1063 Tasting Notes

90

Geeze, I get sick too much, but this was expected. In Hawaii I was a little sick, but post cruise my husband is now pretty sick and he must of mutated to me. Something about being stuck on a boat with the same people for awhile.
So, I spent the day watching kdramas and eating Canadian snacks family brought over during christmas.
Might as well treat myself to some fun tea to match the crazy kdramas I’m watching (Pretty Man). Nice blueberry tangy flavor!

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec
Sil

oh noes! booooo on sick!

Sil

also..just so you know. I keep staring at flights to hawaii and i fully blame you. sigh

__Morgana__

Feel better.

tigress_al

Feel better soon!

Yvonne

Oh no :( Feel better soon! A great cup of tea makes everything a little brighter though :)

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90

I had a sampling of this tea before my vacation and wrote a review on it that posted while I was somewhere in the middle of the pacific ocean. When I got back, I promptly finished the remainder of my sample.

Very nice tea! Pretty dry leaf with pink amaranth petals. Steeped up, SoHo Blend smells like hot chocolate. The flavor has a great malty black tea base with a smooth chocolate flavor. There is a hint of sweet coconut and floral adding a nice sophistication to the tea. With that said, super tasty! I could be convinced to purchase more of this tea – highly recommended for a chocolately dessert tea lover! I actually like this blend more than all the other H&S teas I’ve tried so far!

Full review on my blog, The Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/soho-blend-from-harney/

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 45 sec
Yvonne

Oh wow – I’d love to try this! I love Harney and Sons tea.

VariaTEA

This definitely is a delicious Harney tea. My favourite as well. Although I quite enjoy Vanilla Comoro and Boston Blend.

Awkward Soul / Oolong Owl

I got Vanilla Comoro to try next. So far I’ve had Fruits d’alasce, Bangkok, Love Life, and Tokyo and this SoHo Blend was the best by far!

VariaTEA

I actually haven’t tried any of those. I have tried some of the popular ones like Florence and Paris and I prefer SoHo to those.

Vanilla Comoro is best with milk in my opinion but it can be off if not brewed properly. In fact, I really didn’t like it when I first had it but it has grown on me since then.

Boston Blend is a nice tea for everyday because it is fruity but not over-the-top. It is a nice balanced flavor. Very different from SoHo though which is so chocolatey and sweet.

VariaTEA

If you ever want to try some, I just bought 4 oz so I think I can spare a cup or two to send your way :)

Lynxiebrat

I liked Vanilla Comoro..it tasted good with my almond milk. Though I mostly prefer my tea with just sugar or sugar substitute. Boston Blend is on my looong list of H&S teas I would love to try.

pyarkaaloo

thank you Oolong Owl! because of your review, i have now added this to my shopping list :)

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80

Wait a minute, I ate macadamia nuts in like everything on the cruise (macadamia nut hummus even). This morning I wanted a fun black blend and once I almost finish my cup I remember this blend has macadamia nuts in it!
I can’t escape Hawaii! It’s a sign, I need to go back!

Ahem, anyways, nice cup this morning. Very sweet, despite not adding any sugar. See previous notes for full review of this tea, or my blog post http://oolongowl.com/sticky-toffee-black-tea-whittard-chelsea-oolong-owl-tea-review/

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec
Yvonne

Mmmmm…this sounds absolutely delectable.

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85

Back from my Hawaiian cruise!
The only things I missed from home was my bunny and my tea stash, though seeing my tea stash today was overwhelming, man I have a lot of tea. Oh and I missed my variable temp kettle.
So, mint tea on the ship sucked – the one they had had hibiscus in it for some random reason giving the tea a gross grey colour. Time for some better mint tea! Love the berry, smokey gunpowder green and fresh peppermint flavor. I shoulda brought this tea with me, I didn’t bring many greens.

oh man, I gained so much weight on this cruise and it will be difficult not eating 4 meals of day, 3 of them with a dessert. Back to unpacking and chipping away at emails.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec
Tea Sipper

I hope you got a ton of sun!

Awkward Soul / Oolong Owl

Oh yes, I’m tanned. And sick of macadamia nuts yet I want to go back to Hawaii.

OMGsrsly

Glad you had a great time!

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100

I’m sailing today! Though, I had a rough day yesterday saying good bye to my bunny Benson, as I had to leave him with the inlaws for babysitting. He’s been a terror the last few days as I think he knows if I’m packing for something. Man I wish I pack the bunny to go with me. He can go attack the salad bar at the buffet and terrorize our room steward.
However, I did pack LOTS of tea with the goal to drink all of it and buy more while in Hawaii.

Now, I’m down to last minute packing and very efficient. I even drank tea while I was straightening my hair. Though, good chance I got therma spray in my cup of GMS. Still tastes fine, I think. I need some high energy tea to keep me going today. Love the citrus flavor of this tea. Gah, now my cup is empty. Let’s go for another round! I’m on vacation after all.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 6 min, 0 sec
80

Hello sweet tooth tea!

Quite a rich black tea with lots of malty, smooth flavor. The black tea base is accented with hard candy toffee flavor. I like the macadamia nuts in this blend, it’s like chestnuts, but sweet and bright. Very sweet of a blend though, like I already added a small spoon of sugar in my cup, in fact, the ingredients state “sugar” on them too.

With that said, totally a dessert tea for someone who likes sweeter teas.

Full review on my blog, The Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/sticky-toffee-black-tea-whittard-chelsea-oolong-owl-tea-review/
I wish my Tea owls had more of a sweet tooth, I’m buried in sweets from Christmas! For some reason this year everyone gave me candy!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 45 sec

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95

Yum.
I think my body wants to be on that cruise ship to Hawaii right now. Yesterdays Zen Tea’s Coconut Oolong and today’s Steep City’s Coconut Grove. I wanna start the fun parts of preparing for a trip: selecting clothes and shoes and tea. But I’m stuck writing instructions for the bunny babysitter, writing cheques for bills and last minute birthday and wedding cards (uggg, it was really hard to find a good wedding card for a same sex couple, it really shouldn’t be this hard!)

Yum. Love the coconut and floral flavor of this tea. I’m actually a little low and I could use more. Maybe when I’m back from the cruise, I intend to put a major dent in my tea stash during my vacation!

(see previous notes for review or blog post http://oolongowl.com/coconut-grove-from-steep-city-teas-tea-review/ )

Anna

How about a pineapple oolong next? It seems cruisy for sure.

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90

Finally, a day off!
My dad was here for a few weeks, then my best friend. So many days of cleaning and entertaining. I got a few days to relax, then I need to prepare for my cruise.
So today I slept in, relaxed, vegged on the internet, watched UFC (OWWWW Silva, OMG) and cleaned the garage. During my relaxing, I had a few round of Zen Tea’s Coconut Oolong. So creamy and slick of a tea, with a great green floral oolong base. Great smell on this tea too. My cup is empty and I can still smell those juicy slabs of coconut. YUM.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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90

MMmmmm holiday tea!

Very gingery out of the package! Steeped, it’s tastes just like a spicy gingerbread cookie. The flavor gets closer to cookie like with sweetener and is even better with milk. Forget buying a gingerbread latte at the coffee shop, this tea is better!

Santa’s gingerbread holiday tea would be much loved by chai drinkers as the level of spice is quite nice. I will be drinking this tea on christmas!

Full review with lots of christmas tea owl pictures on my blog, The Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/santas-gingerbread-holiday-tea-simple-loose-leaf-oolong-owl-tea-review/
Nooo, they are attacking the gingerbread house kit!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
OMGsrsly

That tea sounds awesome! It’s going on my list. :D

Cavocorax

I clicked to see the owl attack, and then I nearly died of cute.

Terri HarpLady

What Cavo said…

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90

Zomg, so busy right now with last minute christmas shopping and entertaining out of town guests, with more pouring in soon.

I was able to squeak out a review of Citrus Sunshine Oolong, yay!
Check it out on Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/citrus-sunshine-oolong-steep-city-teas-oolong-owl-tea-review/

It was really nice to finally have some of this oolong blend, since I bougth it awhile back and didn’t open it until now. I quite like this one, the citrus is really nice, it’s not too tart and the ginger, though doesn’t have a ginger taste, adds some warmth to this tea. Only con is this tea doesn’t resteep that well since most of the flavor is from the fruity chunks.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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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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