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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.
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.
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.
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!