So the DT that I work at is RIGHT NEXT to a Saje, and our staff is actually quite good friends with the bulk of the employees there – we just shop at one another’s store quite often and the other keyholder at DT besides myself is married to one of the keyholders at Saje.
I mention this because the only reason I even went into the Saje in the first place during my lunch break was to say hi to some of the familiar faces working in the evening. I ended up walking out having bought a new oil for my diffuser though, and more tea. Damn it, self! We’re trying not to spend money on tea right now! I mean, I got a mall discount though – so it was cheaper tea? Yeah – that’s what I’m gonna tell myself to feel better about the impulse shopping.
Anyway – I brewed this up in the morning to try it out and I’m sipping on it slowly now out of a ‘tea for one’ pot. It’s actually sort of surprisingly good, considering the only ingredients are yerba mate, green tea, lemon balm, and eleuthero root. Flavour wise, it’s definitely got a very grassy/woody taste pretty indicative of the green tea in the blend; however there are lemon undertones from the lemon balm that add a nice soft/gentle fruitiness/citrus quality and the eleuthero does a great job sweetening the whole thing up to a point where the green tea is actually super tolerable. Eleuthero is sort of related to ginseng (often called Chinese Ginseng) and I’m definitely getting that sort of ginseng like sweetness from this infusion so I’m feeling that connection/relationship for sure.
Yeah – overall it’s like a mix of sweet grass/birch wood with very soft lemony undertones that’s fairly sweet just overall as well. Really natural tasting, and quite smooth! I don’t know that it’s the sort of flavour that I’d reach for often, but as a supposedly “high energy” blend I think it’s definitely doable for an early morning kind of thing when I might be feeling something more natural/somewhat light bodied in flavour instead of a sweeter/more overtly flavoured blend.