Oteas’s Green Tea with Peppermint

Green Tea with Peppermint by Oteas
Green Tea / Flavoured
$6.95 for 30g (12 sachets)

Oteas has provided me with Green Tea with Peppermint for the purposes of providing an honest review.

First Impressions

Green Tea with Peppermint came in what is now a very familiar to me cardstock box. This one was plastic shrink-wrapped, which meant not plastic bag inside holding the tea bags. The tea bags are, again, biodegradable – which I think is so great because every little bit helps when it comes to the environment!

The first thing I smelled when opening up this box was the peppermint (and more peppermint). I can’t really smell the green tea base, but that’s not too surprising given how strong of an ingredient peppermint (and any other mint) can be. Green Tea with Peppermint consists of: green tea and peppermint.

Preparation

Oteas recommends steeping Green Tea with Peppermint in 85-90°C (185-194°F) water for 2 to 3 minutes. My initial steep was in 85°C water for 2 minutes.

First Taste

Green Tea with Peppermint steeps to a dark golden yellow. There’s a very obvious peppermint aroma from the tea, it’s very pleasant – although also makes me feel like I should be going to sleep soon because I do sometimes associate peppermint and other similar herbal infusions to be more of a sleepy time/bedtime tea than anything else. There’s a nice freshness to the blend that I found pleasant – there’s the brightness from the peppermint and it’s quite strong. The green tea base is considerably lighter in flavour compared to the peppermint, but the mint is such strong aroma and flavour that I’m not overly surprised by that.

A Second Cup?

I resteeped Green Tea with Peppermint once and found that the flavour was very similar to the initial steep, just not as strong in peppermint, which is to be expected. It was pleasant and tasty.

My Overall Impression

I liked OTeas’s Green Tea with Peppermint. I think if you’re a fan of peppermint tea, you’ll be really pleased with this one. The peppermint flavour is really strong throughout and it does well for a resteep to get that extra flavour and value out of your tea sachet. I’m not a huge fan of peppermint usually, so it’s not likely to be a tea that I’m wind up stocking in my tea stash (and that’s the primarily reason for a lower score). I still think it’s really tasty and tastes as I had expected it to. I think if I was a fan of peppermint, it’d definitely be blend that I’d want to keep on hand.

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Murchie’s Earl’s Garden

Earl’s Garden by Murchie’s
Green Tea & Oolong Tea / Flavoured
$7.95 for 2oz (56g)

Murchie’s has provided me with Earl’s Garden for the purposes of providing an honest review.

First Impressions

I was very excited and eager to try this tea when I opened my package from Murchie’s. Any tea name with the word “Earl” in the title makes me think of Earl Grey – which is a lovely classic black tea blend that I love and also have really high standards for. Earl’s Garden came in a plastic sealed, resealable bag with some information on the front of it.

The label calls it a green tea, but there were was clearly some oolong in that blend there – along with some jasmine. Which basically made me think that I’m in for a real treat! The first thing I noticed is the strong aroma of the jasmine and a hint of citrus from the bergamot. The green tea and oolong tea are both present, I’d hazard a guess that it’s maybe a 50-50 blend (or possibly just leaning a bit more towards the green tea). Earl’s Garden consists of: Chinese green tea, oolong tea, natural and artificial flavouring, jasmine flowers, and bergamot oil.

Preparation

Murchie’s recommends steeping Earl’s Garden in 175-180°F (79-82°C) water for 2 to 3 minutes. My initial steep was in 175°F water for 2 minutes.

First Taste

Earl’s Garden steeps to a beautiful golden yellow with a very fragrant floral aroma from the tea itself. I found that the flavour of jasmine is the most obvious, followed by the floral and creamy notes from the green and oolong tea base. There’s a light hint of citrus notes in the background of the tea, which is strong enough for me to know that it is bergamot. It does remind me of being in garden, because the jasmine is very present.

A Second Cup?

I resteeped Earl’s Garden twice, adding an additional 30 seconds for each steep. On the first resteep, I noticed that the jasmine flavour was considerably less, along with the bergamot and both flavours were virtually gone by the second resteep. The base teas – green tea and oolong tea – do resteep quite well. There’s still that natural floral and creamy flavours that I noticed in the initial steep that are very much present throughout each steep.

If you’re a fan of the jasmine and bergamot, I would do at least one more steep. If you’re a fan of the green tea and oolong base, continue steeping until you exhaust the flavours.

My Overall Impression

I loved Murchie’s Earl’s Garden. I think it’s a clever spin on a popular classic. While I had initially hoped that the bergamot would have been added in with a heavier hand, I found it to be quite pleasant. Present in the flavour profile, but not overpowering the flavours of the green tea, oolong tea, or the jasmine flowers. I think that the tea was very well balanced between each ingredient, and found that the flavour to very pleasant. I never once found that the tea was overly perfumed with the floral notes, which is always a risk when using any sort of floral ingredient. This tea definitely feels a bit delicate tasting though, and would be a lovely tea option to have with a spring or summer tea party.

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Whisk Premium Matcha’s Be My Rose

Be My Rose by Whisk Premium Matcha, in collaboration with The Good Chocolatier
Green Tea (Matcha) / Flavoured
$10.00 for 1 bar (42g)

Whisk Premium Matcha has provided me with Be My Rose for the purposes of providing an honest review.

First Impressions

Like a lot of other people in the world, I’m a fan of chocolate. I first tried Whisk Premium Matcha’s Matcha Cremsicle chocolate (plant-based matcha white chocolate) when I bought a bar at the 2018 Vancouver Tea Festival. I was absolutely tickled when they very kindly sent me a bar of Be My Rose, which is a very similar chocolate bar – plant-based matcha white chocolate with dried rose petals embedded into the chocolate.

The bar of chocolate itself came in a plastic sleeve that’s resealable. The chocolate is molded into square segments, with a floral and leaf pattern molded onto the front, while dried rose petals are present on the backside of the chocolate. Be My Rose consists of: Ecuadorian raw cacao butter, coconut cream powder, coconut sugar, organic matcha, rose petals, maple syrup, and vanilla. Each bar contains a 1.5 servings of matcha per bar of chocolate. There’s a strong matcha aroma from the chocolate, with a very light, sweet floral fragrance that comes off from the rose petals.

First Taste

I broke off a few squares of the Be My Rose to try. There’s a very strong matcha flavour in this chocolate. I love white chocolate, and often find it sweet compared to milk or dark chocolate. Be My Rose is surprisingly not that sweet. It has a rich matcha flavour, with a floral flavour through each nibble from the rose petals. The chocolate has a nice creaminess to it – I don’t taste coconut in it, in case anyone doesn’t want to taste coconut in their chocolate. The matcha flavour has nice sweet notes to it.

My Overall Impression

I loved Whisk Premium Matcha’s Be My Rose. I really enjoyed eating the chocolate, found it to be delicious. It’s definitely unlike any other chocolate that I’ve had before – a lot of matcha chocolate is often sweet, and the label specifically mentions that it is free of refined sugar – finding the sweetness from coconut sugar and maple syrup. It’s a fun little treat, although I don’t find myself eating more than 1-2 squares at a time, due to the richness in the chocolate itself – so despite the cost for each bar, it goes a long way!

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