Oteas’s Organic Pure Matcha

Organic Pure Matcha by Oteas
Green Tea (Matcha) / Straight
$8.99 for 12g (12 packets)

Oteas has provided me with Organic Pure Matcha for the purposes of providing an honest review.

First Impressions

Organic Pure Matcha comes individually portioned “single serve sticks”, which each contain 1g of matcha. This makes it ideal for the matcha lover on the go since you don’t have to fiddle with spoons and whatnot – although I made this at home so I definitely bothered with the spoons and whatnot.

Organic Pure Matcha consists of 100% organic Japanese green tea leaves in powder form. The packet was easy to open because of the notch at the top of the packaging. It comes out of the packaging easily. The matcha powder has a light grassy aroma and is a nice bright green colour.

As a side note, the packaging says that the tea is handpicked – which is important to note because all the good matcha is. Being mechanically picked means that there’s often sticks/twigs and other unwanted vegetal matter that winds up in the mix.

Preparation

Oteas recommends mixing 1 single serve stick of Organic Pure Matcha with 80-90°C (176-194°F) water and to whisk until it becomes a “smooth, creamy consistency”. I used 85°F (185°C) water and whisked it in my matcha bowl until I got a layer of bubbly foam on top.

First Taste

I found that Organic Pure Matcha becomes a nice dark green when whisked with the water. There a light grassy aroma from the matcha. When I drink it, I note that there are some grassy and vegetal notes – it reminds me a lot of spinach and other dark green leafy vegetables. There is a bit of salty/savoury quality to the matcha that hints to some lovely umami notes.

A Second Cup?

As always, matcha cannot be resteeped.

My Overall Impression

I loved Oteas’s Organic Pure Matcha. I really enjoyed the travel-friendly nature of these pre-portioned ‘serve sticks’ -i it just makes for an easier time making matcha wherever I go. I don’t work in an office setting, so I don’t have a designated desk where I can keep a cup of tea or tea stash at work, so I’ve tucked a packet of matcha into my lunch bag in order to make a quick cup of matcha during my break and it’s just so handy. I really enjoyed the flavour of this straight matcha. If you’re not as big of a fan of the salty qualities of matcha, I would recommend turning it into a latte with a bit of sweetener and milk to help temper the salty notes (and maybe add some ice for a real summer treat!).

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Snapdragon & Thistle’s Iron Goddess of Mercy

Iron Goddess of Mercy by Snapdragon & Thistle
Oolong Tea / Straight
$8.50USD for 2oz

Snapdragon & Thistle has provided me with Iron Goddess of Mercy for the purposes of providing an honest review.

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First Impressions

I love trying oolong teas because there’s just something so lovely about a tea that’s been so lovingly created and can resteep well, so when Snapdragon & Thistle asked if I wanted to try some of their tea, I jumpd at the opportunity to try their Iron Goddess of Mercy. This oolong tea came to me in a sealed, resealable plastic-lined kraft paper pouch. The front features a logo stick from Snapdragon & Thistle while the back of the bag had a sticker that outlined the steeping instructions for this tea.

Iron Goddess of Mercy is an unflavoured oolong tea from the Fujian Province of China. There are light and dark brown leaves, all bunched up. There is a light nutty aroma from the leaves, with a hint of fruity notes when I take a deep breath. It’s amazing to think that these leaves will open up so much after being steeped! I always like to encourage people to resteep their oolong teas because there’s so much flavour in them.

Preparation

Snapdragon & Thistle recommends steeping Iron Goddess of Mercy in 200°F (93°C) water for 2 to 4 minutes. My initial steep was for 2 minutes.

First Taste

Iron Goddess of Mercy steeps to a light yellow orange for the initial steep. I found that it had a light nutty aroma. On first taste, I can taste a buttery cream flavour, with hints of stone fruits (think apricots, plums) with a toasted nutty background at the tail end of each sip. It has a nice sweetness to it that is really enjoyable.

A Second Cup?

I resteeped Iron Goddess of Mercy a total of six resteeps, adding an additional 30 seconds for each subsequent steep. I found that as I continued to resteep these leaves, the tea got creamier with a heavier butter flavour while the fruity notes got a bit weaker. It was a nice shift in flavour with each sip. The toasted nutty flavour that I found at the end of each sip to stay fairly consistent throughout.

My Overall Impression

I loved Snapdragon & Thistle’s Iron Goddess of Mercy. I really enjoyed the complexity that I found in this tea’s flavour profile. It was just a very pleasant experience, and I enjoyed how the flavour shifted with each steep because it felt like the flavour got more decadent with the strong buttery notes. I think this tea would pair very well with both savouries and sweets, and might highlight afternoon tea really well because the butter flavours would play off of scones nicely.

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Oteas’s Moroccan Mint Tea

Moroccan Mint Tea by Oteas
Herbal Infusion / Straight
$6.95 for 24g (12 sachets)

Oteas has provided me with Moroccan Mint Tea for the purposes of providing an honest review.

First Impressions

Moroccan Mint Tea has a very strong minty aroma – and that’s without me even removing the plastic wrap from the cardboard box! Once I peeled off the shrink wrap, I was welcomed with a strong mint aroma to breathe in, which is really quite pleasant. This minty tea comes in tea sachets that are biodegradable – which is awesome! I can definitely seem some nice big pieces of mint leaves in the sachet, which is always a treat to see in a sachet product.

Moroccan Mint Tea consists of Moroccan mint. The smell is vibrant and inviting. It reminds me of summer days when my dad used to mow the patch of mint that was left to grow unattended in the backyard (as a side note – don’t let your mint grow unattended because it will spread because that’s just what it does).

Preparation

Oteas recommends steeping Moroccan Mint Tea in 100°C (212°F) water for 5 to 8 minutes. Because this is a tisane, I opted to do an initial steep of Moroccan Mint Tea for 8 minutes.

First Taste

Moroccan Mint Tea steeps to a brownish orange, with the most inviting mint aroma. The flavour is undoubtedly mint, I found it to be bright, refreshing, and sweet from the natural mint flavour. Traditionally, Moroccan mint tea is made with green tea (typically Chinese in origin), with mint leaves and sugar. This tea sachet is straight Moroccan mint, which makes it naturally caffeine free. If you want the more traditional option, you can always pair it with a green tea (Gunpowder would be preferred) and sugar. I found that the Moroccan Mint Tea had a lot of natural sweetness to it, which made it quite palatable – but as a person with a sweet tooth, I can see why adding sugar to a int infusion would also be delicious.

A Second Cup?

As Moroccan Mint Tea is a tisane, I found that a resteep of the same leaves yielded a weak cup of tea compared to the initial steep. I would recommend steeping it for the full recommended 8 minutes and sticking to just one steep.

My Overall Impression

I loved Oteas’s Moroccan Mint Tea. As the weather warms up, I’ve been really enjoying ‘cooler’ drinks – and even though I had Moroccan Mint Tea as a hot beverage, I found that the refreshing nature of the mint to be quite cooling. The flavour of the Moroccan mint is delicious, and I can see it being both delicious hot and iced but I really enjoyed it hot and think that others would like it this way as well. If you’re looking to make this mint tea a bit more in the traditional manner, I would pair it with a Chinese Gunpowder green tea and some sugar (and steep in a silver teapot!).

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