 6 in the evening decidedly causes me problems sleeping, it’d be kind of cool to discover that maté made a nice bedtime drink! I’d never have tried this without the care package, and am very happy to discover a new kind of tea I really like – thanks again!

Dexter3657

I am so glad that I sent this to you, and even more happy that you enjoyed it!!!! I like it cold too, sort of a fake iced coffee drink – with sweetener and milk.

Nxtdoor

What? This tastes like coffee? I have some of this too but have yet to try. Didn’t think it was an evening drink and that’s usually when I do most of my drinking.

Dexter3657

LOL I have no idea what you are going to think it taste’s like, but to me it’s coffee ish. Most companies market it as a morning pick me up. I’m not really caffeine sensitive, I drink it anytime, but it’s not a “put you to sleep” kind of tea for most people. Hallieod being the exception. LOL

Nxtdoor

I’ll drink this first thing tomorrow. I only slept 5 hrs last night, don’t want to chance it today!

Hallieod

I am very glad you did too! :) Thank you again – it’s so much fun trying totally new and different things, and an unexpected hit is even more fun again!
Nxtdoor – take my “tastes like coffee” fairly lightly, whatever about Dexter’s! I’m not a coffee drinker, and would hate you to get your taste buds expecting something the tea didn’t deliver! Will be interested to see if you like it.

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Dexter3657

I am so glad that I sent this to you, and even more happy that you enjoyed it!!!! I like it cold too, sort of a fake iced coffee drink – with sweetener and milk.

Nxtdoor

What? This tastes like coffee? I have some of this too but have yet to try. Didn’t think it was an evening drink and that’s usually when I do most of my drinking.

Dexter3657

LOL I have no idea what you are going to think it taste’s like, but to me it’s coffee ish. Most companies market it as a morning pick me up. I’m not really caffeine sensitive, I drink it anytime, but it’s not a “put you to sleep” kind of tea for most people. Hallieod being the exception. LOL

Nxtdoor

I’ll drink this first thing tomorrow. I only slept 5 hrs last night, don’t want to chance it today!

Hallieod

I am very glad you did too! :) Thank you again – it’s so much fun trying totally new and different things, and an unexpected hit is even more fun again!
Nxtdoor – take my “tastes like coffee” fairly lightly, whatever about Dexter’s! I’m not a coffee drinker, and would hate you to get your taste buds expecting something the tea didn’t deliver! Will be interested to see if you like it.

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I’ve been drinking tea pretty much all my life, allowing for the fact that there probably was no tea in my baby-bottles. I gave it up twice, once when a then-boyfriend sneered at me for being addicted (okay, I was, but I was also stubborn enough to bear a week of the blinding headaches and overwhelming exhaustion that followed cold-turkey withdrawal), and once on my first pregnancy. Neither experience gave me any reason to believe a life without tea is a good life.

Having spent most of my younger days in Ireland, where tea is everywhere, and mostly it’s decent, I whined my way across the States in the 80s and first half of the 90s. Now back in Dublin, and the tea situation is a bit mixed, but there’s the internet to provide what nearby shops don’t!

I started drinking green and white teas as well as my staple black a good few years ago now, but have recently decided I need to LEARN something more about tea than the little I know.

My likes:
- strong black tea blends; some flavoured blacks, such as Earl Grey and a small (but growing) number of other fruit and flower-flavoured ones; and chai. (For some daft reason, I feel like a tea fraud drinking sweet chai at home, though I’ll happily drink it out.)

- Chinese greens (may update this when I’ve learned enough to be more specific); some flavoured greens, especially if they’re made by the fabulous Yumchaa; Genmaicha; getting to like Sencha, as long as it’s not too bitter.

- White tea, pretty much as long as it’s good quality, I like it. Some flavoured ones are nice, though it’s easy to overpower the more delicate taste of white.

- Rooibos, which I know, I know, isn’t properly ‘tea’. (As above for Yumchaa flavoured rooibos – some of my favourites.)

Dislikes:
- Any black tea made by someone who doesn’t know you need BOILING WATER. (See above about the Whining Years.)

- Hibiscus in fruit-flavoured teas. Looks so pretty! Tastes so awful!

I’m working on trying to like Hojicha, which isn’t going too well yet. Jane Pettigrew describes it as “biscuity”, but unless she’s eaten a lot of cigarette-flavoured biscuits in her time, I don’t get it.

- Aniseed in spiced teas. (Just discovered this one for the dislike list today, in an otherwise-tasty chai. Don’t like the tongue-numbing effect.)

Indecisive, despite being opinionated – okay, very opinionated – so may just add notes rather than rating.

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