1129 Tasting Notes


I was browsing my cruise ship’s tea selection and this Twinnings Oolong was one of them. I drank it once, and brought a few bags home. It was was weird light grey brown colour, very unlike other oolongs. Reading the back, I was hoping this was a big robe or something, but turned out, well, not tasting like any other oolong out there.

I’m not sure exactly what I drank. I totally gagged, this oolong is terrible. Super bitter, flat and dirty towel taste going on. If I drank this oolong first, I’d probably not want to try other oolongs again. Just yeah. Don’t.


bleh, as an Oolong lover I am with you !


I have never tried a (bagged) Twinings tea I have liked. I will keep looking, but won’t even attempt this one after reading this review…


I really had to play with the time and temp to find an enjoyable spot.

BrewTEAlly Sweet

(Throws the free twinnings sample away)

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Opening this bag of tea – very artificial scented and super strong! Gah, this is the second time with my Teavana teas. It smells like almond extract and super sweet fruit candy.

Steeped, a gorgeous red with a pink tinge. Ahh, I remember when my hair was that colour! Sips up really sweet almond with a hint of stone fruityness. It’s a juicy tea, but I’m not getting the plum. Actually – this tea reminds me closely of DavidsTea Nutty Love, similar colour and flavour. Though, I lean towards preferring Nutty Love as its more nutty, while Almond Plum being pretty sweet and much more mystery fruity.

Flavors: Nuts, Plums

Boiling 5 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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Yum, this white blend is very tasty – a blend that is a must try if you like floral fruity teas!

Plum Blossom White is refreshing, full flavored with purple plum and delicate floral notes. The plum here is very nice, one of the better plum blends I’ve had. It is a little artificial, but not as artificial as other plum blends. The floral here isn’t outright jasmine as the plum blends perfectly, making it a flowery plum. The aftertaste of this tea lingers for awhile too after each sip!

Plum Blossom White also makes for an excellent cold steep. I did a 24 hour steeping (longer than intended) and the floral came out more, with a nice stone fruit sweet edge to it.

Full review of this tea on my blog, The Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/plum-blossom-white-tea-simple-loose-leaf-oolong-owl-tea-review/

Flavors: Flowers, Plums

200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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I found Jalam Teas‘s Nan Nuo Mountain to be a relaxing, yet refreshing pu’er that screamed “sit back, sip slowly and enjoy” to enjoy its fantastic aftertaste.

Early infusions this pu’er is a sweet vegetal bamboo and woodsy flavor, that turns mineral copper in later infusions. However, this pu’er has an incredible aftertaste that lingers for at last 5 minutes – a peachy flavor! Yum!

Very nice tea from Jalam teas – very tempting too. A monthly tea club for $19 you get a small cake? That’s pretty cool! I should really drink down my stash first!

Full review of this tea on my blog, The Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/nan-nuo-mountain-jalam-teas-oolong-owl-tea-review/

Flavors: Bamboo, Cedar, Peach, Wood

190 °F / 87 °C 5 g

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I got this tea as part of the recent 75% off Teavana sale, it is hard to pass up that good of a sale! I wanted more oolong blends anyways.

So, opening the package – BOOM MEGA CHEMICAL ARTIFICIAL SMELL. Ew. The tea steeped up a cloudy gold orange with lots of white and dark cloudy debris. Steeped up, very pear flavored, like pear fruit juice, with a little green oolong flavor. A little on the sweet side, I’d personally not add any additional sweetener.

Resteeped, not very pear flavor, but oolong and weird tart taste. I wouldn’t resteep this tea next time. I didn’t expect this tea to resteep that well as it’s pretty fruit salad chunk mix.

Hmmm, I both like and dislike this tea. Maybe iced it’ll be much better. I like the pear flavor, but don’t like it’s really artificial of a flavor.

190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec

LOL. Your review of this tea is kind of like mine, except alittle more on the like side.

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Well this got oversteeped a bit. While I was steeping this tea the following things happened:
my husband’s jiujitsu buddy came over to train.
the mailman with tea packages
a friend of the husband’s came over to drop off something, we chatted a bit about his work.

So I have no idea how long this got steeped for, 15 minutes? Surprisingly, the flavor is still fine, maybe not as delicate watermelon, with more white tea potency. Now bitterness though, phew. The other day I was sampling a white tea for a blog review, and I’m finding some whites are a little more durable than I previously thought.

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Sip down! Uggg, I’m gonna miss this tea, but luckily I have quite a number of other good Steep City Teas teas.

This bag is on its last legs as the white tea doesn’t taste as fresh as it used to when I first got this tea. The lychee flavor is still delicious and juicy though. Highly recommended to try this tea!

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I admit, first couple sips I didn’t really like this tea. A ho hum black coconut. However, this tea quickly grows on you, especially if you let it cool some vs drinking ripping hot. I seem to have the ability to drink violently hot tea.

Really nice black tea base – as stated on the package, organic Korakundah estate black, which I don’t think I’ve had before. The base has lots of flavor, smooth, rich, complimenting the coconut finish. There is a slight nutty dryness end of sip, tasting like I nibbed on a bit of coconut skin! Yum! With sweetener, Coconut Dream tastes full on coconut tropical adventure.

Full review on my blog, The Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/coconut-dream-new-mexico-tea-company-oolong-owl-tea-review/

Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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yum, this tea is good even when it’s not a holiday! Santa’s gingerbread holiday aka Gingerbread Cookie tea.
I added some g. rock sugar while steeping to encourage more of that cookie taste!
Ugg, I’ve have been to jiujitsu for like 3 weeks. Vacation + sick time. I’m gonna suck! I went in Honolulu, but I didn’t do much. Here’s to tea energy keeping me alive!


Best of luck! ♥ You can do it

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Steepster Select!

This tea was pretty unique! Smokey apple wood, smooth and cherry with a little astringency at the end. It seems like the perfect tea to sip on, while I watch my husband grill steaks. I’d drink this with a rare steak – the pairing would be lovely!

Ugg, reminds me how my husband eats his steaks blue now. I blame the cruiseship for spoiling him rotten.

Back to the tea, I found this tea to be highlight of the box as it was a unique black tea experience!

Full review of the Steepster Select Dec 2013 box on my blog, The Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/steepster-select-january-2014-teas-oolong-owl-tea-review/


Geez. My fingers are now itching to join Steepster Select. Must resist for now. :-(

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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 / knitting designer at Awkward Soul Designs.

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 512 Teas May 2015.

To contact me for reviews, check out my blog and email me at [email protected]


Long Beach, CA



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