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77
drank Guayusa by Runa
212 tasting notes

Thought I would try this since I slept really well last night. I’m not really feeling groggy. I think Guayusa is supposed to be a bit more stimulating than my typical black breakfast blend. I’ve been eyeballing the package since it came it and I just don’t want to wait any longer.
It seems like there is a definite green category of tea with diverse flavors. For example some of the green teas are a fresh, crisp green flavor. The oolong I tried was a sweet, heavy green taste. This is green like grass that just been cut. Yet it is still sweet. A funny toasty like taste has shown up. It’s very faint. Ghost toasted tea. Who ya gonna call?!
I like it but I think I’d like a flavored guayusa just as well.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec
Azzrian

LOL Ghost Toast

Missy

I just tried this with those dried berries you sent. It’s awesome with the berry addition. Thanks for the sample of berries!

Azzrian

What berries?

Dylan Oxford

The berry tisane from teavivre ;)

Missy

Yeah what he said!

Azzrian

was it blueberry? Good gawd I am getting old I think.

Missy

The name is blueberry fruit tea.

Azzrian

Yeah thats it! Okay thanks sorry senior moment I guess they come earlier and earlier these days.

Azzrian

Oh and I bet it WAS good in this! Humm wonder if I have more of that sample left to play with.

Missy

Hehe you crack me up. Senior moments. I bet it’s more like I have so much tea which one did I send? :D

Azzrian

LOL maybe :)

Crunch Thudbutter

Hey, so you know, Guayusa isn’t green tea. It’s not tea at all. At least, not in the strict sense of the word, referring to infusions of the Tea plant (camellia sinensis). This is actually a kind of caffeinated Holly (Ilex Guayusa), making it tea in the same way that rooibos is. Still tasty though. And cheap by the ounce.

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89
drank Peppermint Guayusa by Runa
164 tasting notes

I’ve been experimenting with this tea a lot today, with a lot of my focus on it’s psychoactive effects and I have found it to be very useful. I’ve found that the stimulation it produces is indeed different than that of what coffee produces. The effect I receive from this is less panicky and heart-pounding and more intellectually stimulating. Alertness and focus seem to be increased, as well as memory retention and productivity. And the best part about it is that despite the mental stimulation, there is also quite a profound calming and mood-enhancing effect that complements it. Normally school DRAGS on for me for what feels like forever, and I am a bit lazy and almost always low on motivation. But today I was focused, productive, and had a positive outlook on my situation. I am still being affected by this beverage as I sit here during a late night reading session. The book I am currently reading is easily one of the most dense and difficult to read books I have ever taken on and I am breezing through it compared to my normal slow and steady pace (the book is “Infinite Jest” by David Foster Wallace in case you’re wondering, up next is some Aldous Huxley and John Muir). In summary, I am finding this tea to be both a tasty treat and a useful tool for a few different purposes. I now feel that I understand “the night watchman”.

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89
drank Peppermint Guayusa by Runa
164 tasting notes

I’ve gotta be honest, I was mostly interested in guayusa as a substitute for coffee, purely for stimulation. But this blend also happens to be very tasty. It is minty of course, but with a smooth earthiness to it. To me, it tasted a lot like a catnip or skullcap tea (both of which I love). As for the stimulation, I’m a little let down. I brewed up a very potent cup (three and a half tablespoons of leaf for 12 ounces of water) and I’m just not feeling much. To be fair though, I have a pretty high caffeine tolerance. Anyhow, this is very tasty, and I got a pound for around $13 through subscribe and save on Amazon so I’m happy. Soon I’ll have to try straight guayusa and see how I like that.

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this is a wonderful minty way to wake yourself up! I’m a huge fan of peppermint and i found it very difficult to find a mint mate’. I was very upset about it until i found Guayusa.
I find this gives me a lovely, uplifted buzz in the morning, and tastes very clean and refreshing.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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91
drank Guayusa by Runa
807 tasting notes

LOVIN IT! Thank you Jason and Steepster Select for my free box of tea!

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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95
drank Guayusa by Runa
22 tasting notes

I bought a pound of this from Amazon since it was so cheap, but when I opened the bag I was worried – it just smelled like grass. And when I had steeped it it still smelled only of grass. Still, it ended up being a very tasty tea. I find it’s best if I throw a few pods of star anise in there, but that’s just personal preference.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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My local Fresh Market was offering samples, so I gave it a try. I wasn’t impressed. It was extremely weak, with the most prominent (but still not particularly strong) flavor being cinnamon. I’ve never tried guayusa before, so perhaps it is normally weak? Hopefully not.

Preparation
5 min, 0 sec
Tyler Gage

Hey Caitlin,

Glad you sampled guayusa but it sounds like the Guayusa Spice was understeeped. Normally the guayusa flavor itself is clean, smooth, earthy, and finishes with a light sweet note. I’d be happy to mail you a set of samples if you want to give it a proper cupping. I look forward to following your other reviews!

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92
drank Guayusa by Runa
135 tasting notes

Drinking this now..LOVE it! Very smooth and clean tasting. I asked for this as my sample from New Mexico Tea company. I decided to go with just the plain guayusa, I figured I can always add spices to it to make it like the others. I had the first cup plain, the second cup I added 1 teaspoon of Verdant Tea’s Thai Fire blend for a little kick. NICE! I will diffidently be buying this, sucks I can’t buy it locally but this will be on my list.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 15 sec
The DJBooth

I have found Guayusa to be great as well.

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99
drank Guayusa Spice by Runa
52 tasting notes

Another sample tasted during the Coffee & Tea Festival & that led to the purchase of this amazing tea.

First off, I love cinnamon. And I love when it burns your mouth & sets a fire in your throat. Oh yes….I must have that burning sensation from my cinnamon otherwise, it’s boring. The cinnamon in this tea doesn’t quite burn, but it lets you know it’s there.

I knew from the first sip I was going to end up buying it at the expo. Great stuff. Definitely another new favorite to always have on hand.

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97
drank Guayusa Ginger Citrus by Runa
52 tasting notes

I tried this at the Coffee & Tea Festival in NYC & from the first sip I knew I’d become a guayusa addict.

First off, the ginger is perfect. It goes really well with the citrus in this blend. I tried a full cup this morning thanks to my purchase yesterday. Love it! Definitely keeping this one on hand for normal stash.

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drank Guayusa Spice by Runa
934 tasting notes

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100

I love this tea! It tastes great, plus the company is promoting sustainable development and fair trade in Ecuador. Anyone who likes Mate will like Guayusa!

Preparation
160 °F / 71 °C

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drank Guayusa Spice by Runa
956 tasting notes

Tea of experimentation….

I picked up a box of this when I was in Baltimore early this week. (Man, I love Wegman’s.) So far, I really only get the lemongrass. Not much in the way of spice, and the base is kind of a leafy taste with a subtle edge of spearmint…like if the minty part was missing and you just got the spear-. Anyway…… We will see if it does anything for my mental clarity at this point. I sure could use some of that!

8 oz mug, 1 bag, freshly boiled water, 4 minutes.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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79
drank Guayusa Spice by Runa
6770 tasting notes

I have been biting the same darned spot in the back of my mouth for a few days and now I have a snore there…DRAT!~I thought I would try some Cinnamon on it and maybe some peppermint or spearmint later. ZAP! Make the pain go away! And the swelling come down…Grrrr!

Anyways…This is nice! It’s not a crazy strong spice but it sure does help with the stereotypical Guayusa as a nice change-up! This is find indeed!

Charles Thomas Draper

I want to try Guayusa. Could please make a suggestion?

TeaEqualsBliss

Sure! :) Do you like minty things? They have a nice MINT. Also…52 Teas has a neat flavored one. Mark T Wendell sells Runa, too, but also have some really nice other teas if you are looking to put in a multi-purpose order that is :)

Charles Thomas Draper

Thanks. I might like to try it in its purest form. No flavors

TeaEqualsBliss

I would say Runa for starters…Also Mark T Wendell sells Runa’s original, too :)

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drank Guayusa Spice by Runa
934 tasting notes

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97
drank Peppermint Guayusa by Runa
6770 tasting notes

My FAVE Guayusa so far! You know I LOVE Mint! This is magnified! And Magnificent!

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86
drank Guayusa Ginger Citrus by Runa
4219 tasting notes

I really like this blend. The ginger is a gentler ginger taste, still zesty but not overwhelmingly peppery. Not hot or spicy. The orange tastes bright and juicy, with beautiful sweet and tangy tones. The guayusa is a little lighter here – it doesn’t taste quite as rich as in other guayusa blends I’ve tasted. But I still like it. It’s a little more vegetative and a little less earthy.

Very nice.

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90
drank Rainforest Mint Guayusa by Runa
4219 tasting notes

I’m having this Guayusa blend again, I need to wake up because I’m up way too early and I can’t go back to bed because there’s too much to do today. So I need some fuel!

The mint seems a bit more crisp and fresh tasting today. Perhaps it’s because I’m so sleepy and I’m looking for anything to revitalize and the mint seems particularly zesty. Whatever the reason, it is certainly a welcome flavor. The Guayusa is there too, obviously, but I seem to be tasting it less at the moment. Let’s hope that the caffeinated effects are not affected.

My full-length review of this tea should be publishing in just a few days.

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90
drank Rainforest Mint Guayusa by Runa
4219 tasting notes

I’m really liking this. The peppermint is strong, but the Guayusa curbs it just enough so that this isn’t all about the peppermint. It is smooth, rich, and stimulating. The more I drink Guayusa, the more I like it.

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84
drank Guayusa by Runa
4219 tasting notes

I need to WAKE UP so I’m counting on some Guayusa to help me with that. Here’s my full-length review of this tea: http://sororiteasisters.com/2011/06/30/traditional-guayusa-from-runa/

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One of my fave guayusas so far! NICE! The minty-goodness is strong enough to coat that green pea type guayusa taste. Delightful!

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drank Guayusa Spice by Runa
934 tasting notes

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100
drank Guayusa Spice by Runa
72 tasting notes
KeenTeaThyme

Hey! Would you consider being a CelebriTEA for my blog, http://keenteathyme.blogspot.com ? I feature fellow tea bloggers once a month and would also add you to my blogroll. Please PM me or email me (my email addy is on my blog.) Thanks! :)

The Tea Show

We’d love to KeenTeaThyme!!!

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