1048 Tasting Notes


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.

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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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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/ )


I dig this Pu. Thanks for the promo code!

Awkward Soul

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


LOL, oh well…no tea money right now anyways


Hope you feel better!

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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!

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OMG strawberry rhubarb pound cake? WANT!


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
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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
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)


Have a. Fantastic time!

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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!


Ooo, that soup looks good!


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


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


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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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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