1011 Tasting Notes

75

This is one of those bagged teas, if you are used to great loose black teas, tastes kinda meh. However, after a couple runs and fussing with temperature and times, I found at the 200F and 3 minute mark gets a decent cup. About 10oz for a bag. I oversteeped the first couple and the blend is kinda bitter and weird tasting with not much pineapple.

The black base is a little uninspiring, but the pineapple is quite nice. It’s very pineapple tasting with a bit of a candied brown sugar taste. Actually, it’s not bad.

Ugg, I miss Hawaii. Wish I could move there!

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 10 OZ / 295 ML
Sil

mmmmmmmm pineapple…

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85

mmmMMmm! Sips in a nice sweet candied pineapple with a light cakey flavor! Very nice! I find the pineapple and cake flavors go great with the shou mei base, which is light, sweet and slightly flowery.
The only thing is I’m not sure if I didnt’ know it was already supposed to be Angel food cake I would of noticed. It does taste like cake, but hey, it works since it’s a white tea!

Arg, I was going to actually try and review this tea while in Hawaii, but the water water temperature was too unreliable on the ship.

Overall, very tasty! If I didn’t have so much tea, I’d buy another if it was in stock.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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75

Spiffy white and black tea blend! This one is mostly crisp white tea in flavor, but with a hint of black tea that adds some extra body. Plenty of dry grape flavor (with a bit of dryness at the end of sip) and rose. The grape flavor is on the artificial side, and pretty much the same “champagne” tea flavoring in a couple other tea blends, but I do like how that bit of black tea in this blend adds extra interest to the tea.

Full review on my blog, The Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/fleury-doux-champagne-tea-art-tea-oolong-owl-tea-review/

Back to crocheting on my assembly line of Tea Owl wings. So many wings!

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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95
drank White Night by Mandala Tea
1011 tasting notes

Complex, unique, mysterious! This white tea is quite different than other whites – this one went through some processing encouraging it to age, so apparently after a few years, this white will be a black tea! Nifty! The leaves are big, open and fuzzy with a salt and pepper colouring, as some leaves are silver, others black.

Taste? Really neat and full bodied – white tea taste of sparking grape and juicy, a bit of black tea maltyness, with raw pu’er flavors of ultra creamy sticky and bit of musty (a tasty musty). This isn’t your light, crisp floral white tea – it’s mystery in a cup. Especially in the later steepings as it gets wispy and still creamy.

Also Tea Drunk in a cup. White tea tea drunk? I’m totally tea drunk WAHHHHh.

Full review with lots of pictures on my blog, The Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/white-night-mandala-tea-oolong-owl-tea-review/

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 1 min, 0 sec 3 g 8 OZ / 236 ML
Lion Repshire

I was wondering if you could tell me… are White Night and Moonlight White the same teas? Someone else in their review here said they’d been wanting to try a “White Night/Moonlight”. I have a Moonlight White loose puer that I love and I’m wondering if this tea is the same type of tea or different?

Lion Repshire

Oh and now I just saw your blog post comparing this tea to the Bana Moonlight White (which is what I have). I think your post answered my question!

Awkward Soul

ha, beat me to it!

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70

Really nice smell on this tea – super pumpkin pie and creamy. The taste is quite smooth, pumpkin with a moderate level of spice – mostly ginger, candy cinnamon and clove.
A pretty sweet blend for not having any sugar. Cons? No oolong flavor (can’t taste any tea for that matter) and has a watery end of sip.
Ehhh, worth 75% off!

Hello.Kiki

It’s hard to resist that 75% off! I know I didn’t, lol

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80

Steepsterites, you need to check out the colour of this tea. BLUE! WILD! (oh, and it will turn colour if you add lemon).
The taste? A touch floral, kinda vegetal snap pea (but not grassy), sweet and pretty herby. A really neat alternative to other flowery herbals such as chamomile. I found the best flavor was adding lemon and it masked some of the herbyness.

Full review and photos on my blog, The Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/organic-herbal-blue-tea-bluechai-oolong-owl-tea-review/

Crazy part is that I just ordered some undyed wool – I’m gonna try some tea dying, with this fun herbal on the list!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 250 OZ / 7393 ML
__Morgana__

Great pictures. It’s like a science experiment. LOL.

Sil

that’s fantastic!

Mercuryhime

That so neat! I want to buy some just to make all my food blue!

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95

This tea is really really good! So many awesome things going on – first off, really attractive packaging. Mountain Organic Indonesian Black also smells fantastic while being steeped – the smell filled my entire kitchen!
The taste was like a journey, each resteep being different. The first steeping was malty, rich, smooth, cedar, sap, amber, honey, spicy and smokey. The resteeps got sweeter, smoother and creamy. Very nice tea. I hope I remember to buy a tin after I try their Oolong and I clear out my stash.

Full review on my blog, The Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/mountain-organic-indonesian-black-tea-tea-sea-oolong-owl-tea-review/
Pics of the Tea at Sea sail boat!

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML
Ze_Teamaker

Amber Cedar (8^o)

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75

I found this Earl Grey to be a little different than other earl greys I’ve had. This one is heavy on the bergamont, probably the most bergamonty earl I’ve drank.
The bergamont here also has more of an orange edge to it that I haven’t had in an earl grey before. All this made with oil – this tea has no frills such as blue cornflowers or citrus pieces.
Really nice Earl Grey if you love lots of bergamont!

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

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 5 OZ / 147 ML

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75

WAHH! My sample of Pumpkin Chai spice had 5 whole cloves in it! A whole lump of all spice too. All this in one serving of tea. I predicted I was in for a spice ride and turned out to be so.

Super clovey! Cinnamon, ginger too! Very spicy. This chai is at that level of really spicy line before stepping into firey kind of spicy.

Other than the mega spice, the end of sip there is a smooth pumpkin flavor, similar to the pie, which is nice. The aftertaste is pumpkin pie (with generous spices). The pumpkin here is very nice.

I could see this tea being a great latte which would tone down the spice.

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

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 5 OZ / 147 ML
Tabby

Mine didn’t have quite that many cloves in it, but it was still really clovey! This is the most clove-heavy chai I’ve ever had.

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70

I felt this tea was promising – the scent was delicious orange with cinnamon. However, steeped up the orange is pretty light, with the spice being the main focus (or it took over). The orange has a navel orange kind of taste and at first sip, but as the sip goes on, the spice kicks in, like a cinnamon heart candy ramping up.

Overall, I’d say this tea is closer to a moderate spiced chai and would be fun for chai lovers. I was hoping for more orange.

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

Flavors: Cinnamon, Orange Zest

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 5 OZ / 147 ML

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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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