1056 Tasting Notes

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Now this is a fall tea! I should of really tried it months ago! Oh well. I highly recommend sweetening this tea as there is much more going on – baked apple flavor, malty black base, light spice and a warm molasses flavor adding lots of comfort food and snuggling by the fireplace feels.

I like the molasses as it is a unique concept, but I still rather have DTT’s more stronger teas like their Pineapple Upside Down Cake tea.

Full review on my blog, The Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/apples-molasses-black-tea-della-terra-teas-oolong-owl-tea-review/

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec

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85

I got a package of this tea for free when I bought a buncha stuff at Lupicia Honolulu. However, I had this tea before in bagged form. It was actually one of my first reviews for Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/white-christmas-by-lupicia-tea-review/

The loose leaf is much nicer! It actually has those big blobby metallic sugar crystals, which I didn’t see in the tea bag. The flavor is much smoother and creamy. Also sweeter (probably from the sugar). I wonder how much better favorites of mine (ie Champagne Rose) would be loose rather than bagged?

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85

Surprisingly tasty! This black tea is a blend of Nilgiri and Yunnan Golden Buds. I found the two teas were well balanced – crisp, malty, rice, with a bit of fluffy silky texture. Also some light raisin notes and bit of briskness. No bitterness, and only a hint of dryness.

I had this tea for breakfast and it really hit the spot! Especially after spending all yesterday canning strawberries (my feet are dying).

Full review on my blog, The Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/vintage-black-persimmon-tree-oolong-owl-tea-review/

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

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85

BIG MUG! 16oz / 463ml! I got the spiffy Brenton Navy Octopus design (spring 2014 design) which is very attractive and tentacled.

The mug is taller than I thought it was, from pictures online. Handle is big and easy to hold, the mug isn’t thick so is easy to sip from.

What I didn’t like is now I have 3 perfect tea infusers. I don’t think I really need anymore and wish I could just buy the mug on its own. The nordic mug came with a bigger infuser than the Perfect Tea Mug’s infuser, and I’m probably going to use this new tea infuser more.

Full review on my blog, The Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/nordic-mug-davidstea-oolong-owl-teaware-review/

Anna

“Very attractive and tentacled”! I’m in love!

Marzipan

Did you see those awesome tentacle mugs that someone linked on Reddit? It was a guy who linked his tea set up.

Awkward Soul / Oolong Owl

This one? http://i.imgur.com/AJ7OpfB.jpg swooon! Hopefully the potter will have some up for sale soon.

Anna

Those are SO PRETTY.

Marzipan

Yes they are so neat!

Suziqzer

Oh.. I could always use more infusers, but then again, I’m still pretty much a newbie and only have a couple. Hopefully one day I’ll feel like you about it. Maybe they should offer them at a small discount w/o the infuser.

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85

Excellent quality tea with MEGA leaf size! Oh, and this is the premium grade version of Taiwan Alishan High mountain (there is also a competition grade available that is slightly roasted).

This oolong is silky buttery with moderate floral notes (buttercup) nicely balanced with a honey sweetness. Very fresh, crisp and clear tasting with no grassy notes, as well as not dry or bitter. A great oolong to treat yourself with!

Full review (pics of the mega leaf!) at my blog, The Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/premium-grade-taiwan-alishan-high-mountain-oolong-cameron-tea-oolong-owl-tea-review/

Preparation
Boiling 1 min, 0 sec 4 g 12 OZ / 354 ML
Sil

haha awesome!

Suziqzer

Sounds like one my Hubby would like.

Krystal

Love Ali Shans!

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80

This herbal is tasty! I prepared it iced and sweetened. Not sweetened, Citrus Hibiscus Herbal is a pucker tart fest! Sweetened, very orangey, hibiscus floral, with a zesty lemon and lemongrass finish. There is red rooibos in there. Even though i dislike red rooibos, the tea was in the background adding a bit of woodsyness depth that was nice. In the end, this tea is very refreshing and full of flavor.

Full review of this tea, and the May Simple Loose Leaf Selection club box, on my blog The Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/may-simple-loose-leaf-selection-club-oolong-owl-tea-review/ (also, coupon code!)

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70

I selected this tea as part of May’s box for the Simple Loose Leaf Selection club. This is a light/medium roast oolong with dark raisin, cherry wood, charred earth and leafy green notes. Slight astringency as well.

This oolong was okay even with a broken dry leaf – it’s a good starter roasty oolong to try before going into trying the expensive, mega roast oolongs out there.

Full review of this tea, and the May Simple Loose Leaf Selection club box, on my blog The Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/may-simple-loose-leaf-selection-club-oolong-owl-tea-review/ (also, coupon code!)

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85

This tea was interesting. I made it iced, as all i had was a sample.

The tea steeps up a gorgeous watermelon pink!
Without sweetener, it was mostly peppermint with an underripe and flat melon flavor.

WIth sweetener – really really good! The melon flavors, mostly watermelon with some honeydew, is delicious! I’ll be buying more of this!

Review on my blog, The Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/shooting-starfruit-watermelon-mint-davidstea-oolong-owl-tea-review/

Preparation
Iced
Suziqzer

Haven’t had many melon teas, but this one sounds interesting combined w/the mint

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75

MMm, I do love creme brulee! However, the last 2 weeks I’ve done a big diet overhaul with calorie counting madness. With that said, I need to keep my desserts in check even more. WIth this tea, the main flavor is the black base, with a light burnt sugar taste with a creamy texture.
For a black tea drinker wanting a little sweet hit, this is the tea. I was hoping / expecting something closer to DavidsTea Creme brulee, which has a much stronger flavor.

Suziqzer

Hope your diet goes well… I’m having a hard time getting started.. Ugh. I’m sure dessert teas will be a staple when I finally get the motivation.

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85

I was surprised with Little Red Cup Tea co’s keemun – its smokey! This keemun has a brown sugar sweet start, earthy, wood and spice notes. End of sip there is a bit of briskness, fruity and chocolate richness. A bit of floral notes when the cup has cooled.

Pretty cool! The last keemun i tried was more on the smooth and sweet side, but this keemun is dynamically delicious!

Full review on my blog, The Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/keemun-black-tea-little-red-cup-tea-co-oolong-owl-tea-review/

looseTman

What is your favorite Keemun?

Awkward Soul / Oolong Owl

I had a few good keemuns at the LA Tea Festival from Chado Tea Room. However, they have like 6 different keemuns and I didn’t know which ones I tried! Been kinda chasing that flavor ever since.

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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

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http://oolongowl.com/

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