180 Tasting Notes
Funny story; I swapped a few teas with Meghann M for some of Adagio’s new mate samples. The next day, I received an order from Adagio (a tasting set) and suddenly remembered that I’d been promised the mate sampler with my next order, after making a comment on Facebook about missing out on that deal. (Tea companies are truly awesome sometimes, don’t you think?)
Well, maybe not so much funny as boring. Anyway. I now have far more mate than anyone should.
This is definitely a new experience for me. I’ve been curious about mate for some time, but I hadn’t any idea what it would taste like. I’m having trouble putting it into words at the moment. Just… toasty. And earthy. And good, but not mind-blowing.
Got it in my head that I was going to make chai this morning, but soon discovered I didn’t actually own any cardamom. (I have no idea what’s in my cupboard, to be honest. The life of the attention span-challenged baker.)
So, with that project failing, I decided to experiment… and concocted a delicious drink with this tea, pumpkin pie spice, vanilla sugar, and soy milk. I don’t know what it is, but it’s fantastic.
Dry leaf smells bright and… zingy. The brewed tea is a bit lighter. The green tea base is only occasionally noticeable, but is a nice, light, grassy taste when it is.
The ginger sort of rolls in afterwards, leaving just a bit of a tingle in the back of my throat, but isn’t overpowering. (Though, my love for ginger is pretty strong, and I wouldn’t be offended if this tea packed a wallop.)
I haven’t yet located the citrus flavor, though there are plenty of bit of dried fruit in my cup.
Definitely good, but I would love to see it a bit stronger.
Reading some of the comments, I decided to try steeping it a bit longer. I also added just a bit of amber sugar. It’s like a completely different cup of tea. The plum comes through a bit more, so the hibiscus takes a backseat. It now tastes more like a juicy plum than just the tart skin. Still not getting a real strong sense of the tea base, but it’s a nice fruity cup nonetheless.