Well, I’ve never tried a Guayusa tea before, but I’ve been on the hunt for a good vanilla mint tea, so Stacy very generously included this as a sample with my last Butiki order.

When I inhaled the smell of the dry leaf, I got a mild combination of mint and vanilla. I leaned over to have myself a good sniff of this while it was brewing, however, and my stomach turned. There’s something about mint tea that, when it’s hot or brewing, just manages to turn my stomach. I have no idea why this is, as I really do enjoy mint in many other forms: ice cream, milk shakes, candy canes, etc.—but I plowed doggedly on anyway haha. Afraid I’d actually hurl, I took my first sip tentatively, and was pleasantly surprised. I could definitely detect the mint, although it isn’t that really intense mint that leaves your mouth cold and tingling. The vanilla was also present, which actually really helped to tip the mint out of the sickly category. See, I’m convinced it’s a type of mint that I don’t like—not all mint in tea entirely. Anyway, I steeped for six minutes and added in some rock sugar, and I don’t think I’d do anything differently if I were to play around with this tea again. I enjoyed my cup, especially because of the vanilla mint pairing, and might even request another sample of this with a future order.
As for the guayusa flavour itself, I can’t say I could really detect it per-se, as I wasn’t exactly sure what it was I was looking for. I really just mostly got a smooth, creamy vanilla, and maybe a slight hint of lavender, although honestly, if I didn’t know there was lavender in this tea, I wouldn’t have guessed as much—so lavender haters, you need not fear.

Glad I started my day with this!

greenteafairy

We’re tea twins this morning! I was pleasantly surprised by this one too.

keychange

Love a tea twin morning! I’m glad you liked this also. do you typically have trouble with mint too?

greenteafairy

Yes, very much so! I’m good with peppermint, but I have the same stomach-turning thing as you with spearmint. This is the first spearmint blend I’ve been able to drink a whole cup of in a long time – possibly ever. I also like mint chip ice cream and mint chocolates and stuff like that, so I don’t know what the deal is.

Stephanie

I really dig guayusa. You should try the Good Morning Sunshine! Its super good :D

keychange

Hmmm, doesn’t that have lemon in it? I’m not a fan of anything lemon-flavoured; I tend to find it too tart. But perhaps i’ll change my mind.

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greenteafairy-hmmm, maybe it’s spearmint that I have an issue with as well, and maybe pepperment won’t have that weird stomach-turning effect. I wonder why we’re like this LOL.

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greenteafairy

We’re tea twins this morning! I was pleasantly surprised by this one too.

keychange

Love a tea twin morning! I’m glad you liked this also. do you typically have trouble with mint too?

greenteafairy

Yes, very much so! I’m good with peppermint, but I have the same stomach-turning thing as you with spearmint. This is the first spearmint blend I’ve been able to drink a whole cup of in a long time – possibly ever. I also like mint chip ice cream and mint chocolates and stuff like that, so I don’t know what the deal is.

Stephanie

I really dig guayusa. You should try the Good Morning Sunshine! Its super good :D

keychange

Hmmm, doesn’t that have lemon in it? I’m not a fan of anything lemon-flavoured; I tend to find it too tart. But perhaps i’ll change my mind.

keychange

greenteafairy-hmmm, maybe it’s spearmint that I have an issue with as well, and maybe pepperment won’t have that weird stomach-turning effect. I wonder why we’re like this LOL.

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Well, it’s been slightly over six months since I’ve joined steepster, and I can’t say enough wonderful things about this community. Like many of you, I began my foray into the world of loose-leaf tea by discovering David’s Tea, and although I’ve ventured out and have discovered many other companies that I’m extremely fond of, there are still many of David’s teas that I hold close to my heart and I will always appreciate it as a starting point for my journey.

As for my preferences, I tend to prefer bold black tea, flavoured and unflavoured alike, and I almost always take my blacks with cream and sugar. This isn’t to say that I don’t enjoy a good, flavoured white though, and I’m slowly making my way through the incredibly confusing world of oolongs and greens. I am also not a fan of rooibos, although I am starting to suspect green rooibos may be ok, but you know how it is: when you’ve decided you detest a certain ingredient, you’ll notice it everywhere—perhaps even where it doesn’t exist!

Things other than tea: I’m engaged to be married to my best friend, and feel like the richest woman on the planet because of it. I am also a veracious reader, and I also happen to have an obsession with fragrances, and have amassed quite a collection, although it pales in comparison to some collections out there! As a result of this obsession, I also follow several fragrance blogs, and am always up for a chat about scent. I’m also almost completely blind, and this does indeed mean that I come complete with a guide dog, who unlike me, hales from the sunny California campus of Guide dogs for the Blind. I think I’ve rambled on long enough, but if there’s anything you’d like to know or if you just feel like chatting to someone, please don’t hesitate to send me a message.

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