Stash Tea Pure Guayusa

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Guayusa (prounced “why-you-suh”) is a holly plant that is native to the Amazon rainforest in Ecuador. It is related to yerba maté, a similarly prepared tea that is native to Uruguay. The dry leaves were a mix of many shades of green and had a jagged, chopped appearance. I steeped this tea in my Breville One-Touch Tea Maker with 212 degree water for four minutes. The liquor was deep brown in color.

I’ve heard that yerba maté is very bitter so I wasn’t sure what I was in for with its Ecuadorian cousin. It was actually surprisingly pleasant. It was woodsy and with a bit of sweetness on the end of each sip. It almost tasted like a toned down version of rooibos. I didn’t notice a caffeine jolt like I was expecting but that is a good thing since I’ve developed a slight sensitivity lately. I would definitely recommend this tea.

You can find out more about this tea here.

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.