drank Malted ChocoMaté by 52teas
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A sample from Sil. When she first sent me this, I didn’t have any at all. Since then, I’ve somehow acquired two 2oz bags, and all without ever having tried it! I’m not 100% sure how that happened but never mind. Hopefully I’ll find I like it, and it won’t be a problem! I’ve only ever tried one mate tea before, and that was just plain old yerba mate bags from Teapigs. They weren’t my favourite things, but I didn’t hate them either. I just found them a bit…odd. Since then, I haven’t really sought out mate teas to try, and I haven’t really avoided them. I’ve heard a lot of things about this one, though, and I’m up for most things related to malted chocolate, so…

The dry leaves smell strongly of chocolate, and slightly coffee-like. There’s certainly something roasted about the smell, which, at this time of the morning, is really very appealing! Brewed, I can detect the mate slightly more clearly, but it’s mostly the deep, dark, chocolatey notes that are prevalent. To taste, this is much more palatable than I was expecting. I think the flavouring helps to make the mate less of an odd creature, or maybe it’s just that chocolate is old and familiar. Either way, for a first acquaintance I’m really enjoying this! It does taste something like maltesers, which is what I wanted from the Chocolate Malt Honeybush I tried a week or so ago. Mostly, though, I’m tasting chocolate, with a hint of coffee lurking somewhere in the background. I’m usually hopelessly tired when I get to work on a morning, and I actually feel like this is helping some. I think it might become my go-to morning drink from now on! I’ll definitely root out one of those bags when I get home and station it permanently in my desk drawer. A new tea love, just what I needed!

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Hi :) I’m Sarah, 29, and I live in Norfolk in the UK. My tea obsession began when a friend introduced me to Teapigs a good few years ago now. Since then, I’ve been insatiable. Steepster introduced me to a world of tea I never knew existed, and my goal is now to TRY ALL THE TEAS. Or most of them, anyway.

I still have a deep rooted (and probably life-long) preference for black tea. My all-time favourite is Assam, but Ceylon and Darjeeling also occupy a place in my heart. Flavoured black tea can be a beautiful thing, and I like a good chai latte in the winter.

I also drink a lot of rooibos/honeybush tea, particularly on an evening. Sometimes they’re the best dessert replacements, too. White teas are a staple in summer — their lightness and delicate nature is something I can always appreciate on a hot day.

I’m still warming up to green teas and oolongs. I don’t think they’ll ever be my favourites, with a few rare exceptions, but I don’t hate them anymore. My experience of these teas is still very much a work-in-progress. I’m also beginning to explore pu’erh, both ripened and raw. That’s my latest challenge!

I’m still searching for the perfect fruit tea. One without hibiscus. That actually tastes of fruit.

You’ve probably had enough of me now, so I’m going to shut up. Needless to say, though, I really love tea. Long may the journey continue!

My rating system:

91-100: The Holy Grail. Flawless teas I will never forget.

81-90: Outstanding. Pretty much perfection, and happiness in a cup.

71-80: Amazing. A tea to savour, and one I’ll keep coming back to.

61-70: Very good. The majority of things are as they should be. A pleasing cup.

51-60: Good. Not outstanding, but has merit.

41-50: Average. It’s not horrible, but I’ve definitely had better. There’s probably still something about it I’m not keen on.

31-40: Almost enjoyable, but something about it is not for me.

11-30: Pretty bad. It probably makes me screw my face up when I take a sip, but it’s not completely undrinkable.

0-10: Ugh. No. Never again. To me, undrinkable.


Norfolk, UK

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