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A review of Organic Yerba Mate Tea by Guayaki

Company: Guayaki
Tea Name: Organic Yerba Mate
Tea Type/Varietal: Yerba Mate
Region: South American rainforest
Steeping Vessel/Amt. Leaf: cup/ tea bag
Plucking Season:
Liquor Color: very light green/light brown color
Leaf Characteristics:

  1. Steepings

1st Steeping:
Water temperature: 180 Fahrenheit
Time: 5 minutes

I turn to this tea once more and I am having it as my morning drink so it can help stimulate focus and clarity while boosting my energy. I take one tea bag and add the nearly boiled water to my cup and leave it to steep for five minutes.

Tea’s color is very light green/ light brown and hints of yerba mate for aroma. I mean I can smell there is something in my cup but no words really for me to describe as I am inexperience/don’t know.

I sip and sip the tea slowly while breathing in deeply the tea’s aroma; it is a mantra of sort as I sip and inhale and swish it around in my mouth than I swallow. I do this until tea is all gone.

2nd Steeping:
Water temperature: 190 Fahrenheit
Time: 10 minutes

I fixed yet another cup of this tea with longer steep for nearly 10 minutes. Tea color did not darken and the aroma is slightly stronger; it has a toasty aroma since brewed longer and hotter. And when I taste the tea this time it seems more robust mate flavoring. So I take a deep breath, then a sip of the tea while swooshing it in my mouth and then I swallow and exhale deeply. I do this until I finish drinking the tea.

What am I doing? I am having a relaxing cup of tea while meditating and incanting for peace with my surrounding environment which is most static and chaos seems to reign; while all seems quiet…but not.

I must say this is the most I have enjoyed partaking of this tea and I am thankful for the experience and the well-being feeling that comes from having drunk this tea. Thank you.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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A review of Organic Yerba Mate by Guayaki

Date: 11/15/2012
Company: Guayaki
Tea Name: Yerba Mate
Tea Type/Varietal: Mate
Region: Rainforest of South America
Steeping Vessel/Amt. Leaf: cup/ tea bag
Plucking Season:
Liquor Color: dirty water/ brown
Leaf Characteristics: smells of dampness when steeping

  1. Steepings

1st Steeping:
Water temperature: 200 Fahrenheit
Time: 5 minutes

I went from having a very lively cup of tea this morning to having this Yerba Mate this afternoon. Tea boasts a rich and robust mate flavor, toasty aroma, and a balanced finish. I keep missing this whenever I have tried this tea since it simply is not there. I can say the tea is toasty, but unlike granules.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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drank Yerba Mate by Guayaki
17 tasting notes

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drank Yerba Mate by Guayaki
517 tasting notes

Remember when my tea notes used to have every other one being this yerba mate or another flavored yerba mate? I do and I am not used to drinking it anymore.

I made this with a four minute steep, a good splash of honey, and some microwaved steamed vanilla almond milk. I left out the honey additionally, but I found it a little bitter. Once it is cooled down enough to actually drink, it is good. I wish I could have left out the honey, but I was feeling like a sweetened latte. I couldn’t get a good foam with my almond milk this time, but I don’t have a tool to actually froth or foam my milk with.

It still stands that I would like a goard and bombilla set to try this with. I think it would taste better. And I could use the bombilla with my mug steeped oolongs as well so I don’t feel strange trying not to drink a tea leaf.

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76

The troubles with the tea bags continue. With very little force I tugged on the tea tag to lift it out of the cup and the string pulled right out of the bag.

Preparation
8 min or more

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A review of Organic Yerba Mate by Guayaki
Date: 10/18/2012
Company: Guayaki
Tea Name: Organic Yerba Mate
Tea Type/Varietal: yerba mate
Region: South America
Steeping Vessel/Amt. Leaf: cup/ tea bag
Plucking Season:
Liquor Color: dark color/ dark like the forest at night
Leaf Characteristics:

  1. Steepings

1st Steeping:
Water temperature: 180 Fahrenheit
Time: 10 minutes

Note: I spent a good part of the day drinking this tea to find out what indeed it would do for me. What I notice with the longer steeps is that the color darkens and taste bitter at first and gradually one can taste the different herbs of this tea. Not so much different herbs but to realize that it is herbal tea, tea leaves but not camellia sinensis.

Yerba Mate is known as the most balanced tea in that it delivers both energy and nutrition; and a good reason to continue drinking this tea.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 8 min or more

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A review of Organic Yerba Mate by Guayaki

Date: 10/17/2012
Company: Guayaki
Tea Name: Organic Yerba Mate
Tea Type/Varietal: Herbal
Region: South America
Steeping Vessel/Amt. Leaf: cup/ tea bag
Plucking Season:
Liquor Color: golden yellow/ brownish
Leaf Characteristics:

  1. Steepings I have been using the same tea bag throughout the morning. On the 1st steep for five minutes tea color was a lighter pale yellowish brown; but with the remaining infusions I have done I notice that tea is darker; water temperature is the same but I am leaving the tea bag in the cup as I drink the tea throughout the morning.

1st Steeping:
Water temperature: 170 Fahrenheit
Time: 5 minutes

Note: I am finally trying this Yerba Mate tea this morning. I like that when I wake up in the morning I think to myself, well let me try this tea. I seem to want it is what I mean.

As instructed: place one tea bag in my cup and pour the hot water (not boiling) into my tea cup and leave it to steep for five minutes or longer. I am trying for five minutes.

Tea is very light after this first infusion. It does not smell like anything in particular at first and when sipping it either. I am drinking this tea and unfortunately I cannot discern anything to describe.

2nd Steeping:
Water temperature: 170 Fahrenheit
Time: 5+ minutes

Note: I put the tea bag back into my cup and add more of the hot water. Since the tea bag is immerse in the cup and left there, I notice that the tea is indeed darker and when sipping the tea, still, here is nothing in particular to describe. It is possible I do not know what to look for in tasting this Yerba Mate.

I plan on drinking this tea throughout the day as it is good for vitality; clarity and well being which I dearly want and need.

I am having tea but unsure of the taste since there seems to not be a taste?

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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My first fore into the world of yerba mate, and boy is it great! Earthy, naturally sweet, spicy, and strong! this tea has a rich creaminess from the cocoa even if you don’t add milk. The flavor and aroma linger on your lips and tongue in a fantastic way. It’s kind of like drinking a really delicious chocolate bar! Plus it is organic AND fair trade!

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This is a really tasty way to drink your maté. My only complaint is that the tea bags themselves don’t lend themselves to squeezing. One time I squeezed the bag after steeping and it came open slightly, letting the contents escape into my mug. I don’t think I squeezed any harder than usual, but perhaps.

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drank Yerba Mate by Guayaki
746 tasting notes

Mmm I love me some mate! I love blending it as well. Blended this with some cranberry tea today and it was beyond delicious!

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With fish tacos at Mendocino Cafe. Refreshing!

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96

amazing, a staple for breakfest. love the taste and experince of drinking from the gourd

Preparation
145 °F / 62 °C 8 min or more

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Went with Guayaki’s instructions on this, I think 150 is a little low though. Might try 175 next cup. I’ve had bagged mate before from this brand, but not their loose stuff. Adagio is the only other company I’ve had to compare to.

This wasn’t bad, I enjoyed it. Nice light herb flavor, I think I may steep longer next time. The full ten minutes sounds goods. I like my tea strong. :)

Preparation
150 °F / 65 °C 5 min, 0 sec
Kiaharii

Got 3 re-steeps out of this (didn’t try for more), all were very flavorful. :)

tayross

deffintly dont want to go over 150 mate starts to get a bad bitter taste

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90

This is SO good cold brewed. I was stuck at work with no hot water and in desperate need of an energy boost so I threw a few of these into my water bottle. At first it comes off as a spicy mate then the chocolate hits! It reminded me of chocolate milk but with a little bit of maltiness to it. DELICIOUS!!

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drank Yerba Maté Chocolatté by Guayaki
2268 tasting notes

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90

I didn’t know what to expect when I bought this. But I really like it! It starts out as kind of a chai, cinnamon taste and goes into a chocolate/licorice taste. It’s actually REALLY good. Kind of a creamy taste. Very delicious! :]

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec

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drank Yerba Mate by Guayaki
746 tasting notes

Yerba Mate is one of my favorite teas. It adds such a nice flavor and uplift to my day. It blends well with anything, especially mint!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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drank Yerba Mate by Guayaki
9 tasting notes

I’ve been a skeptic of yerba mate for some time now, but when a co-worker offered me a bag I thought I’d give it a try. It was a pleasant surprise.

Great flavor that’s not overwhelming. 5 minute steep seems to be the perfect amount of time to make the tea enjoyable. Can’t say much on the energy front, but just drinking it makes me feel great.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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A good mate for sure. I favor the hot mate that you brew yourself, but this bottle is comparable in that you can expect that same deep, earthy flavor. If you are on the run and need some quick energy, a bottle of Guayaki is a good route to take but I wouldnt give it an A+

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