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

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’s Rise to Power in America

It’s no secret that tea is one of the most popular beverages in the world (#2 only to water, actually.) It is a part of daily life for millions of people. Historically, Americans don’t have the greatest relationship with tea (throwing vast amounts of it into a harbor to prove a point will do that.) However, for one reason or another, the love of tea has started to spread like wildfire throughout the nation.

Maybe it’s the way tea makes us feel. It produces a calm sense of focus over hours as opposed to the fast rush of coffee…. . . . → Read More: Tea’s Rise to Power in America

News: Ancient Chinese Tea Cultivation Began Long Before Previously Believed

It’s not everyday that something as ancient and studied as tea gets a bit of a story change, but that’s exactly what’s happening. After over a decade of excavation and research, the Zhejiang Cultural Relics and Archaeological Research Center released findings last month that suggest tea was being enjoyed in China over . . . → Read More: News: Ancient Chinese Tea Cultivation Began Long Before Previously Believed

Shining a light on the world of Dark Tea & Pu-erh

Pu-erh TouchaAN ENTIRELY NEW CATEGORY OF TEA … Veiled in mystery, Hei Cha, or dark tea, is a special category of aged tea from China that is seldom available outside of Asia. An important part of Chinese culture linked to century-old traditions, dark tea has yet to reach global recognition on the same scale as other tea types (such as green and black). However, dark tea’s popularity is gaining momentum due to its powerful, medicinal effects. If Darjeeling is the “Champagne of teas,” then dark tea is its cousin—an aged, Cognac or Brandy. . . . → Read More: Shining a light on the world of Dark Tea & Pu-erh

The Secret of Darjeeling Tea: It’s unique flavor may be created by UV rays

Don’t be surprised if the world-renowned Darjeeling tea, known for its characteristic aroma and therapeutic uses, is grown in and around Kolkata, or just about anywhere, in the future. The generations old mysticism and romanticism of the aroma of Darjeeling tea has been shattered by Swati Sen Mandi, a Kolkata-based scientist of Bose Institute, who has found that the incomparable muscatel flavour can be induced in any tea with the right doses of ultra-violet rays. . . . → Read More: The Secret of Darjeeling Tea: It’s unique flavor may be created by UV rays

The Professional Tea Tasting Set – Complete Instructions and Tips on how to “cup” tea like a pro!

A good Tea Tasting Set is essential for professional buyers or for the tea lover who wants to take their connoisseurship to the next level. Discover tips and tricks for how the industry “cups” and evaluates teas … and why the added convenience of a Tasting Set may help your business. . . . → Read More: The Professional Tea Tasting Set – Complete Instructions and Tips on how to “cup” tea like a pro!

Graham’s 318 Hosts an Octavia Tea Tasting

Considering myself a bit of a tea connoisseur, I jumped when a recent opportunity to document an Octavia Tea Tasting presented itself. Elizabeth Stephano of Octavia Tea, had arranged with local merchant Graham’s 318 to host the event hoping to educate the community about her company and about tea, in general. Despite my tea pot collection, fancy little brewing mechanisms and collection of teas from all over the world, this class certainly was an education for me, as I realized I had a lot to learn… . . . → Read More: Graham’s 318 Hosts an Octavia Tea Tasting

Panda Poo Makes the World’s Most Expensive Tea

The world’s most expensive is set to go on sale in China for $3,500 for a 50 gram bag (that’s $200 per cup!). Even more surprisingly, Panda dung is one of main ingredients used to grow this pricey brew. . . . → Read More: Panda Poo Makes the World’s Most Expensive Tea