1123 Tasting Notes

95

Oh yum! I used to think peppermint teas were just pretty similar with big taste factors being freshness and it being loose leaf. But dang, this peppermint tea is goood! Best peppermint tea I’ve had!

This peppermint blend of 3 different kinds of pacific northwest mint and it’s perfectly minty without being grassy or steamy overcooked vegetal taste. It isn’t over the top mint or toothpastey either. Pacific northwest Evergreen mint tea is just really fresh mint and there’s a nice light sweetness to it! There is spearmint in it, but it’s on the light side, giving it a slight wintergreen twist end of sip.

I only got a one shot sample of this herbal and now I’m totally wanting another cup.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 2 g 12 OZ / 354 ML

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45

A disappointment.

I purchased this with the Matcha Maker as “whoa $8 for 50g is a good deal” considering other flavored matchas go for around $20 for 30g.

First off, this matcha is heavy – 2x heavier than the RLT and 3leaf flavored matchas and you use more per cup, so you aren’t getting much of a deal once you have the actual product. The coloring isn’t that vibrant of green in the picture. Guessing since the first ingredient isn’t matcha should of been a warning sign.

Taste wise is pretty weak and doesn’t taste very matcha like. Sweetness is fine. There’s a hint of mocha. Tastes better with milk. I wouldn’t buy this again despite the price.

This would be an alright matcha to try if you are 100% new to matchas and don’t want to pay a bunch, but honestly it isn’t a good representation of matchas and flavored matchas.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
TheLastDodo

whoa. First ingredient isn’t matcha. How about no?

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90

This Oriental Beauty has a great fruity based flavor! Early steepings I got raisins and later infusions I got pear. Also present is a thick body, toasty bread, bit of spice and lots of honey notes. With the aroma cup, it smells like cinnamon buns!

Interestingly, steep this tea with boiling water and you get a dark cherry notes instead of raisins and pears, however with the hotter water temperature you get a fairly dry mouth feel.

Full review on Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/oriental-beauty-from-tea-ave-tea-review/ Did I burn myself with the aroma cup? Read on a see!

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 0 min, 15 sec

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75

This caffeine free herbal tea is super cool! The appearance is really neat in a big stemmy pearls. The pearls unfurl right away leaving a vibrant green leaf!

The taste is barley, corn, roast and sweet (like sweet potatoes and hits your mouth similar to stevia). This tea also resteeped very well, I got 3 infusions! I like the 2nd and 3rd infusions best as they were less sweet.

Totally check this one out for a new, adventurous caffeine free option!

Full review on Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/jiaogulan-dragon-pearls-from-mks-tea-co-tea-review/

Nichole

I’m a huge fan of theirs.

TheLastDodo

Woah. Sounds cool!

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90

Really nice oolong – complex and the flavors change with each infusion! I got woodsy, cherry, butter, mineral and roasted barley. The cherry is a really tasty aftertaste! The oolong gets nice and sweet, with no dryness. The leaf on this tea is huge too!

Full review on Oolong Owl feat. Hellhoot http://oolongowl.com/march-white2tea-club-tea-review/

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 5 g 3 OZ / 100 ML
Cheri

I liked this one quite a bit.

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80

I tried this product at the LA tea festival and had to take it home with me! It is a sweet mango green tea matcha mix with a mega backing of creamy. The ingredients has organic coconut oil, which I think is the reason why this mix has a thick creamy feel to it! The mango flavor is quite strong and maybe too sweet for some. The matcha in this is pretty light (the mix itself is kind of yellow pea green than vibrant grass green), so the green flavor is on the low side. This mix is more of a sweet treat or for types that don’t like grassy matchas.

Full review on Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/sencha-naturals-tropical-mango-green-tea-latte-mix-tea-review/

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90

DRUNK ON RED

Just the name itself calls all the tea drunk hopefuls to purchase. For $4.50 100g cake, it is hard to resist! This compressed black tea is woodsy (cherry wood) and fruity (raspberry and currants). It is easy to drink as it’s smooth and fruity. I got 7 good infusions too.

Full review on Oolong Owl – this tea is indeed RED! http://oolongowl.com/spring-2013-drunk-on-red-sun-dried-feng-qing/

Preparation
Boiling
mrmopar

I agree a nice little cake for sure.

TeaBrat

woo, I am getting the Chrysanthemum version with my next tea of the month club

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85

Yum, coconut fan checking in! This flavored matcha is really tasty – very creamy sweet coconut that satisfies all my creamy cravings (I love creamy food and desserts, omg). The coconut flavor is light, but tasty and works well with the matcha.

I’m excited 3 Leaf does samples, I am tempted to try a couple more flavors! (Their hot chocolate is amazing btw)

Full review on Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/3-leaf-teas-flavored-matchas-tea-review/

TeaNTees

I’ve never had matcha, but this one may force me to give it a try!

RahRahSan

Oh Wow they have sample sizes!

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80

Mmmmm, this matcha made as a latte is like drinking peaches and cream (with matcha!) The flavoring on this one is light (lighter than the other one I tried, coconut) with a white peach flavor, mostly in the aftertaste. With light flavoring you can enjoy the matcha more.

Full review on Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/3-leaf-teas-flavored-matchas-tea-review/

DeliriumsFrogs

This is the 3 Leaf Tea matcha I was most interested in… now you REALLY have me interested. :D

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90

I quite enjoyed this sheng – thought I am partial to jing mai raw pu’er. This one is full of orchid notes with a powerfully lingering orchid aftertaste. There is a bit of peachy apricot (probably from the floral), thick body and a nice sweetness. There is a bit of dryness, but still easy to enjoy.

Full review on Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/jingmai-sheng-2013-wymm-tea/

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 15 sec
mrmopar

Probably one of the best Jingmai’s I have tried.

WYMMTEA|惟餘莽莽

Thanks for the kind reviews Oolong Owl:)
Glad you enjoyed it too mrmopar!

WYMMTEA|惟餘莽莽

Read your blog too Oolong Owl, thanks alot for the detailed review:)
We saw you had some trouble figuring out which tea was which because of the packaging. That was actually the ‘mystery’ concept we were trying out. Don’t worry, future orders will have the names marked on the packaging.

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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.

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.

To contact me for reviews, check out my blog and email me at [email protected]

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