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65
drank Bee's Knees by Fava Tea Co.
415 tasting notes

Many of Fava’s teas contain artificial flavors, so I was excited to see that this one had only 3 ingredients: black tea, honey, and bee pollen. I definitely did enjoy the slight sweetness and floral flavor of the honey, but the base tea missed the mark for me. Ceylon doesn’t tend to be my favorite and the flavor of this one was just too sharp and brisk to mix well with the soft sweetness of the honey. I would LOVE to try this same blend with a Chinese black tea base!

Flavors: Floral, Honey, Sweet

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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drank Blood Orange by Fava Tea Co.
555 tasting notes

Gorgeous color. Not really a fan of the flavor its a mix of eating orange blood zest and fruit loops. I just can’t stand the fake flavors of fruit loops anymore.

Preparation
8 min or more 1 tsp

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Blueberry torte? More like Blueberry TART!!! It’s so tart! It’s like a punch in the face. Though it starts out tart and ends sweet which is nice. I did a cold brew so maybe that affected the flavors a bit. Steeped it for around an hour. Lots of blueberry flavor.

Flavors: Blueberry

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more 2 tsp

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A very unique tisane. The strawberry flavor starts off the sip but is immediately taken over by hibiscus. As far as truffle flavor goes… I can maybe see this as a vanilla truffle with a strawberry filling but the hibiscus is too strong to make a good truffle flavor. Maybe needs some vanilla.

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drank Pina Colada by Fava Tea Co.
555 tasting notes

Was very skeptical of this at first but wow. This is great. In my opinion it really does taste like a light, alcohol free pina colada. For those of you, like myself, who aren’t vig hibiscus fans you should still give it a try.

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drank Sweet Peach by Fava Tea Co.
415 tasting notes

I’m not generally a fan of red rooibos, but this one smelled amazing so I decided to give it a shot. On first sip, all I tasted was a big mouthful of woody rooibos. As the tea cooled, the peach flavor started to come through more. It’s definitely SWEET peach…highly artificial and reminds me more of peach-flavored gummy candy than real peaches. It’s okay, but not something I would re-purchase.

Flavors: Artificial, Peach, Rooibos, Sweet, Wood

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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drank Raspberry Rose by Fava Tea Co.
415 tasting notes

Another one of those fruity herbal blends where the hibiscus just takes over and ruins everything for me. Glad I didn’t purchase more! Putting the rest of my sample in the Here’s Hoping TTB in hopes that someone else will enjoy this more than I do.

Flavors: Hibiscus, Tart

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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60
drank Two to Mango by Fava Tea Co.
415 tasting notes

This is one of those “fruit salad” tisanes that is mainly made up of chunks of dried fruit (mango, in this case). It brews up to a deep golden yellow with a strong, sweet, slightly artificial mango flavor. It’s more like drinking juice than tea!

Flavors: Artificial, Mango, Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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drank Cloud 9 by Fava Tea Co.
415 tasting notes

I’m on a quest to find some delicious fruity herbal blends for making iced tea this summer and this one came highly recommended by the clerk at my local Fava store. I wasn’t disappointed! This is one of the more unusual blends I’ve tried, with a distinct kiwi flavor balanced by a hint of sour cherry. (And NO hibiscus, yay!) I am absolutely flying through my sample ounce and will definitely be re-purchasing!

Flavors: Cherry, Fruity, Pleasantly Sour

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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95

Mmm, this is tasty! It has a rich nutty flavor with notes of caramel sweetness and just a touch of spice. It also has an unexpectedly creamy mouth feel which adds to the decadent experience. For me, this is one of those teas that can actually stand in for dessert. Delicious!

Flavors: Almond, Caramel, Cream, Nutty, Spices

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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70
drank Orange Blossom by Fava Tea Co.
415 tasting notes

This is a nice smooth green tea with a bright citrus flavor. Nothing exceptional, but I enjoyed it.

Flavors: Citrus, Grass, Lemon, Orange

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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I first tried this sencha as a by-the-cup purchase at Fava on my way home from the Trivia contest I participate in every year. The Appleton, WI Fava store is a must-visit if you’re in Appleton or on your way to Green Bay, by the way. Although I haven’t been to the other two Fava stores in the Milwaukee area, I am pretty sure they are the only rivals in Wisconsin to the sheer size/variety/quality of the offerings and the customer service at the Appleton Fava. This store (which also has a pretty nice online catalog) specializes in loose leaf teas of all kinds and really not much else, though as I mentioned they will make you a cup on-the-spot, and they also sell teaware, a small line of tea-scented soaps, and flavored sugars. No coffee, no pastries, no section of bagged teas purchased from other companies, no milk-tea or bubble drinks: just looseleaf tea, and lots of it.

I immediately noticed the gyokuro-like vegetalness and brothiness in this particular sencha, perceptible in smelling the leaf. Fava sells two unflavored senchas and the other one (Chumushi) doesn’t have these qualities. Fava also sells a gyokuro, which I haven’t tried, at $12/ounce, so if you are looking for a gyokuro-like tea, the sencha Fukamushi is a real steal at $5/ounce.

The leaf is crumbled or chopped rather small (not a CTC cut, but definitely not a full leaf) in dark emerald green; not sure of the process for this, but it left a powdery residue when I brewed it in the filter basket in my teapot. The basket is admittedly a fairly standard wide-ish wire mesh, but this residue is very fine, much like matcha powder. This does mean that if you’re a slow sipper, the residue in your cup will continue brewing in the tea and the flavor will change while it sits. In my case, the vegetal flavor got stronger, but there was also an overall increase in bitterness. Also I would assume there is more caffeine intake in this case, since if you drink the whole cup you are ingesting the leaf residue along with the tea. Next time I make this I might choose to use a t-bag paper filter in an individual cup or in the teapot, to try to eliminate the powdery residue. That’s the finest filter type I can think of.

Visually this is a lovely deep yellow with pea-green tones. If it looks watery it probably is (I tried a taste from my teapot at 2 min. and it was yellow-y and under-flavored, which is why I gave it almost another minute). The package says 2 min. at 180, but my Cuisinart tea-water boiler says green is 175, which might account for the under-brew at 2 min. Have not yet tried this as a gongfu brew, but I bet it would be wonderful all around.

As I implied earlier, this tea tastes almost like a good gyokuro, with strong brothiness and a taste of greens, almost spinach-y. I like this, but you might not! The flavor keeps my interest through a couple of cups, which is really all the caffeine I personally should be ingesting at one sitting, since I’m pretty sensitive to caffeine and also have sleep problems. The aftertaste is pretty faithful to the original taste, though it also has a little bit of a dry/clean sensation in the mouth ( a little bitter in the current cup I’m drinking, too, but then that is probably due to the residue as I mentioned). Other senchas I’ve had do have the dry finish (and a little bitterness depending on brewing conditions) but aren’t remarkably vegetal or brothy, and I don’t find them very interesting in flavor, so this one is a real revelation to me. No idea why it is different from other senchas, but it is, and it’s great!

Flavors: Broth, Spinach, Vegetal

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 45 sec 2 tsp 24 OZ / 709 ML

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78
drank Mahalo by Fava Tea Co.
45 tasting notes

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Mmm! This smells so rich and creamy. Almost musty. There’s lots of shredded coconut and dried pineapple pieces among the leaves. It does produce a bit of oily film on the top. The taste is very rich. I’m getting a white chocolate or heavy cream feel, more than young fresh coconut. Even the boyfriend, who doesn’t care much for tea called it “very thick, for a tea”. The pineapple lingers longer on the tongue than the coconut, tasty fresh citrus. If I didn’t already have so much pina colada flavored tea, I would consider picking some of this up. It’s very smooth and desserty. Yum!

Flavors: Citrus, Coconut, Cream, Musty, Pineapple, Sweet, White Chocolate

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Mahalo by Fava Tea Co.
45 tasting notes

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drank Ginger Lime Rooibos by Fava Tea Co.
11 tasting notes

I tend not to drink many herbal teas, but will reach or the herbal, or rooibos later in the evening if I’m looking for a tea before bed. This is one of the teas I will often turn to, to fill that need. The ginger is rather subtle-I wouldn’t mind a bit more of it, but it is well balanced with the citrus tones of the tea which include lime, tangerine and lemongrass. I find the lemongrass flavor to be a bit more pronounced than the lime flavor. The whole thing is rounded out by just a hint of licorice root, adding a slight sweetness to the tea. I really enjoy this tea lightly sweetened, and although I haven’t tried it yet, I bet that this tea would make a great, refreshing drink this summer as iced tea.

Flavors: Citrus, Citrusy, Ginger, Lemongrass, Licorice, Lime, Rooibos

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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79
drank Mahalo by Fava Tea Co.
365 tasting notes

I picked out this tea because the label was intriguing, and it looked very unusual. I brewed western with one heaping teaspoon. The leaves were very creamy and soft. I loved the texture. The aroma was creamy but slightly overwhelming. Upon brewing the aroma intensified. My tea room was filled with the air of coconut stuffed truffles. It was a very desert styled tea. It tasted of creme, coconut, and white chocolate. The flavors were very weak though, so it was all undertones. I enjoyed the aroma, but it might not be the tea for me. The aroma was very pleasing. I couldn’t taste the pineapple in this brew.

Flavors: Cake, Coconut, Creamy, White Chocolate

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML

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drank Mahalo by Fava Tea Co.
555 tasting notes

Aloha! When I drink this tea I think of the island of Oahu
Not my favorite island but good for first time visitors. The earthy black base is very well masked by the tropical flavirs. Kinda makes ne think this would be good with rum in it.

Preparation
2 min, 0 sec

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Hubby says I’m extremely basic in this, but seriously. Pumpkin spice all the things.

I am definitely the person who still has tins of pumpkin in my pantry and makes/eats pumpkin custard all year long. And pumpkin cranberry muffins in the freezer for in a pinch.

So, it only seems fitting I drink this year round too. Or at least as long as it’s still cold out. Pumpkin is such a divine, comforting cold weather flavor.

This is sweet, almost like there’s added sugar. Maple-y almost. And there’s actually a pumpkin flavor (which I seem to miss in a lot of pumpkin spice teas), in a roasted sugar pumpkin kind of way. The spicing is dessert like, with cinnamon in the front and bits of allspice and clove trailing.

Such a good pumpkin tea. One I’ll probably grab again next fall when the rest of the country pumpkin spices everything with me.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Mahalo by Fava Tea Co.
415 tasting notes

A friend got me this tea for Christmas. I was intrigued by the combination of pineapple and black tea…most of the “tropical” type blends I’ve tried before have had a green base. Surprisingly, this works quite well! The black base is nice and smooth and just adds a bit of depth to the creamy coconut and juicy pineapple flavor. I still prefer Lupicia’s Paradise Green, but this is a nice substitute.

Flavors: Coconut, Pineapple, Smooth, Sweet, Tropical

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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81
drank Genmai Cha by Fava Tea Co.
11 tasting notes

Genmaicha is quickly becoming one of my favorite types of tea. I like how the toasted rice rounds out the Japanese style green tea and adds another layer of complexity. While this offering from Fava Tea tends to show off the tea a little more than I like it is still a well balanced tea with the toasted rice smoothing over any astringency from the tea.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 1 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Almond Cookie by Fava Tea Co.
2677 tasting notes

Made this as a latte and it definitely has potential though I think I should have tried this plain instead. The milk is drowning out the flavors leaving behind a fair amount of black base. However, at the start of the sip, there is definitely a fresh baked cookie taste. Vanilla and almond are also present but due to the base, that cookie quickly takes on a burnt quality that is not for me. I can see this being great but prepped the way I made it, this suffers. Still, thank you Inkling for the share! 178.

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drank Almond Cookie by Fava Tea Co.
456 tasting notes

Thank you Inkling for this generous sample in our swap!

Love almond cookies and tea! How much better is an almond cookie tea! I added just a bit of vanilla stevia and then immersed myself in a lovely book with my lovely tea.

This isn’t the best almond cookie tea I’ve ever had but it is quite enjoyable. My favorite almond cookie tea the one from Georgia Tea Company.

Flavors: Almond, Cookie

Inkling

Ooo, going to have to try the one from Georgia Tea Company if it’s even better! :)

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drank Almond Cookie by Fava Tea Co.
415 tasting notes

This is the first tea I’ve tried from Fava Tea Company and I’m impressed! It smells just like the name would suggest: a warm, freshly-baked almond cookie. It’s extremely flavorful and rich. Almond and vanilla are the predominant flavors, but the black tea comes through as well and there is also just a hint of sweetness. I like it plain, but it is also delicious with a splash of milk and/or a bit of sugar. Even my brother, who doesn’t really care for tea, enjoyed this one!

Flavors: Almond, Sweet, Vanilla

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Decided to make this again and was disappointed. http://tinyurl.com/n9h9l6b

I didn’t so much get almond chai as I did spiced orange. A nice enough flavor to have from time to time, but something I already get from Fava’s Winter Spice. Seriously, the only difference I’m getting is a little bit of almond aftertaste.

I’m so sad. This tea smelled amazing and I wanted to like it :

Preparation
7 min, 45 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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