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Another SipsBy offering for the month of January. I was surprised to see another pistachio tea from Fava in my box so soon, but I love pistachio, so can’t complain. This tea has loads of ingredients that I love (marzipan drops and almonds in particular), but there was just something off about this blend. It’s not nearly as bad as the other Fava pistachio blend that I tried, but I’m still not loving it. It’s missing that marzipan favor, and is instead reading as a bag of mixed nuts.
What I smell: marzipan (strong)
What I taste: pistachio butter
Notes: This tea reminds me of the almond-paste-filled Danish Kringle pastry that’s occasionally available at Trader Joe’s. Fairly light, but in a pleasant way. Might try steeping a minute longer next time. Found via Sips by subscription box.
Day 2 of my advent calendar from Inkling, and this is another winner! I’m constantly on the hunt for good banana teas, and this is definitely one of the best I’ve tried. It truly tastes like a slice of banana nut bread. Especially delicious with a splash of oat milk. This is one I will certainly be purchasing.
Flavors: banana, Cake, Walnut
I’ve been wanting to try this blend for awhile, and was so happy to see it arrive in my SipsBy box. Boy, was I disappointed. I opened the bag and it just smelled like salted nuts. I was still hopeful. Maybe the flavors would really shine once brewed? Nope. Tastes like hot buttered popcorn. Just awful. Couldn’t finish the cup.
I bought this tea after trying it in-store. The sample was smooth and bright with a distinct pina colada-type flavor. Unfortunately, I haven’t been able to recapture that flavor at home. I may have to keep messing around with my brewing parameters, but after preparing it as I do most green tea blends (1 tsp for 3 minutes at 175 degrees), I got a watery, artificial banana flavor with hints of coconut. Quite disappointing! I think I’ll try more leaf next time and see if that makes a difference.
Flavors: Artificial, banana, Coconut
I love a good banana-flavored tea. Butiki’s Hello Sweetie is one of the many reasons I’m devastated that company shut down and A Quarter to Tea’s Banana Nut Pancakes is another standout favorite. I think this one may round out my top three! I wasn’t sure about the green tea base, but it actually works beautifully, giving a lighter twist to a heavy flavor. There’s a nice butteriness to this one along with the banana and walnut flavors that definitely gives me the vibes of a piece of warm, buttered banana bread. What a treat!
Flavors: Banana, Butter, Walnut
This is another great tea from the Fava Tea company. I bought five different rooibos teas from them and they all got packaged in a nice black resealable pouch. It even had a hand written note with it to thank me for the order and a ton of flyers about tea and the benefits of it. Great packaging and fast shipping. Also there was a little sampler package for tea with it, the Sunny Disposition they sell :) The mango tea I ordered has a very pleasant and mild taste, not to Mango-ie. I was doubtful because I’m not a big mango fan but I couldn’t drink it fast enough when I was drinking it. Great tea!
This came in my January Sips by box. I think it’s my third by Fava Teas? I’ve liked them all so far.
First of all, this tea smells so wonderful. Such a festive and spiced citrus aroma! There are so many goodies mixed in. Big pieces of dried orange, pretty pink peppercorns, whole cloves and cardamom pods, and a generous amount of cinnamon chips.
It brews up to a dark reddish brown and smells sweet like Christmas. Upon first sip, I notice an unexpected creamy vanilla note. Oooh. The vanilla is followed by bright, sunny orange, then spices. The spices all sort of blend together, with cinnamon being the most noticeable. The clove and cardamom are there, but in the background. I didn’t see it in my sample, but I swear I also taste star anise. Or maybe allspice?
Basically, this tastes like a holiday dessert and I am here for it. Glad I got to try this.
EDIT: Cooled, this tastes like a spiced Creamcicle.
Sipdowns in 2019: 5
Flavors: Cinnamon, Citrus, Citrus Fruits, Citrus Zest, Citrusy, Clove, Cloves, Orange, Orange Zest
This one was on sample at the store and as soon as I tasted it I knew this was one I needed in my cupboard. So yummy! The coconut flavor is rich and creamy and natural and pairs perfectly with the white tea base. It’s delicious hot and even better iced. A new favorite!
Flavors: Coconut, Creamy
Sip down! This is one of those teas that I’ve had in my cupboard for a loooong time, and every time I break it out, I really enjoy it but then I forget how much I enjoyed it so I don’t drink it again for a long time. I made a latte from it this morning, which I don’t think I’ve done before, and it is especially good. The tea has a creamy feel/flavor on its own, I imagine from the blue mallow and vanilla. The jasmine is extremely subtle, so anyone scared of floral teas need not be afraid. Really yummy cup, sad to see it go!
Flavors: Creamy, Smooth, Sweet, Tea, Vanilla
It makes me a little sad to see how underrated Fava Tea Company is in these parts. I think they deserve much more attention in the tea community (but I suppose there are many companies that do and I’m just biased since they’re local to me.)
I have a pretty vast tea collection and this is one of my favorites and one of very few repeat purchases. Usually by the time I’ve made it through 2 oz of one tea, there are a bunch of new teas out that I want to try to so it’s rare that I re-purchase something. This is an exception.
This tea is particularly pretty with its little tiny pink rosebuds. I find it to have a perfect balance between the fruit and floral notes. It has a bit of tartness to it that would probably lend well to iced tea, but also has a bit of chamomile so it’s usually a hot bedtime tea for me. The chamomile is barely detectable so this would probably be a safe bet for people who otherwise are not a huge fan of that.
I guess this is sort of a sipdown since I finished the last of my old batch, but I opened a brand new pouch and refilled my tin ASAP. This one will be staying on my shelf for a bit!
Flavors: Apple, Floral, Fruity, Hibiscus, Rose, Strawberry
I feel bad for how I’m rating this tea. And ill tell you why…its because the smell of this tea is absolutely out of this world. It smells like cinnamon oatmeal cookies with brown sugar. But once steeped, that damn hibiscus ruins it completely. The steeped liquid still smells incredible, like snickerdoodles with just this yummy tiny hint of sweet plums; and the aftertaste is like cinnamon brown sugar cookies too! But the hibiscus overpowers EVERYTHING unfortunately. So the main flavor I’m getting is tart. And I hate it so much. Dear Fava, please make this without hibiscus next time because my rating would have been 100% without question. I can tell exactly what this would taste like without the hibiscus and it would be phenomenal! Why do these companies ruin these blends with hibiscus? Such a waste.
Flavors: Cinnamon, Cookie, Plums, Sweet, Tart
For whatever reason, pumpkin teas this season really dont smell or taste like actual pumpkin. More so, like pumpkin spice- which is just cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, etc….which is essentially chai. But not Pleasing Pumpkin! This one actual smells like pumpkin. As if I am smelling the inside of a pumpkin pie. Pumpkin Squash sprinkled with cinnamon and nutmeg. The taste is not as strong as the scent, but its still good and I will definitely purchase again. This is better than any pumpkin tea I’ve tasted so far :)
Flavors: Cinnamon, Clove, Nutmeg, Pumpkin
This tea contains apple pieces and whole marshmallows, so its both sweet and tart with an aftertaste of apple and nuts. Id say the apple is the most prevalent taste here, followed by the nuts and the marshmallows really just add sugar and not much else. I enjoy this blend but I dont think I would purchase again. If I want an apple/nut blend, Forever Nuts from DAVIDsTEA is much better.
So for this tea I have to respectfully disagree with the reviewers before me. I felt that this tea delivered in both smell and taste. The smell of this one is my favorite of any tea I’ve smelled lol. If you’ve ever had Forever Nuts from DAVID’s TEA its very similar to that, minus the apples and heavier on the cinnamon spice. Its not a hot cinnamon though (thank God because I hate hot cinnamon). Its more of a vanilla almond cinnamon. Its not so much nutty on taste as it is sweet almond, but it doesn’t take it too far that it crosses over into “cherry” territory; because in that case I would not like it. This really is one of my all-time favorites, and now that I am pregnant I am excited to sip on it all fall and winter since it is caffeine free, so I can have as much as I want!
Flavors: Almond, Cinnamon, Spices, Sweet, Vanilla
Continuing on with my tasting of Fava teas! This one’s a winner. It legitimately smells and tastes like carrot cake, with just the right balance of sweet and spicy. I would definitely drink it again!
Flavors: Carrot, Clove, Nutmeg, Smooth, Sweet
Trying another new-to-me blend from Fava. This one’s a miss for me. I love a strong chai with well-balanced spices and a flavorful base, but this doesn’t tick any of those boxes. The cinnamon is overwhelming whatever other spices are present and the base tea seems surprisingly thin and lackluster for a puerh. It was okay hot, but I really didn’t care for it as it cooled down; the lack of depth became even more pronounced and I started to notice an unpleasant sour aftertaste. I’ll give it another shot with milk and/or sweetener to finish off my sample, but I doubt this is something I’ll be purchasing in the future.
Flavors: Cinnamon, Sour
Fava is my local independent tea shop and I’m on a quest to try all of their tea…which is going to take a while, because they have a lot! So far, it’s been hit and miss: they have several blends that I adore (Cloud 9 and Roasted Almond Chai), others that I really don’t care for (such as Raspberry Rose and Two to Mango) and quite a few that I’m just ambivalent about. This one falls in the ambivalent category. I’m getting bread and nuts, but none of the sweet maple flavor I was hoping for. It’s okay, but not something I’m likely to purchase.
Flavors: Baked Bread, Nuts