907 Tasting Notes
I’m attacking the traveling tea box (the Here’s Hoping Teabox on Steepster). This is tea number 5 for me today, but actually tea number 9 as my roommate has been attacking the box too and I’m trying what he’s trying. So, I had 3 oolongs and a black, with a handful of blacks and mate in me. I’ll probably blog about the whole experience sometime soon.
More impressively it’s only 2pm and I’ve decided to switch to decaf cuz I’m feeling hella wired!
Orange & Cream – Hmmm, it’s a decent red rooibos and I’m not a red rooibos type. It peaks out more than other Della Terra rooibos. The candy sweet orange flavoring is just like the Orange Brulee, but with creamyness from say Lemon Chiffon. Not bad, though I prefer the lemon or lime flavoring more as personal taste. Tea blend wise, pretty good – candy orange with a peak of red woodsy shavings with a delightful creamyness end of sip.
Now if you excuse me, Owly and I are going to hike up my office wall.
Uggg tired! I did lots of canning today!
Yesterday was 30lbs of tomatoes – diced tomatoes, pizza sauce (with roasted tomato) and a couple jars of salsa.
Today was watermelon jelly and chunk pineapple. Both were a little stressful as we ended up with more product than what the recipe said! But oh man, that watermelon jelly tasted fantastic before I processed it – like magic!
Anyways, I was working on this tea while I was working at cleaning, chopping fruit and making syrup. I went with 175 for 3 minutes and the tea came out a little sweeter and mellower than I remember! Great perky flavored tea to have while working.
I really wanna make tea jelly sometime, but need more jars and some time to experiment.
Wow, I’m getting luck on picking the perfect tea for the mornings – Strawberry Rhubarb Crumble was worth screwdrivering open the tin for! Slight tart rhubarb with sweet strawberry. Getting a little stemmy flavor from the tea as well.
The tin for this tea is pretty damaged. Actually, many of my tins from DT are dinged up from shipping. however, with my most recent DT order all my tins came out perfect – they were wrapped carefully. I was quite happy!
Anyways DT, bring this tea back!
Oh yeah, this tea just hit the spot!
I’m having pumpkin bread pudding for breakfast. I opened a can of pumpkin the other day to make pumpkin snickerdoodles, but had so much pumpkin leftover I made pumpkin pancakes the day after, and today is pumpkin bread pudding (with my own homemade bread of course!)
I took one sip of Earl Grey Creme and was like “Daaannng this is good.” So smooth! I added some soymilk and honey to mellow out the tea and bergamont. Great pairing with the pumpkin bread pudding. Oh man I love bread pudding!
Yum, CPCC came out really caramelly today! The black tea base is nice and brisk with a little creamy sweetness.
I notice pumpkin, but I’m drinking this tea while I eat pumpkin pancakes so both blend together. Either way, the combination was fantastic!
Uggg, I want to crawl back into bed, but I need to go do some kitchen organization with my new kitchen island. Maybe have a gaiwan run while I’m at it.
What, I thought this was a sip down, but I still have another run with this tea!
I enjoy this tea steeped via gaiwan – Spring Twist has a nice vegetal green bean flavor with smooth butteryness. I got 4 gaiwain runs, and once I finish this last run, I will make frozen perogies, which I haven’t had since I left Canada. Not sure why, but they were a pain to find here – whereas back home in Canada they are in every grocery store. That and when I’d ask other americans here they have no clue what I’m talking about! PFFF.
Peach Oolong came out nice and buttery for me today, perfect for the raging creamy tooth I have going this morning. Once I’m done this, I’m going in for a resteep.
haha, reading my previous notes on this tea I talk about canning peaches – funny now as I finally made canning a reality for me to do. Well, my husband did, he bought me a pressure canner, jars and tools. last weekend I did nectarine preserves (like a super chunky jam) and vanilla maple nectarine jam. Today I need to prepare for buying a ton of tomatoes and pineapple tonight, which I will can over the weekend.
I’m working on blog stuff woot! I’m moving Oolong Owl from wordpress.com (freebie blogging site) to my own website with tons more control, space and freedom.
I made a pot of this black, as it’s a pretty good black (in my limited experience in unflavored blacks) and I was expecting I’d need a boost in caffeine in case of explosions. There was a few explosions – pictures went missing, then lost posts. Then I got it all back. Then I discovered I need to download plugins because everything looks like crap. Then weeding through plugins that won’t work, are too crazy, or want money.
The NECL was good, crisp, earthy and got cold fast – I also mostly mindlessly sipped away all the tea while I worked.
More fun was my host providered called me to say hello and upsell crap. He asked, “so, what is your website?” I’m “Lots of tea. And crocheted owls trying to steal my tea.” Kind of blew his mind there.
edit: I think I drank too much (plus I don’t often drink this much black tea) I’m freaking jittering all over the place! OOOh yeah!
Yum! I really dig Butiki Teas’ Peppermint Patty! I would like to say it is simple, yet effective – mint and chocolate is just simply a great pairing. However, this tea tastes just like those peppermint patty candies (just not as sweet) that it is really impressive!
The tea also has a nice fluffyness to it during sip, great (vegan!) chocolate flavor, ending with a minty crunch.
Full review on my blog, The Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.wordpress.com/2013/08/05/peppermint-patty-from-butiki-teas-tea-review/
Mintea the owl approved!
YAY! I’ve been holding onto this single serving for awhile and I felt like I should sipdown something as I got more tea arriving soon, with plans to order more! Gah!
I made this iced, no sugar. Actually not bad without sugar – a little sweetness and juicyness from the white tea and strawberry, with a little kick from the ginger. Since I’ve had DavidsTea’s Guava Cadabra recently, this tea isn’t as strongly guava flavored, but more natural.
Now to hunt down other sipdown teas.