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drank Piña Elektra by Zappyo
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Started my morning with a mug of this tea yesterday – it was a good pick because I got to enjoy something energizing and fruity but it was also pretty mellow and soft. Kind of a creamy coconut crossed with coconut water type of flavour, with the fresher green yerba mate and some hints of sweet pineapple. Light to medium flavour and round, coating body. Yummy!

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drank Turmeric Rocket by Zappyo
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Cold Brew!

Of the teas from Zappyo, this is the one that I fully expected to like the least. However, sometimes the universe surprises you because,in actuality, this is probably my favourite blend from Zappyo’s assortment (I have one left to try, though)! It’s funny how that works sometimes. It’s a huge part of the reason I still like to try things that don’t seem up my alley, though…

What I expected was that this would be far too much turmeric and it would either taste spicy or earthy in a way that was unpleasant to me. Instead, it has aspect which remind me of my favourite parts of DT’s Turmeric Glow! It’s mild, and very natural tasting with just a tiny bit of spiciness – but mostly it’s sweet and earthy. Earthy from the turmeric, but more so the mate itself and the additions of beet and carrot. I actually personally like both beets and carrots in blends. It can be a fine line between too much of them though – we’re not drinking stock after all! However, when you get it right that sweetness is so particular and mixed with the earthy notes it really make you feel fresh, like you’re standing in a vegetable garden on a pleasant summer afternoon after a brief drizzle!

Best part for last though… pineapple!

It’s a light touch of pineapple – I don’t think anyone is going to be drinking this tea and thinking of Hawaiian cocktails. However, that little bit of fruity sweetness mixed with those fresh earthy notes is just perfection on a level I struggle to describe. It worked terrifically in Turmeric Glow, and it works terrifically here!

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Steeped this one up yesterday and as I was drinking it I kept feeling like it was reminding me of a cookie or shortbread of some type? However, that’s kind of weird/wrong because everytime I stopped for more than a second to really think about it I also realized that it doesn’t really taste like that at all and I was just struggling to name what I was actually tasting. I think it’s maybe because it’s so buttery? But buttery with the combination of pleasantly caramelized mixed nuts and that grassier, fresh yerba mate note. It’s unique and delicious, and maybe someday I’ll figure out the perfect “catch all” flavour descriptor.

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N is for… Nutty Toffee Roller Coaster!

Gonna need to have this again and monitor the steep time better because I left my teabag in while sipping (was in a meeting and it was easier than fussing with stuff mid meeting) and after a while this got weird tasting from over steeping – however it started off on a really good foot! Very buttery/nutty sweet flavour, like almond brittle/candied almonds with a sweetness and a freshness from the grassier yerba mate. Some smokier undertones as well, which I felt added to the sweet and nutty profile.

When it began oversteeping, it was just too concentrated and the grassiness took on a more sour edge – so if I can watch for that in the future I think I’ll really enjoy this blend.

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drank Lemon Royale by Zappyo
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Cold Brew!

Just finishing off the last of this brew and thinking that it was pretty nice! A part of me does wish it was a little bit more lemon-y and bright, but I also wouldn’t want more flavour to mask the really lovely taste of the mate that comes through. It’s herbaceous and a little bit smoky on the backend of the sip, with some grassier body flavours. There’s a hint of cooling mint in this party as well, which is nice alongside those more natural greener notes and the medium-ish citrus. Refreshing! Summery!

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drank Lemon Royale by Zappyo
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Had this one a little over a week ago and realized just now that I’d forgotten to write a tasting note for it – oops!

I made a hot mug of it and I remember liking it quite a bit but being surprised at how much of the mint came through in the cup. It’s a very clean, bright tasting lemon without much acidity/sourness or pithyness but it’s not overly sweet either. Mixed with the mint in the blend and the very natural tasting, grassier yerba mate it’s just a really refreshing cuppa!

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drank Mint Sprint by Zappyo
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Cold Brew!

Enjoyed this cold brew while listening to both the sound of the heavy rainfall this past Sunday as well as the new album (Tako Tsubo) from L’Imperatrice. The original plan for the day was to enjoy some outdoor tea sessions; but this was a pretty good Plan B too. I’ve been really impressed with the Yerba Maté blends I’ve tried from Zappyo so far – this is one that they gifted to me to review, but I bought the rest of the line up and all have been enjoyable! This one is simply delightfully minty and refreshing!! Naturally sweet and crisp spearmint and the rainforest-like flavours of the green yerba mate – with a cooling finish. Cannot think of a better descriptor than “fresh”!

Really interesting ingredients list on this one as well (as well as a bunch of their other blends) – among the ingredient desk is pumpkin and jiaogulan!!

Photo: https://www.instagram.com/p/CM-buNLByTU/

Song Pairing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IncBEZujELc&ab_channel=L%27Imp%C3%A9ratrice

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drank Vanilla Sunrise by Zappyo
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Thank you to Zappyo for gifting this tea for me to review!

Truth be told, I would have ordered all of the flavours regardless – it’s so rare to see a company carrying so many fun and pretty unique sounding yerba mate blends that I would have been too curious not to. Watching Jann’s interview would have DEFINITELY pushed me even further over that edge. However, I’ll happily take free tea that I would have purchased regardless.

Jann’s Interview: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MunC-T4pI-M&ab_channel=TeawithJann

This and Pina Elektra were the two blends I was most curious about, but honestly all of them sounded really good. I was thrilled to see this in the package of two teas that I received from the company. Steeped up this was fresh & lively maté, bright orange, a hint of creamy vanilla and just a pinch of hibiscus – like the maté equivalent of a Creamsicle! Like I said above, over the last few years it’s become increasingly hard to find unique and fun yerba mate flavours to explore, which is why I was excited for Zappyo’s launch. Really looking forward to exploring the rest of their line up, and crossing my fingers for some fun roasted maté flavours in the future!

…and, admittedly, I did end up ordering a bag of each of their remaining teas after trying this one. So the free tea worked its magic at least on me!

Photo: https://www.instagram.com/p/CMZo1MeAIZX/

Song Pairing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=796h8z2SgEg&ab_channel=PenguinPrison

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