1017 Tasting Notes

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Whoa, a twist! Jungsun is the cheaper Korean green tea offering from Hankook Tea. This one has more corn, barley and hay flavor than grassy green. Delicious sweetness too. This one reminds me of korean barley tea. Very unique flavor for a green tea!

Full review (plus 3 other Korean green teas) on my blog, The Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/jaksul-cha-korean-green-teas/

Preparation
160 °F / 71 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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75

Doo Mool is an organic Korean tea – this one a second flush sporting a marine, unami and savory green tea flavor that has an even flavor throughout the sip. This green would be perfect for someone who likes a more savory tea. In comparison (and probably personal taste) I preferred the other Korean green teas I tried from Hankook Tea more.

Full review (plus 3 other Korean green teas) on my blog, The Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/jaksul-cha-korean-green-teas/

Preparation
160 °F / 71 °C 2 min, 30 sec
Cwyn

Would you say it tastes salty at all? Thanks for these reviews!

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90

Of all the 4 Korean green teas I sampled from Hankook Tea, this one is hands down my favorite! Teuksun is complex – it is a mix of first and second flush teas, so you get that delicate, sweet and smoothness, but with a more robust grassy depth and a sweet tart finish! Love it!

Full review (plus 3 other Korean green teas) on my blog, The Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/jaksul-cha-korean-green-teas/

Preparation
160 °F / 71 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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85

Korean Green Tea Time!

Gamnong is one of the higher priced offerings at Hankook Tea. This one is a first flush grade that tastes delicate, fresh, clean, crisp, creamy, light floral and grass notes. So sweet and delicate. The steeped leaves are a beautiful vibrant green! Wow!

I’d compare this tea to say the luxury of drinking a Gyokuro, with Gamnong being much more delicate, sweet and not very grassy.

Full review (plus 3 other Korean green teas) on my blog, The Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/jaksul-cha-korean-green-teas/

Preparation
160 °F / 71 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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70

From Reddit traveling tea box.

Hmm, the scent of the tea was freaking me out – medicinal and strong. First sips had lots of Tulsi flavor. After a few sips and time to cool, not too bad. The rootbeer taste is interesting and the oolong is nice. The Tulsi I’m undecided on with the herbaly mint like flavor.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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85

Technically from the reddit traveling tea box.

So, this pu’er is all YOLO. Seriously. This raw pu’er packs a punch – it’s strong, sweet yet acidic bitter, tobacco notes, hay, gritty, floral, thick, and creamy. Amazing aftertaste. Emphasis on strong flavor – I did 10 second steeps with this pu’er and it only needed to go up in time around the 12th round. This tea cannot be stopped! I got 16 infusions, with the late infusions getting mineral ambery, smokey, honey and floral. New Amerykah 2 is hella strong, but the later steepings are worth it. Might not be for a new pu’er drinker, this one certainly tested me!

BTW, Cwyn did a crazy awesome review of this pu’er – best review on Steepster, IMO.

My blog review – http://oolongowl.com/2014-new-amerykah-raw-pu-er/ Owl mustache!

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C
Sil

this sounds amazing..

Roughage

Love the owlstache, and great review too.

Cwyn

Omg I am big fan of your blog, was going to post on your Amerykah note there and then I saw the Follow Me on Steepster badge. Had a Facepalm moment. Anyway, I forgot what I was going to say now. All I can remember now is you have a blue teapot I want and haven’t been able to find a good one.

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80

YAUPON! What is this stuff? It’s from the yaupon holly plant and is native to the USA. This particular Yaupon is wild grown in Florida. Organic and Sustainable. I was excited to first sample yaupon at the World Tea Expo!

I find the flavor similar to guayusa – it’s got that creamy sweet finish. However yaupon has a wild, fresh, herby, vegetal grassy taste kinda like a mate. Big caffeine hit too – yowza!

Full review on my blog, The Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/timucua-yaupon-yaupon-asi-tea/

If you like mate and guayusa, you’ll very much like Yaupon. I find this tea a little hard to rate as this is the first yaupon I’ve tried so far.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
TeaBrat

hmm, something new to try!

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90

So I was looking for a black to drink this afternoon. I was digging for a tin in the back, and this tin fell off the shelf. I figured I should just drink this one.

Yum, love the sweet honey maple flavor with nuts. Perfect afternoon pick me up! My review from awhile back http://oolongowl.com/nutty-love-black-tea-steep-city-teas-oolong-owl-tea-review/

Cameron B.

Hah, that’s amazing. It was like, “pick meeeeeee!” :D

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75

From the Reddit traveling tea box.

A really pretty dry leaf with big flower buds and petals. THIS IS FLORAL. Mega floral! Sweet licorice, floral, lemony, mint fresh with a background of juicy white peony. However, the white tea is pretty drowned out. Little bit of a tart bite end of sip. If you love floral, you’ll dig this, but there’s a lot going on.

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

Do you still have the box or did you pull out samples?

Awkward Soul

pulled out samples. 72 hours is a pretty short window. The box should be at #2 now.

Marzipan

I agree, that’s a tough turnaround!

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75
drank Rubiee by Dryad Tea
1017 tasting notes

From the reddit traveling tea box!

Phew, I was out all yesterday with 2 food festivals – Watermelon Festival and the 626 Night Market. The former being a complete bust and a crappy festival. So this morning I’m dying for tea. I just had pu’er yesterday to keep me going.

This black from Dryad tea is interesting – I can taste plum and elderberry – which have a bit of tart to it. In the background is the black tea base, herbally notes and some light spices. Definitely an unique tea and would be best iced, but the tart and spice isn’t winning me over.

Preparation
Boiling 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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