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 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

Does the size of your tea leaf matter? Yes, but not always in the way you expect….

Does the size of the leaf matter? Yes, but not always in the way you expect…. The required size of the leaf depends on the specific type of tea and the desired flavor. Sometimes smaller is actually better (but not always!) and certain types of tea are made from leaves that are broken (on purpose!) to influence flavor. Learn more about what the size of your tealeaf actually means…. . . . → Read More: Does the size of your tea leaf matter? Yes, but not always in the way you expect….