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I got this tea on sale at my local health food store, not realizing until I got home that the ‘rose’ part actually referred to rose of sharon – the dreaded hibiscus. Still, in the interests of trying something new I decided to give this tea a chance.

It’s packaged in rather large teabags, unlike most mates I’ve comes across, so the convenience is nice. The bags smell citrusy and herbal with a bit of a tea-like odor and hints of something spicy. That seemed promising so I followed the steeping direction, brewing the bag in a 10 oz coffee mug for 5 min at 90ºC (boiling water apparently can ruin yerba mate).

Unfortunately my worst fears were realized and the tea turned out to be mouth-puckeringly tart, the citrus and hibiscus forming an unholy alliance in my mouth. The mate is only faintly detectable as a herbal undertone, but it’s not really there all that much. I’ll try lowering the steeping time, but right now I can’t say I’m impressed.

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195 °F / 90 °C 5 min, 0 sec
amandajo

That is a really deceiving name! When I read that I thought mmm, sounds yummy. But yeah, no thank you hibiscus! ;)

Jaime

“forming an unholy alliance”

^ that phrase right there? Makes me want to try this tea. Well, that, and I love tart hibiscus.

amandajo

lol, I guess that goes to show you there’s no such thing as bad press! Seriously though, I have not tried this tea, so forming an opinion just yet probably is unwise. I’ll try just about anything once, even when it comes to hibiscus. ;)

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amandajo

That is a really deceiving name! When I read that I thought mmm, sounds yummy. But yeah, no thank you hibiscus! ;)

Jaime

“forming an unholy alliance”

^ that phrase right there? Makes me want to try this tea. Well, that, and I love tart hibiscus.

amandajo

lol, I guess that goes to show you there’s no such thing as bad press! Seriously though, I have not tried this tea, so forming an opinion just yet probably is unwise. I’ll try just about anything once, even when it comes to hibiscus. ;)

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