1120 Tasting Notes


From the Here’s Hoping Travelling Teabox 3!

I haven’t had this tea in a long time – forgot how cakey it tastes. I felt like pancakes this morning. Sipping Red Velvet Cake inbetween bites of syrupy pancakes was really good! It wasn’t very chocolatey, but was cake flavored with a smooth icing like texture.

Ahh, what I love about these boxes. Trying new teas and seeing old favorites.

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From the Here’s Hoping Teabox3.

Hmmm, I like this one. It seems to have some mixed reviews, but I am partial to Verdant’s jasmine and I do like chrysanthemum. Its really floral, delicate and lots of hay notes. Tastes like dandelions too. With that said, I can see why it has mixed reviews, but I might squirrel this one away for myself!

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This tea was a surprise hit for me! I don’t drink chamomile unless I have to (ie, upset stomach). This herbal also has green and red rooibos, lime and cinnamon.

This tea has lots of tasty orange flavor with a zesty lime and warm spice finish! The chamomile is moderate in flavor, with a chamomile aftertaste. The citrus and chamomile really worked for me. Another tea that could be great iced!

Full review, along with a couple other Fashionista Tea blends at Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/fashionista-tea-oolong-owl-tea-review/


Orange seems like a great way to offset that distinctly chamomile flavor. This sounds like one for my wish list. :)

Cameron B.

This sounds mighty tasty! I love chamomile, even though it’s the devil to brew. All those little tiny pollen thingies… horrible. They never rinse out of any strainer.


I use cotton tea bags for brewing chamomile and other small herbals and ground spices. Then you don’t get gritty bits in your water or caught in your strainer.

Cameron B.

That’s an excellent idea. I actually just ordered a Finium Brewing Basket and it’ll be here tomorrow so I need to see how that handles the dreaded chamomile.

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I wasn’t a fan of this one, even though it has lots of white and dark chocolate chips in it! I think it was the red rooibos. Sometimes red rooibos just doesn’t work for me as it reminds me of those smelly red woodchips used in gardens. The wateryness of the rooibos also didn’t help.

Anyways, this one is really chocolatey and rooibosy – I think others who enjoy rooibos would dig this, but it wasn’t for me. I’m going to put the rest of this tea in the Here’s Hoping Travelling TeaBox3 so I hope it finds a nice home.

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I was able to try this one at the World Tea Expo and it was pretty good. Sipped at home, just as good! This green blend has pomegranate and raspberry flavor which goes together very nicely. A little tart from the pomegranate and rosehip. The green is buttery, grassy and vegetal.

I could see this being killer as an iced tea!

Full review, along with a couple other Fashionista Tea blends at Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/fashionista-tea-oolong-owl-tea-review/

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Fashionista Tea reviews! This one is a black with rose, lavender and orange peel.

Really smooth, malty with rose, lavender and pastry notes. The lavender is quite good here. Often lavender tastes like soap to me, but it is on the light side, almost adding a creamyness here. The orange pops at the end, adding a fresh flavor.

Full review, along with a couple other Fashionista Tea blends at Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/fashionista-tea-oolong-owl-tea-review/

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From Here’s Hoping Teabox 3. I have friends who are crazy addicted to Minecraft, but so far I’ve avoided the game. Sipping this to just say I have tried a minecraft fandom blend!

Very interesting combination of gunpowder, hojicha and kukicha. Its got lots of green tea complexity going on with grassy brightness, spring leafy, bit of smoke and hint of roast.

Already on my 3rd cup from the teabox, and I just picked it up a few hours ago!

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Cameron B.

I can’t really get into the whole sandbox game idea. The only thing I like to do in Minecraft is raise the animals. :P Cute little blocky cows and sheep!


I have avoided this one because I would probably get addicted and I really don’t need that right now. I’ve got too many other things going on.


Haha That’s an awesome tea.
And I can do the sandbox thing but I need to make up a good narrative to make it interesting! The best was when my husband I took turns playing and he’d surprise me with a farm, or start building skull statues that I would run into unexpectedly! Once he stopped though, I got bored…

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From the here’s hoping teabox 3! The lemon here is very nice. With the ginger it kind of tastes like lemon grass too. Might of been the luck of the teas spoon, but not much oolong flavor. After taste has a some rose adding a nice feminine touch.
Btw, writing this on my new phone to test it out.

2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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This robot tea infuser is super cute to use. It can sit in your tea cup and steep your loose leaf. It kinda looks like the robot is in a hot tub or peeing in your cup! So much fun! However, as a functional tea infuser, not so much.

The tea made from this infuser was very noticably weaker in taste. The design is not roomy enough to let the tea leaves expand, making a weak cup compared to a more functional basket infuser (ie, Finium basket / DavidsTea Perfect Tea infuser). The little arms on the robot make it hard to cover your mug to maintain water temperature while steeping.

The holes on this infuser are kind of big, letting little bits escape. With that said, I wouldn’t use this with finer teas, like a CTC Black, rooibos, and many herbals, unless you want to drink leaf.

A really fun infuser, but probably best to put on display with your tea ware for fun. Maybe a gag gift for a fellow tea drinker, but not functional at all for making good tea.

Full review on my blog, The Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/kikkerland-robot-tea-infuser-oolong-owl-teaware-review/


His identical robo-twin is sitting right beside me! (Mother’s Day from my son that’s more fun to look at than to use, but I smile every time I see him!)

Awkward Soul / Oolong Owl



They’re too cute to do much damage…he doesn’t even scare the cat!


I’ve got this one too! I don’t use it though just because it’s small and looks hard to clean.

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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
Verdant Tea
Yunnan Sourcing
52 Teas / Zoomdweebies
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.


Long Beach, CA



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