Cider Guayusa

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Guayusa Tea
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200 °F / 93 °C 6 min, 0 sec 3 g 10 oz / 285 ml

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  • “Mmmmm I really like this tea when the weather’s a little colder outside. It’s almost like having a cider to drink…something I really enjoy when I’m ice skating in winter. Very nearly a sip down –...” Read full tasting note
  • “Sipdown, 118. Back up again because of tea deliveries today! This is still pretty tasty, but I don’t love it as much as I first did. I think it’s the guayusa… I like it with a citrusy blend, but I...” Read full tasting note
  • “It was nice and cool this morning and very wet still from the overnight rains. This felt like the right choice to take on my morning walk with one of the dogs. It was enjoyable – the walk was not...” Read full tasting note
  • “Yum yum yum, still not sure about how I feel about guayusa itself, but the flavor of this is fantastic! I completely missed class today. In fact I am confused as to how it’s noon. I have been...” Read full tasting note

From Butiki Teas

Our Cider Guayusa is refreshing and mellow with light apple and spice notes. This guayusa is naturally sweet but we recommend adding a little bit of brown crystal sugar to intensify the cider and spice notes.

Ingredients: Organic Guayusa, Organic Cinnamon Apple Chips (Organic Apples, Organic Cinnamon), Organic Orange Peel, Organic Saigon Cinnamon Chips, Organic Saigon Cinnamon Powder, Organic Clove Powder, 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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511 tasting notes

Thank you greenteafairy for this sample.

I really like that the Butiki teas are not over-the-top with flavoring. When coffee was my preferred beverage (and I do still appreciate a good dark roast), I never like flavored coffees and I never added cream or sugar. Along the same lines, I initially drank only unflavored teas before joining Steepster. After reading so many positive reviews about dessert-type teas, I thought that they might be alright. So far the best I’ve tried come from Butiki. Stacy seems to know how to create a blend that retains the qualities of the base tea rather than smothering it in flavor oils.

As for the Cider Guayusa, its pretty good. I can’t say that it’s my favorite as I’m not terribly into cider in the first place, but my husband is wild about this tea. He doesn’t have an account on here and likely won’t consider getting one, but he did write up a tasting note that I can share here:

“This [whatever it is called] is nice. It has a nice soft Apple flavor and it generally smells like it tastes, and it smells absolutely wonderful. It’s delicate, and very natural tasting with a nice pleasant aftertaste. Of all the teas my wife has had me try, this is definitely my absolute favorite.”

195 °F / 90 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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38 tasting notes

When I first opened this package, I definitely could smell the apples, but I also got a scent of something that I didn’t like, which I am guessing is the clove. I don’t really like the smell of cloves. This is my first guayusa, so I wasn’t sure what the smell was until I read this tea contained clove powder. The tea is steeping right now, and I wanted to write this down quickly before I tasted it. I am not sure if I will like this based on the smell. It is almost done steeping.

The pot is done steeping. This definitely smells like a light, spicy cider. However, I can still smell the clove, which does not make me optimistic about this tea.

I waited for my mug to cool a little bit before tasting it. I can taste a light apple note and a whole lot of spice. Maybe I am just hypersensitive to clove, but it almost seems a bit overpowering to me. Like I said, I get a light apple note, and then I feel like that gets overpowered by the clove, which is the taste that remains in my mouth.

Seeing as I do not like cloves and that is the primary taste I am getting, I am going to rate this tea half way between the yellow face with the slanted mouth and the face with the smile. That is how I feel about it. I will definitely finish my mug, but compared to the other teas I have from Butiki, this is my least favorite so far.

If you are someone that enjoys cloves, you will probably really like this tea!

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I would just like to note that I removed my rating from this tea. After thinking about it, I’m not sure it is fair for me to rate this tea poorly. Had I read the description more carefully, I would have known it contained cloves. I didn’t want my rating to bring down the overall rating of the tea.

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183 tasting notes

I smelled the dry tea, and couldn’t for the life of me figure out what it smelled like, so I can’t describe the smell. Once steeped, it does have an apple smell.

I tried it straight first, and it does have a light, apple cider taste to it, with a bit of orange coming out at the end. The flavours mask the grassy taste that guayusa usually has.

It’s ok, but I think I’m going to try adding a touch of sugar to it.

I like it a bit better with sugar, but I think that I prefer Butiki’s Tangerine Creamsicle and Good Morning Sunshine blens to this one.

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331 tasting notes

Final Butiki sample!! Woohooo! Thanks a bunch to MissB, for sending me this and so many other teas I otherwise would never have tried.

I will admit I was very worried about this one, and kept putting it off and putting it off until it was the only tea left in my box. I have an incredibly strong aversion to cider, due to a story I won’t go into involving a flatmate from university drinking 3 litres of the stuff… now I don’t want to go into too much detail and put you lovely people off your tea, but I assure you, whatever you’re thinking? It’s worse. So I’ve been putting it off forever and now there’s nothing left to procrastinate on, so I have to suck it up and drink some tea.

It’s really tasty! I mean of course it is, it’s Butiki we’re talking about, but I’m having trouble connecting ‘cider’ and ‘tasty’ in my head. It probably helps that to me it tastes more like apple pie, with a pretty strong cinnamon note which I wouldn’t associate with cider. The apple note is strongest in the sip, and does remind me of cider if I think about it too much, but it’s followed up by the warming cinnamon at the end of the sip, which lingers and makes me think of dessert. Sugar intensifies the apple flavour some, and now that it’s cooling it feels almost like drinking an interestingly-spiced apple juice. The guayusa is barely noticeable, which I’m good with since it was a lot stronger in Killer’s Vanilla and I wasn’t so keen on it. Much to my surprise I am enjoying this! But it’s not all that unique in flavour and it doesn’t remind me of cider (a relief for me but presumably not for others) so I won’t be sad to see that last of it go, though I am enjoying it for now.

195 °F / 90 °C 6 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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1104 tasting notes

So happy I got a few grams of this from someone :)
Butiki’s guayusa teas are at the top of my list, if only they still were produced… now I’m on a long journey to finding a substitute :/

This one is quite nice and I got to resteep it without the loss of flavor :)

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484 tasting notes

This is kind of interesting. The Guayusa is vegetal and a bit nutty. I’m not really tasting the Cider, but it might be adding a hint of sweetness. It’s an interesting change of pace, but probably someone who is more a fan of green tea would enjoy it more.

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268 tasting notes

I haven’t been drinking much Butiki lately, which is a shame because Stacy knows her way around some tea! Actually, the only guayusas I’ve had have been Butiki and I’ve liked all of them. Thanks Cheri for the opportunity to try another! I tried it first without sweetener and the taste was mostly the guayusa base, which I really like, with some subtle spices in the background. I wasn’t really getting any apple though. So, I added a tiny amount of sweetener and that really woke up the flavors in this one! The base is still the main flavor but there is an apple turnover-esque quality shyly lurking in the background. Very tasty!

205 °F / 96 °C 6 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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1020 tasting notes

Ooh yes, very good.

Finally trying the last of the many guayusas I got in my first Butiki order. Some of them I love, others I don’t fancy at all. I held onto this one for a while to give me a bit of time between guayusas and I’m so glad to add it to the YUM pile (as opposed to the much smaller but still existent blech pile).

And it’s a great day for it, too—chilly cold and a “Sunday” for me, curled up on the couch and watching the entire second season of Vikings. Well played, self.

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I grabbed a cup of this from the MTTB because I’d never had it and was curious about the guayusa. Guayusa… I wonder if I’m saying it right? :P

This basically tastes very apple cidery and it’s delicious! Buttery golden apples and sweetness. It’s a great cup for a rainy miserable day like today. (Why did I wear sandals? I should have looked harder for socks for shoes…)

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I love this one :)

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Sandals! You’re wishful thinking :)

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987 tasting notes

Easter weekend is officially over, so high-caffeine teas to jump-start the “real” week are in order.

As this tea brewed, it smelled like apple cider, which made me happy. But when I reached the six-minute mark (which is the proper brew time according to my swap package), the cider smell disappeared, and it was all guayusa. No matter the flavour, it always smells and tastes earthy and medicinal to me.

This is the third guayusa tea I’ve tried, and I guess I’m just not a fan of this particular herb. Which makes me feel bad, because Kaylee was so kind as to give me a large variety of flavours to try in our very first swap. Sorry!

Jude has requested to try some of this, so I’ll give him the remainder when we swap.

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