Fava Tea Co.

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95
drank Almond Cookie by Fava Tea Co.
35 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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38

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 :< That’s what I get for giving it too high of an expectation, I suppose.

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

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38

With American Tea Room’s Brioche in mind, I decided to give this one a try. (Another new tea in my cupboard? That’s what I get for leading a friend in search of iced tea candy to Fava…)

The first flavor to hit you in this cup is reminiscent of another tea by Fava, Winter Spice. Not a bad flavor, but if I wanted Winter Spice, I’d just drink that, you know? Luckily, that initial flavor is pushed aside by bold roasted almond.

The tea is decent enough, but I wish I got more of the almond flavor without sacrificing the spice. I’m going to hold off on a rating until I experiment some more.

Flavors: Anise, Cinnamon, Nuts

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 7 min, 30 sec 0 tsp 4 OZ / 118 ML

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98
drank Pina Colada by Fava Tea Co.
14 tasting notes

This is SO GOOD. I wandered into Fava Tea Co. a couple of weeks ago and was very impressed. They have a huge variety of flavors with little samples of each tea available to smell. The smell is incredible, almost exactly like a pina colada, and it tastes even better.

I cold brewed this tea overnight in my DavidsTea mason jar mug to take to work with me this morning. It tastes exactly like pineapple coconut juice… without all the added sugar. I have a feeling that come summer I will be drinking this non stop. Mmmmmm.

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more 6 tsp 24 OZ / 709 ML

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75

I’m thankful moraiwe not only reminded me of this tea last night, but also told me how nice it would be as a latte.

This morning, first thing, I pulled out the soy milk, watered it down slightly, added exactly one drop of honey, simmered, and tossed a tsp of tea in. Thank you, thank you, for this suggestion ladyfriend because it smelled absolutely gorgeous the entirety of its steeping time.

The result was like breakfast in a cup. Bready and yeasty and walnutty with hints of pecan. The last sip was pure yeast and pecan with a hint of walnut.

A great tea to be sure, but heavy…not something I could drink all the time.

I’m mentally categorizing this one as another morning cuppa.

Flavors: Baked Bread, Nuts

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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79
drank Nutcracker Sweet by Fava Tea Co.
616 tasting notes

Bready, yeasty oolong with notes of stonefruit? Check
Walnutty, pecan toastiness? Check
Sweet maple accents? Check

While I’m not blown away by this, I do quite enjoy it and wouldn’t mind having it around from about September – March every year (which is good, because that’s coincidentally when it’s offered). It’s a classic combination of flavors and has a nice comforting quality to it.

I can’t wait to latte this. Do I want to wait until morning, though?
Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML
Courtney

You could have it tonight and tomorrow morning. :)

caile

Lol. I was just about to say that!

moraiwe

Problem solved! :D

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93
drank Winter Spice by Fava Tea Co.
616 tasting notes

This is what a spiced Forever Nuts would taste like! The anise and cardamom add such a lovely warming wintery element to a flavor set I already know I like. I really think this has more interest and flavor than the normal version too.

Also, Fava recommends steeping theirs for at least 10 minutes to get the most flavor, and I’m wondering if Forever Nuts (and Almond Apple Crisp from English Tea Leaves) would benefit from the same treatment.

Hmmmm.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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95

Truly a delightful tea, as evident by the name. I’m a sucker for light to medium bodied greens with a touch of toasty flavor (Oh, genmaicha, I’ll never quit you), so Dasher’s Delight seemed like a good fit.

And it is.

I think what I love best about this tea is that, as a green tea drinker, I can detect subtle notes from the actual green tea amoungst the nutty flavors. On the flip side, my mother, who usually abhors green tea, is able to drink this tea and give it a thumbs up because what she usually describes as tasting like vaseline is coated in nutty goodness.

This is a green tea for anyone who sometimes feels like a nut ;)

Flavor notes (since they wouldn’t save under flavors): walnut, almond, cashew, slight vegetation

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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Sad sipdown. Thanks EvaGrimm for sending me another couple sups of this one.

Now that I know I have to ship within the US, I hope I can nab some of this one if Fava releases it again come fall.

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This smells delish! It is sweet, almost like there’s sugar added, but I didn’t add any, and spicy in a pumpkin season way. This may be my favourite pumpkin tea. Where can I get more?

Thanks KiwiDelight! Although, perhaps J won’t be pleased I want more haha!

Now I shall re-watch Skyfall. You know, because it’s not as though I don’t have a ton of things to do for school. :P

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
VariaTEA

Skyfall is a pretty great way of procrastinating. I am watching episode after episode of Covert Affairs when I really should be doing readings.

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80

This is a nice morning tea with strong apple flavor and subtle vanilla and spice notes. It’s a very smooth-tasting tea that goes down easy when you’re trying to wake up. I’m not sure where the “caramel” comes in—I didn’t realize there wasn’t any caramel flavoring in it, but I also didn’t miss it. Pleasant winter tea.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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82
drank Hazelnut Mate by Fava Tea Co.
1314 tasting notes

TTBA #6
Oh wow this was delish. So smooth!!
Mates can have a bit of a bite to them, which is why I’m very hesitant lately to indulge. Not so in this case. It was just perfect. Earthy, though not excessively. I like it.
As for the Hazelnut, yes I taste something nutty, but it’s very well blended… playing off the natural nut like nature of the mate. You have to let your sip sit on the tongue for a second or three before finding the nutty part. More like a hazelnut cream though. Not so harsh as the actual nut!

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74

I guess this is kind of a double review, because I finally got around to snooping in semi-local teashops. Fava Tea Co. is about 30ish minutes from home for me, but worth the trip. They have 300 or so blends and some neat flavored rock sugars (actually think the lemon one would be amazing in this). The associates were super friendly and it was really just a fun experience!

There’s also a teashop opening much closer (5ish minutes away) this weekend that I’m super hyped to scope out.

But onto the tea!

I really like teas with herbs like this. They have a kind of savory flavor depth offered by the herb. This was no exception. :)

I brewed this double strong hot, and then served it iced. The base was nice and raisin-y, but there were no clear toasted notes, but maybe a little bit of light earthiness. The basil offered a nice green layer of flavor that really complemented the dry fruitiness present. It also paired well with the lemon, making it more refreshing than I had initially expected with the base.

The lemon flavor was spot on and natural tasting. Maybe a little sharper than I was expecting, but it wasn’t overpowering in anyway. It was definitely the star of this cup, but it did help bring everything together for a lovely, cohesive and well-executed idea. I’m usually averse to the idea of sweeteners, and this doesn’t necessarily need any, but I would like to try this with honey (or rock sugar) and see what it does to the flavor profile.

I’m excited to try this warm. It kind of reminds me of something I’d drink when I was a little down. It’s lemony and bright and comforting.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 30 sec
JustJames

oooo, dunno if i would like this, but there is an element of intrigue! lol.

moraiwe

It was just intriguing enough I had to impulse buy it. But I’m finding herbs in tea aren’t nearly as weird as they sound.

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68

If you like Japanese green teas with their more bitter, earthy taste, you’ll enjoy this one. The bitterness and earthiness of the tea are tempered by the puffed rice. It’s a bit odd to see in a tea but fun. It took me a while to get used to Japanese style green teas, but I find them very calming-both mentally and for my stomach.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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52

A family member gave me this tea after hearing me rave about Market Spice tea. In comparison, this fell short. It’s cinnamony and certainly you can taste the black tea in this one more than you can in Market Spice’s cinnamon tea. I also found that I had to steep this one for much longer to get more of the cinnamon flavor to come through. it’s not a bad tea and if you are looking for more of a hint of cinnamon rather than a slap across the face with a giant hand of cinnamon this is your kind of tea.

According to their packaging:
1 tsp per 8 oz of water

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Rootbeer Black by Fava Tea Co.
166 tasting notes

Got this in a swap from Rachel Sincere.

I love Root Beer. I am a Root Beer fiend. But, it’s full of sugar and I can’t have it all too often. So, what better way than to find a tea to help satisfy my cravings?

I tried DavidTea’s Root Beer Float, and that was pretty good, but pricey. I was hoping to find a suitable and cheaper alternative. Unfortunately, this tea is not it. I tried REALLY hard to like it, too. I cold brewed it several times, but no dice. I tried to hot brew it and then let it cool (because drinking hot root beer is just weird). But I think I’ve just been spoiled by “Root Beer Float”. This does not satisfy my cravings whatsoever. It has a hint of root beer, but I think the base just isn’t right for me. The tea smells lovely, though.

I really want this tea to find a home since I have a bunch. Would anyone be interested in it? I’ll ship it free of charge, although you can swap if you want to. The tea has quite the strong scent though, so I’d hesitate to send it with anything else for fear the scent would “rub off”.

yappychappy

the smell is so strong it goes through one bag? two bag? haha

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drank Maple Sugar by Fava Tea Co.
1199 tasting notes

Ugh I am so torn. I went into the pet store tonight and this parakeet was so so so cute, when my boyfriend put his finger to the glass, he tried to pick at it instead of scurrying away. I have never felt so immediately attached to a bird. I want to go get him tomorrow but I’m just worried about my candle making stuff, apparently fragrance stuff like that is bad for birds? In all my years with pet parakeets, which includes two who reached double digit ages, I have never, ever had a problem. He’d live in my bedroom anyway so I could just close the door when I’m making stuff. HE IS JUST SO CUTE. http://instagr.am/p/R3idqDpa0p/ he is the white/blue one going in for the cuttlebone attack. It was impossible to get a picture of him because he scurries about everywhere.

I had to also take this picture because these two seemed intrigued by my phone’s case: http://instagr.am/p/R3imE-Ja0z/

So now onto the tea. Thank you, Azzrian!

I have to say I did not finish my cup of this. It really didn’t really taste like maple, and it was not sweet at all. The black tea is all I can taste and it’s not very good…so in goes milk and sugar.

That made it slightly better but I still did not like the way the black tea tasted. I figured less than boiling water and steeped it for four minutes.

Bahhh it might be good for the oatmeal making, but I’m not finding it too tasty to drink.

Whispering Pines Tea Company

Mmm when will others figure out the oatmeal secret of life? :)

canadianadia

He’s adorable, and look how high he can get his little leg on the cuttlebone, he’s like a tiny feathered Chuck Norris. Gotta love that :) Looks like he has a lot of personality. I had a little blue budgie when I was a kid, so I am somewhat familiar with birds as pets, but I never heard about the perfume thing~ huh… interesting. I learn something new everyday

Alphakitty

If you want a really good maple tea I’d recommend Tea Guy’s blend. It’s like candy!

Nik

Aww, he’s adorable. Hee hee, Chuck Norris! I was totally thinking Jean-Claude Van Damme. =P

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I can’t find a good enough picture of this that’s worth posting…so you’ll have to trust me when I say it’s really pretty and colorful. Full of reds, blues and greens!

I love visiting home and shopping with my mom. We bought some delicious tea. Both of us love coconut, and the smell of this was super enticing. The salesperson said her son mixed this with Irish Breakfast tea and iced it, which sounds like a really interesting combo. I’ll have to try it in the future. Anyway, this tea tastes as good as it smells (which is always a nice surprise) and brews up really sweet and creamy. Recommended for all coconut lovers!

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65

Yeah, sample sipdown!

This time, as a latte! Hmmm.. I really think this tea would be better as a black instead of the mix of black and green. The latte came out a little weak, despite using double the leaves.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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65

Sample of this from Rachel Sincere, yay! TY!

Very interesting tea – it’s kinda light/ slightly water, with a coconut, little creamy and little roasty almond taste. The black tea in this (or the green for all I know) is going astringent.
Appearance wise, it’s got a film on it, I’m guessing from the white chocolate. I kinda think this could be better just as a black tea, not as a mix or with more chocolate! Always more chocolate!

Hmmm, not bad but I probably need to mess with the steeping times and maybe drop the temp down to dump the astringency.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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95

Mmmmmm. This tea lives up to its name completely. The scent of the dry leaf is of baked pumpkin with spices. The flavor when drinking is of pumpkin pie, and there is a delicious custardy finish. I’m really sleepy and am typing with only one eye open so I’m going to have to end this review right HERE.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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74
drank Maple Sugar by Fava Tea Co.
1700 tasting notes

Oh my maple!

This is another one from momo, and it’s my first maple tea. (Sorry, ozli, I didn’t try yours yet.) It smells so strongly of maple. It makes me feel like I just got out of bed and there are pancakes waiting for me. And each sip tastes or warm syrup and butter.

Sadly, the base black is a tad bitter. I’ll try it for 4 minutes next time, instead of 5.

I have an order from 52Teas of Pancake Breakfast coming in. I’m looking forward to comparing these.

Also, I think I’m going to make pancakes. Now. Idec that it’s the afternoon.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec
momo

I believe pancakes are an acceptable food at any time of day!

Ozli

The maple one I sent you isn’t very maple-y! :( I’ll send you the Oh Canada rooibos though, it’s pretty good.

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73

Fruity refreshment, great hot, will have to try it cold sometime! While I can smell the rose a little bit sniffing the dry tea, it really recedes into the background when brewed. This is a hibiscus-heavy tea (you can tell just by how red it gets in the cup…VERY red) which works well with plenty of sugar to cut the sourness, but I haven’t even bothered trying it without, since I know it will be too sour for me. Hibiscus provides lots of Vitamin C, so I plan to drink this a lot this winter!

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 30 sec
Gillyflower

Also, I was distracting the saleswoman while she was writing the names of my teas on their labels (I like to talk about tea!) and she wrote “Roseberry Rose”. How cute is that?

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drank Maple Sugar by Fava Tea Co.
6770 tasting notes

Another goodies for Azzrian – Thanks so much!

DH’s Fam has Thanksgiving the Sunday before “Actual” Thanksgiving and because I’m mostly vegan now (VS my last 18+ years of Lacto-Ovo) I decided to make 3 dishes for myself (and others if they wanted some). So…today I have leftovers. I ate a bit of Succotash which was pretty awesome if I do say so myself. It was so easy to make, too! And now I am eating a few Roasted Brussels Sprouts that I do with my WILDTREE Balsamic (and Grapeseed Oil)

Anyhow…I’m pairing this tea with the ‘sprouts. It’s darn tasty!

The Maple is perfect. The sugar is a great touch. Neither are artificial tasting or too over the top! Everything jives well with everything else. This is YUMMY!

If you like maple…try this…it’s a great flavored black tea. YUM!

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