848 Tasting Notes
I’m doing it again. My brain thinks I should blog review every new tea that passes through. The problem is, if I do that and get no new tea, I’m covered for the year and probably the samples will go bad. Sigh. Doesn’t help that Mandala Tea gives out great samples – I can tell there’s thought put into it and a nice size for a couple cups.
So, I’ve had a couple dragon pearl teas in my life. I’ve quite like the Adagio one. Mandala? What the, smells so good and blows my in stock brand outta the water! I caught my roommate sniffing this one a couple times.
Taste, even better! The jasmine is fantastic – not overly perfumely or chemically, with some sweetness. The tea base is buttery smooth. The adagio one’s perfume is edgy bitter and the base isn’t as good. Okay, I think when I restock my old jasmine pearls, I’m going to restock with this one (if I can even drink my old one again)!
enough sample left for one more cup!
Woot! I won this tea off the FoodNetwork blog! What really sucked was it came right before I left on vacation – so it was sitting on my table, unloved, until I got back. Well, Owly loved it, he nested in the massive amounts of tissue paper!
Overall, quite a high quality tea. Fresh green tea, big leaf with attractive orange chunks and petal curls. The flavor has a great balance of orange and grassy green tea with no tart or bitterness. The orange has a slight tang and candy flavor to it, so no sweetener needed. The green tea also had a silky texture to it.
Iced, not so great so far. It came out very grassy. I think I’ll need to play with this tea some more if I want a better iced tea, however it is a solid hot cup.
Full review on my blog, The Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.wordpress.com/2013/06/18/la-fleur-d-oranger-from-le-palais-des-thes-tea-review/
+ vacation photos and new owl!
Backlog + Sipdown
Back from my vacation to Utah! Ate lots of food, hiked around Zion national park and went to the Brazilian Jiujitsu school there a couple times (to blow steam off from being stuck with my inlaw family!) Utah is HOT! like 105f / 41c oven dry hot. I thought SoCal was bad!
I took a bunch of tea with me, all friendly to boiling water. Lupicia has lots of boiling water teas, despite being greens, whites and oolongs. I had a number of good rounds of tea and finished off the bag. Very good floral with a plum flavor. The oolong seems too grassy for the combination, but resteeps toned it down.
Uggg, hopefully Oolong Owl blog stuff will resume tomorrow. I’m trying to get my crochet work in order and all post travel stuff done.
I’ve been due to have some pu’er for awhile now. I feel I need it – I’m going on a trip to Utah tomorrow to see some husband’s relatives and hopefully go beat up the jiujitsu school there. Well, try to lol!
Anyways, this toucha is not bad. It says 2007 on the label, and I find it not fishy at all. My first batch of steeps (after 2 rinses) were fairly light – bit of brisk earthy flavor with some floral that goes a little bitter and sweet at the end. The floral, hmmm.. tastes more like rose to me. After the 4th steeping, I’m getting the jasmine, though the tea is getting more and more bitter. This tuocha base is very black tea like. Later steepings, the bitterness goes up a bit and the floral takes over.
Cold steeped overnight! So I don’t have to be awake to make tea! This one is easier to drink if cold steeped, the grapefruit is slightly gentler. Still not awake yet, I’ll probably need to switch to something with more oomph to it.
Yum! Very tasty! I love the combination of the earthy black base, cinnamon, maple flavors with buttery pastry finish. With sweetener, the maple flavor pops more!
I like this blend more than Pancake breakfast!
Full review on my blog, The Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.wordpress.com/2013/06/10/french-toast-black-tea-from-52-teas-tea-review/
Moonfired french toast?
Have a very large cup of this tea. I would of made a pot, but I was too lazy to go upstairs to find my tea pot.
Very savory smooth caramel for this round, with some candy sweet orange. Sipped away with breakfast and Animal Crossing. There was a sailor seagull passed out on the beach. Apparently, he was trying to sail to Canada.
Anyways, time to finish this massive cup and start my day!
NEW ANIMAL CROSSING OMG!
Yeah, spent a few hours playing and made a pot of Coconut Grove to sip on. Very nice, I love the white tea base and the floral coconutty this.
Then, I had to quickly chug the rest of the tea, so I could make it to the brazilian jiujitsu event, Metamoris II, which was okay – annnnd back home and playing animal crossing!
I dragged my husband all over Torrance for tea blog related business. First was tracking down a certain tea item that I had a coupon for, to feature on the blog. But also, there is a Lupicia in that mall too. I didn’t get any teas from Lupicia, but I swiped a sample cup of iced tea. Once home, I needed a full tumbler full.
YUM DURIAN TEA! Though, once I’m done this tumbler, I’m going to have to baking soda scrub it and my gravity steeper to get all the durian essence out of it.
Uhhhhh Whoops! I left this to cold steep.. umm.. maybe 4 days ago? At least, a week at most. The tumbler got shuffled to the back of the fridge somehow and I completely forgot about it until today when I was wondering where my tumbler went.
Tastes somewhat okay, it’s not bitter but is kind of flat. I can pick out the nice floral and cherry, but no coconut.