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.