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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Oteas’s Lemongrass, Ginger & Cinnamon

Lemongrass, Ginger & Cinnamon by Oteas
Herbal Infusion / Flavoured
$6.95 for 30g (12 sachets)

Oteas has provided me with Lemongrass, Ginger & Cinnamon for the purposes of writing an honest review.

First Impressions

Lemongrass, Ginger & Cinnamon come in pyramid tea sachets, that are in a bag that’s inside of a box. As mentioned in previous Oteas reviews where the tea comes in sachets, the bags are biodegradable – which I think is so awesome. As a fair disclaimer, I haven’t tried composting one of the sachets – I live in a condo, so I can’t really keep a compost bin on the balcony (I’m sure strata would say something!) so the sachets (and tea leaves) end up in the green waste bins.

The aroma of Lemongrass, Ginger & Cinnamon is primarily that of ginger and lemongrass, with hints of cloves and cinnamon in the background. The dry leaf looks amazingly beautiful with the flower petals throughout. Lemongrass, Ginger & Cinnamon consists of: lemongrass, ginger pieces, cinnamon, fennel, licorice root, pineapple granules, orange peels, basil, spearmint leaves, pimienta triturada, tangerine orange granules, cloves, osmanthus flowers, pink pepper, pink cornflowers. Oteas mentions that people with hypertension should “avoid excessive consumption” of products with licorice root.

Preparation

Oteas recommends steeping Lemongrass, Ginger & Cinnamon in 100°C (212°F) water for 8 to 10 minutes. My initial steep was for 10 minutes.

First Taste

Lemongrass, Ginger & Cinnamon steeps to a beautiful golden yellow-orange colour. The aroma of this herbal blend is primarily lemongrass and ginger, I find the cinnamon has a hard time being strong with those other more powerful, fragrant ingredients. There is a gentle sweetness with this blend and I can taste the lemongrass and ginger, with light flavours of the cinnamon at the end of each sip. There’s an almost fruity quality in the sweetness, which may be coming from the pineapple and tangerine.

A Second Cup?

I attempted to resteep Lemongrass, Ginger & Cinnamon, but I found the flavour to be lacking in comparison to the initial steep. I would recommend steeping Lemongrass, Ginger & Cinnamon just the one time.

My Overall Impression

I loved Oteas’s Lemongrass, Ginger & Cinnamon. I found the flavour to be quite good, although I do wish that the cinnamon had been more prominent, but it had some tough competition. The sweetness in the blend is nice, and I felt that it helped temper down the ginger, which normally adds a spiciness to things. I had this blend hot, and found it to be pleasant – I think it would be nice as an iced tea or cold steeped, since the ginger would add some heat in the flavour.

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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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