112 Tasting Notes
The tea bag comes in a paper packet that is not air tight. I am not sure how long this was sitting in the cupboard but the tea bag didn’t have much smell at all (probably because it is old and the packaging is not air tight).
The tea tasted alright. The fruit flavors were more prominent than the green tea. I didn’t notice any bitter taste at all as mentioned in another review. Maybe it was prepared differently
I really like this tea. The first ingredient is carob with yerba mate in second place and peppermint leaves at the end.
The package said to put 1 tbsp /15 ml of the loose tea but I only put 2 tsp / 10 ml so it is not as strong as recommended but it still tastes great. Unlike other teas I have tasted with carob this actually tastes like the name of the tea.
Flavors: Chocolate, Mint
This is sold as a healthy substitute for coffee. It looks exactly like coffee and it smells and tastes almost to coffee. Before I go any further I should let you know that I really don’t like coffee at all, that is why I drink tea.
Dark Roast Yerba Mate tastes much better than coffee. However, since I don’t like coffee I am not crazy about it because it tastes a bit too much like coffee, but by the bottom of my cup the taste was already starting to grow on me a bit. I made 2 cups of and I gave the other one to my wife who normally drinks coffee. She could tell the difference when tasting it black but after she added a bit of milk she said it really did taste like coffee.
I steeped it for 8 minutes in 75C/170F water. I understand that this is about the ideal temperature for Yerba Mate. The package says to steep it for 6-8 minutes but it doesn’t give you a temperature so I research it on line first. There seems to be many different opinions on the temperature ranging from 65C/150F to 98C/210F but I settled on 75C/170F based on the bulk of the advice and how reliable the advice seemed to be. I just got a big order of Yerba Mate so I am sure that I will try experimenting with the temperature to make sure I am getting the best result possible.
I recommend this but only for coffee drinkers. My coffee hating taste buds would rate this at 75/100 but I am rating it a bit higher because the intended audience for this (coffee drinkers who is looking for a healthier option) should really like it.
Warning: Dark Roast Yerba Mate could be a gateway beverage for people who are not coffee junkies. Since this is healthier and more palatable than coffee it would be easy to start drinking this recreationally then once hooked on the caffeine and the taste it could become a gateway beverage leading to more hard core beverages like coffee.
The ingredients don’t go together that well. It doesn’t taste objectionable but it doesn’t really taste good either.
Unfortunately there are no raspberries or black currant in this Raspberry Black Currant tea. Maybe the natural flavor is supposed to taste like raspberry and black currant but I am having trouble tasting it.
Actually I kind of like Rosehip & Hibiscus tea (which are the first two ingredients in this tea) but the other ingredients don’t go that well together.
At least it is a beautiful ruby red color. It makes me happy just looking at it.
Flavors: Hibiscus, Rosehips
This is quite a mild tea but it has an interesting and enjoyable blend of flavors. I find that the licorice flavor really comes through more in the aftertaste but it is only slightly noticeable when you first taste it.
About 10 seconds after I swallow the tea the licorice flavor starts to come out and it lasts for a couple minutes before you need to take another sip. It is strange how that works.
The more I drank the better I liked this tea. This is one of those teas that you want to just sip slowly and spread the taste out over a longer period of time.
Flavors: Fennel, Licorice
While the tea was steeping I thought it smelled somewhere between hot cough syrup and hot Kool-Aid. However, this tea really redeemed itself because it tasted really good. I was quite happy with the blend of fruity flavors. It did not taste at all tart the way I steeped it (with water just below boiling temperature for 4 minutes).
I really enjoyed this tea. I don’t like bitter teas. The first time I steeped it for 1:15 and the second for 3:30 and both times it tasted great. It was quite flavorful and overall enjoyable with only the slightest hint of bitterness.
This is a nice whole flower pure chamomile tea. It smells really good and it tastes just the same as it smells. This is my first time making chamomile from loose tea and it is kind of fun and interesting seeing the flowers expand as the tea is steeping.
Double Bergamot Earl Gray Black Tea, not surprisingly, smelled and tasted more like the bergamot oil than black tea. My only complaint with this tea was that the bergamot tasted a bit bitter (an orange peel type of bitter) and I am not a fan of bitter.
Many earl grey teas capture the citrus taste without any bitter taste. I did enjoy this a bit but unfortunately not enough to recommend it.
Flavors: Bergamot, Bitter