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I’m based out of Austin, so trying a native tea (the only caffeinated plant native to North America!) made by a local brand was fun from the onset. I loved the mild flavor of this green yaupon tea – and the caffeine kick was nice. Noted hints of ginger and citrus. Truly a wonderful aroma and taste.

Flavors: Ginger, Lemongrass, Lime

175 °F / 79 °C 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Yaupon, as a tea varietal, is entirely new to me, At first glance, it looks a lot more like a mate or a guayusa; flakes of greenish-brown leaf that put me in mind (albeit fleetingly) of fish food. Closer inspection reveals that they’re actually quite sizable chunks of (very shiny) tea leaves, although not as oxidized as I expected given that they’re referring to this as a “black” tea. Generously scattered among the leaves are cubes of dried apple, almond slivers, small pieces of beetroot, and cinnamon chips. Even dry, the scent is pretty amazing – spot-on apple pie spices!

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Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp

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So according to this company, yaupon is the only caffeinated plant native to North America. I got this tea as a gift from a friend who knows my love of chais.

The first sip, I get a subtle, unsweetened coconut backed by spices, giving this ba lovely sweet and spicy flavor. I think the rooibos adds to the sweetness as well. That flavoring persists through the rest of the cup – coconut soft and center stage, backed up with the tiniest bite of ginger and chili. None of it overtakes the tea itself – I’m still not sure what the flavor of yaupon it, but there is a slight tartness along with the sweetness of the rooibos.

Flavors: Coconut, Spices

175 °F / 79 °C 8 min or more 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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