1011 Tasting Notes

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Sipdown!
Finally, I wasn’t really into this tea as it was kind flat. I made a 2quart pitcher of this tea iced to finish it off.
It came out pretty good and better than the last iced tea batch and any other steepings I had before. Its tastyness is probably from the addition of fresh lemon slices and 4 strawberries that soaked in the tea overnight. I can taste the strawberry, which brings out the mango.

Now that I’ve cleaned out all my ESP teas, I figure I’m not going to buy off them again. I wasn’t that impressed with their quality and their shipping is overpriced.

Preparation
Iced

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90

I kind of forgot I owned this tea – found it in a quest for an oolong blend to drink at the bottom of my tin full of Butiki Teas.

OMG I’m so cranky after cleaning the kitchen! After that, I needed something oolongly with a piece of polvoron (filipino shortbread cookie). Very tasty! Weighty, cream, plum and a bit of savory notes at the end. Back to being cranky in the kitchen.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 4 min, 0 sec
Tealizzy

Mmm, polvoron! :)

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80

I was craving something roasty! ROASTY! I really wanted an oolong (especially since I’m staring at a cart full of Taiwanese oolongs that I’m debating on) but not the long gongfu process that I prefer. Besides the roasty craving, I got a crazy snacking craving, so hoping some tea would chill it out.

It did! Though i really oversteeped this one, where it is a suggested 30 second steeping, I added 3 minutes! Ehhh, i couldn’t find the steeping instructions and just didn’t care. The flavor is quite strong but lost those sweet notes.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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95
drank Pumpkin Chai by DAVIDsTEA
1011 tasting notes

I had this tea for breakfast. Just a few more cups left, then I should buy more. I made this as a latte and it was kind of flat, not much spice and ppumpkin – simply bad luck again or since I’m at the bottom of the tin I’m missing all the delicious tea bits.

Uggg, seriously I’m accident prone. I hurt my knee a few months ago. Last week I thought hey my knee feels 100%, then I hurt my shoulder. Yesterday, I noticed my shoulder feels fine and during a sparring match I sprained my pinkie. I should really stick to tea, less painful accidents!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec
TeaBrat

me too, I’m always on the “injured” list. ;-)

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95

Yum, this pu’er is fantastic! It is surprisingly on the light side and easy to drink. I’m thinking this pu’er is the opposite of Mandala Tea’s “Special Dark”.
There are sweet amber and vanilla notes. Loads of creamy textures. Hardwood and tobacco notes. Crazy good aftertaste that is really strongly floral apricot.

You’ll miss that aftertaste if you drink this tea too fast – ya need to take your time with it, despite its easy to drink lightness.

I’ve tried Tea Setter’s Sweet Fragrance Pu’er and this so far, and I feel the EAGP is my favorite! Love the aftertaste and the mass creamy and vanilla flavors. I might have to get more of this tea!

Full review on my blog, The Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/2013/09/19/ethical-agricultures-wild-grown-puer-tea-setter-oolong-owl-tea-review/
Guest Squid appearance!

Preparation
Boiling

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85

Sipdown, yeah!

I had to cut it with another matcha, Cookies and Cream black matcha, so I had enough matcha. I made it with soy milk and ice cubes – very tasty! I did like the cheesecake flavor, but I think I prefer more in your face stuff like the fruity or chocolate flavors.

The matcha really got me focused on studying the drivers handbook. I learned something new: You cannot do a U turn on a one way street and you cannot shoot firearms at signs. Well, yeah.. /facepalm

Preparation
Iced
OMGsrsly

I’m kind of curious to know why they had to put the second in the book. And when!

Fjellrev

I wouldn’t be surprised if more people go out and do it because it’s in the book. I’ve seen bullet holes in signs before. Unintentional reverse psychology!

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85

Breakfast tea!

Hmmm, I swore I have had a better cup of this. Maybe I didn’t get the ultimate spread of tea bits? It was quite heavy on the black flavor with not much spice or sweet. Hmmmm, well I have another 2 or 3 cups left, hopefully they come out as good as previous cups.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 30 sec
Indigobloom

I hate when that happens. Esp since I’ve had this one before and it was sooooo good!

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drank Juicy Blueberry by Zen Tea
1011 tasting notes

Dang, I thought this was a sip down, but apparently I didn’t add it to the cupboard in the first place!

Mostly a berry flavor with a little blueberry. The lemongrass in this blend adds some interest and pep without being flat. Sadly, I do not notice any creamy or yogurt flavors.

Back to knitting and listening to DMV’s drivers handbook.

Preparation
Iced

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80

Sipdown! I cold steeped the rest of this tea in my takeya iced tea maker, phew!

Must sip down more! Anyways, this came out really nut shelly tasting. I’m sitting back, crocheting a commission and watching awful california DMV driving instruction videos. http://youtu.be/E9H0yON1Xf0 to relearn how to drive again. Gosh, those videos are terrible yet helpful.

Preparation
Iced
Anna

‘Iced tea maker’ sounds so fancy. It kind of makes me covet one.

Fuzzy_Peachkin

Driving vids are ALWAYS awful, sometimes funny because they’re so awful though.

TeaKlutz

At least they’re not rapping about driving in a semi truck’s blind spot. “The no-zones! The no-zones! Got-ta-look-out-for-the no-zones!”

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drank Kenyan Black by Justea
1011 tasting notes

http://www.justea.com/ has launched a crowdfunding campaign to support farmers in producing their own tea, thus sold farm direct for fair trade prices.

I found this Kenyan black to be very fresh tasting, yet full flavored, malty, robust with cedar wood and cocoa notes. There is a light to moderate level of astringency present which I wasn’t into personally. however I enjoyed the freshness!

BTW, this tea is very good with dry chocolate biscuits. It just complimented the tea and made the astringency go down.

Full review on my blog, the Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/2013/09/17/kenyan-black-tea-justea-oolong-owl-tea-review/

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 45 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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