1018 Tasting Notes


Filling combo:

Silk Fruit Protein soymilk in mixed berry + some blueberry matcha + little ice. No sugar needed since the milk is pretty sweet and fruity. The taste got really blueberry with hint of other fruit, so very tasty. But omg, I feel so full drinking this with a light breakfast. I think I need a gaiwan oolong or green session to make me feel less blobby.

(see previous notes for review)


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Stayed home from brazilian jiujitsu due to migraine (bleh) and after I felt a little better I made this tea, iced latte style.

Really mellow as I’m towards the bottom of the tin. I find the longer steep really helps bring out the banana. Just before I was done steeping, my roommate enters with a bag of funnel cake mix and asks me to help him make it. Sigh, I missed exercise and now I’m eating funnel cake.

(see blog post for review http://oolongowl.com/2013/02/13/banana-coconut-from-the-persimmon-tree-tea-review/)

200 °F / 93 °C 8 min or more

The missing exercise and eating funnel cake pretty much described my Labor Day weekend. I hope your migraine stays away for the next class!

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drank Special Dark by Mandala Tea
1018 tasting notes


If I could describe this tea in a few key words it be: rich, decadent, and addictive. The flavor is strong and rich cocoa that gets better and sweeter each steeping. Early steepings the tea is so rich that I had to drink it in slow sips, savoring it. Later steepings I’m guzzling this tea like crazy and wanting more.

I feel I could have this Special Dark Pu’er and Milk Oolong (also from Mandala tea) and be set on dessert teas.

Full review on my blog, The Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/2013/09/03/special-dark-ripe-loose-leaf-puer-2006-from-mandala-tea-tea-review/
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Great review. I really, really need to find an afternoon to devote to this tea. I keep overlooking it because I want to try it when I have a lot of time to spend with it. LOL Milk Oolong is also on that list….

Awkward Soul

Special dark does need an afternoon. I spent a couple hours working on the tea, totally worth it though.

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drank Tamarind Pop by Butiki Teas
1018 tasting notes

So much canning done!

First: picked lots of pomegranates, like 15 or 20. Then I took the seeds out, blended and separated into juice, about 10 cups. Then I turned it into jelly and canned them. Turned out fantastic again!

After that, blubarb jam – so had to cook down some rhubarb and mixed it with fresh blueberries and turned it into jam and canned that.

Then bleach down the giant mess made, pomegranate splotches everywhere! I probably need to do more watermelon jelly, but after that I’ll be done the canning (and xmas presents sans the wine jellies planned for the when next 5cent Bevmo sale)

After all that, need a big glass of iced tea – tamarind pop! Very tasty, I added some light agave for sweetness. Flavor is great, as always – little tarty tamarind candy and a slight caramel like taste at the end.
Time to relax and knit!

BrewTEAlly Sweet

watermelon jelly??!! :o Oh my word that sounds delightful.


Sweet! After canning, I’m too tired to even boil water for a cup of tea. That watermelon jelly sounds divine.


Watermelon jelly?! I’m so jealous of your pomegranate trees. Pomegranate jelly sounds fantastic. :)


Yay canning! If you have leftover watermelon, look up Alton Browns watermelon sorbet recipe. It’s super good!


Wow, you were busy!

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Mmmmm, liquid yellow cake batter tea!

I need to start this day off with a good black. It will be busy today with canning pomegranate jelly. What really sucks is getting all the seeds out! Gahhh!

Boiling 2 min, 30 sec

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drank White Acai by Art of Tea
1018 tasting notes

I was excited to try this tea and I heard it was a popular one.

The dry leaf smells like purple grape drink. Hot, the flavor is a mix of pineapple and berry with artificial sweet and dusty texture.
Maybe I’m not digging this because I’ve had real acai (my brazilian jiujitsu school are huge fans and would give us acai bars and other things). I was hoping for a more intense fruit flavor.

Oh well, I try this iced later.

175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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Must sip down some matchas! This one is close, maybe another 2 servings. I made this with soymilk, sweetener and lots of ice cubes.

Uggg another hot day today. I might have to give in and turn on the AC, crying at the power bill.


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drank Onyx by Physique: Body of Tea
1018 tasting notes

Rethinking my rating on this one to lower. I’ve had some great pu’er since I last had this tea, and this one is really weak in comparison. Western steeping the tea doesn’t get very dark, and with shorter steeps, there is little change of flavor. The flavoring isn’t very complex. Quite dull really, like stereotypical diet food.

I iced it, as out of all the pu’er in my collection, this would ice the easiest as it is light on flavor to begin with. Came out light, with a bit of sap flavor with a 7 minute steeping, no rinse.


Good puerh will make you rethink some of the things you have had. I drank some bad ones at first and was like don’t know if this is for me. Then I found the good ones and away I went.

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Sip down!

I have so much matcha, I was in disbelief that this was the last of the tin. This and the blueberry matcha is the only ones my husband will drink. Maybe the Acai one, but that one is MINE! He really dislikes the taste of tea, but I can hide flavored matchas in smoothies for him.

Anyways, it is one of those rare mornings I woke up before my husband as my sleeping has been off lately. He is always really tired in the morning, more than anyone else I know, and doesn’t drink much in caffeine. So, I made him a strawberry matcha smoothie with husband appealing ingredients: Whole Milk (eww), whey, frozen strawberries and strawberry matcha hidden in there. Of course, his giant bucket of protein powder is place on the highest spot in the kitchen where only tall men of my house can reach. Bleh!

I think I’ll see if I can sip down some more matchas, maybe put an order in for that coconut matcha I’m eyeing.. nooo I’m on no buy!

(see previous notes for full review)


YUM coconut matcha is the BEST! GO for it! :D

BrewTEAlly Sweet

Coconut matcha??!! <3


I have the coconut matchaccino, but I think I prefer just the flavoured matcha. This is mostly because I’ve been liking the matcha as lattes with no sweetener.

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Gahhh so hot outside! It has been pretty tolerable weather here in Long Beach – lots of nice breezes so the sun doesn’t feel so hot. However today and yesterday were kind of awful and hot. Waiting outside for the bus to go out to the DMV sucked! Ugggg. I really want some pu’er, but I cannot survive something with boiling water and a zillion infusions. With that said, I made a good green tea blend that could be iced.

Good stuff! Orange glam is a solid orange green tea – nice fresh green tea base with the orange tasting a mix of natural orange and candy like tang.
The tea has no bitterness or tart!

I can’t decide whether I like this tea hot or iced – both were good, however I much preferred it sweetened to bring out the orange flavor more. Though, iced really hit the spot today with this sticky weather.

Full review at my blog, The Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/2013/08/27/orange-glam-from-steep-city-teas-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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