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drank Lemon Mate by Tazo
933 tasting notes

I don’t feel too badly about not loving Yerba Mate after reading at the Mayo Clinic site that some studies have shown it increases the risk of certain types of cancer, particularly for smokers, if drunk in large quantities over long periods of time. I don’t smoke (and haven’t for years) but if I’m going to be drinking something tea-like, I’d much rather drink something that’s believed to inhibit cancer, like green tea.

I like this one better than the Mate Lemon by Numi. It’s better without the imposition of a green tea flavor in the middle of the lemon/mate mix that the Numi has. The Tazo has ginger in it, but it doesn’t affect the taste as much as it does in the Green Ginger tea. It has a smooth mouth feel, and a lemony/herby flavor to it that is ok, but just ok.

I’ll finish what I have of it, but it’s not something I like well enough to replace when I’m done.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 45 sec
SoccerMom

You know have me worried about my Mate addiction. :I

__Morgana__

Sorry :-( I’m betting there are studies that say the opposite. Seems like there always are. I am trying to give up drinking 10+ 20oz diet cokes a day because of the aspartame!

AmazonV

i think there are a whole bunch of studies touting the health benefits of mate….like anything else there is always studies one way and the other

Ewa

The actually amount that “large quantities over long periods of time” in these sorts of studies translates to is usually pretty ridiculous, so I wouldn’t worry. Besides which, most things are harmful in excessive quantities in SOME way, so I wouldn’t worry about it.

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SoccerMom

You know have me worried about my Mate addiction. :I

__Morgana__

Sorry :-( I’m betting there are studies that say the opposite. Seems like there always are. I am trying to give up drinking 10+ 20oz diet cokes a day because of the aspartame!

AmazonV

i think there are a whole bunch of studies touting the health benefits of mate….like anything else there is always studies one way and the other

Ewa

The actually amount that “large quantities over long periods of time” in these sorts of studies translates to is usually pretty ridiculous, so I wouldn’t worry. Besides which, most things are harmful in excessive quantities in SOME way, so I wouldn’t worry about it.

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I’ve updated this bio as it’s been a couple of years since I “started getting into” tea. It’s now more accurate to say that I was obsessed with tea for a while, then other things intruded, then I cycled back to it, and I seem to be continuing that in for a while, out for a while cycle. I have a short attention span, but no shortage of tea.

I’m a mom, writer, gamer, lawyer, reader, runner, traveler, and enjoyer of life, literature, art, music, thought and kindness, in no particular order. I’ve recently started writing fantasy and science fiction under the name J. J. Roth.

Personal biases: I much prefer to drink tea without additives such as milk and sugar. If a tea needs additives to improve its flavor, its unlikely I’m going to rate it high. The exception is chai, which I make on the stove top using a recipe I found here on Steepster. Rooibos and honeybush were my gateway drugs into the harder stuff, but once I learned how to make a decent cup of tea they became far less appealing to me. That said, I’m not entirely a purist, and I enjoy a good flavored tea, particularly flavored blacks.

I like all kinds of tea depending on time of day, mood, and the amount of time I have to pay attention to preparation.

Since I find others’ rating legends helpful, I added my own. I’m revising them slightly to make them less granular as I don’t really find myself hating most things I try.

I try to rate teas against other similar versions. So I rate Earl Greys, for example, against other Earl Greys, rather than against all teas. If something rates very high with me, though, it probably means it’s a stand out against all other teas I’ve tried.

95-100 A once in a lifetime experience; the best there is; will keep this stocked until the cows come home

90-94 First rate; top notch; really terrific; will definitely buy more

80-89 Excellent; likely to become a favorite, will likely buy more

70-79 Very good; would enjoy again, might buy again if in the mood for this particular one or a better, similar version not available

60-69 Good; wouldn’t pass up if offered, but probably wouldn’t buy again unless craving this particular flavor

50-59 Okay or run of the mill

Below 50 So-so, iffy, would definitely pass
or ick. The lower the number, the closer to ick.

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