88 Tasting Notes
I got this from the Pass the Stash Teabox. I took it mainly because I’ve not had much of a chance to deal with Mate’s in general, and I’m hoping to find more wake up options then just plain old coffee.
Let me say, first impression is I have had liquor smell less boozy then this stuff does in the bag. I’m hoping this is like 52teas where it has a lot of scent but the flavor isn’t the same strength because if this tastes like that we’ve got a problem.
Alright I’ve tasted it an I really don’t mind it. I may have underleafed it though because I get coconut and hot water pretty much. And after I pulled my steeper out, it looked like what I had put in was cut in half so maybe it had fluffed up some in the bag? I don’t hate this but I’m glad I have more to give it another go. The good news is Tiesta Tea is sold at Meijer by me so if I like it as a coffee alternative I can get it easily.
The first thing out of the PTS box that I simply HAD to try as soon as I could. I want my world to smell like this tea does. So lovely. As for flavor, its mild and easy to drink if you like lavender and chamomile, but nothing outrageous. I still might buy some to keep on hand for nights when I need to calm down.
Okay, let me preface this review with something. I quit smoking five years ago with minimal trouble. I’d been smoking for about 10 years, and I just stopped one day. I was evil for two weeks and to this day have dreams of smoking when I’m stressed.
When I say trying to give up pop is harder then that EVER was, I’m in no way exaggerating. I’ve tried probably 10 times and I always go back, so I’ve settled into ‘minimal pop’ like one or two a week instead. My drug of choice is, and always will be Mountain Dew.
This tea is either going to help those cravings, or make them 100000x worse. We’ll see as time progresses which way it goes. At any rate, the smell even has the scent of carbonation, which is awesome and weird all at once. Frank did an epic job with this one. Iced its super refreshing, but I don’t know if I’d enjoy it hot.
I think I figured it out, when somethings tart, I can handle it better cold. Its going to be a new coping mechanism I think. I don’t think this is my favorite, even by a long shot but its far more drinkable cold, and hubs loves it that way so I’m glad I’ve got an enormous amount. (It was that reblend sale they had, it was a tricksy thing that made me buy so much)
Anyone want to look at my cupboard and suggest anything I’ve got that they can recommend cold? I’ll probably try the Pineapple upside down cake from Della Terra next, but I’m not sure where to go after.
This was a generous gift, as I’m leery of trying new teas from teavana, since thier prices are silly high and I don’t want to hate something I spent that much on. I’ve been on a kick about making cold tea in my french press so I can just make it before bed for the morning or when I get home from work for before bed. I decided to try this last night and I was super surpised how good it turned out. I’ve done chocolate teas before, but not anything Oolong, so I was nervous. Its hard to tell how a new tea will turn out with my ‘set it and forget it’ method of tea making lately. But goodness did this turn out well. I can’t say anything for it brewed hot but cold, this is delish and a great way to wake up.
Flavors: Dark Chocolate
Been on an iced tea kick since I figured out how easy it is to make in my french press. I am in LOVE with this tea cold. Its so relaxing and mellow, and with how sunburnt I’ve gotten lately going to bed with something cool in my stomach seems to be bringing my core temp down enough to sleep. At the rate I’m going I’ll burn through what I have of this tea, but probably not as quickly as you’d think. I can still double steep most teas in the french press cold. And that makes me super happy.
Made this in my usual vanilla Almond Milk. The flavor is really subtle so I think I may have not added enough to the cup. At any rate its a lovely morning wake up drink. And I’m having fun trying all the flavors sent to me by the gracious MissB in my mystery box. Now that I’m not getting up at 4am for work I should be able to actually document the things I drink again. It was nice to get out early but boy did those mornings hurt.