drank JavaVana Mate by Teavana
779 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!

205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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A few of my favorite teas (in no particular order):

*Dessert flavored blacks
*Breakfast blends
*Virtually any black tea (but lapsang/keemun!)
*Dancong oolong

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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