Today I received my first tea from my Handmade Teas. I’ve been very excited to try their teas since I first discovered them. Caleb (the owner) provides amazing customer service and is extremely passionate about the teas he blends. He offers two different subscription plans for his customers. I just missed the April tea deadline when I signed up so I have been looking forward to today for awhile. When I opened up the package, I was puzzled. This month’s tea is a Roasted Chocolate Pineapple Mate. Can’t say I have ever tried anything with that sort of flavor profile nor would I pick this up on my own. I’m not much of a chocolate person and the combo of chocolate and pineapple doesn’t sound all that appealing at first. That is why I like the idea of a monthly subscription like Handmade Teas. You just never know what you are going to get.
Where to learn more: Handmade Teas
Info about the tea: Roasted Chocolate Pineapple Mate is a blend of black tea from the famous St. James Estate in Sri Lanka and roasted Yerba Mate from Argentina. This combination creates a bold, earthy base tea liquor very inviting of complimentary blend ingredients such as our pineapple pieces and chocolate bits. Both of these accent ingredients add their own sweetness while the chocolate plays off of the woody notes from the roasted Yerba Mate. A delicious tea both hot or iced.
Just look at the giant chunks of pineapple!
Brewed up hot– This tea has a rich and robust flavor that reminds me of coffee. Being a former coffee lover, this tea really resonated with me. The chocolate bits and Yerba Mate really give an incredible flavor that I haven’t had in a tea before. The roasted earthy tones are undeniably there. If I didn’t know better, I would think I was drinking coffee. I think I need to froth up some milk and make myself a latte next!
Brewed up cold– Can you say Iced coffee? This tea keeps to the same flavor profile that reminds me of coffee. Again, the pineapple flavor is hidden, but I am ok with it. I am finding myself becoming more and more addicted to this blend. The boyfriend even tried it and fell in love with it. I am excited to try this with some almond milk or some cream. This blend is not going to last long.
Maybe I need to shake up the pouch more. Maybe there wasn’t a lot of pineapple chunks in the first batch of this tea I made. I just am not getting the pineapple flavor. I see the huge chunks but not tasting them.
I have never been so impressed with the presentation of a tea before. Along with the tea, came an envelope that had a “HT” wax seal. A wax seal! I squealed it was so fantastic! Inside the envelope were two cards. One was a message from Caleb with information about the blend and some interesting facts about the blend. Also included was a phone number saying to call or text with questions. The second card had brewing suggestions and tasting notes. Color me impressed.
I am very happy with this first shipment and I am hoping they all impress me going forward. Even tho the pineapple flavor wasn’t present, I can say I am so impressed with this blend that I’m going to take a look at the Past Blend General Store and see if there are any that sound interesting and pick them up. Can’t wait to see what June’s tea is going to be.
If you are interested in signing up- Click on the invite link here-Handmade Tea
~Yours in all things Geek-Nichole