Ovation Teas

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OMG! I made this way too strong! Dumping half the cup and refilling with water in an attempt to try to save it. I added a little sugar. The orange flavor is dominating. There are a ton of orange peels in this. I’m not able to pick out the blueberry. Not wowing me.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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drank White Pear by Ovation Teas
573 tasting notes

I’m not really tasting anything in this cup. I’m not sure if it’s just that the tea is older or if my tastes are used to much stronger flavors. It’s a little floral, but that is about it. :/

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 1 min, 0 sec

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The Ovation EGs I got were very sharp in taste when I first got them. I decided to give them a while to settle down, they made their way to the back of my cupboard only to reemerge now. Now this tea seems a little on the weak side. I added a little sugar which rounds out the raspberry. The EG flavors are pretty muted which gives the raspberry a little room to come out. Adding cream knocks out the flavors a bit and leaves it tasting more like just a black tea. Not super exciting, but better with just sugar.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec
darby

I think I bought a pound of this too!

Dustin

I’m tempted to dump it all in the tub and take a bath in a giant cup of tea. It’s reasonable, right?

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drank Vanilla Chai by Ovation Teas
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Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec 7 g 5 OZ / 150 ML

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Sipdown! (19/254)

This sample came from the EU Travelling Tea Box Round 2, courtesy of KittyLovesTea. This was actually Frank’s pick from the original box, I think mainly because I was badgering him to go outside of his usual straight black or earl grey comfort zone, and this was the least outside of it he had to go to get me off his back. He turned out to really love it, and I was originally going to put the samples back ater one cup but he asked to keep it. I kept enough back to have my own cup at the end of the sample to satisfy my curiosity. Honestly, I think it must have been contaminated since, because if not, I don’t understand why he loved it so much.

I have since bought him some lavender earl grey from Adagio,which I have tried myself and really enjoyed. I assumed that this would be similar, but it turns out not really. The lavender scent is very powerful, and the whole kitchen smelled like my grandma’s garden right away when steeping. The bergamot was also present I a light, citrusy way. The smell was super good, but unfortunately the earl grey just didn’t translate into the flavour. The lavender is EXTREMELY strong, and completely drowns out the other flavours. For my first few sips, I found this enjoyable, although as my cup went on I started to find it cloying and was actually quite sick of it by the end of the cup. I also started to notice a sort of stale taste part way through, which I will attribute to the fact that I haven’t kept it entirely well, and the sample has been open for quite some time now. I can’t mark it poorly, though, as I did enjoy the first quarter of the cup, and Frankie’s opinion should be taken into account, too. It’s only fair. Plus I also seem to remember sneaking a sip each time I made it for him, and enjoyed it considerably more than I did today.

Drank with milk to tone down the punch of flavour, and a sprinkling of sugar to round it off.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 7 OZ / 200 ML

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drank Vanilla Chai by Ovation Teas
573 tasting notes

You really can’t do wrong with this tea. I have never had a bad cup. It’s really forgiving and delivers the same tasty cardamon chai goodness every time. It is well balanced and smooth, but strong and dependable. It’s like my perfect guy!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 15 sec

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Thank you for the sale, Momo! Here is one I get to try from Ovation – miss them! I’ve never tried a bad tea from them and I’ve tried a handful. Always plenty of flavor. This one promises pecan, chocolate and caramel on a rooibos blend. There are plenty of actual pecan pieces. The primary note is chocolate that reminds me of milk chocolate frosting or chocolate whip in candy bars. There is a hint of woody flavor, either from the rooibos or the pecan. I’m not sure if I’m tasting caramel but there is plenty of sweetness! A really nice dessert blend, though I would have liked a honeybush base more.
Steep #1 // just boiled // 3 min

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Lewis & Clark TTB #7

First cup of the morning. Rich color, but not much aroma. I’m not a big fan of Assams, because they tend to be bitter. This one has decent flavors, but an underlying bitterness that doesn’t do it for me.

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drank Vanilla Chai by Ovation Teas
1 tasting notes

I just love this tea. This tea is has a wonderful flavor which will make you order it again and again. The aroma and the flavor is awesome. A must try tea.

Preparation
1 tsp

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TTBC Rd2

I wanted to like this tea…really, really wanted to like it. I enjoy tart fruit flavours and have a longstanding love for the Earl, but the two seemed to clash dissonantly in my cup.

Perhaps it was a mistake with brewing, but this was definitely not the tea for me.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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Here’s Hoping traveling teabox – Round 3

I had this last night. It was ok, though I wasn’t getting much flavor. From the reviews, I imagine this is an older blend. Back in the box it goes.

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I think my tea might have lost some of its flavoring as it is a few years old and I got it in a trade with someone who had it for who knows how long before that. So I find that while I can smell the lemon and raspberry (and it’s very nice) I’m not getting a lot in the flavour, particularly the raspberry. There is a bit of lemony tartness but mostly this blend just tastes like Ceylon tea.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 45 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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100

DELICIOUS!
This is a perfect tea for beginners, it is a smooth crisp blend with a creamy finish.

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The dry and steeping leaf smell so amazing! Just like a freshly unwrapped Terry’s orange, or maybe like the dark chocolate covered candied orange rind a local chocolate company does (Seriously, though. They’re so amazing. Kind of turned me into a chocolate/ornage candy snob though).

I’m finding the liquor itself has a quite strong base. Almost too much so while hot. The orange only really comes out in the aftertaste and the chocolate isn’t really present. I could believe this was unflavored if it weren’t for that sweet ornage-y aftertaste.

As the tea cools the flavors come together in the sip a lot better. The chocolate still isn’t incredibly forward, but what’s there tastes like a more natural chocolate than a lot of others I’ve tried. It also doesn’t leave an oily film or anything of that sort, so those are definitely points in its favor.

Thanks for the large sample Dustin. I look forward to trying this one as a latte.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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TTB Tea 7: This is the first Ovation tea I’ve tried. I wasn’t sure what to expect, because I’ve heard lots of mixed feelings.

This was a pleasant tea, but not amazing. I didn’t really taste much mint with this, but I got some tart berry flavors. I ended up eating a piece of dark chocolate half way through the cup, and the two worked really well together!

Flavors: Berries, Chocolate

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Husband loves lemon flavoured things, so this one was a combination of something he loves (lemons) and something I love (berries). His lemon fixation has sort of rubbed off on me and I frequently find myself going for a lemon-y option if one is presented to me. So I nabbed this one out of the EU travelling teabox.

Unfortunately, though, he only found the combination pleasant but not awesome. Oh well. I tried, though.

Personally I found it really nice. I used to have a lemon tea and black currant tea, both from AC Perchs that I would mix half and half. I thought it was pretty awesome, but I tended to be the only person to think so. This blend is rather in the same sort of vein, so I’m feeling a little bit vindicated right now. It’s not just me!

As mentioned, I’ve enjoyed this cup. I find the berry and the lemon in a pleasant balance with the base, and it leaves a sort of veeeery slightly astringent feeling on the tongue, just like when one has been eating something with lemon juice on it. Considering that this is a lemon-y tea, I consider that a really great touch.

Apart from this, I’m afraid I haven’t been paying too much attention to it, as it got caught up in writing the moving notice for our current landlord, trying to work out what we could expect to have to pay for a painter to whack a fresh coat of paint on the walls after we’ve moved (the alternative is doing it ourselves, and as I’ve never painted a wall in my life… I’d rather start my painting career on something that is mine you know) and general house-excitement.

__Morgana__

Painting walls isn’t that hard and it’s actually pretty fun and meditative. Unless you have a LOT of walls to paint and then it can get boring and physically tiring.

Angrboda

Luckily we didn’t have to do it at our old place. I was uncertain because I saw that the guy that lived below us did it himself when he moved out, but Landlord then told me that it was our own choice of whether we would do it ourselves or have him get a painter in. Guy Below had done it himself to save money. We decided to skip it in the new place. It doesn’t show a bit here and there, but once Husband removed all the screws and nails from the wall and filled the holes it wasn’t too bad. Not at all anything urgent. Besides we really just wanted to move in as soon as possible and not add another couple of weeks to the wait.

sherapop

I am going to slap on a fresh coat in my new place—probably this weekend so that the fumes will clear out by the time I sleep there, in April. It’s actually somewhat fun to do—but probably more so when you will be the beneficiary of the work. I also get to choose the colors.

sherapop

Oh, it’s also great exercise—uses otherwise dormant muscles that you never knew you had!

Angrboda

Yeah, I figured that was another good reason to not paint immediately. We might decide on something coloured. Standard paint job in Denmark is white. When you take over a flat, it’ll have been painted white, and if you are selling your house and have very colourful walls, you are encouraged to paint them white as it’s easier for a potential buyer to imagine their favourite colour on a white wall than on a bright red one.

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I received this tea from Fiddling as an extra sample when I purchased some teas from her. I really appreciate her throwing in 2 extra samples to taste. This tea is overwhelmed by the amount of lavender in it. I think if it had less lavender, it would be a nice mellow tea.

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drank Lavender Earl Grey by Ovation Teas
300 tasting notes

Lavender Earl Greys are yet another of those tea categories I’m not quite comfortable with (I’ll probably need a good rest at a spa or something after this swap box sampling round.) but want to make some kind of final decision on. I decided to go with the steeping suggestion from KittyLovesTea’s review of this, as the full six-minute steep seemed too steep (Hue hueee. I guess we are doing puns this month. ) for me and my black tea issues.

The dry tea is all about the lavender to me. It efficiently drowns out any other scent notes, except possibly some small hint of the tea base. Steeped, the tea base acquires significantly more potency, and it’s roughly a 50/50 lavender/tea base (I don’t love) balance.

This is a really, really difficult one for me. It tastes so much like a fish dish I made once – it was oven-baked cod with rosemary and some kind of creamy topping. It was the strangest blend of really disgusting and really good – I still get freaky little cravings for it on the rare occasion. What made it problematic was the perfumey quality of the rosemary combined with the fish, and this strikes me as similar. The black tea base is pretty savoury, and to me that really collides with the perfume notes of the lavender. I think for a lavender EG to work for me, it needs to be far more delicately blended, and with a more complex taste structure.

Let me emphasize that the rating in no way reflects the quality of the tea, but my own severe hangups in terms of lavender EGs.

Thanks for sharing, KittyLovesTea!

[Sample from the second round of the EU Travelling Box, spring 2014.]

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
Ysaurella

not my favourite EG neither. But I had a very lovely one from Gryphon teas. The Theodor one is quite good quality as always but too heavy on lavender for my taste.I do really prefer when lavender is very discrete.

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I think I overleafed this slightly this time as it came out pretty bitter. It’s still really good, though. Perhaps more on the dark chocolate side than orange now.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
Dustin

I haven’t figured out a way to steep this without it coming out bitter. If you find a way, I’d love to know what you did!

Kat_Maria

Ha! I was pretty sure that the first time I made it, it wasn’t quite as bitter. That was a while ago though… So maybe I’m simply wrong ;D

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Very good dessert tea that funtions great as breakfast tea as well. The base seemed to be very pronounced, too, which is important because I’ve noticed that dessert teas sometimes have really mediocre bases. There’s something immortally delicious (sic!) about the chocolate + orange combination, it seems. This paired perfectly with my cranberry English muffin breakfast, too. Yum!

EDIT: I just found out that Ovation Teas have been gone for a while… That’s too bad! :(

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
Shadowfall

Glad you liked it. Sorry I didn’t mention Ovation was gone. >>;

Dustin

There were several people who went a little crazy during the Ovation liquidation sale where you had to buy their tea by the pound. I’m sure if you put the word out, you could find someone who still has a TON of this tea and was willing to part with it.

Kat_Maria

That’s interesting. The sale must have been quite an event!

Dustin

It was a bit of a feeding frenzy. I learned a valuable lesson to never buy tea by the pound again!

Kat_Maria

It does seem like quite a bunch of tea. The 4 oz. of Queen Catherine I recently ordered seems like a lot of tea me ;)

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A sample from KittyLovesTea. On first sip, this one reminded me a little of 52 Teas Rainbow Sherbet. I’m guessing it’s the fruit flavours and almost-acidity, but there’s something of the same “fizziness” about them, paired with the black tea base. The lemon comes over most clearly here, perhaps understandably, but is followed by a slightly bittersweet, tart raspberry flavour. Both come across very naturally — nothing artificial or fake tasting here! I’ve enjoyed three cups of this from my sample over the past few days, and like it equally well with or without milk. It’s a fruity, slightly acidic tasting black tea, clearly flavoured and very enjoyable. Thanks to KittyLovesTea for sharing this with me!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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The pearls seem like such a novel way to form tea. It smells nice and jasmine like when dry and the smell once brewed is the same, but the taste is a little lighter than I expected. It is a nice clean jasmine taste with the leaves tasting a little buttery at the end and no bite like some jasmine, but it lacks the strength that I prefer in my jasmine teas. Still, I wouldn’t turn my nose up at it. I might try a heavier leafing next time and see how that goes. I’m a little unsure of how many pearls to use for a cup.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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Time for another tea! My scarf is almost done, but I’ve decided to make another after this. Thank you to JennyFur for this tea. I love earl grey teas, so I have high hopes.

I steeped this one at boiling for 4 minutes. I ended up using about 3 teaspoons for 16 oz. I only steep 16 oz at a time, so I just decided to use the whole sample bag thing.

First sip:
Very nice! So smooth. It isn’t too harsh and isn’t overwhelmed with flavor. It is a good balance between the flavor and the actual tea. There is no bitter flavor at all.

Finishing off the cup:
I am very happy with this one! The flavor was so refreshing and not too heavy. Really solid tea. It knew what it was. I loved this.
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Overall, I loved this tea. I won’t be buying it any time soon though because I have so many earl grey teas to finish off. I will keep it in mind if I ever end up running out of earl x).

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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