Leaf Type: Guayusa
Where to Buy: 52Teas
This is a very limited edition of our rain forest rocket fuel, Ecuadorian guayusa blended with natural bergamot flavors. If you haven’t had a chance to try guayusa yet, this is a GREAT opportunity you do NOT want to miss.
Guayusa is an herbal tea, related to yerba mate. Like mate, it is highly caffeinated, but guayusa has a very rich, bold, just slightly earthy flavor. It tastes like a VERY BOLD black tea, but with absolutely no astringency. It has a very smooth and round flavor (I’m not sure what round tastes like, but that’s how I would describe it; don’t take my word for it, try it yourself, you won’t be disappointed).
I had some of this earlier today, and the sharp citrus notes contrast nicely with the rich, mellow guayusa. It is really delicious.
As I’ve said many times before, I do love Earl Grey, so you know I had to try this Guayusa blend.
This has a very interesting flavor. What comes immediately to mind when trying to think of a way to describe it is: bergamot flavored coffee. But, that isn’t as incisive as I would like it to be. So, please bear with me as I sip this tea and attempt to describe for you this fabulous cuppa that I’m tasting.
This is a well-flavored tisane, and I have to be honest when I say that I was a little worried about that. Now, as most of you probably know, I LOVE 52Teas. In fact, they are probably my favorite tea company. That being said, it doesn’t mean that they are perfect. And speaking from a tea blender point-of-view, Earl Grey is a difficult tea to blend. It is difficult to get the bergamot flavor just right. If it is over-flavored, it tastes soapy. If it is under-flavored, well, really, what’s the point?
So, while I had my doubts, I tried to be hopeful. And, as it turns out, hope triumphed over doubt! As I said, this is well-flavored. The bergamot has a delightful citrus tangy flavor, and when paired with the Guayusa, it is unbelievably smooth. The bergamot is well-defined without tasting like perfume.
The Guayusa as a base is invigorating and bold, but as it has no astringency or bitterness to it, it provides a pleasantly sweet, remarkably smooth delivery for the bergamot. Here the bergamot offers more of it’s fruity attributes, and less of its somewhat flowery quality. It has a sharp tangy flavor that is a excellent contrast to the earthy and somewhat vegetative tones of the Guayusa.
Another delicious cuppa: Thank you 52Teas!
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!