1222 Tasting Notes
Oolong Owl confession: I have a whole bunch of Verdant Teas, unopened. Many of them pu’er and oolong. I have the tendency to save stuff for the “perfect” day to sample, sometimes forgetting about it.
So I found this tea in the bottom of my box of sheng pu’er. I probably was going to review it on Oolong Owl, but looking at Verdant, this tea isn’t available anymore, and I don’t like to review teas people can’t get their hands on. Anyways, I had a late night last night, trying to watch my calories so I’m feeling drained, so I thought it is the right time to sample an 11 year old tea.
11 year old tea! YES! Mt. Banzhang tastes rustic – kind of musty, light spice and hazelnutty. Big cedar notes too that are pretty tasty. Really neat sweetness at the end of sip that is kind of fruity, with each infusion getting sweeter and cleaner. As per instructions, I only used 3 grams, and with 4 second steepings, this tea certainly has lots of flavor!
Love this tea thermos! I’ve been using it for months and I’m pretty happy with it!
Pretty, simple design. Double walled glass. Easy to clean and use. Doubles as a tea pot and pours nicely with the strainer in. I use this thermos all the time while on the go, lazy oolong steepings while on the computer at home, and cold brewing.
Only cons is it isn’t leak proof, it’ll dribble a bit if you have it on its side. The strainer, though i like the design (over a mesh wire strainer), doesn’t filter out smaller teas like rooibos.
Full review on my blog, The Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/mandala-teas-glass-tea-thermos/
So I’ve picked up knitting that mystery shawl from last October. I still don’t know what the finish product looks like, but I’m on the last row! I’ve just been blitzing through, drinking tea as I go. Tonights tea – Caramel & Rum, sample off the monthly Lupicia Newsletter some time ago.
This tea is not bad – smells totally like rum. Tastes like a buttery caramel mostly, with a rum finish, all flavorings covering up the red rooibos flavor (a plus in my book). Only downfall is the tea is a bit watery, typical of rooibos blends. Digging the buttery caramel flavor! Ah well, back to knitting, must finish shawl so I can start on socks!
The dry leaf is amazing – twisted wirey ribbons on tea with the odd brown tip with strong scent of fruit! A very photogenic tea!
Taste wise very clean, fresh, smooth, fruity plums, honey, lots of dark woodsy, bit of earth and char notes. I enjoyed the sweet notes and the excellent quality freshness, but I wasn’t into the woodsyness in nonpareil dian hong as it had a similar vibe to me as a rooibos, but more of a dark wood, but I can see many others enjoying this tea!
Full review on my blog, The Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/nonpareil-yunnan-dian-hong-teavivre-oolong-owl-tea-review/
Now, this is a ginger tea with a kick! Cockatiel’s tea has that ginger ale like flavor, the kind with a moderate blast of heat to it, just how I like my ginger ale!
The white peony tea here is fresh, and sips in sweet and floral, with the ginger burn finishing off each sip, burning down the throat. The ginger is not bitter, and the heat mostly comes from the habanero infused white tea than the ginger.
Wish I had more to try this tea iced – I can see Cockatiel’s tea making a great ginger iced tea!
Full review on my blog, The Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/cockatiels-tea-pelican-tea-oolong-owl-tea-review/
Last tea for Oolong Week! This one is a nice medium roast Dong Ding. This Dong Ding has really nice roasty flavor, nutty sunflower notes, savory elements with a sweetness that shows up in later infusions. Very crisp, clean and fresh tasting tea.
Later steepings has a bit of bitterness, similar to nut shells, and a hint of astringency.
Full review on my blog, The Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/dong-ding-oolong-single-origin-teas-oolong-owl-tea-review/
Man, I wished I ordered a package of this instead of just requesting a sample! Very delicious! I’m an intrigued by the hops teas at Butiki, but I wasn’t sure if I’d enjoy them since I don’t like alcohol, but I do love rhubarb teas. BTW, I added a bit of german rock sugar while steeping.
Rhubarb Vanilla Ale is smooth, cooked sweet rhubarb flavor, bit of an interesting spice dancing in the background that I’m not to familiar with, the hops? Very fun tea, I shall get more next time I do an order!
I received this tea as part of the Steepsteristas’ Yarn and Tea Swap! So pumped to try this tea – I was on the verge of doing an order, but since A&D didn’t take paypal, plus the large tin sizes, it was enough for me to back off for now.
This is pure malty goodness. First sip was, “now that’s a black tea!” Very bold, smooth yet sharp. Malty, little raisin notes with a brisk finish. Slight creamyness too. Small amount of dryness at the end.
Yum! Now I need to sample more of A&Ds teas, or just cave in with an order!
MEGA PUMPKIN! I quite enjoyed this oolong blend. This tea has a very natural tasting pumpkin flavor over a malty, almondy oolong base with a soft creamy finish.
Love the pumpkin flavor – this is the most pumpkiny flavored tea I’ve had so far! I thought it would be more creamy, but this tea is still pretty delicious. With sweetener, there is a bit of a caramel flavor going on. Pumpkin 2.0 also does a good resteep!
Full review on my blog, The Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/pumpkin-milkshake-2-0-butiki-teas-oolong-owl-tea-review/