Made from pure yerba mate leaves there are 15 biodegradable tea temples in the 22.5g box from Teapigs. The box stated that people would either love or hate this tea. So I guessed it was rather like the Marmite of tea. Sadly I’ve never been a fan of Marmite, but I do like most teas, so I thought I’d give this a go. Yerba mate grows in South America. It is said that drinking the leaves increases focus and alertness while helping with detoxing and weight loss. I could always do with a detox from all the booze I drink and some weight loss from all the crisps, cakes and sweets I eat, and besides my attention span is.... what was I talking about? Anyway, the back of the box suggested drinking this tea without milk and with a touch of either cinnamon, which I am definitely not a fan of, or ginger. I was sure that there would be some cinnamon in the house somewhere as Cinabar had recently eaten some of her special home-made cinnamon toast, but I just couldn’t bring myself to look for it. I couldn’t find any ginger to sprinkle into the drink either and didn’t have any ginger biscuits for dunking , so I had to drink this tea straight, which was fine with me. Having said that once I’d squeezed the life out of the teabag and left the brew to cool to drinking temperature I was surprised at just how smoky this tea was. It was like drinking a cigarette, but I wouldn’t say that in a totally bad sense! I gave up smoking over fourteen years ago and still have the odd craving now and then. This drink really did taste like tobacco. Not bad either. With a touch of ginger or cinnamon I’m sure it wouldn’t be noticeable as they are such strong flavours in their own right and very warming tastes for cold winter’s nights. Without those added sprinkles this drink would be perfect for ex-smokers who miss the taste but don’t want the hassle of going out into the cold and wet to light up, and there’s the whole nicotine addiction problem with smoking too. It would also be perfect for smokers who want a little extra to warm themselves up after being frozen solid outside. Although, being addicted to tea isn’t a bad thing at all... I think it’s just being called English!