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95

I was so excited to find this blend on Fava’s site! I recently tried a lemon basil oolong blend from The Cultured Cup in Dallas, which was delicious but pretty pricey. This one was about half the price and just as good! (Plus it’s from my local teashop, which I always want to support when I can.) The oolong is smooth and sweet, the lemon flavor is bright and natural, and the basil is mild and adds just a nice hint of depth to the blend. I’ve been enjoying it hot, but can’t wait to try it iced now that the weather is FINALLY warming up around here! I foresee this becoming one of my staple teas from Fava that I always keep on hand, along with their Coconut Souffle and Banana Walnut Bread.

Flavors: Citrus, Herbs, Lemon, Smooth

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
gmathis

I have high hopes that I’ll have some homegrown basil to try as a tea additive soon…right now we’re fighting weather (wet, wet, wet, and more wet), and Minnie, our wannabe-gardener cat who thinks that you tend to you plants by sitting (or chewing) on them.

Michelle

I really liked Fava’s Lapacho that you put in the TeaBox. If you keep writing reviews like this I might have to place an order :)

Nattie

I’m so sad Fava Tea Co. don’t ship to the UK! This sounds amazing, as do several other of their teas I’ve seen on here. ):

mrmopar

@gmathis, I have basil, thyme, oregano and cilantro planted for this year.

gmathis

Sounds like you’re ready for salsa and marinara!

Inkling

@gmathis…I can relate to you on the weather front! Hope the sun comes out for both of us soon!

@Michelle…I highly recommend them and not just because it’s my local teashop! :) Cloud 9 and Roasted Almond Chai are other personal favorites.

@Nattie I’d be happy to send you some samples in exchange for the Butiki teas you so generously offered to share! Let me know if there’s anything specific you’d be interested in trying. :)

Nattie

Oh gosh would you really? I might actually take you up on that offer! That’s very kind of you (:

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80
drank Earl Grey by Fava Tea Co.
651 tasting notes

This is a good basic, well-balanced Earl Grey. Too sharp and bitter to drink straight, but very pleasant with milk. It doesn’t beat out my favorite (Piccadilly from Letterbox Tea, if you’re wondering) but I’m enjoying it!

Flavors: Bergamot, Bitter, Citrus

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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70
drank Key Lime by Fava Tea Co.
651 tasting notes

The flavor on this one seems more lemon than lime and I don’t really get anything that screams “pie”. That being said, it’s a nice natural citrus flavor (it doesn’t remind me of cleaning fluid like some artificial lemon teas do!) and balances well with the base. Nothing amazing, but I’d drink it again!

Flavors: Citrus, Lemon

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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100
drank Dragon Pearls by Fava Tea Co.
651 tasting notes

I recently placed a curbside pickup order with Fava to support them during this difficult time and tried a bunch of new-to-me teas. I enjoyed most of them, but this one is definitely my favorite of the bunch! I use 2-3 “pearls” for a 12oz mug of tea and get a rich, reddish-brown brew with delicious notes of chocolate and caramel that sips down super-smooth. I can get at least 2 more equally delightful steepings out of the same leaves! Though it’s a bit pricier than some of Fava’s other options, I will definitely be re-purchasing this one next time I want a special treat!

Preparation
0 OZ / 0 ML
tea-sipper

So this means you’re in Wisconsin… did you ever get to visit the House on the Rock?

Inkling

Yep, I live in the Milwaukee area. :) I’ve passed billboards for House on the Rock on the freeway, but never actually gone. It sounds a little weird for my taste. :D Have you been there? Did you like it?

tea-sipper

AH! I have never been but I would LOVE to go if I was ever in the area. I guarantee it is so much more than the billboards. There is no way they can fit all that wonderful weird on the billboards. :D

Inkling

Haha, well, maybe one of these days! :)

Nattie

Sorry to butt into your convo but I just googled it out of curiosity and WOW! That seems super interesting!

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90
drank Golden Yunnan by Fava Tea Co.
651 tasting notes

Despite the name, this tea isn’t super “golden” in appearance. There is a random scattering of gold tips, but it’s mostly curly, tightly twisted black leaves. That being said, the flavor is exactly what I was hoping for! Sweet, smooth, malty deliciousness that hangs on for multiple re-steepings. At such a great price and supporting a local tea shop, this one may become a staple in my cupboard!

Flavors: Baked Bread, Malt, Smooth, Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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95
drank Coconut Truffle by Fava Tea Co.
651 tasting notes

This is one of my favorite blends from Fava! Add a splash of milk and you basically have a melted Almond Joy bar in a cup.

Flavors: Almond, Chocolate, Coconut

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Holiday Pumpkin Pie by Fava Tea Co.
735 tasting notes

I dunno how y’all found pumpkin flavor in this. It just tastes like syrup with the ghost of cinnamon.

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80

From the TTB
Yum, this tastes like a bit of banana bread with chocolate as an aftertaste. It smells like banana, and I get some creamy butter in there too. Thanks Inkling for including this in the TTB! I loved Butiki’s banana walnut butterscotch, and this tea reminds me of that one. I like that this tea has different layers, though I’m not getting much walnut. It’s buttered banana bread to start and dusted cocoa to finish.

Flavors: banana, Butter, Cocoa

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80

Finishing this up from the advent that Inkling made for me. I really enjoyed this one, and I was particularly craving a coconut tea the other day. Very nice, authentic coconut flavor. No bitterness at all, but a very dry mouthfeel. Had sweetened and hot, but I’d imagine it would be excellent either with the addition of cream, or iced as well.

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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50

Another SipsBy offering for the month of January. I was surprised to see another pistachio tea from Fava in my box so soon, but I love pistachio, so can’t complain. This tea has loads of ingredients that I love (marzipan drops and almonds in particular), but there was just something off about this blend. It’s not nearly as bad as the other Fava pistachio blend that I tried, but I’m still not loving it. It’s missing that marzipan favor, and is instead reading as a bag of mixed nuts.

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85

What I smell: marzipan (strong)

What I taste: pistachio butter

Notes: This tea reminds me of the almond-paste-filled Danish Kringle pastry that’s occasionally available at Trader Joe’s. Fairly light, but in a pleasant way. Might try steeping a minute longer next time. Found via Sips by subscription box.

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

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Advent day 10! I always love trying new variations of tropical blends. Green bases work especially well with tropical flavors for me. This one I wasn’t a huge fan of, though. The fruit notes were a bit too muted for my liking, with the base being a bit too vegetal for the mild flavors.

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96

Day 2 of my advent calendar from Inkling, and this is another winner! I’m constantly on the hunt for good banana teas, and this is definitely one of the best I’ve tried. It truly tastes like a slice of banana nut bread. Especially delicious with a splash of oat milk. This is one I will certainly be purchasing.

Flavors: banana, Cake, Walnut

Inkling

Yay! So glad you like it. That’s one of my favorites. :)

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20

I’ve been wanting to try this blend for awhile, and was so happy to see it arrive in my SipsBy box. Boy, was I disappointed. I opened the bag and it just smelled like salted nuts. I was still hopeful. Maybe the flavors would really shine once brewed? Nope. Tastes like hot buttered popcorn. Just awful. Couldn’t finish the cup.

Flavors: Popcorn

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 8 min or more
AJRimmer

Aw man! This is one that I’ve been eyeing for a while as well! I actually like tea that tastes like buttered popcorn, so maybe this review served to encourage me to buy it more :P

amandastory516

Lol. If you like buttered popcorn teas, you’ll definitely like this!

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45

I bought this tea after trying it in-store. The sample was smooth and bright with a distinct pina colada-type flavor. Unfortunately, I haven’t been able to recapture that flavor at home. I may have to keep messing around with my brewing parameters, but after preparing it as I do most green tea blends (1 tsp for 3 minutes at 175 degrees), I got a watery, artificial banana flavor with hints of coconut. Quite disappointing! I think I’ll try more leaf next time and see if that makes a difference.

Flavors: Artificial, banana, Coconut

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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100

I love a good banana-flavored tea. Butiki’s Hello Sweetie is one of the many reasons I’m devastated that company shut down and A Quarter to Tea’s Banana Nut Pancakes is another standout favorite. I think this one may round out my top three! I wasn’t sure about the green tea base, but it actually works beautifully, giving a lighter twist to a heavy flavor. There’s a nice butteriness to this one along with the banana and walnut flavors that definitely gives me the vibes of a piece of warm, buttered banana bread. What a treat!

Flavors: Banana, Butter, Walnut

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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100

Very enjoyable. Lightly sweet with notes of fruit. I wouldn’t know there was pineapple in it, the touch is subtle. Slight hint of vanilla

Flavors: Cherry, Vanilla

Preparation
1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML

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100

Hands down my favorite tea. Smells like marzipan. Light and a tiny bit sweet. Doesn’t need milk or sugar, but holds either nicely.
Enjoyable any time of day

Flavors: Almond, Marzipan

Preparation
1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML

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95
drank Mango Rooibos by Fava Tea Co.
8 tasting notes

This is another great tea from the Fava Tea company. I bought five different rooibos teas from them and they all got packaged in a nice black resealable pouch. It even had a hand written note with it to thank me for the order and a ton of flyers about tea and the benefits of it. Great packaging and fast shipping. Also there was a little sampler package for tea with it, the Sunny Disposition they sell :) The mango tea I ordered has a very pleasant and mild taste, not to Mango-ie. I was doubtful because I’m not a big mango fan but I couldn’t drink it fast enough when I was drinking it. Great tea!

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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A previous reviewer says this is like David’s Tea forever nuts with cinnamon. That description is spot-on.

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86

This came in my January Sips by box. I think it’s my third by Fava Teas? I’ve liked them all so far.

First of all, this tea smells so wonderful. Such a festive and spiced citrus aroma! There are so many goodies mixed in. Big pieces of dried orange, pretty pink peppercorns, whole cloves and cardamom pods, and a generous amount of cinnamon chips.

It brews up to a dark reddish brown and smells sweet like Christmas. Upon first sip, I notice an unexpected creamy vanilla note. Oooh. The vanilla is followed by bright, sunny orange, then spices. The spices all sort of blend together, with cinnamon being the most noticeable. The clove and cardamom are there, but in the background. I didn’t see it in my sample, but I swear I also taste star anise. Or maybe allspice?

Basically, this tastes like a holiday dessert and I am here for it. Glad I got to try this.

EDIT: Cooled, this tastes like a spiced Creamcicle.

Sipdowns in 2019: 5

Flavors: Cinnamon, Citrus, Citrus Fruits, Citrus Zest, Citrusy, Clove, Cloves, Orange, Orange Zest

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 30 sec 4 tsp 24 OZ / 709 ML

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100
drank Coconut Souffle by Fava Tea Co.
651 tasting notes

This one was on sample at the store and as soon as I tasted it I knew this was one I needed in my cupboard. So yummy! The coconut flavor is rich and creamy and natural and pairs perfectly with the white tea base. It’s delicious hot and even better iced. A new favorite!

Flavors: Coconut, Creamy

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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76
drank Dublin Breakfast by Fava Tea Co.
18 tasting notes

Sip down! This is one of those teas that I’ve had in my cupboard for a loooong time, and every time I break it out, I really enjoy it but then I forget how much I enjoyed it so I don’t drink it again for a long time. I made a latte from it this morning, which I don’t think I’ve done before, and it is especially good. The tea has a creamy feel/flavor on its own, I imagine from the blue mallow and vanilla. The jasmine is extremely subtle, so anyone scared of floral teas need not be afraid. Really yummy cup, sad to see it go!

Flavors: Creamy, Smooth, Sweet, Tea, Vanilla

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 6 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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