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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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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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76

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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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

Backlogging! Made a cup of this at work and it was pretty much amazing. Deep chocolate flavor with a tad bit of spice. It always reminds me of warm chocolate milk. There is always a creamy, milky note to it. Honestly, probably one of my favorite mates.

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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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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
807 tasting notes

Enjoying this out of my gourd. The first steeps are so unbelievably strong but once you get to steep 3 or 4 it’s perfect. I wish someone was here to hang out with me so I could actually pass it around. I’ve always wanted to do that.

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drank Yerba Mate by Guayaki
807 tasting notes

Guys. Baby ferrets are the cutest things. Mine keeps hopping around the kitchen attacking my feet…
But anyways… I’ve been so busy lately I finally have some time to just chill. Which is very nice. I’m still addicted to drinking out of my gourd(which is what I’m doing right now..). To be honest I don’t really like the first two gourd fulls. They’re just too strong in taste for me. But after that it’s perfect. :]

Nicole

Baby ferret!!! Squee!

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drank Yerba Mate by Guayaki
807 tasting notes

So I bought a gourd and a bombilla with my birthday money. I’ve wanted one for a while but just never actually got one until now. I must say it takes practice to make it right so the leaves don’t come up through the straw. I’ve been drinking mate in it for the past couple days and I’m addicted. I feel cool :] and I feel like it tastes better. Though that part might just be in my head.

Terri HarpLady

:D I almost bought a gourd while I was visiting my folks. We went to the natural food store, & there they were, with their little straw. I stood there reading the instructions for making Mate in it. There was something about it that seemed to complex for me at the moment, so I didn’t buy it. yet.

KallieBoo!

It’s actually pretty easy once you figure it out. Guayaki has a silly video explaining it. I found it addicting :]

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drank Yerba Mate by Guayaki
807 tasting notes

So I decided to go running and needed an pick me up before I went. I haven’t had just plain yerba mate for a while now. The flavor is nice. Earthy and a bit woodsy.

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drank Yerba Mate by Guayaki
807 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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drank Yerba Mate by Guayaki
807 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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drank Chai Spice Mate by Guayaki
5 tasting notes

Not sure how I feel about this one. I have yet to find a chai that is “it”…and after drinking this one, I still haven’t found it.

I need to steep this one for a long time to bring out the flavors. That said, it holds the delightful greenness that I hope for from mate tea. There’s a sweet aftertaste that is almost medicinal—that’s the part that gets me in the wrong way. Still not a bad cup! Warm on a cold day, add a wee bit of milk—what more could you ask for, in the end?

Preparation
7 min, 0 sec

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I received a can of this in my Foodzie tasting box for April, but, I didn’t try it until now… mostly because I was a little afraid. My first tastes of Guayaki products were not positive ones, and I worried that this would be more of the same… but this is REALLY quite good. The lime and tamarind offer nice hints of tartness to offset the sweetness (it’s a sweetened beverage), and there is just a hint of ginger in there too. I like how these flavors keep the tisane from being too cloyingly sweet. This is much better tasting – less sweet – than a typical can of soda.

And it is energizing, too, which I needed! I taste the yerba mate, but, it is not as strong as the flavors of lime and tamarind. There is an earthy vegetal note in the background, but nothing too strong and it all works together very nicely.

This is probably not something I’d stock the fridge with, but, it is something that if I found it while I was out and about and in need of something to drink, I’d reach for before I’d choose a soda or the average bottled ready to drink tea, which do tend to be too sweet for my liking.

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