I’ve never had a guava leaf tea before, so this is a first for me. It’s supposed to be an antioxidant, a stomach soother, and sore throat reliever. I get the impression that it’s a medicinal kind of tea, and not one you’d necessarily drink regularly. It came as part of my Varieteas box, and I find it an odd inclusion – but still.

It brews up to a medium yellow-orange, and has a mildly herbal scent. It has a light flavour, hard to pin down – herbal, but not necessarily in a green/vegetal sort of way. If anything, it reminds me of the flavour of unroasted mate, guayusa, or maybe even coffee leaf. Definitely savoury, a little earthy, but hard to pinpoint in descriptively specific terms.

I didn’t really have any expectations going in to this one, but having researched it a little online I’d say it’s probably not something I’d seek out unless I was looking for a tea to drink while I had a cold. It’s not an unpleasant flavour, per se, but neither is it one I’d drink purely for pleasure, which is my usual reason for tea consumption. Interesting to try, nonetheless.

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Hi :) I’m Sarah, and I live in Norfolk in the UK. My tea obsession began when a friend introduced me to Teapigs a good few years ago now. Since then, I’ve been insatiable. Steepster introduced me to a world of tea I never knew existed, and my goal is now to TRY ALL THE TEAS. Or most of them, anyway.

I still have a deep rooted (and probably life-long) preference for black tea. My all-time favourite is Assam, but Ceylon and Darjeeling also occupy a place in my heart. Flavoured black tea can be a beautiful thing, and I like a good chai latte in the winter.

I also drink a lot of rooibos/honeybush tea, particularly on an evening. Sometimes they’re the best dessert replacements, too. White teas are a staple in summer — their lightness and delicate nature is something I can always appreciate on a hot day.

I’m still warming up to green teas and oolongs. I don’t think they’ll ever be my favourites, with a few rare exceptions, but I don’t hate them anymore. My experience of these teas is still very much a work-in-progress. I’m also beginning to explore pu’erh, both ripened and raw. That’s my latest challenge!

I’m still searching for the perfect fruit tea. One without hibiscus. That actually tastes of fruit.

You’ve probably had enough of me now, so I’m going to shut up. Needless to say, though, I really love tea. Long may the journey continue!

My rating system:

91-100: The Holy Grail. Flawless teas I will never forget.

81-90: Outstanding. Pretty much perfection, and happiness in a cup.

71-80: Amazing. A tea to savour, and one I’ll keep coming back to.

61-70: Very good. The majority of things are as they should be. A pleasing cup.

51-60: Good. Not outstanding, but has merit.

41-50: Average. It’s not horrible, but I’ve definitely had better. There’s probably still something about it I’m not keen on.

31-40: Almost enjoyable, but something about it is not for me.

11-30: Pretty bad. It probably makes me screw my face up when I take a sip, but it’s not completely undrinkable.

0-10: Ugh. No. Never again. To me, undrinkable.


Norfolk, UK

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