Acai Matetini from Teavana

Acai Matetini from TeavanaThis is one of the boldest and flavorful teas I have ever tried.  I was automatically drawn to the tea just based on the fact that it is a Mate which has 100% of the caffeine as coffee.  I am always looking that morning kick in the pants that I need!

Although most of the teas that I review, I have sipped before, I try not to review the ingredients before I sit down to write so I can really talk about the flavors.   The tea has so many ingredients that it’s almost difficult to pinpoint the base flavor!  Ingredients include: apple, candied pineapple (pineapple, sugar) hibiscus, rosehip, elderberries, maté, blueberries, blackberries, pineapple chips, citrus slices, apple slices (apple, citrus acid), flavoring (blueberry, pineapple, lemon, lime, peppermint), raspberries, cornflower, spearmint, lemon grass, sunflower petals, acai fruit powder (acai, maltodextrin). I can compare this tea to a juice since it is so strong.  The tea itself is as colorful and scented as potpourri (but not in a bad way).

I steeped the tea in my little infuser for 6 minutes using boiling water.  I used 1.5 tsp of tea (less would probably suit most), I added 1 heaping tsp of German Rock Sugar to counteract the tartness in the tea.  Although Teavana‘s description (see below) describes this tea more as a sweet/crisp tea, I find it pleasingly tart.

Teavana describes this tea as:

The newest craze in cocktails inspired this fusion of real fruit, herbs and flowers with mate tea. Our mock martini is a classy notch up, first blending ‘superfruits’ acai, blueberry, raspberry and blackberry. Added to that are crisp granny smith apples & sweet pineapple, brightened with the zesty citrus notes of orange, lemongrass and hibiscus. Cheers! SUPERFRUIT ENHANCED.  Crisp and sweet berries, followed by sweet pineapple and finished with minty undertones.

The color of the tea is a dark burgundy liquid.  You can even smell this tea – which I find unusual.  The liquid is a medley of flavors exploding on my tongue.  The only thing I can really taste upon finish is the peppermint.  It is not overpowering, and I did have to read the ingredients to put my finger on the flavor, but it’s there.

I haven’t tried this tea chilled, but I am certain it would be amazing on a hot summer day served over ice with a lemon wedge (feet in sand would be a bonus).  A definite must try for those of you that love a robust tea.

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