Review: OpportuniTeas Clear Tea

Acai Berry Tea, Chocolate Tea, Goji Berry Tea, Matcha Tea, Mate Tea, Opportuniteas, Pomegranate Tea No Comments »
Katie’s Teaview Snapshot
Not Great"If you enjoy adding powders to your AM smoothie and you want the added caffeine boost, it's a good idea."
Katie’s Teaview: 4.6/10
Your Reviews:Add your review »

opportuniteaslogoThis sort of health supplement isn’t normally my thing, but my husband saw this and was intrigued enough that he promised to sample it as well and help me with the review. The directions say to add one “scoop” to 8 ounces of a smoothie or hot or cold water. My sample didn’t come with a scoop and I couldn’t find the size of a scoop anywhere on the website, so I guess an amount and add it to hot water.

Since this is a “health food,” more supplement than tea, it’s a bit tough to review. It’s designed to be more healthy rather than tasty, but it’s not the sort of thing you can review based just on flavour. I’ll start with the pros of the blend. First, I appreciate that Opportuniteas has citations on their website to link to some evidence for the health benefits associated with the ingredients. I also realise that, at $0.87 per serving, it’s a reasonable price for a supplement. It’s certainly much cheaper than some name brand diet boosters.

Those bonuses aside, I’ll move on to flavour, and here’s where I run in to problems with the review. It’s… palatable, but I don’t find it much more. If you’re drinking it just for the idea of health, you could throw it in your morning smoothie to cover up some of the flavour, but I find powders added to smoothies usually make them worse. I can taste many of the individual ingredients, which in a way is nice because you know they’ve included what they’ve promised to include; however, all those flavours together isn’t my favourite combination. It’s mildly fruity with a sour bite, characteristic of super berries. The matcha was doomed from the start to be bitter as all matcha tends to be when it’s not properly whisked. I was hoping the cocoa would redeem the flavour, but more than anything else it makes the blend muddled and confusing.

That being said, it is perfectly drinkable. So if you are intrigued by the ingredient list, it’s worth a shot. Personally, I’d rather have a nice cup of quality whisked matcha and the rest of the supplements in pill form. But if you enjoy adding powders to your AM smoothie and you want the added caffeine boost, it’s a good idea.

— To purchase OpportuniTeas Clear Tea, or for more specific information on ingredients or the story behind this particular tea, click here to go directly to the manufacturer's web site.

Teaviews Member: Katie Katie
Teaviews.com Reviewer
» Read more about this reviewer on Katie's profile page.
» Find a list of recent posts by Katie.

    


Review: Green Terrace Teas Jin Xuan Milk Oolong

Green Terrace Teas, Oolong Tea No Comments »
Alexa’s Teaview Snapshot
Thumbs up!" Two things immediately came to mind after my first sip: lemon and spinach. It tastes like roasted greens, seasoned with citrus."
Alexa’s Teaview: 8/10
Your Reviews:Add your review »

greenterracemioolongJin Xuan Milk Oolong was my very first experience with Green Terrace Teas. This company is a small tea shop in Taiwan. On their website I learned that none of their teas are machine-picked but are hand-picked and produced using sustainable methods. Their teas also don’t have any added chemicals or flavorings and are SGS certified, which I love.

The Jin Xuan Milk Oolong is rather a stunning tea. It’s bright green color matches it’s bright, vegetal aroma. It is named “milk oolong” for its unique, milky smell. Smelling the leaves, I definitely could confuse the leaves for a milky, vegetal broth.

This particular tea was harvested at 1,300 meters in Taiwan during 2014. I steeped 1 teaspoon in 1 cup of water at 190F. I let the leaves steep for about 3 minutes. The leaves smelled like a citrusy, vegetal broth. It also had a honey sweet smell. The smell is absolutely lovely. Two things immediately came to mind after my first sip: lemon and spinach. It tastes like roasted greens, seasoned with citrus. After a few more sips, I could detect some sweet, floral undertones as well. It lives up to its name as milk oolong since it is a very smooth, creamy blend.

This Jin Xuan Oolong also has some health benefits! It is high in antioxidants and is known to reduce some of the effects of aging. I thoroughly loved this tea. The brothy, vegetal flavor may not be for everyone. If you are an oolong lover, then you’ll appreciate this smooth, creamy blend.

— To purchase Green Terrace Teas Jin Xuan Milk Oolong, or for more specific information on ingredients or the story behind this particular tea, click here to go directly to the manufacturer's web site.

Teaviews Member: Alexa Alexa
Teaviews.com Reviewer
» Read more about this reviewer on Alexa's profile page.
» Find a list of recent posts by Alexa.

    


Review: Cameron Tea Formosa, Premium Grade

Black Tea, Cameron Tea No Comments »
Daniel’s Teaview Snapshot
Thumbs up!"The premium grade, like its greater counterpart, harbors a rich, smooth liquor characterized by a subtle creaminess and lasting sweetness."
Daniel’s Teaview: 8.6/10
Your Reviews:Add your review »

cameronsunmoonformosaGiven my recent review of Cameron’s competition grade of this very same tea, my review of the Formosa premium grade will be markedly concise. Following several different brewing methods for each grade, I found little difference between the two.

The premium grade, like its greater counterpart, harbors a rich, smooth liquor characterized by a subtle creaminess and lasting sweetness. I found the premium grade to be a bit thinner in its overall full-bodied liquor, which makes it more difficult to extract the highest of such a tea’s potential. The differentiation between the two grades, however, is extremely small.

In both the pre- and post-infused aroma, the leaves of this Formosa are slightly sweet and bring to attention inviting notes of cinnamon and vanilla. The dry leaves are a deep chocolate brown and resemble a Baozhong in its twisted and slightly folded structure. Without hesitation, the leaves unfurl upon infusion, but their brewing power hold through several brews, especially when steeped under gongfu methods.

The faintest spot of astringency found in the competition grade of Cameron’s Formosa is even fainter and almost altogether absent in the premium grade due to its wider leaves. On its surface, this serves as a positive, allowing for more leeway in steeping duration, but an absolutely perfect brew just isn’t quite as feasible as it is with the frailer competition grade.

Minor negatives aside, this is a solid black tea with smooth and sweet notes akin to just about every other tea from Taiwan. For unparalleled mouthfeel and well-roundedness, Cameron Tea’s Formosa black, whether premium or competition grade, is an essential buy.

— To purchase Cameron Tea Formosa, Premium Grade, or for more specific information on ingredients or the story behind this particular tea, click here to go directly to the manufacturer's web site.

Teaviews Member: Daniel Daniel
Teaviews.com Reviewer
» Read more about this reviewer on Daniel's profile page.
» Find a list of recent posts by Daniel.

    


Review: Golden Tips CTC Assam Exotic Black Tea

Assam Tea, Golden Tips Tea No Comments »
Melanie’s Teaview Snapshot
Thumbs up!"It brews up into a beautiful dark reddish tea and I could drink this tea all day long!"
Melanie’s Teaview: 10/10
Your Reviews:Add your review »

goldetipsassamexotctcWhat does it say about a tea when the first thing I do after tasting it, is to go straight to the website to plan an order?

Golden Tips CTC Assam Exotic Black Tea smells delicious in the bag. It has a slight reddish tint to it and, as it is a CTC (cut tear curl) tea, the leaves are in nice little balls (much smaller than the balls of an oolong, but clearly not tea leaf dust).

I began by making a full pot of tea. I always heat my ceramic pot with hot water, while I bring fresh cold water to a boil. I was unsure about measuring this tea since the tea leaf balls are so tiny, but I decided to use my small British teaspoon which probably measures about a 1/2 teaspoon or a scant tea scoop. I used 3 spoonfuls and I steeped it for 5 min.

When I make a pot of black tea for breakfast, I like to use milk and sugar. This Assam tea is excellent for this, and takes milk well and only needs a little bit of sugar. It has little (if any) astringency. It’s a very malty, full bodied assam. I was amazed at how smooth and “creamy” it felt on my tongue. It had great body and I drank the first pot very quickly and enjoyed every drop!

I made this tea again several times as single servings. I wanted to play around with the steeping time. I found that it was not extremely temperamental and actually did not become bitter when I left it for several extra minutes. It brews up into a beautiful dark reddish tea and I could drink this tea all day long!

Golden Tips teas are garden fresh, straight from India. They offer a great variety of teas varieties, from Assam, to Darjeeling, greens, whites and oolongs. They are well packaged to stay fresh and the website clearly labels the harvest you are purchasing. I’m really impressed with this tea company and their offerings.

— To purchase Golden Tips CTC Assam Exotic Black Tea, or for more specific information on ingredients or the story behind this particular tea, click here to go directly to the manufacturer's web site.

Teaviews Member: Melanie Melanie
Teaviews.com Reviewer
» Read more about this reviewer on Melanie's profile page.
» Find a list of recent posts by Melanie.

    

Review: OpportuniTeas Clear Tea

Acai Berry Tea, Chocolate Tea, Goji Berry Tea, Matcha Tea, Mate Tea, Opportuniteas, Pomegranate Tea No Comments »
Alexa’s Teaview Snapshot
Thumbs up!"I was vey impressed by ClearTea. I plan on ordering more soon. It’s perfect for people trying to get off coffee or people who have problems focussing. "
Alexa’s Teaview: 8.7/10
Your Reviews:Add your review »

opportuniteaslogoOpportunities is a tea company started by Greg Bastin whose goal is optimal health. Opportunities doesn’t use artificial additives, preservatives or sweeteners. They want to provide their consumers with the best nutrition. So what exactly does opportunities offer? They offer three different teas or drink mixes; Cleartea, Brainiac, and Supergreens. I tried their Cleartea, a natural energy drink mix, which is comes in powder form. This tea contains matcha, yerba mate, goji berry, organic cocoa, pomegranate, camu camu berry, acai berry, and rhodiola rosea. This tea also contains magnesium, vitamin D, and vitamin C. I wasn’t very familiar with camu camu berry or rhodiola rosea so I did some research. The camu camu berry contains more vitamin C than any other food. It also strengthens the immune system and can help balance your mood. Rhodiola rosea is a flowering plant that is known to have antidepressant effects and help improve your mood. It can also help improve mental performance.

The powder smells like matcha and cocoa powder. I decided to add this tea to smoothies in the mornings. I used 2 teaspoons of the tea combined with 2 tablespoons of protein powder, a cup of frozen berries, 1/3 frozen banana, 1/4 cup of yogurt, and 3/4 cup water. The smoothie tastes wonderful. Though I only used 2 teaspoons of the tea mix, I could really taste the matcha and yerba mate. I would say this tea mix tastes better than others I have had. Though I preferred it in smoothies, it can also be added to water or juice.

This tea is called Cleartea because its goal is to provide clear thoughts, lost of energy, and lasting focus. I decided to use this tea 3 days in a row as a replacement for coffee. I am a coffee addict – literally. I get bad headaches when I go a day without the caffeine. When I used this tea in place of my coffee I was concerned I would get headaches, but I was wrong. Not only did this tea give me enough caffeine to avoid headaches, but it gave me more energy then coffee. My energy also lasted longer and I didn’t have my normal afternoon crash. I study in the mornings and I felt like I had fantastic focus. I took less study breaks than normal and I was able to see the benefits of this tea very quickly.

I was vey impressed by ClearTea. I plan on ordering more soon. It’s perfect for people trying to get off coffee or people who have problems focussing. If you are also tired of caffeine crashes, then this is a great option.

— To purchase OpportuniTeas Clear Tea, or for more specific information on ingredients or the story behind this particular tea, click here to go directly to the manufacturer's web site.

Teaviews Member: Alexa Alexa
Teaviews.com Reviewer
» Read more about this reviewer on Alexa's profile page.
» Find a list of recent posts by Alexa.

    

Review: Tea So Tea Organic Black Tea Infused with Vanilla

Black Tea, Tea so Tea, Vanilla Tea No Comments »
Melanie’s Teaview Snapshot
Thumbs up!"The delicate vanilla flavor made this a tea I could enjoy anytime of day instead of just being a dessert tea like most vanilla teas I've tasted."
Melanie’s Teaview: 7/10
Your Reviews:Add your review »

teasoblackvanillaI’ve enjoyed many different vanilla infused black teas, so of course I was excited to sample Tea So Tea Organic Black Tea infused with Vanilla.

Tea So Tea is a small tea company started by the Eswaran family in Sri Lanka. All of the teas they offer are organic and all of them are in pyramid 100% biodegradable teabags. But unlike most teabags, these are not filled with dust, but with nice large tea leaves, and all of their teas are certified organic!

When I opened my package, I could smell the scent of vanilla. The sight of the large tea leaves was exciting and I put my fresh cold water on to boil.

I brewed this tea in individual cups. I used a mug (beaker) that was on the smaller side. I brought the water just to boil and covered the cup keeping it warm while it steeped. I steeped the first cup 5 min, and the second cup only 4 min. I only used each teabag one time.

It brewed nice and dark, and I could discern the scent of vanilla but when I tasted the tea, I couldn’t really tell it was there. However, I like my black tea with milk and a little sugar and soon as I added the sugar, I could tell the vanilla was there and the milk enhanced the creaminess.

Compared to some of the vanilla black teas I’ve had, this is very lightly flavored. I am assuming this is why they call it black tea “infused” with vanilla, versus a vanilla flavored tea.

I really liked it! The delicate vanilla flavor made this a tea I could enjoy anytime of day instead of just being a dessert tea like most vanilla teas I’ve tasted. It’s bold enough to take milk and sugar, but also quite smooth on the tongue.

I would caution though, that this tea can become a bit bitter if over brewed. I did not enjoy the 5 minute cup near as much as I enjoyed the 4 min. cup. And if you want to keep the vanilla as a very delicate back note, pass on the sugar. It’s a nice tea either way.

I was pleasantly surprised at the size of the leaves after the teabag brewed. And it’s always nice to know you’re drinking an organic tea. I would definitely try more teas from Tea So Tea!

— To purchase Tea So Tea Organic Black Tea Infused with Vanilla, or for more specific information on ingredients or the story behind this particular tea, click here to go directly to the manufacturer's web site.

Teaviews Member: Melanie Melanie
Teaviews.com Reviewer
» Read more about this reviewer on Melanie's profile page.
» Find a list of recent posts by Melanie.

    

WP Theme & Icons by N.Design Studio
Entries RSS Comments RSS Log in