651 Tasting Notes

75
drank Highgarden by 52teas
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.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
AJRimmer

Ha, my sample of this from the mystery bag is currently circulating in the tea box – different tastes!

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90

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

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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70
drank Earl Grey by Tazo®
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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.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
Nattie

I don’t know if you can get Clipper teabags over there, but if you can you should try their Earl Grey. Definitely the best bagged EG I’ve tried by a long shot! (If you like it strong, that is).

Inkling

Thanks for the tip! I don’t think I’ve seen Clipper, but I also haven’t been looking for it. I’ll keep an eye out!

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95

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

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
gmathis

I have high hopes that I’ll have some homegrown basil to try as a tea additive soon…right now we’re fighting weather (wet, wet, wet, and more wet), and Minnie, our wannabe-gardener cat who thinks that you tend to you plants by sitting (or chewing) on them.

Michelle

I really liked Fava’s Lapacho that you put in the TeaBox. If you keep writing reviews like this I might have to place an order :)

Nattie

I’m so sad Fava Tea Co. don’t ship to the UK! This sounds amazing, as do several other of their teas I’ve seen on here. ):

mrmopar

@gmathis, I have basil, thyme, oregano and cilantro planted for this year.

gmathis

Sounds like you’re ready for salsa and marinara!

Inkling

@gmathis…I can relate to you on the weather front! Hope the sun comes out for both of us soon!

@Michelle…I highly recommend them and not just because it’s my local teashop! :) Cloud 9 and Roasted Almond Chai are other personal favorites.

@Nattie I’d be happy to send you some samples in exchange for the Butiki teas you so generously offered to share! Let me know if there’s anything specific you’d be interested in trying. :)

Nattie

Oh gosh would you really? I might actually take you up on that offer! That’s very kind of you (:

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80
drank Earl Grey by Fava Tea Co.
651 tasting notes

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

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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70
drank Key Lime by Fava Tea Co.
651 tasting notes

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

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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100
drank Dragon Pearls by Fava Tea Co.
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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!

Preparation
0 OZ / 0 ML
tea-sipper

So this means you’re in Wisconsin… did you ever get to visit the House on the Rock?

Inkling

Yep, I live in the Milwaukee area. :) I’ve passed billboards for House on the Rock on the freeway, but never actually gone. It sounds a little weird for my taste. :D Have you been there? Did you like it?

tea-sipper

AH! I have never been but I would LOVE to go if I was ever in the area. I guarantee it is so much more than the billboards. There is no way they can fit all that wonderful weird on the billboards. :D

Inkling

Haha, well, maybe one of these days! :)

Nattie

Sorry to butt into your convo but I just googled it out of curiosity and WOW! That seems super interesting!

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90
drank Golden Yunnan by Fava Tea Co.
651 tasting notes

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

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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40

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

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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95
drank White Mango Ginger by TeaSource
651 tasting notes

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

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Michelle

It’s snowing here today in Wyoming. At least its not accumulating on anything :)

Inkling

Yeah, same here. And today it’s getting up to 60 degrees, so maybe spring will actually be here to stay one of these days. :)

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“You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.” ~ C.S. Lewis

I was introduced to loose leaf tea by a roommate in 2012, but it wasn’t until I stumbled upon Steepster in 2014 that I discovered a world of tea that went beyond Teavana and the grocery store.

My tastes continue to evolve, but black tea is currently my favorite. I am especially drawn to strong, malty breakfast blends to wake me up in the morning and flavored dessert teas to sip throughout the day.

Just about everything in my cupboard is available to swap, so feel free to ask!

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