1196 Tasting Notes


Wow, a lovely sweet spice wuyi medium roast oolong!
I’m planning a Mandala order, with that said, sipping down all the samples I have just in case I want to order more of those samples! (or in a few cases, setting aside to review for Oolong Owl)

I believe I requested this sample an order or two ago. Very delicious oolong, I love how sweet it is, with interesting milky quality to it. Resteeps nicely with no dryness. Quite addicting of a tea as well. I’d say this is one of the nicest medium roast oolongs, however I personally prefer a darker, richer roast. (OMG Mandala’s Big red robe is amazing!)

200 °F / 93 °C

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SO MUCH PLUM! Plum plum plum! I’ve had a couple Plum teas, this one from Ocean of Tea being the most plummy (is that a word?) blend out there.

I found this tea tastes different hot, sweetened, resteeped and iced – the best being sweetened and iced.

Hot, it’s a fresh tasting, lightly roshipy tart tea with the main focus around a berry flavor with a hint of plum.

Sweetened – 100% plum flavor. Never ending plum taste.

Iced – My favorite – refreshing, fruityness with plum notes, lingering plum flavor, with a hint of citrus floral adding interest.

resteeped – a lightly roasted oolong with a tart finish.

Ocean of Tea’s plum oolong is all about the plum – this be the tea if you want a strong flavored blend. As an oolong? There is not much in oolong here, just a bit in the background adding an earthyness pairing great with the plum, but sweetened and iced, I can’t taste the oolong.

Full review on my blog, The Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/plum-oolong-ocean-tea-oolong-owl-tea-review/

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I created the ultimate filling breakfast drink with this matcha: night before, I took 300ml of vanilla soymilk, bit of honey and 3 T of chia seeds and left them puff up overnight. This morning, I took half of that concoction, 1/2 cup of more soymilk, half a scoop of protein powder and 3/4 t of blueberry matcha and shook ’em in a jar.

This recipe probably works with any matcha, but the blueberry flavor worked really well here and matches the weird texture of the chia seeds. Yum! Now to get on with my day – I got a shawl to block!

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An excellent iced tea! Flirt With me is a green rooibos with mango, papaya, passion fruit and rose petals. The flavor is mostly the tropical fruits – the mango papaya blend nicely together, and there is quite a bit of passion fruit flavor (if iced).
The green rooibos is in the background, but has a nice brothy green earthyness to it. The blend is a little watery, but that seems to happen with rooibos blends, but is countered if prepared iced and heavier on the tea.

Pretty good – the price is right ($4.50 for 2oz) and makes a tasty iced tea. I’ll be drinking this all summer!

Full review on my blog, The Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/flirt-steep-city-teas-oolong-owl-tea-review/

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Love it when they have fun names!

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Oolong Owl confession: I have a whole bunch of Verdant Teas, unopened. Many of them pu’er and oolong. I have the tendency to save stuff for the “perfect” day to sample, sometimes forgetting about it.

So I found this tea in the bottom of my box of sheng pu’er. I probably was going to review it on Oolong Owl, but looking at Verdant, this tea isn’t available anymore, and I don’t like to review teas people can’t get their hands on. Anyways, I had a late night last night, trying to watch my calories so I’m feeling drained, so I thought it is the right time to sample an 11 year old tea.

11 year old tea! YES! Mt. Banzhang tastes rustic – kind of musty, light spice and hazelnutty. Big cedar notes too that are pretty tasty. Really neat sweetness at the end of sip that is kind of fruity, with each infusion getting sweeter and cleaner. As per instructions, I only used 3 grams, and with 4 second steepings, this tea certainly has lots of flavor!

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Love this tea thermos! I’ve been using it for months and I’m pretty happy with it!

Pretty, simple design. Double walled glass. Easy to clean and use. Doubles as a tea pot and pours nicely with the strainer in. I use this thermos all the time while on the go, lazy oolong steepings while on the computer at home, and cold brewing.

Only cons is it isn’t leak proof, it’ll dribble a bit if you have it on its side. The strainer, though i like the design (over a mesh wire strainer), doesn’t filter out smaller teas like rooibos.

Full review on my blog, The Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/mandala-teas-glass-tea-thermos/


Hello, my friend! I just shared your review link on our facebook page. Great job! And thank you! One more exclamation mark before I hit send! There, I did it.

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So I’ve picked up knitting that mystery shawl from last October. I still don’t know what the finish product looks like, but I’m on the last row! I’ve just been blitzing through, drinking tea as I go. Tonights tea – Caramel & Rum, sample off the monthly Lupicia Newsletter some time ago.

This tea is not bad – smells totally like rum. Tastes like a buttery caramel mostly, with a rum finish, all flavorings covering up the red rooibos flavor (a plus in my book). Only downfall is the tea is a bit watery, typical of rooibos blends. Digging the buttery caramel flavor! Ah well, back to knitting, must finish shawl so I can start on socks!

Boiling 4 min, 30 sec

Sounds wonderful!


This one is particularly delicious with a splash of milk. Just saying. :)


Funny how some projects just take forever. I had a pair of legwarmers that were not too difficult but took me months and months to finish.

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The dry leaf is amazing – twisted wirey ribbons on tea with the odd brown tip with strong scent of fruit! A very photogenic tea!

Taste wise very clean, fresh, smooth, fruity plums, honey, lots of dark woodsy, bit of earth and char notes. I enjoyed the sweet notes and the excellent quality freshness, but I wasn’t into the woodsyness in nonpareil dian hong as it had a similar vibe to me as a rooibos, but more of a dark wood, but I can see many others enjoying this tea!

Full review on my blog, The Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/nonpareil-yunnan-dian-hong-teavivre-oolong-owl-tea-review/

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Now, this is a ginger tea with a kick! Cockatiel’s tea has that ginger ale like flavor, the kind with a moderate blast of heat to it, just how I like my ginger ale!

The white peony tea here is fresh, and sips in sweet and floral, with the ginger burn finishing off each sip, burning down the throat. The ginger is not bitter, and the heat mostly comes from the habanero infused white tea than the ginger.

Wish I had more to try this tea iced – I can see Cockatiel’s tea making a great ginger iced tea!

Full review on my blog, The Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/cockatiels-tea-pelican-tea-oolong-owl-tea-review/

175 °F / 79 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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I got this tea as part of SBT last kickstarter. i finished a pitcher of this iced tea today. So far, this one is my favorite – the lime goes great in southern style iced tea. Not that cheesecakey, but still very delicious.
I might need to snag more for the new SBT kickstarter!


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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.

To contact me for reviews, check out details at OolongOwl.com/about or email me at [email protected]

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.


Long Beach, CA



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