1066 Tasting Notes

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This morning for breakfast I wanted something more special. I found a bag of fresh cranberries, so I made fresh cranberry scones. I thought a nice spicy black blend would pair awesomely, but I’ve been saving my chais. My father and my best friend + her boyfriend are visiting around christmas time, with my dad and my friend’s boyfriend chai fans, I’m saving my chais. Oddly, I don’t have that many chais in my stash.

Then, I remembered I had this tea that I snagged from BrewTeally Sweet! This is my seconds Handmade Tea blend, first being that tomato sage blend (wut). Winterfylleth Brew has a really good apple flavor that is natural, crisp and juicy. The cinnamon is backburner, but comes out end of sip. The black base is quite nice and doesn’t get bitter or dry. Very tasty!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec

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90

Sip down! Dunndunndunnn!

Had a long day. In the evening, the husband and I made sausages, which was a messy ordeal, reminding us why we only seem to make them once or twice a year. While up to my elbows in meat, I really wanted to have a white tea, but with a little fall feel to it.
With that said, there was only 1 serving left and it was a good cup. Tart strawberry and rhubarb and little spice with a nice white tea base.

Ahhh, I’m going to miss this one. I do like DT’s Strawberry rhubarb parfait for this super berryness (once mega sweetened) but this white blend requires less doctoring and the spice is nice.

For more reviewy bits, see my old blog post review on this tea http://oolongowl.com/strawberry-rhubarb-crumble-from-davidstea-tea-review/

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90

It is interesting to watch “cold” weather and rain grind my city (Long Beach California) to a halt, especially since I’m from Vancouver Canada, which is technically a rainforest and rains all the time. Yesterday’s busy plans got all messed up as one event I went to barely anyone attended due to rain. Another thing cancelled as it was raining and outdoors. Then other plans cancelled. Here’s to today being better, it’s “cold” 14c (LOL) but not raining at least.

Nutty love for breakfast with an english muffin sandwich! Mmmm, love this tea, it came out caramelly nice and nutty today. Yum, a great start to a “cold” day! See previous notes or my blog post for a full review http://oolongowl.com/nutty-love-black-tea-steep-city-teas-oolong-owl-tea-review/

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
OMGsrsly

Haha. It’s not raining in Vancouver now! I’m going out for a nice long walk, and it’s -3C and trying to be sunny.

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90

Wait what, I only had a serving left? That sucks. /sipdown

I’ve been freezing all day, which is pretty sad for a Canadian getting cold in Long Beach, CA. It’s not cold here, but I’m cold! So, I made the last big cup of this tea while I cooked up some japchae (aka, operation cook leftovers) for dinner.

I’ve had better cups of this tea, but still a fun tea blend. I keep wanting to get more pu’er blends but I simply have too much tea, especially after Black Friday.

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec
TeaBrat

I’m cold too ;-)

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85

Yes, GABA Oolong! Finally! I’ve been looking for awhile for this stuff, and with my TTC order awhile back I snagged this tea along with many others.

I couldn’t find steeping instructions on TTC, so I did it gaiwan style and cold steeped. Cold steep of GABA oolong is quite good – tarty green strawberry flavor! However, I’m slowly adapting to the California “cold” weather so I felt too chilly drinking it – until summer!

Gaiwan steeping, GABA oolong was quite nice. Thick texture, lots of raisin and green strawberry notes. A little medicinal aftertaste, but it isn’t that strong. Overall, a pretty neat tea and very different from green and roasted oolongs.

Full review on my blog, The Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/organic-gaba-oolong-taiwan-tea-crafts-oolong-owl-tea-review/

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C

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85

My new weird morning drink:
matcha + white hot chocolate mix + 175f hot water + frother

YUM! Totally not as healthy as a straight matcha latte (the white chocolate mix has more calories than my milk and sugar) but is very creamy tasty. The white chocolate base is really good and combines well with any matcha flavor. Today was Creme Brulee for more of a white chocolate custard taste.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C
OMGsrsly

That sounds so delicious!

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95

MmmMMmmm mushy cooked rhubarb tea. So delicious!
Uggg, I feel asif my fingertips have been sanded off from yarn. I’ve been crocheting all the time over the holiday weekend. The inlaws dropped that I should crochet a couple things for gifts to be mailed to family. At the same time, I got commissions coming in that need to be done for christmas. Waaah, busy time! Now that my hands had enough crocheting for the night, time to relax with some good tea.
Man, gravity hates this rooibos. The lighter petally bits keep floating to the top in the bag.

(if you haven’t seen my Oolong Owl tea blog review of this tea, http://oolongowl.com/rhubarb-custard-from-bluebird-tea-co-tea-review/

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec
Veronica

You have my sympathies for your poor hands! I’ve had to start wearing a thermoskin glove to help my sore wrist when I’m not crocheting, but no matter what I do for my hands they feel dry and unhappy.

Awkward Soul / Oolong Owl

I usually put on hand lotion when I crochet, but I’m crocheting with white yarn and I’m a little paranoid I’ll stain the yarn. I put treatment hand lotion/cuticle balm on last night, but that didn’t help the acrylic yarn rubbed fingers.

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95

Oh man, this tea is good! This taste so much different than other golden tipped blacks I’ve had. I think this tea is all golden tip than black! (totally check out the photos I took on my blog entry)

Golden Fleece’s flavor is quite nice: kinda nutty, little spice and lots of sweet vanilla and marshmallow root like flavor. Also a really nice silky texture to this tea. The silky creamy aftertaste sticks throughout all the infusions. I’m talking 17 infusions here!

In sum, Golden Fleece is like drinking liquid gold!

Full review on my blog, The Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/golden-fleece-verdant-tea-oolong-owl-tea-review/

Sigh, all these tasty blacks I’ve been drinking makes me feel like I should buy another yixing pot for black tea. Argg!

Preparation
Boiling
Roughage

Well, you can never have enough teapots! ;)

CHAroma

OMG! That new shaded brown owl is super cute too! I may have to buy one of these from you…and by “one” I mean one HUNDRED! LOL!

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Woot, TY Brewteally Sweet for a sample of this!

I always wanted to try this tea, but never felt like ordering 50g online. Come on DT, open a shop in Southern California!

I found the steeping instructions a little scary for a white tea, but I put faith in it, and steeped for 5 minutes with 200f water. Cookie Dough sips in light and really walnutty with an aftertaste of cookie dough! Pretty neat, though overall a little watered down despite me overleafing. I find this quite similar to DT’s Buttercream, with a hint of chocolate and without the chamomile.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec
BrewTEAlly Sweet

My pleasure:) and agreed about the David’s in so cal!!

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95

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 / Oolong Owl

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

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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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