1378 Tasting Notes
So very hibby, but for once, it seems to work. The hibiscus actually supports the citrus flavors. I taste lime, to the point that I’m wondering if we weren’t given two packs of key lime by mistake. It really reminds me of Lime Fizz from Tea Haus, which my wife adores, so yay for that! But it’s not my cup of tea. (har har har)
I would still recommend it, because it’s tasty, it’s just not flavors I enjoy.
Cold, this tea is even better. I coldbrewed it overnight and this morning it is love at first sip. I can see this being my constant companion come summertime. It’s juicy and refreshing and intriguing. It’s not a flavor profile I’ve found anywhere else and so it is a must have for my cupboard. I’m trying to keep from instantly buying 100 g of teas I like, but I think I’ll make an exception for this one.
I overleafed this in an effort to empty the tin so I could refill it with the fresh my wife picked up yesterday. It is absurdly dry in this condo (because the super insists on keeping it the temperature of the freaking sun), so we have little bowls of water all over the place for the cats to make sure they don’t get dehydrated. We keep two such bowls on the kitchen counter because with three cats, there’s cat hair in everything we cook anyway. One of the girls, Pekoe, was getting a drink while I was refilling the tin and must have thought the bag of tea was a bag of treats. So, of course, I let her smell the tea.
She jumped away from the tea so fast she fell off the counter XD. I guess she doesn’t like menthol! She’s graceful in a drunken elephant kind of way.
Anyway, I feel like death, my sinuses clogged to hell and back and this is hitting the spot perfectly. I enjoy Davids new cold teas, and I think they all will help during the course of this cold, but when you want something to kick you in the pants and make you immediately feel better, this is the tea for it. For me, at least.
Okay, so STORYTIME. Also, first review, heck yeah!
Many moons ago (so, about four years) my wife and I were hanging out with her mom, dad, sister, and sister’s friend and drinking copiously. Her mom got wicked drunk and proceed to make her sister’s poor friend play the guitar while she accompanied him on the piano. She wandered out to the front hall while the rest of us were in the living room and spotted the friend’s bright orange shoes. She absolutely loved them and decided to tell him….by writing it on the side of the soles. With Sharpie. One side of each shoe said “I love your shoes”, and the other said “Orange you glad?” so the one shoe said “I love Orange” and the other said “your shoes you glad?” We were both horrified and amused and I have no idea if she replaced his shoes when she sobered up, but I’m willing to bet she did.
I told that story to justify the purchase of this tea. I was on the fence about it because a) we already have a blood orange pu-erh and b)we’re not huge fans of pu-erh to begin with. But on the website, the tagline for Juicy Orange is Orange You Glad?, so of course we had to pick some up. Sadly, the “Orange You Glad” doesn’t appear on the sticker they put on the bags.
It’s good. Like, better than a pu-erh has any right to be. It’s bright and orangey and the pu-erh kinds rounds it out and adds a depth to the flavor. It is delicious and flavor is brighter than the blood orange, though I enjoy that one too. I will say the flavor is more Tang orange than orange juice, but that’s okay. I like being an astronaut ;)
This is almost disturbingly tasty. I totally get the bubblegum, but the strawberry really shines through to me. The ginger is nice, a background hint and not overwhelming like it can be. We have 100 g in rewards coming our way and I know exactly where to spend them. This is a delicious oolong, light and fruity and I can’t wait to try the cold steeped leaves tomorrow!
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.