1084 Tasting Notes


This is gonna sound very weird. I woke up this morning and in my head or something in the air smelled just like this tea. Later in the afternoon I remembered this and chipped some off the cake to enjoy in my new Mandala tea thermos.

Drool sooo good! It’s like I’m drinking autumn – I progress through campfire wood and hickory smoke notes that melt into creamy stone fruit and persimmon notes. Since I just put leaves into a tea tumbler glass and sipping away at it, the flavor is getting quite strong, but its still really good. Overall better steeped gongfu style, but tea glass style is excellent too!

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I love this tea!

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I was starting to think maybe my tastes of changed. This was one of 3 teas I bought from my first DavidsTea trip, the beginning of this tea trip that has lead me to having a huge stash and a tea blog.
This tea was amazing being so peachy and creamy, but last while I’ve been getting bitter, smokey and funky. I’m thinking since this tea is from around fall 2011 it’s probably not good anymore despite me storing it well. Actually, looking at the Steepster pic of this tea, my peach lumps are pure black instead of peachy coloured, wahhh!
Boo, well I tried this last cup and probably compost the last 2 servings of it.

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It’s a little too late for me to have a black tea, but hey, it’s halloween. I don’t have any candy in my house right now since no kids come here (sadly). We might have candy over the weekend when its all on sale, muhhhahahaaaaaha!
This tea tastes like candy! I didn’t get a candy corn in this scoop, but it’s still sweet and lightly flavored of honey and caramel.

Not doing anything fancy, just going to brazilian jiujitsu and working on that mystery knit along halloween shawl which is supposed to be done today and I’m not even halfway done. Something about complicated lace knitting and excessive amount of beads, but it looks nice!

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I had this tonight as well!

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backlog – this mornings tea.

My husband smoked up some canadian bacon last night (after having the giant pork loin sit in a brine for 2 days taking up most of the fridge) and I was excited to fry some up for breakfast.

I needed a good black tea as a dessert after that epic breakfast. Yum, this tea is delicious! So smooth with a great caramel flavor. I also got a really good resteep too – please see previous notes / blog post for my review of this tea http://oolongowl.com/caramel-vanilla-assam-from-butiki-teas-tea-review/


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So, this is the second time I’ve tried ginseng oolong, the first one from Teavivre. I figured it wasn’t for me as Teavivre is pretty solid. When I saw Single Origin Tea sent me some to review and I was like “Doh! Not this tea again!” So, I decided to break up the black tea blend train I’ve been on today and give ginseng oolong another go. Maybe this one is different? The look of ginseng oolong is really cool and I like the concept of it being sweet and healthy like.

As I sip it, it tastes good – a nice light floral oolong vibe. I felt hopeful. Then it hit me end of sip – that sweet, lingering licorice tongue coating flavor that makes me want to sandpaper my tongue so I can’t taste it anymore.

Nope, 2nd time and still ginseng oolong isn’t for me. I’ll try it one more time (someother time) to fully try out ginseng oolong. It’s totally personal taste why I dislike this type of tea. Though, if you do like licorice teas you should really try this tea out.


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Candy corn tea in time for halloween? Oh yeah! This tea is lots of fun, especially with the whole candy corn mixed in the blend.

The taste is a sweet, as if I added a small teaspoon of sugar in my tea, though the sweetness is more honeylike. With the tea cooled, the sweetness is stronger and more caramel like. I’m going to drink this a couple times on halloween for sure!

I’m not doing anything for halloween either. Probably getting beaten up in jiujitsu class. I’m trying to convince my husband to go to jiujitsu in his dinosaur costume and choke people with his tail.

Full review on my blog, The Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/candy-corn-tea-52-teas-oolong-owl-tea-review/
Tea Owls in halloween costume!

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Tea Sipper

I wish I had this one to try for Halloween tomorrow… or had any candy corn to drop in some black tea.

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I think my tea stash is out of control. I’m forgetting that I own some things, but more often I can’t find things. After my vacation, I’m going to work on doing some chalk board labels on the tins.
I wanted a black blend, though i can’t remember which one I wanted and where it was. This cute tin was in the front, so it met one of the criteria of being a black blend.

Yum, so smoooth! I love chestnut and there’s something so differently flavored about Japanese tea blends. Next Yunomi order I’m getting another flavor.

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this sounds yummy…


Oh cool, another chestnut tea! I am so intrigued by these!

BrewTEAlly Sweet

I agree with stephanie!:D

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Uh oh, I’m in trouble! I already have it in the back of my head “I’d love more of Mandala’s teas, they are fantastic”, its close to my birthday, I kind of wanted their tea thermos, then I decided to crack open a sample to review.. which lead me to browsing the shop some more, which enticed me to buying that thermos. Why not add some tea while I’m at it.. and more tea. Hmm, this White Peony is good, maybe I’ll try another of their whites. Hmm, that other tea looks good too, add to cart x3. Gah, stop looking and just proceed to the checkout!!!

This White Peony, whoa! Fat leaves! Very good quality and gorgeous tea to look at and steep! Nice complex, though light, flavors of buttercup floral, oak, birch with a creamy texture.

Full review on my blog, The Oolong Owl. Really nice pics of this tea too! (though, I really need that macro and prime lens for my camera) http://oolongowl.com/white-peony-mandala-tea-oolong-owl-tea-review/

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Yum, this tea came out fantastic this morning! I didn’t time it, I just poured some 200f water and let it go while I was microwaving breakfast. maybe steeped for under 2 minutes? Either way, very good!
Nice spun caramel and cheesecakey flavor! Sigh, one serving left!

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This was quite a fun, complex, and tasty unflavored green tea that is quite different than your standard green teas.

Totally had some battles about what this tea is. Technically, it’s a green as it is processed as green tea. It kind of looks like a white, slightly tastes like a white with hay and floral notes. Though, White Monkey has some green tea qualities like buttery vegetal corn. This tea also reminds me of a silver bud raw pu’er with its similarities to white tea and good resteep ability, though White Monkey tastes more fresh.

A great tea for a seasoned tea lover to explore, but also White Monkey is a nice, light tea for a new tea drinker to try.

Full review on my blog, the Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/white-monkey-tea-little-red-cup-tea-co-oolong-owl-tea-review/

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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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