As a lady who loves a nice cup of tea I am always on the lookout for new teas to try. So when I was lucky enough to get contacted by Steenbergs and asked if I would like to review their tea I of course said yes. Steenbergs is a family-run company specialising in the ethical sourcing and hand-blending of teas, herbs, spices and home baking ingredients, with a focus on Fairtrade and organic and a passion for provenance, aroma and taste. They offer a wide range of teas and kindly sent me their organic green tea, lemon verbena & ginger and organic hippy happy tea to review.
Onto the packaging. I liked the simplicity of their packaging. It has a simple two toned colour scheme for each tea. For the green tea, lemon verbena & ginger it is a bold cream and black and for the Happy Hippy tea it is cream and green. Both teas have a clear circular window to the bottom allowing you to see the tea blend inside. To the top centre is Steenbergs brand logo, underneath this is the name of the tea blend in a simple bold rectangular box. Sometimes simple is best. To the back of the packet is the re-seal which was easy to use and very effective. What I also really liked about this packaging is it highlights that the classical and herbal teas are biodegradable and compostable. In addition to this if you send back the plastic bag they will recycle it and send you a 5% voucher off one subsequent order.
Organic Green Tea, Lemon Verbena & Ginger
As the packaging has already been discussed it’s straight onto the ingredients list. Green tea, lemon verbena, ginger, cinnamon, cardamom and clove are listed. No allergens are highlighted and there is no may contain warning.
On opening the packet I was greeted by a rich delightful aroma that I associate with a good chai. The ginger, cinnamon, cardamom and clove took centre stage and slightly overpowering the green tea and lemon verbena. This strengthened on my famous close up sniff test. Totally different to what I was expecting but very enticing for someone like me who loves a nice chai tea. I have to admit to being a little confused as it was totally different to what I was anticipating.
I placed the tea into my infuser and added the slightly cooled freshly boiled hot water. What immediately struck me was how the aroma of this tea completely changed. The aromas that I associate with a nice chai tea had disappeared and were replaced by a grassy meadow with undertones of smokiness that I associate with a nice green tea. I have to admit to being even more confused yet intrigued by this tea blend. I left the tea to infuse with the hot water as instructed. The hot water soon changed to a light green/brown colour. The new aroma from the tea intensified slightly with the grassiness and smokiness becoming more apparent intermingled with a fresh citrus aroma from the verbena. This changed slightly on my close up sniff test as I was also able to distinguish a hint of ginger. The initial chai aroma that I had experienced completely disappeared. On sipping the tea I was able to taste the grassiness from the green tea combined with the refreshing citrus from the verbena. There was a very faint warming element from the ginger intermingled with this. Sadly, the other ingredients to this tea just seemed to disappear. That said it was a delicate highly refreshing cup of tea. I would recommend this tea if you are looking for a refreshing green tea with a citrus element added to it. If you are looking for chai style green tea then maybe not. Perhaps I am being a tad harsh but I and came away a little confused after trying this tea on several occasions I kept expecting a chai style tea but ended up with something completely different. Which in fairness I really enjoyed. In summary a tea of two halves which is well worth trying.
Happy Hippy Tea
So again its straight to the ingredients list, chamomile, peppermint, rose and spearmint are listed. No allergens are highlighted and there is no may contain warning.
On opening the packet I was greeted by a delightful floral aroma with undertones of grassy meadow. This strengthened on my famous close up sniff test and I was unable to smell the mint elements to this tea. To be fair this really didn’t matter because the aroma from the chamomile and rose was one of the strongest that I have experienced. I had high hopes for this tea.
I placed the tea into the infuser and added the hot water. It didn’t take long for the tea to infuse with the water resulting in a pale yellow colour. On infusing the tea produced a strong floral yet grassy aroma but that scent of peppermint and spearmint was simply lacking. This didn’t change on my close up sniff test. On sipping the tea it had a fairly strong floral taste with grassy undertones noted. This was then followed by a more subtle mint flavour that I would be describe as being like a light delicate peppermint tea. The tea provided me with a slightly comforting and soothing effect to my stomach which I can sometimes experience from a nice chamomile or mint tea. This is always a bonus for me. So would I recommend this Happy Hippy tea? Yes I would. Again this was a tea of two halves you start off strong and have a delicate refreshing ending. I liked its strong floral aroma and flavour this is how this is paired perfectly by the delicate mint.