Leaf Type: Yerba Maté
Where to Buy: Fusion Teas
A spicy take on a traditional Argentinean brew. This fusion of yerba mate, and freshly ground whole cardamom, cinnamon sticks, star anise and ginger bits create a delicious and warming cup. Great iced or with sweetener and a touch of soy milk.
Over the last couple of days, it’s been very windy here in the Pacific Northwest. Windy and chilly! When it’s like this, the chill seems to saturate me, and even my bones feel cold. It’s perfect weather to stay inside and enjoy a hot cup of chai! The warmth of the masala spices helps to warm me from the inside out, and makes me forget all about that howling wind outside.
I like this Chai Spice Maté from Fusion Tea Room very much. The flavors of masala spice and Yerba Maté are balanced very well. The earthy/vegetative quality of the Maté is very prominent, and usually that would be something that I’d find off-putting, but, I’m really enjoying how the earthiness of the Maté and the earthy notes of the spices work together.
The spices are very warm but not what I’d consider spicy. I wouldn’t call them “mild” either, they’re somewhere in between the two – very pleasantly warm and exotic without overpowering the palate with spice. One of my favorite spices is star anise, and I like that the flavor of the anise comes through very nicely here, giving a licorice-y kind of taste that lingers well into the aftertaste.
A wonderfully warm and energizing cup of chai! This one will help get you going!