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937 Tasting Notes

95

Sipdown! I really wanted a black tea instead, but I wanted to sip down something. 209 teas.. well, that’s probably lying. I’m sure theres a box of teas somewhere I haven’t logged into Steepster.

This sipdown came out pretty grassy, grassier than I remember this tea being. However, lots of the leaf was pretty smashed, however still a really good unflavored green! yum!

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C
Terri HarpLady

LOL, about the tea count, I resemble that remark!

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95

Sip down! A tasty one at that!

Banana Dulce (aka Banana Coconut) poured over ice, milk and honey. I steeped this one for like 10 minutes – I find the longer steep really helps the flavors come out. Very creamy, bananay with a hint of caramel.

YUM

I do like my green rooibos blends and found the chamomile used decently here. I might have to get more of this as this tea makes a great end of day latte.

(see previous review http://oolongowl.com/2013/02/13/banana-coconut-from-the-persimmon-tree-tea-review/ )

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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95

Excuse me while I roll around on the carpet hooting how good this tea is.

YUM! Giant Leaves! Super creamy! Sweet caramel! Delicious black tea base! Tasty creamy resteep!

HOOOT

Full review on my blog, The Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/2013/09/11/caramel-vanilla-assam-from-butiki-teas-tea-review/
Sorry, no fancy pictures today. I’m tired out from canning pears. Delicious tea and rum infused pears.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
gmathis

I hope you know I get drooly every time you describe your home canning adventures! :) Delicious!

Awkward Soul

If the tea infused pears turns out well I’ll post the recipe on my blog. I’m going to give it a week to marinate in the jars.

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70

Arggahahahaagggfffppphh! So I spent all day standing at the social security office. Blasted place needs more chairs, heck more people working the place.
Worse, I hurt my shoulder bad at jiujitsu last night – it got cranked one too many times so now I can’t lift my arm without eye watering pain. Joy.

I made a huge iced tea pitcher of this yesterday – thankfully! I need tea NOW! Candy raspberry with a little floral white. Pretty good iced, especially with some lemon slices. I’m gonna sit back, guzzle iced tea listening to Ziltoid radio with an ice pack on my arm.

Preparation
Iced
K S

Our SS office is the same way. I go in with my rollator and oxygen tank and no one ever offers to get up and let me have a seat. Most of them are half my age and look plenty healthy but whatever. I would get up for them because my mom loved me enough to teach me to treat others better than that.

Awkward Soul

oh totally. There was so many people standing that shouldn’t be. But also, I’m unsure why when people go to the SS office they need to bring their entire family with them, taking all the seats and not moving.

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80

Sweet Fragrance Pu’er is an easy to drink pu’er. It’s a ripe 1992, however has a light to moderate flavor intensity. Plenty of woody amber sap sweetness in early and final steepings, with earthy wet wood, charcoal and steamed leaf flavor notes. There is a silky texture which remains throughout all the infusions, which was pretty nice.

Overall, I loved how easy to drink and sweet this tea was. However, I wished for a bit more complexity since the flavor of this tea stays pretty consistent between each infusion. Either way, this is a great beginner pu’er that has no fermentation notes that would appeal to tea drinkers that like roasted oolongs vs deep dark thick blacks pu’er drinkers.

Full review on my blog, The Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/2013/09/09/sweet-fragrance-puer-from-tea-setter-tea-review/
Featuring sad pu’er pick Owl.

Preparation
Boiling

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drank Muscat by Lupicia
937 tasting notes

This came as my free monthly lupicia sample/newsletter thing recently. Man I love the newsletter, I think I’ll need to do another order soon so I can keep up with it. Though lately, I’ve just been stuffing the samples into my bagged tea jar and not drink them.

Anyways, I wanted a new tea, but not up for a full tea review as I need to save my camera battery charge for tomorrow: Disneyland and Club 33! I’m currently also busy stressing out what to wear that follows the dresscode, but also comfortable and not overly hot 93F weather. Sigh.

The smell and taste of this tea is straight up muscat grape artificial candy. If you’ve had any kind of asian muscat candy you’ll know what I’m talking about. It’s not that traditional “purple” flavor. The black tea base is smooth, pairing nicely with the muscat. I love muscat candies, and this is a great calorie saver for it!
I am tempted to buy this, however in limiting my tea stash, I’ll stick to Lupicia’s Champagne Rose.

hmm.. I wonder how the muscat oolong is?

Preparation
Iced

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75

Another pancake breakfast morning with pancake tea. I’m surprised how much I have of this – I only purchased one pouch!

I wanted the french toast tea more, but I wasn’t having french toast for breakfast!

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 45 sec

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75

I was excited to see 52 Teas came out with another cotton candy tea – this time in white tea, yay! I am quite fond of white tea.

Drank hot, I found the cotton candy flavoring pretty subtle. I think if I had this tea without knowing what it was, I would of picked it as a white with a bit of sugar in it but not cotton candy. Adding additional sweetener helped pick out the sugaryness in the blend.

However, once I tried Cotton Candy White iced – I found it! Liquid, sugary spun sweet! Pretty cool! I like it, and it totally filled my sugar cravings. I wish there was a little more to it, maybe a berry flavoring or something, but overall a pretty neat blend that I will only drink iced.

Full review on my blog, The Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/2013/09/05/cotton-candy-white-tea-from-52-teas-tea-review/
(picture evidence of massive cotton candy)

Preparation
Iced
OMGsrsly

Mmm, cotton candy. :) I completely forgot to get some when I went to the PNE.

Awkward Soul

Oooh I love the PNE! Ahh, miss Vancouver.

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85

I feel awful that I preordered this tea, got it in May and never got around to drinking it till now. The tea smells very fragrant and fresh.

What makes this tea session more special is this tea is also hand picked by me. Off the floor. As I dropped the open packet. Sigh. FYI, don’t step on a tieguanyin.

Tastes like spring: daffodils, butter, creamy, crips, wet grass and minerals. Very lovely and quite floral in early steepings – perfect for floral lovers.

Full review on my blog, The Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/2013/09/04/hand-picked-early-spring-tieguanyin-from-verdant-tea-tea-review/

Preparation
Boiling

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80

Filling combo:

Silk Fruit Protein soymilk in mixed berry + some blueberry matcha + little ice. No sugar needed since the milk is pretty sweet and fruity. The taste got really blueberry with hint of other fruit, so very tasty. But omg, I feel so full drinking this with a light breakfast. I think I need a gaiwan oolong or green session to make me feel less blobby.

(see previous notes for review)

Preparation
Iced

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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

Location

Long Beach, CA

Website

http://oolongowl.com/

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