I enjoy citrus as a fruit. But for some reason I don’t usually like it in black tea = Earl Greys. I’m not sure if it’s the bergamot flavoring or what. But if there’s cream flavor added I’m much more likely to enjoy it.
The dry leaf of this smells like tart tangerines – kind of like when you dig into the peel of a tangerine and the oils from the peel are released. So I couldn’t wait to brew some of this up.
Used 2 tsp for 8 oz of water for a stronger taste as the allergies really kicked my butt yesterday. Today I’m left with a lot of sinus pressure and muted taste buds. Anyway, just over six minutes later I’m left with a darker orange liquor. I tried a tablespoons worth and got lots of tangerine flavor! It wasn’t sour, but it wasn’t sweet either; just straight citrusy tangerine. I don’t have any experience with the guayusa base, so while it may be there, I don’t taste anything other than the fruit. A little rock sugar sweetens the cup by bringing out the smoothness of the cream.
As with other Butiki Teas, I’m a fan of this one. I really like the flavorings Stacy uses. They taste pretty natural to me.
I’m hoping the next cup I can let cool down enough to try it cold or iced.
EDIT: I did resteep this and while the tangerine has diminished, it’s still a great second cup!