932 Tasting Notes
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.
I got this tea awhile back.. maybe 2 oz? And I just sipped it down, didn’t last long! I’ve only made this tea iced, and tonight I needed a long steeping tea (10 minute steep uggg) while I load the dishwasher at a snail pace. It’s jiujitsu thursday and I’m super tired, got to the point where my opponent would grab me to take me down, and I’d just crumple to the floor.
Very berry – so berry, its hard to figure out whats going on, plus hibiscus thrown in there. This round? kinda blackberry mostly with a hint of raisiny notes. Hmmm, this tea is okay, a little flat but lots of berryness going on so that makes up for it a bit.
Wow, this is really good cold steeped. I kinda forgot this in the fridge, so it has been steeping for 2 days.
Very little bitterness compared to it hot, and lots of smooth, creamy vanilla and nutty flavor. Yum! Last of my sample though.
I’d love to see this tea in a blend, maybe with some chocolate.
I snagged this tea with my last DT order. Actually it’s my roommate’s tea, but I’m tempted to steal one of two packages we got.
JBP actually surprised me – first sip, piping hot was bitter and bleh. I let it sit for 5 minutes and the tea powers took hold. A very smooth, lightish black tea with forestfloor woody qualities, with a light moderate jasmine floral. Lots of honey sweetness and brain twisting raisin notes.
Later steepings, JBP came out more floral and developed spice notes.
Full review on my blog, The Oolong Owl
This tea is on webspecial for 50% off with it only listed there and not the black tea section. I’d snag it quick before it’s gone!
I have a sample of this from awhile back from Kasumi no Chajin, ty!
Decided to do more tea rounds in one of my yixing pots – this one for my oolong pot.
Gotta say, this oolong is very different from others I had. It sips in creamy like floral. The ending is very complex: slight bitterness similar to a nut, mystery spice (package said star anise, but just slightly), nutty and sweet. Each steeping got better and better with less bitterness, but losing complexity in later steepings.
I’m not sure how accurate of a flavor I’m getting as my yixing pot is still in “suck all the flavors” mode. Overall, I love everything except that bitterness.
But oh man, I had this tea while making my gumbo. 55 minutes of stirring roux! Totally need tea while I do that as it gets really boring standing there whisking for that long. Then once I added the holy trinity veggies – that smell WOW! I can like drown in that smokey savory smell! I had to stop drinking tea and just inhale the roux gumbo smell of a long time.
Oh yeah, this tea is tasty! This has to be made with boiling water or the flavoring doesn’t come out at all.
This bag came out really creamy peachy sweet, like I’m drinking thick peach candy. Oddly, this tea just gave me the memory of this weird japanese peach flavored toothpaste my mom gave me when I was like 5 that she got in Japan, on a layover flight to the Philippines. RANDOM!