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coriander – The Year of Tea

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Episode 047: Maté Limón Chai

The Tea Spot‘s maté limón chai is an odd bird of a blend. They start with some really great quality yerba maté, add lemongrass, lemon oil, and lemon myrtle for the limón, along with traditional chai spice. The result is…weird.

It’s an oddly dark brew for a green maté, and when hot, the chai spices overwhelm everything else. More of the limón flavor comes through as it cools, but overall, it’s a forgettable cup of tea. Excellent packaging though!

The Tea Spot no longer sells this particular blend, and I couldn’t find a suitable replacement blend. Can’t win ’em all.

Episode 094: Maharaja Chai/Samurai Chai Maté

Teavana sometimes sends out these sample packs that include a mixture of two tea blends and rock sugar. Are these blends better than the sum of their parts? Let’s find out with this Maharaja Chai/Samurai Chai Maté blend!

These two blends have a lot of the same ingredients, but Maharaja Chai brings oolong and chicory to this mix. The overall result tastes like a muted Samurai Chai Maté. For the price, you would probably do better just buying twice as much Samurai Chai Maté.

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Episode 317: Spinach Chive

I’ve still got a few of these savory teas from Numi Organic Tea left, so I figure I’d go ahead and get them out of the way in these last few weeks of The Year of Tea. This green tea blend includes spinach and chives (of course) along with lime, dill, onion, coriander, turmeric, and garlic.

Yeah…I’m gonna have to pass on this one. The spinach is a bit too intense and the lime is a really odd ingredient to include with dill. The other spices seem to be standard between these savory tea blends, but in this one, they don’t really add much to complement the main two ingredients. Blech.

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Episode 329: Cardamom French Toast

Of all the hot breakfast breads out there, French toast is hands down my favorite. Soft, eggy, fluffy, and always packed with flavor. DAVIDsTEA recreated this popular breakfast item in their Cardamom French Toast blend. The ingredients list sounds good — cinnamon, coriander, lemon peel, coconut sugar, and cardamom (of course).

It tastes amazing! The coconut sugar gives a syrupy quality to the tea that really accentuates the floral cardamom and spicy cinnamon. It really does taste like French toast! I’ve gotta get some more of this!

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Episode 347: Beet Cabbage

I’ve really been kind of dreading trying this tea blend from Numi Organic Tea, but I’m going to soldier on and make it happen. This Beet Cabbage blend has a black tea and honeybush base and includes apple, mustard seed, parsley, orange, coriander, and clove.

Despite my disgust of both beets and cabbage, this blend is actually very true to its intended flavor profile. The brew is a gorgeous ruby color, and the apple and honeybush really bring out the sweetness of the beets. (The cabbage, of course, tastes like cabbage.) Dare I say that this is the truest to form of all of Numi Organic Tea’s savory teas?

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