Leaf Type: Yerba Maté
Where to Buy: Ducky Life Tea
Tisane from the Amazon (Organic) Smooth, yet strong ginger tisane. Great for digestion and also for sinuses. No Caffeine, but has matteine.
When it comes to green yerba maté, I’m kind of on the fence. I do not like it plain (that is, unflavored or not part of a blend) but some blends/flavors are quite alright, and I’ve even found one or two that are really tasty.
This one is tasty! It has a strong ginger taste to it (if you don’t like ginger, this tea isn’t for you! Fortunately, I love ginger.) and that ginger tempers some of the stronger earthy notes of the maté that I usually find a bit off-putting.
This blend is actually quite masala chai-like in composition. The ingredients include ginger, cinnamon and cardamom, three very standard marsala chai spices. But, because it’s more ginger than cinnamon and cardamom, I don’t think I would categorize this as a chai.
This is one intensely flavored tea! The first flavors that hit are the strong earthy, vegetative notes from the yerba maté and the peppery flavor of the ginger. That initial “bam” (imagine Emeril Lagasse sound clip there) of flavor lasts for about a split second, and then it tapers off to a very pleasant, smooth sweet-and-spicy taste from the ginger and cinnamon, with the cardamom popping in just long enough to say “hello.” I can taste the sweet snap of the licorice root linger in the aftertaste.
I am really pleased with this blend. I thought it was just going to be “eh, ok” but as it turns out, I’m enjoying it. It is also extremely soothing to a sore throat, so it is a good tea to keep on hand for times when you might be feeling under the weather. Not only soothing, but the yerba maté gives a little energy boost – which is also nice because, I don’t know about you, but when I’m not feeling well, I really need a little extra something. This is like “chicken soup” in a teacup!
Anne started her journey with tea as a casual drinker and became more serious about her tea drinking when she realized that she couldn't drink coffee. Shortly thereafter, she started becoming obsessed with the beverage and she started creating small-batch, artisan blends of tea that she sold online as LiberTEAS. After a few years, she realized she wasn't cut out to be the sole proprietor of a business so she closed LiberTEAS and started reviewing teas online. She met Jennifer through another blog that they both reviewed for and they decided to start their own review blog. This review blog!
Throughout her journey as a tea reviewer, she discovered 52Teas and became enamored with the idea of creating a new tea every week. When the founder of 52Teas decided he wanted to move on, he offered the business to Anne but knowing that she wasn't cut out to be a sole proprietor, she instead offered the company to her oldest daughter who employs her as the Mad Tea Artist for 52Teas!
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