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This is really nice berry-flavored black tea that I’ve repurchased a couple of times from Fava now. Not sure what the three berries are supposed to be, but I definitely get raspberry. The base tea is nice and smooth with no bitterness or astringency, but still has some body to it. Nothing super special, but a great affordable cupboard staple.

Flavors: Fruity, Raspberry, Smooth

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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72

I grabbed this with the sipsby sale on iced tea boxes and the bright tropical scent drew me in; I wanted to brew this one immediately. I could probably have a bowl of this stuff out on the counter just to enjoy smelling it all day.

I couldn’t taste much going on in the tea once it was brewed, however. It was a decent black tea, lightly flavored with something vaguely floral and a hint of fruit, but it didn’t quite meet the mark. I’d try it again and see if a cold brew might help bring out some of that fruit.

Flavors: Floral, Tropical

Preparation
Iced

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drank Earl Grey Supreme by Fava Tea Co.
804 tasting notes

This is a wonderful Earl Grey! Tons of fresh, clean bergamot flavor. The base is just a touch too light for me, but that’s the only thing keeping this from passing up my beloved Letterbox Piccadilly as my favorite morning cuppa!

Flavors: Bergamot

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

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drank East Frisian by Fava Tea Co.
804 tasting notes

Having tried and loved the Harney & Sons version of this tea, I was excited to find a blend by the same name at my local tea shop. While I don’t think this one is quite as good as the H&S version, it is a very tasty breakfast blend…robust and malty! A new favorite.

Flavors: Malt

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

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drank Ginger Peach by Fava Tea Co.
804 tasting notes

I fell in love with Republic of Tea’s Ginger Peach black tea 8 or 9 years ago and have enjoyed versions of it from many other companies over years, including Market Spice and TeaSource. However, this one from Fava was a disappointment. Instead of the usual blend of sweet peach and spicy ginger, this one is full-on ginger with the addition of cinnamon and clove giving it an almost chai-like vibe. Whatever peach flavoring is present gets completely drowned out by all the spices. It’s not a bad tea by any means, but not quite what I was looking for. I’ll be reordering my beloved Georgia Sunshine from TeaSource once I use this one up!

Flavors: Cinnamon, Clove, Ginger, Spicy

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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I’m a sucker for a good caramel tea, so had to give this new one from Fava a try. Unfortunately, it just doesn’t work for me. Though it has a decadent caramel aroma, the flavor is just a vaguely sweet medicinal rooibos. And something (maybe the buckwheat?) is giving me a scratchy sensation at the back of my throat. It is a bit better with milk, but still not something I’d repurchase.

Flavors: Caramel, Medicinal, Rooibos, Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Health Nut by Fava Tea Co.
1213 tasting notes

I haven’t been as into nutty black teas lately, but I have to say that I’ve been enjoying nutty green ones! The flavor is so smooth. It’s a little nutty, but really cohesively desserty. The green tea is perfect. It’s really sweet and tasty – I’m looking forward to my next cup!

Courtney

The ingredients in this one sound like a great mix.

AJRimmer

I really liked this one! I guess Sips by is doing pretty well with their calculations on me :P

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drank Keemun Black Tea by Fava Tea Co.
804 tasting notes

Having tried and loved a Keemun from The Cultured Cup, I decided to sample this (much less expensive) one from my local tea shop. Unfortunately, this just didn’t work for me. The flavor is very dark and earthy…it almost reminds me of puerh, actually…and too drying to drink straight. With the addition of milk, the flavor does smooth out a bit, with some notes of dark chocolate coming through. It’s okay with milk, but still not a favorite for me.

Flavors: Astringent, Dark Bittersweet, Drying, Earth

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

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drank Maple Kringle by Fava Tea Co.
1479 tasting notes

This one was very powdery before steeping, I’m guessing from the turmeric. It has an earthy flavor, but it also tastes artificially sweet. Is there licorice root in this? Nope, looks like it might be the stevia giving it that flavor.

And my cat just stuck her face in it.

Thanks for the sample, Devon Bartholomew. Must keep better watch next time.

Flavors: Artificial, Earth, Licorice, Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Michelle

Lol, did your kitty give a paws up or paws down on this one?

Shae

It was definitely a paws up – she tried to go back for more! :D

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Sipdown #6 (Backlog from earlier this week )

This was a pretty decent flavored tea. You get all of the flavors and it tastes exactly like the name- spiced black tea with caramel apple flavoring. Can’t say I was wowed by the blend but I could see this one being amazing as a latte and enjoyed when the leaves start to turn and there is that crisp fall breeze whirling around.

Flavors: Apple, Caramel, Spices

ashmanra

I haven’t had it, but it can’t be as good as Spiced Fall Evening or Parker’s Caramel Apple Chai! ;)

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Advent day 14

I was intrigued when I opened the gift bag this morning – maple rooibos – oh yay I love maple! What in the heck is that yellow powder all about, is it turmeric? Saffron? Lol I never figured it out – we looked it up and was glad to find it was caffeine free so we would down with it last night. I liked it but would have enjoyed it more without the added stevia.

Courtney

Weird! Maybe maple sugar?

Inkling

I think the powder is almond flour? And I agree with you on the stevia…wish tea companies would quit adding it to things and just let us sweeten our own tea!

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ADVENT CALENDAR DAY 7

I ended up brewing this today on December 8th, I’m a day late! I had an oops – I took a tablespoon and brewed a pot and poured it in my carafe, and ran out of water for my resteep, so stuck it under the keurig and hit the brew button to fill the rest of the pot with hot water and freaking coffee came out, not hot water! ARGH – so I shorted myself 27 ounces of this yummy chai! I got excited about it, just by the name alone :) My roommate is trying the coffee flavored tea tomorrow, as she says there is something called a dirty chai, which is chai tea and coffee – I’ll update it in the morning!

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 27 OZ / 798 ML
Shae

I was just thinking as I was reading your note that it might make a good dirty chai! How did it turn out? Did your roommate like it?

Devon Bartholomew

Shae, she said it was okay, but the straight tea with eggnog was better – I saw she had only a few sips – not her cup of tea :)

Shae

Ah, too bad. Eggnog is pretty hard to beat.

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Day 2 – 2020 tea advent swap – Vanilla Chai black tea by Fava – loose leaf

Inkling sent this to me! I made a first steep, then immediately poured it in my tea pot and steeped a second brew, and mixed them, so I can make one giant pot of tea to sip on on this cold day. I’m even burning a spicy candle to enhance the comforting ambiance :)

I tried it without sweetener first, just out of curiosity, even though I know Chai is prepared with milk in it. It is a Chai I like – you can even see the whole cardamom pods floating in there! I like the spices they use in this blend, I’d definitely buy a small bag of this!

To put a twist on things, I thought this would be well paired with eggnog instead of milk – and I was right, it’s fabulous – the flavors of the eggnog marry so well with the flavors of the chai tea! I added some erythritol monk fruit blend.

It says to steep this at 212 for three minutes, which I did, but maybe add more than a teaspoon per 8 ounces? It seemed a little weak the way I prepared it.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
Courtney

This sounds really tasty! Whole cardamom for the win!

Shae

I love cardamom-forward chai! I recently tried teakruthi’s Majestic Chai, and cardamom is the dominant flavor. I think it might actually be the only flavor, aside from the black tea itself. It’s a new favorite for me. And I wholeheartedly agree with Courtney – there is something special about finding whole cardamom pods in a blend. It’s so lush.

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drank Chocolate Macaron by Fava Tea Co.
804 tasting notes

Another free sample in my latest Fava purchase. I’m generally not a fan of chocolate teas and this one is unfortunately no exception. (The only ones I remember really enjoying had either a puerh or yerba mate base…I think my palate needs the earthiness of those teas to keep the chocolate flavoring from tasting thin.) This one does smell really nice (like brownies baking!) but the flavor is light and watery, not the rich, sweet chocolate goodness promised by the aroma. I’ll try adding milk to the second half of my sample to see if that improves matters, but probably won’t ever be purchasing this one.

Flavors: Chocolate, Smooth

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

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I received a free sample of this blend with my recent purchase at Fava and was excited to discover that it’s a dead ringer for TeaSource’s Pistachio Shortbread, which has unfortunately been out of stock for months. Like that one, this blend tastes more of marzipan than pistachio, but it has a nice buttery smoothness that definitely reminds me of shortbread. A lovely dessert-like treat!

Flavors: Almond, Butter, Marzipan, Smooth, Sweet

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

Yum! I’ve always wanted to do an order from Fava and it all started from a Pumpkin tea I had many years ago. I’ll have to add this one to my wishlist.

Inkling

This is my local tea shop and I definitely recommend them! While there have been a few misses here and there, almost everything I’ve ever tried from them has been delicious, high quality, and reasonably priced.

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75

I’m not generally a fan of floral teas because they can feel like I’m drinking perfume. But this one was such an intriguing concept that I just had to buy an ounce to try the last time I was at Fava. I’m glad I did, because it’s such a unique and interesting blend! It smells like a bakery when it’s brewing and the flavor is rich and sweet with notes of cream, vanilla, and marzipan. The violet mostly comes through in the aftertaste and I find I don’t mind it as the overall vibe is definitely more “dessert” than “perfume”. Not sure if I’ll be repurchasing, but definitely happy I gave it a try!

Flavors: Almond, Butter, Creamy, Marzipan, Vanilla, Violet

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

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I received a free sample of this tea with my last purchase at Fava. They do fruit-flavored black teas really well, so I was excited to give it a try. The aroma was AMAZING…lots of tropical fruit!…but the flavor turned out to be just so-so. I think it’s the blackberry that brought it down for me. Somehow, it tasted more like blackberry leaves than actual blackberries and even though there were brighter notes from the other fruits popping through, it wasn’t the smooth, summery beverage I was looking for.

Flavors: Blackberry, Fruity, Mango, Pineapple, Tropical

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

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drank Dasher's Delight by Fava Tea Co.
1213 tasting notes

I’d much prefer this on a black base. The green base is a little bitter, and the nuttiness is quite mild. I did like it more after it had sat a bit. Then some more dessertiness came out. Still not super great though.

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drank Masala Chai by Fava Tea Co.
804 tasting notes

The story of my life seems to be having favorite teas discontinued and spending years searching for replacements. Does anyone else relate? Years ago, TeaSource in Minneapolis had a chai blend they called “Reena’s Chai” that was probably one of the top 10 teas I’ve ever had. From what I recall, it was heavier on the nutmeg than most chai blends I’ve tried and just seemed to hit the perfect balance between sweet and spicy. Since then, I’ve tried dozens of chai blends from all my favorite tea companies trying to find a suitable replacement. Fava has an herbal chai that I LOVE (their Roasted Almond Chai, if you’re curious) so I decided to give this more traditional blend a shot. It was…fine. Pretty much the basic spice blend I would expect from a Masala Chai on a CTC base. Absolutely nothing wrong with it, but also nothing to make it special or memorable in any way. The search continues!

Flavors: Anise, Cardamom, Cinnamon, Spices

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

I remember Reena’s Chai! I only ever had a sampler of it, though. I think other than Golden Mao Feng (and I still plan to try to get Tao of Tea’s version some day) I really miss TeaSource’s Toasted Maple Green, a maple-flavored houjicha that they only had for a very short time. Flavored houjicha is so rare, and that one was so good!

Inkling

Aww, Golden Mao Feng is another one I miss SO MUCH! I really enjoyed the Toasted Maple Green as well. I think The London Tea Room’s Maple Walnut Sencha has a similar flavor profile, but if the houjicha base was your favorite aspect of that one, the sencha may not suit you.

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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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drank Earl Grey by Fava Tea Co.
804 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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drank Key Lime by Fava Tea Co.
804 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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drank Dragon Pearls by Fava Tea Co.
804 tasting notes

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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