909 Tasting Notes
Hmmm, I guess I never tea logged this tea?
I did a blog post on this tea when my crazy tea blog was new http://oolongowl.wordpress.com/2013/02/07/houji-genmaicha-from-dens-tea-tea-review/
I’m on a Houjicha run today, this being the 3rd type to drink. Thankfully this tea has little in caffeine.
I didn’t follow Den’s steeping instructions, but Yunomi’s http://yunomi.us/713/standard-steeping-technique/
Anyways, I’m thinking I’m preferring Yunomi’s teas as they seem more intense in flavor. Den’s, though this is a genmaicha, is light and has a vegetal brothyness to it with a peep of roasty flavor. The resteep does have a nice buttery flavor, which I enjoyed. Overall, I’d probably not buy more of this and go with a straight smokey strong houjicha instead.
I made a nice large cup of OHMF this morning while I baked banana mini loaves and fed the turtle.
Turtimer, the turtle my husband adopted, is doing good. We got him a backyard pond set up, ramp and sun area. He looked like he was doing turtle yoga this morning off the ramp.
My cup had a green beany with butter flavor going on – very nice! I like that this tea steeps up so light in colour but loaded with flavor. I have one cup left after this.
I’m thinking this chai is a staple for me, but not in a sense that I drink everyday, but I love to have on hand – also seems a decent shelf life to last a year until it comes back in stock. It better go back in stock in the fall! With that said, bumping the rating on this tea!
Anyways, very good latte this morning – pumpkiny, sweet, smooth. Very awesome with dark agave syrup, the maple adds even more oomph.
Pumpkin chai distracted me temporarily, I’ve been CRAVING Beard Papa’s cream puffs for 24 hours, and I need to wait another 24 hours until I get some.
It’s distressing at times when I find something I loved back home in Vancouver, BC that I can’t find in the LA area. However, Beard Papas are all over here, so YESSS! Please have green tea flavored cream puffs!!! Oh man, need to take extras home to have with tea!
This is pretty good – great oolong flavor of lightly grassy with lots of buttery. The magnolia floral is moderate – nice enough to taste it, but not overpowering, finishing off sweet and tangy. A very friendly floral tea that is easy to drink.
Later infusions I got a bit of grapefruit notes, but yet not bitter or tart.
Full review on my blog, The Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.wordpress.com/2013/07/10/magnolia-oolong-from-upton-tea-imports-tea-review/
I forgot I owned this tea! I remembered it as I was working on a review for another oolong (that I haven’t posted yet, Upton’s Magnolia Oolong, as I need to try the cold steep – wish I could get instant cold steeps) and was reminded on VO’s candy like vanilla flavor.
My cup came out really sweet, strong floral with a strong grassy background, a huge change from just drinking a light refreshing buttery floral oolong! Actually, the change is drastic and made this tea taste not as good because of added vanilla flavoring. Very weird! Still good tea, just not for today.
Back to blog work. And knitting a shawl on yarn so tiny I think i’m gonna go blind.
Life has just been busy and crazy. So, last weekend when my husband rescued that turtle, we went to the hardware store to get a pond setup. We found out the hardware store was going out of business, so we came home with a new refridgerator and deepfreeze that were like 65% off!
This weekend we got the fridge into the house andddd I now have filtered water and ice! I’ve been slaving with brita pitchers and icecube trays. Took 24 hours to get ice, and I had to make an iced tea – how about tamarind pop! I haven’t had it in awhile!
Very tasty! Caramelly, spicey, sweet and a nice black tea base. Well, I made some bibimnaengmyeon (korean spicey cold noodles) for lunch so I only got to enjoy this ice tea at the beginning until I lost my mouth to super spicy heat.
I had this tea in my travel mug today.
I went on a drive to a few cities over to a “create your own lotion/bath stuff” kind of place. It was pretty funky as you can combine the essential oils they had to scent your lotion. I ended up doing one tea inspired scent for body lotion “Strawberry, Cucumber Melon, Honeydew” and a salt scrub that was rosemary, peppermint, eucalyptus. I tried doing a Moroccan mint and failed.
Anyways, this tea in a tumbler.. BLECK! Just did not work. At first, it was fine on the drive to shopping, though despite looking fantastic in my tumbler, the floral got too strong and soapy for me. I had to dump it out and drink some raspberry iced tea stuff during lunch.
Lesson: do not oversteep 8TY.
Why isn’t this tea sold out? At this time there’s still lots in stock!
So SDHB – YUM! Hot, unsweetened – rummy lime flavor finishing off with some bubblegum strawberry. The honeybush works fantastic with the rum flavoring!
Sweetened and Iced, the strawberry pulls to the front with the lime.
When I was sipping away at this iced, it was like I was drinking a real strawberry daiquiri! I need to have my husband dig out the shaved ice machine and attempt a slushie version.
My only complaint is the strawberry is bubblegum candy in flavor – I personally wanted a stronger, tangy strawberry. The strawberry only pops when this tea is sweetened. However, the honeybush, rum and lime work so well – very tasty! I’ll drink this all summer!
Full review on my blog, The Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.wordpress.com/2013/07/03/strawberry-daiquiri-honeybush-from-52-teas-tea-review/
Uggg, the weather is just annoyingly hot for me the last few days. Thankfully, it’s supposed to cool off soon, but probably it’ll be hot again.
Made a latte with this tea this morning, coming out really cinnamony smooth and delicious! I didn’t notice the pop rocks while steeping. Very good! I like how fun this tea is!
I took forever to getting around to trying this tea. I wanted a pink owl to go with the review, and I finally finished her last night!
8TY is pretty interesting, the floral bouquet is flipping fantastic and the sweet notes are very yummy. The woodsy cedar turned honeylike in resteep and iced. However, I was hoping for more fruity, I only got a little mystery fruityness and my 1oz bag didn’t seem to have much in goji berry.
In the end, I enjoy this blend iced the most – very refreshing!
Full review on my blog, The Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.wordpress.com/2013/07/01/eight-treasures-yabao-from-verdant-tea-tea-review/ also introducing: Attractive Pink Owl.