Raspberry Champagne Tea from Octavia Tea

Tea Type: White Tea

Where To Buy: Octavia Tea

Product Description:

Lush and inviting, Raspberry Champagne blends the floral, honey-like notes of champagne with fresh, blushing berries. White tea is said to be the healthiest of all teas and is picked only a few days each year.

Tasters Review:

Raspberry Champagne from Octavia Tea smells like Raspberry and Flowers!   The taste is Raspberry and floral but very champagne-like and juicy.  The aftertaste is a sweet floral taste. The berry notes are wonderful!  I can even taste a bit of honey as well!

I tend to over infuse my loose leaf teas.  I infuse more of the actual loose leaf but for a little less time to avoid bitterness or overly grassy or mossy tastes in other teas.

When I over infused the amount of this specific tea here is what I found different from the original infusion…

The aroma was of Honey, Berries, White Tea…it was very nice!  The taste was pretty much the same as before but even more so.  The Raspberry really came out when I attempted this!

I also tried a 2nd infusion when I over infused the amount of loose leaf and the taste is a bit on the lighter-side…but still very tasty and satisfying.  I really enjoyed each attempt!  And I really thought this was a great flavored white tea!

 

Glendale Estate White Tea from Octavia Tea

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  White

Where to Buy:  Octavia Tea

Company Description:

Grown high in the mountains of one of the world’s premier tea gardens, Glendale Estate is a truly remarkable tea. Cinnamon-colored leaves yield a golden-brown liquor. Fresh, woodsy notes reminiscent of an alpine meadow give way to undertones of warm spice and port wine. Savor this tea sip after sip.

  • White tea

This tea is made from 100% natural ingredients.

Taster’s Review:

This is a rather unique white tea.  It tastes much more like an Oolong than most of the white teas that I’ve ever tasted.  It reminds me of a lighter version of a Bai Hao Oolong.  It has similar fruit notes and a honey-esque finish.  The mouthfeel is deliciate, smooth and soft.

It is an incredibly delicious white tea.  In addition to the fruit and honey notes, I can also taste a nutty quality as well as a faint hint of raw wood.  Like I said – it’s very unique.  I like it very much!

I was a little sad when I visited the Octavia Tea website and was unable to locate this tea.  I know that they’ve made some changes to their website and the look of their label, so I hope that the omission of this tea is a temporary one… because you really should try it!

Winter Mint Tea from Octavia Tea

Tea Type: Rooibos

Where To Buy: Octavia Tea

Product Description:

WINTER MINT
100% caffeine-free red tea (tin)

One of our best-selling teas, Winter Mint blends rooibos, sweet vanilla and a touch of chocolate-mint into a soothing treat and healthy alternative to dessert. Also called red tea, rooibos is rich in antioxidants and anti-aging properties.

NET WT (per tin): 4.06 oz (115 g)

  • Rooibos
  • Dried apple pieces
  • Vanilla chips
  • 100% organic peppermint
  • Chocolate
  • Natural vanilla flavor

This tea is made from 100% natural ingredients.

(Contains milk and soy products)

Tasters Review:

You may have noticed over the past week or two SororiTEA Sisters have upped the amount of Holiday Related Tea Posts!  Well, indeed, we have!  The Holiday Season is HERE afterall!  To add to our ever-growing list of Holiday Teas or Seasonal Teas…Here is another one!  One from Octavia Tea and it’s called WINTER TEA.

Winter Tea smells like Mint Chocolate Chip before infusion…right as you open the package.  Post infusion smells like Vanilla-Chocolate-Mint-Rooibos.

Taste-wise is first and foremost Mint then Chocolate then Vanilla then Rooibos then spice then back to chocolate then Vanilla-Rooibos!  Yup!  It’s a great wintery rollercoaster of flavor folks!  And I wouldn’t have it any other way!  This has a lot happening here but everything follows suit with what you would expect based on the idea of this tisane and the ingredients!

This is a very good flavored Rooibos and a yummy seasonal cuppa!

 

Sunrise from Octavia Tea

Tea Type: Black Tea

Where To Buy: Octavia Tea

Product Description:

Early morning rays of sun shimmer and dance upon your teacup as this brisk, bright, flavor-rich black tea with the pleasant zing of lemon delivers you into the day. Sunrise also makes a gorgeous iced tea with refreshing notes of citrus.

Tasters Review:

I’ll tell you…SUNRISE from Octavia Tea didn’t last in my personal tea stash for very long!  This is one nice tea!

The aroma is wonderful!  The citrus is the key!  That Lemon-Citrus makes for a great pair with the bold aroma of the black tea.  The taste is also bold and beautiful!  This tea is great for mornings!  It really did help me wake up today!  I’ve also had this in the afternoon for a midday pick-me-up, too!  Mission Accomplished!  This is FAB hot or cold.

Product Review: Tea Pockets

Where to Buy:  Octavia Tea

Company Description:

Now you can enjoy the quality of loose-leaf tea with the convenience of a tea bag!  Tea Pockets make brewing loose tea easier than ever.

Unlike other fill-your-own tea bags, Tea Pockets are self-sealing and come with a string attached for easy removal after steeping.  Tea Pocket’s ultra-thin, almost transparent material allows water to completely circulate through the leaves, which yields a better tasting cup of tea.  Tea pockets are disposable, bleach-free, adhesive-free and have no paper taste.  Great for tea on the go.

50 fill-your-own tea bags per box.

Product Review:

As many of you probably know, I have been a tea artist (err… that is, I flavor and blend unique tea blends) for many years now.  And during those many years, I have utilized T-Sacs quite often – when sampling out my own blends.  Heck, I even sold them!

But, today, I have discovered a better product.  Tea Pockets!  What makes these so much better, you ask?  Well, these have a nifty fold-over flap (kind of like the old-school sandwich bags that mom used to pack in my lunches) to keep the tea leaves safely ensconced within the roomy pouch.  These also have a string loop to easily (and painlessly) remove the “tea bag” from the hot liquid.

And like T-Sacs, these are also bleach-free (and tasteless) so there are no chemicals to alter the taste of your tea.

This is THE WAY to make your own tea bags – which will be better than any commerically manufactured tea bag! – because you use your favorite high quality loose leaf tea!

Check out this How-To-Use video from the manufacturers of Tea Pockets:

Wild Blueberry from Octavia Tea

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  White

Where to Buy:  Octavia Tea

Company Description:

Capture the deep, luscious flavor of wild blueberries in a cup of tea. This enchanting infusion is made from an exquisite white tea blended with organic blueberries and a touch of sweet-tart hibiscus. Known for its detoxifying, stress-relieving properties, white tea has a delicate, nectar-like flavor contains the highest antioxidant level of all teas.

Taster’s Review:

This is an excellent blueberry tea.

The white tea base is light but it does not allow itself to be overwhelmed by the other flavors of the tea.  It has a sweet, fresh flavor that enhances the blueberry flavor.

The blueberry tastes very authentic.  It tastes like ripe blueberries – actually, since I’m drinking this tea hot, what it reminds me of is the blueberry taste in a piping hot blueberry muffin, bursting with sweet, juicy deliciousness!

There is also hibiscus in this blend, but I am happy to report that it is a very small amount of hibiscus.  Just enough to add a wee bit of tartness in the aftertaste, and a pleasant texture to an otherwise very light bodied tea.

I quite enjoyed this blend.  It is best served hot because the delicate nature of this tea tends to become a bit muted as it cools, however, if you want it iced, just add a little bit of sugar or other sweetener (try honey or agave nectar) and this will enhance the flavors a bit.

If you love blueberries – you really should try this tea!

Apricot Oolong from Octavia Tea

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Oolong

Where to Buy:  Octavia Tea

Company Description:

A favorite among connoisseurs, oolong teas (often pronounced “Wu-Long”) are semi-oxidized and express characteristics in-between green and black teas. The leaves are usually brownish in color, large in appearance and produce a very aromatic, smooth and complex brew.

The cultivation and manufacture of classic oolong tea is restricted to Southeastern China and the island of Taiwan.  Often, different tea estates have their preferred ways of making oolong.  It is because of the intricacy of this process that oolong teas can have the widest array of flavors and aromas.  High quality oolongs are among the world’s most expensive teas.

During production, leaves are tossed in bamboo baskets to lightly bruise their edges, releasing enzymes that react with oxygen.  With oolong tea, the outer part of the leaf is allowed to oxidize, but the center is kept green.  Some oolongs are more oxidized and closer in character to black teas, with amber-colored infusions and notes of dark chocolate, fruit and roasted sugar.  Other oolongs are less oxidized and are closer to green tea, with a lighter body, floral aromatics and golden green infusions.

In terms of health benefits, oolong is said to reduce plaque in the arteries, lower cholesterol, boost metabolism and aid weight-loss.  Research conducted in Japan, China and Taiwan reports that regular consumption of oolong tea is linked to the reduction of cholesterol and the lowering of blood sugar.  Its reputation as a safe, daily slimming and dieter’s tea in Southeastern Asia has been widespread for hundreds of years.

Taster’s Review:

This is a new tea from Octavia Tea … so new, in fact, that at the time of the writing of this review, the tea had not yet been introduced on Octavia Tea’s website.

In a word, this tea is YUMMY!  But, I doubt you came here just to read one word… so, I will illuminate further on this tea.

The aroma is very strong.  It is fruity and flowery, and it is hard to say which is strongest.  It smells like an apricot tree in bloom!  The fragrance of the brewed tea is not quite as fruity or flowery, but there is a deep, earthy quality with hints of apricot and honeysuckle.

The flavor is smooth.  The peach-like quality of the Oolong tea, together with the apricot flavoring and the Osmanthus in the blend creates a rich apricot/peach flavor.

The Oolong tea is a darker Oolong, which means that it’s been oxidized longer than the “greener” Oolong teas.  The longer oxidation period deepens the flavor of the Oolong… it is not as buttery and vegetative as a green Oolong might be.  Instead, it is fruit-like with a deep, nutty quality.  The mouthfeel isn’t quite as thick as a green Oolong, but it is smooth and silky.

This tea would be delightful served hot or iced.  Because of the deeper flavor of the Oolong, the flavor won’t be lost in the chill.  The natural sweetness of the fruit and tea means that this tea doesn’t need additional sweetener, but, if you don’t mind adding a drizzle of agave nectar, you might notice that this enhances the fruit notes.

I really like this tea.  Very refreshing and delicious!

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