Logging this from yesterday.

I got Rooibos Chai to blend with the MateVana I couldn’t stand drinking on its own. I was considering trying the Rooibos Chai on its own, but it smells a lot like Haute Chocolate, so I was like, “:shrug: I’ll just dump it in with the rest of my MateVana.” After combining it, the combo did smell quite good, I gotta say. (On its own, the MateVana smelled good, but I just couldn’t drink it alone. It fell flat, or something. I don’t even know. But I didn’t like it.)

So I tried this combo for the first time yesterday. Usually, I like drinking my teas hot with no additives, but I was working at the cafe yesterday, which gets pretty warm, so I prefer drinking iced. So I brewed this up reeeeally strong in hot water for 10 mins, then added some vanilla syrup and soy milk and poured it over ice. I probably should’ve let it cool off a bit before doing that, because I think it would have been a stronger base for adding soy milk, but it turned out pretty all right!

I like the spice and the depth that the chai adds to the MateVana. I think it’s that depth that the MateVana is missing, imo.

It would probably taste better with milk rather than soy, but milk and I aren’t very good friends. But next time, I’ll let the tea cool before pouring it over ice, and see how that works out. Even though I made it strong, I want to see how it works when it keeps that strength.

I also want to try it hot, which I think I will do right now… so I apologize in advance for the double log. :P

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I blame half of my tea obsession on Japan and the time I spent there in a study abroad program. Tea is everywhere in Japan, and I drank it daily while staying with my host family. When I came back home, I found myself craving it!

The other half of my tea obsession I blame on my job as a barista at Borders, where we serve Tazo loose leaf teas. I hadn’t even considered loose leaf teas a possibility until I started working there! The freshness and the difference in quality really turned me on to loose leaf teas.

So bit by bit, I’ve been increasing my tea self-education, and I drink tea at least once a day. I love trying new kinds, and unfortunately (or fortunately, depending on how you look at it), the more I learn, the more I want to try!

In addition to tea, I also enjoy books and music. If you would like, look for me on last.fm (user: giragirataiyou) or Goodreads (user: thexquietxlife). :)


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