Yerba Mate (mah-tay) and Guayusa (why-you-suh) are widely becoming popular tea alternatives because of their bold caffeine content and pronounced antioxidant properties similar to tea. The cousins derive from caffeinated holly trees found in the South American rain forests. Yerba Mate like pu-erh tea, is very earthy tasting and may take some getting used to in order to fully appreciate its unique flavor. Since mate is so earthy, I enjoy it with half a teaspoon of agave, which beautifully elevates mate’s natural, yet subtle sweeter notes. Guayusa on the other hand, is a bit sweeter but upholds that earthiness profile in taste and aroma. Guayusa has a lighter more balanced earthiness coupled with sweetness. Check out Art of Tea’s growing selection of Yerba Mate and Guayusa Blends featuring handcrafted fusions made by Art of Tea’s expert blenders.
Two recently premiered fusions are Tropical Mate and Cucumber Mint Guayusa. These blends are new to the iced tea line but are not limited to iced teas. They are sold in the new 2 quart iced tea pyramid retail packs as well!
Tropical Mate is a Yerba Mate blend that combines sweet and tart flavors. It is truly a tropical medley consisting of hibiscus and Schizandra berries, the 5-flavored berry! Tropical Mate also contains green rooibos and tulsi, which add more sweetness to this blend that receives a double dose of caffeine from the mate and organic jasmine green tea. Overall, this is a tasty caffeinated tisane full of flavor and character. It brews a blood orange hue and smells divinely sweet, starting off how it smells, but provides a tarty finish.
Guayusa is the base for Cucumber Mint Guayusa. This is a refreshing fusion combining spearmint with natural cucumber flavors. Caffeinated from the Guayusa, this more straightforward blend smells so minty that it will be hard for any mint lover to resist. Cucumber Mint showcases a balance of mint and earthy flavors rounded by a pure sweetness. It is amazing over ice but equally uplifting hot.
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