Lemon-Lemongrass Guayusa Tea

Runa Guayusa

Lemon-Lemongrass Guayusa Tea

BevNET Review

Last Updated: 3/26/2012 10:40 AM

As with most tea beverages, lemon and lemongrass are quite complementary to the slightly earthy flavor of Runa’s guayusa tea. Adding in a touch of sugar (14g per bottle), the product feels very much like an upscale and more exotic take on classic lemon flavored black tea. However, unlike black tea, guayusa packs a caffeine punch, with 90 mg of caffeine per bottle, as well as loads of antioxidants (the ORAC value is 2491). Visually, the lemons amongst the guayusa leaves makes the product whet the appetite and be easily identified as a lemon tea. However, if we’re picking nits, the upside down lemon is distracting (although we’re not sure what a solution is if they want to keep the same design). And, in the longer run, we wonder if the Runa brand would benefit from some more personality or youthfulness to it. Finally, we’d suggest simplifying the name to either “Lemon” or “Lemongrass” (if they want the drink to sound more exotic). The current name is a mouthful and somewhat redundant. Overall, despite these concerns, this is still our favorite flavor of the line.

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Product Type

Tea: Herbal and Alternative

Container

14 oz glass

Nutritional Info

PER BOTTLE: Calories 50 Sodium 26mg Total Carbohydrate 14g Sugars 14g Caffeine 90mg Antioxidants ORAC Value 2491uM

Ingredients

Fresh brewed organic guayusa (filtered water and organic guayusa leaves **), organic cane sugar **, natural lemongrass extract, organic lemon extract, citric acid. ** Organic & Fair Trade Certified Ingredients

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