My first time drinking a mate on its own – I knew I’d be at school late tonight note-taking, so I decided to get a cup of this to pour into my Timolino and then ordered a London Fog. I polished off the Fog before I even got to school, so I broke this out in the lab.
And guys, I don’t know what to say. I’ve never had an un-flavoured mate before, and I didn’t know what to expect or how to compare it. This tea has no reviews, either! I should note that I poured a fair amount of honey into this, because that is my fall-back when I’m nervous about the taste of a tea. (Ha, the manager nearly tried to pull the bottle out of my hand before I was done, which should probably tell you how much I used.)
It’s…hmm. I’ve heard mate compared to coffee before, and I kinda see that. It’s a wee bit bitter and a wee bit astringent, but it really has nothing on coffee in those departments (thankfully). It’s also been compared to green tea, which is odd, like…how can something taste like green tea and coffee? But I also sort of see that too, there’s an earthiness to it.
It’s very drinkable, anyway, and Teaopia’s cheapest wall tea (according to the staff member who recommended I try it, and the site says 50g/$4), so if you’re looking for a cheaper pick-me-up to fall back on, this seems like a good way to go.