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drank Mayan Mist by Della Terra Teas
117 tasting notes

The first time I tried this blend, I chai’d it up1. Yes, didn’t you know? It’s a Thing. So I chai’d it up, and it was incredible. But I hadn’t yet tried it on its own, so didn’t feel right giving it a rating. Since today is Diwali2, I wanted to try something I’ve been eagerly anticipating, so I waited for Mum to get here and chose this.

Mayan Mist’s dry leaf fragrance is very sharp. To be honest, it can be a little off-putting. But really, if you’re put off by it, just ignore it, or you’ll miss out on a pretty lovely experience. The brewed tea loses all of that sharpness and just smells really orangey. If flavours of the “orange spice” ilk are your thing, you should really enjoy this.

Except for the coconut, the taste is exactly what you might expect. I say “except” because I can’t smell or taste any coconut. Maybe it’s just there to take the edge off, provide balance, something. I dunno. But although I do like coconut, I’m fine with it not playing a starring role here; orange spice is more than good enough for me. It’s really orangey and it’s pretty spicy, but if it were just a little more spicy, I wouldn’t complain.

I have enough of the sample left for one more cup. Eep! This is definitely a blend I want to keep around all the time. As far as I can tell, it’s as versatile as Samovar’s Ocean of Wisdom3, which is awesome. If I had to choose a preparation method, it would be the chai version, which was so good all I could do was sip and “mmmmm…” until I reached the bottom of the cup. Steeped normally, it’s still really good, but it doesn’t cause the temporary loss of speech.

I’ve got to branch out more! So far, my Happy Place resident teas are all Della Terra blends (save for one, Samovar’s Ocean of Wisdom).

Tea amount: 1 tsp/~4.75g
Water amount: 6oz/~175mL
Additives: Fresh, grated ginger; ½ tsp/~2.4g Demerara sugar.

1 http://steepster.com/bleepnik/posts/137647

2 दिवाली मुबारक! Happy Diwali to my Steepster family! =) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diwali

3 http://steepster.com/bleepnik/posts/57991

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more
Claire

My first time reading about Diwali, thanks for the education. :) I am also in love with Della Terra’s blends, their chocolate teas are soooo good.

Nik

I still have to try a cup of Dubbele Chocolade on its own. It’s just so tempting to play with it! It’s going to be tough not to sweeten it with hot chocolate next time just to see how it tastes. =)

Bonnie

Diwali was HUGE in Silicon Valley. (Well, I can’t think of an ethnic celebration that wasn’t HUGE in Silicon Valley for that matter.)

Terri HarpLady

Happy Diwali, Nik! Thanks for sharing the Wiki about it, I always love learning about other people’s spiritual stuff!

JasonCT

Namaste Nik and Happy Diwali! We had our puja already this evening with a few of Sita’s work colleagues, it was my first Diwali celebration!
Here’s a nice cup of chai to celebrate.

Sil

Happy Diwali! Love Your tasting notes :)

Nik

Thank you, everyone! Aww, Jason, that’s awesome, your first Diwali celebration! =) Thank you, Sil! :D

Serenity

Happy Diwali!

Nik

Thank you, Serenity, same to you! =)

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Claire

My first time reading about Diwali, thanks for the education. :) I am also in love with Della Terra’s blends, their chocolate teas are soooo good.

Nik

I still have to try a cup of Dubbele Chocolade on its own. It’s just so tempting to play with it! It’s going to be tough not to sweeten it with hot chocolate next time just to see how it tastes. =)

Bonnie

Diwali was HUGE in Silicon Valley. (Well, I can’t think of an ethnic celebration that wasn’t HUGE in Silicon Valley for that matter.)

Terri HarpLady

Happy Diwali, Nik! Thanks for sharing the Wiki about it, I always love learning about other people’s spiritual stuff!

JasonCT

Namaste Nik and Happy Diwali! We had our puja already this evening with a few of Sita’s work colleagues, it was my first Diwali celebration!
Here’s a nice cup of chai to celebrate.

Sil

Happy Diwali! Love Your tasting notes :)

Nik

Thank you, everyone! Aww, Jason, that’s awesome, your first Diwali celebration! =) Thank you, Sil! :D

Serenity

Happy Diwali!

Nik

Thank you, Serenity, same to you! =)

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2012.10.07: I hear people like to understand other people’s ratings, so here’s a loose guide:

01-29: Dear God, why.
30-49: I’ll finish this cup, I guess, but no more.
50-59: Meh.
60-69: Decent. Maybe I can blend it with something else and make it better.
70-79: Heeey, this is quite good!
80-89: I love it, but I’m not in love with it.
90-100: Permanently resident in my Happy Place.


Update: I have steeped, and it was good. =] Still a tea-ophyte, though.


This is a tea site, so I feel like “well, I’m Indian” should be enough of an introduction. Because, I mean, it’s kind of in my genes, right? But the fact of the matter is that I’m an absolute tea-ophyte.

I’ve just discovered a world beyond Celestial Seasonings. I’ve just discovered “sachets” instead of “normal” tea bags and bought my first loose tea sampler. I don’t get the whole water temperature and steep time thing yet, nor that if I want to get a yixiang tea pot, I’d need one for each type of tea. I have this infuser ball thing, but I haven’t used it yet.

Don’t cringe, but right now I’m still just boiling water and pouring it over a teabag, adding some sugar, and drinking a nice, hot cuppa. I’d like to learn more, I think, and I’d like to train my palate. I figure participating in this community is the best way to do that.

So ya. Hi!

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