In an effort to create a tea that embodies the comforting and complex nature of love, we blended warm Roasted Yerba Mate with organic, raw Cocoa pieces, proving once again that opposites do attract. Lavender and Rose Petals intermingle, complimenting the smooth Mate base with romantic floral notes. Don't be surprised if you fall in love with Infusion No. 9.
Ingredients: Roasted Yerba Maté, Organic Cacao Nibs, Organic South American Yerba Maté, Rose Buds and Petals, Lavender Flowers
Leaf Type: Yerba Maté/Herbal Blend
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Serving Size: 1 teaspoon per 8oz serving
Water Temp: 212°F
Steep Time: 3 - 5 minutes
I can't believe we're already on the fifth tea from my six month subscription from Simple Loose Leaf, the time has really flown on by. This is my second rose tea from this company and if you missed my review back November, I was not a fan of that months selection, African Rose Herbal. The rose flavor in that blend fell short of what I was expecting, leaving my drink tasting like potpourri rather than tea. At that point I really doubted my decision to include two rose teas in my subscription and I briefly contemplated contacting Simple Loose Leaf to see if I could swap Infusion No. 9 for something else. Ultimately I decided to give this blend a try, the intriguing combination of ingredients that first caught my eye when I was originally selecting teas for my subscription happen to be among some of my favorites and I didn't want to miss an opportunity to try this unique blend.
Although there were some aspects of Infusion No. 9 that I enjoyed and plan to seek out in other blends, I didn't fall in love with it. The roasted Yerba Maté had a dark, almost bitter note that reminded me of a good quality coffee and I thought it paired very well with the subtle sweetness from the cacao nibs. I believe I would have loved this tea if were only a Yerba Maté and cacao nib blend. Unfortunately the flavor from the lavender ended up being somewhat unpredictable, despite having shaken my bag of tea in order to evenly distribute the contents. In some cups it provided little flavor at all, leaving me with the deep flavors of Yerba Maté and chocolate that I found enjoyable. Other cups had a strong soap-like flavor that was rather unappealing. As the tea cooled these soap-like notes only grew stronger, obscuring the subtle flavors of the rose. Despite my earlier concerns about the strength of the rose flavor, this blend doesn't contain a rose flavoring agent like African Rose Herbal did and instead relies on dried rose buds and petals to produce a much more subtle and natural flavor that is well suited to the Yerba Maté base.
In the end I was glad to have ordered this tea, even if I didn't find all aspects of it enjoyable. I haven't had the opportunity to sample many Yerba Maté blends since I typically avoid teas with a high caffeine content, but there are still mornings when I need a little jolt to get going. A blend of Yerba Maté and cacao nibs may be the solution on those days and this tea helped me discover that.
My Rating: 65/100
Would I order this again? No. Despite loving floral teas I wasn't a huge fan of the amount of lavender in this blend.
In an effort to be open with my readers I want to let you know that Simple Loose Leaf has provided me with a $50 credit to use towards their subscription service. It did not cover the cost of everything and I paid $9.54 out of pocket. As always, all opinions are my own.