4 Tasting Notes
It smells stronger dry then it does once brewed, but it still has a good flavor. It’s smooth and I can definitely taste the chocolate. There is a vegetal underlying taste which I assume is the mate (I’ve never had just straight mate so I’m not certain what it tastes like on its own). When I want something that feels darker and richer than black tea it’s a good fix. I add just a little bit of the German rock sugar…keep thinking about putting some almond milk or creamer in it but it feels like that might make it too rich for me. I use 1.5 tsp to 8 oz of water and brew for 5 minutes. For a resteep I go 6 or 7 minutes.
I really like a good English Breakfast tea and was looking forward to having this one from Teavana. Unfortunately, it is bitter and has some kind of weird metallic aftertaste. I’ve tried adding sugar and cream and it still doesn’t help. Today I mixed it with the White Avurvedic Chai from Teavana and added some sugar and that redeemed it somewhat. Will look elsewhere for a good quality English Breakfast.
Where I live there aren’t very many stores that sell loose-leaf tea, so when I stumbled across Teavana in a local mall I couldn’t resist taking a look…and a taste. They had this blend as a sample (with sugar) and I bought it along some other things too. As others have commented…they do quite a hard sell there but since I don’t have a lot of choices I just go in expecting to smile and say “no thanks” a lot.
But I digress…when I had this at home without the sugar it seemed really tart with a lot of citrus “pucker”. So then I added in some of the German rock sugar (which they also succeeded in selling to me) and that seemed to mellow out the tartness a bit. I’ve had it almost every night for about 3 weeks now and I’ve actually gone back to having it without the sugar.
Overall I think it’s a nice herbal-type tea to enjoy in the evening…doesn’t keep me up at night and makes me feel like I’m having a treat. Don’t think I will get it again though – there are so many other flavors to try!