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I received a sample of this from Allie in a mystery swap. Thank you for sharing.
This is a really tasty chai! I am quite found of chais so I was excited when I saw this in the bunch of teas. I usually never drink chai straight, I always add about 1/2 tsp sugar and an ounce of milk. I did the same for this chai. This was a thick mouthful. It was a malty black tea base with a hint of chocolate and some spice in the background. It wasn’t a strong spice. The mix of malty/chocolate with spice for me is pretty well balanced. I am glad I got to try this one!
The tea ingredients interested me: black tea, vanilla, and rose petals. In the bag, the dry tea smells scrumptious, with a prominent bright, berry scent, not much vanilla or caramel, however. I brewed the tea exactly as suggested on the company’s website. The bright note remains in the brewed tea, but I don’t really sense vanilla or caramel. Personally, I’d like more vanilla. No roses for me. (Later, I added some vanilla-flavored coconut milk, and it is a nice combination, but I don’t want to have to add additional products or flavors.) I’d recommend it to people who like fairly strong and bright black teas and who don’t necessarily look for strong dessert flavors.
I have been getting sooo behind on my tasting notes!! I got a bunch of samples from Octavia Tea on a whim just because they looked interesting and so far, so good. I haven’t had that much experience with white tea, but this is nice and sweet. I don’t know that I will go for the full size, because I can’t really distinguish either the melon or the pear, but it is an enjoyable cup of tea.
Catchy name, cute hearts, and the tea unfurls beautifully in the pot. I was considering it as a treat for Valentine’s Day. I got it because of the roses (of course), but even the raw tea doesn’t smell like roses at all. It has an earthy aroma. When brewed, this is a very nice, mild tea, with an extremely subtle sweet aftertaste, but no roses for me, not even a little. I suggest the company change the name to simply “Dark Hearts” because now it is misleading.
The tea ingredients interested me: black tea, vanilla, and rose petals. In the bag, the dry tea smells scrumptious, with a prominent bright, berry scent, not much vanilla or caramel, however. I brewed the tea exactly as suggested on the company’s website. The bright note remains in the brewed tea, but I don’t really sense vanilla or caramel. Personally, I’d like more vanilla. (Later, I added some vanilla-flavored coconut milk, and it is a nice combination, but I don’t want to have to add additional products or flavors.) I’d recommend it to people who like fairly strong and bright black teas and who don’t necessarily look for strong gourmand flavors.
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I didn’t get much flavor out of this. The tea leaves smell nice and the tea itself is soothing and wonderful. However, I couldn’t really taste the apricot too much but that wasn’t an issue because the oolong itself is very nice. Smooth on the tongue, very bold in a roasted sort of way. Enjoyable. Disclaimer: I might not have gotten much flavor because I have the sniffles. Still pleasurable to drink.
I received this tea in my Amoda Box back in October. It’s a nice Oolong. Sweet and creamy. Like the others who have previously reviewed this tea, I didn’t get any fig or raisin-y notes. I did taste a slight apple-y note to it though. Delicate vegetative notes. Soft notes of flower.
My first few infusions delivered that soft, creamy taste and texture that you typically would experience with a greener Oolong, with hints of a vegetal background. Notes of flower.
Later infusions is where I noticed the apple-y, fruit notes start to emerge, but, none of the dried fruit sweetness that you might expect from “warmed figs” and “raisins” as suggested in the description of this tea.
Not a bad Oolong though.
It would seem that I tried this tea back when it was called Paradise, but, it had honeybush in it as well as the rooibos back then. This, as far as I could tell, only had rooibos in it.
The aroma is beautiful – very fruity and it smelled delicious. It’s also a pretty yummy tisane. It is a sweet, fruity drink, so if you’re looking for a tea that tastes like tea, you won’t find it with this one. However, I still found it tasty, and not as sweet or cloying as a bottled fruit drink.
Not something I’d drink all the time, but, it’s tasty. It was an agreeable addition to my Amoda Tea box.
I’ve tried a few teas from Octavia, and so I was glad to see that Amoda Tea found some teas that I’ve not yet tried from them to include in October’s Box.
A really yummy blend of black tea and rooibos. The black tea base is a fairly mild one. The rooibos doesn’t contribute a lot of obvious flavors but it does lighten the cup a bit, and it does offer some earthy and nutty flavors to the cup.
The vanilla is prominent. It tastes decadent. The coconut is sweet and creamy, and I love the way the vanilla and coconut complement each other, However, I think that maybe this tea suffers from a misnomer, only because the coconut is not as strong as I feel like it should be since it’s called “Vanilla Coconut.” I found myself wanting more of an obvious, stand out coconut note.
The chocolate is very soft. Softer than I typically want in any tea that has chocolate in it, but, I like the way it accentuates the other flavors, which seems to be the job of the chocolate here. Not so much to be a stand out flavor on its own, but something to provide a background note to enhance the other flavors. The apple adds a little bit of sweetness, and just a hint of tartness which adds a nice contrast.
Overall, a tasty tea.
This was the first earl grey I’ve ever tried so I’m not exactly sure how earl grey is supposed to taste but this was very enjoyable. As with every Octavia tea I’ve had it never went bitter even when oversteeped. I tried another earl grey from adagio later on but I didn’t enjoy it as much since it seemed perfume-y and went bitter very easily. Maybe Octavia set my standards too high.
A mild, smooth cup of fresh mint and milk chocolate with vanilla nuances. The flavors all blend together beautifully, to where none is stronger than another. This wouldn’t be my first pick of tea, but I am away from home and staying elsewhere presently and this looked like the best option this morning. It’s a lovely tea overall, just not something I personally LOVE. I’m not sure if I would drink this again or not, however.
Another tea from TEA BOX B that I wanted to try — I think it was on my shopping list after reading Momo’s note actually. This one is surprisingly brisk after a three minute steep, but it is just enough to make the actual vanilla pieces here taste even better. It’s a delicious balance and is perfect for breakfast. Sweet yet brisk. This cup seems to almost feel like a breakfast in itself — very satisfying! I really love it. The second steep for five minutes seems to have toned down both the vanilla and the briskness. hmm. There is one teaspoon left I might as well take out of the box unless someone after me wants to try it.
We had a fabulous day yesterday in Carmel and Monterey. We decided we would escape the heat and drive down to the coast for the day! It was so cool, like 64 degrees, which was a huge change from our previous day in Davis, where it was like walking through a furnace at 104 degrees. Anyway, we had a blast shopping around Carmel, and eating at some amazing places. We found our new favorite Italian restaurant in Carmel, called Little Napoli…food was amazing! I had a gnocchi dish and they were like little pillows with Gorgonzola cheese melted on top! Yum!!! I also picked up a cute new hat, kind of 1920s inspired!
I was also excited to stop by the Tea Rose shop, which was closed the last time we were in Carmel. I had read she carried Harney & Sons teas, and I knew she had some cute teaware, but she said she recently went to a tea expo, and picked up a bunch of stuff, and I found the Octavia Tea Company teas in her shop as well. Never heard of them before. Of course I had to try them out. I picked up a tin of this tea, since it sounded unique. I mean, I’ve seen English breakfast, and Irish breakfast, and even Scottish breakfast, but not French breakfast. Plus, I like the idea of a vanilla, caramel, rose black tea. The tins are a little funny though. Remind me of a deodorant stick in shape! Haha! It was a little pricey for 3oz., but I figured I was in Carmel (instant rate hike) and the tea is organic, so I went for it. I looked up the company online, and yes, she had hiked the price up by $2.50, but I suppose she needs to make some profit! It does seem like a lot though…like a 17% hike. I made a comment about checking them out online, and I don’t think she appreciated it…ha! You do save on shipping though, by getting it at her shop.
Of course I had to have a cup this morning. This tea did not disappoint! I was happy to see the tea was sealed up fresh in a foil pouch within the tin. When I opened it, the dry leaf smelled like vanilla and rose. Brewed up, it tastes like vanilla, caramel, and rose black tea! Perfect! I steeped it at 195 degrees for 3 minutes, since the instructions said something about letting boiling water cool a bit. This turned out to be a great cup, with no astringency…of course, I added soy milk and sugar too! So I’m super satisfied, and will probably be ordering sample sizes online to try more of this company!! ;)
Thanks to Lynne-tea for a sample of this one! Your box of stuff totally got lost in my room, and I found it when I moved :) Happy day!
Anyhow, this one seemed promising, but ended up being fairly boring. Woody rooibos with creamy vanilla. I imagine that age and poor storage are to some extent to blame, but I also don’t think I’m a fan of rooibos that’s not heavily flavoured, and vanilla typically isn’t a strong enough flavour for me. It’s reasonable enough to finish, though!
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Not the most outstanding cup of green tea I’ve made however I’m hoping it will taste better the next time I try it.
Upon opening it, the leaves appeared smushed from the packaging so I placed it in a ziplock bag and put it back in the container for more movement and longer shelf life. The smell was earthy and salty, almost like seaweed, and could not catch that orchid smell or taste. I used a thermometer to measure the temperature to 175 degrees and steeped it for 2 minutes before pulling the strainer out of the cup. The liquid was a faint yellow-green color and the aroma contained a similar scent to the taste.
I definitely caught the salty taste in the cup, something I was not expecting since I’m used to a sweet or grassy flavor from my teas. It was hard to distinguish whether I was tasting the water or the tea due to the dull flavor it emitted. I want to try steeping for longer or add more tea to be sure to do justice for the tea. If it turns out well, resteeping will be the next step.
Previous rating (40), previous temp (175 degrees), previous steep time (2 min)
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As I said earlier, I wanted to test out this tea again to be sure I was getting the full experience with this tea.
Equipment: a new tea kettle that records the temperature over the stove before it boils and a second thermometer to check the time after pouring it out. Also used a loose tea infuser basket from rishi tea to steep in my mug.
Method: After checking the temperature, it initially read 175 degrees so I poured a little bit of cold filtered water til it read 165 degrees. I added 1.5 tsp of tea in the tea basket and poured some cold filtered water on top of the leaves first before steeping, bringing the temperature down to 160 degrees. For the remaining 20 seconds, I flash steeped it and then dripped it for a few seconds following 2 min of steeping.
The Tea itself: The color was a pale yellowish-green liquid. The smell still had a subtle salty smell with a more encompassing earthy/grassy scent. The salty taste integrated better with the mellow earthy/grassy flavor. It seemed to have that buttery taste as well which continued through its aftertaste. It was pleasant without any sweetness, commonly found with flavored green teas. If you like straight-out green tea, brew this right and it will be a light tea to have any time of the day.