1075 Tasting Notes

80

This oolong blend is potent. Very lemony without being tart with a tasty spicy like basil bite. The finish is creamy sweet lemon, like a lemon custard. The oolong base adds a little earthyness, but is really in the background as the lemon and basil flavor are strong and the main focus.

Torn on this one, I love the lemon basil flavor, I could drink this tea all day and would be amazing iced too – but I miss the oolong.

Full review on my blog The Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/sweet-carrots-green-basil-lemonade-oolong-pekoe-sip-house-tea-review/

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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80

CARROT TEA! Very tasty tea, the carrots have a sweet vegetal mellow flavor that pairs well with the savory buttery green and grassy mate base. End of sip is a pineapple flavor, with an aftertaste of papaya and buttery green. I could see this tea being awesome cold steeped or iced! The fruity and veg flavors are at a nice level to enjoy the green and mate base.

Full review on my blog The Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/sweet-carrots-green-basil-lemonade-oolong-pekoe-sip-house-tea-review/

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

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95

Oh man, this is Christmas in a cup! Spicy, flavorful, sweet! It is like drinking a cinnamon heart or cider. The spices are strong enough to tingle the tongue and the sweetness level is perfect. Despite it being a rooibos (and I dislike rooibos) the flavor is full on and not watery. Santa’s Cup is perfect for a spiced tea lover and holiday tea! This is the tea if you love cinnamon heart candies too!

I had this tea back at the World Tea Expo and have been saving it for the Holidays and it’s super tasty! I also love TeaXotics packaging – it has this patterned white and clear windowed bags that are quite pretty and bright.

Full review on my blog, The Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/santas-cup-herbal-rooibos-tea-teaxotics-tea-review/

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec
Cameron B.

Aw, Hooty-Claus is adorable. :P

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80

A fun twist on Earl Grey! This EG is more on the sweet orange side, with a creamy base and a touch of honey. The bergamont is a low to moderate level and more sweet orange mandarin like. The blend is a little sweet (as there is honey in it) with a brisk finish. I love the orange and cream flavor to this EG, very nice!

Full review on my blog, The Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/reading-nook-mindful-morning-tea-plum-deluxe-tea-review/

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
Cameron B.

Sounds delish. :D

Andy Hayes

Great review – thanks!

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85

Floral lovers, this tea is for you! The dry leaf is gorgeous, accented with various flower bits – roses, lavender and chamomile. The flavor is creamy, very floral, mellow and a little fruity. The balance of floral is well done as the lavender isn’t over the top, and you can taste each flower.

However, you totally need to be a floral lover to enjoy this tea. it’s pretty floral, so it can be close to soap territory to some.

Full review on my blog, The Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/reading-nook-mindful-morning-tea-plum-deluxe-tea-review/

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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95

SOOO GOOOOD! Black tea lovers of Steepster, you gotta check this tea seller out!

This Lapsang isn’t over the top smokey, in fact it is just a background of burnt caramel. The flavor is malty, rich, heavy, plum, raisin, barley, caramel, bread, tart and lightly dry. This tea also goes insanely well with a white cheese, omg! This LS is super friendly yet complex for a seasoned tea drinker. Love it!

Full review on my blog, The Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/lapsang-souchong-joseph-wesley-black-tea-tea-review/

Admittedly, I was supposed to blog about the tea pet as the tea was a bonus. The tea was so good, I ended up writing about that. Now I’m trying to restrain myself from blowing $50 at Joseph Wesley.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 2 min, 30 sec
boychik

I love Joseph Wesley’s LS. And any other tea from #3 – #7. #1 and 2 I haven’t tried.

LiberTEAS

I haven’t tried their Lapsang Souchong, but I have loved the other teas from them that I’ve tried. An outstanding tea seller!

Joseph Wesley Black Tea

Thank you for the nice review. I’m really happy to read you like the tea. Cheers, Joe

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80

The smell of this coffee leaf tea is pungently herbal, so I was expecting something pretty bushy tasting or maybe like coffee.

Turns out AOB Coffee Leaf Tea tastes really smooth. Has a malty, 5 steeps in black tea flavor, with a grassy, herbal and hay spike, all over a honey and licorice sweetness. It is pretty unique tasting and reminds me a little like guayusa but not as grassy as yaupon.

Full review on my blog, The Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/coffee-leaf-tea-from-wize-monkey/

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 30 sec
MaxR

Thanks for the review! Much appreciated and your photos are great :)

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90

So far this is my favorite GABA tea – this one has an tasty sour dough raisin bread with honey flavor. The other GABA teas I’ve had were all green oolongs which are more in sour vegetal country. However, Black GABA appeals to me more as that crazy GABA flavor works better with the black base adding more comfort food feels, at least in my opinion.

This tea is also very pretty – it steeps up gorgeous, glowing and clear with a huge leaf!

Full review on my blog, The Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/gaba-black-tea-mandala-tea-tea-review/

Preparation
Boiling

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I like the refreshingness of this tea – the spearmint and lemon are a nice combo and it is cool to see a minty lemon tea that isn’t a herbal. Adam is great for a winter pick me up for afternoon tea. I’m not a fan of spearmint, but if I was, I’d be all over this tea.

Full review on my blog, The Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/ninas-paris-tea-review/

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

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I’m a crafty knitter and crocheter that loves to work on a project and drink tea. I worked as a counsellor and I chain-drink tea to keep me calm and grounded.

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 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
Steep City Teas
Butiki Teas
DAVIDsTea
Della Terra Teas
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.

I have a husband and a bunny who both hate tea. More for me!!!! MUUAHAHAHAHAAA

Location

Long Beach, CA

Website

http://oolongowl.com/

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