1120 Tasting Notes

95

Super tasty! Though I am biased as I love chestnut teas!

The flavor is pretty natural roasted chestnuts without being too sweet. The black base, though light and pretty close to a high oxidized oolong (which this is actually a chinese oolong fully oxidized) with roasty caramel flavor. The base goes well with the chestnut flavor. I got a really good second infusion too!

Full review at Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/single-origin-teas-flavored-tea-review/

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
Kittenna

Sounds amazing. I love Lupicia’s Chaud les Marrons (or whatever it’s called).

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75

This was a fun black tea – a perfect afternoon tea with a tropical twist. The dry leaf has a dainty accent of blue, yellow and red teeny flowers and flavored with passionfruit. I tasted a malty black with a tropical vibe and dry finish.

Full review at Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/single-origin-teas-flavored-tea-review/

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75

This flavored oolong is all about the orange flavor! It has a navel orange kind of taste, with a bit of a woodsy toasty oolong background. The blend is fresh, sweet and clean without any tart dryness. I’m thinking Orange Blossom Oolong would be best iced or cold brew.

Full review at Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/single-origin-teas-flavored-tea-review/

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75

An interesting white tea from Nepal! I liked the creamy texture and pear notes. With each infusion I got apricots and straw notes as well. I got 6 infusions before the white got too dry for my liking, but otherwise very nice!

Full review on Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/nepal-teas-from-tete-tea-review/

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 0 min, 15 sec

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85

My favorite so far out of TETE’s line up. The black is cherry woodsy, chocolate malt and amber. It doesn’t get too rich or thick and has a clean taste. Later infusions has a nice amber incense note and honey sweetness.

Full review on Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/nepal-teas-from-tete-tea-review/ TETE black is photogenic!

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec

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70

Nepal Teas yum!

I tried all three of TETE’s line up and this one I liked the least. The green is a sensitive steeper and low temp of 160f works best – 175f was bitter city! This green is vegetal asparagus sweet. Later infusions get smokey and less sweet as well as dry. Next time, I need to try this green cold brewed!

Full review on Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/nepal-teas-from-tete-tea-review/

Preparation
160 °F / 71 °C 0 min, 15 sec

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90

I love this pu’er! It is super clean, clear and smooth. The flavor is strong but not overly rich and thick. The flavor starts savory with walnuts and earth with a hint of camphor. Later infusion this pu’er gets really camphor minty adding a great refreshing, cooling and awakening feeling, along with a bit of sweetness.

Full review on Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/2004-denong-ripe-puer-from-bana-tea-company-tea-review/

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec
TeaBrat

Bana Tea is good!

Sil

Interesting. Will need to check them out, have never heard of them,

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95

Oh yum! I used to think peppermint teas were just pretty similar with big taste factors being freshness and it being loose leaf. But dang, this peppermint tea is goood! Best peppermint tea I’ve had!

This peppermint blend of 3 different kinds of pacific northwest mint and it’s perfectly minty without being grassy or steamy overcooked vegetal taste. It isn’t over the top mint or toothpastey either. Pacific northwest Evergreen mint tea is just really fresh mint and there’s a nice light sweetness to it! There is spearmint in it, but it’s on the light side, giving it a slight wintergreen twist end of sip.

I only got a one shot sample of this herbal and now I’m totally wanting another cup.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 2 g 12 OZ / 354 ML

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45

A disappointment.

I purchased this with the Matcha Maker as “whoa $8 for 50g is a good deal” considering other flavored matchas go for around $20 for 30g.

First off, this matcha is heavy – 2x heavier than the RLT and 3leaf flavored matchas and you use more per cup, so you aren’t getting much of a deal once you have the actual product. The coloring isn’t that vibrant of green in the picture. Guessing since the first ingredient isn’t matcha should of been a warning sign.

Taste wise is pretty weak and doesn’t taste very matcha like. Sweetness is fine. There’s a hint of mocha. Tastes better with milk. I wouldn’t buy this again despite the price.

This would be an alright matcha to try if you are 100% new to matchas and don’t want to pay a bunch, but honestly it isn’t a good representation of matchas and flavored matchas.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
TheLastDodo

whoa. First ingredient isn’t matcha. How about no?

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90

This Oriental Beauty has a great fruity based flavor! Early steepings I got raisins and later infusions I got pear. Also present is a thick body, toasty bread, bit of spice and lots of honey notes. With the aroma cup, it smells like cinnamon buns!

Interestingly, steep this tea with boiling water and you get a dark cherry notes instead of raisins and pears, however with the hotter water temperature you get a fairly dry mouth feel.

Full review on Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/oriental-beauty-from-tea-ave-tea-review/ Did I burn myself with the aroma cup? Read on a see!

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 0 min, 15 sec

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I’m a tea blogger – The Oolong Owl
www.OolongOwl.com – I do tea reviews, obsessively photograph teas with mischievous crocheted Owls and get tea drunk. I am also a crochet / knitting designer at Awkward Soul Designs.

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.
My recommended tea shops:
Mandala Tea
White 2 Tea
Steep City Teas
DAVIDsTea
Lupicia
Verdant Tea
Yunnan Sourcing
52 Teas / Zoomdweebies
Yunomi.us
Red Leaf Tea
New Mexico Tea Co
Bluebird Tea Co
The Persimmon Tree

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 512 Teas May 2015.

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Long Beach, CA

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