Bosso Nova by Tea Gschwendner
An Oolong tea described with : “creamy hazelnut and vanilla give warm rhythm to this customer favorite”.
Warm is right. I described the Hazelnut Black Tea I purchased at Coffee Tree and Tea Leaves in Chicago as warm and this one, Bossa Nova from another Chicago locale is just as evoking of that feeling. There must be something about the hazelnut that makes it…feel warm and homey and smooth and curled-up-in-front-of-a-fire-with-a-blanket-and-best-friend-on-a-fall-night. This tea sits in front of the rest on my shelf for another reason though – it makes me smile. The package says “aroma edition” on it and I can see why – it smells GREAT! I opened the package the first time and just smiled! Then I got a little giggly – the same way I did the first time Sookie and Eric kissed on TrueBlood (I waited four seasons for that). I can’t think of another smell that makes me do this (although the color of brewed Strawberry Berry does similar things).
Some words of caution: The directions on the package say to let the water boil before steeping. Do this. I didn’t quite get my water boiling the first time and my first brew wasn’t as flavorful as I expected. The second time, with hotter water, was much more enjoyable.
About Tea Gschwendner: the Chicago location (1160 N. State Street) is the only U.S. location (there is a partner, Tea Haus, in Ann Arbor, MI). It has numerous locations in the Middle East, Europe, and of course, Germany. You can shop online though. 100 grams of Bossa Nova costs $10.68 making it a bit pricey for the average consumer. They have HUNDREDS of varieties though (stay tuned for Michelle’s video’s later this week!). Might make great gifts or a nice treat for yourself.
Filed under: Oolong Teas
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