Apricot Guayusa

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Apricot Guayusa has a delicate apricot flavor which is enhanced by the natural sweetness and earthiness of the guayusa. Adding a little bit of sugar will bring out the apricot flavor.

Ingredients: Organic Guayusa, Organic Calendula, Natural Flavoring (vegan)

Recommended Brew Time: 6 minutes
Recommended Amount: 1 1/2 teaspoons of guayusa for 8oz of water
Recommended Temperature: 195 F

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8267 tasting notes

So I’ve been slacking in the posting department for the past couple of days and that’s likely to continue. I’m guessing i’m going to need to do some serious backlogging when I get back from vacation. I ordered this as part of Butiki’s Summer Sampler before it went away. I love the mango lassi and cantelope and cream so I figured it was a safe bet and a chance to try this one and the almond indulgence (stacy was out of pistachio ice cream so i scored this one instead, which is A-ok by me!). Anyway this is a really nice apricot tea. As is usually the case with stacy’s tea it’s subtle but not lacking. What I like about this tea is the earthy spricot taste that others have commented on. It’s not that artificial taste of apricot that so many drinks try and fail at. Once again, colour me happy with stacy’s wonderful teas

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1231 tasting notes

WOOOT! Butiki tea order! Ohh yeah! All the teas I got smell great!

Very excited to Apricot Guayusa after having that tea trade sample of Tangerine Creamsicle – thats the great thing about tea trades, you can get introduced to new teas!

Yesterday was stressful from the rabbit neutering – he’s home and this morning he’s 80% back to normal and recovering well. I just had that one black tea and some cold steeped tea in the morning, I should of drank more tea yesterday to feel less stressed out.

Onto Apricot Guayusa!

DRY: creamy… creamy? Fruity smell. Lots of big bits of calendula, I made an attempt to mix the tea incase those flower things were sneaking up to the top, but it looks like the flowers are pretty generous and evenly distributed.

STEEPED: Light, smooth and fruity. Yellowy brown liquid.

TASTE: Smooth and slightly creamy taste almost with a bit of earthyness (the guayusa I’m guessing). Aftertaste of apricot, subtly sweet – and by apricot I mean I can imagine the flesh and the skin of the apricot blended in. No bitterness, tartness or grassyness. As the tea cools, more apricot and sweetness.

WHO’D LIKE THIS TEA: someone wanting to be introduced to guayusa. I find this tea to be much more gentle on grassyness compared to Tangerine Creamsicle.

COMMENTS: I was almost wondering if this would taste like I ate half my apricot and I dropped in on the grass after trying Tangerine Creamsicle. Apricot Guayusa is on the earthy creamy side rather than grassy.

I could see adding a sweetner would make it more apricoty but I find this tea to be enjoyable as is. I love the depth of this tea, even though it has minimal ingredients – the apricot is natural tasting, the guayusa is creamy and earthy.
And yes, starting to feel full again from the guayusa – very weird (but good, I’m doing a 20lb jiu jitsu weight loss challenge on my blog, so I need all the help I can get!)

Very awesome! I can’t wait to try more Butiki teas – but also I need to have more guayusa blends.
/searches steepster wow, there isn’t many guayusa tea blends out there! I can think up some crazy teas!

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Butiki Teas

I hope your bun gets back to full health soon.

I don’t know if you have seen this before, but I have a special way of making this guayusa that I think is kind of awesome. I usually make a pot of this for guests and it goes over super well. I use a 4 cup teapot and add 2 heaping tablespoons of guayusa, 3 tablespoons of brown crystal sugar (use way less sugar if using regular sugar) and 3 cinnamon sticks. I steep for 6 minutes but leave the cinnamon sticks in the pot to intensify the cinnamon flavor. The combination of the sugar, cinnamon, and apricot is fantastic with guayusa.

We have a guayusa sampler that allows you to choose 4-6 guayusas at discounted rates. We will be adding another one soon, The Killer’s Vanilla. Would also love to hear any recommendations for new guayusa flavors.

Good luck with the weight loss. I too have noticed that guayusa makes you feel full.

Hesper June

Glad to hear your Bunny is recovering quickly!

Will Work For Tea

Butiki: Your Apricot Guayusa brew sounds really good – I’m gonna try that too (when I get around to ordering some)! Thanks for the suggestion. :)

Butiki Teas

Will Work For Tea-I think its pretty tasty and guests at our poker games always request it.

Oolong Owl

mmm, that sounds good, like an apricot crumble! That killer vanilla sounds very good!
Today I was thinking persimmon fruit in tea would be interesting, maybe with guayusa. I’m thinking the fruit is on my mind because it’s going to be in season in a few months – tastes fruity custard to me!

Butiki Teas

The Killer’s Vanilla is a mix of spearmint, lavender, and vanilla. Its calming yet awakening.

Hmmm, I don’t think I’ve ever had persimmon fruit. I will have to look for that.

I ♥ NewYorkCiTEA

Oh god, now I want a persimmon. lol ♥

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The smell reminds me of pu’erh, not that I’m terribly experienced with them however! I think it’s mostly an earthiness that I’m getting, along with a bit of fruitiness.

The flavour unfortunately just isn’t doing it for me. All I’m getting is an earthy sort of taste with a touch of sweetness and maybe a suggestion of fruit, which I’m not finding terribly appealing. Ok… a few more sips in and the sweet fruity flavour has intensified a bit and I’m finding it more pleasant, and less earthy. I should temper all this with the fact that I do have a cold and although I can still taste things, it’s entirely possibly that things are a little wonky.

Anyways, I think I have one more guayasa in my stash to try (also from Butiki), but it may just be that guayasa is not for me. Perhaps a bit mixed into a different herbal tea would work better for me if this actually gives me a caffeine kick (kiiind of hoping not, since it’s 10:30pm), but I’ll try that later. I think I might prefer the flavouring in this one to the only other guayasa I’ve tried, DavidsTea’s Jungle Ju Ju, but neither is something I’m likely ever to crave.

ETA: I removed my rating from this, because it’s probably not fair to judge this tea since I appear to not be fond of guayasa itself. Personally, I’d give it a rating of 63, but for people who do enjoy guayasa I imagine that this is a fabulously flavoured version of it more deserving of a rating in the 80s.

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I think this is best in the morning when well! Get better!


Thanks :) Starting to worry I have strep throat or something, but hopefully not.


Get well soon! Hopefully you don’t have strep throat, it’s so awful, but at least tea is one of the best things for.


Oh no, get well soon!!


I’d send chicken soup but I’m afraid it wouldn’t make the trip like tea can. Hope you kick this bug soon. Take care.


Ohh no! You need a mighty strong tea to kick the cold! I hope you feel better soon


Sorry to hear you’re feeling under the weather. Hope you feel better soon!


Thanks – I’m still sick (seriously?!) but I think I’m finally on the mend. I’m just really thankful that I haven’t a) lost my voice or b) lost my sense of smell, both of which used to happen with stunning regularity a few years ago whenever I fell ill.


Maybe you need antibiotics or something?


Perhaps it’s stress that’s keeping a full recovery from you. You need a spa day!


Pretty sure it’s just that I’ve had to work through being sick because my experiments demanded it, and the work days are quite long. Stress also (and that’s not going away anytime soon!) I’m hoping to take it easy again this weekend and hopefully by Monday I’ll be feeling close to 100% (or even 80% would be ok).

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This is my first experience with guayusa – I only got a small bag of this because I wasn’t sure about it but am open to new caffeinated beverages since I quit drinking coffee over a year ago due to heartburn.

My first impression is good – I like this! It’s earthy and slightly sweet and is definitely not as herbaly and bitter as mate. The apricot flavor is a nice touch here, it is fairly subtle but that’s much better than being overly fake or cloying.

I did do a resteep for about 8 minutes and although the apricot flavor has diminished quite a bit it is still a very pleasant drink. Glad I tried it!

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This sounds mouth-watering… I’ve been dipping into guayusa myself but haven’t been too excited about the varieties. This one sounds like a must-try! :)


well, it’s the only one I’ve had so far but I thought it was quite good. :)


I added it to my list. I love Butiki Teas anyway. Gotta support those local/small/women-owned businesses! (I can justify purchasing tea for anything…)

Butiki Teas

KeenTeaThyme-I’m open to flavor suggestions. I’ve been working with guayusa a bit trying to perfect some flavors. I had done a cider flavor guayusa that was fantastic but it sold out so fast that it never made it to my website. Cider works really well with the natural flavor of guayusa but unfortunately the specific flavoring I worked with is seasonal. I’m definitely open for suggestions though. I’d really like to have a well rounded line of flavored guayusas.


Cider?! I LOVE cider! Maybe you could do a blend for Autumn 2012… I would buy it for sure! :) I’ll have to think about other flavors to add…

Butiki Teas

Cider worked perfectly. I will definitely be doing another cider guayusa. I was contemplating doing a tangerine creamsicle in guyausa but will have to see how it comes out. The earthiness of the guyausa might not work.


I would get the cider too! Or anything resembling apple pie. hee hee.

Butiki Teas

Mmmm, apple pie.


going to have to try this one!

Butiki Teas

Just wanted to add that I have a recommendation for making this guayusa. I usually make a pot of this for guests and it goes over super well. I use a 4 cup teapot and add 2 heaping tablespoons of guayusa, 3 tablespoons of brown crystal sugar and 3 cinnamon sticks. I steep for 6 minutes but leave the cinnamon sticks in the pot to intensify the cinnamon flavor. The combination of the sugar, cinnamon, and apricot is fantastic with guayusa.

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I’ve been on a bit of a Steepster hiatus since my past few days of tea drinking have been kind of boring—I was at my parents’ house so I went to my old standby bagged earl grey and lemon herbal, and other than that I’ve been playing around with the sample of my custom blend from Butiki. I’m sure everyone would have been enthralled by 5 tasting notes for the same tea in 2 days! Time for something different tonight, so I reached for one of the Butiki samples I got from the awesome Krystaleyn. I love apricot and am in the mood for something new!

This is my first experience with guayusa—I’ve been a bit nervous to try it after reading some tasting notes describing it as plant-y. Well… it is! But not in a bad way. It tastes like fresh-cut grass, and smells like maple tree leaves in the spring when they’re bright and green and new. It’s herbal without a specific herb taste, and is wonderfully new tasting. It’s less plant-y than it is bud-y. It evokes some kind of odd nostalgia in me—when I was younger I used to go out after the rain and pull up blades of grass so I could see the new, soft green part coated in dew… and then I’d munch on them. I know it’s pretty weird, but it was so fresh and sweet, like veggies straight from the ground. That’s what this tea reminds me of! The sweetness is from the apricot, which is so subtle and light. I think I’m going to have to order some of this asap… as soon as I get some more tea funds.

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Glad you liked this more than I did! I drank it for the first time today too :)


Also, I did the same thing with blades of grass, although not after rain, specifically. Yum :D


Haha, good to know I’m not alone in my grass-eating weirdness! Sometimes I still do it if I’m out back in the yard playing with the cats. They always seem to be munching on it too!


I used to eat grass too! Weird. I just got my Butiki order today, and I am going to try this tomorrow!


I have the other flavor sunshine which is lemony and delish! And the tangerine Creamsicle is really yummy!


I definitely need to try out some different guayusa blends, I am totally in love with the base of this and want more more more!

Tawny Kira

I second Bonnie’s recommendation of the Good Morning Sunshine & Tangerine Creamsicle flavors! They’re both delicious!


Thanks for the tip about Good Morning Sunshine! I missed 52teas’ Lemolicious Ecuadorian Guayusa, and the Sunshine blend sounds like it’s very similar. I can’t wait to try it! :D


I munched on grass as a kid myself…lol…I chalked it up to spending so much
time on my grandfather’s farm. This tea is good, and I am going to have to order
more than just a sample next time…lol…

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I needed a bit of an energy boost this morning and this certainly did the trick. The apricot is subtle and slightly sweet, with that earthy grassy Guayusa base.
I have to admit, Guayusa isn’t my favourite base, but this is a decent tea.

Edit: chilled, this tea still has those light apricot notes, but seems sweeter somehow. I think I will drink this tea chilled from now on.

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676 tasting notes

Another sample from Stacy at Butiki…Thanks! I have avoided Apricot flavored tea’s. They seem to go all sour and bitter. Is it just me? Have you noticed that too? It takes nerve for me to try this tea and the only way I’m trying it is because it doesn’t say ‘Black Tea’ but Guayusa…so I’ll give it a try.
I had some California Rolls for dinner with WASABI! I really love WASABI with soy sauce and pickled ginger. Oh yeh! I was thinking that the Apricot Guayusa would be a nice after dinner drink which proved to be so true.
This is a Brilliant and restrained version of Apricot Tea. The best Apricot Tea I’ve had or am likely to have. I don’t think I’ll even try any others. No bitter overdone sour fruit here but subtle, mellow and round flavors, almost melon like. There is warmth. If you’ve ever eaten an apricot right off the tree…when it is warm and fuzzy…then you have had this melony creamy flavor that has no acidity. Truth is that some sweetening enhances the apricot flavor and brings the fruit alive in your mouth.
For all those who are Apricot Tea haters, give this a try. I think you will be won over!


Sounds yummy! I’m glad you were audacious enough to have guayusa so late at night-it has about the same amount of caffeine as a cup of coffee!


It’s only 6:49 here. It’s later where you live and I had 8 ounces. Not bad right after dinner. I don’t work so I can stay up and sleep in if I want. Ah the life!
It’s cool being an old lady!


Ironically I do stay up late but it’s because I am working :P
I can’t wait to retire! Only 50 more years to go!


I want to like Apricot – but usually do not.


It really is super subtle and warm not acidic!


I have Butiki Teas on my bookmark (under teas) list … have not had the pleasure yet of trying. Plan to check them out hopefully soon.
I may MAY try the apricot – depends on if they do samples sizes or not on their site. I do not recall.
I’m very leery of apricot.


muahaha another person who organizes her bookmarks according to tea!


Bonnie – I am ready to retire!


I have actually been on a peach and apricot tea kick lately. It started with a free sample of some pretty lousy tea and then branched into some good varieties…. now I am hooked. It’s nice for spring.

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871 tasting notes

Remember, remember the 5th of November.

It’s Guy Fawkes day today. It has nothing to do with this review, just so everyone knows. :P I feel like I should watch V for Vendetta tonight, hmmm…

I have had this tea in my cupboard for a long time. Thanks to Tigress Al for this in a swap.

This one smells quite nice. Very lightly sweet floral, reminds me of honeysuckle. There is a smell almost like dried apricots. But not super dried out crumbly fruit, but like a dried apricot that is still a bit squishy and has some softness to it.

On first sip it is not too bad. Tastes like sweet and earthy guayasa. I would say it is reminding me of orange blossoms, could be apricot blossoms but I don’t think I have ever smelled (or tasted those). I re-read the description which recommends to add some sweetener to bring out the apricot. So I added a bit of sugar twin, not my usual choice but it is all I have at work. It is almost like adding more sweetener makes it less sweet, not sure what is happening here. I would not say that adding the sweetener brought out more of an apricot taste. But it does make the liquor feel thicker. There is a generic stone fruit taste to me. Not necessarily apricot.

As I let the cup cool further, once it is quite cool, there is a mild apricot flavour in the aftertaste.

Overall a good blend. Not sure if I would describe it as apricot, but I am also and apricot snob when it comes to teas- it is almost impossible to please me if you call a tea

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Terri HarpLady

The London Tea Room has a tea called, The Fifth of November. I think it’s smokey black, gunpowder, & winter berries, something like that. I think today is an auspicious sign that I am on the right track with my NaNoWriMo Novel, lol.
Of course, I’ll take any signs I can get

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390 tasting notes

i find myself in unfamiliar territory. i am trying to sort out guayasa.

i’m not sure if i like it or not, thus i will suspend a numerical rating.

the smell is excellent. the visual with the fluffy saffron coloured bits of calendula curled over the chips of guayasa is very cool. the caffeine absorption is nice and smooth, not a rush and i’m not predicting a crash. BUT… i am detecting a twang. it’s the twang that’s throwing me off. i got it with the killer’s vanilla as well… but there were stronger flavours involved.


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My favorite use is cooking with it. I brew it and add to pancake batter or make complex butter.


ooh! now there’s an idea (because i’m not much enjoying drinking it). thanks for the idea!

Terri HarpLady

I still haven’t tried Guayusa yet. I’m not sure that it appeals to me


i really like the idea… but the twang i get is very marine and i find it odd with fruit.


Steep it lighter and less leaf. Play with it a bit. My preference is the more citrus flavor which seems creamy and perks up pancakes enhancing the grain while adding richness.

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627 tasting notes

Thanks Stacy! this was a sample and I put into my travel mug so I could have an afternoon pick me-up and I decided to try this. Well my travel mug is I think 16oz but you in this case I don’t think it made a difference. It’s quite tasty and I highly recommend it. It won’t steal my heart from the awesome Good Morning Sunshine but it is a good alternative. I’ll try some of the other samples tomorrow :D

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