1120 Tasting Notes


(for review of this pu’er, please see my previous notes).

Sip down! This pu’er served me well, a go to for some nice ripe pu’er. OMG, ummm, I managed to cut and irritate the inside of my throat by swallowing my multivitamin this morning. Seriously! I figured I should get some pu’er in me to help out with the irritation, which has helped some it seems.
Taste wise today, not much I can taste and on the light amber side – could be my throat or the fact I underleafed as I only had a little left.

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I’ve had this sample for awhile.. at least a year? I’m trying to get through some of my older samples that I never got around to.
I found Wu Ling’s first steeping to be really great – sweet, light floral, buttery and a little melon flavor. With each further resteep, it got more and more spinach vegetal, ontop of the buttery flavor. I wish I had more for a cold steeped!

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Omg, I haven’t had this tea in like forever it feels. So delicious, malty, dark chocolate, nutty, roasty, snuggly and happy. I need it today, I’m running off little sleep today and this cup of tea is a blanket substitute.

I know I’ve reviewed this for Oolong Owl.. /searches. Ah ha! http://oolongowl.com/laoshan-black-chocolate-genmaicha-from-verdant-tea-tea-review/

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I do love roasty teas, but this one wasn’t too exciting. While steeping, Mountain Roasted green had a great roasty smell. Flavor wise, sweet vegetal yet savory, kinda like yams and squash with a mellow body. The roastyness is a little stronger than a light houjicha, but not as sharp – with the roastyness not as full bodied an interesting like a light roasted oxidized oolong.

175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 30 sec 2 g 6 OZ / 177 ML

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Valley green tastes similar to Shan Valley’s First Flush green, but without the pizzaz. Also more astringent. Dry leaf is a vegetal artichoke scent, but steeped up is pretty mellow and flat, ending with a sharp vegetal astringency with a mix of nuttyness, floral and fruit (similar to First Flush). IMO, get the First Flush from Shan Valley.

2 g 6 OZ / 177 ML

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Total miss for me – maybe I need to play with the steep times, temperature and water amount?

I found this CTC black to be really bold, robustly strong and woodsy. The woodsy vibe is sharp, like red rooibos, but a heavier dark wood rather than that red woodchip taste of rooibos. End of sip is a moderate amount of astringency with a bit of smoke. Reminds me of coffee, but the elements of coffee I don’t like and the woodyness.

I had some high hopes for this one as the other reviews have been good, but this was a total pour out for me. I’ll give this one another shot at a later time and adjust the rating.

200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 0 sec 2 g 6 OZ / 177 ML

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A very nice, affordable first flush green! Hands down favorite out of the Shan Valley tea lineup! I found Shan First Flush to also have a unique earthy, forest floor, vegetal without being grassy flavor, with a good lingering aftertaste of nuts, floral and fruit. There is a light hint of astringency, just to keep the aftertaste going. Actually, I found this tea to be similar to a mid to late steeping of a green raw pu’er.

Full review on my blog, The Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/shan-first-flush-green-tea-shan-valley-oolong-owl-tea-review/

175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 30 sec 2 g 6 OZ / 177 ML

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I snagged this chai mix from Hilo Hattie on one of my many stops around Hawaii on a cruise. Luckily, you can also buy this online off the Hula Girl store or on Amazon.

Overall, pretty good – nice fruity jam-like taste. Bit pastry like in flavor too. It’s not perfect though – the spice is on the mild side and not too complex (just cinnamon) and very little actual tea taste – two things I think are important qualities in a chai. This mix already has sugar and milk in it so it’s pretty rich and sweeter than if I made chai myself.
But, I quite like the fruity flavor – the mango pops out more when made as an iced tea latte.

While I like the fruit flavor which is quite unique to chai blends, I’d not get it for myself again. But – I can see others who drink chai concentrates would really love this! The mix would also be great for the office or travelling.

Full review on my blog, The Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/mango-spiced-chai-tea-hula-girl-oolong-owl-tea-review/

Boiling 6 OZ / 177 ML

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Had this tea again, after reviewing it yesterday for Oolong Owl – it seems a type I should just save on certain days I feel like yellow flowers and spring. I think it was I was lazy, the bag of tea was still on the table, and I needed something to drink after lunch.

I prepared it western style, so 212f for 3.5 minutes. This oolong does much better gaiwan’ style. The floral wasn’t as distinct western style, though it was much smoother. Sit down and take your time steeping SLXHMC oolong!

Boiling 3 min, 30 sec 4 g 12 OZ / 354 ML

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A lovely, I can’t wait for spring tea! So much floral going on here, actually a whole yellow bouquet of orchid, osmanthus and tulip. Along with that, bit of a nutty earthy flavor and an interesting light astringency sweet creamy peachy taste. Totally a tea for a floral oolong lover!

Huge leaf too, very high quality tea! In fact, I had a HOLY HOOTS that’s a big leaf moment!

Full review and photos on my blog, The Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/shan-lin-xi-high-mountain-concubine-oolong-eco-cha-oolong-owl-tea-review/

Boiling 7 g

Your big leaf moment cracked me up so much.

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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 / knitting designer at Awkward Soul Designs.

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
White 2 Tea
Steep City Teas
Verdant Tea
Yunnan Sourcing
52 Teas / Zoomdweebies
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.

BTW, my Steepster cupboard is not even close to accurate and I track my teas on a spreadsheet. Last update 512 Teas May 2015.


Long Beach, CA



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