4th Fusion tea I purchased (just how many teas did I buy? You’ll find out once I stop reviewing them lol).

OBSERVATIONS: Looking at the ingredients list – this has the same ingredients as “Roasted Cocoa Mate” but with the addition to spearmint. Doh! I might of passed on this tea or “Roasted Cocoa Mate” if I noticed this at ordering.

DRY: Spearminty with a hint of roasted goodness. Lots of big slices of almond.

STEEPED: Dark, cloudy brew. Smell of robust roastedness with spearmint piercing through.

TASTE: Refreshing mintyness, with a background mix of chocolate flavors and some light roasted/toasty flavors from the mate/nuts/barley/rice. The mint flavor stays in the mouth after each sip. I do not notice any mocha/coffee flavors.

WHO’D DIG THIS TEA: Mate lovers, herbal mint tea folk who want a kick-in-the-face mate wakeup in the morning.

COMMENTS: I’d say the spearmint was a smart choice over peppermint because it added a different kind of mint than most mint-tea blends. The spearmint is pretty strong too and does a piercing hit of mint without adding any sludgyness oversteeped peppermint can do.

Comparing it to “Roasted Cocoa Mate” (from Fusion) – the addition of peppermint added a new dimension that the regular Cocoa mate was missing. However, I kind of wish the Cocoa mate had more chocolate flavor to set it apart more, or added more mocha to the Roasted Mocha Mint. However, Roasted Mocha Mint I can totally taste the same “roasted cocoa mate” base in the background once I got past the mint.

Comparing it to a similar tea I have, DavidsTea “Read my Lips” (black/peppermint/chocolate/sugarlips) Roasted Mocha Mint mate has no sweetness but the spearmint lingers in the mouth longer + a roasted flavor. “Read My lips” is more chocolatey and the black tea comes out.

I wish this had MOAR CHOCOLATE or some more mocha elements like it’s name says, but overall pretty decent. Fusion has delicious mate and I wish I could drink more of it a day but I limit myself to 1 cup of mate a day so I’m not climbing the walls.

Probably won’t buy more of this, but will enjoy each cup.

185 °F / 85 °C 7 min, 30 sec

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I’m a tea blogger – The Oolong Owl
www.OolongOwl.com – I do tea reviews, obsessively photograph teas with mischievous crocheted Owls and get tea drunk. I am also a crochet / knitting designer at Awkward Soul Designs.

I was raised on floral oolongs and green teas, mostly “beauty” teas. Early on as a kid, I can guzzle an entire pot of tea (or two) at a Chinese or Japanese restaurant.
These days I like adventurous and interesting tea blends. I’m fearless in trying new teas! I’m into oolong, pu’erh, white, green, black, guayusa, mate and herbals. I’m not into red rooibos but I keep buying it anyway.

The tea brand that got me started into loose leaf teas was DAVIDsTea. I used to live in Vancouver Canada and had access to their shop, however that is now limited since I moved to southern California.

However, the perks of living in the US is ultra cheap, fast shipping! Since then, my tea stash insanely expanded.
My recommended tea shops:
Mandala Tea
White 2 Tea
Steep City Teas
Verdant Tea
Yunnan Sourcing
52 Teas / Zoomdweebies
Red Leaf Tea
New Mexico Tea Co
Bluebird Tea Co
The Persimmon Tree

Other stuff I’m into that sneaks into my tea notes: Brazilian jiu-jitsu, metal music, drawing, painting, cooking, photography and nail polish.

BTW, my Steepster cupboard is not even close to accurate and I track my teas on a spreadsheet. Last update 512 Teas May 2015.


Long Beach, CA



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