1124 Tasting Notes

90

This pu’er doesn’t quit! I got 17 infusions!

2002 White2tea White Whale has plenty of camphor minty notes, some woodsy enoki mushroom and a hint of smoke. Later steepings the tea smooths out, gets sweeter but the refreshing notes remain (and don’t go away). A little bit of dryness, but still very easy to drink and forgiving to steep.

For $15 for a 100gram cake (price going up sooon!) this is a great deal for a cake with some age on it, especially if you are new to pu’er. Recommended!

Full review on my blog, The Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/2002-white2tea-white-whale-raw-puer/

Preparation
Boiling

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70

LOL i tried this tea just for the name – lol the art is funny too! From the Teeny Tiny TTB 2

Taste? Well, a whole lotta stuff going on. Chai, chocolate and pretty gingery. Kind of bitter from all the spice. There’s strawberry and rose apparently too. Either way, this is a heavy spiced chai with an assortment of other stuff in it. Not bad.

Stephanie

LOL funny

Sil

you and me baby aren’t nothing but mammals…

Cwyn

Next it will probably be Diaper Doo Doo Ding Dong.

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75

A different kind of oolong! I love the delicate grape and nutty flavor notes, with some floral and woodsy musty. It is like a dong ding oolong and a Darjeeling black had a baby! The tea has a moderate amount of astringency, which gets really strong for the second infusion. The second infusion tasted sweeter and more fruity, but was way too dry for my tastes.

Full review on the blog The Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/singbulli-oolong-darjeeling/

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

I’ve always suspected my unchaperoned tea packets of cohabitating and multiplying when I wasn’t looking—-that must be what happens…baby tea :)
(This little one sounds tasty!)

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70

From Teeny tiny TTB2

Whoa, thats minty! Spearminty! Toothpastey! The super minty smell appealed to me to try it, even though I’m more of a peppermint person. It is pretty minty, not enough to feel like you cleaned your teeth, but enough to have a minty taste linger for awhile in your mouth. The smokey gunpowder tea is an interesting contrast. Not bad and very refreshing.

Cameron B.

I like this one best with a 2 minute steep. :)

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75

Very good iced! This one is a green oolong that is very creamy with a bit of floral and grassyness – the apricot/peach flavor is light and much stronger of the taste when iced. With that said, this is more of an oolong with a twist of fruityness at the end.

Full review on my blog, The Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/apricot-oolong-sterling-tea-oolong-owl-tea-review/

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

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85

Another saffron blend tea! This one was my favorite so far with La Perse’s Saffron Tea collection.

The ceylon base is really smooth with the light cardamon spice and light rose notes. The saffron adds a sweet honey nutty quality pairing awesomely with the blend. Very delicious – a perfect blend to have for afternoon tea! The color of this tea is quite interesting too with a golden glow at the edges of the dark reddishbrown black tea.

Full review on my blog, The Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/la-perse-saffron-teas/

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
donkeytiara

Is this the one in the wee triangle from the tea expo?

Awkward Soul / Oolong Owl

yeah these were packaged in little pyramids

donkeytiara

I got those! Gave the green away, but haven’t tried the rest….thanks for reminding me! I love cardamom, so it’ll be on my hit list soon!

Riimu

I bursted into laugh when I saw that name ‘La Perse’ since perse means ass in my language, sounds delicious eh?

Awkward Soul / Oolong Owl

Lol @ Riimu I’m afraid to google image search without “tea” next to it.

Riimu

Mwahahaa.

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60

Earl grey with saffron? Why not?

Unfortunately, I wasn’t a fan of this tea. The bergamont is quite weak, the lightest EG I’ve tried so far. The citrus flavor comes out end of sip. The ceylon base is pretty good with a light rich quality and the saffron adds a nice honey flavor, but drowns out the EGness of this blend.

Pass on this one unless you want a really light earl grey and try La Perse’s Black Ceylon blend instead.

Full review on my blog, The Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/la-perse-saffron-teas/

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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80

Saffron threads in tea! Yeah! That’s fancy pants!

This green is blended with peppermint and saffron making for a really yellow tea. The flavor is grassy, steamed vegetal, light minty with a sweet honey like saffron. An interesting combo that I liked best when the cup has cooled for a sweeter taste! If I had more I’d probably try this iced.

Full review on my blog, The Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/la-perse-saffron-teas/

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Cwyn

I am not sure I understand why saffron would be wasted in a tea when it is so expensive and exquisite in cooking. I am thinking of paella, for example.

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90

This is a 50% oxidized oolong from Indonesia! Organic too!

This oolong has a nice silky texture with plenty of roasty nuts notes (chestnut walnut) and honey flavor. Later steepings I got yellow squash and bread flavors. A little bit of dryness in later steepings as well. I found this tasted similar to a Dong Ding, but with more roasty richness.

Full review on my blog, The Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/organic-medium-oolong-arum-tea-tea-review/

Tealizzy

Sounds yummy!

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90

My first Tai Pin Hou Kui green tea – this tea has an amazing and unique appearance! I always thought it was a dragonwell, but you really need to see it to scale to grasp how cool this green tea looks!

The flavor has some notes that seem unique to this type of green tea – lightly creamy, sweet grassy, straw and cider. I love the cider notes as it has a light acidic/fruity/tang to it. I got 3 good infusions. The cold steep wasn’t as good as it was too light and not as interesting in flavor (just sweet grass/green bean)

Full review (picture heavy because this tea looks really cool) at my blog The Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/nonpareil-cha-wang-tai-ping-hou-kui-green-tea-teavive-tea-review/

Cwyn

(Trotted on over to the blog). Very glad to see the photos in your review. This sample is far closer to Tai Ping Hou Kui than the Camellia Sinensis version I recently tried. It is supposed to be 100% 1 leaf/1bud, no broken tea. Otherwise it cannot be called Tai Ping Hou Kui and must be called Houjian instead. At least Teavivre gets close, but loose leaves are Houjian and also 3rd and 4th leaves on the stem are to be plucked off in yet another quality check. Hence the high price. Still, from what I am seeing from your photos I’d rather buy Teavivre version. I really like the taste of this and the slight roast on the leaves.

Cwyn

Omg big price difference only $16.90 for Teavivre, same amount as $58 buys from Camellia Sinensis. The price from Teavivre is in line with Houjian, glad to see.

Cheri

I have some TaiPing houKui that a friend brought me from China. It’s really different and good.

Cwyn

Maybe you got the real 10 famous tea version?

Cheri

I’m going to bet not.

https://www.flickr.com/gp/cheri0627/3o2mSu

It’s the tall blue tin on the right.

Cwyn

OMG those blue tea tins are stunning! Looks like you brought home a Chairman Meow as well! I guess we’ll have to wait until you crack it open to know for sure.

Cheri

I’ve been in it. No special markings. I don’t know what the fancy tea would look like. I can take pictures from home.

I do love the tins.

And I love my Charlie Cat. He was all about the tea that day. It was so cute.

Cwyn

The good stuff should all be 1 bud/1 leaf branch pressed flat and straight, and nearly all the same length. Taste will still be good and probably the same if it turns out to be single leaves, broken leaves and broken buds or any yellow leaves, this indicates a lower grade and is not supposed to be called Tai Ping. I don’t think any other tea has as strict a requirement for the name, but it is a Famous Tea after all!

Cheri

Yeah, I don’t think mine was like that.

Cwyn

Do you have any pics? I would love to see the leaf sometime, that tin is just swell.

Cheri

I forgot to take pics yesterday. I’ll take some hopefully tonight.

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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.

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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