The troubles with the tea bags continue. With very little force I tugged on the tea tag to lift it out of the cup and the string pulled right out of the bag.
I received this from someone quite some time ago, although I don’t remember who it was! I think it was Mel? Anyway… whomever sent it, thanks, and I’m sorry that it took me this long to try it.
This is alright, although I must admit that it is made considerably better by the accompaniment of these incredible butterhorns (and I have a feeling that these would make anything taste better): http://hungryinportland.wordpress.com/2011/05/01/cicis-italian-butterhorns/
It’s a little thin, in my opinion, but it isn’t horrible.
I brewed this one too weak and don’t have any more of it to try, so will try to rate based on how I think it would taste when brewed correctly. It did not seem to have much of the traditional yerba mate flavor – I pretty much just tasted the cocoa and spices. The spices were fairly light, which was nice. Prepared with stevia. Tasted pretty much the same with and without almond milk.
I’m slowly becoming a fan of Mate the more I try it. By itself I cannot get over its strange, almost abrupt herbal flavor, but I do enjoy its energy boost similar to drinks like Red Bull. I saw this flavor at Target and figured I’d give it a try and I’m glad I did. The chocolate spice is not strong, but it does mellow out what bothers me about mate…makes it more palatable. That being said, it’s not a bad choice.
This was one of my first ventures with mate a few years ago. Lucky for me I enjoy chai and this is a slightly chocolatey version. I steep it for 10-12 minutes in very hot water and top it off with a splash of chocolate almond milk. Good evening drink for me as it often replaces dessert.