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drank Milk Oolong by Oolong Flower Power
274 tasting notes

When I was in Dublin last year, I was scouring the area for tea shops and came across Oolong Flower Power. They had hundreds of jars of tea to choose from and I took two selections home. All the tea is under their shop name. I asked the guy working at the counter about it and he said they have a vendor who they buy all their tea and coffee from, so I get the impression that they don’t do any blending or flavoring themselves and that these teas may be available by other companies who buy from the same vendor.

Anyways, onto the tea itself! I think I overleafed this tea a bit in my effort to use up the last of the tea that didn’t fit into the tin, but it seems to have turned out alright! I’m not familiar with milk oolongs (or regular oolongs for that matter) so I’m not quite sure what to expect. The first sip tasted slightly floral to me. It is extremely smooth and creamy… almost buttery, a taste that is pronounced after each sip. There is also a slight after sensation as if I drank something grassy even tho I don’t really taste grass in the sip. I’ll have to update later as I resteep, but so far it’s really nice!

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Stephanie

Jealous of your trip to Dublin! Also Milk Oolongs are tasty :D

yyz

Nice review. Hope you liked Dublin! I still miss it sometimes. The pictures looked familiar and looking attheir other stock, I’m pretty sure the tea is from Oxalis a Czech company. http://www.oxalis.eu

There are some companies here who sell their teas. I know of one company locally that sells some of them, and I know another co pany in Romania that seems willing to ship to Canada, at least, as well I have seen others as well. The tea shop looked nice!

Dustin

I did like Dublin! I got to go for a month and it was awesome. We thought about moving there for a year, but the hubs wasn’t as thrilled with it as I was so I think it is off our list. I think we’d both love to visit again tho and I know I would love to visit all the tea shops again!

Thanks for the link YYZ! Their apricot and cream cheese sounds like an interesting tea.

yyz

I’m glad you got to stay there at least a month! I liked the time we stayed there though I did get the joys of experiencing 58 days of rain ( our back yard was turning into a bog), though many of those days were that Irish specific ‘soft ’ days. I hope you do get a chance to visit again at least. Ironically I ran into someone who’s family own a pub syndicate, and run Gibney’s in Malahide which was often a meeting place for people I worked with.

You have the opportunity to live somewhere else for a year, that sounds amazing. I’ve always learned the most and had the best experiences when I’ve had the opportunity to live away from home. Where else is on your list?

Just out of interest the other companies I know that sell Oxalis teas are http://theloosetea.com, though they only have a limited selection and http://www.ctscorner.ro/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=19.

The apricot and cream cheese does sound really good. They have an excellent selection of fruit teas.

Dustin

I had hoped to see a good amount of rain while I was there. We have been in a drought in central Texas for a long while now, so it would have been nice to see it raining somewhere in the world. We got a couple of good downpours, but mostly we just heard from all the locals how we came during such an unusually beautiful sunny spell. :/

The other places we have thought about moving to for 1-2 years are Los Angeles, Sydney, Korea or South America.

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I don’t understand breakfast teas. What is it that makes them a breakfast tea? I find this tea is really strong and has a bitter edge to the end of the sip that was softened by sugar. It is okay for what it is, but I’m really not very excited by plain or straight teas.

Tuscanteal

I like the right straight tea and am just learning to appreciate them now. I didn’t particularly like this one though by DT. I found it quite bitter as well and finicky to steep.

Dustin

I’m trying to learn appreciation for straight teas too, but ones like this make it challenging. Doesn’t help that it was too heavy on my empty stomach and made me feel nauseous. Breakfast made it a little better tho. Maybe that is why it is a breakfast tea? You need to eat with or before it!

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I didn’t care for this tea on the first few sips, but as it cooled it became more complex. I love anise and the combination of that, the mint and other spices make for an interesting tea. The tea has a little sweetness on it’s own that lingers in the back of my mouth. At one point I was getting an almost plastic like aftertaste, but that has passed. It is a different twist on mint tea, but I’m still unsure of exactly how I feel about it.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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drank Hot Lips (organic) by DAVIDsTEA
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I don’t have a bottle of hot sauce on me at ALL times, but I have gone through almost half a bottle of Yellow Bird habanero sauce in a little over a week, so challenge accepted. Alright “Hot Lips”, lets see what ya got! First few sips had nothing. No cinnamon, no spice, no kick. It smells like a red hot candy. A little further into the cup and I can feel some heat. As it cools I can pick out a little of the green tea base and get a little more cinnamon, but for something that promises a big hit of cinnamon for those who love hot sauce, it really fails to deliver. At the very last part of my cup there was a little more spice on the back of my tongue. The tea tastes nice, don’t get me wrong, I just didn’t get the tea in the description.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec
__Morgana__

My BF has a thing going with a friend of his where he sends his friend a hot sauce with an outrageous name and his friend tries to outdo him. It’s hilarious! Sorry there wasn’t enough spice in Hot Lips. LOL.

Dustin

Now you have me curious! What were some of the hot sauce names?

__Morgana__

Well, probably my favorite is “Slap My A** and Call Me Sally” which came in both red and green sauces.

__Morgana__

Oooh, I must make a correction. It’s actually “Smack My A** and Call me Sally.” These find distinctions are important, you know. ;-)

Dustin

Call Me Sally?! What a strange name for a hot sauce! I think the two names together would make for an amusing name for a single sauce.

__Morgana__

It is a single name (both phrases together). I guess it looked like two different ones because of the asterisks. That’s what I get for trying to keep things clean. Communication suffers. ;-)

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drank Momo (Peach) by Lupicia
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I got this sample from Rie a while back. Thanks Rie!
Dry this tea is giving me nothing. I’m guessing I have had it in a ziplock for about a year, so it really is no wonder. Once steeped, I can smell faint peach which really comes through in the flavor. I don’t think I can pick out the tea base, but the peachiness translates very well and realistically. It isn’t the juiciest of peaches, but is a well rounded interpretation. I suspect adding more sweetener would up the juice factor. This tea is good, but as I’m not a huge fan of peach, I’d likely pass on purchasing.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Coffee Cake by DAVIDsTEA
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This came to me as a sample with an order. It is a larger than other samples I have had and will likely make two cups. It smells wonderful and caramel like. Very similar scent to Della Terra’s Pineapple Upsidedown tea. Once brewed, I think I can pick out some of the baked coffee cake goodness in the scent. The base of this tea is nice, but hides a little to let the caramel/brown sugar flavors dominate. If I sip it too fast I get a bitter taste on the back of my tongue. I’m used to coffee cake with lots of cinnamon and brown sugar on top. This is missing the cinnamon part, but has lots of brown sugar taste to it. I haven’t been overly impressed with David’s, but this tea strikes me as interesting enough and drinkable.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
Tuscanteal

You can totally have all the samples I have of it… not my favourite!

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drank The Skinny (organic) by DAVIDsTEA
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This tea has been kicking around in my cupboard for quite some time now. I know I drank it before, but don’t remember what I thought of it. So far it seems okay. The first few sips were nice enough and orangey, but the congestion in my head seems to have shifted and I can’t really taste it now. Looks like I have enough dry leaves to make one more cup worth, so maybe I’ll try it again when allergies have cleared.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec
Stephanie

Winter allergies eh? That sucks.

Dustin

It’s cedar season in Austin right now. It’s always something for allergy sufferers here, but the cedar is just out of control this year. It hasn’t effected me previously, but the pollen is just so high that there is no escape. It makes tasting my tea hit or miss.

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drank Checkmate by DAVIDsTEA
274 tasting notes

Sipdown success!!! I like this tea. It smells like coconut, tastes like toasted coconut and has a creaminess behind each sip. It is a lovely tea! What I don’t get is the mistaken impression of chocolate, although adding some to this tea would be interested. I hate it when tea descriptions try to tell me what I might taste that isn’t in the tea especially when it comes to teas tasting like certain times of the day in various famous cities. Bah! Bah I say, bah! Anyway, aside from the disgruntled digression, I enjoy this tea and would consider buying it again.

Just read my first tasting note for this tea and I didn’t really like it much then! Funny how tastes and expectations can change over time.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Yvonne

Mmmm…sounds delicious – I’m a huge fan of coconut! Congrats on the sipdown :)

Dustin

Thanks! I’m slowly working through my collection eliminating via sipdown or putting it into the get rid of pile!

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drank Haute Chocolate by Teavana
274 tasting notes

Almost sip down on this one! I have one more serving left. I have enjoyed this tea in the past, but I won’t be sad to see it go and move on to other teas. I prefer drinking this with milk and sugar to give it a more decadent flavor. I read that it has chicory in it, but I have no idea what it looks or tastes like. I get mostly cardamon with some chocolate in the taste with the other flavors sort of tagging along. It is a nice warming cup, but not anything I’d buy again.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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drank Herbal Spa by Sterling Tea
274 tasting notes

Awwww, my note just got eaten! Here we go again…
I’m usually not a huge fan of sleepy time teas. They often taste like a mouth full of chamomile fighting it out with some lavender. In this tea the mint runs the show with the lavender making an appearance towards the end and in the aftertaste. The chamomile mostly chills in the back which is fine by me. I’m not picking up on any rose, but I sweetened this with local honey to try to combat allergy season and the honey is pretty flavorful making it hard to taste past and get a true feel for the tea. It seems like a decent cup, but I’d like to try it again minus the honey. Hopefully the tea will relax me while I try to drift off to sleep and dream of what tea I will drink tomorrow!

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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My name is Dustin and I like tea.

I’m an added flavor kind of tea fan. I want my tea to remind me of cookies and cakes with coconut and almond slices with a hint of chocolate drizzled on top. I want dancing ponies and flying monkeys shooting off fireworks! I like a little sugar in my tea. I love caffeinated tea, but since I limit myself to one cup a day, I have been exploring more rooibos and honeybush teas.

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Austin, TX

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