1082 Tasting Notes

85

Tropical! This is a neat mango papaya ripe pu’er blend. The fruity flavors are quite upfront and natural tasting, and you can clear tell apart the papaya and mango. The puer base is earthy and kinda mushroomy.

My first cup was pretty papaya heavy, on the border of floral soap. My second cup was much more even.

BTW, this tea is best iced, omg, so good! Personally, I think Lupicia’s Chocolate Strawberry Puer is better, but Sunny Fruits Puer preforms better iced.

Full review on Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/sunny-fruits-puer-lupicia/

Preparation
Iced
LiberTEAS

I’ve tried a couple of Lupicia’s pu-erh blends and I’ve been pleased with them. The Chocolate Strawberry was yum.

Cameron B.

I liked this one a lot! I think it tasted a bit less puerh-ish than the others, though that could be a good or bad thing. I love how you picked such a tropical fruit-colored owl for this post! :P

Awkward Soul / Oolong Owl

haha, the only “sunny fruit” I had on hand to photo with a tropical tea owl was a lemon :P

AllanK

Very interesting blog post, makes me want to try this tea.

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90

ZSXZSW black tea was nicely sweet and smooth. Even though moderately smokey (bit of charcoal, pine, sandalwood incense), the tea is still smooth. There are also cedar notes early on. Later infusions ZSXZSW black tea smokey wanes and becomes chocolaty with a hint of floral in the background. A great tea to experience a gong fu journey with!

Full review on Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/zheng-shan-xiao-zhong-smoked-wuyi-black-tea/ bonus cute tea owl in tea cup!

Preparation
Boiling
Mikumofu

What an adorable owl! This is among my favorites in smoky teas.

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95

Very good oolong with big honking leaves that’ll explode your gaiwan!

The flavor is flavorful and good – quite floral orchid and buttercup, with the early infusions kinda lemon creamy. The aftertaste is an awesome peachy floral. Later infusions the oolong is buttery. I got 7 infusions, with the last two being a little dry, but overall pretty good.

I found Teavivre’s gongfu instructions too long for me, making for the tea to be overly strong for my tastes and I ended up doing shorter infusions.

Full review on Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/nonpareil-anxi-qing-xiang-tieguanyin-oolong-teavivre/ hoot

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec
leaf in hot water

Lol @ ‘big honking leaves’, great visual! :D

Mikumofu

Tie Guanyin are always so visually interesting when they unfurl- big honking leaves indeed!

LiberTEAS

Do the leaves actually honk?

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85

From the January Simple Loose Leaf Tea coop.

Best tea out of the box this month. The assam malty base is a great match to the bergamot. The bergamot is a moderate level, with a bit of a brisk finish at the end.

Full review on my blog The Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/january-simple-loose-leaf/

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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85

SPARKLE TO THE MAX

http://oolongowl.com/davidsteas-glitter-and-gold-tea-sparkling/

Now for this tea to glitter like mad, use a glass tea top without an infuser. Magic!

Tealizzy

I like the addition of the video!

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A very strong flavored, orchid sheng! He Kai also has a strong vegetal finish. I found this tea not that flexible – if you over steep it it is quite bitter (or maybe that flavor intensive vegetal). The after taste in this tea is really floral, more floral that drinking it!

I love the floral in this one, but I need to play with it more to minimize the punch it packs as I found He Kai too strong for me, even with 5 second infusions.

Full review on my blog, The Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/kai-unfermented-puerh-jalam-teas-tea-review/

Preparation
Boiling

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90

90 for the tea. 100 for puerh wrapper art work!

Love this tea – it starts off like amber insence – amber and a bit of smoke with a super slick texture. Middle infusions got pretty dry, but smoothed out at the end with pear sweet, mineral, wet leaf notes, with a floral aftertaste. Final infusions (12th and 13th) where milky smooth.

Full review on my blog, The Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/white2tea-club-december-2014-featuring-2008-often-raw-puerh/

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 6 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

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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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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

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Long Beach, CA

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