Thanks for the info :). My understanding about caffeine and TTC is mostly that it dehydrates you. So that is where I am wondering if it makes a difference to drink an otherwise caffeinated tea, or to actually give up caffeine altogether...or just drink extra water and not worry about it?
Hmm..hard to describe this. It's kind of a grassy taste actually..lol. I guess green tea is the closest thing I can think of to it. Yes, you can add milk/sugar to it. It doesn't taste like coffee..but something about it reminds me of it..like the fullness of the flavor. Kind of like how avocado can take the place of cheese in texture and richness even though they taste nothing alike..
This! I always thought of it as green tea tasting but with a slight fresh grass nuance to it. When I worked in a tea bar one of the other girls that I always worked mornings with would always have a mint mate iced (which kinda subdues the grassy flavor too btw) drink with just some cane sugar syrup in it. It was very good! I personally think milk overpowers it, plus adding too much milk and sugar to your coffee or tea kinda negates the good it does for you.
The flavor I have in the house right now is called Gaucho Mint, and if you love mint and like mate at all it's amazing! I get mine from Amanzi Tea, which is only here in Greenville SC I believe but they may ship elsewhere through their website. I also fake it sometimes and just add peppermint leaves to my regular mate or green tea!