1154 Tasting Notes


Surprisingly tasty! This black tea is a blend of Nilgiri and Yunnan Golden Buds. I found the two teas were well balanced – crisp, malty, rice, with a bit of fluffy silky texture. Also some light raisin notes and bit of briskness. No bitterness, and only a hint of dryness.

I had this tea for breakfast and it really hit the spot! Especially after spending all yesterday canning strawberries (my feet are dying).

Full review on my blog, The Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/vintage-black-persimmon-tree-oolong-owl-tea-review/

200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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BIG MUG! 16oz / 463ml! I got the spiffy Brenton Navy Octopus design (spring 2014 design) which is very attractive and tentacled.

The mug is taller than I thought it was, from pictures online. Handle is big and easy to hold, the mug isn’t thick so is easy to sip from.

What I didn’t like is now I have 3 perfect tea infusers. I don’t think I really need anymore and wish I could just buy the mug on its own. The nordic mug came with a bigger infuser than the Perfect Tea Mug’s infuser, and I’m probably going to use this new tea infuser more.

Full review on my blog, The Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/nordic-mug-davidstea-oolong-owl-teaware-review/


“Very attractive and tentacled”! I’m in love!


Did you see those awesome tentacle mugs that someone linked on Reddit? It was a guy who linked his tea set up.

Awkward Soul / Oolong Owl

This one? http://i.imgur.com/AJ7OpfB.jpg swooon! Hopefully the potter will have some up for sale soon.


Those are SO PRETTY.


Yes they are so neat!


Oh.. I could always use more infusers, but then again, I’m still pretty much a newbie and only have a couple. Hopefully one day I’ll feel like you about it. Maybe they should offer them at a small discount w/o the infuser.

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Excellent quality tea with MEGA leaf size! Oh, and this is the premium grade version of Taiwan Alishan High mountain (there is also a competition grade available that is slightly roasted).

This oolong is silky buttery with moderate floral notes (buttercup) nicely balanced with a honey sweetness. Very fresh, crisp and clear tasting with no grassy notes, as well as not dry or bitter. A great oolong to treat yourself with!

Full review (pics of the mega leaf!) at my blog, The Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/premium-grade-taiwan-alishan-high-mountain-oolong-cameron-tea-oolong-owl-tea-review/

Boiling 1 min, 0 sec 4 g 12 OZ / 354 ML

haha awesome!


Sounds like one my Hubby would like.


Love Ali Shans!

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This herbal is tasty! I prepared it iced and sweetened. Not sweetened, Citrus Hibiscus Herbal is a pucker tart fest! Sweetened, very orangey, hibiscus floral, with a zesty lemon and lemongrass finish. There is red rooibos in there. Even though i dislike red rooibos, the tea was in the background adding a bit of woodsyness depth that was nice. In the end, this tea is very refreshing and full of flavor.

Full review of this tea, and the May Simple Loose Leaf Selection club box, on my blog The Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/may-simple-loose-leaf-selection-club-oolong-owl-tea-review/ (also, coupon code!)

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I selected this tea as part of May’s box for the Simple Loose Leaf Selection club. This is a light/medium roast oolong with dark raisin, cherry wood, charred earth and leafy green notes. Slight astringency as well.

This oolong was okay even with a broken dry leaf – it’s a good starter roasty oolong to try before going into trying the expensive, mega roast oolongs out there.

Full review of this tea, and the May Simple Loose Leaf Selection club box, on my blog The Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/may-simple-loose-leaf-selection-club-oolong-owl-tea-review/ (also, coupon code!)

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This tea was interesting. I made it iced, as all i had was a sample.

The tea steeps up a gorgeous watermelon pink!
Without sweetener, it was mostly peppermint with an underripe and flat melon flavor.

WIth sweetener – really really good! The melon flavors, mostly watermelon with some honeydew, is delicious! I’ll be buying more of this!

Review on my blog, The Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/shooting-starfruit-watermelon-mint-davidstea-oolong-owl-tea-review/


Haven’t had many melon teas, but this one sounds interesting combined w/the mint

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MMm, I do love creme brulee! However, the last 2 weeks I’ve done a big diet overhaul with calorie counting madness. With that said, I need to keep my desserts in check even more. WIth this tea, the main flavor is the black base, with a light burnt sugar taste with a creamy texture.
For a black tea drinker wanting a little sweet hit, this is the tea. I was hoping / expecting something closer to DavidsTea Creme brulee, which has a much stronger flavor.


Hope your diet goes well… I’m having a hard time getting started.. Ugh. I’m sure dessert teas will be a staple when I finally get the motivation.

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I was surprised with Little Red Cup Tea co’s keemun – its smokey! This keemun has a brown sugar sweet start, earthy, wood and spice notes. End of sip there is a bit of briskness, fruity and chocolate richness. A bit of floral notes when the cup has cooled.

Pretty cool! The last keemun i tried was more on the smooth and sweet side, but this keemun is dynamically delicious!

Full review on my blog, The Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/keemun-black-tea-little-red-cup-tea-co-oolong-owl-tea-review/


What is your favorite Keemun?

Awkward Soul / Oolong Owl

I had a few good keemuns at the LA Tea Festival from Chado Tea Room. However, they have like 6 different keemuns and I didn’t know which ones I tried! Been kinda chasing that flavor ever since.

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Wow, a lovely sweet spice wuyi medium roast oolong!
I’m planning a Mandala order, with that said, sipping down all the samples I have just in case I want to order more of those samples! (or in a few cases, setting aside to review for Oolong Owl)

I believe I requested this sample an order or two ago. Very delicious oolong, I love how sweet it is, with interesting milky quality to it. Resteeps nicely with no dryness. Quite addicting of a tea as well. I’d say this is one of the nicest medium roast oolongs, however I personally prefer a darker, richer roast. (OMG Mandala’s Big red robe is amazing!)

200 °F / 93 °C

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SO MUCH PLUM! Plum plum plum! I’ve had a couple Plum teas, this one from Ocean of Tea being the most plummy (is that a word?) blend out there.

I found this tea tastes different hot, sweetened, resteeped and iced – the best being sweetened and iced.

Hot, it’s a fresh tasting, lightly roshipy tart tea with the main focus around a berry flavor with a hint of plum.

Sweetened – 100% plum flavor. Never ending plum taste.

Iced – My favorite – refreshing, fruityness with plum notes, lingering plum flavor, with a hint of citrus floral adding interest.

resteeped – a lightly roasted oolong with a tart finish.

Ocean of Tea’s plum oolong is all about the plum – this be the tea if you want a strong flavored blend. As an oolong? There is not much in oolong here, just a bit in the background adding an earthyness pairing great with the plum, but sweetened and iced, I can’t taste the oolong.

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

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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 and knitting designer at Awkward Soul Designs.

To contact me for reviews, check out details at OolongOwl.com/about or email me at [email protected]

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 573 Teas – August 2015.


Long Beach, CA



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