I don’t know about you, but I developed a strong aversion to canned iced tea very early on. It just didn’t taste like anything I associated with tea (and, yes, I grew up in the South, so the real stuff was readily available). Any hints of tea flavor were overwhelmed by unidentifiable sweetner and clearly artificial lemon flavor. The high acid content didn’t do my stomach any good, either.
So, when the folks at Guayaki Yerba Mate offered to send me some samples of their new canned products, I was hesitant… associations of a chemical taste and burning stomach came back immediately. True, yerba mate isn’t precisely a tea, but, apparently, the sensations I associated with canned beverages like this had stuck.
But, I really like the work they’re doing as a socially responsible company, and enjoyed my first yerba mate experience earlier this year, so I gave it a shot. I’m glad I did… their new canned offerings are tasty, refreshing, and chock full of organic and Fair Trade-certified ingredients.
Guayaki Yerba Mate’s Revel Berry and Enlighten Mint
The company sent me two cans of Revel Berry, and two can of Enlighten Mint (they also have a flavor called Lemon Elation), and I really enjoyed both. The Revel Berry was more tangy than sweet (I like that), and actually tasted like berry juices… rather than something that came out of a lab. The Enlighten Mint had a strong flavor of honey (the main sweetner) that overpowered the mint somewhat; however, I tasted the yerba mate itself more in that one.
Acid stomach afterwards? Nope, not even a little… really enjoyed both (and nice little kick you get from yerba mate… without the jitters).
Win a case of Guayaki Yerba Mate cans
Guayaki also offered me the opportunity to give a 12-can case of cans, so considering I like the product, I thought I’d take them up on it. From now until Saturday, May 8 (which, incidentally, is World Fair Trade Day), you can leave a comment here to be entered in the drawing. Tell us about your favorite Fair Trade beverage, your disdain for canned tea, or your love of yerba mate… or just say “Hi!” On Sunday, I’ll draw from everyone who’s left a comment, and notify the winner.
Tried the cans yet? Let us know what you think… If you haven’t, and want more info, check out what reviewers at the new Green Options have said, as well as Elephant Journal‘s evaluation of Guayaki’s bottled drinks.
Image credit: Guayaki Yerba Mate