Leaf Type: Yerba Mate & Lapacho
Where to Buy: Townshend’s Tea Company
Drink a whole pot of this máte, lapacho and kava root concoction and it may leave you feeling slightly altered.
Learn more about this blend here.
OK, OK, I admit it … the name of this Mátejuana Tisane from Townshend’s Tea Company is what lured me to order it. My curiosity got the better of me.
Fortunately, the dry leaf nor the brewed tisane smell like what the name of the tisane suggests it might smell like. The dry leaf has an earthy scent, with a hint of mint which kind of surprised me. The brewed tisane smells earthy and slightly vegetative.
This is actually really tasty. I taste the earthiness of the Yerba Mate, but I like that it’s not overly earthy. There is a sweetness to this and a warm spice note that is vaguely reminiscent of a cross between ginger and cinnamon. It has the peppery quality of ginger and a hint of warm, sweet cinnamon. It’s not an overpowering spice note; instead it’s quite subtle and it’s a flavor that keeps the taste buds intrigued by what they’re experiencing.
I’m not particularly fond of Kava root, but, I’m finding the flavor not quite so discernible here. I do taste that slight … grassiness from it, but it melds well with the spices to give it more of a herbaceous taste rather than a bitter grass tone.
Overall, I found this tisane to be rather enjoyable. It tastes better served hot/warm rather than iced … although I didn’t mind the iced tisane either. I don’t know if it “altered” me or not … but, I liked what I drank, anyway!
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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