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I got this tea from Trader Joe’s the last time I was there. I actually don’t like plain mate on its own so I won’t bother to rate this for now. I like the way it makes me feel but it seems so bitter, even after sugar is added. I got this hoping I would find some other stuff to mix it with to make it more palatable. I am thinking licorice might be a good place to start because it is on the sweet side…
I saw this the other day at Trader Joe’s and picked it up out of curiosity. It was the only loose tea they had other than Matcha. I was curious to try it and picked it tonight as green tea has less caffeine than black tea or puerh, at least according to my Gastroenterologist, who should tell me to drink Puerh as his name is Dr Shou. For the price I paid it isn’t bad, not great but not bad. There are strong notes of coconut, lemongrass, and ginger, all added to this tea. There is little bitterness or astringency and little vegetal flavor at all. The tea leaves are elongated and flat, like a sencha although I don’t know that it is a Sencha. It is from Japan according to the package. I am interested to try this iced. I won’t rate this tea highly but it will get a comparatively good rating, considering it is up against Mandala and Butiki. I didn’t give all of my teas from Butiki a 100% after all.
I brewed this once in an 18oz teapot with 3 tsp leaf and 175 degree water for 3 min.
Flavors: Coconut, Ginger, Lemongrass
I got a sample sachet of this from my apartment complex. It was fully exposed to the air for about two weeks. Whoops. Well from the aroma of the dry leaf, it doesn’t seem to have affected it. I infused this for three minutes, which was probably longer than I should have. The liquor is very dark red. The brewed tea aroma is recognizably pumpkin spice and red rooibos.
Now I don’t really like red rooibos. So take my opinion on this tea with a grain of salt. This is ok. The aftertaste is strongly medicinal. The spice comes across well as does the pumpkin flavor. I think most people would probably enjoy this a lot. It definitely strikes me as a well-blended pumpkin spice tea. I just can’t get past the rooibos base to want more of this.
Irish Breakfast! This tea is yum-o! A person at Trader Joe’s actually recommended this tea to me on a stormy day. This is defiantly a tea to help get your day started especially. I was reluctant to try this one but the flavor is actually very full & flavorful. I’ll buy this one again.
You can easily find better chai, but you can easily find worse. I probably won’t buy it again, but it was cheap. At least it isn’t dominated by cinnamon, like a lot of bagged chai in America. It may have a hint of imitation vanilla aftertaste, or that may be my imagination.