The first episode starts with one of my daily teas — Teavana’s Samurai Chai Maté.
Tazo’s Hula Maté is…eh, it’s okay. Not spectacular, but not totally bad either. Similar to Samurai Chai Maté, this is a maté blend with a lot going on. However, the flavors really don’t play well together.
I’d highly recommend having this iced instead of hot. (But even iced, it’s not that spectacular.) Might taste good with a splash of alcohol though.
This tea has been discontinued by Tazo, but you may be able to find a similar blend in Summit Spice & Tea Company’s Maté Calypso.
Today I’m reviewing another fun blend from Zoomdweebie’s 52 Teas line — chai-napple gunpowder. They’ve mixed traditional gunpowder green tea with chai spaces (cinnamon, ginger, caramon) and freeze dried pineapple.
As a hot tea, this didn’t really float my boat. But once it cooled down to room temperature, those spices really came out and it was quite enjoyable with the sweetness of the pineapple. I can imagine this would be really tasty iced! Give it a try!
Teavana’s tea blends can be really hit or miss. This toasted nut brulee blend is a mix of oolong and rooibos along with a kitchen sink of other ingredients like coconut, ginger, and pineapple.
The resulting brew is nutty and spicy and oddly creamy. All the flavors really don’t come together in a very good way, but it’s more palatable iced than hot. If you’re allergic to nuts, you definitely should stay away from this.
Mtume’s “Juicy Fruit” came to mind when I chose this tea. This is one of Teavana’s mixed blends (i.e., a blend of two blends), which consists of Blueberry Bliss and Pineapple Kona Pop. Hence the name Blueberry Kona Pop!
The dry leaves are really floral; actually, it kinda smells like Bubbalicious! It was great hot, but it really shines as an iced tea. It would be great as a mixer as well!