drank Yerba Mate by Adagio Teas
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EURGH! That was disgusting! I hate cleaning the shower drain, but alas, once in a while it has to be done. Ick ick ick times a thousand.

Obviously to get over an experience such as that something fun and interesting is needed, so why not try one of these things that Jillian sent me for christmas?

I’ve never had mate before… pokes sample bag I understand it’s got a sort of smoky kind of flavour, and anybody who’s followed me for a while will know that smoky is good and very smoky is very good. However, I’m still a bit scared of this one. Just a little bit. Because it’s different, see? It’s not real tea, it’s a herbal. I’m so very out of my depth here.

My instinct tells me to brew it in exactly the same way I would any black, but my cowardice has taken over the process at this point, so I’m following the instructions on the bag as close as I can. Just this first time anyway. Even though Instinct is shouting at me that it’s not nearly enough leaf.

The aroma of the dry leaf reminds me of tobacco and plastic. I can’t figure out, however, if that’s the actual aroma of the leaf or if it might be the material the bag was made of. I know that bags such as that one to transport tea (or similar) in shouldn’t have a smell at all, but it looks like something that might smell like that. So, the Brain tells me, it’s probably the actual leaf.

After steeping I’m getting some smoke in the aroma but not a ton of it. There’s also some sort of green vegetable thing going on too, like lightly boiled broccoli or spinach. That kind of thing.

The flavour is oddly sweet. Not super smoky but it has a slight hint of smoke to it. Just not nearly as much as I had thought it would have. It’s almost minty! I can see why people have been raving about a mate-mint combination.

It does have a rather prickly sort of aspect though, especially on the swallow, along with a note of something that most of all reminds me of pea pods.

Smoke + mint + pea pods… I don’t know. I like it, yes, but I don’t think it’s something I necessarily need to have more of when it’s gone. The sample bag I got was big though, so I think this is going to last me for a while.


I think I read somewhere that traditionally mate is brewed in less than boiling water. So treating it like a standard black tea might be too much for it. *shrugs *

I noticed that I’d never seen you review a mate of any sort so I hoped you’d find this interesting. :)

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I think I read somewhere that traditionally mate is brewed in less than boiling water. So treating it like a standard black tea might be too much for it. *shrugs *

I noticed that I’d never seen you review a mate of any sort so I hoped you’d find this interesting. :)

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Ang lives with Husband and two kitties, Charm and Luna, in a house not too far from Århus. Apart from drinking tea, she enjoys baking, especially biscuits, reading and jigsaw puzzles. She has recently acquired an interest in cross-stitch and started a rather large project. It remains to be seen whether she has actually bitten off more than she can chew…

Ang prefers black teas and the darker sorts of oolongs. She has to be in the mood for green and white, and she enjoys, but knows little to nothing about, pu-erh.

Her preferences with black teas are the Chinese ones, particularly from Fujian, but also Keemun and just about anything smoky. She occasionally enjoys Yunnans but they’re not favourites. She has taken some time to research Ceylon teas, complete with reference map, and has recently developed some interest in teas from Africa.

She is sceptical about Indian blacks as she generally finds them too astringent and too easy to get wrong. She doesn’t really care for Darjeelings at all. Very high-grown teas are often not favoured.

She likes flavoured teas as well, particularly fruit flavoured ones, but also had an obsession with finding the Perfect Vanilla Flavoured Black and can happily report that this reclusive beast has been spotted in a local teashop near where she works. Any and all vanilla flavoured teas are still highly attractive to her, though. Also nuts and caramel or toffee. Not so much chocolate. It’s a texture thing.

However, she thinks Earl Grey is generally kind of boring. Cinnamon and ginger are also not really a hit, and she’s not very fond of chais. Evil hibiscus is evil. Even in small amounts, and yes, Ang can usually detect hibiscus, mostly by way of the metallic flavour of blood it has.

Ang is not super impressed with rooibos or honeybush on their own. She doesn’t care for either, really, but when they are flavoured, they go usually go down a treat.

Ang used to have a Standard Panel of teas that she tried to always have on hand. She put a lot of thought into defining it and decided what should go on it. It was a great idea on paper, but in practise has been discovered to not really work as well.

Ang tries her best to make a post on Steepster several times a week. She tends to write her posts in advance in a word doc (The Queue) and posting from there. This, she feels, helps her to maintain regularity and stops her from making five posts in three days and then going three weeks without posting anything at all.

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