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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.
98 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.
391 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.
250 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.
2255 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.
415 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.
250 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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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.
1389 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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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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