1042 Tasting Notes


My husband bought an insane bbq recently – its some giant cast iron thing that uses charcoal, can smoke meat and has a trailer hitch, all weight like 150lbs. oh, and two bottle openers on it (apparently that’s important feature, I dunno).

We gave it a test run today with pork ribs, smoked away for like 5 hours. Turned out pretty good, though I liked my quinoa salad more! With it, I had some iced orange glam tea! Love this tea iced, has a nice orange flavor and super refreshing.

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Smoked meat Mmmmmmmm. I guess it is a guy thing. Your description sounds like my wife talking. ;P


Haha, no K S I am in love with the description of that smoker and I am most definitely a girl. A barbeque girl, for sure. :)

Awkward Soul

haha! Yeah I don’t know much about BBQs, my husband did all the research to buy the thing and all the cooking. We’ll be smoking an entire turkey next weekend!

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I had one of those weird “tea fanatic” experiences this morning. 2 servings of this tea, Eight Candles, left. Do I sip down, when I truly need to get my tea stash under control, or squirrel away a serving for later, cuz I like this tea.

Sigh. My stash insanity won, so sip down it is!

8 Candles came out kind of graham cracker sweet for me today. actually really sweet, since it was the bottom of the package, which was more loaded with sugary bits than usual. Pretty good and s’more like, but with caramel.

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I had exactly this experience this morning with two beloved teas, which are now gone (one forever, I expect.) but its time to control that stash!


I’ve been there, and I understand the appeal of saving that one last cup, but OTOH, if you save it you risk it getting stale. Why not enjoy it now while it’s still really enjoyable?

At least, that’s what I tell myself.

Della Terra Teas

This tea will be coming back out this Holiday season :)

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Oh yeah /sip
I love you Peanut butter cup cheesecake honeybush! So freaking tasty!

Boiling 5 min, 30 sec

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drank Glitter & Gold by DAVIDsTEA
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I thought I drank all of this, but I found 2 servings squirrelled in bottom of a tea tin in a random spot. Sigh /adds back into cupboard

I got it to sparkle today. I used DT’s perfect tea infuser in a glass mug – the tea looked like fine glitter rotating around, very pretty. I’m thinking we need more entertaining tea like this or like DellaTerra’s cinnamon crackle poprocks tea.

Anyways, I feel this tea smells better than it tastes – such strong spice cake smell, but taste is quite light. Maybe I’m wanting a chai instead. Ooooh.. sparkle chai.

Boiling 4 min, 15 sec

You got it to sparkle today! For unknown reasons, that made me really happy.

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sample sip down, yeah!

I was hoping that I was gonna love this tea, but didn’t. The pear is an interesting sharp flavor but mostly of bartlett pear skin, but also quite floral. There’s a sweetness, but its off that unripe pear skin taste. Lol, kind of reminds me of when I lived in a farming area back in BC and stealing pears off farms as a teenager – that orchard smell.
However I was hoping for a more mellow pear flavor, not tart and sharp. The creamyness is just an after sensation.

Maybe if I played with the steeping times, adding sugar or something but alas, it’s just a sample and I have so much tea, I need to move on.

Boiling 8 min or more

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Finishing off my sample of this, swiped from the Here’s Hoping teabox!

Man, being sick sucks, but my yixing pot is loving it! I’ve been steeping pu’er for like 3 days and the pot isn’t flavor sucking now. My yixing pot is having a grand time spending time with me, with the other pots getting all jealous.

Man, this is good, I could buy more of this pu’er. Maybe next Mandala order!

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A pretty solid, flavorful, yet not grassy or floral green oolong. This oolong is nice and buttery with heavy creamy texture. There are interesting herbal vegetal notes. Hard to explain that herbal flavor, like the background of mint or parsley, but yet not tasting minty.

The tea leaf is pretty good quality – nice and big leaves! The last teascent tea I had was bagged and kind of smashed up, however their loose leaf is quite nice.

Full review on my blog, The Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/afternoon-loose-leaf-oolong-teascent-oolong-owl-tea-review/
Featuring the best tea tote bag EVAR! TROUTIE!


I love that tote bag! (I work with fish…)

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This mornings tea + honey.

Sweet, chocolately, berry like and tasty. Bottom of the cup is very chocolately!

OMG, so tired! I think I’m just going to knit the day away and drink tea.

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drank Chamomile by Adagio Teas
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A rare event! I’m drinking this tea.. just chamomile with some honey! I keep chamomile is a staple for tummy upsets and such though it tends to be drank rarely.
Shrug, this stuff is probably very old, maybe 3 years? Still tastes like chamomile and drastically better than bagged chamomile, which I used to stock prior to buying this.

I did the 100 minute brazilian jiujitsu sparring run tonight and lived! Overall had a good time, though OMG I feel like a soggy noodle with my limbs all loose, with a sore throat from leftovers of being sick or dehydration.

Despite being whatever chamomile, it does hit the spot. I’m fearing the delayed muscle soreness tomorrow morning.

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Hopefully you won’t go from a soggy noodle to stiff unmovable noodle! Nice work on that jiujitsu!

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Sip down! Made my entire sample pack iced in my Takeya ice tea maker thing.
I haven’t had this tea in a long time, but for some reason I had another sample kicking around.
I used honey to sweeten, and find the tea quite peachy brisk. Floral can do some weird things sometimes, and mixing with passion fruit and black tea (and green for that matter) everything came out peachy, with a sharp fruity floral end of sip. Pretty good iced!

Back to working on my new shawl! It’s the Mystery Knit along that started today! Annoyingly, I think people got up at 5am to start when the pattern was released, and some are already done the first clue. Pretty neat idea, I have no idea how this shawl is going ot come out. However, I did just have to deal with the worst yarn tangle of the year https://twitter.com/awkwardsoul/status/385112481103761409

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That is a rich and beautiful shade of purple!

Awkward Soul

I’m using smokey gray beads on the purple yarn, it’s looking pretty good so far!

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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
Della Terra Teas
Verdant Tea
Yunnan Sourcing
52 Teas / Zoomdweebies
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


Long Beach, CA



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