Darjeeling: Champagne of Teas

We here at Octavia Tea will be toasting the new royal couple with our Darjeeling Reserve. Known as “the champagne of teas,” Darjeeling is a world-famous tea growing region that produces teas with a unique & sought-after flavor. Our Darjeeling Reserve is from the Okayti tea garden – the same garden where Queen Elizabeth II’s favorite tea is from! So you may not get an invite to Buckingham Palace for the royal wedding, but you can at least sip the tea. . . . → Read More: Darjeeling: Champagne of Teas

Employee Selections: Smell the Roses

Rose Oolong always caught my eye but I was always replaying in my head “What if it just tastes dirty?!”. Boy was I wrong! After steeping my tea, the pleasant scent of rose pulls me in. Once the first sip, reaches my tongue, I’m instantly taken to a rose garden in spring. Smooth, balanced flavors make this a delightful cup. According to a press release by Whole Food’s team of global buyers, floral flavors are a trend for 2018. I recommend giving this a try! . . . → Read More: Employee Selections: Smell the Roses

Employee Selections: Silver Needle

silver needle harvest

“A Cup of Sophistication.”

Darryl is a marketing specialist and one of the newest members of the Octavia family. Quizzed about his favorite tea, he writes:

Prior to my employment at the Octavia Tea Company, had someone asked me what silver needle was, my first guess would have been tea made from the . . . → Read More: Employee Selections: Silver Needle

The History of Chai: Brewing the Chai Latte

A Brief History of Chai

The word chai is the ancient Persian word for tea. Two thousand years ago, the Persian empire consisted of the lands that we refer to as the Middle East: Turkey, Israel, Palestine, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt, Syria, Kuwait, Oman, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates, as well as parts of Afghanistan, Pakistan and China. . . . → Read More: The History of Chai: Brewing the Chai Latte

The Octavia Tea Guide: Natural Remedies for Stress and Depression

With the election chaos and the holidays knocking on our doorsteps, many of us need to find a heathy way to deal with stress – here are a few of our favorite teas to help you relax and unwind … . . . → Read More: The Octavia Tea Guide: Natural Remedies for Stress and Depression

Tea for the Chakras

For thousands of years tea has been a staple to many natural and spiritual health practices. Followers of both Buddhism and Hinduism, as well their many variants, have utilized the properties of plants to help heal and energize the metaphysical epicenters of the human body, known as Chakras.

ORIGIN OF TEA: . . . → Read More: Tea for the Chakras

Employee Selections: Love of Lapsang

“I always panic when someone asks me what my favorite tea is because it changes so frequently! However, I’m currently obsessed with our Lapsang Souchong. I’m very drawn to the smokiness; perhaps due to the memory of smelling my fathers fireman gear growing up. However, this “campfire tea” has a dusty boldness that makes it the perfect afternoon tea. Also, I highly recommend snacking on some cheese… as a general life style choice but particularly while enjoying this tea.” . . . → Read More: Employee Selections: Love of Lapsang

Employee Selections: Founder’s Favorite

Elizabeth Elizabeth is the founder and owner of Octavia Tea

“A few years ago, we received a package in the mail from a small tea garden in China containing about 20 samples of various dancong teas. The first sample I tasted (which happened to be what we now call our Phoenix Mountain Dancong) blew me away! It’s difficult to find and source high quality tea, and it’s even more rare for such an exceptional tea to find us! Also in the package was a sample of an incredibly complex, award-winning tea that tasted like flowers (and was priced at over $1000.00 per pound!) as well as a sample of what is now our fragrant, Eight Immortals tea – with notes of orange-flower-honey and warm cinnamon. We loved them all and it was difficult for us to pick only two.

Dancong teas (pronounced “dan-tsong”) come from hundred-year-old, wild-grown tea trees from the Phoenix mountain region in China’s Guangdong province. The wild and untamed Shui Xian tea trees on the rocky face of the mountain are up to 500 years old. . . . → Read More: Employee Selections: Founder’s Favorite

Employee Selections: A Jasmine Love Affair

We polled some members of the Octavia Tea family to see what their favorite teas are. Our hard working staff drinks tea all day long, so they’re sure to have some great opinions! Brea has been part of the Octavia Tea family since July

“Our Jasmine Pearl has to be one of the best teas I have ever had the pleasure of enjoying. The fragrance alone is enough to intoxicate the senses. Plus the process of making Jasmine Pearl is a beautiful love story. Jasmine flowers only bloom in the evening and are collected and folded in with the green tea leaves. After the tea has taken on the fragrance of the Jasmine, it is separated out and the tea leaves are hand rolled into tiny balls. These precious ‘pearls’ are then ready to blossom in your cup. Jasmine has the ability to spark romance and I am speaking from experience because I really love this tea!” . . . → Read More: Employee Selections: A Jasmine Love Affair

Employee Selections: Jenny Loves Jin Xuan

We polled some members of the Octavia Tea family to see what their favorite teas are. Our hard working staff drinks tea all day long, so they’re sure to have some great opinions!

Jenny Jenny has been part of the Octavia Tea family since July

“My current favorite tea is the Jin . . . → Read More: Employee Selections: Jenny Loves Jin Xuan