Novel Teas

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Novel Teas contains 25 teabags individually tagged with literary quotes from the world over, made with the finest English Breakfast tea.

Spend teatime with CS Lewis, Rita Mae Brown, Alice Hoffman, and more as they share their thoughts on the delights and comforts of tea and books on each individually printed tea tag.

There is no better company than a steaming cup of tea as you open the cover of a favorite classic or turn the page of the latest thriller. Whether traveling to distant times and far off lands or discovering new characters in a nearby locale, a soothing cup of tea makes the journey more pleasurable and the memory lasting.

Novel Teas are the perfect compliment to your literary journey. Enjoy them iced by the pool for that steamy summer romance, or hot by the hearth for that long winter epic.

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This morning’s quote on the bag tag: “My home is where my books are.” (Looking forward to spending some time there this weekend.)

Still a fair-to-middlin’ morning breakfast tea requiring no preparation thought whatsoever.


A friend just gave me a package of these! How long do you usually steep for? :)


Hmmm…probably around 3 minutes, but I tend to prefer stuff on the lighter side. I’d give it a taste and let it go a bit longer if it isn’t stiff enough for you.

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I went camping to stargaze:
& this was the tea I brought along. I wasn’t getting my hopes up for outstanding flavor, but guess what? This was really good! I don’t know if it was because I was cold and surrounded by a zillion stars and the Milky Way above me, or if it was a truly outstanding bagged tea, but either way…I enjoyed every sip! Good, classic tea flavor with milk and sugar, and one bag made a flavorful cup even in my 10 oz mug. I have no idea how long I steeped it for, but I must have hit a sweet spot because it was not bitter at all.

I would not hesitate to drink this if I was feeling lazy at home, and I will definitely bring them on future trips!


Cool, this is something my Sister-in-law does. In fact, last Summer when she came to visit, the whole family went up to a star gazng in Rocky Mountain National Park at about 9,000 ft. and it was incredable! No light interference and big scopes set up! All my grandkids were there.


Ah, a fellow star geek. (fellowette?) I usually take earl grey with me.

Bonnie I am so jealous except I literally could not breath at that altitude.


You could too! I’ve been to 15000 in Peru now that is high for treking! I live at 5000!


K S – Earl Grey sounds delightful to drink with the stars! I’ll try that when my Novel Teas run out :)

Bonnie – we were “only” at 2,800 on our mountain but we still had spectacular views because of the lack of light pollution. It was so special. We got to look through some big scopes and I especially couldn’t believe those rings on Saturn!!!


JacquelineM – what size scope do you have? A star party we attend annually has a club that brings in their 16-18" mirrors. Makes our 8" mirror look tiny. I can’t imagine the views at 2,800 above the light dome. We can see the milky way from horizon to horizon but I know it doesn’t compare to what you get to experience. Seeing Saturn for the first time is one of the most thrilling things I have ever seen.

Bonnie – 15000! Planes shouldn’t go that high.


KS – We only borrowed looks at the star party. It was set up really well – people who were willing to share had blinking red lights near the bottom of their scopes and we could circulate and take a look at what they were showing :) We are in the market for one, though. We like the Celestron NexStar 8 SE because it is compact but it seems like you can see great images from the Dobsonian telescopes for less money but they are so large. If you have any advice I’d love to hear it!


KS when you go from Lima to Huaraz you go very high then down to 9000 where the capitol of Ancash is (cool mountain called sacsayhuaman. Pronounced sexy woman!) . Anyway come see the stars in Colorado! You’re half way there! I’ll take you on a tour!


JacquelineM – the NexStar would make a great scope. Nothing like tracking. Ours is a dob. They are way less expensive so you ‘can’ go bigger, just make sure you can pack it as well as fit it in your car. They also require constantly adjusting for moving stars. You get used to that part of it.

Bonnie – I would love to see the stars in Arizona or Colorado. Can’t imagine not having the sky glow. Of course right now you probably can’t see anything at night for the smoke. So great otherwise.


You might enjoy this:
I wrote it about a week ago. It compares stargazing to tea drinking. Off to work with thee.


I think you are right that your experience of it had something to do with the circumstances. Bit like how the cheapest, most mediocre bagful of fannings and dust can taste like heaven if you’re wet and cold enough, or a super-expensive high-end tea made Just Right can be like dishwater if you’re feeling a bit ill and really wanted something else entirely.
Since this was a good experience, I think you might find that the memory of it will influence your experience the next time you have it too. :)


KS – I posted a glowing happiness after reading your star and tea blog post, but it didn’t show up! In any event – I love your post and agree! :)


JacquelineM- I checked the settings and could not find anything that appeared to be blocking comments. Anyway glad you enjoyed it.

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I finally found some more Novel Teas and have been using my nifty new ice-maker to make delicious cups of 1/2 iced tea with 1/2 lemonade. I brew the iced tea in a normal tea cup with 2 bags of tea in about 8 oz water. The tea is strong enough to hold its own against the lemonade and is refreshing enough for the most obstinately hot of summer days.
Unfortunately, I have been in the middle of moving for several weeks now and my tea consumption has been reduced to this or Twinings. I cannot wait to get back to my ‘serious’ tea tasting, and perhaps even order myself some new teas once I finish off some of my remaining ones. I’ll just have to keep that in mind until my kitchen gets sorted out.

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Used two teabags for 14 oz this time and sweetened with honey for a decent cup of tea. Still enjoying the quotes, but would not recommend the tea. “People say that life is the thing, but I prefer reading.” —Logan Pearsall Smith and “Never judge a book by its movie.” —JW Eagan

Flavors: Tannin

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