Review: Stash Tea Pure Guayusa

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Guayusa (pronounced why-you-suh according to Wikipedia) as far as I can tell, has only become easily available and popular to the American and Canadian consumers somewhat recently, and it seems to have taken our countries by storm. It's being billed as the hip new energising herbal, similar in effect to maté. It's meant to give you a boost without any artificial additives and without the dreaded caffeine crash. Or course none of this means anything if it tastes terrible, since you won't get your caffeine fix if you refuse to drink the stuff.

Boiling water over a heaping teaspoon for 5 minutes. A word of warning: Use as a fine filter as you possibly can with this. Even using a fine mesh filter, a few of the minuscule particles still manage to escape into my cup. Despite the murky, somewhat swampy liquor, the cup smells bright and enlivening, and the leaves have turned all sorts of shiny, bright colours. It reminds me of a turtle shell in the sun-soaked ocean.

This stands on its own quite well and has an interesting, complex flavour. It's smooth, earthy, refreshing, and mild. It has a herbal, hay-like flavour. It's really a hard flavour to describe because it's unlike anything else I've had. You'll have to try it for yourself to get a good handle on the taste. I can say that I find it really quite delicious, and I can easily drink cup after cup without tiring of the taste.

Stash actually sent me this as well as Guayusa with Green Tea, and Guayusa with chocolate. I didn't particularly enjoy the chocolate, but I'm very picky about chocolate teas, so I'll just leave it here as a footnote. The green tea in the other blend felt rather superfluous to me. If you want the health benefits, sure, but the flavour of the tea didn't particularly stand out against the guayusa. Again, I didn't feel strongly enough about it to do a full write-up. This was by far my favourite of the three samples, and I'm not even sure what sort of flavouring I would like with this.

— To purchase Stash Tea Pure Guayusa, or for more specific information on ingredients or the story behind this particular tea, click here to go directly to the manufacturer's web site.

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