A few days ago, my first Sips by box arrived. Included were four unique designed teas curated to my tastes and likes. Sips by is a monthly subscription box that curates teas to a survey/profile that you put together. Each month you receive four teas that you want, which I love. Being one that is picky about their herbal and black teas, I loved the fact that I could say no to certain teas while including tea varieties that I’ve always wanted to try.
My first box was a huge success and so far I’ve loved all of the teas I’ve tried. Lost Maples from Catsprinng Yaupon was the first tea that caught my eye and so far my favorite of the bunch. I’ve tried Catspring Yaupons tea before and was excited to try this medium roast version of Yaupon.
Yaupon is a plant that grows wild in North America. The plant itself is naturally caffeinated and this particular Yaupon is harvested right on the Catspring Ranch and conveniently packaged in tea bag form or loose leaf if you like. The last time I experienced Catspring’s Yaupon Tea, I had the loose leaf option, which I loved. This go around I’m enjoying the tea bag version.
And am I enjoying this tea. If you have never experienced Yaupon tea, I encourage you to do so. With a light vegetal undertone and a roasted flavor, this tea could be compared to an yerba mate tea blend but with a lighter and more airy feel. Through each sip, you can almost get this roasted chicory note that reminds me of coffee.
This is one of those teas that I’ve always meant to pick up more of and just never got around to it. Thanks Sips by for reminding me what a smooth well balanced tea that I’ve been missing in my tea drinking routine!
Here’s the scoop!
Leaf Type: Yaupon
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