1044 Tasting Notes

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drank Turtle Cheesecake by 52teas
1044 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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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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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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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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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
1044 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 am currently kicking myself for not trying this tea sooner. I was feeling in the mood for a good white blend and found this in my “omg review me” pile.
The cilantro made me scratch my head. Cilantro is rabbit food in my house, Benson eats it as a staple along with kale.

Anyways, this tea is GOOD! Great buttery white tea! Amazingly creamy! An whoa, that pineapple flavor is dead on natural tasting! The cilantro is at end of sip and more of a light grassy flavor adding lots of interest and complimenting the buttery flavor of the tea. yum! Totally made my day!

Hmm, but do I like this or Flowery Pineapple Oolong (also Butiki) more? I’d lean on Flowery Pineapple, but both are really good and different enough to justify owning both.

Full review on my blog, The Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/pineapple-cilantro-cream-white-tea-butiki-teas-oolong-owl-tea-review/

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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Having this tea for breakfast and for crocheting time. I finished my last amigurumi commission yesterday, so finally I can work on my own project, which is another owl. After him and maybe another one, back to working on my best friend’s mittens and my mystery shawl of pain.

Some days this tea is great, nice malty flavor that doesn’t get bitter. It works so well in a travel thermos, which I’m using right now because I’m lazy!

Preparation
Boiling
tigress_al

Crocheting and tea!! One of my favourite combos as well!

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This was a sample from awhile back that got lost in the shuffle and bottom of my tin of oolongs. Oops!

I did a couple rounds in my yixing pot which were really good. First couple were quite light with later ones being sweet and almost marshmallow like. I ran out of time as I was going to a beading party (making bracelets) to be whisked off to jiujitsu, so I put the leftover leaves in a tea thermos and finished it off. Those steepings were really good – great intense flavor with creamy sweet and floral notes.

Ugg, mostly better though still congested. Nothing like doing stretching and breathing hard as theres so much congestion.

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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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