Meet your new main squeeze, an orange-y blend of maté and fruits.
Greet the day…
(Green yerba mate, candied papaya, pineapple, safflower petals, natural flavouring.)
What’s your beverage of choice when it comes time to start a brand new day, and head downstairs for breakfast? Is it milk, is it a green smoothie, is it coffee, or is it good ol’ orange juice? What if I told you that there is a tea that combines the best parts of a cup of coffee and a glass of freshly squeezed OJ, into a fruity blend with a nice (and probably much needed) boost of energy? It’s called Main Squeeze, and it may just become a new addition to your morning routine. The dry leaf smells sweet and citrus-y. Even though the orange is most likely hidden in the “natural flavouring”, it is still prominent in the nose of this tea. With slight tropical notes from the pineapple and papaya too.
Once steeped for close to five minutes, Main Squeeze takes on a golden green liquor with just the slightest cloudiness to it, almost as if it were a green tea. The earthy yerba maté base comes through more so in the scent, with a lingering of fresh citrus. I cannot fully commit and say that it tastes outright like orange juice, but it is somewhat similar. Kind of reminds me of a popular powdered drink from my childhood, Tang. The fruit flavour is not super overwhelming, but it’s strong enough to dampen the earthiness that mate possesses and any possible bitterness. It also has a natural sweetness generating from the candied fruit, so it’s really not necessary to add any additional sugar. I feel like overall this is a great way to ease your way into mate teas, if you’re new to them. Yerba mate is a naturally caffeinated drink from South America, so there’s no need to worry about crashing or getting the jitters.
A light and lemony blend of super-energizing yaupon and citrus.
Once yaupon a time…
(Apple, ginger, lemongrass, yaupon, lemon peel, natural lemon flavouring.)
Similar to yerba mate and guayusa with its stimulating properties, yaupon is a wild-grown herb native to southeastern North America, that is naturally caffeinated, but also virtually unfamiliar to many. I, for sure, used to be one of those people. Yaupon is an ingredient showcased in Live Wire Lemon, a citrus-y tea that originally made its debut around this time last year, as a part of DAVIDsTea’s Feel Good Collection. But it has since been resurrected and given the honour of “Tea of the Month” for January, meaning that it will be available all year long! The smell really packs quite the one-two punch, it is so undeniably lemony, with a slightly vegetal note and a hint of ginger.
To put it simply, Live Wire Lemon is a pretty fuss-free blend. It doesn’t seem to get bitter, even after more than 10 minutes of steeping. The extended time only allows you to enjoy that much more flavour (and to be honest, more ginger) out of it. The colour of the liqueur ranges from a pale yellow to a nice amber tone, depending once again on how long it sits for. Now the lemon taste is not nearly as overpowering/strong as the scent is, but it still holds its own. If you enjoy lemons, you should have no problem at all finishing a cup of this tea. For one, it’s not too tart or too sweet. It has a clean, fresh taste. Its light, but bright flavour profile really wakes up your taste buds, while keeping you alert without the fear of jitters or crashing later on in the day. And you know what? The more that I think about it, Live Wire Lemon is starting to make me nostalgic for lemon lollipops from my childhood…