1037 Tasting Notes

90

Uh oh, I’m in trouble! I already have it in the back of my head “I’d love more of Mandala’s teas, they are fantastic”, its close to my birthday, I kind of wanted their tea thermos, then I decided to crack open a sample to review.. which lead me to browsing the shop some more, which enticed me to buying that thermos. Why not add some tea while I’m at it.. and more tea. Hmm, this White Peony is good, maybe I’ll try another of their whites. Hmm, that other tea looks good too, add to cart x3. Gah, stop looking and just proceed to the checkout!!!

This White Peony, whoa! Fat leaves! Very good quality and gorgeous tea to look at and steep! Nice complex, though light, flavors of buttercup floral, oak, birch with a creamy texture.

Full review on my blog, The Oolong Owl. Really nice pics of this tea too! (though, I really need that macro and prime lens for my camera) http://oolongowl.com/white-peony-mandala-tea-oolong-owl-tea-review/

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C

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80

Yum, this tea came out fantastic this morning! I didn’t time it, I just poured some 200f water and let it go while I was microwaving breakfast. maybe steeped for under 2 minutes? Either way, very good!
Nice spun caramel and cheesecakey flavor! Sigh, one serving left!

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C

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90

This was quite a fun, complex, and tasty unflavored green tea that is quite different than your standard green teas.

Totally had some battles about what this tea is. Technically, it’s a green as it is processed as green tea. It kind of looks like a white, slightly tastes like a white with hay and floral notes. Though, White Monkey has some green tea qualities like buttery vegetal corn. This tea also reminds me of a silver bud raw pu’er with its similarities to white tea and good resteep ability, though White Monkey tastes more fresh.

A great tea for a seasoned tea lover to explore, but also White Monkey is a nice, light tea for a new tea drinker to try.

Full review on my blog, the Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/white-monkey-tea-little-red-cup-tea-co-oolong-owl-tea-review/

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

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90
drank Apricot Guayusa by Butiki Teas
1037 tasting notes

Sip down!

Due to crazy power outages (my power kept flicking on and off), I lost my tealog for this tea. Sigh. Well, it was apricotty, creamy, grassy and tasty.

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85

Sipdown! I managed to blast through this package of tea mostly for iced teas.

Had a long shopping trip, mostly to Sephora to pick up my free birthday gift (super early) and a new dress for the cruise I’m going on in a few weeks. So tired out as I was walking and shopping for 5 hours. Mall music is.. terrible. Happy they played some kpop though http://youtu.be/I8ekpLae-64

Once I got home, I needed tea ASAP. I almost got tea at Starbucks and resisted as I have so much tea at home. Yum, Orange Glam is great iced, I used a mix of honey and light agave (as I ran out of honey lol). Very nice orange flavor! Now that I’m done this, I should really crack open another Steep City tea, maybe that citrus oolong.

(see previous notes for review or Oolong Owl blog review http://oolongowl.com/orange-glam-from-steep-city-teas-tea-review/ )

Preparation
Iced

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85

A very neat tea! I admittedly drink more Chinese and Japanese greens, so I was excited to try this fair trade, organic Sri Lanka tea out.

I didn’t get the leather notes others described, but I got some fantastic lychee and floral flavors!
Especially in the resteep, the lychee flavor tasted like all the milk out of a lychee was extracted into this tea. This tea is backed up with a stern grassy flavor that add some strength, as well as some bitterness to this tea.

Full review on my blog, The Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/idulgashinna-ceylon-green-tea-single-origin-teas-oolong-owl-tea-review/

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

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85

Oh yeah! I needed a treat this morning. Yesterday’s interview was almost 2 hours long and was just questions. I admittedly was eyeing if I could install a zojirushi in my cubical if I got this job. I had to bomb home, grab my jiujitsu gear and bolt to class. I then passed out after all that.

I did 1/2t of this matcha with a 1/2 scoop of Caramel Matchaccino, mixed with soy milk. AMAZING! I didn’t need sugar, and since this pumpkin pie matcha is really spiced, the spices were not as strong and rounded out with the caramel.

Yum, healthy matcha and caffeine! Better than treating myself iwth that pumpkin pie fudge I made.

Preparation
Iced
Stephanie

Pumpkin pie fudge? OMG drool

I bet matcha could be incoporated into a fudge recipe and I bet it would be DELISH!

Awkward Soul

http://auntpegsrecipebox.blogspot.com/2010/10/pumpkin-spice-fudge.html recipe I used. Really rich!

Oooh matcha fudge would be deadly!

Stephanie

Thank you for the recipe! :D

OMGsrsly

Ooo, that looks good. I love how one of your considerations is how you will drink tea at work! :)

BrewTEAlly Sweet

Drooling! The tea and the fudge!

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90
drank Apricot Guayusa by Butiki Teas
1037 tasting notes

800th tasting note!

I’m surprised how much tea I got out of this bag, I have 1 more serving left after this! This cup is pretty good, iwth a creamy feel of the guayusa and sweet apricot, I added some german rock sugar and a cinnamon stick. OMG, I have so many cinnamon sticks from last year’s xmas and wedding gifts.

I haven’t been drinking as much guayusa and mate these days. I’ve been watching my caffeine since I feel overloaded on some days. Though today is busy so I felt open to have a cup. I got a job interview that I’m iffy on – the commute was worse than I thought it was when I applied, but I’m trying it out to the interview today to see how it is. Sigh.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 6 min, 0 sec
TEArender

Good luck with the job

mrmopar

And I have just made 100… I guess I got a ways to go…Good luck on the job too!!!

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85
drank Jin Pin by Yezi Tea
1037 tasting notes

This tea was quite nice – great notes of cocoa, caramel and smoke as promised. The smoke seemed a cross between grilly food and toast, without being over the top. Actually, quite a light black, yet rich in flavor.

I got 4 good steepings, and I did a long one as my fifth. That fifth one had some really neat woody notes that was very nice.

This was only a sample, but I could see myself getting more of this tea to play with some more.

Full review on my blog, The Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/jin-pin-black-tea-yezi-tea-oolong-owl-tea-review/

Very excited with this post as I used my new DSLR camera. Though uggg.. I really need like a prime or macro lens as the tea was a little fussy to photo.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C
Sil

I really enjoyed this one!

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90

This is me scrambling to get this review done before the justea crowd funder finishes! It’s finishing up today!!!! I was planning to do this earlier this week, but my computer got bricked!

I finally got most of my computer running.. though when writing this review, I realized I lost all my fonts. Sigh @ clean install reformats.

On to the tea – this tea is great! I enjoyed it much more than just the base. The bergamont got rid of some of the dryness in this tea.
Very much no frills in this blend: no blue cornflowers and lumps of orange peel – just good quality berg oil and tea.

Full review on my blog, The Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/kathryne-earl-grey-black-tea-justea-oolong-owl-tea-review/

btw, the colour of this tea is gorgeous!

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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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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