First tasting of Guayusa and it is certainly unique. It has a smooth, herb and vegetal taste reminiscent of verbana and green beans. I prepared as directed, using 1 tablespoon (3 tsp.) of leaves for my cup, which made a strong, dark colored brew.
The first sip was interesting, but left me uncertain of whether I would like the tea. By the end of the cup, I had become accustomed to the unique flavor and ultimately found it to be pretty enjoyable. I expect that, much like yerba mate, I’ll have to have it a few times to really appreciate its nuances.
For next time, I would possibly use less tea for my cup and add some honey at the beginning. I’m also interested in seeing how this tea will perform iced. Suffice to say, I’m eagerly awaiting my next cup.