drank MateVana by Teavana
8 tasting notes

I realize Teavana is generally grumped about in the tea community.

… However, MateVana makes me a happy happy human.

Until I can find a suitable replacement from a smaller brand, this has been brewed daily at my home. It’s just enough awake-ness to make me feel comfortable, but not enough to give my caffeine sensitivity trouble.

The roasted mate combined chocolate-y, nutty, creamy nature reminds me of a watery coffee without the bitterness (which is the point, I realize). But the fact that it’s a little on the thin side is not really a bad thing. I do wish it was more robust—perhaps if I added milk, it would be perfect. I tend to fill up my contigo tumbler with this.

Flavors: Chocolate, Creamy, Nutty, Roasted

205 °F / 96 °C 7 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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I am a simple woman when it comes to my tastes. I have a big sweet tooth, and think I fall under the category of those who like sweet/savory flavors. Chocolate is my drug, before tea.

However, complex flavors have always interested me. Too bitter or too sour, though, and it will not keep my attention. Slightly bitter or slightly sour on top of sweet and/or savory, though, and it adds something to a drink or a dish! I’ve also begun to enjoy spiced and spicy flavors much more, as well. Licorice, however, is still not my friend.

I’m an artist, and a writer, with some tech savvy-ness.

I am new to the world of tea as an enthusiast, but I’ve casually enjoyed it off and on throughout my life. I can’t drink coffee due to anxiety and stomach sensitivities, but tea? Tea in the right quantities is luscious. I am also quite the fan of tisanes and blends. Scandalous, I know.

I’m enjoying the journey of learning. I’ve only just begun.


San Jose, CA

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