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Notes on this blend……Ratio of 3 parts Vanilla Black from Harney & Son’s to 1 part Roasted Yerba Mate from Upton Tea Imports. So long JavaVana Mate, you have been replaced!

It lacks the cappucino flavor that JavaVana Mate has, but it will not be missed. I am so pleased! This tastes similar to coffee, but with vanilla added. Love the boost I get from the yerba mate.

Thank you Teavana for being you. Necessity is the mother of invention in this case…that your prices made me look for an inexpensive alternative and with teas/herbals from the companies I love. Now, I am not limited to one flavor of tea and yerba mate…I have as far as my imagination (and my serious stash of tea) can take me. Also, thank you for showing me that I do like yerba mate…just not on its own.

24 oz teapot, 4 1/2 actual tsp Vanilla Black from Harney & Son’s, 1 1/2 actual tsp Roasted Yerba Mate from Upton Tea Imports, freshly boiled water, 5 minute steep. Sweetened. Yum!

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This sounds amazingly good.

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My motto: Drink the good tea!

Tea enthusiast, trying to keep up my cardio for the zombie apocalypse. I have come to accept that I am a western brewing black tea drinker as that is where my ‘tea heart’ lies. I started on loose leaf as a way to have my dessert and not suffer the caloric issues. Once I tried it, I was hooked.

I drink what I like, which is mostly China blacks, a few traditionally scented blacks and Earl Greys, plus a flavored tea here and there. I don’t mind spending a bit on premium varieties on occasion, but an expensive tea has to deliver. My favorite places to order are Harney & Sons and Upton Tea Imports. TeaVivre is great for Chinese tea.

My ratings are pretty subjective. If it falls under 70, I may not take the time to post about it unless I had something specific to say. If it is 70-80 I like it, but I will probably not rebuy. Favorites are over 80 and up, but sometimes the less expensive or more easily obtainable version of a similar taste will win out for my cupboard space.

Usual teapot steeping method: 24 oz teapot, 3 perfect scoops of tea (4 1/2 actual tsp), freshly boiled water, 4 minutes. Lightly sweetened.

Usual mug steeping method: 15 oz mug, 1.5 perfect scoops of tea (just over 2 actual tsp), freshly boiled water, 4 minutes. Lightly sweetened.

Usual pan method: 1 1/2 cups water, 2 perfect tsp chai (3 actual tsp). Simmer for 3 minutes. Add 2/3 cup skim milk. Simmer for 2 more minutes. Strain and sweeten.

Usual pitcher method:
5 or 6 Perfect Spoons of tea (this means about 7-9 actual tsp), freshly boiled water, brewed essentially double-strong in my 24 oz teapot for 4 minutes. Fill my Fiestaware Disc pitcher (about 60 oz.) halfway with ice. Add brewed double-strong tea to the pitcher. Stir it a little and enjoy. No additions.

(*SRP is my Sample/Stash Reduction Plan starting on April 12, 2012. I got so far, but just decided it was too fussy to keep track.)

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