Hello! I hope your holiday season is going well and is full of tea! The Milana Co is another Canadian tea company that wants to change the perception that tea has gotten over the years as a mass-produced product and bring wellness and quality into the cups of their consumers! They sent me four of their wonderful teas: Milana Breakfast Bold, The Queens Royal Blend, Countess Citron Tulsi, and Sacred Tulsi Spiced Rose. Tulsi is such a unique aspect to two of these teas, and I am very new to the ingredient. I enjoyed learning and tasting more about it! Here are my thoughts:
Analyzation of the Teas:
Milana Breakfast Bold: I never quite know how to grade or review black tea blends such as breakfast teas, as it mostly tastes like black tea (who would have thought??). But this was a very delightful start to my day, especially when I just sat down and focused on drinking the tea. It was nice and mellow, with no astringency apparent. But it packed a bold punch of flavor, like a creamy feeling on the mouth. As I was drinking the tea, there seemed to be a tiny bit of some sweetness or nuttiness on my palate (could not decide which one exactly). I will probably go to this tea for a nice go-to cup of tea to start my morning or to drink after dinner and splash in some Chai Liqueur (if done at a reasonable time in the day! I would not start my day like that!).
Ingredients: Assam Black Tea and Ceylon Black Tea.
The Queens Royal Blend: This tea was quite surprising, with each time being an extremely different experience. The first cup I had had more lavender notes in it with the rose. The second cup brought some sweetness and rose notes as well as smoothness that I did not get the first time. There was a taste that snuck up on my palate when drinking this tea. I tried to slurp and swish my tea around to aerate it a bit (to try and see if I could get some smelling or tasting notes), but it did not reveal much. I think my final assessment would be that I could really taste the black tea and tannins as well as the Rosey Sweetness. No astringency, and beautiful mellow notes.
Ingredients: Assam Black Tea, Orange Peel, Rose Petals, Lavender and Cornflowers.
Countess Citron Tulsi: The aroma of this tea was slightly lemon with a spiced factor which I think was a mix of the Holy Basil and Ginger. I think the mix of those two ingredients really helped create a spiced aspect to the tea with a lingering sweetness of the lemon and maybe minty notes (?). It was incredibly unique tasting and captivating to try and figure out what I was drinking. I liked drinking this tea before bed mostly due to the fact that it was different than most herbal teas that I normally drink before bed. The taste was quite similar to the aroma, which created a really beautiful experience. This blend is supposed to help the consumer with relaxation, immune system, digestion, and mood. As stated before, it did help me go to bed. So, I consider it a win.
Ingredients: Holy Basil (Tulsi), Lemongrass, Ginger and Calendula Petals
Sacred Tulsi Spiced Rose: This tea was kind of similar to the Countess Citron Tulsi, but with a bit more spice to it. I could really taste the cardamom and the spice notes lingered in my mouth after swallowing. I think the Tulsi was more evident in this one, or that the ingredients brought out its notes more. I tasted hints of rose, but it was quite subtle. This tea created a kaleidoscope of flavors, which was so difficult to figure out. I think since this is my first time with holy basil, it is hard to describe what exactly I am tasting. It has the same health benefits as the Countess Citron Tulsi.
Ingredients: Holy Basil (Tulsi), Cardamom, Ginger, Cinnamon and Rose Petals.
Analyzation of the Pricing:
All of these teas are USD $7.99 each. The amount of tea you get depends on if it is one of their Tulsi herbal blends, or if it is a black tea blend. The black teas (Milana Breakfast Bold and The Queens Royal Blend) are both 35 grams of tea. The tulsi blends are 25 grams of tea each. Regardless, I really enjoyed these teas and the unique experiences each one brought. I think it is a great price for the quality and amount the consumer gets.
Analyzation of the Packaging:
The pouches were extremely nice and sturdy. They had a thick plastic that was harder to rip through to open, so I knew that it would be great at keeping the teas fresh. I could not smell any tea aroma at the top of the bag, so there is also a great zipper on these pouches as well.
Well, What did you guys think? I am continuing to mess around with these teas. I used the Milana Breakfast Bold to create a Festive Chai drink for the holiday season! Do you have any fun recipes for me to try? Let me know in the comments! Happy Brewing!