Rainforest Maté Tea from The Spice & Tea Exchange

Tisane Information:

Leaf Type:  Yerba Maté

Where to Buy:  The Spice & Tea Exchange

Tisane Description:

Spice and fruit unite in this unique herbal melange composed of energizing mate’ tea, licorice, spices, rosehips and pineapple chunks that refresh and revitalize when brewed. Moderate Caffeine.

Learn more about this tisane here.

Taster’s Review:

This tisane has a lot going on, but it all works together very nicely.  The cloves offer the most prominent flavor of this cup, followed by a sweet licorice flavor.  I don’t taste much of the distinct earthiness of the Yerba Maté, and given the natural earthy qualities of the spices I don’t think that earthy/vegetal tone is really necessary and might detract from the delicious flavors that the spices provide.

By the end of the sip, mint tones begin to peek out without becoming too overwhelming.  I like the mint notes here, they are mere hints of minty goodness rather than an overpowering mint flavor … which is rather nice as I know from my own experience of blending teas that it is not easy to keep mint from taking over.

The sweet pineapple gives this tisane a luscious, fruity tone that is almost a surprise with the first couple of sips.  With the start of the sip comprised of warm (but not spicy) spice, I didn’t really expect the sweet, juicy flavor of pineapple to shine through, but it does!  Right about mid-sip, the pineapple begins to weave its way in and out of the sip.  It’s quite nice!

In the background there are hints of floral notes that seem to complete the rainforest-y theme that this tisane embraces.  I love how this tisane doesn’t just call itself a “rainforest” blend – it actually captures the spirit of what I imagine from a rainforest.  Zesty, but with a cool, crisp mint coming in toward the end.  Sweet, starting with a sweet yet snappy licorice note which is followed by a lovely pineapple flavor.  It all comes together in a very refreshing and energizing way!

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