1037 Tasting Notes

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Saffron threads in tea! Yeah! That’s fancy pants!

This green is blended with peppermint and saffron making for a really yellow tea. The flavor is grassy, steamed vegetal, light minty with a sweet honey like saffron. An interesting combo that I liked best when the cup has cooled for a sweeter taste! If I had more I’d probably try this iced.

Full review on my blog, The Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/la-perse-saffron-teas/

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Cwyn

I am not sure I understand why saffron would be wasted in a tea when it is so expensive and exquisite in cooking. I am thinking of paella, for example.

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90

This is a 50% oxidized oolong from Indonesia! Organic too!

This oolong has a nice silky texture with plenty of roasty nuts notes (chestnut walnut) and honey flavor. Later steepings I got yellow squash and bread flavors. A little bit of dryness in later steepings as well. I found this tasted similar to a Dong Ding, but with more roasty richness.

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

Tealizzy

Sounds yummy!

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90

My first Tai Pin Hou Kui green tea – this tea has an amazing and unique appearance! I always thought it was a dragonwell, but you really need to see it to scale to grasp how cool this green tea looks!

The flavor has some notes that seem unique to this type of green tea – lightly creamy, sweet grassy, straw and cider. I love the cider notes as it has a light acidic/fruity/tang to it. I got 3 good infusions. The cold steep wasn’t as good as it was too light and not as interesting in flavor (just sweet grass/green bean)

Full review (picture heavy because this tea looks really cool) at my blog The Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/nonpareil-cha-wang-tai-ping-hou-kui-green-tea-teavive-tea-review/

Cwyn

(Trotted on over to the blog). Very glad to see the photos in your review. This sample is far closer to Tai Ping Hou Kui than the Camellia Sinensis version I recently tried. It is supposed to be 100% 1 leaf/1bud, no broken tea. Otherwise it cannot be called Tai Ping Hou Kui and must be called Houjian instead. At least Teavivre gets close, but loose leaves are Houjian and also 3rd and 4th leaves on the stem are to be plucked off in yet another quality check. Hence the high price. Still, from what I am seeing from your photos I’d rather buy Teavivre version. I really like the taste of this and the slight roast on the leaves.

Cwyn

Omg big price difference only $16.90 for Teavivre, same amount as $58 buys from Camellia Sinensis. The price from Teavivre is in line with Houjian, glad to see.

Cheri

I have some TaiPing houKui that a friend brought me from China. It’s really different and good.

Cwyn

Maybe you got the real 10 famous tea version?

Cheri

I’m going to bet not.

https://www.flickr.com/gp/cheri0627/3o2mSu

It’s the tall blue tin on the right.

Cwyn

OMG those blue tea tins are stunning! Looks like you brought home a Chairman Meow as well! I guess we’ll have to wait until you crack it open to know for sure.

Cheri

I’ve been in it. No special markings. I don’t know what the fancy tea would look like. I can take pictures from home.

I do love the tins.

And I love my Charlie Cat. He was all about the tea that day. It was so cute.

Cwyn

The good stuff should all be 1 bud/1 leaf branch pressed flat and straight, and nearly all the same length. Taste will still be good and probably the same if it turns out to be single leaves, broken leaves and broken buds or any yellow leaves, this indicates a lower grade and is not supposed to be called Tai Ping. I don’t think any other tea has as strict a requirement for the name, but it is a Famous Tea after all!

Cheri

Yeah, I don’t think mine was like that.

Cwyn

Do you have any pics? I would love to see the leaf sometime, that tin is just swell.

Cheri

I forgot to take pics yesterday. I’ll take some hopefully tonight.

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85
drank Aloha Girl by Tea Xotics
1037 tasting notes

Aloha Girl! This rooibos honeybush blend packs lots of flavor. I found this tea was best iced – lots of sweet tropical and pineapple flavor, earthy rooibos background with a light amount of spice that adds warmth to each sip – it was like being back in Hawaii again with the exotic and tropical feels and warm sun. There is a slight tartness to this tea, so Aloha Girl works well with a bit of extra sweetener.

I’m a tea drinker who generally dislikes red rooibos, but I found this blend to be pretty good and not watery. By the way, Tea Xotics has really pretty packaging too!

Full review on my blog, The Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/aloha-girl-tea-tea-xotics-oolong-owl-tea-review/

Preparation
Iced
albertocanfly

I just looked them up based on your review. Wow, this tea isn’t the only one that sounds absolutely incredible! Anddd…you are right, their packaging is adorable :D

Cameron B.

Yeah, that Jungle Monkey sounds good! :)

Awkward Soul

I wish they had more information on their website about each tea – it was much better in person to view their teas and see them. Their Santa’s Cup tea is a North American Tea Championship winner too!

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85

Yum, now this is a creamy Earl Grey! This EG has a light to medium bergamont, with a nice malty flavorful base that isn’t dry or bitter. Lots of sweet creamy vanilla flavor, kinda like melted ice cream! This EG doesn’t need cream or sugar as the vanilla packs a punch! Very tasty, I’d like to have this one again!

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

Marzipan

Might want to change those to “bergamot” on your blog. The fox is so cute!

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75

This peachy white tea has a juicy light and floral tea base with a thick texture. A good amount of peach flavor too – though I’m pretty sure this tea would be best iced to bring out the peach flavor more! Not bad for peach teas, though nothing that stands out from other peach whites I’ve tried.

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

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75

From the August Simple Loose Leaf Selection Club

This one is a moderate to high flavored bergamont earl grey that is on the sweet side. I like the Nilgiri base as it adds a nice bold flavor with a smooth texture. Lady Earl Grey finishes with a sweet citrus cream note and a light astringency. I wished there was more creamy in this blend, but the wonderful base kind of makes up for it. I thought this was too pungently bergamont to be labelled Lady Earl grey, but as an earl grey it’s pretty good (for heavy bergamont lovers).

Full review of this tea (and the rest of my August Simple Loose Leaf box) on my blog, The Oolong Owl. http://oolongowl.com/august-simple-loose-leaf-selection-club/

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80

Mmm blueberries. I’m too dangerous to be around blueberries as I eat them all! HAHA!

Anyways – for the August Box of Simple Loose Leaf Selection club I chose this tea – Blueberry White, a shou mei white. The dry leaf is pretty big leafed and twiggy – very hard to measure so I suggest using a scale.

The flavor leans a lot to the shou mei – which has a strong juicy fruity flavor. The blueberry comes out a little at first sip and aftertaste, so just a twist on a strong cup of white tea. I’d personally like more blueberry, but the white tea is pretty good.

Full review of this tea (and the rest of my August Simple Loose Leaf box) on my blog, The Oolong Owl. http://oolongowl.com/august-simple-loose-leaf-selection-club/

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 30 sec 3 g

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90

YUM! This is good! I love the pairing of the malty keemun with the walnuts and banana. The banana is super natural tasting, as if I’m eating a firm, sweet yellow banana! I found the blend overall pretty sweet too.

If you let the tea cool a bit, the banana flavor comes out more. FRBWT resteeps fairly well, but without much in banana flavor so you get to enjoy the keemun and walnut.

Full review on my blog, The Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/foxy-roxys-banana-walnut-treat-tea-butiki-teas/

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
Stephanie

Love this one. Tastes like banana bread :)

Sarsonator

I can’t wait to get mine!!!

Lariel

Stop making me want to order things.

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80
drank Hawaiian Mamaki by Mama-Kii
1037 tasting notes

Mamaki tea! First off, mamaki can be steeped for at least 5 minutes – and traditionally is steeped for 1 hour! So I tried it at 5, 15 and 1 hour steepings!

The longer the steep, the richer the flavor. Lots of yam, corn, sweet potato, little herbal and sweet notes. I prefer the longer steeping – even with the long steep, the tea never gets bitter or dry. Mamaki would be the perfect caffeine tea to leave in your tumbler while you sip away.

Full review at my blog, The Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/hawaiian-mamaki-tea-mama-kii/

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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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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