Tea At A Glance: Gynostemma



Hello everyone!

As promised, today I have a Tea At A Glance feature for you all, on a Green Tea. Seeing as I have done one or two features on Green Tea ( and THAT IS IT!) I thought it was time to do another one!

Today I am going to talk about a tea at Bean Around Books & Tea that probably has one of the more difficult names in our collection to pronounce. I know when I first saw the name I had no idea what it was, and frankly sounded like a breed of fungus or mushroom you see growing at the base of trees when you’re walking through the forest… BUT IT’S NOT I PROMISE!

Let us talk about …. Gynostemma

Let us have a quick pronunciation lesson alright?


See it just looks like a scary word but it is actually not! 🙂

On our website, over at beanaroundbooks.com, you can find our Gynostemma tea under the Wellness section. We have recently updated our entire tea collection so that ALL ( yes all 70 something) of our teas are now available for you to purchase ONLINE. Can I get a woot woot! Makes a pretty good Christmas present, just saying 😉

Some fast facts for you: Gynostemma is caffeine-free and is largely consumed in Southern China for energy & long life. The leaves of Gynostemma are used to make medicine & the tea itself is often referred to by its other name Southern Ginseng.

We have stored Gynostemma under the Wellness section because of the amount of benefits you can achieve by drinking it!

  • Lowers high cholesterol
  • Reduces high blood pressure
  • Improves heart function
  • Strengthens the immune system
  • Increases stamina & endurance
  • Increases resistance to environmental stress
  • Improves memory
  • Reduces hair loss

The only ingredient you will find in this tea is Gynostemma Leaves – no artificial flavors or sweeteners.

Lets get into the review! Ready? Please be advised I try to remain positive when tasting tea, but I would prefer to  be honest about how I feel about the tea which I’m drinking rather than give you readers a positive, but dishonest review. So keep that in mind with today’s review, because unfortunately, this tea & I did not mesh well.

I’m going to be honest.. this tea doesn’t look aesthetically pleasing nor does it smell very lovely either (compared to our B.C. Sunset, which, as weird as this may sound, is a beautiful tea, lots of colors & a delicious fragrance).

When I first smelled my cup of Gynostemma while doing my review, the first thought that popped into my head was that it smelled…

like warm grass…. Yup….

But it also sort of smells like Jasmine tea. But, alas it can’t be compared to the deliciousness of Jasmin tea.

The taste… is another story. I steeped it for the appropriate length of time ( we recommend 3 to 7 minutes for this particular tea). I would say I steeped mine for 4 to 5 minutes…. SO STRONG OH MY LANTA…

Unfortunately, this tea also tasted like warm grass ( I’m sorry to tell you..). It wasn’t so bad when I first took a sip but as you move it to the back of your throat, the taste changes.

Yes I know that some green teas are made from twigs and leaves and bits of plants, and I accept them. I accept their differences.

But this one? Not my cup of tea, guys. Too grassy? Too strong? Too leafy? I don’t know. I like green tea, don’t get me wrong.

But not this one.

Positives of this tea:

  • The amount of health benefits – holy noodle.
  • No artificial flavors or ingredients, which means you pay for quality and  you get what you pay for.

Negatives of this tea:

  • The smell, look and taste did nothing to win me over.
  • If I wanted grass I would have gone out to my backyard.

Let this not be a reason for you to not try the tea. Try it out and see for yourself what you think, by all means! It might just be an individual preference.

Regardless, you can purchase all of our teas in store or online at beanaroundbooks.com ( click dat link yo!). Thank you for supporting our little local business, and thank you for putting up with a tea review that wasn’t actually a positive one for a change.

Have a fantastic weekend & i’ll see you next time for another Tea At A Glance review! Cheers! Lindsay 🙂

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