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drank JavaVana Mate by Teavana
814 tasting notes

1 tbsp. of leaf to 16 oz. water. Milk and sugar added.

The smell of this was VERY coffee-like tonight, more so than I remember. But it has been awhile, so that could explain why. I tasted a small amount plain before I put in milk and sugar, and I really got the cocoa/mocha taste. I also got the slightly woodsy taste of mate at the end of the sip…I’m not sure that I really like that flavor, but the chocolate flavor makes this palatable. Also, a 5 minute steeping time seemed to play up the Assam more and diminish the mate taste as well – a definite plus that I’ll have to remember when I use up the rest of this.

It won’t be a rebuy (I’m trying to extricate myself from Teavana as much as possible) but I’ll definitely use the 3 or 4 servings I have left to keep me awake for my last few exams as a nursing student!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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I have come to the point (as of October 2014) where quality in tea is more important than quantity. Especially because I’m a seasonal tea drinker where hot tea is concerned, and a SLOW one to boot. I generally don’t resteep only because I’d be here all day if I did, though I do break out a gaiwan from time to time.

I adore French teas in practically every iteration, Japanese Sencha (specifically from the Uji region, as they offer the most seaweed flavor), and Dan Cong oolongs. I am trying to focus on plain teas and so companies like Verdant, Upton, and Butiki are on my favorites list.

When it comes to tea, I feel like the 10th Doctor says it best:

“Tea! That’s all I needed! Good cup of tea! Super-heated infusion of free-radicals and tannin, just the thing for healing the synapses. "

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