1350 Tasting Notes
I had forgotten how much I love this tea, all silky and creamy and vanilla-y goodness. This is one I might have to make my brother pick up for me when I run out because it is easily the best vanilla oolong I’ve ever had. I’m dying to get my hands on my incoming Strawberry Oolong from Teavivre and mix it with this tea, see how they play together.
I only did one steep, but the leaves have been used for coldbrewing tomorrow’s tea. Mmmm, I can’t wait.
Well, last time I had this tea, I was all Throw Moma From The Train, but now I can’t get “Jump!” by Kriss Kross out of my head. Hmm.
Anyhoo, this is my other coldbrew for the day and it makes me sad because it’s so tasty and River Teas is no more. I think I’m still in mourning. They were so unique! I just wish I knew what happened there.
Anyway, the tea is lovely. It’s a lighter green than the Pomegranate Dragonfruit I had earlier today and I like it a lot better. I don’t just taste random fruitiness, I definitely taste pineapple and cranberry, but they don’t overwhelm the green tea either. It’s just a perfectly balanced blend.
RIVER TEAS COME BACK I MISS YOU.
I cannot breathe. My nose is so stopped up that my face hurts. I feel like my whole face is swollen, which it likely is. Not to mention the coughing and sore throat.
I really hate winter. Not to mention the fact that while we were visiting Kentucky and Tennessee, a flu epidemic was declared in both states. What an awesome souvenir I brought home!
My wife is hitting up a Davids on the way home from work today, so I reached for the last little sample of this instead of my usual cold 911 so I can decide if I want her to grab more or not. I even opted to forgo my usual sugar and add honey instead.
And the verdict is in, this is a lovely tea to enjoy while I’m sick and one I think I would like having on hand, since I’m sick most of the time. It’s citrusy and just medicinal enough for me to believe it might even help my cold.
Now I’m off to reassure my clingy cats that I will never, ever leave them again XD
After catching up on Steepster, I was craving tea. Something strong and malty and…tea like. Nothing masked in flavors, just good, simple tea.
So I dragged this one out and if it doesn’t wake you up in the morning, nothing will. Hoo boy is it strong. Li8ke my father would say, “it puts hair on your chest”. I likely overleafed, because this is a touch bitter for me, but it is hitting that tea craving like no other. It’s good, but considering what my brother has been telling me about Whistling Kettle stores going to crap, I likely won’t be restocking.
My mother in law got a gift set of these teas as a Christmas gift from one of her students, a tin of Mango, a tin of Green and a tin of Oolong. Now, my mother in law is a hardcore tea drinker, but in the extremely weak Red Rose kind of way. It was a thoughtful gift, but the only time she doesn’t drink Red Rose is when she’s drinking honey and lemon for a sore throat.
Anyway, when she offered the set to me, I jumped on it. If I don’t like the oolong, I can use it for kombucha, the green with disappear at De’s work, and I hoped the mango would be good enough for coldbrewing.
I am happily surprised! I cold brewed two bags in 24 ounces of water overnight and the result is a fruity drink that doesn’t overshadow the green tea, but instead the mango and the green tea seem to take turns on the sip. The front is all MANGO, but by the time the sip is gone, the green tea lingers in a very good way. It will be no hardship to finish off the 30 bag tin. I wouldn’t pick it up again, just because it is bagged and I try not to buy bagged if I can avoid it.
During our time in Gatlinburg, we visited The Village, an awesome little set of shops. Old friends of the family run The Cheese Cupboard there and so it has been a regular stop for as long as I can remember. Imagine my surprise when I looked at the website and discovered the Spice and Tea Exchange was just a few doors down from The Cheese Cupboard! They make my wife’s favorite coconut oolong, which she had just run out of.
It was a cute little shop, more spice than teas, and the teas were kept in glass jars and clear plastic baggies on the wall, which…sucked, but whatever. Each tea was bagged by the ounce, and you could get 3 ounces for $12, so that’s what we did. A bit pricey, but it’s also in a tourist part of town. This is one I immediately reached for and I’m glad I did. In the process of packing for the trip, I packed a lot of herbals for my mom, but forgot to pack anything caffeinated for me and the wifey.
More than half the bag is gone, this tea one I reached for often in the mornings. Now that I’m home, I set it to coldbrew overnight and it is yummy. Very fruity, but there’s a cloying artificialness that will keep me from trying to get more. Still, I will definitely stop in every time I’m in the area.
We live! After two weeks in the States, we are home and happy for it. I am super glad to have all of my tea and tea pots and perfect mugs back in my greedy little hands. I need to rehydrate, STAT. After two weeks of sodas instead of tea and water and deep fried EVERYTHING, I need tea to get my system back into check.
My wonderful Dad got us a hotel room at the halfway point of our 15 hour drive, and let me tell you, it was a lifesaver. It was a Hampton Inn and they put out the most amazing breakfast spread, including a nice selection of teas. I saw this tea and my eyes lit up like a child’s, I was so excited.
I was pleased to see big pieces of a roasted oolong in the sachet, and the taste was heavenly. For a bagged tea, this went above and beyond expectations and it was exactly what I needed to wake me up and get me out the door so we could finally come home. So tasty and just the kind of roasty toasty oolong I like. I’m not well versed enough in oolongs to be able to tell what kind it was, but I liked it and that was all that matters.
So I will definitely be trying more of the Novus brand of teas, and I encourage you not to shy away from it. You might be happily surprised!