Leaf Type: Yerba Maté
Where to Buy: Maté Factor
Mate Factor Organic Chai Mate Tea combines traditional Indian chai spices with our Fresh Brazilian Yerba Mate! You’ll love the spicy aromatic flavor of this bestselling, full bodied tea!
Ingredients: Green Yerba Mate, Cinnamon, Nutmeg, Cardamom, Ginger, Cloves, Chicory, Black Pepper
Seamless. That is how I’d describe the spice flavor of this Yerba Maté. The masala spices are so well balanced in this blend that it is difficult to discern one spice from the next. I can taste the ginger, the cinnamon, the cardamom, the cloves, even the black pepper, nutmeg and chicory… but, because they are so well balanced they seem to work in harmony with each other, and create a seamless flavor that is very delightful and invigorating.
The Yerba Maté used in this blend is a green Maté, which gives the blend an earthy characteristic. The chicory gives the cup a roasted quality – if you didn’t know you were drinking green Maté, you might mistake this for a lightly roasted Yerba Maté. The chicory adds a lot of depth to the tea, as does the deep, earthy flavor of the Maté.
The spices are spicy yet sweet. It is not the strongest spicy chai I’ve tasted; even so, it is one of the better chai teas I’ve encountered just because it has that very pleasing seamlessness that I mentioned previously. I can almost taste the “love” in this tea – whoever created the recipe for this blend had a great love and passion for chai, it is evident as I taste it.
I enjoyed this hot, but it works equally as well as an iced tea – very pleasantly refreshing! I added a dollop of agave nectar to my cup to bring out the spices – but I didn’t go latte (not yet, anyway, I might do that with my next cuppa!) however I think that it would be very good latte as well.
This is a tea that I would recommend to all chai tea lovers. Yes, it is a bagged tea – but, once you’ve tasted it, I don’t think you’re going to care! It’s really that good!
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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