840 Tasting Notes
I gongfu brewed this tea while I made my usual mass breakfast cooking for the husband’s breakfasts for the week. Today’s huge breakfast: French Toast using a 1.5lb loaf I made the night before.
Sadly, this OHMF is at the end of the bag and kind of dusty smushed leaves as it got crunched a bit in my tea tin. Flavor is a little different – stronger and some interesting raisin notes early on ending with some corny sweet notes in later infusions.
I’m having pizza toast for breakfast and made a great discovery!
Ankara Apple pairs awesome with pizza! The sage and spices taste really good against tomato and cheese. The apple sweet goes well with the sweet tomato of the pizza. Kinda weird, but makes sense. Ehh I’m weird.
So, I moved to the US from Canada in early 2012 on a fiance visa and married to my cute, yet tea hating software engineer husband. I have been stuck in the US waiting for my greencard application to be approved for 10 months on something that should of taken around 4 months, despite me and my immigration lawyer pestering them and about to get our congress person involved.
Finally, I got notice today that I’ve been approved! Yes, now my husband and I can plan our honeymoon since now I can leave the US without any issues!
Time to have my favorite tea! Mmmmm watermelon! I added a little german rock sugar for extra watermelon sweetness! Ohhh yeah! This tea is fantastic! I don’t care that it’s hot tea on a hot summer day. Butiki Tea sale tomorrow too!
Finally, my blog review of this tea!
I did it purely to show off the awesomeness of the tin the tea comes in, lol!
I did have some MTPB iced, it was okay. I wish there was less bitterness in the black base, and better, more natural ginger peach flavoring. Pretty ho hum overall.
I found All Day Oolong a very light, silky buttery textured oolong with slight floral and grassy notes. Not too complex of an oolong and easy to drink. The lightness is nice, but personally I wanted more complexity.
Out of the bag, the leaves were pretty smashed compared to pictures on the website – not sure because its supposed to be a bagged tea or shipping from the UK to me in a paper envelope did some damage.
Full review on my blog, The Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.wordpress.com/2013/07/23/all-day-oolong-from-teascent-tea-review/
I had this tea last night, but couldn’t post due to steepster update time.
Very nice iced! Very fruity, lightly hibiscus, citrus with a little smokey green tea. I’m really loving my fridge with the ice dispenser – it makes iced teas so much easier and no icecube tray messes.
I keep saying I’m going to do a SteepCity order and never get around to it. It’s gonna be a big one, so maybe that’s why I’m procrastinating.
Having a lovely run with this tea again.
Oddly, each steep seems to be very light and buttery ending with a fantastic floral / cherry / apricot that lingers after sip. Last time I got much more flavor out of this tea.
Then it hit me. It was my flavor sucking yixing pot! I had seasoned it the other day and this one came out the best I think as the pot is scented strongly of the sheng pu’er I used. Oh well, need to put more time into the yixing pot so it’ll give back!
My fingers are pruney and sore! I was blocking a shawl I knitted not too long ago – for non knitters, you block by soaking your wool/plant based item and pin it down tightly into shape. This shapes the item and in my case, opens up the lacework to look fantastic.
This blasted shawl sprials in its self, plus every ruffle section I do once I go to the next ruffle, it causes slack in the previous ruffle, so I have to go back and repin. Not to mention fix pins that popped out.
Over 45 minutes later, I’m done. Blocking is usually not this terrible, but this shawl is just simply a nightmare. More sad is I could of done a better job with blocking, but it is really confusing with pins everywhere. I also silently wept inside knowing I planned to make another one after I’m done the current one I’m knitting.
If it wasn’t for this matcha, I probably wouldn’t have the energy to do it. I simply dumped a teaspoon in a tumbler full of ice and a little water and sipped away while I worked – kaimatcha is just go crisp, clean, high quality, vibrant green and flavorful matcha. Don’t let the infomerical website fool you.
Cold steeped! This one is pretty floral that it moves into the peachy zone. There is a hint of bitterness end of sip. Much better cold steeped than hot – the last time I made this hot, it was in a large pot for guests and it got pretty bitter undrinkable, thus cannot be oversteeped.
I drank this Dark roast along side the Light roast version.
This tea is rich, earthy and smokey. The smokey is quite different than other smokey teas (ie campfire smokey) but more of a roasted nut smokey. The 2nd steeping was Amazing! Deep, chocolately notes – like a smore without the marshmallow. This one is not as sweet as the light roast, but pretty good. It almost similar to a black tea but is sweeter and not as thick in flavor.
I’d be tempted to purchase more, but I think I need to get my claws on the “Smokey” version first to compare.
For steeping, I followed Yunomis’ standard steeping instructions http://yunomi.us/713/standard-steeping-technique/
Full review on my blog, The Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.wordpress.com/2013/07/18/houjicha-from-obubu-tea-via-yunomi-us-mystery-tea-samplers-club/