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937 Tasting Notes

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Finally, my blog review of this tea!
http://oolongowl.wordpress.com/2013/07/24/mad-tea-party-blend-from-disney-wonderland-tea-tea-review/

I did it purely to show off the awesomeness of the tin the tea comes in, lol!

I did have some MTPB iced, it was okay. I wish there was less bitterness in the black base, and better, more natural ginger peach flavoring. Pretty ho hum overall.

Preparation
Iced
ashmanra

I drank this today as well! :)

fermataleaf

I still have a tin of this!!! This gives me so many memories~~~~

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drank All Day Oolong by Teascent
937 tasting notes

I found All Day Oolong a very light, silky buttery textured oolong with slight floral and grassy notes. Not too complex of an oolong and easy to drink. The lightness is nice, but personally I wanted more complexity.

Out of the bag, the leaves were pretty smashed compared to pictures on the website – not sure because its supposed to be a bagged tea or shipping from the UK to me in a paper envelope did some damage.

Full review on my blog, The Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.wordpress.com/2013/07/23/all-day-oolong-from-teascent-tea-review/

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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90

I had this tea last night, but couldn’t post due to steepster update time.

Very nice iced! Very fruity, lightly hibiscus, citrus with a little smokey green tea. I’m really loving my fridge with the ice dispenser – it makes iced teas so much easier and no icecube tray messes.

I keep saying I’m going to do a SteepCity order and never get around to it. It’s gonna be a big one, so maybe that’s why I’m procrastinating.

Preparation
Iced

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90

Having a lovely run with this tea again.

Oddly, each steep seems to be very light and buttery ending with a fantastic floral / cherry / apricot that lingers after sip. Last time I got much more flavor out of this tea.

Then it hit me. It was my flavor sucking yixing pot! I had seasoned it the other day and this one came out the best I think as the pot is scented strongly of the sheng pu’er I used. Oh well, need to put more time into the yixing pot so it’ll give back!

Stephanie

I need to try more good puerhs

Misty Peak Teas

So glad you enjoyed it Awkward Soul, you have found great ways to enjoy tea more than most.

@stephanie. Happy to send you some.

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95

My fingers are pruney and sore! I was blocking a shawl I knitted not too long ago – for non knitters, you block by soaking your wool/plant based item and pin it down tightly into shape. This shapes the item and in my case, opens up the lacework to look fantastic.
This blasted shawl sprials in its self, plus every ruffle section I do once I go to the next ruffle, it causes slack in the previous ruffle, so I have to go back and repin. Not to mention fix pins that popped out.

Over 45 minutes later, I’m done. Blocking is usually not this terrible, but this shawl is just simply a nightmare. More sad is I could of done a better job with blocking, but it is really confusing with pins everywhere. I also silently wept inside knowing I planned to make another one after I’m done the current one I’m knitting.

If it wasn’t for this matcha, I probably wouldn’t have the energy to do it. I simply dumped a teaspoon in a tumbler full of ice and a little water and sipped away while I worked – kaimatcha is just go crisp, clean, high quality, vibrant green and flavorful matcha. Don’t let the infomerical website fool you.

Preparation
Iced
ashmanra

You are quite right! The slick look is very reminiscent of an infomercial but this is probably the best, highest quality matcha I have ever tasted, and the price is reasonable for the high quality you get.

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75

Sipdown!

Cold steeped! This one is pretty floral that it moves into the peachy zone. There is a hint of bitterness end of sip. Much better cold steeped than hot – the last time I made this hot, it was in a large pot for guests and it got pretty bitter undrinkable, thus cannot be oversteeped.

Preparation
Iced

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85

I drank this Dark roast along side the Light roast version.

This tea is rich, earthy and smokey. The smokey is quite different than other smokey teas (ie campfire smokey) but more of a roasted nut smokey. The 2nd steeping was Amazing! Deep, chocolately notes – like a smore without the marshmallow. This one is not as sweet as the light roast, but pretty good. It almost similar to a black tea but is sweeter and not as thick in flavor.
I’d be tempted to purchase more, but I think I need to get my claws on the “Smokey” version first to compare.

For steeping, I followed Yunomis’ standard steeping instructions http://yunomi.us/713/standard-steeping-technique/

Full review on my blog, The Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.wordpress.com/2013/07/18/houjicha-from-obubu-tea-via-yunomi-us-mystery-tea-samplers-club/

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 0 min, 30 sec

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This tea is part of the Yunomi.us Mystery Monthly Samplers Club! http://yunomi.us/shop/9337/tea-samplers-club/

Light roast? I didn’t know houjicha came in various roasts! I also did a side by side taste with the Dark Roast.

Anyways – this tea is easy to drink. On the light side but full of flavor – brothy, roasty, a touch of smokey and lots of chestnutty sweetness. The 3rd steeping was the best as I got some chocolate notes! A pretty good, easy to drink tea. I thought this tea was pretty good until I had the Dark roast, lol!

For steeping, I followed Yunomis’ standard steeping instructions http://yunomi.us/713/standard-steeping-technique/

Full review on my blog, The Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.wordpress.com/2013/07/18/houjicha-from-obubu-tea-via-yunomi-us-mystery-tea-samplers-club/

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 0 min, 30 sec

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drank Houji-Genmaicha by Den's Tea
937 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.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 0 min, 30 sec

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95

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.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 4 min, 0 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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