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

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: A Man About Oolong

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!

Trent
Trent has been part of the Octavia Tea family for almost 2 years

“It’s hard for me to pick one tea, but a favorite of mine is the Oriental Beauty. It has a great mixture of rich caramel and hearty flavors while still having some earthy notes to it. Highly recommended to any oolong drinker.”

From our website:
In midsummer, tiny green leaf hoppers bounce through special tea gardens creating a style of oolong called Bai Hao by nibbling on tealeaves and drawing sap, which begins the process of oxidation while the leaves are still on the bush. Bai Hao oolongs are so lovely that Queen Victoria coined the phrase “Oriental Beauty” to describe the highest grades. Smooth, subtle notes of soft wood, muscat grape, baked pear and lily-of-the-valley make this tea a delicacy.

For more information or to purchase our Oriental Beauty, please visit our website at http://www.OctaviaTea.com

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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

Back to School, Back to Work

It’s that time of year again! Neighborhoods are buzzing with the anticipation of a new school year. New people, new experiences, new crayons.

It doesn’t matter it you are beginning a new school year or not, the excitement of the season never really leaves us. It’s easy to get swept up in it all, . . . → Read More: Back to School, Back to Work

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

Green Tea: Health Benefits

Green tea is one of the most basic tea varieties. As one of the four true teas, the tealeaves come directly from the tea plant. Mostly popular in the Eastern world (with countries like Japan and China) green tea is gaining popularity in the West. In addition to the different taste green tea provides . . . → Read More: Green Tea: Health Benefits

June: The Perfect Time for Iced Tea

With warm weather fast approaching, we are starting to dream of sitting in a lawn chair on plush, green grass…or with our toes pressed into warm sand, under an umbrella. What goes better with a warm, sunny day than an ice-cold glass of tea?

Next to water, tea is the most consumed beverage in . . . → Read More: June: The Perfect Time for Iced Tea