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This was my “Amazon Spice Guayusa” sampler from Fusion Teas.

Decided to do something a little different today, as I do want to focus on some of my older samplers, but I’m still trying to keep to the “spice” profile associated with chais. This is a guayusa mixed with lemongrass and cinnamon; I’ve had relatively few guayusa blends (which is a shame, because I tend to enjoy the flavor of guayusa more than yerba mate in general, but finding blends with it is far more difficult than the latter!) and having something different than another black tea chai but that still offered a caffeine punch sounded nice this morning.

The steeped tea smelled strongly of cinnamon gum, but I found the flavor wasn’t as strong as I was expecting. I get notes of dry hay, a muted citrus that lacks the notable tang that accompanies lemon, a touch of mint, and an aftertaste of cinnamon that adds a bit of flavor to the cup but doesn’t leave a warming sensation on the tongue like other cinnamon spice teas I’ve tried. The cumulative flavor is very grassy or herby with a slight cinnamon touch right at the finish.

Honestly, the more I drank this, the more I enjoyed it. It wasn’t what I expected when I first sipped it, as the smell and the taste created a big disconnect in my mind. But once I settled into the earthy flavor and was warmed from within from the cinnamon, I started to really get into the blend. It’s a simple but effective tea.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Citrus, Hay, Mint, Sweet, warm grass

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 9 OZ / 266 ML
gmathis

I need to add guayusa to my repertoire! This sounds good

gmathis

(hit the button too soon) …good and refreshing.

Mastress Alita

I actually think compared to its cousin yerba mate, I prefer guayusa. Guayusa seems a bit less smoky/slightly sweeter to me in flavor. I usually prefer yerba mate roasted to tame the flavor a bit.

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gmathis

I need to add guayusa to my repertoire! This sounds good

gmathis

(hit the button too soon) …good and refreshing.

Mastress Alita

I actually think compared to its cousin yerba mate, I prefer guayusa. Guayusa seems a bit less smoky/slightly sweeter to me in flavor. I usually prefer yerba mate roasted to tame the flavor a bit.

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