Cameron sent me a lovely box of British snacks (that are woefully unavailable in my area of podunk Idaho) and a few tea samplers, including this one, Bird & Blends Campfires and Vampires, and a few more French teas to add to the French Friday sampler baggy! Thank you, Cameron!
I have only had a handful of mate blends, and I think of that handful, most have been roasted mate rather than green mate. I’m always curious about them and happy to try this, especially since teabags aside, the website only has looseleaf in the dreaded Sara-refuses-to-buy 4oz sized bags. Steeped this for around 3 minutes using 185F water. The resulting brew is a goldenrod yellow and perhaps a little murky looking, which I suspect to be from the cinnamon; it has a very strong cinnamon aroma. I’m getting the scent of the mate too, which has always been very “gunpowder green”-esque to me: a bit of dry grass/hay, a bit of smoke, just more herbaceous in quality than gunpowder green. I’m smelling a sweetness, too, but it’s making me think more of honey than the aroma of apples.
Hmm… I do like the flavor of this a lot more than standard mate (which is often too “tobacco” tasting for me). There is a sweet cinnamon note that hits the tongue first, then a very herbaceous grassy/hay note follows, and I’m not getting the unpleasant smokiness that usually turns me off. But I’m not really tasting apple? I guess the sweetness leans a bit fruity, but I’m still getting more of a “honey” sort of flavor than a “juicy apple” sort of flavor. I feel like the last several apple teas I’ve tried I’ve wanted a stronger apple note…
It’s a pleasant cup. It would just be more pleasant if the apple flavor stood out a bit more against the cinnamon and herbaceous green mate notes.
Flavors: Cinnamon, Dry Grass, Fruity, Herbaceous, Honey, Hot Hay, Sweet