Oteas’s Berry Blend

Berry Blend by Oteas
Fruit Infusion / Flavoured
$6.95 for 30g (12 tea sachets)

Oteas has provided me with Berry Blend for the purposes of providing an honest review.

First Impressions

Another week, another Oteas tea to drink! This week’s review is actually of a fruit infusion blend, called Berry Blend. The tisane comes prepackaged into biodegradable tea sachets, that came to me in a shrink-wrapped cardstock box. Berry Blend has a really bright, mixed berries aroma to it, which is really inviting because the weather is getting warmer where I am and it reminds me a lot of a fruit punch.

Berry Blend consists of: currants, hibiscus, elderberries, grapes, blackberries, flavour, and raspberry fruit granulate. I did have to look up what ‘fruit granulate’ is, and the general gist of it is that fruit granulate is freeze-dried fruit pieces – the more you know!

Preparation

Oteas recommends steeping Berry Blend in 100°C (212°F) water for 5 to 10 minutes. I did an initial steep of Berry Blend for 7 minutes.

First Taste

Berry Blend steeps to a beautiful dark pink colour – it’s actually pretty close to what colour my hair is currently. There’s a really bright and fresh berry aroma from it. On first taste, I notice that Berry Blend has a really sweet, fruity/berry flavour to it. There is a tartness to it, which isn’t surprising because this fruit infusion has hibiscus in it and that generally gives drinks a pink colour and tart flavour. It is tasty though, and would make for an excellent iced tea.

A Second Cup?

I attempted to resteep Berry Blend, but found that the flavours and colour were not quite where I wanted it to be in comparison to the initial steep. I would recommend Berry Blend for just one steep (and have it iced!).

My Overall Impression

I loved Oteas’s Berry Blend. With he weather warming up, I’m really enjoying more teas and tisanes that taste good at a cooler temperature or iced. I really enjoyed drinking it because it had a great fruity flavour and the colour was just so intense! I can see this making a great iced tea during the summer and it’s quite refreshing because of the sweet and tart flavours.

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Oteas’s Raspberry Leaf Tea

Raspberry Leaf Tea by Oteas
Fruit Infusion / Flavoured
$6.95 for 24g (12 sachets)

Oteas has provided me with Raspberry Leaf Tea for the purposes of providing an honest review.

First Impressions

The first thing I noticed about Raspberry Leaf Tea is the fragrance. It smells fruity – mostly raspberry, and really inviting and sweet. The tea sachets come 12 in a card stock box that came shrink wrapped in plastic – sealed for freshness and all that good stuff.

Each tea sachet consists of: raspberry leaves, hibiscus, apple pieces, rosehip shell, blackberry leaves, raspberries.

If you’re pregnant, you may have heard about drinking raspberry leaf infusions before for morning sickness – which is something that Oteas mentions on the side of the box – but this blend also contains hibiscus which is often recommended to be avoided during pregnancy. I highly recommend always checking with your health care professional about when to drink herbal teas as a lot of herbal teas also have medicinal effects to the body. This goes for all herbal teas when you take any over-the-counter or prescription medications as well.

Preparation

Oteas recommends steeping Raspberry Leaf Tea in 70°C (158°F) water for 3 to 5 minutes. I used my kettle to heat up the water to the lowest temperature (79°C/175°F) and allowed it to cool for 5 minutes, and then my initial steep of Raspberry Leaf Tea was for 5 minutes.

First Taste

Raspberry Leaf Tea steeps to a light berry pink colour. It has a pleasant raspberry aroma to it, and it smells sweet. The flavour of Raspberry Leaf Tea is a mix between sweet and tart, which I think can be attributed to the hibiscus in the blend. It’s not too tart that I feel the need to add some sugar to the cup though, which is good. If you’re not a big fan of hibiscus, I’d recommend a little bit of sweetener to even out the tartness to make it more palatable for you. Overall, it’s quite pleasant and I think it would be great iced.

A Second Cup?

I attempted to resteep Raspberry Leaf Tea once, and found that it didn’t taste as good as the initial steep and was quite watery in comparison. I would say that Raspberry Leaf Tea is good for just one steep.

My Overall Impression

I loved Oteas’s Raspberry Leaf Tea. I think it makes for a really nice fruity infusion – it’d be great for iced tea and spring/summer weather since it is a fruity mix.  The level of sweet is well balanced against the tart, and the raspberry flavours are well presented in the initial steep. Again, use caution if pregnant or may be pregnant and consult with a health care professional about having herbal blends.

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Oteas’s Orange and Ginger

Orange and Ginger by Oteas
Fruit Infusion / Flavoured
$6.95 for 30g (12 sachets)

Oteas has provided me with Orange and Ginger for the purposes of providing an honest review.

First Impressions

If you caught my Instagram Stories, you will have seen my unboxing video of the awesome package that I received from Oteas! They very kindly sent me 6 different blends to try and review, and this is the first one – Orange and Ginger. Each tea blend comes in a slender card stock box with the steeping instructions, notes on the tea, and ingredients printed on the sides of the box. The sachets themselves are inside of a sealed plastic bag that’s inside of the box. The sachets are made with a biodegradable material, which is really nice to read for those who want a greener earth.

The tisane itself has some big pieces of dried fruit and whole pieces of pink peppercorn inside. The aroma is primarily orange and ginger with a hint of pepper. It reminds me of a nice ‘sick time’ tea to have, mostly because of the fragrance of the ginger. Orange and Ginger consists of: apple, carrot flakes, orange pieces, orange peel, white hibiscus, , candied ginger cubes, flavouring, pieces of ginger, pink pepper, and mullein blossom.

Preparation

Oteas recommends steeping Orange and Ginger in 100°C (212°F) water for 5 to 10 minutes. I opted to do an initial steep of 10 minutes.

First Taste

Orange and Ginger steeps to a beautiful golden yellow in colour. The aroma is primarily orange and ginger, which isn’t that big of a surprise given the aroma from the dry leaf. There’s a slight tangy flavour that I notice at the beginning of each sip, which gives way to the orange flavour. I found a nice sweetness to Orange and Ginger that’s just light and fruity, which I attribute to the dried apple pieces, as well as the nice warming qualities from the ginger. I did note a bit of spiciness from the ginger and peppercorns, but those flavours were primarily at the tail end of each sip. The combination of the flavours led to a nice, soothing drink – I happened to drink this one on a day that I had a mild sore throat and found that it helped!

Because of sweetness from the fruit ingredients, I didn’t find that Orange and Ginger needed any extra sweetener added.

A Second Cup?

I attempted to resteep Orange and Ginger found it to be lackluster compared to the initial steep – however, this wasn’t a surprise to me as most tisanes don’t do well on more than one steep as the majority of the flavour is used up in the initial steep.

My Overall Impression

I loved Oteas’s Orange and Ginger. I found the flavours to be very pleasant, and the name of the tisane was accurately chosen given that I could smell and taste the orange and ginger throughout the experience. It’s definitely a pleasant blend, and I definitely would recommend it if you had a sore throat – I found the ginger to be quite soothing for my throat, and a little extra vitamin C never hurt anyone when they were sick!

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