Amoda Tea Review May 2017

Amoda is a health and wellness driven brand connecting you to the power of plants – tea, matcha and superfoods, to help you be the happiest, healthiest version of you. They use ancient principles to create organic teas and matcha blends for modern tastes and lifestyles and curate the tastiest teas into a monthly box for leisurely sipping. Amoda means Joy, Peace & Serenity. They kindly sent us this box for review.

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May Box

This month we’re exploring the lighter side of tea.  We’ve been spoiled by Nepali Tea Traders to bring you not one, but two 2017 Spring harvest teas!  These teas come at a premium because only a small amount of first flush leaves and buds can be plucked during the short window of time at the onset of Spring.   We are also introducing a new tea company, Beach House Teas!  Beach House is a family business handcrafting teas inspired by the Pacific Northwest.  They blend only in small batches using organic teas and locally grown, organic or wild harvested ingredients.  We’re very excited to be welcoming Beach House Teas and we hope you love our first choice of teas to share with you. 

I’m really loving my Amoda Tea Box!  I’ve been so impressed with their blends so far and all their flavours are right on track with the season!  This box is no exception as we explore some lighter flavoured teas for the warmer weather headed our way.

Manaslu Spring Tippy

A classic first flush Nepalese black tea.  The very first buds and new leaves are used so they look more like a white tea.  The liquor is light in colour and flavour is so interesting and layered with spring greens and honey.

I am not a huge fan of lighter teas.  I more prefer the red teas, black teas or spiced teas.  I tend to brew lighter teas too long, thus leaving a bitter taste in the cup.  Maybe I just need to learn the knack of it.  Thankfully, Amoda provides instructions on each packaged to make sure you are getting the most flavour out of your leaves.

Sea Breeze

A sweet citrus infusion with hints of spicy ginger, refreshing mint and delicious apple.  The perfect alternative to lemonade as it really doesn’t need any extra sweetener.  Let this steep extra long to extract the full flavour.

Ok, that’s pretty funny… I was just say I over steep and now this tea wants me to.  Perfect.  Also, I have really been enjoying ginger teas lately.  I had an orange ginger tea the other day and really enjoyed it!  It was just a boxed tea from the store I had at my friend’s house, so I’m really excited to try a more pure blend of that flavouring.

Peninsula High Tide

An organic and artisanal peaches and cream blend.  We love that they use peaches grown locally to them in Washington state.  We also love that they’re not overpowering the delicate flavours of the white tea base.

Ok, my mouth is watering at the sound of peaches.  I live in orchard country and we are fairly proud of our home-grown peaches here.  I might have to ice this one with frozen peaches once the peaches are out in full force.

Emerald Spring

Made from delicate first grown tea leaves, this is a mild green tea, yet has some definite complexities to the flavour and aroma.  Can you smell wildflowers, taste any roasted notes or gentle spring greens?

This tea sounds a little light for my palate.  Definitely one I would over brew I’m sure.

Amoda Tea May 2017 – Final Thoughts

I’m really impressed with the selection this month.  I don’t think I would have gravitated to any of these in the store, but I’m really excited about two of the flavours!  I wouldn’t say this is my favourite box from Amoda, but that’s just because they do such an amazing job at following the seasons and moods and I’m just not the biggest fan of spring teas.  I see again the box is different this month, which tells me this is a permanent change!  I’m in love with the new box and like seeing companies evolve and improve along the way.

-Shonah

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