1207 Tasting Notes

drank Golden Honey Dew by Lupicia
1207 tasting notes

This is super melon tasting and sweet! This green rooibos tea tastes just like those green melon asian candies. It also makes a great iced tea.

However, the melon is strong and overpowers the green rooibos base. The good thing is this rooibos isn’t watery, but this tea is pretty much like drinking melon juice. I like it, but I can see if not appealing for some people.

Full review on Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/golden-honeydew-rooibos-lupicia-tea-review/

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

90

Bana Tea Company has some of the best ripe pu’er. This mini cake is one of their cheaper offerings, but is pretty solid. It tastes a little young, but has a good earthy, bittersweet, molasses, brown sugar, mineral flavor. The last steeps are like drinking dessert with all sugar taste. There’s some dryness early on, but is very approachable mid to last steeps. I got 11 resteeps.

Full review on Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/2015-bulang-ripe-puer-mini-cake-bana-tea-company/

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 1 g 1 OZ / 15 ML

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

85

This black is worth playing with steeping methods – gongfu and western give you different results, but both very complex.

Gongfu (boil, 1g 15ml), I got a savory tea of chocolate mole, char, bittersweet, molasses. Later steepings got brown sugar and malt sweet. It was never dry.

Western (190F 4g 10oz), the keemun was a meld of savory, fruity and sweet with a dry finish that wasn’t present in the gongfu steeping.

Full review on Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/05-keemun-congfu-joseph-wesley-black-tea-tea-review/

boychik

Love it. I do it both ways too

Mookit

Never knew the two steeping styles give such different results! I’ve always just done western for all my teas.

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

85

This tastes more like Carrot Cake if steeped 175f 2 minutes. The steeping instructions for 200F for 60 seconds is meh and I didn’t get good results.

I got raisin notes, carrots, lots of toasty rice notes, and fresh green. Pretty good, and lightly sweet. A fun blend!

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

90
drank Lishan Oolong by Tea Ave
1207 tasting notes

I’m not one for green oolongs, and this Lishan is pretty green, however this oolong is pretty solid. It is super fresh (despite me having it in my stash for almost a year!) and the notes are strong, crisp and clean. I’m getting fresh grass and a strong zesty green mango flavor with a nice lingering aroma of fruity.

This tea was in a bag and I hacked up the bag to put the leaf in gaiwan. The leaf looks excellent, untouched and huge intact leaf.

If you love green floral fruity oolongs you are gonna love this tea! As more of an stronger oxidized tea drinker, the fragrance and strong notes win me over too.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 0 min, 15 sec 3 g 2 OZ / 65 ML

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

90

This matcha has a really good balance of flavors. It’s lightly marine, but also kelp, nutty, and creamy with a bit of sweet. Super fresh taste too! The colour is vibrant and whisks up pretty decently. Pretty good for an organic matcha. So far many of the organic matchas I’ve had weren’t that great.

This matcha is also sold on amazon. The price is on the steep side (at time of writing) compared to other really good matchas like DoMatcha, ItoEn, but looks like there’s promo codes on amazon.

Full review on Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/tea-lovers-organic-ceremonial-matcha-from-my-matcha-life/

Preparation
160 °F / 71 °C 3 g

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

40
drank Hanalei by Lupicia
1207 tasting notes

Another exclusive Lupicia Hawaii tea! This is a rooibos blend with coconut and banana. I like bananas and coconut, but rooibos not so much. Opening up this tea and it smells really flipping good – like ripe bananas and sweet.

However it’s not rooibos that ruins this tea, it’s the banana. It’s really artificial, it tastes like that gut rot banana candy (runts or those marshmallows) and it is really strong. It also reminds me, unfortunately, like the banana penicillin I had as a kid. It’s gross strong banana that fades into creamy coconut and woodchippy rooibos. Then fake banana taste.

If you like banana candies you’ll love this, otherwise this tea is a no.

Indigobloom

Aw I love banana meds! The best part of being sick. Well that and getting to watch tv all day :P

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

40
drank Aloalo by Lupicia
1207 tasting notes

Another exclusive Lupicia Hawaii Tea!

This is a blend of assam, darjeeling, hibiscus and orange. Pretty much just tastes like 80% tart hibiscus with a heavy dry brisk of darjeeling and malty aftertaste. Despite the sweetener I added, it’s super dry.

I don’t mind hibiscus (iced and with sweetener, which is what I did for this tea) but the pairing with assam is a bleh choice.

Preparation
Iced

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

90

This shou is quite woodsy, wet earth forest floor, lightly shroom and mineral sweet. It very much so tastes like how the forest smells on a rainy day on the west coast. Later steepings it develops a more mineral and wet stones sweet taste.

A very good daily drinker and a great first shou cake for a new pu drinkers as the price is really nice for 500g. It’s very approachable and easy to drink, not over thick or bitter.

Full review on Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/2014-iron-forge-shou-puer-crimson-lotus-tea-tea-review/

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 30 sec 1 g 1 OZ / 15 ML
MissLena

This sounds so good!

Rui A.

Off shopping I go again! That sounds my cuppa of tea. Thank you for the review.

boychik

I like this brick. I use less leaf compared to other shou as its potent. Two rinses ( usually one ) and it steeps forever. I really like big leaf shou for its durability

Rui A.

Going to order it tomorrow. It is starting to sound better and better!

Lindsay

I do not need more tea. I most definitely do not need a 500g brick of shou puer. My god Lindsay, quit drooling over those pictures and get a grip! (Great review, btw) :)

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

90

From the Jan 2016 White2tea club

This shou is a really nice daily drinker at an excellent price. It’s pretty friendly for a new pu’er person too. It’s a cedar wood flavor and later steepings getting really sweet. It’s clean tasting and absolutely no funky shou shenanigans going on. There’s some sour notes in the early infusions, but it fades fast.

Full review on Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/january-2016-white2tea-club-featuring-2015-old-reliable-ripe-puer/

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 1 g 1 OZ / 15 ML
kieblera5

Shounanigans XD

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

Profile

Bio

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 and knitting designer at Awkward Soul Designs.

To contact me for reviews, check out details at OolongOwl.com/about or email me at [email protected]

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 573 Teas – August 2015.

Location

Seattle, WA USA

Website

http://oolongowl.com/

Following These People

Moderator Tools

Mark as Spammer