1111 Tasting Notes

85

This was my favorite out of the 3 Teatoxy teas! This one has the concept of morning down for me – it had a comfort feel to it with the combination of fruity and mint, like a lozenge on a cold morning walk to school.

Teatoxy morning has a lemon, hibiscus floral, rosehip tart flavor with a finish of soothing mint and lemon. I enjoy this tea iced and sweetened, but the tart level on its own is drinkable.

Full review on Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/teatoxy-detox-tea/ Such colourful tea and pretty dry leaf!

Preparation
Iced

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50

I snagged this sample online from the seller for cheap. I followed the instructions, boiling it for 2 minutes, 1T sugar, adding milk, stirring and reheat, strain and serve. It didn’t work out well. I wish I could of just steeped this stuff normally as boiling tea on the stove for a busy person just goes badly. Of course, the tea boiled over that few moments I was gone grabbing my mug in the dining room. I used a small sauce pan used for making sauces – even has little pouring nooks. Of course, the tea poured mostly on the counter, and missed the strainer in my mug so I got chunks. User failure for sure in preparation.

The result? Bitter, burnt tasting chai. The spice level is nice, sort of dark chocolately, but bitter oversteeped CTC black and where ever the burnt taste came from, bleh!

Preparation
Boiling
DeliriumsFrogs

Oh, I adore those sauce pans with pouring nooks! It sounds like they’re more for aesthetics than for function, though. bummer.
I am a constant ‘boil over’ type person (I get so easily distracted…).

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95

My favorite so far out of the samples I tried from Tea Ave. The oolong looks great with nice delicately large leaf. The flavor is rich, roasty nutty with a strong peach apricot aftertaste. Later infusions got kinda dry, but the after taste was still going.

I really want to get my hands on more of this tea to get a full gong fu experience – it was originally bagged (and whole leaf!) and I gong fu steeped it with the 3 grams I had.

Full review and preview of Tea Ave teas on Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/tea-ave-oolong-preview/

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 15 sec
TheLastDodo

Wow. Why would they bag up such lovely oolong?

Awkward Soul / Oolong Owl

They will be selling loose leaf, they just made some bagged teas for those bagged tea drinkers. At the time I got my samples they only had bagged teas available for me to try.

Cwyn

I have a 30 year old oolong tea bag from Origin Tea perfectly preserved in cellophane. Hang onto those bags long enough…

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85

Mmmm, I love the ginger level in this tea! It has the perfect amount of ginger, that popped the best after a 3.5 minute infusion.
Ginger Lily is sweet, buttery ginger that warms you up as well as refreshes you.

Full review and preview of Tea Ave teas on Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/tea-ave-oolong-preview/

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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30

I have 2 of these in sample form and decided to make a chai concentrate with them, which turned out really bad.

First off, the samplers had rock sugar in it. The first ingredient is sugar actually! I picked out weighed the rock sugar and it was 10g out of 28g tea weight. I couldn’t find any oolong in this tea, but there was lots of mate and rooibos.

I steeped this tea really strong, in a big batch, then poured it over soy milk. YUCK. There was just too much going on, the mate added a grassy bitter swampy flavor and it wasn’t that spicy.

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95

DROOL this tea was fantastic! Interestingly, this is from old arbor tree fermented puer made into black tea. The color is a dark orange and reminds me of a gold tipped yunnan black in flavor (creamy, malty) but with a berry fruityness to it. The steeped leaves smelled like raspberries to me. This tea also is a beast of a resteeper – finishing off with buttery flavor. Verry cool. Cry, I need more of this tea and it’s $35 full size and I just did a group order! cry.

Full review on Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/january-white2tea-club/ along with the other January White2Tea club teas!

Preparation
Boiling 5 g
AllanK

I have a sample of this I have yet to try. It sounds really good. Your blog post was really interesting.

Cwyn

For some reason I found this tea flavorless and flat after the second steep. I got colored water for several steps after that but it just tasted like water.

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80

A nice starter ripe pu’er! It had a nice clear tea with a comfort feel with flavors of malt and chocolate. The only thing I didn’t like about this one was I didn’t get that many infusions, it got light within 8 steeps for me.

Full review on Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/january-white2tea-club/ along with the other January White2Tea club teas!

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80

A smooth, caramel, molasses, thick, rich, smokey keemun! I enjoy the smooth texture and the caramel notes. The smoke and richness of this tea keeps you on your toes! I don’t mind a bit of smoke, so I found this the smoke level pleasant with the other flavor notes.

Full review on Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/keemun-mao-feng-black-tea-cha-tea-review/

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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10
drank Bedtime by Yogi
1111 tasting notes

I dunno how I got this tea. Figure I give it a shot as I have a bag of it and I’ve gone 2 days with like 4 hours of sleep. Taste? BLEEEEHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH! Tastes watery with a pinch of random herbalness, ramping up to a licorice and over stevia sweet nightmare. So much stevia! The weird sweetness stays for a few minutes, leaving a funky herbal flavor after that.

OMG why so much stevia? The aftertaste of this tea reminds me of that bland, unsatisfying minty, kinda sweet, gritty toothpaste the dentist uses to polish your teeth – including metallic dental tool flavor – but hella sweeter!

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
LiberTEAS

I hate it when companies add stevia to blends like that. Let me decide if I want that weird stevia flavor in my cup or not, please!

Cheri

I really don’t like stevia either. The aftertaste is terrible, and it seems like it gets stronger and stronger. BLAH!

DeliriumsFrogs

If a company puts stevia in a tea FOR me, I am most definitely not pleased. The cup gets dumped, actually. ick!

dragondrool

They expect this to put you to sleep when they make it have a nasty aftertaste that nags at you? :)

juliebeth

one more downvote for stevia. ew.

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85

Tropical! This is a neat mango papaya ripe pu’er blend. The fruity flavors are quite upfront and natural tasting, and you can clear tell apart the papaya and mango. The puer base is earthy and kinda mushroomy.

My first cup was pretty papaya heavy, on the border of floral soap. My second cup was much more even.

BTW, this tea is best iced, omg, so good! Personally, I think Lupicia’s Chocolate Strawberry Puer is better, but Sunny Fruits Puer preforms better iced.

Full review on Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/sunny-fruits-puer-lupicia/

Preparation
Iced
LiberTEAS

I’ve tried a couple of Lupicia’s pu-erh blends and I’ve been pleased with them. The Chocolate Strawberry was yum.

Cameron B.

I liked this one a lot! I think it tasted a bit less puerh-ish than the others, though that could be a good or bad thing. I love how you picked such a tropical fruit-colored owl for this post! :P

Awkward Soul / Oolong Owl

haha, the only “sunny fruit” I had on hand to photo with a tropical tea owl was a lemon :P

AllanK

Very interesting blog post, makes me want to try this tea.

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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
DAVIDsTea
Della Terra Teas
Lupicia
Verdant Tea
Yunnan Sourcing
52 Teas / Zoomdweebies
Yunomi.us
Red Leaf Tea
New Mexico Tea Co
Bluebird Tea Co
The Persimmon Tree

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