651 Tasting Notes
This came in the mystery grab bag I bought months ago and I’ve been saving it for warmer weather since it sounded so summery. My expectations were pretty low, as I don’t tend to love most floral teas. But this was a pleasant surprise! The lemon flavor keeps the jasmine and rose from coming across as perfumey and it’s actually quite a refreshing combination, especially iced! I thought the rest of my sample was destined for the TTB, but I may actually hang onto it.
This was an impulse purchase in my last Market Spice order and I’m actually wishing I’d ordered more than 2oz! (Especially since 2oz isn’t all that much when it’s such a heavy, fruit-filled tea blend.) This may be one of the best fruit-flavored black teas I’ve tried! I don’t really get the promised apricot flavor; it’s mostly mango and strawberry. But the combination is lovely and the base tea is the perfect smooth, lightly sweet foundation for the flavors. It’s great hot, but I just tried it iced for the first time and I think I may like it that way even better! A new favorite.
Flavors: Fruity, Mango, Smooth, Strawberry, Sweet
Even though their tea bags look just like everyone else’s (meaning Bigelow, Twinings, etc.) I find that Tazo seems to have the best flavor! When I’m on the road and don’t want to fuss with loose-leaf tea, this is one of my go-tos…a well-balanced, smooth Earl Grey that takes milk well and isn’t fussy if the water temperature isn’t quite right.
I was so excited to find this blend on Fava’s site! I recently tried a lemon basil oolong blend from The Cultured Cup in Dallas, which was delicious but pretty pricey. This one was about half the price and just as good! (Plus it’s from my local teashop, which I always want to support when I can.) The oolong is smooth and sweet, the lemon flavor is bright and natural, and the basil is mild and adds just a nice hint of depth to the blend. I’ve been enjoying it hot, but can’t wait to try it iced now that the weather is FINALLY warming up around here! I foresee this becoming one of my staple teas from Fava that I always keep on hand, along with their Coconut Souffle and Banana Walnut Bread.
Flavors: Citrus, Herbs, Lemon, Smooth
This is a good basic, well-balanced Earl Grey. Too sharp and bitter to drink straight, but very pleasant with milk. It doesn’t beat out my favorite (Piccadilly from Letterbox Tea, if you’re wondering) but I’m enjoying it!
Flavors: Bergamot, Bitter, Citrus
The flavor on this one seems more lemon than lime and I don’t really get anything that screams “pie”. That being said, it’s a nice natural citrus flavor (it doesn’t remind me of cleaning fluid like some artificial lemon teas do!) and balances well with the base. Nothing amazing, but I’d drink it again!
Flavors: Citrus, Lemon
I recently placed a curbside pickup order with Fava to support them during this difficult time and tried a bunch of new-to-me teas. I enjoyed most of them, but this one is definitely my favorite of the bunch! I use 2-3 “pearls” for a 12oz mug of tea and get a rich, reddish-brown brew with delicious notes of chocolate and caramel that sips down super-smooth. I can get at least 2 more equally delightful steepings out of the same leaves! Though it’s a bit pricier than some of Fava’s other options, I will definitely be re-purchasing this one next time I want a special treat!
Despite the name, this tea isn’t super “golden” in appearance. There is a random scattering of gold tips, but it’s mostly curly, tightly twisted black leaves. That being said, the flavor is exactly what I was hoping for! Sweet, smooth, malty deliciousness that hangs on for multiple re-steepings. At such a great price and supporting a local tea shop, this one may become a staple in my cupboard!
Flavors: Baked Bread, Malt, Smooth, Sweet
I didn’t get much tangerine from this one, just lots of STRONG ginger flavor! It was a comforting medicinal-type herbal tea for when I had a cold or an upset stomach, but not really something I’d choose to drink for pleasure. Finished off my two ounces and won’t be re-purchasing…The London Tea Room has so many amazing blends I love more than this one!
Flavors: Ginger, Spicy
I ordered this on a whim because it was on sale and I’m so glad I did. It’s quickly becoming a favorite! Great balance of the juicy mango flavor and a little kick of spicy ginger. I’ve been drinking it hot (because Wisconsin is ridiculously cold for May right now…it SNOWED yesterday!) but I bet it will also be amazing iced!
Flavors: Ginger, Mango, Spicy, Sweet