Yerba Mate Mint by Choice Organic Teas . . .

I steeped this tea for 4 minutes at 175 degrees with one bag in about one cup of water.

The packet says to steep for 4-6 minutes but it smells plenty strong enough at 4 so I stopped there. Plus, since mint can get bitter if oversteeped, I didn’t want to wait too long.

It smells nice and minty while brewing. I can’t really distinguish it from plain peppermint tea by the smell. After steeping is over, the tea is a yellowish cedar-like color and not noticeably viscous.

First sip: Surprise! It tastes just like mint herbal tea–to me, anyway. Or at least not different enough that you would be positive there’s something else in there rather than just a variation on the minty flavor. (Maybe if I had prepared a cup of plain mint tea at the same time to compare against, that would have helped me pick out any differences, but alas–I didn’t think of that until it was too late.)

What that means is that this could be a clever way to have something caffeinated in the morning if you’re an herbal tea drinker and don’t care for green or black tea or coffee! Or if you only drink black tea with milk (like me) and are avoiding milk because you have a cold, but still need that caffeine boost. (I know that sounds oddly specific but it happens to me more often than you’d think!)

The mate isn’t roasted, I’m guessing, so maybe that’s why it doesn’t have a strong enough flavor to dominate this tea blend (after all, peppermint is a very powerful flavor and it’s hard to overcome that). So if you like peppermint tea, you’ll probably like this!

With sugar: It’s still good and minty, nice and easy on the throat (which means that it’s both good for colds and for vocal health if you’re trying to relax your voice and stay hydrated, although I guess caffeine is a little bit controversial where vocal health is concerned).

Overall this blend is both useful and enjoyable when prepared as a hot tea beverage, and it seems to have plenty of potential as a cold brew as well, although I didn’t try it that way.

Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type: Yerba Mate
Where to Buy: Choice Organic Tea

Learn even more about this tea and tea company here!

Moroccan Tea by Alokozay

MoroccanTeaTea Information:

Leaf Type:  Green

Where to Buy: Alokozay

Tea Description:

Moroccan Tea is a perfect balance of Gunpowder Green Tea and dried Peppermint leaves, this stunning classic is refreshing, reviving and inspiring. 

Learn more about this tea here.

Taster’s Review:

Sometimes the teas that hit the spot are the simplest teas that you ignore in the back of your stash.  I haven’t been ignoring this one per say but I don’t always drink tea bagged tea anymore.  I seem to leave those as a last resort.  For shame on me once again!

I have noticed this brand several times on Amazon but never really took a second look.  For a Moroccan Tea this one isn’t too bad.  The mint is strong and the green is tea is nice and refreshing.  This tea didn’t provide any kind of wow factor that I usually look for.

Not sure I would love to own more of this but to try it, I’d say its decent.  I just really enjoy some of the other tea companies versions of this tea like Tealated.  Telated has a marvelous Moroccan Tea that is simply done but there is a bit more complexity to it with a roasted finish.

Like I said, I wouldn’t run right out and pick more of this up, but I definitely favor this bagged tea over others.  I’m curious now about this brand and want to try some more.  Looks like they have some interesting flavors on their site. I do have to say it is nice to have a reliable tea on hand for when guests are around or when you don’t want to mess with loose leaf tea.  This one could fit that bill pretty well!