Review: Tea District Chocolate Vanilla Mate

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Thumbs up!"It is that cacao nib flavor that almost tastes like hot cocoa that makes this tea a winner. No need to add milk or sugar to this one...this is a self-drinker, and an excellent one at that."
Vanessa’s Teaview: 8.8/10
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It has been longer than I can remember since I have reviewed a yerba mate tea, and even longer than that that I can remember really getting excited about it. Today's sample of Chocolate Vanilla Mate from Tea District ended my long spell of lackluster mate teas. This tea has cacao nibs mixed in with the mate leaves, and I have recently realized that almost any tea that contains cacao nibs is one that I will love. The cacao nibs appear to be a pretty substantial addition to the blend, and they certainly contribute to a rich chocolatey flavor. In addition to the mate and cacao nibs, this tea also lists "natural flavors" in the ingredients list. I prepared this tea using boiling water and a five-minute infusion time. Like its dry blend counterpart, the prepared brew has a sweet-and-toasty aroma. The sweetness is mostly from the chocolate with underlying hints of vanilla, while the roasty-toasty flavor is all mate. The flavor stays true to the aroma and offers a sweet, but not too decadent, flavor that is balanced by the roasty flavor of the mate leaves. The vanilla is more subtle than the chocolate, but I could taste it nonetheless. Still, it is that cacao nib flavor that almost tastes like hot cocoa that makes this tea a winner. No need to add milk or sugar to this one...this is a self-drinker, and an excellent one at that. I found this to be an excellent alternative to my usual black tea products that I drink for morning brews. I was particularly sleepy this morning, but this tea gave me a much-needed caffiene boost. Finally, a mate blend I can be excited about, and which I will happily drink again and recommend to others.

— To purchase Tea District Chocolate Vanilla Mate, or for more specific information on ingredients or the story behind this particular tea, click here to go directly to the manufacturer's web site.

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