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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.
371 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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91

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

HGTTB

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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78
drank Mahalo by Fava Tea Co.
45 tasting notes

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83
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.
344 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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80
drank Mahalo by Fava Tea Co.
507 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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75
drank Mahalo by Fava Tea Co.
371 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.
2494 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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80
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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90
drank Almond Cookie by Fava Tea Co.
371 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 :

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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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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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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