Yeah, yeah, I know...the majority of us on here hate Celestial Seasonings, and I'll admit to not liking much of anything that they make also...
But, I had been curious about Mate for awhile now and saw this blend at my local store so thought I'd give it a try for kicks. You know what? I really like it.
It's a mix of Mate and "black tea". It says to steep it for 7 minutes, but the tea (whatever it is) does not get bitter at all. The Mate has a somewhat creamy/coffee type flavor and I've taken to using one packet and some of my favorite China Black teas and making my own concoctions.
I just ordered some real Yerba Mate on-line to try my hand at blending and trying it straight. I was somewhat surprised at how inexpensive Yerba Mate is. Hopefully they'll be here soon. I ordered:
Rosamonte Special Selection : Yerba Mate from Argentina with stems. Strong Yerba Mate with a deep smoky flavor. Elaborated under strictly quality norms with guaranteed satisfaction.
and CBSe Orange: A 100% natural orange flavored Yerba Mate. Elaborated and stationed naturally by CBSe S.A. Product of Argentina.
I decided to pass on the traditional gourd/bombilla set and will try it in a regular tea pot. Can anyone tell me how many tea spoons would be the norm in making it per cup?
Thanks. I'll report back when I get everything in...