1045 Tasting Notes

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drank Snow Geisha by Teavana
1045 tasting notes

From the TeenyTiny TTB 2

I do like DavidsTea’s Cherry Blossom, which in theory sounds similar to this tea. The dry leaf looks pretty with long tea leaves and big rose buds. However, this tea smells like cough syrup. Cherry cough syrup. I decided to taste it anyways as some blends are more scented then others. Nope, tastes like weaker cherry cough syrup, candy sweet (though I added no sugar nor see rock sugar in this), no tea flavors or other things going on.

Teavana “Chinese white tea combines deliciously with sour cherries and candied cranberries to create an exotic, yet delicate blend”. If you consider cough syrup exotic, then yes. Glad I’d tried it as I would of been tempted sooner or later to buy it as I do love cherry/floral/white blends.

EDIT: this tea also stain scented the teaware used – I washed it twice in soapy water without much luck so my filter had to be soaked in smart soak to get the smell out.

Cheri

That sounds awful.

Lynxiebrat

Snickers exotic cough syrup…

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90

This pu’er doesn’t quit! I got 17 infusions!

2002 White2tea White Whale has plenty of camphor minty notes, some woodsy enoki mushroom and a hint of smoke. Later steepings the tea smooths out, gets sweeter but the refreshing notes remain (and don’t go away). A little bit of dryness, but still very easy to drink and forgiving to steep.

For $15 for a 100gram cake (price going up sooon!) this is a great deal for a cake with some age on it, especially if you are new to pu’er. Recommended!

Full review on my blog, The Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/2002-white2tea-white-whale-raw-puer/

Preparation
Boiling

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70

LOL i tried this tea just for the name – lol the art is funny too! From the Teeny Tiny TTB 2

Taste? Well, a whole lotta stuff going on. Chai, chocolate and pretty gingery. Kind of bitter from all the spice. There’s strawberry and rose apparently too. Either way, this is a heavy spiced chai with an assortment of other stuff in it. Not bad.

Stephanie

LOL funny

Sil

you and me baby aren’t nothing but mammals…

Cwyn

Next it will probably be Diaper Doo Doo Ding Dong.

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75

A different kind of oolong! I love the delicate grape and nutty flavor notes, with some floral and woodsy musty. It is like a dong ding oolong and a Darjeeling black had a baby! The tea has a moderate amount of astringency, which gets really strong for the second infusion. The second infusion tasted sweeter and more fruity, but was way too dry for my tastes.

Full review on the blog The Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/singbulli-oolong-darjeeling/

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 2 min, 30 sec
gmathis

I’ve always suspected my unchaperoned tea packets of cohabitating and multiplying when I wasn’t looking—-that must be what happens…baby tea :)
(This little one sounds tasty!)

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70

From Teeny tiny TTB2

Whoa, thats minty! Spearminty! Toothpastey! The super minty smell appealed to me to try it, even though I’m more of a peppermint person. It is pretty minty, not enough to feel like you cleaned your teeth, but enough to have a minty taste linger for awhile in your mouth. The smokey gunpowder tea is an interesting contrast. Not bad and very refreshing.

Cameron B.

I like this one best with a 2 minute steep. :)

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75
drank Apricot Oolong by Sterling Tea
1045 tasting notes

Very good iced! This one is a green oolong that is very creamy with a bit of floral and grassyness – the apricot/peach flavor is light and much stronger of the taste when iced. With that said, this is more of an oolong with a twist of fruityness at the end.

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

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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85

Another saffron blend tea! This one was my favorite so far with La Perse’s Saffron Tea collection.

The ceylon base is really smooth with the light cardamon spice and light rose notes. The saffron adds a sweet honey nutty quality pairing awesomely with the blend. Very delicious – a perfect blend to have for afternoon tea! The color of this tea is quite interesting too with a golden glow at the edges of the dark reddishbrown black tea.

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

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
donkeytiara

Is this the one in the wee triangle from the tea expo?

Awkward Soul

yeah these were packaged in little pyramids

donkeytiara

I got those! Gave the green away, but haven’t tried the rest….thanks for reminding me! I love cardamom, so it’ll be on my hit list soon!

Riimu

I bursted into laugh when I saw that name ‘La Perse’ since perse means ass in my language, sounds delicious eh?

Awkward Soul

Lol @ Riimu I’m afraid to google image search without “tea” next to it.

Riimu

Mwahahaa.

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60

Earl grey with saffron? Why not?

Unfortunately, I wasn’t a fan of this tea. The bergamont is quite weak, the lightest EG I’ve tried so far. The citrus flavor comes out end of sip. The ceylon base is pretty good with a light rich quality and the saffron adds a nice honey flavor, but drowns out the EGness of this blend.

Pass on this one unless you want a really light earl grey and try La Perse’s Black Ceylon blend instead.

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

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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80

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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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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