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    Octavia Tea French Breakfast

    Country of Origin: not listed Leaf Appearance: small, dark with bright rose petals Ingredients: black tea, vanilla bean, rose petals, natural vanilla flavor Steep time: 3 minutes Water Temperature: 212 degrees Preparation Method: ceramic teacup and mesh infuser Liquor: dark reddish brown Isn’t it funny how vanilla flavored things (like coffee and tea) always seem to be associated with the French? Wikipedia tells me that they played a large part in cultivating the plant outside of its native Mexico. Nevertheless, this blend from Octavia Tea smelled amazing. The taste was full of vanilla flavor without coming off as overdone or artificial. I thought that the earthy, somewhat malty base black tea served as…


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    Octavia Tea Blueberry Green

    Country of Origin: China Leaf Appearance: deep green, lots of visible petals and berries Ingredients: organic green tea, organic blueberries, organic Fair Trade Certified hibiscus, natural blueberry flavor, organic stevia and organic calendula petals Steep time: 3 minutes Water Temperature: 195 degrees Preparation Method: ceramic teacup and mesh infuser Liquor: odd reddish green I’ve been on a big berry flavored tea kick lately. It seems like something that’s more appropriate for warmer weather months but needless to say, I was excited to give this one a try. The liquor was an unusual color. The closest that I can come to describing it is reddish green. I think the blueberries had something to do with…

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    Octavia Tea Chocolate Mint

    Photo: The Octavia Tea Company Country of Origin: not listed Leaf Appearance: reddish brown, needle-like, lots of apple pieces Ingredients: rooibos, dried apple pieces, vanilla chips, chocolate, organic peppermint, natural vanilla flavor Steep time: 5 minutes Water Temperature: 212 degrees Preparation Method: ceramic teacup and mesh infuser Liquor: reddish brown I was expecting something in the realm of an Andes chocolate but the taste of this tea was rather understated. It was earthy, creamy and sweet with just a hint of chocolate. The mint came through as a cooling aftertaste. Too much mint can come off as medicinal so I was glad that they did not overdo it with the peppermint. Although they…