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.

Nicole has been writing about her love of the leaf since 2008. Her work has been featured on World Tea News, The Daily Tea, Tea Journey, and other publications. She is the winner of the 2018 World Tea Award for Best Tea Blog.