Happy second day of Summer! (I was trying to have it one the first, but chose to spend time with my dad for Father’s Day instead) I have been experimenting more with these summer-themed teas from FAVA Tea. Instead of pointing out each tea and review them, I decided to pull out some of my top tea blends. FAVA Tea sent me their Summer Sampler Box to try and report back on! The different tea blends are Beachberry Twist Green, Big Kahuna Herbal, Chilled Rhubarb Oolong, Crisp Apple Green, Farmer’s Market Peach Herbal, Guavalicious Herbal, Kokomo Cooler Black, Raspberry Burst Black, Seaside Citrus Green, Sunny Sangria Black, Sweet Melon Herbal, and Watermelon Lime Green. I chose the top five and linked my thoughts about cold-brewing a different three below as well.
Kokomo Cooler: I love FAVA’s black tea blends and this one was no different. I enjoyed sipping on this tea while at work. The aroma is somewhere close to that iconic strawberry and cream feeling, just super sweet but literally smelled like a dessert. As I brewed the tea, it had a nice orangey-red coloring, which is expected of a black tea. The taste was strikingly similar to the aroma (I love when match expectations) and had straight strawberry notes. It then lingered and again reminded me of…strawberries but when you get frozen strawberries and then eat them or put it in a smoothie. I was not able to sense the black tea too much, it really was a concentrated sweetness most likely from the rosehips and hibiscus. It was naturally quite sweet and tart, and overall delicious.
Ingredients: Black Tea, Coconut, Pineapple, Apple, Hibiscus, Rose Hips, Blueberries, Mallow Blossoms, Yogurt Pieces, Caramel Pieces
Big Kahuna: The name of this tea made me laugh, but surprised me quite a bit. It was very interesting both to look at and to drink! The dried fruit was extremely potent in aroma, almost overwhelming my senses a bit. It amplified when I poured the hot water on the “leaves”. It was very lemon-lime like, and more sweet than sour. My first thought was “this tea was very good but quite sweet.” It was extremely citrusy and lemony, brewing the most intriguing almost neon pale green-yellow color. As I dipped into the tea a bit more, I noticed a slight note of something else but it was hard to figure out entirely. I really enjoyed this hot, but I know many people would probably prefer to make this cold! Regardless, it was the perfect treat and as it sat around a bit and grew cold, I noticed a slightly sweet element that tastes almost like pure sugar. The lingering taste was slightly sweet and citrusy in my mouth, a cross between orange and lime.
Ingredients: Pineapple Cubes, Candied Aloe Vera, Orange Peel, Coconut, Natural Flavoring, Safflower
Farmer’s Market Peach: This one was probably the best (in my opinion) of all of the tea blends. The aroma was incredibly potent and the fruit mostly reminding me of pineapple, but the dried tea ingredients did smell incredibly like a peach. As I poured the hot water, I could have sworn that I sensed hibiscus but I did not see it on the ingredient list. The overall taste was very subtle, fruity upfront notes for sure. As it sat longer, a sugary sweetness was apparent. Extremely lovely, probably lovely iced but I finished this entire sample in one night! (I honestly love fruity hot tea). Sweetness congregated on the roof towards the back of my mouth. The carrot brings a creaminess and was quite smooth and almost buttery.
Ingredients: Apple, Carrot Flakes, Pineapple Cubes, Freeze-Dried Peach, Flavoring, Rose Petals, Safflower
Guavalicious: I shared this tea with my brother, and we both really enjoyed this. The aroma was extremely fruity and potent, potentially strawberry or the pineapple aspect. It was almost so fruity and tart that it was hard to distinguish what I was tasting at times. As it brewed, a strong pineapple hibiscus scent came up reminding me of juice. The color of it was a nice watermelon, pinky-red hue. The taste of the tea was actually so amazing. It was almost tart-like juice and if I had any left, I would have totally drunk it iced as it was so sweet and tart. I was able to taste the distinct rose hip flavor. The tart flavor was located on the roof of my mouth, and really settled there. I really enjoyed drinking this tea before bedtime.
Ingredients: Guava, Pineapple, Hibiscus, Apple, Strawberry, Rose Hips
Blackberry Twist Green: There is something about a well done green tea blend that hits the right spot on a cloudy day. This tea had a citrus, fruity and minty-like aroma to it. Almost like the combination of lemon and strawberry with some other cooler elements like cucumber and mint. As it brewed, it held a lovely lighter pink coloring and was quite clear. The taste of the tea was quite subtle and light. It had a feeling and element of the green tea, but it definitely was not the main focus of the group. As it cooled down, I was able to pull out some of the slight blackberry leaves notes and the sweetness that could have been the apples or rosehips. As I continued to sip on the tea, I noticed a bit of a cooling effect on my mouth almost refreshing feeling. I think the aroma was my absolutely favorite thing about this tea, having such a complex one but it seemingly worked.
I did also do an Instagram live trying to better my cold-brewing skills with three of FAVA’s blends. See my full thoughts on these three blends: Sweet Melon, Crisp Apple and Sunny Sangria.
Ingredients: Sen cha green tea, apple pieces, hibiscus, rosehips, sweet blackberry leaves, peppermint, freeze-dried cucumber pieces, lemon peel, lemon granules (fruit & lemon juice), natural strawberry flavor, natural lemon oil, jasmine blossoms, lemon myrtle, natural flavor
Pricing: The entire sampler is $19.99 for 12 summer samplers. Each of the other blends are priced per ounce and typically range from $3-$5.
Packaging: The packaging of this tea is fairly typical and I did not overly notice much of the aromas coming out until I broke open the bag. Then the zipper did not do as well at keeping in the aromas of some of these more potent teas.
Sourcing: I am not aware of any sourcing information that they have available to consumers.
Do you have any teas that just scream summer to you? I find that I still drink the same amount of hot tea in the summer as the colder months, since I do not normally cold brew teas too often for myself. Happy brewing!