drank Pure Empower Mint by Guayaki
639 tasting notes

I’m cleaning out the kitchen at my new place. This is a teabag of unknown age and the only one so I figured why not?

Brewed hot, 14oz, 205F, 10min. It tastes more like a mint tea than yerba maté. Spearmint > peppermint > maté. Clean, a little sweet from the spearmint, some light menthol from the peppermint, not very earthy, no stewed mint flavor. Tastes a lot like the Guayakí Enlighten Mint in cans but more cooling and unsweetened.

Update: The maté fooled me. It lured me in, chewed me up and spit me out. I woke up at 5am a nervous wreck. I really should avoid this plant. 74 for taste minus 40 for not working with my constitution.

205 °F / 96 °C 8 min or more 14 OZ / 414 ML

Ouch. I had better luck with the plant in mine, heh.

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Ouch. I had better luck with the plant in mine, heh.

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Most enjoyment:

I prefer straight loose-leaf and compressed tea, teabags for ease of use and herbal teas/tisanes. My favorite teas come from all over including China, Taiwan, Nepal, Darjeeling, Thailand, Vietnam, Japan and Georgia. The only one that doesn’t do much for me is Ceylon.

I abandoned my preference reference in early 2020, favoring a focus on qualitative description and because everybody uses a different rating scale. I’m still comfortable toggling the ‘Not/Recommended’ button.

Preference reference:

100-90: A tea I can lose myself into. Something about it makes me slow down and appreciate not only the tea but all of life or a moment in time. If it’s a bagged or herbal tea, it’s of standout quality in comparison to similar items.
89-80: Fits my profile well enough to buy again. Some could be daily drinker teas.
79-70: Not a preferred tea. I might buy more or try a different harvest. Would gladly have a cup if offered.
69-60: Not necessarily a bad tea but one that I won’t buy again. Would have a cup if offered.
59-1: Lacking several elements, strangely clunky, possess off flavors/aroma/texture or something about it makes me not want to finish.
Unrated: Haven’t made up my mind or some other reason. If it’s puerh, I likely think it needs more age.

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