This is LONG overdue. Sometimes I am not a perfect tea blogger and reviews just completely slip under my radar. But regardless, I pop back! Oteas is a Canadian tea company that focuses on tea that is good for the planet as well as for our bodies. Their tea packaging is actually 100% plastic free, biodegradable, and is a true zero waste consumer product. I will go a bit more into the logistics of the packaging in the corresponding section below. They are also a part of 1% for the Planet. They sent me three main teas: Organic Rooibos Vanilla, Strawberries and Cream, and Black Tea with Caramel, as well as a few other samples. Here are my thoughts on the main three:
Strawberries & Cream: It had the most creamy and intoxicating aroma when brewing, reminding me of strawberry fruity pebbles or Captian Crunch (I really used to love eatting cereals so I know their smell quite distinctly). When taking my first sip, I was met by a lovely fruity taste that was extremely smooth. Very much like a strawberry tea, they completely nailed that taste. It was a very comforting tea, I wanted to continue drinking and drinking and have it never run out. I drank it before bed, but I think this would also make a fantastic dessert tea. I have had this tea so many times and am almost out already. I just think it is so well balanced and easy to drink, the hibiscus is not overwhelming. The aroma is distinctive and just strong and fantastic. Also, it makes an amazing iced or hot drink.
Ingredients: Hibiscus, Rose Hip Peels, Apple Pieces, Apple Dices, Orange Peels, Flavor, Freeze-Dried Strawberry Pieces
Organic Rooibos Vanilla: I feel as if something is missing in this tea. I wonder if it is my personal association with vanilla flavor, as I had another rooibos vanilla tea by another brand and I also found it a bit lacking as well. So, could be a personal taste thing on my end. It seemed quite rooibos focused with little vanilla notes in it. My mom actually tasted a bit more than I did and found it a bit sweet and caramelly almost like caramel corn. I personally could not get past the taste and feel of the natural flavors. I was told I was too persnickety. Sometimes, natural flavors mess with my senses and the ability to review. I have had this tea multiple times since initially getting it, and each time is fairly similar.
Ingredients: Organic Rooibos, Natural Organic Vanilla Flavor
Black Tea with Caramel: I have to be slightly careful with this one due to the slight amount of dairy that it has, but I was not greatly affected fortunately. This tea is absolutely delicious. It honestly tasted like a black tea with hints of vanilla and a creaminess to it that just sat well with my senses (and my moms). Sometimes with flavoring, I find that I cannot drink too much or I sense something about it being off. However, all of the ingredients in this tea meshed perfectly together! I drank it a lot with my months of avocado toast that I did for about 2 months straight in June and July, if that says anything.
Ingredients: Black Tea, Caramel Cubes (Condensed Skim Milk Sweetened, Sugar, Glucose Syrup, Butterfat, Humectant: Sorbitol Syrup, Emulsifier: Mono- and Diglycerides of Fatty Acids) (10%), Flavor, Black Tea
Price: I am assuming that prices are in CAD. So, each box of tea is priced the same at a box of 15 sachets being $6.49CAD or $4.94USD. Again this is assuming, but that is fairly reasonable especially considering the entire tea is environmentally friendly.
Packaging: The tea bags are 100% biodegradable, including the string and tag. The plastic wrap the tea bags come in is compostable. The box is made out of recycled boxes, and the ink on the boxes are vegetable-based. I honestly could not smell too much aroma outside the box, but there were slight hints.
Sourcing: On their packaging and website, I could not find their sourcing information. I thought I had seen it in the past, so if I do find it, I will add it here.
Tea companies are taking on environmentally friendly aspects to their business head-on, and I am so excited each time I find something slightly new or different in the packaging. What are your thoughts? Happy Brewing!