Ahista Tea’s Om

Om by Ahista Tea
Herbal Infusion / Flavoured
$14.99 for 100g

Ahista Tea has provided me with Om for the purposes of writing an honest review.

First Impressions

I recently tried Om, which came in portioned tea sachets. The aroma of the dry leaf is primarily lavender with hints of lemongrass and chamomile. It smells really inviting and and floral, which is pleasant and makes me think a lot of summer. The idea of the name Om make me think it’s a spa day tea, which is helped along with the soothing aroma of the chamomile.

Om consists of chamomile, lemongrass, rose petals, lavender, and lemon verbena. Surprisingly, I don’t really smell the rose petals – which I often find to be a heavily fragrant ingredient.

Preparation

Ahista Tea recommends steeping Om in 90-100°C (194-212°F) water for 5 minutes. I opted to steep in 100°C (212°F) water for 5 minutes.

First Taste

Om steeps to a light orange. It has a strong floral aroma to it. On first taste, I find that it is quite floral. It’s a bit strong on initial taste. I find that I can taste the lemongrass in Om, but the lavender and rose are the strongest flavours in this blend. I found it a bit too perfumey for me, the floral notes come off strong – which is great if you’re a fan of that!

I wound up cutting this with some lemonade (a 1:1 ratio of steeped Om with lemonade that was sweetened with honey) and found that it helped temper the floral notes a lot and made it quite pleasant.

A Second Cup?

I attempted to resteep Om once, and found that it didn’t do that great being resteeped. It is an herbal infusion, so I’m not surprised at all.

My Overall Impression

I liked Ahista Tea’s Om. I found it to be too floral for my tastes when I tried it straight – I found it to be very strong with the lavender and rose flavours. However, it does take nicely to being mixed with lemonade, which made for it to be a great iced lemonade blend, which made me really appreciate the floral notes in this flowery blend.

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Ahista Tea’s Mojito

Mojito by Ahista Tea
Green Tea / Flavoured
$14.99 for 100g

Ahista Tea has provided me with Mojito for the purposes of writing an honest review.

First Impressions

The sample of Mojito came prepackaged into tea sachets, almost like a gauze-material was used. When I tore the bag open to get a better look at the tea leaves, there were a lot of small thin, white fibres. The aroma of Mojito has a strong lemongrass and citrus aroma, with a hint of mint throughout. The aroma of the mint wasn’t as strong as I would have wanted in a blend called Mojito, but lemongrass is a hard ingredient to overcome.

The ingredients are clearly identifiable when you look at it, which is nice. There are some large, dried citrus pieces – it’s quite beautiful! Mojito consists of: green tea, lime pieces, lime leaves, peppermint, and lemongrass.

Preparation

Ahista Tea recommends steeping Mojito in 90-100°C (194-212°F) water for 3 minutes. I opted to steep closer to 90°C, and steeped my initial steep of Mojito at 91°C (195°F) as green tea is an ingredient in this blend and green teas tend not to do that well when steeped at higher temperatures.

If you’re ever questioning a recommended temperature, I always suggest steeping at a lower temperature because you can always steep it for a longer period of time. If you opt to steep at a higher temperature, the tea could wind up being bitter or astringent and there’s no going back from that!

First Taste

Mojito steeps to a light yellow colour, with a strong lemongrass aroma to it. The smell of the mint is a bit overpowered by the lemongrass again, like it was with the dry leaf. Not surprising considering how strong of an ingredient lemongrass can be. The first thing I notice when tasting Mojito is the sweetness – then followed by citrus notes, lemongrass, and mint. The mint adds a nice refreshing quality to each sip, but it is still not as strong as the lemongrass. Unfortunately, I don’t really taste the green tea base.

When iced, I found that the mint flavour came out more in comparison to the lemongrass. I would recommend either having it iced (and perhaps adding some freshly muddled mint leaves) or cold steeping it.

A Second Cup?

I attempted to resteep Mojito once but found that the flavours were lacking. I think that the majority of the flavour went into the initial steep. I would recommend Mojito for just the one steep.

My Overall Impression

I didn’t like Ahista Tea’s Mojito. I found that the green tea wasn’t very present in the flavour – neither in the aroma of the dry leaf or in the flavor of the steeped tea. For a drink called Mojito, the tea that I made could have had a strong hand with the mint leaves. It could very well be that other tea sachets made have more mint leaves in them, but the ones that I had received were lacking in the mint aroma and flavour – especially when compared to the lemongrass. I would recommend cold steeping Mojito in comparison to steeping in hot water because I think it does help to bring out more of the mint flavour – another great way to amplify the mint flavour would be to make it iced with some freshly muddled mint leaves..

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Ahista Tea’s Palace Breakfast

Palace Breakfast by Ahista Tea
Black Tea / Straight
$14.99 for 100g

Ahista Tea has provided me with Palace Breakfast for the purposes of writing an honest review.

First Impressions

Ahista Tea sent me an assortment of teas to try and Palace Breakfast is the first that I will be sharing with all of you. Palace Breakfast came in sachet format, although Ahista Tea sells it in both looseleaf and sachet format. The sachets are simple and are like sachets from other tea producers – it is a square sachet, rather than a pyramid bag.

The aroma of Palace Breakfast is sweet and woodsy. The tea leaves are reddish brown, both dark and light. There’s small leaf stems mixed in with the leaves. Palace Breakfast is a blend of Assam and Darjeeling black teas.

Preparation

Ahista Tea recommends steeping Palace Breakfast at 100°C (212°F) water for 3 to 5 minutes. My initial steep was for 4 minutes.

First Taste

Palace Breakfast steeps to a reddish orange colour. There’s a nice woody aroma to it. The flavour of Palace Breakfast reads like a breakfast tea, but slightly different. I can taste sweetness, with the woody undertones, along with a hint of apricot. There’s a slight astringency that I find common in Assam black teas, but it’s not overly strong – just slight enough to make its presence known.

If you are not fond of astringency in black teas, a bit of cream/milk can help temper the astringency to make it more palatable for you.

A Second Cup?

I resteeped Palace Breakfast twice, adding an additional 30 seconds for each subsequent steep. I found that Palace Breakfast had a very similar flavour, albeit a touch weaker, for the first resteep, but not very tasty for the second resteep. I would resteep Palace Breakfast just once.

My Overall Impression

I liked Ahista Tea’s Palace Breakfast. I found the flavour to be really pleasant, it was a nice blend of black teas that came together nicely. The Assam and Darjeeling blend is pleasant, the astringency is nice and adds a bit of something to it that makes it different from a regular breakfast tea blend. The woodsy sweetness makes for a nice cup of tea. Easily tweaked with a bit of sweetener and cream if necessary, which makes it versatile and a friendly tea option to offer visitors.

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