1136 Tasting Notes

I had a nice package of sour cream and onion cashews (from graze snack box) and I wanted a cup of tea. What cup of tea goes with that? How about a savory one! I immediately thought of this fun sage and tomato tea. Guess what? It went amazing with the nuts! The black base is super yummy, the savory sage adds a neat depth and the tomato with some sweetness.

Still undecided on this blend – it’s good and creative, yet situational.

Caleb Brown

I loved this review, Char! Mainly because the pairing with the sour cream and onion cashews and Wolf Peach Island is PERFECT. I admit I’m a huge fan of savory teas (but I realize that isn’t everyone’s, well, ‘cup of tea’ so they’re rare in Handmade Tea). Even though I drank this tea back-to-back every day for a few weeks (something I often do while developing a blend) I totally agree it’s situational. I think everyone should always have a savory tea on hand for certain food/meal pairings.

Awkward Soul / Oolong Owl

Totally, wolf peach island has great potential with pairing with other savory foods. IMO, need more savory teas – its territory that isn’t explored enough, but I can see being tricky to make and sell. Also, I find the tomato in this blend really interesting. Awhile back I saw a garlic tea being swapped around, that might be too weird.

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85

I didn’t know there was pieces of bunny grahams until I opened the tea package – so neat!
The flavor is light, but very natural tasting strawberry, bit of a cakey crust flavor and rhubarb tart. I love the light spice in this blend, really adds some oomph that other strawberry/rhubarb blends I’ve tried.

Full review on my blog, The Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/ruby-pie-tea-butiki-teas-oolong-owl-tea-review/ featuring unreal looking red rhubarb.

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90

I decided to start my morning with this black blend. Mmmm, deliciously maple brown sugar syrup notes finishing off with walnut and almond flavor! A very delicious sweet tea for breakfast when you have a sweet tooth, which is me, all the time. I’m still thinking about how I wanted an extra round of ice cream last night!

If you missed my blog review on it, here it is http://oolongowl.com/nutty-love-black-tea-steep-city-teas-oolong-owl-tea-review/ + enemy crab

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65

Another sample from MissB, ty! This rooibos is very red rooibosy tasting, with a hint of bitter dark chocolate. Not really picking up the almond, yet I saw them in the dry leaf.
I’m digging the chocolate flavor, though unfortunately I’m not a fan of red rooibos if I can taste it. Though, this rooibos blend is less watery than most rooibos tea blends.

My cup got cold while I was mucking about on videogames and I found this blend gets a nice creamy texture.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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75

Ty to MissB for a sample! I’ve been wanting to try more Tea Desire, especially since they don’t do samples last time I bought off them. This blend definitely tastes a little tropical, lots of pineapple, bit of mystery tropical flavor (the mango/papaya) and some creamyness.
There’s some astringency popping out the more I sip, as well as some savory notes. Overall, not bad for a tropical tea, I have really similar tea from lupicia somewhere I haven’t tried yet so I may have to compare the two.

Preparation
2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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75

This is one of those bagged teas, if you are used to great loose black teas, tastes kinda meh. However, after a couple runs and fussing with temperature and times, I found at the 200F and 3 minute mark gets a decent cup. About 10oz for a bag. I oversteeped the first couple and the blend is kinda bitter and weird tasting with not much pineapple.

The black base is a little uninspiring, but the pineapple is quite nice. It’s very pineapple tasting with a bit of a candied brown sugar taste. Actually, it’s not bad.

Ugg, I miss Hawaii. Wish I could move there!

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 10 OZ / 295 ML
Sil

mmmmmmmm pineapple…

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85

mmmMMmm! Sips in a nice sweet candied pineapple with a light cakey flavor! Very nice! I find the pineapple and cake flavors go great with the shou mei base, which is light, sweet and slightly flowery.
The only thing is I’m not sure if I didnt’ know it was already supposed to be Angel food cake I would of noticed. It does taste like cake, but hey, it works since it’s a white tea!

Arg, I was going to actually try and review this tea while in Hawaii, but the water water temperature was too unreliable on the ship.

Overall, very tasty! If I didn’t have so much tea, I’d buy another if it was in stock.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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75

Spiffy white and black tea blend! This one is mostly crisp white tea in flavor, but with a hint of black tea that adds some extra body. Plenty of dry grape flavor (with a bit of dryness at the end of sip) and rose. The grape flavor is on the artificial side, and pretty much the same “champagne” tea flavoring in a couple other tea blends, but I do like how that bit of black tea in this blend adds extra interest to the tea.

Full review on my blog, The Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/fleury-doux-champagne-tea-art-tea-oolong-owl-tea-review/

Back to crocheting on my assembly line of Tea Owl wings. So many wings!

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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95

Complex, unique, mysterious! This white tea is quite different than other whites – this one went through some processing encouraging it to age, so apparently after a few years, this white will be a black tea! Nifty! The leaves are big, open and fuzzy with a salt and pepper colouring, as some leaves are silver, others black.

Taste? Really neat and full bodied – white tea taste of sparking grape and juicy, a bit of black tea maltyness, with raw pu’er flavors of ultra creamy sticky and bit of musty (a tasty musty). This isn’t your light, crisp floral white tea – it’s mystery in a cup. Especially in the later steepings as it gets wispy and still creamy.

Also Tea Drunk in a cup. White tea tea drunk? I’m totally tea drunk WAHHHHh.

Full review with lots of pictures on my blog, The Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/white-night-mandala-tea-oolong-owl-tea-review/

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 1 min, 0 sec 3 g 8 OZ / 236 ML
Lion

I was wondering if you could tell me… are White Night and Moonlight White the same teas? Someone else in their review here said they’d been wanting to try a “White Night/Moonlight”. I have a Moonlight White loose puer that I love and I’m wondering if this tea is the same type of tea or different?

Lion

Oh and now I just saw your blog post comparing this tea to the Bana Moonlight White (which is what I have). I think your post answered my question!

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70

Really nice smell on this tea – super pumpkin pie and creamy. The taste is quite smooth, pumpkin with a moderate level of spice – mostly ginger, candy cinnamon and clove.
A pretty sweet blend for not having any sugar. Cons? No oolong flavor (can’t taste any tea for that matter) and has a watery end of sip.
Ehhh, worth 75% off!

Hello.Kiki

It’s hard to resist that 75% off! I know I didn’t, lol

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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.

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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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