1120 Tasting Notes

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Mmm blueberries. I’m too dangerous to be around blueberries as I eat them all! HAHA!

Anyways – for the August Box of Simple Loose Leaf Selection club I chose this tea – Blueberry White, a shou mei white. The dry leaf is pretty big leafed and twiggy – very hard to measure so I suggest using a scale.

The flavor leans a lot to the shou mei – which has a strong juicy fruity flavor. The blueberry comes out a little at first sip and aftertaste, so just a twist on a strong cup of white tea. I’d personally like more blueberry, but the white tea is pretty good.

Full review of this tea (and the rest of my August Simple Loose Leaf box) on my blog, The Oolong Owl. http://oolongowl.com/august-simple-loose-leaf-selection-club/

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 30 sec 3 g

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90

YUM! This is good! I love the pairing of the malty keemun with the walnuts and banana. The banana is super natural tasting, as if I’m eating a firm, sweet yellow banana! I found the blend overall pretty sweet too.

If you let the tea cool a bit, the banana flavor comes out more. FRBWT resteeps fairly well, but without much in banana flavor so you get to enjoy the keemun and walnut.

Full review on my blog, The Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/foxy-roxys-banana-walnut-treat-tea-butiki-teas/

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
Stephanie

Love this one. Tastes like banana bread :)

Sarsonator

I can’t wait to get mine!!!

Lariel of Lórien

Stop making me want to order things.

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80

Mamaki tea! First off, mamaki can be steeped for at least 5 minutes – and traditionally is steeped for 1 hour! So I tried it at 5, 15 and 1 hour steepings!

The longer the steep, the richer the flavor. Lots of yam, corn, sweet potato, little herbal and sweet notes. I prefer the longer steeping – even with the long steep, the tea never gets bitter or dry. Mamaki would be the perfect caffeine tea to leave in your tumbler while you sip away.

Full review at my blog, The Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/hawaiian-mamaki-tea-mama-kii/

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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85

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!

Awkward Soul / Oolong Owl

I played with the temp this morning doing a 175 steep. It’s more savory and marine for sure, though I don’t get salt. But, I over salt my food so I’m not very accurate in picking out salt.

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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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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.

Location

Long Beach, CA

Website

http://oolongowl.com/

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