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This is my current tea that I brought with for my shift. For whatever reason, it feels like they gave me more leaf in this sample than in any of the others, not that I’m complaining. And yeah, I know I said not too long ago that I was done with Lychee Blacks for a while but if you guys don’t know by now how much of a hypocrite I can be then, well, shame on you? I saw it, and I had to try it.
I’m actually really enjoying it: the lychee is subtle like most lychee blacks seem to be, but it’s still present and I’d say pretty natural/realistic tasting. This is my first Octavia Tea sample with a black base as well, and I’m pretty impressed with the base. It’s obviously not something super high quality but it’s smooth and despite a longer steep time it’s not bitter or astringent.
Overall I’d call this one tasty, but relatively average as far as lychee blacks go.
Well, I’d be crazy if I didn’t cold brew at least one of my Octavia Tea samples, right? So here’s the first Octavia Tea cold brew! Dry I couldn’t smell the kiwi at all – just a whole lot of crisp, vegetalness. So, the cucumber most likely? That didn’t seem too promising to me.
But(!) after I strained this I got a whole bouquet of sweet, juicy and slightly tangy kiwi notes. It was the right level of sticky sweet with a little tang to it, and very natural tasting with a very crisp, cool vegetal background and some grassy notes too. I totally, and clearly, got both the Kiwi and the Cucumber aspects of the tea. And while this kinda seems like a weird pair up, it totally works! This is another one I was really impressed with, and would possibly order again come spring/summer!
Glad my initial impression was off.
Balls, why did I write so many jot notes for this one? I’m lazy, and my shifts almost over and I want to catch up on tasting notes so I’m just going to paste them here directly…
- Dry, smells strongly of Acai berries and is just a little tart
- Very juicy and defined Acai berry taste
- Blueberry notes are also subtly present and possibly red currants
- Kinda “jammy”
- But they’re soft
- White base is very soft and has some honeysuckle type notes
- REALLY enjoy this one
- It actually strongly reminds me of DT’s Superberry blend
- Probably a psychological transfer from the comparison of the two but I taste pine…
- Even though it’s junipers which taste like pine
- This is the first tea I’d actually restock for myself!
- I can see why it’s one of their Best Sellers
- Can’t find the hibiscus in this one at all!
Guys, there’s a scavenger hunt in the mall right now for one of the nearby elementary schools so the place is just flooded with adorable little snot babies. And one of the clues on the hunt is to find the name of the “Painter of Light” from the Calendar Club Kiosk (me!). The answer is Thomas Kinkade, but I’ve had cutie pies coming up to me all day asking for help. It’s so precious!
But the tea…
My first “miss” from Octavia Tea. And, it’s not even so much that it’s bad – it’s just really, really weird? Dry, it smells delicious – kind of like “Tropical” flavoured Fruit Rollups? Just yummy, and kinda sweet and candy like. Steeped up, however, there’s something hard to describe about it. I wanted to initially say that it was like low quality, “healthy” Fruit Roll Up equivalents that my Mom used to buy for school lunches ‘cause she couldn’t afford the name brand but that’s a little harsh, and not super accurate either.
More so, I’m picking up one the pineapple/apple really heavily but the pineapple feels a little artificial and then the apple is more of a tart apple, and then more tartness from the rosehips and that’s a whole lot of tart together. However, something is keeping it mostly in check: not the mango, I don’t think, because I don’t so much actually taste mango. I’m thinking maybe the red currants? I would have described it more like a “dull strawberry” but there’s no strawberry in this and strawberry is closer to red currant than mango.
Anyway, there’s a sort of flat sweetness (if that even makes sense) coming from the red currants that mostly counterbalances all the tartness, but just falls short. Wah wah wah. Things “missing” other than the mango: the rose petals (hooray) and the white base in general. Honestly, this felt more like a tisane than anything else. \
So conclusion: a little disappointed, but this was still drinkable overall. Just wouldn’t really drink it again unless, maybe, it was cold brewed…
And that’s it for today guys: I’m practically done my shift and this was the last tasting note I had to catch up on for now. So have a good day Steepster!
See you tomorrow :)
Well, I forgot to message my list of tasting note jot notes this morning, so before I struggle to remember what I drank and what I thought about it I’m going to write about the tea I’m currently drinking at work. Bleck; I hate out of order tasting notes, but I’d rather write accurately.
Dry, this visually has a lot of cocoa shells/husks in it as well as tiny shredded bits of what looks like strawberry, and tiny black tea leaves. It smells very much like powdered hot chocolate and maybe a little bit of fruit. Now that it’s steeped up, it’s definitely got a richer chocolate taste and a lovely fruitiness to it that reminds me of that sugary strawberry waffle topping you can get with your Belgian waffles at any kind of breakfast restaurant. Mmm! The “mocha” part isn’t super obvious to me though: I don’t really taste any sort of coffee flavour. As it’s cooled, the fruit has become more apparent.
Took the bus ride to work, but I finally realized that what this is reminding me of is the Strawberry Cacao from Herbal Infusions, but richer/higher quality. Pretty good; plus, this seems to be a much easier company to deal with than HI.
EDIT: I just looked it up and apparently this is raspberry/chocolate – but I definitely tasted strawberry.
This is one of three extra samples in my order from Octavia Tea. Honestly, I really did consider adding it to my order but Blood Orange won out in favour because of the lack of ginger in that one. Still, I was happy to see this in the box anyway!
Dry, this smells of solid ginger. Really, we’re talking so much ginger and I’m not just saying that because I’m not a lover of the stuff. And taste wise, as expected, this is heavy handed with the ginger – why wouldn’t it be? I mean, it’s a ginger peach tea with lots of ginger in it: this is not a shocking discovery. But it’s not all ginger: peach notes are present underneath that layer of ginger, especially on the back of the tongue after those first few initial seconds of ginger overload. Don’t gulp this one down. You need to go sip by sip and not rush the cup, otherwise you’ll miss the peach in it!
Worth note: I lost track of time steeping this and it got a couple extra minutes because I was focusing on my cooking and not my tea. This may have contributed some to the ginger imbalance, but not positive on that given the dry smell and generous amount of noticable ginger in the dry leaf. And, despite extra steep time this wasn’t even a bit bitter, so I’m impressed with that.
So overall; despite the fact this leans more heavily to ginger than peach I didn’t mind it no matter how my review seems to sound otherwise. I read this review to my Dad, since I’m writing on my laptop during the drive home and he said “Wow, you really hated it”. I didn’t hate it…
So far I’ve tried two Octavia Teas, and while I haven’t found one I’d reorder I definitely wouldn’t call either of them misses.
So Friday I called in sick to both workplaces; I woke up with a really terrible headache and aching all over – and my tender gum around that back wisdom tooth was the worst it’s been yet. It almost had me whimpering my my tongue just grazed over it – and it’s so hard for it not to.
At first I thought I’d just cut it eating something a little more sharp, but I think if that was true I wouldn’t be in pain at this point. I’ve done as much reading as I can; common causes are food being trapped under the gum, but I’m quite certain this is not the case, “Gumboils” – but I have no visable “boil” on the gum and “Perciconitus” (sp?) which seems most likely as it’s typically associated with the gums around the wisdom teeth and I’m displaying most of the “symptoms” except for the key one: which is pus or blood leaking from the gums around the edge of the tooth. As it is, there’s no visual indicators at all of any kind of infection: just a little puffyness around the tender areas.
I’m mostly really happy my mouth isn’t all pus filled – but part of me wishes it was because then I’d at least have that confirmed and could get the appropriate antibiotics. Ugh. I keep hoping it’ll go away but it’s Sunday now and no such luck. Painkillers and Orajel aren’t cutting it.
But you guys don’t want to hear about my crappy mouth problems: you want to hear about me trying my first Octavia Tea sample which made it to me a few days ago! I’m actually really impressed how quickly it got here: since it was coming from the States to Canada I absolutely expected a longer shipping time than this. And who knows, maybe by the time I’m back in Saskatoon my Whispering Pines order will be waiting for me! Probably not, but it’d be a lovely surprise.
So first things first: Packaging. I’m impressed. Everything that came in my order is samples since this is a totally new company to me whom I have not seen reviews for on Steepster – so no larger quantities in my purchase. But as far as sample go, this have super cute packaging with fun, broughtly coloured labels that are unique to each tea, plus they’re in tiny releasable pouches which is really cool: I hate getting samples that are big enough for more than one cup but come in those wrapper type things that can’t be resealed. Sample sizes are pretty good too: I wish there was a little more white tea since they recommend 1 tbsp. of tea for 12 oz. but there is generally enough tea in each for at least two cups. Only gripe I have is that one side of the pouch is clear so the tea is exposed to light, but for a sample it’s not a huge deal especially since I plan to drink them right away – not hoard them.
Dry, this one smells super fruity and fresh and, to me, comes off distintly mango; not some sort of muddled fruit flavour. Taste wise it was really straight forward: sweet/light and authentic mangoes on a kind of silky white base. I imagine someone pouring the juices left behind from slicing a very ripe mango into a cup of straight white tea. And, this wasn’t even the slightest bit bitter: just very light and summery overall. I’ve only had one other mango white tea, as far as I can remember, DAVIDsTEA’s Mango Madness – and this was better.
I really enjoyed it, more than I expected, but would not personally stock up just because mango is not an everyday fruit for me at all – just a really nice, out of the ordinary treat.
My mother sent me some teas from this company. Highly unexpected since she usually doesn’t order her own tea, much less ship samples out. Though, I suspect she purchased it locally somewhere and not online. :)
I’ve never had an Octavia tea (that I can recall). I didn’t have particularly high expectations, but it turned out to be a better pu-erh than I expected. It’s not as sweet as some shu puerhs, but it has a pleasant stone, cold earth, and dirt flavor.
I’m used to Pu-er, in general, being able to handle multiple steeps well. This one only gave me two good steeps, imo. I did one 30sec and one 1min for the first two and they were the best.
Sipdown! This is an okay fruit tea but I’m not sure it tastes like passion fruit. It’s pretty tart and definitely tropical, though, so at least it’s somewhere in the area of passion fruit. I’m sure it would be delicious iced, but since it’s another cold day here I’m not going to be trying that out. I’ll just have to drink it and imagine myself somewhere the fruit would grow.
I got this as a free sample from Octavia Teas. It’s my first time trying roobios and it’s delicious! I’ve never had roobios before so I wasn’t sure what to expect but it tastes like a flavored tea! Lots of delicious notes going on in this tea including chocolate and mint. Maybe a cherry undertone… Anyways, will definitely be ordering more of this in the future since this is something I can enjoy in the evening since it has no caffeine! Yum!
Flavors: Cherry, Chocolate, Mint
This is a Caramel Toffee Oolong and I love that it delivers on this promise. I am getting lots of luscious caramel and toffee flavors, a sweet, nutty flavor from the Oolong which melds beautifully with the caramel and toffee. It tastes sweet and decadent … it’s completely YUM! Not to be missed!
Delicious! At first I was not steeping this hot enough, but I brought it to near boiling and now I’m really enjoying it. It’s very, very rosy, so if you don’t like floral teas, this one is not for you. But for you rose tea lovers, it will not disappoint. It doesn’t have that potpourri smell that some rose teas can have, but just tastes like real fresh roses.