Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Runa Tea Guayusa Spice

Country of Origin: Equador
Leaf Appearance: small, sage green leaves mixed with pale stalks of lemongrass and brown pieces of cinnamon bark
Ingredients: organic guayusa, organic lemongrass, organic cinnamon
Steep time: 5 minutes
Water Temperature: 212 degrees
Preparation Method: porcelain mug
Liquor: deep gold

The aroma of this herbal teasan was incredibly spicy, almost reminding me of a strong chai. I’m not big on spicy teas so thankfully the taste was not nearly as powerful as I thought it would be. Cinnamon is so rich and earthy that it almost completely dominated the other ingredients. The guayusa was detectable only as a bit of sweetness at the end of each sip. I couldn’t taste the lemongrass at all. Guayusa can be very neutral when mixed with other ingredients which makes it a great base tea. If you love cinnamon you will absolutely love this tea.