Review: Mark T. Wendell Tea Company Runa Guayusa Amazon Spice

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Fall has definitely hit with a bang. We had a windstorm here that knocked the power right out. Now that it has come back on it is time for something warm. And the fact that it reminds me of green growing plants is just a bonus.

My sample today is Mark T. Wendel'l Runa Guayusa Amazon Spice. The ingredients consist of guayusa, cinnamon and lemongrass. According to the website, this is a traditional Amazonian blend. One thing that I appreciate about Runa is how well they package their tea sachets. Each one is wrapped up individually and sealed in a heavier plastic. Perfect to toss into a purse for an on the go cup. With this particular blend however I did notice that there was a lot of shake in the bottom of the plastic wrapper.

The dry aroma of this blend is spicy with the cinnamon with the background of greenness. I set up my sachet using boiling water and a steep time of six minutes. The resulting brew is the murky olive green that I am coming to expect from guayusa. The aroma is now one of spicy lemons.

I am very impressed by the taste of this blend. It doesn't have a strong taste but the lemongrass and cinnamon combine so nicely with the guayusa that I managed to go thru my first mug without even noticing it. There isn't that overpowering planty taste from the guayusa instead the lemongrass takes the lead with palate clearing tang of lemons. The cinnamon does a great job of marrying the other two together. I have to admit that this is blend turned out to be my favorite of the guayusa that I have tried and I will be picking up some for my own personal stash.

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