1130 Tasting Notes


Back from my Hawaiian cruise!
The only things I missed from home was my bunny and my tea stash, though seeing my tea stash today was overwhelming, man I have a lot of tea. Oh and I missed my variable temp kettle.
So, mint tea on the ship sucked – the one they had had hibiscus in it for some random reason giving the tea a gross grey colour. Time for some better mint tea! Love the berry, smokey gunpowder green and fresh peppermint flavor. I shoulda brought this tea with me, I didn’t bring many greens.

oh man, I gained so much weight on this cruise and it will be difficult not eating 4 meals of day, 3 of them with a dessert. Back to unpacking and chipping away at emails.

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I hope you got a ton of sun!

Awkward Soul / Oolong Owl

Oh yes, I’m tanned. And sick of macadamia nuts yet I want to go back to Hawaii.


Glad you had a great time!

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I’m sailing today! Though, I had a rough day yesterday saying good bye to my bunny Benson, as I had to leave him with the inlaws for babysitting. He’s been a terror the last few days as I think he knows if I’m packing for something. Man I wish I pack the bunny to go with me. He can go attack the salad bar at the buffet and terrorize our room steward.
However, I did pack LOTS of tea with the goal to drink all of it and buy more while in Hawaii.

Now, I’m down to last minute packing and very efficient. I even drank tea while I was straightening my hair. Though, good chance I got therma spray in my cup of GMS. Still tastes fine, I think. I need some high energy tea to keep me going today. Love the citrus flavor of this tea. Gah, now my cup is empty. Let’s go for another round! I’m on vacation after all.

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Hello sweet tooth tea!

Quite a rich black tea with lots of malty, smooth flavor. The black tea base is accented with hard candy toffee flavor. I like the macadamia nuts in this blend, it’s like chestnuts, but sweet and bright. Very sweet of a blend though, like I already added a small spoon of sugar in my cup, in fact, the ingredients state “sugar” on them too.

With that said, totally a dessert tea for someone who likes sweeter teas.

Full review on my blog, The Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/sticky-toffee-black-tea-whittard-chelsea-oolong-owl-tea-review/
I wish my Tea owls had more of a sweet tooth, I’m buried in sweets from Christmas! For some reason this year everyone gave me candy!

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I think my body wants to be on that cruise ship to Hawaii right now. Yesterdays Zen Tea’s Coconut Oolong and today’s Steep City’s Coconut Grove. I wanna start the fun parts of preparing for a trip: selecting clothes and shoes and tea. But I’m stuck writing instructions for the bunny babysitter, writing cheques for bills and last minute birthday and wedding cards (uggg, it was really hard to find a good wedding card for a same sex couple, it really shouldn’t be this hard!)

Yum. Love the coconut and floral flavor of this tea. I’m actually a little low and I could use more. Maybe when I’m back from the cruise, I intend to put a major dent in my tea stash during my vacation!

(see previous notes for review or blog post http://oolongowl.com/coconut-grove-from-steep-city-teas-tea-review/ )


How about a pineapple oolong next? It seems cruisy for sure.

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Finally, a day off!
My dad was here for a few weeks, then my best friend. So many days of cleaning and entertaining. I got a few days to relax, then I need to prepare for my cruise.
So today I slept in, relaxed, vegged on the internet, watched UFC (OWWWW Silva, OMG) and cleaned the garage. During my relaxing, I had a few round of Zen Tea’s Coconut Oolong. So creamy and slick of a tea, with a great green floral oolong base. Great smell on this tea too. My cup is empty and I can still smell those juicy slabs of coconut. YUM.

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MMmmmm holiday tea!

Very gingery out of the package! Steeped, it’s tastes just like a spicy gingerbread cookie. The flavor gets closer to cookie like with sweetener and is even better with milk. Forget buying a gingerbread latte at the coffee shop, this tea is better!

Santa’s gingerbread holiday tea would be much loved by chai drinkers as the level of spice is quite nice. I will be drinking this tea on christmas!

Full review with lots of christmas tea owl pictures on my blog, The Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/santas-gingerbread-holiday-tea-simple-loose-leaf-oolong-owl-tea-review/
Nooo, they are attacking the gingerbread house kit!

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That tea sounds awesome! It’s going on my list. :D


I clicked to see the owl attack, and then I nearly died of cute.

Terri HarpLady

What Cavo said…

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Zomg, so busy right now with last minute christmas shopping and entertaining out of town guests, with more pouring in soon.

I was able to squeak out a review of Citrus Sunshine Oolong, yay!
Check it out on Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/citrus-sunshine-oolong-steep-city-teas-oolong-owl-tea-review/

It was really nice to finally have some of this oolong blend, since I bougth it awhile back and didn’t open it until now. I quite like this one, the citrus is really nice, it’s not too tart and the ginger, though doesn’t have a ginger taste, adds some warmth to this tea. Only con is this tea doesn’t resteep that well since most of the flavor is from the fruity chunks.

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Yum, this tea was yummy today – and I only have 1 more serving left! Mmmmm cantaloupe! I had a huge mug full of this tea while I crocheted and talked to me dad.

So, looks like I need to pack tea again, I’m going on another cruise early Jan! 15 day Hawaiian cruise! I think I’ll save the rest of this tea for then!


Yay! Cruises are awesome!


So. Jealous.


Oh wow. I just said two minutes ago “I need a vacation. Sun”. haha. I hope the cruise goes perfectly for you!

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I had some pu’er as a sample from the tea festival. This one is from Bana Tea Co, but I’m really not sure what tea it is, just says “pu’er” and it tastes like a ripe one. Pretty good stuff, not fermenty and a little smooth.

I’m on a quest: get dad to drink pu’er. I know he’ll like it and it will be good for him. However, so far its just been chais and coffee for him. He escaped this round, but SOOOON!

I also put a tea package together for my best friend’s boyfriend with one pu’er in it. yeah!


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I was working on a yixing pot full of this tea while I made lunch and later on relaxed watching a live owl cam on youtube. Lots of hooting!
Yum, like I said before, I need to review this tea. Super tasty and creamy, I highly recommend this pu’er!
Well, off to the airport to pick up my dad, who’s flying in from Vancouver for the holidays.


I love owls. I find them irresistible :)


Have a blast with your dad! I’m happy that you are enjoying this tea! I really have found that the cakes of this tea are really opening up flavor-wise over the last couple of months. Just wait another year. There will be no stopping this ripe tea! Thanks for the write-up, my dear!! Grateful, as ever, G.

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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 am also a crochet / knitting designer at Awkward Soul Designs.

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.

Other stuff I’m into that sneaks into my tea notes: Brazilian jiu-jitsu, metal music, drawing, painting, cooking, photography and nail polish.

BTW, my Steepster cupboard is not even close to accurate and I track my teas on a spreadsheet. Last update 512 Teas May 2015.

To contact me for reviews, check out my blog and email me at [email protected]


Long Beach, CA



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