Light, Loose-leaf

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Brand:Cat Spring Yaupon Tea
Style:Yaupon
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Region:Texas, United States
Loose/teabag:Loose
Product page:Light, Loose-leaf

This tea's info last updated: Jul. 30, 2013

Commercial Description

The taste of the Light Cat Spring Yaupon Tea has been described as fragrant and vegetal with a slight maltiness. It offers a pleasant tartness within a natural earthy flavor.

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Reviewer pic95 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
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This is really great tea! I love that it's grown natively in the United States. It is full of flavor and very satisfying, and it doesn't go bitter even with a long steep time. In fact, partly because of the fairly long steep time of five minutes, I was expecting to only get one or two really good cups out of it -- but I easily got three. I'm not sure if the difference is between these are made from holly leaves rather than tea leaves, but the flavor infuses really well, even in contrast to looseleaf teas that I've tried.

Note: I did NOT use the entire packet, as suggested on the box. I only made enough for one cup at a time. I used about 1/4 of the pack and simply resealed it with a clip.

I'm looking forward to trying the medium and dark flavors!
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Reviewer pic70 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
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I love the smell of the dry leaf of this stuff...it has a potent and very pleasant aroma, similar to Yerba mate and Guayusa but unique. I find it much more pleasing!

Upon brewing, I don't like the taste quite as much. It tastes peppery, and the yerba-mate-like sweetness is more of a background flavor. The aroma is complex, and contains tones of vanilla, but is mostly herbaceous, and slightly vegetal and woody. Like the roasted version, I can see this being a bit of an acquired taste, like some oolongs that I didn't like as much the first time I tried them.

I agree with the commercial description, that it is tart and earthy, fragrant, and vegetal. I find it actually too tart for my tastes when drunk hot; it seemed a bit harsh. I enjoyed it much more when it cooled to room temperature. As with the dark roast, the leaf infuses very slowly and I recommend a minimum of a 3 minute infusion, probably longer.

I think I prefer the roasted stuff. As with it, it did not seem or feel particularly strongly caffeinated to me...it seemed more like drinking an herbal tea.
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