22 Tasting Notes
A warm, subtle, and tasty blend. This is very tasty straight up. Very smooth and not overwhelmed by Cinnamon. My favorite part of this blend was the fact that the Cinnamon plant is the Shade cover for the Guayusa plant while in the rainforest. Gives a story to the tea, which makes tea way better. I feel a connection is made for a product be it tea, coffee, or a baseball mit. They all have reasons we love them. Sometimes taste in a hypercompetitive market is not the only reason people buy and enjoy. Some reasons we can not explain. I have been told by at least five people that I have given Guayusa that they love this blend iced. I have only brewed this tea hot, as I only review hot blends usually. Awesome Blend!
A very potent blend. Almost overwhelmingly minty. Shade Tree has never loved smells and perfumy type things. This does not cross that line though, but when I drink this from now on I blend a half and half blend with Traditional and Peppermint, then the Peppermint is cut down a bit and it is more mild for my pallet. I have never been huge on mint tastes, but this is a nice because it only has 2 ingredients. I think that is another thing I like about Runa, straight to the point and doesn’t hide the ingredient that is reps. Many tea companies in the game should learn that if you are going to rep on product don’t hide it under ingredients.
On first taste, I disliked this blend. As a traditionally strong drink Mate drinker, I felt this was bordering on over produced blends that compromise the roots which is always the main ingredient, Guayusa. I decided to give it a few days, I then tried it 4 days in a row before work. By the 3rd day I was hooked. The Guayusa was not compromised, and it was not as overwhelming a flavor as I had thought. It began to grow on me, and was genuinely tasty by that 3rd day. Very Tasty, just like Guayusa, it is also subtle and very very tasty. Great blend, I will always be skeptical of blends in which seems a bit over produced, just like my music taste. I think my idea of teahouses are things such as the Citrus blend. I feel they go too much with flavor and substance, but I think this tea may have changed my point of view
A tasty treat. It took me a bit to get used to, but now I brew this awesome tea daily. I have gotten the hang of brewing it correctly. This is an invigorating, tasty, and energizing drink. I had my serious doubts with the taste, and the effect it would give me, but it pulled through and has rocked my socks off. The round, mellow, and sweet taste is so subtle. It is like a fine wine in which the greatness is in its subtleties. I drink this once a day, and feel a great energy everytime.
So I tried the Yerba Mate blend, which to my surprise was in tea bags, which isn’t really my style. This blend has Rooibos, cactus flowers, almonds, among other things. I waited to take a sip of the Yerba until I started driving as driving is one of the best ways to sip on some Mate. The first thing I noticed was the Vanilla flavor and its overall incredibly desserty smoothness to the drink.
I of course tried this drink in the morning and was taken aback by its nighttime smoothness and had some immediate nostalgia over last nights sleep. Republic of Tea markets this Yerba Mate blend as an all-night dance tea, but I feel like this should be a post-meal stay awake and talk near a fire drink. I enjoyed the drink immensely but will only be drinking this at night when I need to warm up and just chat.
A very nice drink, with a great look, and a great company behind it.
Described as traditional chai but with mate as the base instead of black tea.
Sampled with my girlfriend Kate, our opinions will be serperate:
Kate: (I took notes as she sampled)
-Mild chai flavor
-Good traditional mate with Chai notes on way out.
-Earthy chai smell: Pleasant
“Was exactly what I’d want from Chai Mate”
-Too bitter at first
-More sips became smooth
-Most chai blends too much chai, but this one made mate big player which I love because I love mate of course.
-Smells strong, almost too much when dry, could have been me leaving it accidently in my car for a day. Loved this taste, didn’t get a chance with milk and honey but I can bet it would be amazing
Described as an evening Mate tea with Kava Kava, Chamemile, and Lavendar. My thoughts follow:
-Smells predominantly like Kava
-Tastes a lot like Kava with mate undertones
-Balances both very well
-Accidently left this bag in car (very hot) which makes smell funky (beware)
-Very smooth and tasty
-Kava hint is awesome
-Relaxed after all the mate I had sampled
-Kind of funky with honey though.
-LOVED THIS IDEA AND EXECUTION. As a Kava drinker myself, Oregon Yerba Mate did a great job introducing Kava to mate without leaving one or the other out.
Described to help with digestion, circulation, and the immune system by using cayenne, mint and cinnamon/ My thoughts follow:
-Inhaled while sediments were billowing out of my french press and burnt my nose, sneezed almost 15 times.
-Helped allergies, but nose burnt a bit. WOW Careful smelling!
-Strong smell when brewed as well
-Crazy taste: Spicy
-Least mate influenced
-Crazy flavors, loved idea
-Great idea when sick
-Supplement with water when sick and you will be out of bed in no time
-Got tastier as I drank it
-Great morning wake up
-Even crazier with honey
-Must be very hot for it to be tasty. When sampling, I loved it when it was most hot. Not as tasty when luke temperature.
Desribed as their number one seller. Proven to reduce lactic acid and improve performance through the use of their added herbs such as; Damina, Maca, Ginseng, and others.
-Crazy looking blend
-Enjoyed the smell and the look of the dry mate
-Not very distinctive though, tastes just like the house blend which is not a bad thing.
-Love the idea of a performance blend. Distinguishes them from any other brand.
Described by site to be the full bodied blend imported from Argentina & Brazil. My thoughts follow:
-Stems give an initial bitter taste as most “con palo” blends
-Second time trying, and is still a very good blend
-As I drink it not very bitter like most “con palo” mate, with great drinkability.