1037 Tasting Notes

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I bought an 1oz of this pu’er with my last Mandala order. I snuck a bit in my travel tumbler on my way onto the cruise and it was fantastic! Super creamy!
Anyways, I wanted a pu’er to drink while I cook and bake for Thanksgiving. I fired up the kettle when I was working on the pumpkin pie (while the turkey was getting put into the BBQ for smoking). I got at least 6 resteeps up to having my yixing pot next to me on the table at dinner. I love how this tea is earthy, yet mellow sweet. The creamyness is my favorite part, it’s like drinking milk!
After dinner, I ordered a whole cake since Mandala’s Black Friday code kicked in. I really want to to a full blog tea review on this pu’er sometime, just yeah, this pu’er is awesome!

Preparation
Boiling
Garret

This makes me so happy to know that you are digging this tea. I am obsessed with it, myself, unable to let a day go by without drinking it. The entire blend was sent to a lab and 3rd party tested. This is as clean as tea gets: zero parts per million of anything other than tea! This is what we are focusing on. I have also recently secured more mao cha for further pressings that will happen in 2014. So when I read your reviews, I feel even more validated that we are on the right trajectory for creating teas that are truly satisfying the great people who are our customers! Thank you for this.

Your pal,
Garret

Awkward Soul

Keep those tasty pu’ers comin’ Garret and I’ll be flailing about with my pu’er pick buying them!

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90

Love this tea!

The flavor is a nice malty brew with caramel and pecan notes with a silky texture. What I enjoy most about the Flowering Cones is it can take a beating: when I was on my cruise I’d just toss a few in my travel mug and let it infuse away without worry of oversteeping.

I personally prefer a longer steep with this tea, but the short 1 through 5 minute steeps were pretty good and I got quite a bit of tea from two little cones.

Full review on my blog, The Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/flowering-cones-black-tea-mandala-tea-oolong-owl-tea-review/ Black Tea Week with Sunset Owl (shhh, he’s missing feet!) I took some cool pictures of this blooming tea, so check it out!

Preparation
Boiling
Sil

and they’re pretty!

Terri HarpLady

I need to get more of these, they are handy to have around.

CelebriTEA

These are very pretty :-)

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90

Boo! After yesterdays long steeping run with this pu’er, I put the leftover leaves to cold steep in the fridge overnight. And boo, I must of steeped the flavor right out yesterday as I didn’t get much flavor in my cold steep.

(see previous note for review)

Preparation
Iced
CelebriTEA

I am waiting for Spring to try cold steeping…that is new for me :-)

Awkward Soul

yeah, I didn’t mention I was freezing drinking this cold steep! I immediately after made a hot cup of tea.

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80
drank Turtle Cheesecake by 52teas
1037 tasting notes

Oolong Owl’s Black Tea Week!

I was trying to get an unflavored tea reviewed, but ran out of time due to mass amounts of vacuuming that had to be done. Ugg, I hate vacuuming!

Turtle Cheesecake? Yum! Steeped up plain, I enjoyed the black tea base with end sips that tasted like chocolate, buttery caramel and nuts. Sadly, no cheesecake.
Once I added some german rock sugar, the cheesecake flavoring came out, but less nutty flavor. Overall, I wish the cheesecakeyness was stronger, but overall a nice dessert tea.

Full review on my blog, The Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/turtle-cheesecake-black-tea-52-teas-oolong-owl-tea-review/
Amigurumi turtles!

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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90

Yes, it’s Oolong Owl Black tea week, but I need some shu pu’er while I do Operation: Clean House for Thanksgiving. Good time to crack open some pu’er samples too!

I found this pu’er to be similar to Yunnan Sourcing’s 2012 Dragon on Jing Mai (my review http://oolongowl.com/2012-dragon-jing-mai-puer-yunnan-sourcing-oolong-owl-tea-review/ ) as it has similar abrasive clay and campy notes in the first few steepings with a gorgeous deep orange red colour. They are also jing mai tea mats, which I didn’t know until sitting down to write this, hoot!

However, I much prefer Mandala’s Year of the Dragon as it is much more mellow, no fermentation weirdness and creamy notes in mid to later steepings. The creamy notes are fantastic and this tea just gets better and better each steeping. I’d say Mandala’s pu’er is more of a cuddly mother dragon one whereas the Yunnan Sourcing one is more of a scary bite first ask questions later dragon!

Preparation
Boiling

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90

Whoa, I am surprised how good this tea is! I bought it mostly for “yay nutty tea!” + “yay Steep City tea has good tea”

This blend is very fragrant desserty black tea with lots of walnuts and almonds that smells like nut bark candy.
Steeped up, whoa, Nutty Love indeed! This tea has a great malty black tea base, loaded with brown sugar, syrup and honey sweetness, nuttyness with a hint of rose. This tea tastes like baklava, without all the stickyness (or over the top sweet).

Very delicious! I went back and steeped up a second cup!

Full review on my blog, The Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/nutty-love-black-tea-steep-city-teas-oolong-owl-tea-review/
It’s Black Tea Week at Oolong Owl!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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80

Well, I’m flailing about this morning.
This week I need to clean the house for thanksgiving guests. I also have to work on an Oolong Owl Special this week. And what happens?

I wake up, check my email and see MEGA YARN SALE AT KNITPICKS! So I spent hours going through yarn and loading my cart. I now have enough yarn to make like 25 owls and like half a dozen mittens and hats. Too bad there was no lace yarn I liked on sale. I didn’t even eat breakfast. Sigh, so I’m set back a couple hours today.

So, I had this matcha, made latte hot, with a couple cookies for breakfast. White chocolate comes out creamy, but I think this matcha pairs better mixed with another flavor for added creamyness.

Dinosara

Ooh, I need to pick up some yarn for xmas knitting… thanks for the heads up about the sale!

Awkward Soul

I totally went overboard on my order. 4 balls of Chroma and a couple of their new Caspian circulars, just because they are so pretty. Me, Tea and Yarn have issues LOL.

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95

I sipped away at this oolong while I worked on some christmas knitting. Ugg, I’m watching a kdrama, City Hunter, and I get so zoned into it that I stop knitting! The pair of fingerless mittens I’m making are quick, but I only seem to get a couple rows an episode! Grr!

Anyways, this is a very nice oolong. I’m thinking me and roasty dark oolongs are best friends. They also pair very well with cookies!

MissB

Ooh, Christmas knitting! Me too. :) So many hats. SO MANY HATS. Fingerless mittens are a good idea.

Awkward Soul

I’m working on this pattern http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/catching-butterflies

last year I made SOO many ornament sized knitted socks and mittens. I thought I was gonna go blind knitting that tiny!

OMGsrsly

Those are SO pretty! Ugh, dare I get out my knitting?

MissB

So beautiful!

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drank Sakura Sencha by Den's Tea
1037 tasting notes

I tend to horde stuff if I know its exclusive. When I was looking for a tea to drink tonight I realized I had this one only a couple times. I mean, this one is seasonal, so I can probably get more early spring, so why not drink it?

Love the cherry floral flavor in this tea. Now I want to bake cookies /random

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C

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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

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http://oolongowl.com/

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