Pistachio Orange Pu Erh from Fava Tea Company

Everyone where I work sniffed this bag and declared the scent heavenly. It smells like a tray of cookies. Nutty and sweet and a little zesty.

And it TASTES LIKE THAT, TOO. You guys. This was the Find Of The Week.

This is Mrs-Claus-in-a-tea. Imagine the prototypical grandma, with an army of tiny elf children assisting and getting the sprinkles and sugar everywhere. She is baking and listening to Jackson 5 and shimmying that caboose all around. Outside, the reindeer are watching through frosted windows. Rudolph is in the forefront, glowing like the attention-grabber he is. He knows that ol’ Mrs Claus can’t resist that round red nose. (She loves round red things! The nose reminds her of Santa!) She’ll be out with freshly-baked cookies for him as soon as they’re out of the oven and cooled.

Is there more tea like this in Fava’s workshop? I promised myself I’d stop buying tea until I wrap up the samples I have now… but I’m tempted to try a few more of Fava’s blends.


Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type:  Puerh
Where to Buy:  Fava Tea Company
Description

Hand blended to perfection this blend is the perfect compliment of earthy pu-erh, nutty pistachio and sweet citrus! You are my sunshine….! You’ll be singing as you enjoy this blend iced during the spring and summer months and hot during the cooler fall and winter months of the year. This blend has been described as a Pistachio Orange Cake with Buttercream…

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Cherry Green and Black from Fava Tea. . . .

I tried this tea hot, went “meh, this is kind of tart for me,” and put it away.

Fast forward something crazy like two months, and I decided to try it iced. NOWWWW I’m on board, guys. The mix of hibiscus flower, apple bits, orange peel, safflowers, & sour cherries was overpowering at a higher temperature, but iced? It goes from abrasive to spunky.

The hibiscus and cherry swirl together to form that sassy friend who has tons of gossip about everyone you know. They’re so charming that you almost forget that they’re totally telling everyone what you’re saying to them.

I recommend trying this iced. It might even taste good as the base for a mixed drink. I feel like you could throw a little SoCo or flavored vodka in here and get the party started. Maybe get the gals together and start some sassy whispering.


Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type: Green/Black
Where to Buy: Fava Tea
Description

Super green and black tea blend with huge (and I mean HUGE dried cherries!). One of our best-selling green teas in the store. With this one, you have hit the mother load! Not just a drink, an experience! Strong cherry flavor!

Idea: Mix with lemonade for the ultimate Arnold Palmer!

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Snowy Mountain from Plum Deluxe. . . .

When this tea showed up on day five of my tea advent calendar*, I was immediately intrigued by the ingredient inclusion of chestnuts. Like, the roasting-on-an-open-fire kind? What does a chestnut even TASTE like, I thought to myself.

And then I brewed it up, immediately picked out the warm, toasty, nutty notes and went, oh yeah! I know what chestnuts taste like! I just had forgotten, apparently. If you’ve forgotten, too– well, they’re nutty. Warm. A little bit more savory than your garden variety almond, but not in a gross way, just in a way that evokes all the good holiday feels. Top it off with the creamy vanilla in this delightful black tea, and you’ve got a great cuppa. I don’t know if I’m picking up on the “meringue” flavor so much as I’m just getting delicious vanilla notes, but either way, it works here. With a splash of cream and honey, this makes for a decadent and festive morning cup that has nothing to do with peppermint or spice. Yum! I’ll at least *sip* this one over an open fire, any day.

*Can we all agree this is the best idea ever? I switched it up from my usual David’s Tea 24 Days of Tea to a calendar put out by my favorite Plum Deluxe this year, and it was a great call. I still like DT, but their offerings were getting boring (same thing! every year!) and PD’s is more than just tea. So fun!


Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type: Black
Where to Buy: Plum Deluxe
Description

Part of 2017 Tea Advent Calendar-this tea may not be available but click below for teas that are.

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Fraser Tea Trappist Monk

An interesting twist on Monk’s blend.

Cherries are one ingredient you don’t see often in tea. Though I honestly don’t taste as much cherry flavor as I thought I would it does produce a nice undertone for the vanilla and caramel flavors.

It has a velvety mouth feel. The wet leaves remind me of the smell of coffee creamer. Go figure. For those who enjoy flavored black tea this is definitely one you need to try. It has unique character with flavors that aren’t too over powering but still deep enough for those who like a little punch with their tea.

If you like to support tea companies that focus not only on quality but sustainability I invite you to check out Fraser. They are a company from Michigan that look to enhance the lives of their framers while providing a truly unique blend of teas.


Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type: Black
Where to Buy: Fraser Tea
Description

A unique twist on the tradition of Monk’s Blend tea, our Trappist Monk Organic Black Tea melds Michigan cherries with exotic vanilla and sweet caramel organic flavor and is crafted from the highest quality Assam tea. Through bold flavors, that are tempered with zesty orange peel, pomegranate and grenadine, the essence of this tea takes on a rich sweetness. We named this blend after the Trappist monks whose order our father was a member. Choose this organic black tea to help increase alertness and focus, we wish you a healthy mind, body and spirit with each cup.

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Vanilla Maple Cinnamon from Steeped Tea. . .

When I saw this tea in my review box, I had to try it right away. Any black tea blend with vanilla is usually a winner in my book. This blend by Steeped Tea is no exception. The dry leaf smells sweet, as to be expected with notes of cinnamon and maple. Once brewed, the tea is light amber in color.

At first, I wasn’t sure what to think. I couldn’t figure out what I was tasting. None of the flavors really stood out. To be honest, at first, I was a bit disappointed. As I continued to sip on this tea though, I realized that it was actually one of the smoothest flavored black teas that I’ve ever had. It’s a sweet blend but subtle in flavor. That said, the flavors come together to take any possible bitterness out of the black tea base.

If you’re looking for a tea with a strong taste of maple or vanilla, you might be let down by this. However, if you are a fan of black teas with a bit of sweetness, this is perfect. It doesn’t need an additive like cream or sugar.

All and all, I liked this tea very much. It has been discontinued by Steeped Tea, but if you can get your hands on some, I recommend that you do!


Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type:  Black
Where to Buy:Steeped Tea
Description

This tea is no longer available but click below their site.

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