933 Tasting Notes
I had this tea in my travel mug today.
I went on a drive to a few cities over to a “create your own lotion/bath stuff” kind of place. It was pretty funky as you can combine the essential oils they had to scent your lotion. I ended up doing one tea inspired scent for body lotion “Strawberry, Cucumber Melon, Honeydew” and a salt scrub that was rosemary, peppermint, eucalyptus. I tried doing a Moroccan mint and failed.
Anyways, this tea in a tumbler.. BLECK! Just did not work. At first, it was fine on the drive to shopping, though despite looking fantastic in my tumbler, the floral got too strong and soapy for me. I had to dump it out and drink some raspberry iced tea stuff during lunch.
Lesson: do not oversteep 8TY.
Why isn’t this tea sold out? At this time there’s still lots in stock!
So SDHB – YUM! Hot, unsweetened – rummy lime flavor finishing off with some bubblegum strawberry. The honeybush works fantastic with the rum flavoring!
Sweetened and Iced, the strawberry pulls to the front with the lime.
When I was sipping away at this iced, it was like I was drinking a real strawberry daiquiri! I need to have my husband dig out the shaved ice machine and attempt a slushie version.
My only complaint is the strawberry is bubblegum candy in flavor – I personally wanted a stronger, tangy strawberry. The strawberry only pops when this tea is sweetened. However, the honeybush, rum and lime work so well – very tasty! I’ll drink this all summer!
Full review on my blog, The Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.wordpress.com/2013/07/03/strawberry-daiquiri-honeybush-from-52-teas-tea-review/
Uggg, the weather is just annoyingly hot for me the last few days. Thankfully, it’s supposed to cool off soon, but probably it’ll be hot again.
Made a latte with this tea this morning, coming out really cinnamony smooth and delicious! I didn’t notice the pop rocks while steeping. Very good! I like how fun this tea is!
I took forever to getting around to trying this tea. I wanted a pink owl to go with the review, and I finally finished her last night!
8TY is pretty interesting, the floral bouquet is flipping fantastic and the sweet notes are very yummy. The woodsy cedar turned honeylike in resteep and iced. However, I was hoping for more fruity, I only got a little mystery fruityness and my 1oz bag didn’t seem to have much in goji berry.
In the end, I enjoy this blend iced the most – very refreshing!
Full review on my blog, The Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.wordpress.com/2013/07/01/eight-treasures-yabao-from-verdant-tea-tea-review/ also introducing: Attractive Pink Owl.
Finishing off some mystery gyokuro from a tea meet from Meeka, ty!
Always something weird going on at my house. My husband and I were driving home from the grocery store (OMG 8lbs of watermelon for $1!) and there was a poor turtle crossing the street. We drove around and my husband decided to take him home. Aaacck. Well, okay. Now researching what to do, or take it somewhere.
Thankfully, I had this tea going, cold steep style, in the fridge. Tastes a little grapefruity of an aftertaste, and a little light for gyokuro. Now to wait to see what my husband comes up with.
I haven’t had this one in awhile!
Annd, I get to try out my new milk frother thing that I bought at IKEA. Pretty yummy! I made a latte, cool, with a bit of sweetener. The frother didn’t seem like it was working until I realized I gained an inch of height! Taste? I taste some cookie, but I’m still not a fan of the black matcha base.
I’m having one of those annoying days of no good news. Of course, hella cranky too – but I realized while I was making dinner, I haven’t had tea yet today!
Went with S’mores for a surge of green tea and desserty goodness. I’m enjoying the smokeyness in this cup with the dark chocolate flavor. I did a 30 second longer steep and it really upped the smokey. Ahhhh feeling good!
I’m working on a knitted shawl, so far, very easy and I’m about 30% done in like 2 days, and I could work on it more if I wanted to.
Anyways, drinking tea, knitting and listening to Super Junior (Eunhyuk fan here!). How about a new black blend? I gotta say, Periwinkle is a great name for a tea!
Periwinkle, hmmm. This is hard to rate, but was easy to review. My 1oz tin only had one white tea flower thing, so I only had a small teapot with it. It’s got a nice rich and bold black tea, with a vanilla smoothness, ending with a bit of floral sweet. And slightly bitter.
Sweetened, no bitterness. As a regular cup of tea, ehh, not my type of tea. The bitterness wasn’t for me and the white tea didn’t come out much (but could be my lack of white tea)
Latte however, Periwinkle is quite good – very vanillay and smooth. I’d probably drink the rest of the tin only as latte, or gift it to someone who is a bigger black tea fan. I let my roommate (ex coffee drinker) have some and he was going crazy “I could drink this every day!”
Full review on my blog, Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.wordpress.com/2013/06/26/periwinkle-from-the-persimmon-tree-tea-review/
Looks like today is going to be a heating pad and icepack kind of day. Typical life of being in brazilian jiujitsu, something is always hurting. Today? shoulder and knee. Totally worth it though, I almost caught a purple belt in a shoulder lock during sparing. Almost.
Drinking this tea iced. This time, it came out a little better. There’s a orange candy tang right at the end, but rest of the cup is very grassy. Meh. Much better hot, but I didn’t trust myself to carry an icepack, tea pot, tea cup and crackers upstairs. Maybe I should cold steep this..
This tea got me into trouble.
As I was sipping away, writing my review, I started looking at tea ware. Once the 3 hour tea session was done, I dented my paypal account with a yixing pot. Be warned! Actually, it’s probably all my fault, I get into trouble all the time!
This cake – gentle and beautiful! Apple, floral, apricot, earthy, and mineral notes with a fantastic smoothness in later infusions. I can see this tea being loved greatly by a white tea lover – it’s almost similar in intensity, but with a earthy flavor and better resteep ability.
I was very impressed how little smoke and astringency was present despite it being a 2012 – the least smoke and astringency I’ve had in a 2012 raw cake so far! Very nice!
Full review on my blog, The Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.wordpress.com/2013/06/24/mandala-silver-buds-raw-puer-2012-from-mandala-tea-tea-review/ featuring thirsty tea turtles and pu’er pick happy Owl.