Octavia Tea

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drank Caramel Toffee by Octavia Tea
343 tasting notes

Why is the weather so weird lately? Took a nap and when I woke up for dinner…. sssoooo cccold. So I had this tea with dinner. It’s nice and warm :) the caramel toffee taste is tasty. I don’t think I like it enough that I’d have bought a whole tin of it. It’s good that I got it from my amoda tea box so it’s more sample size.

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drank Caramel Toffee by Octavia Tea
400 tasting notes

Wah! Sipdown! I had to underleaf my last travel mug of this because there just wasn’t enough tea left. It was still quite tasty. The flavor is dead on and creamy and perfect for a cold day. This one definitely needs to go in my optimal rotation.

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drank Caramel Toffee by Octavia Tea
400 tasting notes

This was in the March 2014 Amoda box. It’s quite good.

I have enjoyed this several times already. I love it as a breakfast tea in my travel mug on an offensively cold day. The dry leave smells a little artificial, but that doesn’t translate in the brew. Instead, I get a lovely, creamy caramel toffee blend. The flavors are dead on without feeling overwrought. The base is dark and woody, complementing the flavoring. I find this really creamy on its own, but I bet adding some milk or dairy substitute would bolster that creaminess very well.

This resteeps nicely if you give it a long second steep (10-15 minutes). I accidentally left a second-steeped cuppa on my nightstand the other day and it was completely cold by the time I woke up. I decided to give it a taste and OMG it is amazing iced. Absolutely wonderful. I would totally advocate this as an alternative to fruity iced teas in the summer.

All in all, another winner from the Amoda box. Something I would strongly consider restocking.

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drank Caramel Toffee by Octavia Tea
379 tasting notes

this was a lovely MissB treat!

now obviously i don’t taste the caramel…. what i do taste though is well ripened anjou pear and brown sugar against a dark oolong background….. a lovely pear curl. (i say that normally liking pear particularly in tea). this is the smell of a pear crumble with fresh pears picked right off the tree…. basted with brown sugar…. gooey in the oven.

who needs dessert? lol.

this is lovely. thank you so much MissB!

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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If you are the kind of person who is seeking tea that has a fruity flavor, this tea is not it. I feel as though the description of this tea is very misleading " Melon Pear captures the luscious flavor of sun-ripened pears, ready to twist from the tree,"

I would surely beg to differ! This is not a bad tea, but none of the flavors described are detectable. Overall I think it smell better than it taste. I will not purchase this tea again.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Chocolate Chai by Octavia Tea
422 tasting notes

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!

Yvonne

Delish!

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drank Melon Pear by Octavia Tea
34 tasting notes

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.

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drank Dark Rose Hearts by Octavia Tea
21 tasting notes

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.

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drank French Breakfast by Octavia Tea
21 tasting notes

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.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 45 sec
Yvonne

Mmm, sounds quite lovely!

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drank French Breakfast by Octavia Tea
21 tasting notes

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.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 45 sec

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drank French Breakfast by Octavia Tea
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drank Apricot Oolong by Octavia Tea
28 tasting notes

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.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 6 min, 0 sec

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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.

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drank Passion fruit by Octavia Tea
4641 tasting notes

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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.

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drank Vanilla Coconut by Octavia Tea
4641 tasting notes

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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.

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drank Grand Earl Grey by Octavia Tea
9 tasting notes

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.

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The rose petals in this tea may make me bias ;3 but this is the only “desserty” kind of tea I’ve ever enjoyed.

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drank Jasmine Pearl by Octavia Tea
9 tasting notes

So smooth but with a perfect balance of jasmine…not too strong and not too weak. There was no astringency even when I over steeped it.

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This tea is one of the best I’ve ever had. The additives accentuate instead of overpowering the oolong. It’s floral and “citrusy” but not in an artificial way that makes it obnoxious. It’s so…perfect.

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drank Wild Blueberry by Octavia Tea
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Preparation
160 °F / 71 °C 3 min, 45 sec

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I received this in a sampler pack as a Christmas gift, so I wouldn’t have chosen this for myself but it was very green full leaves so it looked high quality like most teas from Octavia. This would probably be considered a “pearls before swines” situation because to me this tasted the way that fish smells.

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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.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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drank French Breakfast by Octavia Tea
1523 tasting notes

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.

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