I tried this out for 2 reasons – the citrus flavour, and the fact that mate was touted as a possible caffeine alternative. The blend smells lemony and refreshing, however the tea itself is quite bland and does not have a whole lot of flavour on its own. I felt a bit more refreshed after drinking it but not for very long, which I attribute more to the psychologial boost from my partial-ness to lemon rather than to the mate caffeine content itself.

Flavors: Citrus, Floral, Herbaceous, Lemon Zest, Lemongrass, Sweet

205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 250 OZ / 7393 ML

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finding myself in hot water again and again…

I grew up in a tea drinking culture, but my parents were seriously hung up on jasmine tea and oolong tea, so I never really had much exposure to other teas. My horizons expanded when I moved to Japan and discovered genmaicha (roasted rice tea aka popcorn tea). after that, I discovered black teas, red teas, and flavoured teas, how different teas could be by the region, processing methods, water used.

Now I can’t get enough of it!

I experiment with different teas, blending them sometimes to see what the outcome would be. I find my tastes to be quite diverse, but run away from the more floral side of things. Tie Kwan Yin is probably the only one that most people seem to enjoy, that I don’t. Otherwise I am game for most teas. Fruity? love it. Smoky? Mmm. Earthy? bring it on! Light and vegetal? keep pouring!


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