1045 Tasting Notes

60
drank Black Tea by Shan Valley
1045 tasting notes

Total miss for me – maybe I need to play with the steep times, temperature and water amount?

I found this CTC black to be really bold, robustly strong and woodsy. The woodsy vibe is sharp, like red rooibos, but a heavier dark wood rather than that red woodchip taste of rooibos. End of sip is a moderate amount of astringency with a bit of smoke. Reminds me of coffee, but the elements of coffee I don’t like and the woodyness.

I had some high hopes for this one as the other reviews have been good, but this was a total pour out for me. I’ll give this one another shot at a later time and adjust the rating.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 0 sec 2 g 6 OZ / 177 ML

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90

A very nice, affordable first flush green! Hands down favorite out of the Shan Valley tea lineup! I found Shan First Flush to also have a unique earthy, forest floor, vegetal without being grassy flavor, with a good lingering aftertaste of nuts, floral and fruit. There is a light hint of astringency, just to keep the aftertaste going. Actually, I found this tea to be similar to a mid to late steeping of a green raw pu’er.

Full review on my blog, The Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/shan-first-flush-green-tea-shan-valley-oolong-owl-tea-review/

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 30 sec 2 g 6 OZ / 177 ML

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70

I snagged this chai mix from Hilo Hattie on one of my many stops around Hawaii on a cruise. Luckily, you can also buy this online off the Hula Girl store or on Amazon.

Overall, pretty good – nice fruity jam-like taste. Bit pastry like in flavor too. It’s not perfect though – the spice is on the mild side and not too complex (just cinnamon) and very little actual tea taste – two things I think are important qualities in a chai. This mix already has sugar and milk in it so it’s pretty rich and sweeter than if I made chai myself.
But, I quite like the fruity flavor – the mango pops out more when made as an iced tea latte.

While I like the fruit flavor which is quite unique to chai blends, I’d not get it for myself again. But – I can see others who drink chai concentrates would really love this! The mix would also be great for the office or travelling.

Full review on my blog, The Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/mango-spiced-chai-tea-hula-girl-oolong-owl-tea-review/

Preparation
Boiling 6 OZ / 177 ML

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90

Had this tea again, after reviewing it yesterday for Oolong Owl – it seems a type I should just save on certain days I feel like yellow flowers and spring. I think it was I was lazy, the bag of tea was still on the table, and I needed something to drink after lunch.

I prepared it western style, so 212f for 3.5 minutes. This oolong does much better gaiwan’ style. The floral wasn’t as distinct western style, though it was much smoother. Sit down and take your time steeping SLXHMC oolong!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec 4 g 12 OZ / 354 ML

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90

A lovely, I can’t wait for spring tea! So much floral going on here, actually a whole yellow bouquet of orchid, osmanthus and tulip. Along with that, bit of a nutty earthy flavor and an interesting light astringency sweet creamy peachy taste. Totally a tea for a floral oolong lover!

Huge leaf too, very high quality tea! In fact, I had a HOLY HOOTS that’s a big leaf moment!

Full review and photos on my blog, The Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/shan-lin-xi-high-mountain-concubine-oolong-eco-cha-oolong-owl-tea-review/

Preparation
Boiling 7 g
Anna

Your big leaf moment cracked me up so much.

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85

I got this tea awhile back with my Taiwan Tea Crafts order. I had a huge hurting for a roasty oolong. Though, a surprise with this tea – the oolong leaves are pitch black with an intense roasty charcoal smell that steeps up light, clean, mineral, honey sweet and really smooth roasty flavor.
I was expecting a heavier flavor and texture. I’m on my 5th steeping in my yixing pot and the flavor is pretty consistent.
Overall, a pretty interesting oolong, and this one is on the cheaper side on the website, so easy to sneak into your cart.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec

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85
drank Malama by Lupicia
1045 tasting notes

A very rich, heavy, robust black tea blend. This one, from the Lupicia Hawaii collection, is loaded in dark chocolate flavor. Wow, this is really rich and chocolately! The macadamia nuts add a sweet, clean nutty flavor end of sip. This would be a great latte for sure!

This blend is kind of like eating dark chocolate covered macadamia nuts. Ugg, reminds me that I’ve eaten all those macadamia nuts I bought. Man, the toffee chocolate ones were really good. A box I bought for my friend is sitting on my table and I keep looking at it. She really needs to get back from her work trip!

Full review of this tea, and pictures of the whole Lupicia Hawaii collection, at my blog, The Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/exclusive-lupicia-hawaii-original-tea-blends-collection-lupicia-oolong-owl-tea-review/

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
Anna

It sounds like you totally should have some Honolulu Cookie Company cookies to go with this.

Awkward Soul

I would of, but I ate all my Honolulu Cookie Company cookies. OMG, those were very good cookies!

Anna

You went to Ala Moana, right? HCC AND Lupicia in the same building – lethal.

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80
drank Palekaiko by Lupicia
1045 tasting notes

Woot, finally reviewing the exclusive Lupicia Hawaii tea blends! Palekaiko, wowwee, is for the ginger lovers out there. The ginger here is on the strong and spicy side, that eventually smooths out with mango and passionfruit end of sip.

Sweetented, this tea tastes like eating sugar crusted dried ginger, with the odd dried mango strip. The passion fruit flavor is pretty good too. I found this blend to be pretty yummy, but yeah, you’d want to be a ginger lover or you’ll find this blend a little too potent.

Full review of this tea, and pictures of the whole Lupicia Hawaii collection, at my blog, The Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/exclusive-lupicia-hawaii-original-tea-blends-collection-lupicia-oolong-owl-tea-review/

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
Stephanie

Sounds good! I love intense ginger!

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80
drank White Angel by Tea Desire
1045 tasting notes

TY MissB for a sample of this tea! Hmm, I totally thought this tea tasted like apricots, coconut cream with a lotta lemon grass. Apparently, it supposed to be pineapple coconut. I think all the floral in this did one of those taste warps that makes it taste like peach/apricots. Actually, a pretty good blend – I like the fruity and creamy in this tea – very delicious, sweet with a long fruity aftertaste. The dry leaf is gorgeous, lots of big yellow rose buds!
However, I found there was too much lemongrass. If I were to try this one again, it be iced.

Preparation
2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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I had a nice package of sour cream and onion cashews (from graze snack box) and I wanted a cup of tea. What cup of tea goes with that? How about a savory one! I immediately thought of this fun sage and tomato tea. Guess what? It went amazing with the nuts! The black base is super yummy, the savory sage adds a neat depth and the tomato with some sweetness.

Still undecided on this blend – it’s good and creative, yet situational.

Caleb Brown

I loved this review, Char! Mainly because the pairing with the sour cream and onion cashews and Wolf Peach Island is PERFECT. I admit I’m a huge fan of savory teas (but I realize that isn’t everyone’s, well, ‘cup of tea’ so they’re rare in Handmade Tea). Even though I drank this tea back-to-back every day for a few weeks (something I often do while developing a blend) I totally agree it’s situational. I think everyone should always have a savory tea on hand for certain food/meal pairings.

Awkward Soul

Totally, wolf peach island has great potential with pairing with other savory foods. IMO, need more savory teas – its territory that isn’t explored enough, but I can see being tricky to make and sell. Also, I find the tomato in this blend really interesting. Awhile back I saw a garlic tea being swapped around, that might be too weird.

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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

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Long Beach, CA

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