1182 Tasting Notes


This matcha has a really good balance of flavors. It’s lightly marine, but also kelp, nutty, and creamy with a bit of sweet. Super fresh taste too! The colour is vibrant and whisks up pretty decently. Pretty good for an organic matcha. So far many of the organic matchas I’ve had weren’t that great.

This matcha is also sold on amazon. The price is on the steep side (at time of writing) compared to other really good matchas like DoMatcha, ItoEn, but looks like there’s promo codes on amazon.

Full review on Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/tea-lovers-organic-ceremonial-matcha-from-my-matcha-life/

160 °F / 71 °C 3 g

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Another exclusive Lupicia Hawaii tea! This is a rooibos blend with coconut and banana. I like bananas and coconut, but rooibos not so much. Opening up this tea and it smells really flipping good – like ripe bananas and sweet.

However it’s not rooibos that ruins this tea, it’s the banana. It’s really artificial, it tastes like that gut rot banana candy (runts or those marshmallows) and it is really strong. It also reminds me, unfortunately, like the banana penicillin I had as a kid. It’s gross strong banana that fades into creamy coconut and woodchippy rooibos. Then fake banana taste.

If you like banana candies you’ll love this, otherwise this tea is a no.


Aw I love banana meds! The best part of being sick. Well that and getting to watch tv all day :P

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drank Aloalo by Lupicia
1182 tasting notes

Another exclusive Lupicia Hawaii Tea!

This is a blend of assam, darjeeling, hibiscus and orange. Pretty much just tastes like 80% tart hibiscus with a heavy dry brisk of darjeeling and malty aftertaste. Despite the sweetener I added, it’s super dry.

I don’t mind hibiscus (iced and with sweetener, which is what I did for this tea) but the pairing with assam is a bleh choice.


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This shou is quite woodsy, wet earth forest floor, lightly shroom and mineral sweet. It very much so tastes like how the forest smells on a rainy day on the west coast. Later steepings it develops a more mineral and wet stones sweet taste.

A very good daily drinker and a great first shou cake for a new pu drinkers as the price is really nice for 500g. It’s very approachable and easy to drink, not over thick or bitter.

Full review on Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/2014-iron-forge-shou-puer-crimson-lotus-tea-tea-review/

Boiling 0 min, 30 sec 1 g 1 OZ / 15 ML

This sounds so good!

Rui A.

Off shopping I go again! That sounds my cuppa of tea. Thank you for the review.


I like this brick. I use less leaf compared to other shou as its potent. Two rinses ( usually one ) and it steeps forever. I really like big leaf shou for its durability

Rui A.

Going to order it tomorrow. It is starting to sound better and better!


I do not need more tea. I most definitely do not need a 500g brick of shou puer. My god Lindsay, quit drooling over those pictures and get a grip! (Great review, btw) :)

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From the Jan 2016 White2tea club

This shou is a really nice daily drinker at an excellent price. It’s pretty friendly for a new pu’er person too. It’s a cedar wood flavor and later steepings getting really sweet. It’s clean tasting and absolutely no funky shou shenanigans going on. There’s some sour notes in the early infusions, but it fades fast.

Full review on Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/january-2016-white2tea-club-featuring-2015-old-reliable-ripe-puer/

Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 1 g 1 OZ / 15 ML

Shounanigans XD

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This shou is nicely fruity, without any bitter or dry notes. I did get the chocolately notes, along with some fruity dates. There is some sourness in the first 5 steeps, but once you get passed that the shou is quite nice. I would buy this one to drink later, it needs some time to lose that ferment essence.

Full review on Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/2014-gu-ming-xiang-bulang-gushu-2-0-shou-puer-crimson-lotus-tea/

Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 6 g 3 OZ / 90 ML

When there is sourness it needs to air out more. I recently had sour shou that completely went away after 2-3 wks

Crimson Lotus Tea

We even left this one to air out for half a year in our storage before posting it to the site. It’ll do well in the next couple of years.

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From the Pu’er TTB (I think it was 2nd round?)

A really floral sheng! Early steepings were fruity pineapple and floral, with middle steepings developing a bitterness, steamed greens and even more floral. The last steepings, around 12 or so (I lost count) was creamy fruity and guess what, more floral.

Very much a spring inspired tea session. This one isn’t a gentle sheng either, it’s got a good amount of punch to it, perfect to pull you out of any winter blues.

200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 15 sec 5 g 3 OZ / 100 ML
Crimson Lotus Tea

I haven’t tried this one in a while. Maybe I should brew some up today too. Thanks for the review!


Thank you for this tasting note. One for my wishlist!

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Dang, this might be the winner of the Hawaii Lupicia collection! This blend is black tea with bergamot, rose, and passionfruit.

The smell of the dry leaf is amazing and taste wise is really good. It’s like a floral tangy passionfruit twist to earl grey. The bergamot is on the lighter side, most of the flavor is rose and the finish is sweet passionfruit. If you can get your paws on this one, do it if you love florals and earl greys.

Lariel of Lórien

That sounds awesome.


That sounds so good. :)


Mmm, yum. Need to get. Anything to make me feel like I’m in Hawaii . . .


I love this one!

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Out of the three green teas from Tea From Vietnam, I liked this one the most. It’s is thick floral green with smokey and citrus notes. Later on, bitter and floral notes. Odd as these days I’ve been more of an oolong and pu’er drinker and I find this green appeals to the sheng drinker in me.

Full review on Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/fish-hook-dragoncloud-and-mountain-mist-green-tea-tea-from-vietnam/

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This green was interesting. It’s delicate and complex with a really nice thick texture. It has a really nice balance of marine, sweet, floral, herb, and crisp vegetal. It is certainly a cloud with the thick texture. Did not like the marine notes myself but otherwise an sophisticated green tea.

Full review on Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/fish-hook-dragoncloud-and-mountain-mist-green-tea-tea-from-vietnam/

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I was raised on floral oolongs and green teas, mostly “beauty” teas. Early on as a kid, I can guzzle an entire pot of tea (or two) at a Chinese or Japanese restaurant.
These days I like adventurous and interesting tea blends. I’m fearless in trying new teas! I’m into oolong, pu’erh, white, green, black, guayusa, mate and herbals. I’m not into red rooibos but I keep buying it anyway.

The tea brand that got me started into loose leaf teas was DAVIDsTea. I used to live in Vancouver Canada and had access to their shop, however that is now limited since I moved to southern California.

However, the perks of living in the US is ultra cheap, fast shipping! Since then, my tea stash insanely expanded.

Other stuff I’m into that sneaks into my tea notes: Brazilian jiu-jitsu, metal music, drawing, painting, cooking, photography and nail polish.

BTW, my Steepster cupboard is not even close to accurate and I track my teas on a spreadsheet. Last update 573 Teas – August 2015.


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