Guayusa Spice from Runa

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Guayusa

Where to Buy:  Runa

Product Description:

An Amazonian blend of energizing guayusa with full-bodied cinnamon and aromatic lemongrass.

Taster’s Review:

At first sniff, this became a blend I was not too sure about.  I mean, I like cinnamon, and I like lemongrass, and I have also really been enjoying the guayusa that I’ve been trying.  But what caught me off-guard here was the aroma of the dry leaf.  It smelled cinnamon-y, sure, but I think I was expecting more “spice” from it.  Perhaps I’ve been a little too spoiled by all the masala chai blends I drink!

Even though the dry leaf fragrance was not quite what I was thinking it would be, I am loving the scent of the brewed tisane.  It smells warm and cinnamon-ish, reminding me a bit of cinnamon toast!

And it tastes really good.  The cinnamon is strong, but it isn’t that spicy-hot kind of cinnamon taste, this is more of a savory cinnamon:  warm, sweet and lightly spiced.  The lemongrass comes through like a whisper throughout the sip, showing itself here and there.  It is in the finish and aftertaste that the lemongrass takes its moment to shine with a crisp, citrus-y note.

These two flavors are a perfect match with the earthy/vegetative note of the guayusa.  The earthy notes of the guayusa play well to the earthy tones of the cinnamon, while the vegetal taste of the guayusa enhance the lemongrass notes.  It is a symphony on the palate – very enjoyable, indeed!

Anne (aka the Mad Tea Artist) has celebrated her 29th birthday for many years now. She lives in the Pacific Northwest with her hubby and her youngest daughter. Her oldest daughter is married and has bestowed Anne with the proud title of “Gramma” and her grandson is about the cutest boy you ever did see.

Anne started her journey with tea as a casual drinker and became more serious about her tea drinking when she realized that she couldn’t drink coffee. Shortly thereafter, she started becoming obsessed with the beverage and she started creating small-batch, artisan blends of tea that she sold online as LiberTEAS. After a few years, she realized she wasn’t cut out to be the sole proprietor of a business so she closed LiberTEAS and started reviewing teas online. She met Jennifer through another blog that they both reviewed for and they decided to start their own review blog. This review blog!

Throughout her journey as a tea reviewer, she discovered 52Teas and became enamored with the idea of creating a new tea every week. When the founder of 52Teas decided he wanted to move on, he offered the business to Anne but knowing that she wasn’t cut out to be a sole proprietor, she instead offered the company to her oldest daughter who employs her as the Mad Tea Artist for 52Teas!

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