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A review of Chocolate Vanilla Mate (Yerba Mate) by Tea District
Company: Tea District
Tea Name: Chocolate Vanilla Mate
Tea Type/Varietal: Mate
Steeping Vessel/Amt. Leaf: cup/ loose leaf
Liquor Color: dark reddish / rich chocolate
Leaf Characteristics: grounded mulch like leaves with the nibs of cacao giving it a roasted and chocolaty aroma.
Water temperature: 200 Fahrenheit
Time: 5 minutes
I have selected as my tea of choice this chocolate yerba mate that I had purchased from the folks at Tea District, after having sampled several of their teas; I found this one to be quite nice, so much so that I ended up placing an order. I guess this is how it should work; you sample teas and find some that you like and place an order for keeping in stock in your cupboard.
I scoop out one heaping tea spoon and put this in my cup, adding the boiled water to my cup, I leave it to steep for five minutes. When done I strain out the tea grinds with strainer and observed as the tea is poured into another cup, how it has a lovely dark reddish color; similarly to coffee and the aroma is heady with roasted chestnut or more correctly hazelnut.
I enjoy taking sip after sips of this tea; and find that I must keep reminding myself that this is indeed tea and not coffee; having none of the astringency that some teas have and it is smooth and creamy and on the sweeter side of things, more-so than I remember it to being; perhaps having more of the cacao nibs than the sample packet contained.
Overall, tea is smooth with a lovely aroma of a strong heady roasted cup of coffee like tea and tea has the coloring of a fine cup of malt-like Goya drinks; and one again I find this tea to be very sweet; sweeten with the natural cacao-nibs and combined with the yerba mate.
I like this tea for all that it offers.
Water temperature: 200 Fahrenheit
Time: 4 minutes
I continue to enjoy this tea with more steeps for shorter time and find it to be as enjoyable as the first cup. In all this tea has a lovely color and a delightful chocolate/roasted flavoring!
Appearance: bi color light, medium brown bicolor oolong kernel
Aroma when Dry: floral, sour fruity
After water is first poured: honeysuckle, fruity notes
At end of first steep: honeysuckle, fruity notes, peach, apricot
At end of first steep: clear
Preferred time of day: any
At first ?: sharp, floral, sour, mineral notes
As it cools?: tea gets bodied, brothy, notes open up and mellow slightly
Additives used (milk, honey, sugar etc)? No
Lingers? barely, hints of salty broth
Second Steep (3 min):
At first: Brothy, floral, salty
As it cools: notes mellow, tea gets deeply bodied
A review of Açai Berry Raspberry Green Tea by Tea District
Company: Tea District
Tea Name: Açai Berry Raspberry
Tea Type/Varietal: Green
Steeping Vessel/Amt. Leaf:
Liquor Color: reddish pink
Leaf Characteristics: tea leaves are a mixture of Sencha green tea, safflowers and the natural açai berry & raspberry flavoring. This has a lovely floral aroma.
Water temperature: 195 Fahrenheit
Time: 2 minutes
I had some of this tea left from the Tea District and decided to finish the remainder of it. I opened the pouch and pleasantly surprised I was to find there was tea still remaining (enough for 1 spoonful) which I put in my cup; and I add the cold water into the cup and put it in the microwave for a few minutes, leaving it to steep another minute.
The tea’s aroma is pungently sweet and spicy from the safflowers I imagine which makes this seems more like an herbal tea than a green tea I am thinking. As I sip this tea, it is sweet/sour orange/citrus like. I mean there is a slight saltiness that is left on palette after swallowing. I did not notice this prior.
Water temperature: 200 Fahrenheit
Time: 3 minutes
I was able to steep the leaves again and this time the tea color is lighter pink and smelling more citrus with the berries at toe. I know this is green tea but with the leaves and berries and safflower it does seem more like an herbal tea.
This açai berry raspberry is quite nice; it is a naturally sweetened cup of tea with a fruity/citrus for a base and there is not astringency as derived from the freshness that can be enjoyed when having a cup of green tea.
Lately I haven’t been a fan of mint teas but this one called to me today. It smells amazing. I find the mint a bit overpowering though. I couldn’t really catch any gunpowder or floral tastes. But as it cooled a bit more they started to come out, but sadly still slightly overpowered. I still liked this tea though :] I could see myself enjoying it when I’m in need of something mellow to relax with.
This one was sent to me from Liberteas! Thanks!!!!
Buttery Mint? I’m intrigued…let’s see…
Green tea – check, Gunpowder elements – check, slightly floral – yup, a nice mint flavor without being too overwhelming – Yuppers, and buttery? perhaps! Buttery like brothy, I think. Sure! Sounds good! I agree!
So far…this is my fave from Tea District…but then again…I’m a mint freak!
-Dry blend has large twisted leaves with long yellow flower petals.
-Dry leaves smell overwhelmingly fruity, like children’s vitamins. Tea liquor has a tangy fruity sweet aroma.
-Tea liquor is a light brown color.
-Sugary vitamin flavor with a lingering artificial mango finish. Slightly numbing on the tongue.
-Best with milk and sweetener.
-Poor tea. Strong flavor like children’s vitamins. Milk and sweetener lessen this taste but does little for the mango flavor.
Wow! Is this tea a beautiful color! Scarlet is a fantastic description. The taste is also pretty powerful. I actually really like the flavors from the fruit bits. And, somehow, the fruit flavor doesn’t overpower the flavor of the Rooibos…which is probably my one complaint…I’m not a huge fan of Rooibos. But despite my dislike of the base flavor, I could definitely drink a few cups of this.
Thank you to TeaEqualsBliss for sending me some of this tea. I steeped it on the light side to avoid the effects of hibiscus, and it worked, all I’m really getting from the hibiscus here is color… I don’t even taste much from it, maybe just a hint of tart, which could just as easily be part of the berry as it could the hibiscus.
It is lightly sweet, a little tart, and pleasant to drink.
I get migraines around a pretty predictable schedule and have found mate tea to be helpful in reducing the severity so I’m always looking for mate teas so I get a bit of variety. What I’ve found is that there isn’t a ton of variety when it comes to mate. Most have some sort of chocolate base, which, if you know my tea preferences at all, you know I’m ok with.
This tea is a little bit more mellow than other chocolate mates and the vanilla gives it a different note than most. It’s less roasty-toasty and more cookies and creme. Very pleasant and I’m glad I got 2 bags with my groupon.
I’ll be doing a cost analysis on this vs a few of my other go-to mates to see which is the most cost-effective and hopefully adding this to my regular rotation.
I hate going into a tea or tisane thinking I am not going to like it BUT when Hibiscus is one of the main ingredients…it scares me! I’m TRYING to be open minded so…here…goes…eeeeek…
The combo of Currants, Cranberry, Orange Peel, Passion Fruit, Mango, and Blueberry does smell summery!
The Hibiscus isn’t as scary or tart as I assumed it would be THANK THE TEA GODS for that! Perhaps it was because I didn’t infuse it for very long or over-due my loose amount while infusing or perhaps it was because of the Honeybush/Rooibos ratio to the Hibiscus I am not sure but it’s not too shabby for a fruity tisane with hibiscus in it, I suppose.
Like Dinosara I also got this through a groupon purchase (great minds groupon alike?). I love everything about this tea! Unlike Dinosara I use the full recommended amount and probably a scootch more than that because I like it STRONG! I was a little leery of the 5 min recommendation since it had black tea in it and went for 4 mins the first brew, 5 the second, and 6 the third. No difference in taste for me between brew 1 and 2 with a slight decrease in flavor in brew 3. I may be able to get another brew out of it.
I have noticed that the more I brew it the more of the coconut I taste to the point where at the third brew it’s really more of a coconut tea with hints of chocolate. Since I like both this metamorphosis is welcomed.
The description is right: you won’t miss the chocolate in this one!
I made a mug of this this morning to bring to work and on the drive in my husband asked what kind of tea I had because it smelled really good. He could really smell the chocolate.
I hoped that the flavor would pack as much of a punch and it does not disappoint. There is a strong chocolate flavor followed by a subtle cherry. The cherry is very very subtle and could be easy to miss so I do wish they’d bump that up a bit. On the whole though, this is a very enjoyable tea for those who want a little twist on the classic chocolate tea.
Thanks to brandy3392 for sending me a sample of this. I can’t say I could taste very much plum flavor. It was there, but only just. It mostly smelled and tasted like a typical oolong, which isn’t bad, but I was really hoping for a more detectable plum flavor. Oh well.