1154 Tasting Notes


Do you like HOT SPICY in your tea? Pelican tea is where it’s at folks with their line up of Habanero Infused teas! Tentacle tea a pu’er blend with a “moderate” heat, though I’d give this a 6 or 7/10 (as a spicy food eater) on heat.

Tentacle tea has a lot going on, like a flailing octopus. The tea smells like cinnamon in an apple cider. Fresh lemon flavor, cooling peppermint, nice earthly pu’er base. The habanero adds a clean heat, without any tart or bitterness.

Later infusions the cinnamon comes out – so it’s like an pu’er citrus cider with a peep of heat.

Overall, I’m very impressed how fresh the flavors are in this tea. It’s a lot going on, but this be the perfect tea to have when one has a cold.

Full review on my blog The Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/tentacle-tea-pelican-tea-oolong-owl-tea-review/ Octopi show!

Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML

Sounds totally unique

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Yum! This tea is nice and reminds me of Hawaii. I was chatting with my husband and his friends and the topic of Honolulu came up and it made me miss Honolulu. When I got home, I needed to have something from the hawaii collection.

The tin is super cute with pic of whales and turtles. The dry leaf even matches with blue corn flowers and cute blobby blue sugar lumps.

The base is nice and rich black, made really smooth with the sweet vanilla flavor. There is a glimpse of tropical going on, a pineapple sweet peak end of sip. The coconut flavor also perks up end of sip, also adding extra creamyness. Very smooth and nice blend. Uggg, I need to go back to Honolulu!!

Boiling 3 min, 30 sec

me toooo


waaaaant! lol

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Oooh this is flat out tasty! TY MissB! The caramel and pu’er just match amazingly well! The caramel adds a nice flavor and sweetness that just melts into the earthy pu’er.
The only thing I don’t like about this blend is the pu’er has a fermented flavor aftertaste, but everything else is soo good!

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Wow, this tea has a great strawberry flavor! Like I mixed freeze fried strawberries into my rice cripies! The dry leaf smells really strong and bubble gum red, but the steeped tea has a great natural strawberry flavor. It’s fruity sweet, but a little tart just like the real berry.

I generally find 52 Teas’ creations has more focus on the tea, with the flavor being a fun addition, but Strawberry MTGMC has quite a strong berry flavor, with the tea being closer to the background.

A fun tea that would appeal to fruity tea drinkers and kids! This tea is up there on my favorite Marshmallow treat teas from 52 Teas.

Full review on my blog, The Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/marshmallow-treat-genmaicha-strawberry-peanut-butter-52-teas/

175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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Mmm, peanut butter! I found this tea was light on the peanut butter – it was a bit of melty peanut nuttyness with genmaicha. The pairing is quite good though as the toasty rice flavor plus nutty just tastes great! This is a fun blend to switch up your genmaicha.

With a bit of sweetener, this tea tastes closer to the sweet treat, though still light on peanut butter.

Out of all the Marshmallow Treat genmaichas I’ve tried from 52 Teas, I’d say this one is the weakest, but has big potential (needs chocolate or moar nuts!)

Full review on my blog, The Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/marshmallow-treat-genmaicha-strawberry-peanut-butter-52-teas/
Now I know, don’t use marshmallows as props. Nommnommmm!!

175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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This one is very watery! My second time steeping this and I used about 3 teaspoons and steeped for 8 minutes. Improved flavor, but still watery. The banana is light, little chocolate with a bunch of tart flavor (from the apples in this?). The tart aftertaste kind of takes the whole experience back from it being a chocolate banana tea.

Wish there was more chocolate flavor or more of a base. Actually, I think I rather have my husband make real banana fosters (omg so gooood!)

Boiling 8 min or more 3 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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This is a really neat raw pu’er! It’s got lots of body and very creamy texture. The flavor is like nectar sweet and malt. Very clean tasting as well. Interestingly, no earthy, floral or grassy flavor, just really smooth. The colour of this tea is just a hint of yellow that gets more colour in later steepings.
Moonlight White also resteeps very well with very consistent flavor. Later steepings developed some dryness, but was still loaded in flavor.

Full review on my blog The Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/moonlight-white-jingmai-raw-puer-bana-tea-company-oolong-owl-tea-review/

200 °F / 93 °C 4 g 5 OZ / 147 ML

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Mmmm, peach white tea. This one tastes amazing of course! More focused on the white base, a bai mu dan/white peony, so lots of juicy, delicate, crisp, floral flavor in there. The peach flavor is white peach, which matches quite well with the base.
Purple peach makes a really good refreshing iced tea!

Full review on my blog, The Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/purple-peach-white-tea-steep-city-teas-oolong-owl-tea-review/
Purple Moonkin, Tea Owls and tea pots!

Flavors: Peach

175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec

Boomy is cute!


I want to try this so baaad.

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Very good sheng pu’er! Tough would be on whether I like this 2014/2013 autumn or Misty Peak Teas’ 2012 autumn. Both are good, though very different.
This 2014 autumn is quite complex, yet consistent through each cup and infusion. 15 infusion I got great flavor contrast between a dry, earthy forest and hazelnut flavor, with a tangy citrus peach/persimmon notes, all with a very good thick texture of cream. I found at the 3rd steeping the flavor got very crisp and delicious, with the 9th steeping being fantastic as well.

This sheng also has a power of getting you to sip slowly, enjoying the cup and the lingering aftertaste.

Full review on my blog, The Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/autumn-2014-sheng-yiwu-mountain-puer-misty-peak-teas-oolong-owl-tea-review/

Hmm, I got 15 infusions, but I’m sure I can squeak out a few more later in the day!

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TY MissB for this tea! I thought this was a black, took one sip and was like ooooooo! pu’er! Nicely rich, chocolately and earthy. Very good, though I am partial to pu’er and interested in pu’er blends. I may have to secure some more of this tea. I’ve been feeling under the weather the last few days and this perked me up a bit.


Aw, I’m so happy that it perked you up. Did I send you any of their Caramel Pu-erh? Also very tasty.

Awkward Soul / Oolong Owl

you did! I’m waiting for the perfect day to try that one!

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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 and knitting designer at Awkward Soul Designs.

To contact me for reviews, check out details at OolongOwl.com/about or email me at [email protected]

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.

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 573 Teas – August 2015.


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