drank Samurai Chai Maté by Teavana
254 tasting notes

The skies are going crazy. Between the thunder and lighting (who just got a song stuck in their head?) and the tornado warnings throughout North Texas, I really need a calming cup.

Our school let out early today because of the storm, so I’m home hours before usual. My husband’s college is out for the summer, so I thought I’d find him lost in the Mists of Pandaria. Instead, I discover he’s gone walkabout and is still walking around in the sheeting rain. One fetched husband later, we’re both soaked. He from his walk and me from the simple journey to and from the car. We both need to warm up quickly.

Enter the tea. I used 2 tablespoons of tea and 2 tablespoons of sugar in my 3-cup pot. I noticed right of the bat that this was stirring up differently than the last batch. There is such an odd mix of big and little pieces in this tea that it needs a good shake before brewing in order to even it out. I didn’t take the time today, and it’s obvious. There are a lot more little pieces (maybe the mate?) that made it through the filter and are floating around on top. I’m not so thrilled about that part, but a generous dollop of cream later and it’s tasty, if a little more textured than I’d usually enjoy. But ohhh…. even with the rumblings and roars up above, it’s soothing.

Eeew! I typed too soon. A bunch of those little floating pieces drifted to the bottom of the cup, and I just swallowed a very unfortunate, chewy sip. Oh, they’re stuck in my throat! Yuck!

Okay, I’m going to go drink something else. Quickly. I don’t think this one, with it’s grainy grossness, is going to be replaced when we finish it. It’s really too bad, because I love the taste, but I’m not willing to deal with this nastiness again!

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Feel free to browse my cupboard if you’re interested in swapping, but all the mate and pu-erh in our household is my husband’s.

For swapping purposes, please note the apple allergy. Thank you!

I tried to limit my cupboard to teas that were 1oz or larger, but that was a gorgeous failure in terms of swap communication. It’s all going back up.

Okay, I just feel wrong trying to grade things without a rubric – it’s too inconsistent! So, here is the grading breakdown:

0-50: Dump it!
50-60: I might finish the cup
60-70: Possibly finish the pot
70-80: I may keep this on hand
80-90: Cupboard space guaranteed
90-100: Poetry may be involved!


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