Udyan Tea’s Ayurveda Black Tea

Ayurveda Black Tea by Udyan Tea
Black Tea / Flavoured
675 for 100g

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

First Impressions

Udyan Tea’s Ayurveda Black Tea came in a sealed, resealable, matte black pouch. The labelling on the packaging only tells me the name of the tea – no ingredients list or steeping instructions on the packaging. Fortunately, this information is available via the product page on their website, but it would be nice to have that information included somewhere on the packaging itself for those not interested in doing a few extra steps to find out those details.

The aroma of Ayurveda Black Tea is primarily the turmeric and ginger. I can definitely see a few other ingredients in the mix, but I can’t pick out the aroma of the black tea. Ayurveda Black Tea consists of black tea, turmeric, ginger, cloves, Indian Ginger and moringa

Preparation

Udyan Tea recommends steeping Ayurveda Black Tea in 90-95°C (194-203°F) water for 4 to 5 minutes. I opted to do a steep with 91°C (195°F) water for 4 minutes.

First Taste

Ayurveda Black Tea steeps to a slightly cloudy, orange-brown colour. I can definitely smell the ginger and turmeric in the steeped tea. I found the tea to have a nice level of spices in the flavour, with a strong turmeric flavour throughout the entire sip. I didn’t really taste the black tea base, which I think is a bit of a shame since I feel like it should be somewhat noticeable.

A Second Cup?

I resteeped Ayurveda Black Tea once, adding an additional 30 seconds to my steeping time. I found that the flavour was quite similar to the initial steep, where the ginger was a bit more prominent than the turmeric. I wasn’t able to detect the black tea in the second steep.

My Overall Impression

I thought that Udyan Tea’s Ayurveda Black Tea was just okay. I thought this blend had a really nice flavour from the turmeric and ginger – the level of spice and warming qualities from the ingredients was pleasant. I do wish that the black tea was more prominent in flavour and aroma, because that’s one of the primary ingredients. I think it would be nice if the flavours were better balanced so I could still taste the black tea. Ayurveda Black Tea would be a pleasant candidate for black into a latte – just watch how you prepare this tea because turmeric can be quite staining to plastics.

Curious about the cup rating system? Click here to learn more.

Udyan Tea’s Himalayan Sencha Green Tea

Himalayan Sencha Green Tea by Udyan Tea
Green Tea / Straight
475.00 for 100g

Udyan Tea has provided me with Himalayan Sencha Green Tea for the purposes of writing an honest review.

First Impressions

Himalayan Sencha Green Tea came to me in a sealed matte, resealable pouch. The label didn’t have a lot of information on it, I relied on the product page on Udyan Tea’s website to find out more about this green tea. Sencha is traditionally a Japanese green tea that has a flattened, broken leaves.

The leaves of Himalayan Sencha Green Tea are a mix of dark brown-green and yellow-green leaves, with broken leaf pieces throughout. The aroma is a mix of minty and grassy to me. According to Udyan Tea, this is an autumn flush tea that was harvested in 2018.

Preparation

Udyan Tea recommends steeping Himalayan Sencha Green Tea in 75-80°C (167-176°F) water for 1 min. I steeped Himalayan Sencha Green Tea in 79°C (175°F) water for 1 minute.

First Taste

Himalayan Sencha Green Tea steeps to a light golden yellow. The aroma from the tea is a mix of grass and umami/savoury notes. The flavour of the tea is grassy, with a touch of saltiness, and there is an astringency in the tea. It causes a bit of mouth puckering due to the astringency.

A Second Cup?

I resteeped Himalayan Sencha Green Tea three times, adding an additional 30 seconds per subsequent steep. I found that the astringency got stronger with each steep, and the umami flavour was overpowered.

My Overall Impression

I thought that Udyan Tea’s Himalayan Sencha Green Tea was just okay. I found the initial steep was tasty, but I found that the subsequent steeps too astringent for me. I know not everyone is put off by astringent tea, so if you’re into that I would suggest trying out this green tea. Also, an even lower steeping time would be possible if you don’t like the astringency for the initial steep – perhaps 30-45 seconds instead of 60 seconds/1 minute.

Curious about the cup rating system? Click here to learn more.

Udyan Tea’s Chocolate Luxe Black Tea

Chocolate Luxe Black Tea by Udyan Tea
Black Tea / Flavoured
675 for 100g

Udyan Tea has provided me with Chocolate Luxe Black Tea for the purposes of writing an honest review.

First Impressions

Udyan Tea’s Chocolate Luxe Black Tea came in a sealed, resealable matte black foil bag. The label doesn’t provide a whole lot of information about the tea, I had to pop over to the product page on their website for details about the tea’s ingredients and steeping instructions.

When I first opened the package, I noticed that I could definitely smell the spices. I could primarily smell cinnamon and cardamom, with hints of chocolate in the background. Chocolate Luxe Black Tea consists of: black tea, natural chocolate flavour, cocoa nibs, ginger, cardamom, cinnamon, and hops.

Preparation

Udyan Tea recommends steeping Chocolate Luxe Black Tea in 90-95°C (194-203°F) water for 4 to 5 minutes.  I opted for an initial steep of 93°C (200°F) water for 4 minutes.

First Taste

Chocolate Luxe Black Tea steeps to a deep reddish brown colour, with little flecks of oil on the surface of the tea. The aromas are a blend of chocolate, cardamom and cinnamon. When I tried the tea, I noticed it was slightly bitter with a slightly oily mouthfeel. I could taste the cinnamon and cardamom, and noticed a warming quality that I’m attributing to the presence of ginger, but the bitterness is what stands out the most when I sip this tea. It makes me think of like a mix between hot chocolate and masala chai – which worked for me taste-wise when I added a bit of evaporated milk to help temper the bitterness that I noticed.

A Second Cup?

I resteeped Chocolate Luxe Black Tea once, adding an additional 30 seconds for the resteep. I found the flavour was pretty similar to the initial steep with less chocolate flavour.

My Overall Impression

I thought that Udyan Tea’s Chocolate Luxe Black Tea was just okay. The spices were nice in this black tea blend, but there was just something about the chocolate flavouring and/or cocoa nibs that just left a bit of bitterness in the tea that was just not appealing to me. The addition of evaporated milk definitely helped to improve it by making it more like a hot chocolate chai drink, and I really did enjoy the cinnamon, cardamom, and ginger in this blend. I just wasn’t a huge fan of the oily mouthfeel that I got mostly in the initial steep. I think this black tea could be better if prepared on a stovetop in milk, as if you were making a proper chai since the milk did help with the bitterness.

Curious about the cup rating system? Click here to learn more.