Too much clove
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“2-3 TB for a gourd, 1 packet stevia (equals 2 tsp sugar) New batch — ai! David, what happened?? This is all bitter and harsh, and even extra stevia ain’t helping. My darling...” Read full tasting note
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This brew gives you a tasty boost with a unique combination of exotic ingredients. It combines four types of coffee beans with Argentinian maté, and laces them with carob, white chocolate and chicory. The result is sweet, rich and deliciously satisfying. Plus it’s a sweet treat you can enjoy guilt-free, since this blend has virtually no calories. No wonder they say maté makes you efficient.
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Looking at the ingredients, I guess the goal was to make this tea taste like chocolate and coffee. It kind of worked! It tastes more like mate tea mixed with coffee and the chocolate flavor, is more like carob, but there is a slight sweetness that brings those flavors together. I must admit, that it has a great tea body that is smooth and very satisfying.
I adore Mate and I adore coffee-esque teas. I like this, it’s good, it’s not my favorite example of this type of tea, but there really isn’t much wrong with it.
It’s a bit “thin” for my taste, not robust enough, just a bit flat. Maybe not enough mate in the mix and too much other stuff. I will certainly enjoy the bag that I have, but I don’t feel that it will make my “must have” list.
I got a cup of this the other day at my local David’s Tea, and had really high hopes. I wanted to like it, really badly. I just really, really didn’t. The best part about this tea (to me) was the caffeine boost. The taste was really fat— it filled my mouth, just without real flavour. It was bitter, and borderline unpleasant. This is one I will certainly not re-buy!
I got this maté as a sample with one of my orders and I have to say I’m glad I only had a sample of this instead of a full order. The second I opened up the packet I was turned off by the smell. Decided I’d give it a shot and steeped it for 5 and a half mins at 208 F. It was painful trying to get through a cup of this.
Tried this one this morning. It was ok. Smelled better than it tasted. Tried it on it’s own and then with a little cream and sugar. Liked it better with cream and sugar, but still not my favorite mate. Sort of reminiscent of coffee in scent alone. Not a ton of flavor to it.
I received this tea as a Christmas gift, which is good because I never would have picked it out myself (the ingredients don’t exactly draw me in). The biggest impression I get from this tea is that of warmth. The woodsy mate combined with a slightly burnt coffee taste give a very cozy, warming sensation. This tea is very suited to someone who lives where winters get to -45 degrees celsius, like me ;) It really takes the chill out, and definitely peps you up.