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: 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

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

Selecting our New Genmaicha Tea – Tasting Notes:

Over the last 6 weeks, we have been receiving countless packages of tea samples through the Japanese Post. After narrowing our decision down to five finalists, we held our final cupping session today. It is time to select our new Genmaicha tea….

As you can see from the photo and our tasting notes, not all teas that share the same name are identical. Different gardens and tea producers in Japan sent us their best Genmaicha, but the flavors, aromas and appearances were shockingly different. . . . → Read More: Selecting our New Genmaicha Tea – Tasting Notes: