Udyan Tea’s Yoga Tea

Yoga Tea by Udyan Tea
Green Tea / Flavoured
695.00 for 100g

Udyan Tea has provided me with Yoga Tea for the purposes of writing an honest review.

First Impressions

Udyan Tea’s Yoga Tea came in a matte black (sealed and resealable) foil pouch. There’s an almost spicy-smelling aroma from the dry leaf, which I think may be from the cloves and fennel. There’s mild floral notes, which makes sense since I can see some of the floral ingredients (chamomile, lavender).

Yoga Tea consists of: green tea, cocoa nibs, chamomile, lavender, liquorice, cinnamon, holy basil, fennel, rosemary, cloves, and marigold. It’s certainly a pretty blend with the floral ingredients! The green tea doesn’t really stand out that much to me in the aroma of the dry leaf.

Preparation

Udyan Tea recommends steeping Yoga Tea in 75-80°C (167-185°F) for 2 to 3 minutes. I opted to do an initial steep at 3 minutes with 80°C water.

First Taste

Yoga Tea steeps to a bright yellow. There’s a grassy, minty aroma to the steeped tea which is inviting. The flavour is grassy, floral, and minty. It is a touch bitter, which I found to be off-putting when combined with the mint and floral notes. I also tastes something that reminds me of lemongrass, even though it’s not included in the list of ingredients. It does have an interesting flavour profile, since I also find it to be a bit astringent as well.

A Second Cup?

I attempted to resteep Yoga Tea one, but found that the flavour to be quite similar to the initial steep but a bit more bitter than before. I didn’t find it to be pleasant, so I wouldn’t recommend a second steep.

My Overall Impression

I didn’t like Udyan Tea’s Yoga Tea. On the surface, the combination of herbal ingredients with the green tea sounds like a really good idea. Most of the ingredients are ones that I greatly enjoy. The refreshing and cooling qualities of mint were not enough to overcome the bitterness that I found in this green tea blend. The green tea base took a backseat to the flavours of this blend, and I thought it was unfortunate that the floral notes were not more flavour-forward. I would recommend this tea either cold steeped (to help counter the bitterness) or with some added sweetener (honey would be a good idea!).

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Dessert by Deb’s Berry Bouquet

Berry Bouquet by Dessert by Deb
Green Tea / Flavoured
$9.00 for 50g

First Impressions

Berry Bouquet is a green tea blend from the Toronto-based Dessert by Deb, and is a certified organic tea blend. It comes in a matte white foil bag (sealed and resealable!), and with the a coloured label featuring Dessert by Deb’s adorable teapot label. The aroma of the blend is very floral – the first thing that I really noticed was roses. I can smell the lavender and jasmine in the background.

Berry Bouquet consists of organic: green tea, elderberries, raisins, currants, hibiscus, jasmine, rose petals and lavender. It definitely smells like a bouquet of flowers!

Preparation

Dessert by Deb suggests steeping Berry Bouquet at 200°F (93°C) for 4 to 6 minutes. My initial steep was for 5 minutes.

First Taste

Berry Bouquet steeps to a very pink colour, which I attribute to the hibiscus. The aroma is floral, and I found that the taste of Berry Bouquet to be sweet, berry and floral – it’s quite pleasant! It’s a very feminine smelling tea, reminds me of a tea that would be a delight for a tea party. The berry flavour is very light and sweet, it goes well with the floral ingredients.

A Second Cup?

I attempted to resteep Berry Bouquet once, but found that the flavour to be quite watery compared to the initial steep. I would recommend Berry Bouquet for just the one steep.

My Overall Impression

I loved Dessert by Deb’s Berry Bouquet. I really enjoyed this floral blend (hot). I was a bit disappointed that I couldn’t taste the green tea, but the floral notes went well with the berry flavours. I think this would be a great tea iced (or cold steeped), and perhaps with a splash of lemonade to really bring the summer feeling alive.

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Dessert by Deb’s Coco Goji Island

Coco Goji Island by Dessert by Deb
Green Tea / Flavoured
$9.00 for 50g

First Impressions

Coco Goji Island is part of Dessert by Deb’s debut collection of certified organic tea blends. It came in a sealed, resealable matte white foil bag with a pretty coloured label on the front. This is a green tea blend and I picked it out because it sounded intriguing (I’m always a sucker for interesting names). It really invokes the idea of drinking iced tea with a little umbrella on a beach somewhere.

I could smell the cherries, lemongrass, and coconut when I first opened the package. Coco Goji Island consists of: green tea, cherries, goji berries, oranges, lemongrass, and toasted coconut. The ingredients are all visible, with surprisingly large pieces of dried orange slices – they smell good!

Preparation

Dessert by Deb recommends steeping Coco Goji Island in 200°F (93°C) water for 4 to 6 minutes. My initial steep was for 4 minutes.

First Taste

Coco Goji Island steeps to a bright yellow, it’s a really tropical colour that it matches well with the shade of yellow used for the word ‘Coco’ on the package label. There’s a nice aroma from the tea – citrus and fruity. The flavour of the tea is light citrus, the cherries and goji berries linger in the background. I found there was a nice creaminess in the tea, and I think that’s from the coconut. I can’t really taste the green tea, but that’s not too surprising considering some of the other ingredients being quite heavy and flavour-forward in the profile.

A Second Cup?

I resteeped Coco Goji Island twice, adding an additional 30 seconds for each subsequent steep. I found that the cherries and citrus notes were much less pronounced and more of the green tea shone through – slightly grassy and vegetal. I found it to be pleasant.

My Overall Impression

I liked Dessert by Deb’s Coco Goji Island. I found the aroma of the dry leaf to be really inviting, and the flavour of the initial steep was perfectly fruity. If you’re a fan of the fruitiness and less of green tea, resteeping may not be for you. But if you’re a fan of green tea, I’d definitely recommend resteeping the leaves again for more green tea flavour. I think this would be a great candidate for being cold steeped – especially if you’re one that’s prone to oversteeping green teas.

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