1032 Tasting Notes

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What, I’m still sick? I was feeling okay over the weekend, as long as I had water or tea with me and I didn’t get dehydrated.
I went to jiujitsu and did fine, and I wake up today in total throat sinus meltdown.
With that said, another pu’er day! My shu pu’er yixing pot is getting lots of use these days!

As always, a fine pu’er with some interesting sweet notes. I’m eating some caramel mousse greek yogurt (so good!) which pairs amazingly with the tea.

If he was alive today, it’s Helio Gracie’s 100th birthday (one of the founders of brazilian jiujitsu) and grandfather to my instructors at my school. It’s going to be 100 minutes of sparring tonight, and I really want to go, so I need to be in good health. More pu’er!

(review http://oolongowl.com/honeysuckle-by-the-persimmon-tree-tea-review-and-promo-code/ )

Preparation
Boiling
Stephanie

I dig this Pu. Thanks for the promo code!

Awkward Soul

whoops, I’m not sure if the promo code is still active

Stephanie

LOL, oh well…no tea money right now anyways

mrmopar

Hope you feel better!

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90

Sip down!

Having the last cup of this tea along with some strawberry rhubarb pound cake I made. Very nice, adds a good earthy rich flavor to the fluffy pound cake. Uggg I need to diet, more tea drinking!

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

OMG strawberry rhubarb pound cake? WANT!

mrmopar

Rhubarb is a “lost” item to most people. Glad to know it is still alive out there!

Awkward Soul

Yeah, I have been noticing more people asking what it is at the grocery store. It’s so hard to find rhubarb where I am, it seems I only get a few months of it around, so I buy all of it and freeze it. Now I got 4 giant bags of rhubarb in the freezer. Ahhh, I’d grow it if I could, but I’m in too warm of a climate.

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drank Onyx by Physique: Body of Tea
1032 tasting notes

sip down, yay!

Feeling less sick this morning, but more congested. I figure more pu’er will solve this! Pretty light, easy to drink pu’er, though not that interesting either. I was noticing how little tea is in this bag.

After this cup, off to do errands then the LA tea festival!

Oh, here’s my tea and owl themed manicure design I’m sporting
https://twitter.com/awkwardsoul/status/383992055447318528
Wish I did a neater job, but still looks nifty!

and my Oolong Owl business cards.. that printed pink as my printer ran out of blue ink https://twitter.com/awkwardsoul/status/383750566632902656

(see previous notes for review)

Preparation
Boiling
Sil

Have a. Fantastic time!

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90

Die cold, die!

Pu’er also does amazing things for when i have anything wrong with my throat. I can chain guzzle lemon honey and green tea, but pu’er does the trick in loosening slimey throat items, stopping coughs and clearing my voice.

This was one of my first straight pu’erhs and sadly now I’ve had better ones, but this one is pretty good for its juicy and honey notes.

After this, I’m going to make some firey sujebi soup. I will burn the cold out of me!

Preparation
Boiling
OMGsrsly

Ooo, that soup looks good!

OMGsrsly

Hee. That’s exactly where I went. I love her recipes!

OMGsrsly

(Although I wish I could find a gluten free gochujang.)

Stephanie

I put turmeric and ginger and honey in my tea to help my cold symptoms! Feel better :)

And my husband made me some spicy pho! You got the right ideas ;)

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90

Finally I got around to trying this tea! Uggg, my “haven’t opened pile” is scary right now. I consolidated all the boxes to make it less scary looking, but that didn’t change the amount of tea I haven’t opened yet.

Anyways, I haven’t tried the black tea version of BBCCD and was super pumped it and this green tea version were blended! I snagged the green tea one as I do love my green tea.

Very tasty! I love the candy blueberry jammy taste with the creamy and tang flavors. The green tea is noticable and gets into a boxing match at end of sip with the blueberry. The blueberry wins as it’s there for the aftertaste, tasting like I ate a blueberry pastry. Adding sweetener smooths out the blend more to more blueberry flavor. I quite like this tea and I could be convinced to buy again, but most likely I’ll snag the black tea one to try first.

Ugg totally sick right now with some headache death cold, so hopefully my blog entry (and this) makes any sense. http://oolongowl.com/blueberry-cream-cheese-danish-green-tea-52-teas-oolong-owl-tea-review/

I’ll be at the LA Tea Festival tomorrow, so hopefully I’ll be feeling better!

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 30 sec
Stephanie

Yum, this one sounds totally up my alley! Have fun at the tea festival…feel better!!!

Dexter

I have a BOX of unopened packages – large box, it scares me too, but need to drink the opened stuff first.
Hope you feel better for the festival.

Awkward Soul

all fails, I’ll be wired on cold meds and mass amounts of pu’er! Muhahahhaha

Fuzzy_Peachkin

Feel better! I hope you can have fun at the festival!

CHAroma

Your little owls are SO FREAKING CUTE!!!!! Did you make them? I totally want them. They’re adorable!

Awkward Soul

I do make them! I got a couple already made ones and the pattern up for sale https://www.etsy.com/shop/AwkwardSoul

CHAroma

Ahhhh!!!! OWL BEAR!!!!! LOL! I’m on cute overload right now.

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60
drank White Acai by Art of Tea
1032 tasting notes

Sip down! Taking a tea break from dealing with my finished lace shawl photos. This tea isn’t bad iced, though it does taste quite artificial and candy like. I feel weird as sometimes I do like candy tasting tea (ie, Lupicias Champagne Rose or Momoko), but this tastes like pixie stick powdery.

Shawl pics! phew, that was a lot of lace knitting crazyness and beading!
http://awkwardsoul.files.wordpress.com/2013/09/awkwardsoul-scarlet-temptress-shawl-2.jpg
http://awkwardsoul.files.wordpress.com/2013/09/awkwardsoul-scarlet-temptress-shawl-3.jpg

Preparation
Iced
wheezybee

Gorgeous!

OMGsrsly

That shawl is GORGEOUS!

Cavocorax

That’s so impressive! I love it.

Tealizzy

That shawl is amazing!

I ♥ NewYorkCiTEA

Wow, that’s really pretty, AS !

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80

Yum, thai chai! I do like coconut, spices and bold tea!

The Persimmon Tree’s Thai Chai is not bad – straight up it is coconutty as first, then it gets quite lemon grassy, mixed with some chai spice, with more lemon grass finish.

However, Thai Chai made with some coconut milk, oh man, very good! The spices cut through the creamy coconut milk making a nice rich drink. Lemon grass toned down, adding some zest and interest to the blend. When I drink this tea again – latte all the way!

Full review on Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/thai-chai-persimmon-tree-oolong-owl-tea-review/

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 30 sec

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drank Mystery Oolong by Unknown
1032 tasting notes

mmmm Mystery Oolong. All I know this was a milk oolong – it came vacuumed sealed in 5g packets for free with my yixing turtle.

The tea looked great – big curled up leaves that opened into giant leaves stemmed with 2 or 3 leaves together. However, the flavor was really grassy, a little bitter and very little milk. Wasn’t really sweet or floral either.

I’ve been spoiled by Mandala Tea’s Milk Oolong! The entire time I was wishing I was drinking that!

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95

Been really busy productive today: shipped out some amigurumi commissions, blocked my lace shawl I finished knitting this weekend and applied for my first american job! fingers crossed!

Yum, I topped this off with some caramel matchaccino to save on sugar and it worked! I got the lemony cream taste, with a caramel side and thicker texture. Uggg, I drank this 7 hours ago and I can feel that I need more tea! Gah, been busy!

Preparation
Iced

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80

Happy International Rabbit Day! Here’s the bunny of our house! https://twitter.com/awkwardsoul/status/381851208962437120/photo/1
being fed a treat, as he’s pretty cranky looking today. Something about kale not being on sale, so I didn’t buy any for him. Or maybe today is the day bunnies gather to plot against the humans.

Anyways, having this tea for breakfast while I check on the scheming bunny. Nice and burnt caramel taste today with a tangy sweetness. Yum! For some reason, I’m getting more cravings for black tea.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 0 sec
Terri HarpLady

Awww…your bunny is adorable!! I used to have bunnies, & have considered getting one a few times recently.

Ysaurella

so cute !

TeaBrat

adorable!

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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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