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I have met so many great people since I started this blog. Recently, I met Ian of Kirian Spices on Twitter. He traveled to Greece and found that their oregano had a stronger and fresher flavour than the oregano we get here. He started importing Greek spices.

He asked me if I would give them a try and I happily agreed. You need to know that the products in this review were provided to me for free. I have received no compensation for this review and only accepted the products on the agreement I would give an hones review.

Here is a video of me doing a detailed review:

It is over 10 minutes long as I review several products. Here is a short version of my review of each product.


The oregano has a significantly stronger bouquet than my home grown oregano and even more than store bought. The fragrance is a bit more complex than even my home grown with some nice floral background.

The taste when chewed raw really give a big burst of oregano flavour. It is not just stronger, it has a fresh complex taste.

When used in a rub on my Memphis Ribs the oregano stood up well to cooking and gave the ribs a rich herb background taste.


The thyme had a touch more scent than the commercial but not as noticeable a difference as with the oregano.

However, when chewed raw, it really had a bolder taste than the commercial. It had layers of some oils and resins that complemented the basic thyme taste.

I also added the thyme to the rub for my Memphis ribs. They stood up well to the cooking and gave a great earthy taste to the ribs.

Bay Leaves:

The bay leaves smell fresher than commercially purchased ones. I didn’t try it in a long boil but I did grind it for a fish seasoning I use. It has more bay taste than my commercial leaves.

Greek Mountain Tea:

This is a large leaf tea that is added to water before it is boiled. The water is brought to a boil for 5 minutes and the leaves are strained out. It is definitely a herbal tea and has a floral taste with a touch of citrus. It isĀ  good with a soothing taste on its own but I found it really was wonderful with a bit of honey.

The Verdict

Ian has found a source for gourmet seasonings. I don’t know if it is the varieties or where it was grown but I suspect a lot of the better fragrance and taste comes from smaller production and direct importation.

Whatever the cause, these are a premium product that would be appreciated by any foodie.

The Old Fat Guy

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2 Responses

  1. Thank you so very much for taking the time to provide your review of our products, David.

    We are hoping to have the packaging ready for the other spices very soon, and available on the website.

    Really enjoyed how you carried out your review and compared the products to what you already have. And yes, packaging will be available for the other products very soon!

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