1045 Tasting Notes

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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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drank Neptune by Lupicia
1045 tasting notes

I recieved this tea as a sample off Lupicia’s monthly flyer/sampler thing. I should do another order with Lupicia so I can continue to get a free tea bag a month.

I forgot what this tea is supposed to taste like and the name “neptune” doesn’t give any hints to me. This tea has a smooth black tea flavor that is quite good with mystery jammy fruity flavor.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 45 sec

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Ick, I’ve been sick for almost a week, and I’m mostly better and back to normal functioning. However, I’m still kind of snotty. Past week I’ve been snuggling with bottles of orange juice and tissues watching kdramas. Now finally, tea drinking time now that I can taste tea!

Mmmm, a good baozhong is always a nice drink! Love the floral and creamy notes! Now back to snuggling my tea cup watching City Hunter.

Terri HarpLady

Sorry to hear you’ve been sick, but I’m glad you’re starting to feel better! :)

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Yes a rhubarb tea! This one has real lumps of rhubarb in it too!

Rhubarb & Cream has a real rhubarb flavor that mostly takes like undercooked rhubarb pie filling. I do like the rhubarb tang in this tea however wished there was more creamy flavor present.

Full review on my blog, The Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/rhubarb-cream-tea-whittard-chelsea-oolong-owl-tea-review/

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

I love rhubarb :)

gmathis

If I’ve ever had it prepared properly, I’ve forgotten. Pretty common at family dinners when I was a kid, right up there with gooseberry pie, and occasionally persimmon.

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Gah, I got the post vacation sickness! I had the sniffles on the cruise and I made sure to drink lots (of tea) and wash my hands often. Day after the cruise, bam, sinus pain and everything tastes like snot. YES!

Hopefully lots of pu’er will unclog the cold. I find this loose pu’er to be my go to for something rich and earthy.

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Sipdown!
I’ve been buying so much 52 Teas these days, so I’ve been trying to finish off some of the older teas. This last cup came out meh with not much noticable flavor unlike previous cups from this fun, tasty tea blend.

However, it could be maybe I have a cold and its messing my taste again. It was to be expected I’d pick up some kind of plague while on the ship. I freaked out days before the cruise on getting a flu shot.
Ahh, I really miss the ship and I’m harassing the tea hating husband to book another cruise. I’m missing those fantastic desserts. Hmm, maybe I should make cookies? No, totally on diet after all that cruise food! More dessert tea!

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Back from the cruise! I packed just enough teas with only 2 servings leftover. With me drinking a small selection of mostly unflavored teas, coming home to my tea stash was overwhelming. What should I drink! So much tea!

Well, I went with Moroccan Berry Mint since the pretty tin is visible and at the front. Mmmm mint with a berry twist! I was missing a mint tea – I even had to drink a bagged one on the ship that tasted like paper. I got so bloated from eating so much food on the ship. I ate way too much! I wish the cruise was longer as I might of spazzed less to try everything. Next time!
I’m pretty sure I gained some weight and I’ll get my butt kicked in jiujitsu tonight.

(see previous notes for review of this tea)

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

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reviewed ingenuiTEA by Adagio Teas
1045 tasting notes

I’m about fed up with this thing. My ingenuiTea looks sparkling clear with no stains on the body (thanks to baking soda) with a little staining on the filter, but whatever.
However, this thing leaks everywhere! While it is steeping tea it is fine. However once I dispense the tea, any liquid inside leaks quite heavily all over the place. It has gotten worse and worse over the course of a year. Rating drop!

UGGGGG, next DavidsTea order I’m ordering their Steeper, or maybe try Teavana’s.
(see previous note for comparison between this one and the DavidsTea Steeper)

K S

French Press – they don’t leak and they’re glass.

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drank King of Fruits by Lupicia
1045 tasting notes

DURIAN! Emit your dirty onion sock smell! /waft

I’ve been wanting this tea iced for awhile, but hate how I have to baking soda scrub soak all items it touches. I finally caved – yum! nice creamy durian flavor without the super weird funk. Does very well iced and not much sugar is needed.
For a full review of this tea check out my old blog post on it http://oolongowl.com/king-of-fruits-from-lupicia-tea-review/

Now I have to baking soda scrub my gravity steeper and ice tea tumbler. I put this tea, still in its original packaging, clipped sealed into its own tin and the tin is heavily scented of durian, yikes!

Preparation
Iced
OMGsrsly

Dirty onion sock smell?! That really horrifies me…

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I think it’s kind of obvious I wrote this entire review completely pu’er party time tea drunk.
http://oolongowl.com/2012-dragon-jing-mai-puer-yunnan-sourcing-oolong-owl-tea-review/

This tea hits the pu’er tea drunk at the end and whoa, it hits hard! At the time of drinking, there’s some fermentation flavor in early steepings. Quite abrasive campy flavors with clay, dark wood, dirt, and tree sap. With each steeping the tea becomes sweeter amber and sap notes. Gorgeous red tea!
I’d love to try this with some aging on it, so into my dresser it goes. My husband is supposed to build me a better pu’er aging thing sometime.

Either way, $6 for a 100g cake is a steal!

Preparation
Boiling
mrmopar

I think your review will have me finding this in a order soon. I have “eyed” this one a time or two.

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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

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http://oolongowl.com/

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